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American Media, Owner of “Country Weekly,” Announces Restructuring

American Media Inc. today (11/1) announced it will engage in a financial restructuring through a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. The process is expected to begin in about two weeks and last about 60 days. American Media, Inc. is the publisher of Country Weekly, Star, Shape, Men’s Fitness, The National Enquirer and more. The […]

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Leon Russell/Elton John Collaboration; Artists Crossing Borders

Leon Russell Signs Deal with UMPG for Elton John Collaboration Legendary songwriter and artist Leon Russell has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) for The Union, his collaboration with Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin. The Union was released on October 19th. Russell, John and Taupin co-wrote the album, which […]

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Early Swift Raves; JetBlue, Target and Royal Caribbean Exclusives

Taylor Swift‘s upcoming Speak Now is earning early raves from critics before the October 25th release date. Swift’s highly-anticipated third album will be released by Big Machine Records in over 40 countries. The Hollywood Reporter calls the album “brilliant” and The New York Times states that Speak Now is “The most musically diverse [album] of […]

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Swift Wins Trademark Case

The Tennessean and Nashville Post are reporting that Taylor Swift has won a court case filed against 16 individuals accused of violating Swift’s trademark by selling counterfeit merchandise. A federal judge in Nashville has granted a default judgment barring those individuals from making or selling Taylor Swift merchandise. The civil lawsuit claimed that Swift’s merchandise […]

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Country Crossing’s Ronnie Gilley Indicted

Country Crossing owner Ronnie Gilley is among a group of 11 individuals being indicted today as part of a federal investigation into political corruption in the state of Alabama. The indictment alleges that Gilley, along with casino and racetrack owner Milton McGregor, hired lobbyists to bribe state legislators into supporting proposed pro-gambling legislation. Four state […]

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Next Big Nashville/Digital Summit Announce Lineup

Next BIG Nashville (NBN) and Leadership Music DIGITAL SUMMIT (LMDS) have announced the final schedules for their upcoming September 29- October 2 festival and conference in Nashville. Events include; 150+ bands performing during the four-day, multi-genre music festival in Nashville’s coolest venues, the digital summit, featuring guest speakers and panelists from every corner of digital […]

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CMA/NARM Plan Entertainment Law Conference

The CMA is working with NARM to host an Entertainment Law Conference in Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 9 (1:00-5:30 PM/CT) at the Hutton Hotel. The half-day continuing legal education course is part of a series put on by NARM and will be part of scheduled events leading up to “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” which […]

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BMI Reveals Fiscal Year-End Results

BMI released its latest financial results today, showing that the performing rights organization generated more than $917 million in revenues for its 2010 fiscal year ended June 30, including its subsidiary Landmark Digital Services®, LLC. The company had distributable royalties of more than $789 million for the more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and copyright owners […]

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“Banker to the Stars” Dies


Clarence Reynolds Jr., known as “the banker to the stars,” died Tuesday, September 7, at age 82. Reynolds was a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking of the South, where he was class president. Reynolds began working at Commerce Union Bank in 1946 and remained there for the next 41 years. 

The […]

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Vanderbilt Hosts Entertainment Law Symposium

Leadership Music has partnered with the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law (JETL) to offer a symposium: “The Evolution of Entertainment Law and Industry in the New World: Where Do We Go From Here?” The day-long event will be held Tuesday, September 28 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM in Vanderbilt Law School’s Flynn Auditorium. The […]

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Court Says iTunes Subject To Licensing, Not Sales Rates

Eminem‘s first producers FBT won a lawsuit against his current label Universal Music Group and others on Friday (9/3), which claimed that the rapper’s music on iTunes was being licensed, not sold, and therefore was subject to a higher royalty percentage rate. Eminem signed with FBT in 1995, and when he eventually moved to Universal, […]

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