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RIAA Under Fire, Beaming Up Bonnaroo, World Copyright Summit

Minnesota lawyer Kiwi Camara and Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson have signaled their intention to file a class action lawsuit against the recording industry demanding the return over $100 million that the RIAA supposedly has collected as penalties from file-sharing cases with consumers. Camara is also in a high-profile Minnesota RIAA case later this month. […]

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Martina Poster, Matchless Debuts, Mullins Video, Lyric Advances

As CMA Music Festival draws near, workers install the final components of the GAC wrap on the Sommet Center’s glass tower. A 50 foot tall Martina McBride will welcome fans to next week’s event. Shawn Pennington, formerly of Dale Morris & Associates, has launched his own artist management and consulting company called Matchless Management. Details, […]

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Rucker Reaches Out via iPhone

Darius Rucker’s new iPhone/iPod touch app is the first from a country music artist to reach this writers desk. Downloadable for FREE, the nifty 35 MB code works much like a personal web browser dedicated to one site. Navigation is divided into seven categories: Welcome, Latest News, Tour Dates, Music Videos, Song samples/purchase links, Darius […]

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Time Warner Sheds AOL

After spending nearly a decade trying to build a new-age media empire, Time Warner is spinning out AOL as a separate Internet company run by former Google advertising executive Tim Armstrong. He was hired in March to try to revive the brand once known as America Online. Time Warner owns 95 percent of AOL and […]

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1720 Entertainment to Acquire Rock PR

Nashville- and Atlanta-based artist development company 1720 Entertainment, whose roster of clients includes country artists Jamie O’Neal, Rissi Palmer and Stevie Walker, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement in principle to acquire an equity stake in New York-based entertainment and media branding company Rock PR Media. 1720 will acquire equity in […]

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Stuart Dill Named President of Sanctuary

Veteran Nashville artist manager Stuart Dill has been named President of Sanctuary Artist Management Nashville. Sanctuary manages artists in the fields of pop, rock, country and Christian, and Dill, a 25-year veteran of Nashville’s country music scene, will be pivotal in expanding the Sanctuary roster. Sanctuary CEO Carl Stubner and Dill have been closely associated […]

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Performance Royalties Act Goes To House

In a 21 to 9 vote today (5/13), the House Judiciary Committee voted to send the Performance Royalties Act to the full House for a vote. During a heated three-hour hearing, three amendments to the bill were offered and only one amendment, which reduced the fees to small broadcasters, was embraced. Broadcasters were buoyed when […]

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Mac McAnally Donates Single Royaties

Show Dog artist and longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, Mac McAnally has pledged to donate all his artist royalties from his debut single, “You First,” to the Wounded Warriors Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The commitment to helping wounded soldiers fits well with the song’s theme of […]

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Paradigm Acquires Third Coast

Hollywood talent agency Paradigm, continuing its expansion into music, announced today (4/23) that it had bought Nashville-based Christian music booking firm Third Coast Artists Agency. The deal is the latest move by Beverly Hills-based Paradigm to increase its presence in the music sector through a series of low-key acquisitions. In the last five years, Paradigm […]

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Nine Inch Nails’ iPhone Connection

Trent Reznor, the music man behind shock rockers Nine Inch Nails, has introduced a NIN iPhone app, which is now available on Apple’s App Store. Working with NIN’s art director, Robert Sheridan, Reznor developed the new app after a backstage iphone encounter with fans. Realizing the fans were using their iPhones to send photos from […]

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AT&T In Talks To Extend iPhone Deal

AT&T is currently in talks with Apple to extend its exclusive US agreement to sell the iPhone from 2010 to 2011, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said that he plans to shift the company’s focus away from the US landline phone business into wireless. Apple’s iPhone […]

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