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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Lady A “Need You…” Climbs 5X Platinum

Country fans are showing their love in the form of purchases during this hot summer season. The latest RIAA sales report for July 2011 shows Nashville music warmly represented. The magic numbers to qualify for Gold and Platinum awards are 500,000 and one million respectively. Capitol Nashville lead the Nashville labels with the equivalent of […]

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Yandell Joins CGP Elite

During his lifetime Chet Atkins bestowed the title of Certified guitar Player on just four guitar pickers; Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, the late Jerry Reed, and Steve Wariner. At a program Saturday marking the opening of the new Chet Atkins exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum®, Atkins’ daughter Merle asked Steve […]

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Combustion Promotes Chris Van Belkom

Combustion Music announces the promotion of Chris Van Belkom to VP. Van Belkom formerly served as Sr. Creative Director and has been with Combustion since 2004. Working directly with company President, Chris Farren, Van Belkom will oversee all aspects of the creative department and manage the writing staff, which includes songwriters Ashley Gorley, Brett James, […]

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Songwriter Workshop • Topspin Seminar

>>The ASCAP Foundation Country Songwriters Workshop is now accepting submissions for this fall’s program held on October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 18th from 2-4 p.m. at ASCAP’s Nashville offices. Conducted by veteran songwriter Bonnie Baker, each session will feature prominent music industry guest speakers giving advice on the art and craft of […]

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Sound Of Change Headed To Music City

Put your ear to the music industry railroad tracks and you’ll likely hear a faint rumbling headed toward Nashville—don’t recognize it? It’s the sound of change. Warner Music’s recent purchase by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries seemingly brought little or no change to Music City, but the upcoming sale of EMI—both publishing and records— is likely […]

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Marlee Scott Goes Dancing • New Darrell Scott Disc • AJ Offers Free Concert

Marlee Scott has released a dance mix of her country single “Beautiful Maybe” to over 240 DJs, club owners and dance instructors. The special high-energy version was remixed and produced by Allen Morgan. Listen to it here. The radio version was produced by David Kalmusky and written by Marcus Hummon, Tia Sillers and Tania Hancheroff. […]

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Country Brings Value To Fill Stadiums

Are country acts stadium ready? You bet, according to an L.A. Times article today by Nashville’s Holly Gleason which touts country music’s ability to attract fans to these larger-than-life gatherings. By example the article names Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and the CMA’s MusicFest as four stadium-size country shows all happening on the same […]

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Pinpointing 2011 Country Sales

Country album sales are up an astounding 4% YTD as of 8/7/2011 with 22,930,000 units scanned. That is some good news. However, before we open the second bottle of Cristal Champagne (on sale HERE for $295 ea.) it seems appropriate to survey 2010 and compare it with possible expectations and release schedules for 2011.

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Smoking Country Gets Fightin’ Hot

The Smokin’ Country Concert (8/5,6,7) in Bloomville, Ohio got a bit hotter than promoters imagined after rain, mud and a stuck bus contributed to a fistfight between Tracy Lawrence and promoter Elmer Cole Jr. who also owns Cole Farms, the concert site. According to the Advertiser-Tribune, “Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said there was a […]

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CEMB Pipeline Project Shares Findings

Belmont University’s Pipeline project shared its findings with the entertainment industry last evening at a reception held at Regions Bank (8/8). The Pipeline project, an initiative of the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB), was created as a think tank. Some of the school’s best and brightest students were chosen to participate and […]

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Celebrating Writer/Publisher Highlights

AIMP Arrives; Tim Nichols Adds Another Million (Airs); Dallas Davidson Gets His 8th No. 1; Rascal Flatts Get Platinum and No. 1 Awards

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