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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Country’s Album TEA Party

The largest and final sales quarter of 2011 is almost upon us and the list of planned album releases is mostly revealed (except for a few possible last minute surprises). The above graph is intended to help readers quickly grasp how album sales are trending. Last week for example (week ended 9-18-11), country hit its […]

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iTunes Crowd Continues To Swell

NPD’s latest research reports one in four U.S. Internet users now use iTunes—almost 51 million people—and an increase of 3% since last year. Music remains the primary activity of iTunes users, although app downloads is also seeing growth. 54% of iTunes users downloaded or listened to music this year and 28% downloaded a free app […]

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Armiger Launches Deluxe Package With Opry Performance

Katie Armiger finally got to stand in country music’s inner circle […]

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Promoting #Hashtag Happiness

Twitter is becoming a favored source for entertainment industry news and promotion, however the volume of tweets is reaching tsunami proportions. One way to fine tune the tweet-flow, is by using hashtags, a word preceded by the poundsign, i.e. #mynews. Hypebot.com recently wrote about some of the favorite tags its readers are using to parse […]

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Country Singing A Pretty Sales Tune

  Lady Antebellum comes roaring out of the physical and digital bins this week to dominate the Nielsen SoundScan sales sphere. The trio’s newest, Own The Night, racked up over 347,000 units (25% digital) giving it the No. 1 position on both the country albums and Top 200 albums charts. The new collection’s performance weighs […]

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CMA Details Staff Changes

The Country Music Association has detailed three new hires, plus a few promotions and reassignments across departments. In Communications, Amanda Eckard has been promoted to Senior Manager of Creative Services from Manager of Creative Services and former Tennessean reporter Christian Bottorff has joined the staff as Manager of Creative Services. Eckard will focus on the […]

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BMI Annual Revenues Continue Upward

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the music rights management organization further extended its 20-year record of annually increasing revenue collections for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 with revenues in excess of $931 million. Revenues for 2010 totaled $917 million. According to BMI it will distribute royalties of $796 million to the over 500,000 songwriters, […]

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Hunze To Lead Parallel Music

“We are up and running and are looking for great writers,” says Tim Hunze, who now heads up Parallel Music Publishing’s Nashville offices. “We believe being a boutique publisher is perfect for today’s ever changing environment.” Parallel Music Publishing is a partnership between Hunze, Parallel Entertainment Founder & CEO, J.P. Williams, and C.T. Wyatt, who runs […]

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Swift’s Sold-Out Traveling Sound Emporium

“I’m a hopeless romantic,” Taylor Swift told the 15,000 screaming fans jammed into Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 16. Indeed, her 14-track Speak Now album, which has sold 3.65 million copies in 46 weeks, is packed with stories of love—won and lost.

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Dill’s ‘Murder’ Hits Home Run

Veteran Nashville manager Stuart Dill’s sharp new novel, Murder On Music Row has more twists than a narrow country road. The plot revolves around a hired assassin, an international record company merger and …

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CCMA Wins With Canadian Hospitality And Talent

The Canadian Country Music Association presented its 34th annual week of events, culminating in its nationally televised awards show on Mon., Sept. 12. This year’s location was Hamilton Ontario, about a one hour drive south from Toronto.

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