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Weekly Chart Report (3/11/11)

SPIN ZONE Hearty congratulations again to the folks over at Stoney Creek Records, as Thompson Square notches a second week on top of the CountryBreakout Chart with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” Brad Paisley’s “This Is Country Music” is in hot pursuit at No. 2, followed by Darius Rucker’s “This” at No. 3 […]

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Stroudavarious Celebrates No. 1 Album with Aaron Lewis

In recent years, Nashville’s music industry has been changing as often as its weather. The latest example is the stunning rise of Stoudavarious Records from a period of restructuring to having this week’s No. 1 selling country album—Town Line by Aaron Lewis. The seven track specially priced CD debuted this week (3/6) and sold almost […]

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Dan Bowen Named WSM-FM PD

Dan Bowen has been tapped as Program Director of WSM-FM Nashville. He is leaving his post as Airplay Direct’s VP of Radio Strategies after only a few months. Bowen replaces Russell Penuell at the Cumulus station. Cumulus Senior VP of Programming Jan Jeffries made today’s announcement. “We have known Dan personally and competitively in previous […]

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Big Benefits: Jeffrey Steele Tonight, Ringside Tomorrow

The fourth annual Jeffrey Steele & Friends benefit concert will be tonight (3/10) at The Loveless Barn, with guest performers Frankie Ballard, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Janson, Jeremy Lister, LoCash Cowboys, Eddie Montgomery, James Otto, and Chuck Wicks. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with an acoustic pre-show and auction viewing. Tables for the event are […]

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Jason Aldean Extends Tour

Jason Aldean is adding a summer leg to his 2011 My Kinda Party Tour. Special guests Chris Young and Thompson Square will join him for the new dates, which kick off July 8 in Milwaukee, WI. More shows will be announced over the coming weeks. The first leg of the tour has sold over 154,000 […]

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Rascal Flatts Join Spalding Entertainment

Rascal Flatts have signed with Clarence Spalding’s Spalding Entertainment for management. The band with 20 million in album sales now joins the roster that is home to Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks, Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Terri Clark, and Ashley Monroe. As reported on MusicRow.com, the trio split with their longtime management team earlier this year. […]

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John Rich Debuts On “Celebrity Apprentice”

John Rich is on the new season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, which debuted Sunday night (3/6). Competing to raise money for St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, Rich stated, “Don’t underestimate the country boys.” The opening night challenge had each team making and selling pizzas to see who could earn the most money. This Sunday night […]

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Sara Evans Grows Stronger With New Album

Sara Evans seems poised for a comeback with yesterday’s (3/8) release of Stronger, her first full-length studio set since 2005’s Real Fine Place.

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Cumulus To Buy Citadel For $2.5 Billion

Cumulus Media has reached an agreement to purchase rival radio broadcaster Citadel. The deal is valued at $2.5 billion in cash and stock. Cumulus, under the leadership of chairman and chief executive Lew Dickey, had made bids for Citadel in the past. Those offers were rejected but led to exclusive negotiations in recent months. According […]

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Randy Houser’s Tour Bus Catches Fire

Randy Houser’s tour bus caught fire this afternoon, destroying his gear, clothing and personal belongings. Houser and his crew were preparing for their concert tonight (3/9) in Isle of the Palms, SC when the crew noticed flames emanating from the rear suite of the bus. Thick black smoke billowed through the corridor and main cabin. […]

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Photos: Toby Keith Debuts New Mezcal

Plus: Miranda Lambert’s Platinum “House,” CMHOF Honors Wilson with Poets and Prophets Program, and Edens Edge Make Opry Debut

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