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CMA Fest By The Numbers

The Country Music Association released its preliminary statistics on its 40th annual fan festival on Monday, and the results are impressive. There is no official estimate on how much economic impact this year’s festival had on downtown, but it is a safe bet that it surpassed last year’s $24 million.

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Notable Nashville Gospel Personality Passes

Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member J. Harold Lane died last week in Nashville at age 82. His funeral was held Monday (6/13), and he was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Lane initially rose to prominence as a founder of the Gospel Harmony Boys. He is best known as a performer for his 22 […]

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Bobby Karl’s Fan Fair Finale

Chapter 369: I am pretty sure it was the hottest one on record, and I am fairly confident that it was the best attended, but I am absolutely positive that this has been the most star-loaded CMA Music Fest in history. On Wednesday (6/8), we had the legendary Oak Ridge Boys and Hall of Famer […]

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Bobby Karl Works CMA Fest: Part 2

Day Two of the CMA Music Festival was a carbon copy of Day One, weather-wise. The streets of downtown Nashville sizzled in the mid-90s. But I’ll be darned if the fans weren’t having a ball in spite of it all.

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Digital Licensing Changes To Impact PROs And Publishers

Technologists and music industry futurists have noted the need to refine and simplify digital licensing for quite some time. But despite a mantra of innovation, the music industry often moves slowly, especially with regard to revenue streams and licensing. However, the wheels may have begun turning— at last.

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Anatomy of An Award Show-CMT Wins BossRoss Trophy

Last night’s 2011 CMT Music Awards overachieved, and succeeded. Under the watchful gaze of CMT President Brian Philips, Sr. VP Music Events John Hamlin and Sr. VP Music Strategy Jay Frank and a great team, the production delivered its message of country music FUN across a multi-tiered construct of communication channels, social networks and live […]

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Bobby Karl Works CMA Fest: Part 1

With the biggest parade in its history, charity concerts, some Opry events, two international-artist showcases and a flurry of early fan-club parties, the 40th annual CMA Music Festival is off with a bang.

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Additive Choices Build Label/Artist Success

One of the highlights at this year’s 2nd annual Billboard Country Music Summit (June 6-7) in Nashville was about label business models. Moderator Glenn Peoples, Sr. Editorial Analyst BB focused first on industry measurements and then on the differences between labels of different sizes. Here are a few quotes from the panel participants… John Esposito, […]

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City National Bank Opens On Music Row

City National Bank has opened its first banking office in Nashville, Tenn. with a full staff headed locally by Holly Bell. With offices across the country, the bank has long established roots in the entertainment business, including many Music City clients.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (6/8/11)

We have a mixed bag of sounds on tap today. The listening session was dominated by indies. Some of them were quite listenable (Stephanie Urbina Jones, Aaron Einhouse), others not so much.

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Save The Dates: Awards Season Draws Near

The weather may be hot, but cool weather and cooler parties are on the horizon. Nashville’s music business is already eyeing the fall awards season, which brings numerous annual events, culminating with the CMA Awards. Among the causes for celebration are performing rights organizations saluting the most-performed songs of the year, and the Nashville Songwriters […]

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