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Big Loud Party

On May 28 the staff of Big Loud Shirt Industries hosted their annual carnival-themed “parking lot” party. Complete with hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and ring pops, most people flocked to the balloon-hat makers for their own unique party favor. More than 300 Music Row friends showed up to party with celebrated songwriter and Big […]

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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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Big Tractor Re-Signs Wade Kirby

Big Tractor Music has announced the re-signing of hit songwriter Wade Kirby. First signed to the company in 2004, Kirby worked with Big Tractor for three years before shifting to another  publisher, only to return after 8 months. His latest chart-topper is George Strait‘s No. 1 single, “I Saw God Today,” which garnered Grammy, ACM […]

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Blacktop Re-signs Dodson and Yeary

Blacktop Music Group’s Mike Sebastian has announced the re-signing of hit songwriters Marty Dodson and Jimmy Yeary. Dodson’s latest chart-topper is Kenny Chesney‘s No. 1, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven.” He also co-wrote the Billy Currington No. 1, “Must Be Doin’ Something Right.” Yeary has had songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, […]

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Warner/Chappell Signs James Otto

Warner/Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has announced a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner Bros. Records artist James Otto, Song of the Year winner at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards and a two-time 2008 Grammy Award nominee. Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell Music will co-publish and administer the majority of […]

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Swift Wins BMI President’s Award

Taylor Swift attended BMI’s 57th Annual Pop Awards in Los Angeles, where she enjoyed a prestigious surprise. In addition to earning a BMI Pop Award for her crossover hit, “Teardrops on My Guitar,” Swift received the BMI President’s Award, which honors an exceptional individual in the entertainment industry deserving of special recognition. The BMI President’s […]

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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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Sony/ATV Nashville’s Berschback Promoted

Duff Berschback has been promoted to VP of Business Affairs at Sony/ATV Nashville. Berschback joined Sony/ATV Nashville in January 2007 as Senior Director of Business Affairs after six years as an entertainment attorney with his own Nashville-based private practice. Bershback will report directly to Sony/ATV Nashville’s President/CEO, Troy Tomlinson, and is responsible for all contract […]

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Rogers and Gorley Triple No. 1 Party

Chris Farren, President of Combustion Music, hosted a party recently at his home to celebrate three No. 1 songs produced by Frank Rogers and co-written by Combustion Music’s Ashley Gorley, including Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Brad Paisley’s “Start A Band” and Darius Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This For Long.” (L-R): ASCAP’s Mike […]

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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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Songwriters Invade Key West

The 14th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival boasted a record number of songwriters, as anchor-sponsor BMI arrived in the Florida hotspot with more than 150 troubadours in tow. Presented by Better Angels Music and benefiting the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, the festival started in style on Wednesday 4/29), with BMI’s kick-off party at La […]

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