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Terra Firma Orders New EMI Strategic Plan

Seeking to persuade Terra Firma investors to inject a reported $158.5 million of additional investment, Guy Hands, founder of private equity group Terra Firma, has asked EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti to draw up a new plan for the company. London’s Financial Times reports today (2/4) that the cash injection is intended to meet […]

Phil Vassar Steps Up For St. Judes

Showdog-Universal artist Phil Vassar has teamed up with Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radio station partners for a year-long promotion to benefit kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude. The Country Cares radio station that secures the most “Partner In Hope” monthly pledges throughout the designated contest time will receive a […]

Smith And Sturgeon Join “Artist-Owned” Ranks

Country artists Anthony Smith and Jason Sturgeon are joining artists like Big Kenny and Gretchen Wilson in establishing their own record labels and teams to release, promote and market their new music. Debut country artist Sturgeon will release his leadoff single, “Simple Life,” to radio through his own label, Toolpusher Records. He will follow that […]

Bluebird Hosts John Jarrard Foundation Concert

A distinguished group of songwriters will come together for the second John Jarrard Foundation Concert at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe on Saturday, Feb. 20. Hit songwriters Bob Dipiero, Walt Aldridge, Rory Bourke and Kendall Marvel will perform to benefit the John Jarrard Foundation. Dipiero’s 15 No. 1 hits include “Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw. Aldridge, writer of […]

ACM Names Radio Award Nominees

The Academy of Country Music has announced radio award nominees for its 45th annual awards show, scheduled for April 18 in Las Vegas. A full list of nominees follows. On-Air Personality of the Year – National: Blair Garner, AfterMidNite (Premiere); Cody Alan, CMT Radio Live (CMT Radio/Westwood One); Crook & Chase, Crook and Chase Countdown […]

SOLID Hosts Galante

SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) held its first general assembly meeting of the year featuring Sony Music Nashville CEO/President, Joe Galante. Galante supplied insightful advice on current issues, including the marketing of digital music, technology and how it affects the profit for the industry as well as what he believes will be future issues […]

Carrie Underwood Lands Big Screen Role, No. 1 Video

Five-time Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood has landed a supporting role in her first feature film, Soul Surfer. The movie is based on the autobiography of 19-year-old champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who has defied the odds to win professional championships after losing her arm in a shark attack at age thirteen. Underwood will play Sarah […]

Dealing With a “Swift” Evolution

Taylor Swift’s appearance on Monday night’s Grammy telecast, and the flood of media coverage that followed, illustrate that mega-fame and media saturation  can be a double-edged sword. While the multi-platinum singer scooped up a record-setting four Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year award, far more ink has been dedicated to her not-so-spot-on vocal […]

ACM Welcomes The Band Perry

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Republic Nashville Recording Artists Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, better known as The Band Perry to the office when they were in Los Angeles this week. While at the Academy, The Band Perry signed up for professional ACM membership and performed songs from their upcoming Republic Nashville […]

Celebrity Ads Increase For Grammy Night

GreenLight, a global media licensing, talent negotiation and rights representation consultancy, has released the results of its annual GreenLight Ad Gauge of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, revealing a 150% spike in ads featuring celebrity endorsements. The full report is available for download here. The 2010 analysis reveals that after a pulling back from celebrity […]