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Helping Haiti: Benefits With Superstars, Locals

The ultimate superstar telethon for Haiti relief efforts airs tonight (1/22) at 8/7 PM/CT on all the major networks and cable outlets. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are among the A-list celebs set to sing on Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. The two-hour telethon will also feature performances by Wyclef Jean, […]

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Bobby Karl Works The Room: Grammy Nominees Party

Chapter 330 It’s all about the guest list. “Go on in,” I said to late-arriving Tracy Gershon. “It’s everybody you’ve ever met in your life.” “This is one of my favorite parties of the year,” said Tom Baldrica. “It’s January 21st, and I still get to wish everybody Happy New Year.” It’s true. The Grammy […]

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Face The Music: The New Sales Math

“Record labels shouldn’t worry about falling album sales because digital track sales are making up the difference.” The above statement, often heard in anecdotal discussions, is easy to prove wrong. Let’s look at 2009’s results for the overall industry. According to Nielsen SoundScan, digital track sales grew by 8.3% from 1.07 billion to 1.159 billion, […]

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Microsoft Salutes CMA’s Tech Initiatives

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer was in Nashville last night (1/20), where he saluted the Country Music Association as a leader in technology initiatives. During the event at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, he also reconfirmed his company’s commitment to working with the CMA to bridge technology and country music, and presented CMA Digital […]

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Stoney Creek Adds Thompson Square

Stoney Creek Records CEO/President Benny Brown has signed Thompson Square to a record deal as well as publishing deal with Magic Mustang Music. The duo is made up of Shawna Thompson and Keifer Thompson. The singer-songwriters are busy finishing their debut album, with the lead single “Let’s Fight,” set for a spring 2010 release. Thompson […]

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Blue Steel Builds Promo Team

Blue Steel Records’ label head Steve Pope has been building the radio promotion team. Steve Freeman will head the division as Promotion Director and oversee the Southeast territory. Joining Freeman are Blake Hunter handling the Midwest region, and Faron Smith as the West Coast rep. First on the schedule is working Burns & Poe’s new […]

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Sony Signs Jordyn Shellhart

Sony Music Nashville has signed Jordyn Shellhart, a 15-year old singer/songwriter from Franklin, Tenn. The label group is distributing her first album, In A Room, which has already been released. Shellhart got her start by performing for Frank Rogers and Chris Dubois. It was the day after her 14th birthday and Sea Gayle Music offered […]

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CRS Adds To Agenda; Digital Summit Moves To Sept.

Country Radio Seminar 2010, to be held Feb. 24-26, 2010, has announced an updated list of educational panels and agenda items. Starting with the Keynote Address from financial authority Dave Ramsey, CRS 2010 is packed with expert speakers, comprehensive market research and current industry issues designed to educate attendees, regardless of market size or region. […]

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Paisley Creates Pop-up Book Video

The video for Brad Paisley’s latest hit, “American Saturday Night,” uses over 20,000 still photographs to build a world designed to look like a pop-up book. Paisley’s camp says it is a “2.5D world” that includes Paisley, his band The Drama Kings, and over 100 extras. Production company Branded Picture made the video, using several […]

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Fleming Elected to NaSHOF Board; 2010 Officers Announced

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation has announced the 2010 officers for its Board of Directors, as well as the election of newly inducted Hall of Fame songwriter Kye Fleming to its 2010/2011 Board. “We’re very pleased to welcome Kye to our board,” said Bug Music Nashville’s Roger Murrah, Chairman of the NaSHOF Board. “Kye exemplifies […]

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Sarah Buxton Joins Shine All Night Tour

Lyric Street’s Sarah Buxton has been added to the 2010 leg of the SunnyD Presents the Shine All Night Tour starring Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. The tour, also sponsored in part by GAC, kicked off in November 2009 and covers 40 cities across the US through the spring of this year. Both McBride and […]

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