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Markland Moves To Warner/Chappell

Veteran music publisher Steve Markland has joined Warner/Chappell Music as Vice President of A&R, Nashville. He will report to Tracy Gershon, Senior Vice President and Head of A&R, and they will work together on signing emerging and established songwriters, catalog acquisition, and song placement. Markland most recently served as VP/GM of Crossfire3, the publishing venture […]

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Awards Highlight 15th Annual ICM Week

Craig Morgan, Point of Grace and Halfway to Hazard are among the artists confirmed to perform at the 15th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Thursday, October 15. The show takes place 7pm at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium in Hendersonville and tickets can be purchased for $45 from www.icm-awards.com. Additional performers confirmed for the […]

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Musical Chairs: Writer’s Den, 17 Music Ent.

Music businessman John Nagara has joined 17 Music Entertainment as General Manager and will be in charge of overseeing the day-to-day activities for the independent label. He will focus on marketing and promotions for flagship artist Matt Gary. Nagara’s 23-year career history includes nine years as Music Director/Assistant Program Director at WKDF, time as a […]

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CMA Sessions; Symphony CD Release Party

Last week during their October meetings, the CMA Board of Directors was treated to “CMA Sessions,” a private event featuring discussions between legendary superstars about their careers and lives. Participating in this installment of “CMA Sessions” were Bobby Bare, Little Jimmy Dickens, Brenda Lee, and Earl Scruggs. The event, held in the Ford Theater at […]

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Industry Items: Release Schedule, Signings, New Business

Robin Ball and Todd Bradley have opened Burning Blue Music, a full-service entertainment company dedicated to artist management, recording, producing, songwriting, performance, media training and artist development. The pair will continue operating Red Current Recording studio in Brentwood, TN which has hosted sessions by James Otto, Lady Antebellum and the Muzik Mafia, to name a […]

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Artists Score TV Slots: Adkins, Flatts, More

Trace Adkins will appear on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Sunday, October 18 (8 pm/ET). For the episode, he volunteers as a builder and travels to Lancaster, Texas to meet Carlton Marshall, who lost most of his mobility and all of his hearing after being shot while leading a Dallas Police Department SWAT team. ————————– […]

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IEBA Opens With Performances, Panels

The International Entertainment Buyers Association Conference opened in Nashville last night (10/11) with showcases by Point of Grace, Heartland and others in the ballroom of the downtown Hilton, the hotel serving as headquarters for the three-day event. Later in the evening a group including Ricky Skaggs, MercyMe, and Eli Young Band was set to take […]

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Gwen Sebastian

Gwen Sebastian’s debut single “Hard Rain” on Open Road Record/Lofton Creek Records is being released to country radio Oct. 12. She’s currently at work on her upcoming album, and she also has a holiday release available now called Christmas In July. Born to a ranching family in Hebron, North Dakota (pop. 800), Sebastian’s childhood summers […]

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Keith Takes “American Ride” To The Streets

Toby Keith’s new studio album, American Ride, hit stores this week, with the title track/lead single planted firmly at the top of MusicRow’s Country Breakout chart for two weeks in a row. He kicks off his prime time appearances on The Jay Leno Show (10/14), where he will be racing an electric car in the […]

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ShortNotes: Darryl Worley, George Jones, Lifenotes

Darryl Worley has recorded “Bring It On,” the new theme song for the Titans Radio Network. The song was co-written by Worley, Jim “Moose” Brown and the Titans’ own starting quarterback, Kerry Collins. Prior to the Titans game this Sunday, October 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, Worley and Collins will be featured guests on Titans […]

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“People Country” Special Issue Out Today

Brad Paisley graces the cover of the new People Country issue, available exclusively on newstands today (10/9). Dedicated to the Country music scene and lifestyle, the magazine is the fourth of five special Country issues to be published by People this year. Inside, Paisley talks about lessons learned from his dad, as well as wife […]

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