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Soundscan Scans Cracker Barrel; ACM “Lifting Lives”

With traditional record retailers closing their doors, Cracker Barrel is helping to fill the void with their successful music program, which kicked off in 2005 with Home on the Highways from Alison Krauss and Union Station. Subsequent Cracker Barrel releases from Josh Turner, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Amy Grant and Sara Evans confirmed the company’s […]

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Opryland Revs Up With New “Experiences”

Gaylord Opryland Resort has announced seven new “Country Music Experiences,” which the hotel is touting as part of “the nation’s most authentic country music vacation.” The new experiences include: Gibson’s Check-In, Rock Out™! — This new program allows guests to create music in their rooms by choosing from a variety of Gibson guitars to lease […]

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Grand Ole Opry Goes Idol

Two American institutions will join forces March 17 and 18 for Opry Week on American Idol, and three of country music’s biggest stars — Brad Paisley, Randy Travis and former Idol champ Carrie Underwood — will be appearing on the country-themed edition of the top-rated reality show. Current Idol contestants will also be singing songs […]

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Sales Down, Hopes Up—3/11/09

Sales for the week ended 3/8/2009 were only notable if your artist is called U2 who debuted at the top of the list with a remarkable (especially in this day and age) showing of 484,000 units. Equally impressive was the band’s higher-than-normal digital share which equaled 32%. Neko Case’s No. 3 Top 200 chart debut […]

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Underwood Croons Mötley Crüe for American Idol

ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has recorded a version of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” for the upcoming season of American Idol. Beginning with the March 11 episode, the song will air each week as the farewell theme for contestants leaving the show. “Home Sweet Home” will release as an exclusive iTunes […]

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Social Nets Get Facelifts

Twitter, home to about 6 million users, recently started to introduce design tweaks aimed at making the service more relevant and allowing users easier access to search across trends and more. The new features are spreading slowly, for example they still haven’t arrived on the Music Row Twitter page, but as they move throughout the […]

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Godin Warns Radio At CRS

Seth Godin describes himself as “bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change.” (sethgodin.typepad.com) Judging by the intensity and depth of his CRS Keynote address (3/4) his quote seems accurate. Godin has written ten bestselling books including Tribes, Purple Cow and Meatball Sundae plus holds an MBA from Stanford University. The speaker began by suggesting that […]

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P1 Study Shows Popularity of Social Networks

This year’s Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® and Edison Research’s National Country P1 Study 2009 polled more than 13,000 listeners online via email invitation to explore what listeners expect to see and hear on their favorite stations’ web sites, how listeners feel about syndicated versus local programming and the importance of social networking sites among Country […]

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CMA Presents Consumer Research To CRS Attendees

The CMA presented findings from its Country Music Consumer Segmentation Study to CRS attendees this morning, (3/5). The data presented is part of an extensive study commissioned by the CMA to define and examine the key consumer revenue drivers for country music. The study, was based upon a phase one sample of over 7,500 consumers, […]

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Taylor Swift Does CSI, ACM and CRS

Taylor Swift is everywhere these days, and tonight (3/5) at 8:00 CT, she’ll be appearing on one of her favorite TV shows, CBS network’s popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Swift plays the part of troubled teen Haley Jones in an episode entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn.” A preview of the show can be viewed at www.cbs.com/primtime/csi. […]

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CMT Promotes Philips To President

Press Release—Brian Philips has been promoted to President of CMT, managing the brand’s overall portfolio including CMT, CMT Films, CMT.com, CMT Pure Country and all brand extensions, it was announced today by MTV Networks Music and Logo Group President Van Toffler. Philips formerly held the title of Executive Vice President and General Manager of CMT. […]

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