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Grand Ole Opry Goes Idol

Two American institutions will join forces March 17 and 18 for Opry Week on American Idol, and three of country music’s biggest stars — Brad Paisley, Randy Travis and former Idol champ Carrie Underwood — will be appearing on the country-themed edition of the top-rated reality show. Current Idol contestants will also be singing songs […]

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Robbins Nashville Drops In-House Promo Dept.; Moves To Outsource

Robbins Nashville’s decision  to outsource its promotion department resulted in the departure today (3/11) of promo executives VP Tony Benken ([email protected]) and Dir. National Promotion Joe Redmond ([email protected]). Observers may interpret this move to mean that the label’s life line is shrinking, but Music Row has learned it is more likely an economic-driven leap toward […]

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More Stars, Local Access Come To CMA Fest

Leaders of the Country Music Association, the Metro Government of Nashville, and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau gathered at the Metro Courthouse today (3/11), to announce new plans for 2009 CMA Music Festival including the addition of a new stage on the Public Square in front of the Courthouse and free access for the […]

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Are Ticketers Getting Greedy?

Using Neil Diamond’s last summer New York Madison Square dates as an example, the Wall Street Journal recently pointed to the scalper-like practice known as ticket reselling. Under this scenario, done with the approval and full knowledge of the artist and manager involved, a limited number of the best seats are withheld from normal sale […]

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Underwood Croons Mötley Crüe for American Idol

ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has recorded a version of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” for the upcoming season of American Idol. Beginning with the March 11 episode, the song will air each week as the farewell theme for contestants leaving the show. “Home Sweet Home” will release as an exclusive iTunes […]

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Preston to Be Honored, Womack to Perform at Martell Foundation Honors Gala

Lee Ann Womack will join pop star Michael Bolton in performing at the inaugural Martell Foundation Honors Gala on March 25 to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. The black-tie event, which will take place at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Plaza hotel, will honor four individuals for their humanitarian, philanthropic and career achievements, including former Vice President […]

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Here Come Some New Flatts Tracks

Rascal Flatts will make four new songs available from their upcoming CD, Unstoppable, in advance of the project’s April 7 release. Starting today (3/10), iTunes will feature  “Here Comes Goodbye,” the album’s debut single and music video. In addition, Rascal Flatts will pre-release three additional songs from the album via iTunes each consecutive Tuesday leading […]

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Chesney Rolls Out The “Keg” At Nashville’s Exit In

Kenny Chesney and band have been busy rehearsing for their upcoming Sun City Carnival Tour, but even country superstars need a break once in a while. Fortunately for music fans, Chesney’s idea of a break is playing unannounced, no-holds-barred gigs at clubs throughout the Southeast. With another year of stadiums and arenas in his immediate […]

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Hall of Fame, Dolly Unplugged & Sheila E. Goes Country

Ray Talks Hank The legendary Ray Price visited the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum recently (3/7) to share memories of his close friend and mentor, Hank Williams. The interview was hosted by WSM-AM radio personality Eddie Stubbs and was presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, co-Presented […]

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Injured Jewel Dancing With the Stars, NOT

She was psyched for the competition, but Jewel’s appearance on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars has been cancelled due to injuries. The singer collapsed during early rehearsals for the top-rated dance show. What was initially thought to be an attack of tendonitis or ligament strains turned out to be much more serious — fractured tibia […]

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ACM Names New Artist Award Winners

The Academy of Country Music has named Julianne Hough, Jake Owen and Zac Brown Band Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group, respectively. The Academy, along with Great American Country and dick clark productions, partnered to allow fans to decide the winners of the three categories through […]

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