Category: Featured

The News From Stringtown

Stringtown Records artist John Michael Montgomery has signed to Creative Artists Agency for booking representation and with Splash! Public Relations for publicity. The singer, who recently filmed a 30-minute infomercial for Time/Life on their Country Music Explosion package, is currently promoting “Forever,” the latest single from Time Flies, his Stringtown debut. In other Stringtown news, […]

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Flatts Set Country Digital Single Sales Tally

Sales for the week ended 3/15/09 remained tepid as Taylor Swift continued to account for almost 23% of the entire Current Country list. Kelly Clarkson’s CD scored Top 200  No. 1 success with a solid debut totaling 254,671 units. Unfortunately, the Idol alum, now managed by Nashville-based Starstruck Management, was unable to match last week’s […]

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NSAI and CMT Announce Song Contest Winners

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and CMT have announced the winners of the 9th Annual NSAI/CMT Song Contest, which awards two top prizes, one industry-voted and one chosen by online voting. Brooklyn resident David Stewart was chosen by industry judges for his song, “Damn, I Miss You.” Online voters chose “I Found Everything,” written […]

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Idol Goes Opry and Survives (almost)

Grand Ole Opry week, night one, took American Idol by storm as the eleven contestants performed songs made famous by Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Johnny Cash, Dolly, Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. “The odds were 100,000 to one at the beginning of this contest,” said host Ryan Seacrest at the top of the […]

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ACM’s Live Online and On the Street

Online voting for the Academy of Country Music’s 44th Annual ACM Awards officially started yesterday (3/16). Fans are encouraged to log on to ACM’s voting site at www.voteACM.com or to CBS-TV’s dedicated site, www.cbs.com/acma to cast their votes for ACM Entertainer of the Year. This year’s nominees for the highly coveted award include Kenny Chesney, […]

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Vietti Chili Says “Yes We Can”

With an innovative new promotion, the makers of Vietti Chili are giving the term “canned music” an entirely new meaning. The Nashville-based company has launched a “Vietti Vinyl Music Campaign” that promotes emerging and established musical talent through collectible product labels and other grassroots marketing initiatives. Vietti is leveraging its 30-state distribution network to promote […]

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Paisley Party’s Rowdy Nashville Finale

Brad Paisley wound up his Paisley Party Tour on a very high note in Nashville this past Saturday (3/14), playing a sold-out-in-advance show to a hometown crowd of over 13,000 ecstatic fans. Joining the singer onstage for his show-closer, a spirited reading of “Let the Good Times Roll,” was acclaimed blues guitarist Robben Ford, who […]

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CD Sales Sink, Digital Downloads Rise

The NPD Group, a leader in market research for the entertainment industry, has reported that there were nearly 17 million fewer CD buyers in 2008 compared to the previous year. The reported decline in CD buyers cuts across all demographic groups, but was particularly focused on teens and consumers over 50 years of age. According […]

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Soundscan Scans Cracker Barrel; ACM “Lifting Lives”

With traditional record retailers closing their doors, Cracker Barrel is helping to fill the void with their successful music program, which kicked off in 2005 with Home on the Highways from Alison Krauss and Union Station. Subsequent Cracker Barrel releases from Josh Turner, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Amy Grant and Sara Evans confirmed the company’s […]

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Country Thunder Closes

Independent label Country Thunder Records is closing their Nashville operations it has been announced by label President Herb Graham. Country Thunder’s roster of artists included Heartland, Shawn Hammonds and country duos Bluefield and Burns & Poe. Graham will carry on with his publishing and management activities through his Graham Artist Management, with a client list […]

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McAnally Signs With Show Dog

Fresh off his big success with “Down The Road,” his chart-topping duet with Kenny Chesney, respected singer/songwriter and reigning CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally has signed with Toby Keith’s Show Dog Records. “There’s nobody more respected, at least when it comes to musicians and people who really know this business, than Mac McAnally,” […]

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