Author Archive: David M Ross

David M. Ross has been covering Nashville's music industry for over 25 years. [email protected]

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2Trios: TBP Gets CMT Noms; Harters Play Soundcheck Benefit

The Band Perry Get CMT nominations; The Harters set to perform at musicians benefit

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Category: Awards, Featured, Label, Organizations

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Baldrica Becomes An Average Joe

MUSICROW EXCLUSIVE: Are label co-heads Shannon Houchins and Colt Ford really just a couple of Average Joe’s as the name of the label might have you believe? Not according to newly hired label President Tom Baldrica. “It feels to me like this model is the future,” says Baldrica “I like the authenticity that the artists radiate from the stage. These folks are out there touching the fans.”

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AristoMedia Celebrates 31 Years with Promotion Fest

The AristoMedia Group, now celebrating its 31st year in operation has announced seven departmental promotions.

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Easter Puts Hippity Hop In Country Sales

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Easter sales added a 7% hip hop to Nashville’s weekly country album sales compared with the previous week, whereas all genre sales only boosted 2%. However, a lack of high profile releases has kept YTD country album sales quite a bit below the all genre benchmark.

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Hollywood Growing Pains Echo Music Industry

…as the Walrus and the Carpenter smiled at the hapless oysters [before eating them] in Lewis Carroll’s classic poem, technology has now arrived to visit the film industry. So is Hollywood managing change more efficiently than the music industry?

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McCurdy Raises $140k For St. Jude Children’s Hospital

When marketing a new single joins hands with raising funds for a worthy charitable cause it elevates the artist involved and becomes even more unique when that artist is a teen. Jennette McCurdy, star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly, decided to promote her new single with a cross country mall tour, Generation Love For St. Jude. And […]

Category: Artist, Featured, Organizations

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Gaskin Fires Up The Press

Columbia newcomer Bradley Gaskin entertained a roomful of press and media mavens this afternoon (4/21) at Sony Music’s Chet Atkins Place venue. Promo VP Jimmy Rector was wearing a smile as wide as the Cheshire Cat, obviously proud to show off his imprint’s latest talent. But it was the Celebrity Apprentice, John Rich, who held […]

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Adams and Reese Music Row Office Celebrates 10th Year

Adams and Reese recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Nashville Music Row office with a festive event and presentation to founding partner Sam Bartholowmew. Bartholomew, current Of Counsel with Adams and Reese, saw the need to service the entire Nashville Music Row community by starting an entertainment practice and presence there. “Only someone as wonderful […]

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Study Finds DVDs And BluRay Discs Dominate Digital Video Options

Consumers are still using DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (BD) more than all other digital  video options combined reports market research group NPD. According to the company’s March 2011 study that included 9636 completed surveys from U.S. consumers, 77% of those surveyed reported watching a movie via DVD or BD for an average of four hours […]

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Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” Treats The Single Like A Full Length Album Release

Clearly, a plan was in place. And when SoundScan revealed the single’s impressive sales results, MusicRow “tracked” Peter Strickland where he graciously shared some of the behind-the-scenes elements leading to Blake’s strong showing.

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Colt Ford Prepares New Release

Average Joes Entertainment artist Colt Ford will release his third studio album, Every Chance I Get, to digital and physical partners on May 3. Sales of existing Ford albums have passed the 500,000 mark and he has sold almost two million digital singles. Since his first release three years ago, he has performed over 500 […]

Category: Artist, Featured, Label, Touring

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