WMBA Presents Annual Awards

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) recently celebrated their 2009 Annual Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony at Nashville’s Limelight. Awards were presented to the following WMBA members: Wonder Woman of the Year — Loretta Martin; Miss Congeniality — Sheree Spoltore. Additional award recipients were: Melissa Bollea, Leslie Mitchell, Tarryn Smith, Holly Hefner Nance, Whitney Sutton, […]

Mark Wills Joins USA Cares To Help Vets

Tenacity Records artist Mark Wills is donating a portion of every sale of his next album, 2nd Time Around (in stores June 16th) to benefit military families through USA Cares, a nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 military families bear the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support. Wills has also created a free USA […]

12 South Benefit For Second Harvest

Guitar maker Gibson Acoustic has joined Nashville musical instrument retailer Corner Music and the 12th South District Merchants of Tennessee for the 1st Annual Benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Saturday, June 6 beginning at 12 noon. The benefit will include a day of performances on the outdoor stage, food […]

Sean Hogan

“Catalina Sunrise” Lakeland Heart Records When Sean Hogan debuted in 1996, his first album release immediately caught the attention of country radio programmers and listeners across Canada. Their reaction earned him the first-ever CCMA Independent Male Artist of The Year Award in 1997. Since then, Hogan has become one of the highest-profiled Canadian singer-songwriters performing […]

CMT and Rhapsody Team For Charity

For the second year, CMT One Country, CMT’s pro-social initiative, will reward winners of the 2009 CMT Music Awards by making donations on their behalf to their selected charities. In addition to honoring winners, CMT One Country is partnering with Rhapsody to make donations on behalf of all nominees. From now until Sunday, June 21, […]

TuneCore and Amazon Team For DIY Artists

On June 1, TuneCore will launch a new relationship with Amazon.com. Added to its current offering of international digital distribution via Amazon MP3, TuneCore has announced a new service that provides on-demand global physical distribution via CreateSpace; expanded marketing exclusive to TuneCore Artists; and a TuneCore-branded section of Amazon.com. With no upfront manufacturing costs, TuneCore […]

Blues In Centennial Park This Weekend

Nashville’s Centennial Park will come alive with the sound of the blues on Memorial Day (5/25), with the arrival of the Blues Spring Festival. The free show will feature blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland in the headlining slot. Bland — a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame […]

Steve Richard

“Stomp” Steve Richard’s latest single “Stomp,” written and produced by John Rich, is being shipped to country radio stations across the U.S. June 4. The song’s video was shot on May 19 in Watertown, just outside of Nashville, with Roman White (Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift). “Everything Beautiful to Me,” the first single from Richard’s self-titled […]

WMG/EMI—Here Comes The Bride, again??

What do Clear Channel and Terra Firma have in common? They both purchased assets that have declined greatly in value and as a result are struggling to satisfy debt loads that are difficult to support given the current business climate. Terra Firma, which purchased EMI two years ago for $4.7 billion is under stress to […]

Warner/Chappell Signs James Otto

Warner/Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has announced a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner Bros. Records artist James Otto, Song of the Year winner at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards and a two-time 2008 Grammy Award nominee. Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell Music will co-publish and administer the majority of […]

Post Holiday Sales Drag Totals

Let’s view our SoundScan update this week from 10,000 feet and then drill down into a few areas for a closer look. The addition of the Hannah Montana soundtrack to the country albums chart, plus recent releases from Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban worked wonders to prop what earlier in the year was […]

Wariner Picks for Atkins Education Fund

Grammy-winning artist Steve Wariner will perform a benefit concert for the Chet Atkins Music Education Fund on Tuesday, July 7, at 7:00 PM/CT at the Loveless Barn at the Loveless Cafe. The concert will feature songs from Wariner’s forthcoming CD, Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins, as well as some of his greatest […]

Bluebird To Hold Miller Harris Foundation Benefit

On May 26, the Bluebird Cafe will host the Miller Harris Foundation Benefit Concert on May 26. The legendary venue will present two shows to benefit the Foundation, a private nonprofit organization established in 2002 by family and friends of Miller Harris, who died tragically from an asthmatic attack in September of 1999 while preparing […]