Lambert Goes Hipstamatic

Miranda Lambert has teamed with the popular iPhone app Hipstamatic to offer fans an exclusive “Listen & Create” contest merging her music with the app’s unique analog camera settings.

For the contest, fans will hear the premiere of Lambert’s song “Mama’s Broken Heart” from her forthcoming Four The Record, and submit photos using Hipstamatic’s numerous lens, flash, and film options for a chance to win an autographed guitar.

“Listen & Create” is live now here and ends Oct. 18. Hipstamatic is one of the best-selling iPhone apps of all time, and Apple named it “App of the Year” for 2010.

Lambert’s Four The Record is due Nov. 1, and she will perform on the 45th Annual CMA Awards live from the Bridgestone Arena Nov. 9. She’s nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, an honor she won last year, as well as Musical Event of the Year for her collaboration on Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

The Band Perry, Triple In One

The Band Perry‘s hit single, “If I Die Young,” has been certified Triple Platinum for sales exceeding 3 million. This milestone arrives as the family band marks the first anniversary of the release of its self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville.

The Band Perry will also perform on ABC’s top-rated Dancing with the Stars the Results Show on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and will soon announce a list of upcoming appearances that will take them through the remainder of 2011.

“Although we’ve planned, prepared and prayed for this moment for the past thirteen years, we’re still a little overwhelmed by the warm welcome we’ve been given,” said Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry. “Birthdays have always been celebrated big in this family, so to have a one-year-old album and hear that ‘If I Die Young’ has touched so many people; it makes us feel that we’re sharing our celebration with all of you.”

“It’s hard to believe that all of these incredible accolades have come from The Band Perry’s very first album…but they have! What an amazing way to celebrate the one year anniversary of their debut release with 5 CMA Award Nominations, a Dancing with the Stars performance and a certified Triple Platinum single with ‘If I Die Young!'” said Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville President.

McBride’s Train Trek Promotes Music and Breast Cancer Awareness

Martina McBride’s epic coast to coast train ride, dubbed Eleven Across America is underway traveling from Los Angeles to New York City. The Amtrak-sponsored journey is timed to promote the artist’s new album Eleven, in stores today (Tues.) and also raise support for breast cancer. A crowd of press, fans and breast cancer survivors all climbed aboard the Pink Together Express in Los Angeles on Monday morning, and began the journey to Flagstaff, AZ the train’s first stop.

Day one included the Flagstaff arrival at 2 a.m. and a warm welcome from over 600 fans who filled the train station. Arrival times are purposely being kept secret until close to the last minute, so fans are spreading the word and keeping in touch via social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Martina’s website also has a special blog covering her daily reports daily. Martina told the crowd, “This is what it’s all about, making a memory together, and this is a memory we’ll share forever.”

One of the songs on the new album, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” is, as Martina explains, “A very moving song about someone loving someone through breast cancer. When I first heard the song I was so touched by it.”

That song is one of the reasons why this promotional adventure is being used to do more than just draw attention to music, it’s also about helping to draw attention and support for breast cancer awareness month. In fact, Martina will light New York’s Empire State building pink at the close of this Eleven Across America journey, an event sponsored by the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center.

For up to the minute reports and details of where the train will stop check @martinamcbride on Twitter.

(Stop #3 is Albuquerque, N.M. 10/11 @12:38 am)

Martina, standing in front of her specially bannered train, talks with the 2 a.m. fans and well-wishers in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Magic Mustang Ropes New Creative Director

Keithan Melton

Magic Mustang Music has added Keithan Melton as Creative Director for the publishing company where he will be involved in all day-to-day creative activities.

Most recently Melton was in a similar role at Wide Open Music Group. He previously spent three years as the Creative Director for Sea Gayle Music. Over the course of Melton’s career he has placed songs with Trace Adkins, Jake Owen, Danny Gokey, Love and Theft, James Otto, Blake Wise and more.

