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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CMA Presents Consumer Research To CRS Attendees

The CMA presented findings from its Country Music Consumer Segmentation Study to CRS attendees this morning, (3/5). The data presented is part of an extensive study commissioned by the CMA to define and examine the key consumer revenue drivers for country music. The study, was based upon a phase one sample of over 7,500 consumers, […]

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Swift Rules; Owen Debuts At No. 2 (3/4/09)

So far this year, as Taylor Swift sells, so goes the country music world. With that scientific axiom as one’s basic assumption it is therefore no surprise that the precocious teen again this week topped both the Top 200 Current Albums all genre list and the Top 75 Current Country list with 73,174 units scanned […]

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Can Artists Benefit From Skittles Site Concept?

The new Skittles website proves the idea that innovation does not always require the invention of a new wheel. Sometimes it is merely rearranging wheels already available. Developed by Agency.com, Skittles.com is more a social network hub than a static information depot. The new candy company digital address employs a mix of content from Twitter, […]

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Clear Channel Reports $5 Billion Loss

CC Media Holdings has reported a $5 billion fourth quarter loss due to a  major change in the value of its assets such as radio licenses and other permits. CC Media Holdings is the vehicle used by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital to privatize Clear Channel Communications last year in what was reportedly […]

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Strait Sells Out Dallas

Create a package with George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough and it should be no surprise that it would sell out a venue even as large as the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. The June 6 concert cleared out all its tickets in exactly one hour for the inaugural event. The new stadium […]

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Emerson Drive, Management Part Ways

MusicRow has learned that Canadian/Nashville-based band Emerson Drive has split ways with Big Ride Management. The act had been with Big Ride, headed by Gerry Leiske, for many years, including during its mega-No. 1-hit, “Moments” in 2007. Earlier this year, Emerson Drive, on Midas Records, joined forces with the Valory Music Co. The band’s new […]

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CDs: Where Is The Love?

This week’s Nielsen SoundScan wrap covers results through the week ending Feb. 22. After last week’s love-filled Valentines Day/post-Grammy bump, overall sales slid, dropping 13% week to week. For country, the story was more pronounced as the format’s scans fell a full 26%. The Top 75 Current Country list accounted for a total of 358k […]

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Gaylord Drops 180 in Nashville

[Update 2/16; 9 pm] Gaylord has now announced it will reduce 3.5% of its workforce nationwide, cutting about 350 jobs. 180 positions will be eliminated in Nashville. According to the Fort Worth, Texas Star-Telegram, Gaylord Entertainment laid off 30 full-time people today (2/16) from its resort in Grapevine, Texas. The property has a workforce of […]

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Is Fan Voting The Future? ACM Enlists Fans To Validate Industry Choices

Like it is for all Awards shows, the ACM final nominees announcement was a cause of joy and pain for various artists whose names did and did not appear on the coveted list. Some mainstream brands were missing in categories where they seemed essential and a few relative newcomers caught a wave that some might […]

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ACM Nominations Announced

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 44th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR™ * * * * FANS WILL VOTE AGAIN FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR; TOP NEW ARTIST CATEGORY FAN VOTED FOR FIRST TIME EVER; TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS; SUNDAY, APRIL 5th AT 8:00 […]

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Tickets Walk, Tours Talk, Covers Contest

If there is weak economy, apparently Taylor Swift fans don’t know or care. This morning (2/6) the young superstar’s supporters bought up every ticket to her Staples Center appearance in a record-breaking two minutes. The May 22nd LA show is part of Swift’s Fearless 2009 tour which officially kicks off April 23 in Evansville, IN. […]

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