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Charlie Cook Joins West Virginia Radio Corp.

Veteran radio exec Charlie Cook is starting the new year as Director of Programming and Brand Management for West Virginia Radio Corporation. The outfit operates 26 properties in West Virginia and Maryland. He will be based out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Morgantown, WV. Cook’s 27-year career most recently includes time as programmer and […]

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Nashville-Related Music Obituaries, 2010

As we look back at 2010, we see that we have lost some enormous musical talents. Country Music Hall of Fame members Carl Smith and Jimmy Dean passed on, as did Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Hank Cochran. Our r&b community lost Bobby Hebb; our pop scene lost Owsley; and our jazz community lost Dennis Taylor. Studio instrumental greats Ben Keith and Fred Carter Jr. are gone, as are hit songwriters Ronny Scaife, George Richey and Linda Hargrove. Slim Bryant, the last living link to Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, died at age 101. Here is a remembrance of some of those who passed away during 2010.

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[updated photos] Shania Weds; Dierks Welcomes Baby

Over the holidays Shania Twain got married and Dierks Bentley welcomed a new baby. Click for more.

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Rockhouse Aligns Live Marketing Channels

Rockhouse Live has been announced as a new division and proprietary technology platform for technology-based entertainment agency, Rockhouse Partners. the Nashville-based firm’s new offering is intended to help live entertainment properties sell more tickets. According to Rockhouse, “The new division will act as an entertainment marketing agency and leverage a technology product that includes a […]

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McGraw Gets “Emotional” In Spring

Tim McGraw will take his band the Dancehall Doctors back on the road for the Emotional Traffic Tour this spring. Special guests Luke Bryan and The Band Perry will join McGraw for the tour, which is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. No dates have been announced yet, but the full itinerary is expected to be revealed […]

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Artist Co-Writes Feed Songwriter Slump

Everyone knows the music business is going through a downturn, but an article in the Tennessean shows just how hard it is hitting songwriters. NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison tells the newspaper that the number of Nashville songwriters making a living from their craft has dropped a drastic 75% in the last five years. Essentially, […]

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Publisher Terrell Tye Passes

Nashville music industry veteran Terrell Tye, 58, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning at 7 a.m. She is survived by her loving sons Josh and Zack Allen and brother Dowell Tye. Tye was also the former wife of Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum. Terrell Tye was a partner in Forerunner music, an innovative publishing […]

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Sony Goes To The Cloud With Music Unlimited

Have you found yourself thinking lately, “Hey, I wish there were more subscription-based music services available to me as a consumer?” Right. We thought not. But apparently no one notified Sony, who unveiled its Music Unlimited service in the U.K. and Ireland this week boasting a catalog of approximately 6 million titles from Universal Music, […]

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Rodney Crowell Authors Memoir

Rodney Crowell will be releasing his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks on January 18. A limited number of signed hard cover copies of Chinaberry Sidewalks are now available for purchase exclusively at RodneyCrowell.com and will ship directly to fans on or before January 18. Also available exclusively on Crowell’s website is a digital download of Rodney Crowell: […]

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Do Twitter Followers Equal Sales?

Billboard’s Antony Bruno does an excellent job peering under the hood at Soulja Boy’s recent Nov. 30 album release which managed to shift 13,000 units, a surprisingly modest debut considering the artist has 2.5 million Twitter followers. Does this mean that Twitter’s ability to influence and drive sales is becoming less important? What about for […]

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OMG, Email, WRU?

An article in the New York Times points out the growing divide between communication modes of people young and old. Not surprisingly, those in the younger bracket prefer real-time online chats and text messaging to traditional email. Actual phone calls have been on the decline for some time. Younger people tend to prefer a more […]

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