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Sony Nashville Layoffs

(Updated 6:40 pm) With country music sales dropping from 75 to 47 million units over the last two years, ”restructuring” has become a dreaded and unfortunately, all too familiar term on Music Row streets. Sony Music Nashville is the latest label to be affected by the softness in the CD marketplace and the weakness in […]

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Americana Series Set For Bluebird

The Americana Music Association will host a new “Live at The Bluebird Cafe” concert series every Thursday beginning Feb. 19 and running through March 26. Celebrating some of the genre’s best-loved and most influential performers, the six-show series sponsored by the Gibson Foundation will feature Jim Lauderdale (2/19), Sam Bush (2/26), Nanci Griffith (3/5), and […]

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Urban Planning To Defy Gravity

Keith Urban’s new album Defying Gravity will be released March 31 on Capitol Records Nashville. The project’s lead single “Sweet Thing” has already reached No. 3 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Chart and is still climbing. “Defying Gravity comes from the lyrics of a song on the album and it just struck me at the time as […]

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Nashville Screenwriters Conference Returns In 2009

The eleventh annual Nashville Screenwriters Conference (NSC) is set to take place May 29-31 at the historic Union Station hotel. The open-to-the-public conference will bring some of Hollywood’s top writers, producers, directors, managers, agents and studio executives to Nashville to network and share their experiences with local aspiring screenwriters and other interested individuals. The popular […]

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New Hiring At NSAI

NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) has added Erin Burr as Communications Director. She most recently spent more than three years handling publicity for the Colgate Country Showdown talent competition. At the new gig, Burr will report to NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison. She can be reached at [email protected] or (615) 256-3354, ext. 233. Next up: […]

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Little Big Town Lets Fans Pick Opening Act

Little Big Town has partnered with Web site Eventful to find aspiring country artists to open its upcoming A Place to Land tour. Starting today, fans can use Eventful’s “Demand” service to vote for artists they think should open the shows. The four performers with the most Demands will perform at different stops on the […]

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Strait Adds Shelton To Tour

Blake Shelton will join George Strait on the road this summer, along with previously announced opener Julianne Hough. Shelton’s latest Warner Bros. single “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” recently spent two weeks at No. 1 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart. The Strait tour opens May 9 in Hidalgo, TX, and hits numerous amphitheaters and festivals across the […]

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Clear Channel Cuts Official

Clear Channel Communications has officially confirmed cuts that reduced its workforce by approximately 1850 employees or 9%. CC CEO Mark Mays wrote in a company-wide email: “As I’ve mentioned previously, we are facing an unprecedented time of distress in the general economy—and the ripple effects have hit some of our largest customers hard. Today, we […]

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Country Thunder Adds Markovchick

Kim Markovchick has joined Country Thunder as VP Sales and Marketing. Her more than 20 years of experience most recently included three years as Sr. Director of Marketing at Sony Nashville/Sony BMG. Previously Markovchick spent 17 years at Mercury Nashville, ending as VP/Marketing. Country Thunder General Manager Craig Morris says Markovchick will work to “utilize […]

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Jo Dee Welcomes Baby Boy

Jo Dee Messina and her husband Chris Deffenbaugh were thrilled to welcome their first child, a boy, on Mon., Jan. 19 in a Nashville-area hospital. Noah Roger Deffenbaugh was born at 1:01 PM, and weighed in at 6 lbs., 15 oz. Noah, mom and dad are all doing very well. The couple was married in […]

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Nashville Goes International

Numerous Nashville artists and songwriters are planning trips overseas in the coming months. Representing Music City to the international community will be a wide mix of artists and songwriters from a variety of genres. For the fifth year, Nashville songwriters will share their talents at Ireland’s Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival & Song Writing Convention. Going […]

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