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Shane Allen Joins Capitol As VP Promotion

Capitol Records Nashville has named Shane Allen Vice President, Promotion and will report directly to Steve Hodges, Senior Vice President Promotion. Before his recent stint at GHM/Red Light Management, industry veteran Allen was Capitol Record Nashville’s VP Radio Strategies and Field Marketing. “I’m extremely excited to be returning to Capitol Nashville in this capacity, and […]

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Universal Republic, Big Machine Launch Republic Nashville

Big Machine Records and Universal Republic have combined resources to form the new label Republic Nashville, which will be run by President Jimmy Harnen and headquartered on Music Row. Republic Nashville’s inaugural roster will include honky tonkin’ singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney and new country duo Fast Ryde, among other artists. A major staff announcement regarding the […]

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R&R to Cease Publication

According to Inside Radio, “Nearly three years after being purchased by Nielsen Business Media, the 36-year old Radio & Records becomes the latest victim of the media downturn.  The magazine will print its final edition Friday. Its website will also cease to exist, in a move that will lead to the layoff of roughly 40 […]

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Dierks and CMT Partner For Charity Events

Dierks Bentley’s annual “Miles & Music For Kids” fundraiser is expanding beyond Nashville with the help of CMT One Country. The motorcycle ride and concert featuring Bentley and friends will grow to include six markets in 2009 and 2010, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. As part of CMT’s involvement, “Miles & Music For […]

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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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Borchetta and Big Kenny Judge Duets

Big & Rich’s Big Kenny and Big Machine Records President and CEO Scott Borchetta will join Naomi Judd as judges on the second season of CMT’s Can You Duet. Hosted by CMT’s Lance Smith, the weekly music competition series is looking to find country music’s next great duo and award them a record deal with […]

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WMG/EMI—Here Comes The Bride, again??

What do Clear Channel and Terra Firma have in common? They both purchased assets that have declined greatly in value and as a result are struggling to satisfy debt loads that are difficult to support given the current business climate. Terra Firma, which purchased EMI two years ago for $4.7 billion is under stress to […]

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Post Holiday Sales Drag Totals

Let’s view our SoundScan update this week from 10,000 feet and then drill down into a few areas for a closer look. The addition of the Hannah Montana soundtrack to the country albums chart, plus recent releases from Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban worked wonders to prop what earlier in the year was […]

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Americana Awards Nominees Announced

The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for the trade organization’s 2009 Honors and Awards ceremony today (5/20), at its annual celebration at BMI Nashville. The show, in its eighth year, will be held September 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Legendary Mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush, joined by rising star Phoebe Hunt, member […]

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WSM AM To Air “This Is My America” Special

650 WSM AM will celebrate Memorial Day by airing a This Is My America Special celebrating the writers and performers from This Is My America, including Billy Dean, Jenny Gill, J Fred Knobloch and Sarah Majors. An epic concept album, This Is My America is a three-disc set of original material that captures the spirit […]

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Holly Williams Readies Debut

Holly Williams‘ Mercury Nashville debut, Here With Me, is scheduled for release June 16. Williams, the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr. and daughter of Hank, Jr., penned the majority of the album’s 11 tracks and co-produced with Justin Niebank and Tony Brown. Current single, “Mama,” was written for her mom as a Mother’s Day gift. […]

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