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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Biggest Loser Gets Vinny, Grainge Talks A&R, Lady A Fans Scavenge

>>Big Vinny from Trailor Choir (aka Vicent Hickerson) is set to become a big loser this coming year as he competes on season 12 of the NBC hit reality show The Biggest Loser. Big Vinny will be one of 15 contestants weighing over 400 pounds and hoping to win the $250,000 prize. The season premiere […]

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Chesney Ends Tour With Hurricane of Activity

Kenny Chesney’s 2011 Goin’ Coastal Tour celebrated its last weekend, in Boston, with a two-show hurricane of activity. To be exact, the Sunday 8/28 performance was rescheduled for Friday 8/26 because of approaching hurricane Irene and Saturday went on as scheduled. Together, the two shows sold over 106,000 tickets at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, […]

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Ticket Technology War Escalates

Touring is big business and filling the seats in a club or a giant stadium starts with one transaction—the ticket sale. The service charges that are collected from the sale of tickets is also big business. Ticketmaster, owned by Live Nation Entertainment is the big dog in this market, currently dominating ticket sales at venues […]

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GAC To Sponsor Own The Night Tour

GAC has announced it will sponsor Lady Antebellum’s Own The Night 2011 tour which will feature Josh Kelley on all dates and Randy Montana and Edens Edge on a rotating basis. The 21-city tour begins Nov. 11 in Knoxville, then moves on to Macon, GA. (11/12) and Pikeville, KY. (11/13). “GAC and everyone who works […]

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Montgomery Gentry Album Arrives After Difficult Year

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry—award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry—will soon release the duo’s seventh studio album, Rebels on the Run. The new 11 song collection will be available from their new label home Average Joe’s Entertainment, on Oct. 4, 2011. “In a lot of ways the past year has been has been nothing but hell,” said Eddie […]

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Buddy Killen Circle To Gain Apartment Complex

According to the Nashville Business Journal, the long vacant site at 1515 Demonbreun St. across from the Tin Roof and the one-time location of the Barbara Mandrell Museum, is now slated to become home to a $40 milllion apartment project. Lionstone Group, based in Houston, is said to be selling the land now a parking […]

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Spotify Limits Boost Paid Users

The U.S. music industry was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spotify. And now that it is here, numbers and stats are flying in all directions as execs try to decipher consumer reactions. MusicAlly.com has published some new information which shows the music platform successfully added paying subscribers as a result of implementing more restrictions on […]

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Kentucky Headhunters Return; Deborah Allen Releases New Album

The boys who made “Dumas Walker” famous in 1989 are back with their first studio album since 2003. The Kentucky Headhunters have just released a new single, “Great Acoustics,” from their upcoming album Dixie Lullabies on Red Dirt Records scheduled for release Oct. 18. Holly Gleason recently wrote for No Depression, “Twenty years after being […]

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CMA Songwriters Series To Stream Boston Show

CMA’s Songwriter Series heads to Boston for an Aug. 25 show with a stellar cast of performers and for the first time will be audio-streamed. Joining host Bob DiPiero for the sold-out Royale Nightclub show are Matraca Berg, Brett James, Wendell Mobley, Craig Wiseman and superstar Kenny Chesney. The hit-packed songwriters in the round event will […]

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WANTED: A New GPS For Country Marketing

Until recently our industry has relied upon SoundScan and the mainstream radio charts to rank weekly artist activity. But is that still enough or do we need a more comprehensive set of activity gauges? Tom Baldrica and Peter Strickland weigh in…

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DIY ‘U’ Showcases Digital Artist Career Tool

The DIY series is designed to introduce ASCAP members to various technology companies and this edition featured the Topspin direct-to-fan platform and Topspin Sr. Director of Artist Services Nashville, Wayne Leeloy.

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