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CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

With over 2.5 million votes cast to determine the final nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, country duo Sugarland holds the lead with five final nominations. Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are next in line with four nominations each. Newcomers Lady Antebellum score their first nominations with three, along with Rascal Flatts. The announcements […]

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Industry News: Time Jumpers, Chesney, Montgomery Gentry and More

Time Jumpers In the Times Sunday’s (5/16), New York Times ran a feature story on Nashville’s Time Jumpers and the band’s legendary Monday night shows at the Station Inn. Times writer Peter Applebome profiled the stellar players and packed houses that distinguish this weekly musical gathering, referring to the Station Inn as a “low-ceilinged dive” […]

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Bobby Karl Works the Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony—Chapter 308

Birds of a feather, flock together. It wasn’t until we had them all in the same room for the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony (5/17) that I realized how much this year’s inductees have in common. Receiving their industry’s highest honor were Charlie McCoy, Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell. All three began their […]

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Steve Pleshe Joins RCA Promotion Team

Steve Pleshe has become the newest member of the RCA Records Nashville promotion team today as Keith Gale, Vice President, National Promotion, welcomes Pleshe as Manager, Regional Promotion. Based in Fresno, CA, he begins his new role immediately, working with stations in the Pacific Time zone. Pleshe comes to RCA from Country Thunder Records, where […]

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Block Party and Autographs Return to CMA Fest

On Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, CMA Music Festival will present the ABC Block Party at the Hall of Fame Park (adjacent to Fifth Avenue between Broadway and Demonbreun). Hosted by Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery on All My Children), the ABC Block Party will provide entertainment for all ages. The fun-filled landscape tones down the […]

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CMT To Air “The Singing Bee”

Karaoke-style reality competition The Singing Bee has found a new home on CMT, which plans to relaunch the former NBC series this summer. CMT will premiere the show after its presentation of the annual CMT Awards on June 16, then will pair the one-hour series with its other singing competition show, Can You Duet, starting […]

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Lauderdale and Miller To Helm Americana Awards

The Americana Music Association has announced that Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller will return to helm the 2009 Americana Honors & Awards Show, scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at the Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Singer/songwriter Lauderdale will host and guitarist Miller will lead the house band for the 8th annual Honors & Awards ceremony, which celebrates […]

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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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Carrie Underwood Returns to Africa

Arista’s Carrie Underwood made her second trip to Africa earlier this month visiting orphanages and health centers near Luanda, Angola where she participated in the area’s cause to help fight malaria. Her visit was part of American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back” charitable endeavors, and a special video package will air on American Idol Tuesday, May […]

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“Buzzworthy” Gloriana Ready Sneak Peek EP

With an opening slot on Taylor Swift’s Fearless 2009 tour winning them legions of new fans, and their debut single, “Wild at Heart,” hitting the Top 20, Gloriana will release a “sneak peek” EP on May 19th in anticipation of the August release of their self-titled, debut album for Emblem Music Group. The EP features […]

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“Dateline NBC” Spotlights Swift

NBC TV’s Dateline NBC will air Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift on Sunday, May 31 at 6 PM/CT. The one-hour special will feature behind-the-scenes access to Swift’s first-ever headlining tour, the Fearless 2009 Tour. Shot on three continents over a period of three months, the hour looks at the creation and launch of the […]

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