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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Truckers Rolling To Willie’s World

It’s always heartwarming to witness a dream come true. Especially when the dreamer is the legendary Willie Nelson. Nelson’s alternative fuel truck stop, Willie’s World in Carl’s Corner, Texas, has finally grown from vision to reality. Nelson will celebrate the occasion during the fifth annual Willie World Grand Opening event, Feb. 24-25. Also performing will […]

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January 09 Sales Story

Almost escaping notice, January 2009 has trailed off into obscurity, but the short story regarding country sales continues to be, “more of the same.” Top 75 Current Country sales fell short of the 300k mark again this week reaching about 295,000 units. Year-to-date country sales are now down 20.5%. One bright spot is country digital […]

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Grady Becomes President Borman Nashville

Borman Entertainment owner/founder Gary Borman has announced that John Grady will join the company as President of its Nashville operations. Grady, started 32 years ago as a college rep for A&M Records and more recently served as president of DMZ Music, Columbia Nashville, Epic Nashville and Monument Nashville. For the past 2 years, Grady was […]

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Urban Barbecue Escape

Keith Urban’s 2009 tour, labeled Keith Urban Escape Together Tour has added KC Masterpiece Barbeque Sauce and Kingsford Charcoal as a headline sponsor. The shows will begin in May and play mostly larger size venues. Drew McGowan, Sr. Grp. Manager PR/Sponsorships for Clorox Company, which owns both brands, told Billboard, “There’s a perfect link between […]

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Propper (ly) Official

CO5 Nashville has officially announced the addition of Heather Propper to its team. She will serve as Director/Promotion and Marketing Southeast. “CO5 remains committed to finding the absolute best talent our industry has to offer,” says David Newmark, VP/Country Promotion CO5 Nashville. “We are dedicated to being the leader in radio promotion.” Propper’s music industry […]

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Clarkson Single Rockets To No. 1

Starstruck Entertainment President, and Kelly Clarkson manager Narvel Blackstock (Reba, Blake Shelton), must be feeling good about his client’s new single, “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Clarkson’s track rocketed from No. 97 last week on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart all the way to the top—No. 1. This massive gain sets a record for the […]

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Country Beach Party Benefits Cancer Research

T.J. Martell Foundation is throwing a gigantic beach party and Montgomery Gentry will host “Country On The Beach.” “We wanted to do something fun to help raise vital dollars for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s mission of funding ground-breaking cancer research,” said Troy Gentry. “A warm weather event will be great, especially at the end of the […]

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Escalating The Pace Of Change

Judging by the problems surfacing in the entertainment and media worlds around the globe, the pace of change is accelerating and companies are frantically realizing that new models are becoming essential for survival. Even the government is working to pass an enormous $819 billion stimulus package with tax and spend provisions. Sony Corp reported (1/29) […]

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Montgomery To Exit Echo

It remains unofficial, but Music Row has learned that Echo Music Co-founder/CEO Mark Montgomery will soon exit the company to pursue new opportunities. Montgomery was involved in product development, plus a contributor to strategic direction. When Echo was purchased by Ticketmaster in March 2007, Sean Moriarty, Ticketmaster President/CEO said, “What echo has built is unique. […]

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Country Sales Increase (A Little)

Happily, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Top 75 Current Country albums for the week ending 1/25/09 bounced upward 8% over the previous week, without relying on new debut releases. Big Machine continued to control about 27% of that market share based mostly upon sales from its flagship femme, Taylor Swift. Despite the increase this week, […]

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UMG Sales/Marketing To Restructure

According to a Universal Music Group spokesperson, Executive VP Sales and Marketing Ben Kline is leaving the company, effective immediately, to pursue  a new opportunity. Kline was a fixture at the Nashville label for 11 years and with Universal for a total of 17 years. He was a frequent voice in many Music Row articles […]

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