“We’ve been very fortunate to be able to grow so quickly as a company,” says Magic Mustang Sr. Creative Director Juli Newton-Griffith. “With the hiring of Keithan, who has been able to hit the ground running, we have the perfect addition to our team.” The company represents songwriters Jason Aldean, Thompson Square, Sherrie Austin, Ash Bowers, Rob Hatch, Kristy Lee Cook, Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, John Edwards, Rich Redmond and Westin Davis.

Melton is already on the job and can be contacted at [email protected]


Photo Tuesday

Some of Music City’s top songwriters came to the Country Music Hall of Fame Sept. 29 for Wake Up Nashville, benefiting national non-profit Wake Up Narcolepsy. Writers Bobby Wood, Dave Gibson, Tyler Hayes, and many more joined the stage to have their voices heard for the disabling sleep disorder. With more than 150 people in attendance, the organization raised a little over $50,000 for research and awareness.

(L-R): Kia Jarmon, Denise Fussell, co-organizer Bob Saporiti, co-organizer Tabitha Crawford, Caitlin Rantala

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Nashville framing and gift store The Beveled Edge recently hosted Nashville author Jack Isenhour to sign copies of his new release He Stopped Loving Her Today: George Jones, Billy Sherrill, and the Pretty-Much Totally True Story of the Making of the Greatest Country Record of All Time. The book tells the story and struggle behind the creation of the George Jones classic, now regarded as the quintessential country song.

“How Jack wrote this book is a testament to the very character of Nashville,” said Susan Taylor, co-owner and founder of The Beveled Edge. “His interviews for the book were arranged through someone, who knew someone, who knew someone, all of whom were willing to help—something fellow Nashvillians will recognize and relate to.”

(L-R): William Smithson, Jack Isenhour and Susan Taylor

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The downtown Nashville location of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville recently hosted a Songplugger Mixer event, where pluggers of all stripes mingled and the fun included a tropical dress up contest.

(L-R) Penny Everhard, Melanie Howard, Will Byrd, Jason Morris and Carrie Bleitner

Americana Music Festival, Conference Launches Tomorrow

The 12th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, sponsored by Nissan, opens tomorrow in Nashville and runs through Oct. 15. The centerpiece of the week will be Thursday night’s (10/13) Americana Honors & Awards show at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony will be broadcast live in Middle Tennessee on Nashville Public Television Ch. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Additionally, a one-hour cut of the program will broadcast nationwide Nov. 19, during a special edition of PBS’s Austin City Limits.

There will be rockin’ nighttime showcases at numerous local venues, and daytime educational components held at the Nashville Downtown Sheraton.

One recently announced theme running through the week will showcase the remarkable music from the state of Alabama. Included will be an evening of music, an all-star panel discussion of the Muscle Shoals sound, and a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Fame Studios producer Rick Hall during the Honors & Awards show.

The Americana Music Festival opens Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Cannery Ballroom with an evening of Alabama song. On the bill are the Blind Boys of Alabama, The Civil Wars, Candi Staton, Mike Farris, Webb Wilder, Dez Dickerson, T Graham Brown and more.

The following afternoon, Thursday, Oct. 13, 12–1:30 p.m., offers a stacked panel discussion on the recordings which helped define the careers of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan, Bobbie Gentry, the Osmonds, the Rolling Stones and more. Land of 1000 Dances: The Groundbreaking Sounds of Muscle Shoals, presented in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at the Hall’s Ford Theater, will feature pioneering producers, songwriters and musicians David Briggs, Rick Hall, Norbert Putnam, Donnie Fritts, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham and Jimmy Johnson, with journalist Holly George Warren as moderator.

Details on the conference, awards, panel discussion and more at

New Ryman Partner Makes The Wheels Turn

Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium has announced a multi-year partnership with Nissan North America, making Nissan an Official Partner. The auto manufacturer will become part of the daytime tour experience and nightly concerts through branding and advertising opportunities, and aims to bring its ‘Innovation For All’ campaign to the storied music destination.

“We are thrilled to align the Ryman in this long-term partnership with Nissan,” said Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium General Manager. “We look forward to putting ‘Innovation For All’ into action, enhancing our concert experiences for fans with cutting edge innovation and technology. We’re excited to have a locally based global company as our partner. Together, we’ll elevate our museum and concert offerings, not only for fans here in Nashville but for audiences around the world using a variety of media platforms.”

