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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Congratulations Mr. Chairman, Job Well Done!

Joe Galante, Sony Music Nashville Chairman, left his 18th Ave. S. offices today officially turning over the reins of the organization to new Sony CEO Gary Overton. His departure marked the end of a 40-year career with the same company. The transition was first announced in April when Galante noted, “As a 21-year-old kid from […]

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CMA Sues Fest Shirt Sellers

[Nashville Post] The Country Music Association has asked a court’s help to stop trademark infringement on the sale of CMA Music Festival merchandise. The CMA filed suit in U.S. District Court Wednesday, the day before the start of its headline event, claiming that various vendors have at past CMA Music Festivals have sold counterfeit T-shirts and […]

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KE$HA Flood Benefit June 16

Pop  singer/songwriter and Nashville native and resident Ke$ha has announced a flood benefit concert on June 16th at Limelight in Nashville, which is located at 201 Woodland Street. Tickets are available starting at $30 at  Those interested may purchase a special VIP ticket package that includes a meet & greet with Ke$ha available for $100. All profits […]

Category: Artist, Featured, Flood2010

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BOBBY KARL Works The Room–CMA 6/10

Chapter 339—My kingdom for a parking space. Downtown Nashville is a sea of humanity. If this year’s CMA Music Festival doesn’t set another attendance record, I will be very much surprised. There were moments during my first tour of the “campus” on Thursday (6/10) when I was literally inching along in the packed pedestrian traffic. […]

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CMT Awards—Inspired or Flawed Judgement?

(Complete list of winners here.) (Photos: The ninth annual CMT Music Awards seemed to be more about the party than the music. The two and a half hour show did however offer viewers a few outstanding musical moments. Zac Brown Band did a heartfelt rendition of “Free” that reinforced the band’s artistic orientation. LeAnn […]

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V-Albums Offer Swift Giveaway

ScatterTunes™ new V-album technology gains added traction in country markets with the June 8 release of product from Big Machine and Valory Music artists Taylor Swift, Reba, Jewel and Justin Moore. Other albums listed on the ScatterTunes website as available in the new V-Album format include artists Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker and […]

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Rubin First Nancy Saturn Award Recipient

Ronna Rubin, owner of Rubin Media will become the first recipient of the Nancy Saturn Award of Inspiration. The honor is set to be presented June 24 during the American Artisan Dinner Party & Art Auction at Nashville’s Noah Liff Opera Center. Nancy Saturn’s involvement with Gilda’s Club Nashville and other cancer-related organizations helped her […]

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Dan Bowen Exits CMA

It remains unofficial, but MusicRow has learned that CMA VP of Strategic Marketing & Communications, Dan Bowen, has exited the Country Music Association, as a result of his position being eliminated. According to his CMA public phone message, Bowen can now be reached at [email protected] or 615-440-6346.

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Swift and Pickler Set Musicfest Plans

Two of country music’s biggest stars (and best buds) Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler have unveiled their ambitious game plans for the upcoming CMA Music Festival. Pickler will be visiting with fans and signing autographs at Opry Originals: The Shop on Broadway located at 300 Broadway on Thursday, June 10, from Noon-2:00 PM. 

The singer […]

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Throwdown Forced To Trim Dates

The Country Throwdown Tour has announced it will cancel four upcoming shows in Houston (6/9), Dallas (6/10), San Diego (6/17) and Phoenix (6/18). In addition, the Bakersfield date (originally set for 6/16) has now moved to Friday, 6/18. Tickets from the above listed shows will be honored at all other Country Throwdown tour dates and […]

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Country Sales Slide Continues

After a 38% drop over the previous three years (2007—2009), we are again facing declines. We started 2010 with an 18% YTD gain, but as we near the end of May country album sales have slipped to -5.6%, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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