Author Archive: David M Ross

Journalist, entrepreneur, tech-a-phile, MusicRow magazine founder, lives in
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Weekly Register: Thanksgiving Stuffs Sales Carts

Overall album sales leapt up 44% week over week and country album sales increased a welcome 80% for the same period […]

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Weekly Register: Navigating The Holiday Highway To 2013

As we prepare to load up the sleigh and head over the river and through the dale to Grandmother’s house for the annual turkey fest there’s several thoughts running through our mind. […]

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Weekly Register: Give The Gift of Music!

What should we expect before the last notes of “Auld Lang Syne” echo down the office hallways? Firstly, there’s a few more album stocking stuffers scheduled […]

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Weekly Register: Awards Bump Becomes A Minor Convexity

There are now four Taylor Swift tracks charting on the Billboard/SoundScan all genre list that are purposely being withheld from the country tracks chart. Those four songs currently account for total sales of about 935k units that are not being credited in country coffers […]

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Weekly Register: Swift’s “Red” Becomes State-Of-The-Art Marketing Textbook

It’s not easy to grab top headlines during a week loaded with Awards, label restructuring and a massive hurricane, but Taylor Swift is used to making the difficult look easy […]

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Robert Deaton: Getting Awards Show Ratings

Robert Deaton is a lucky man. His two career dreams have come true—to work in film/TV and contribute to country music. He’s insanely busy and […]

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Weekly Register: Aldean Roars; Style Police—Go Home

Most of you will insist Christmas arrives later in Dec., but for me, Santa’s sleigh and his lovable reindeer came bounding in this week with huge gifts from Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift […]

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Weekly Register: Swift Launch Delivers Non-Traditional Locations

Welcome everyone. Why am I in a festive mood? Well, because the two biggest country albums of season are finally going on sale—Jason Aldean’s Night Train, which hit shelves 10/16 and Taylor Swift’s Red which debuts 10/22 […]

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Weekly Register: Tracking Swift Mania

Question: Is it possible to sell 300,000 albums weeks before a project is released? Answer: You betcha. […]

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Weekly Register: Has Chart Edict Armed Retailers With A New Weapon?

The big sales news this week (according to Nielsen SoundScan) was Mumford & Sons’ monster 600k debut, Babel. The group scanned an incredible 70% in digital format (420k) […]

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Weekly Register: Digital Divide Becoming Key Metric?

Country YTD album sales ticked slightly lower (-1.6%), the format’s digital album sales as a percentage of total country sales was mostly flat, and the Digital Divide is predicted to continue throughout the fourth quarter […]

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