“We strive for ‘Innovation For All’ and that includes Nashville’s diverse music community. Where better to center that partnership but within the very epicenter of Music City, the Ryman Auditorium? Our partnership with the Ryman is an extension of our commitment to Nashville and its thriving entertainment offerings,” said Jon Brancheau, Vice President, Marketing, Nissan.

Technology will play an important role in the partnership, and consumers will soon be able to download the first official Ryman app for iPhone and Android smartphones. With the app users will be able to receive concerts announcements via text, purchase tickets directly, browse the Hatch Show Print Gallery, and share concerts through social media. Additionally, the partners are planning “Nissan Recording Sessions From The Ryman,” a national contest which will grant the finalists an opportunity to play and record on the Ryman stage.

Coming up at the Ryman are Goo Goo Dolls (10/17), Aretha Franklin (10/19), Peter Frampton (10/22), Indigo Girls & Brandi Carlile (11/17), Glen Campbell (11/30 & 12/5), Gillian Welch (12/1) and more. See full calendar here.

ACM Sets Voting Timeline

The Academy of Country Music announced today (10/10) the ballot timeline for professional membership voting for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be held in Spring 2012 on an as-yet-unannounced date.

For members to be eligible to vote during the 2012 Awards cycle:

New membership applications must be completed by 5:00 PM PT on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

Existing membership renewals must be completed by 5:00 PM PT on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

The ballot timeline for professional members:
1st Ballot Opens – Mon., Dec. 5, 2011
1st Ballot Closes – Mon., Dec. 12, 2011

2nd Ballot Opens – Mon., Jan. 9, 2012
2nd Ballot Closes – Mon., Jan. 16, 2012

3rd Ballot Opens – Mon., March 5, 2012
3rd Ballot Closes – Mon., March 12, 2012

Nominees will be revealed in February 2012 at a date to be announced.

Details about fan voting will be announced at a later date.

For more information on ACM Awards criteria click to download pdf.


Sell-Out Is Simply Marketing Slang

We’ve all heard stories about concert tickets selling out within minutes of the box office opening. But what actually constitutes a sold-out show?

Ticketing and live events experts agree: Sold out is a marketing term, not a technical one. And it means different things to different marketers.

One rep from a local venue says that he has only seen one show in his nearly 20-year career where no tickets of any kind were available. Thus, it is extremely rare—maybe once every decade or so in large arenas—that when the box office closes, there isn’t one seat available anywhere in the house.

Most fans and members of the industry would agree that a sell-out is when tickets can no longer be purchased by the general public. But, as those in the biz know, this doesn’t mean that the right connections can’t get you in the door. Instead, plenty of tickets are set aside for production holds, artist holds, etc.

However, some artist reps use the term sell-out very loosely, in an effort to fuel media publicity, accrue bragging rights, and sell more tickets. Marketers might spread the word that a concert is sold out when there are no pairs of tickets available, only singles. Or they might deem a show sold out when the only remaining tickets are relatively expensive, perhaps over the $100 mark.

It’s a common practice for tickets to be released to the public the day of the show. After the stage is set up, venue reps can gauge clear sightlines from various points in the audience and then open up for purchase seats that previously had questionable visibility. Even if no one buys those last-minute tickets, the concert is still referred to as a sell-out.


Urban On, Ellen Show

Keith Urban is launching a new single and new fragrance this fall. He is set to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow (10/11) where he will perform “You Gonna Fly” and promote his new men’s cologne, Phoenix.

Partnering with, Urban recently launched a nationwide contest to create a 30-second commercial spot for Phoenix. The grand prize winner will be hand selected by Urban and the commercial will be broadcast on national network television. The contest will run through Nov. 11. Details at

He recently scored his 13th No. 1 single with “Long Hot Summer.” At the upcoming CMA Awards, Urban is vying for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He will close his Get Closer 2011 World Tour Oct. 15 in Minneapolis, MN.