Strait, Reba Set For Big Arena Tour

George Strait’s 2010 arena tour will feature fellow superstar Reba McEntire. The outing will kick off Jan. 22 in Baltimore, MD, and has concerts scheduled through April 10 in Des Moines, IA. Dates include nearby stops in Memphis, Knoxville, and Atlanta but not Nashville. Strait recently released Twang, which debuted at No. 1 on the […]

Lofton Creek Debuts New Acts

Mike Borchetta and the team at Lofton Creek Records have two new artists on the rise. The label recently signed Adam Fisher and his first single, “Cotton Town,” is impacting radio via CDX, Vol. 486. Fisher, a North Carolina native, is busy visiting radio stations. He recently signed with Pam Lewis’s publicity firm PLA Media. […]

Royalty Debate: Lock Labels And Broadcasters In A Room

The growing royalty spat between radio broadcasters and record labels continues to deepen as labels demand a performance rights royalty for themselves and artists, while radio asserts it simply is not affordable. As industry observers know, currently songwriters and publishers are the only stakeholders to get paid a performance fee by U.S. terrestrial radio. According […]

ZBB Sets Sail

The Zac Brown Band is planning their own Sailing Southern Ground Cruise for Labor Day Weekend 2010. About 2,000 fans are expected to board the Carnival Inspiration in Tampa, Fla. and cruise to Grand Cayman Sept. 2-6. There will be almost round-the-clock music, including the main stage ticketed shows, as well as dozens of general […]

Foster Headlines Benefit Tonight; Lisa Smoot Update

A group of top songwriters and musicians are set for tonight’s (11/3) benefit for Sylvan Park Elementary. Radney Foster, Jeff Black, Matthew Ryan and Jonathan Yudkin will play at 3rd & Lindsley starting at 7 PM. Fans can expect a 90 minute set. All proceeds go to improve the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $12 at […]

Country Week on Letterman

Carrie Underwood opens Country Week on The Late Show With David Letterman tonight (11/2) at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York. She’ll perform a new song from her album Play On, set to be released tomorrow. This week the Late Show offers a mix of the genre’s biggest stars like Brad Paisley and Keith […]

Swift’s Record Breaking Chart Run

Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album broke the record this week as the longest charting album of the decade on the Billboard Top 200. Released in October 2006, the album is spending its 157th week on the all-genre chart, surpassing the previous record held by Nickelback. Her more recent quadruple-platinum album Fearless has spent more weeks […]

Country Throwdown Tour In The Works

The brains behind the Vans Warped Tour are getting together a Country tour for this summer. Montgomery Gentry will headline 4 FINI, Inc.’s first Country Throwdown Tour, running May 13 through June 20. Also set for the amphitheater run are Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Eric Church, the Eli Young Band, Jonathan Singleton […]

ACM Taking Noms For Radio Awards

Submissions opened today (11/2) for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards radio categories. The nominations will end at 12 noon PT on Fri., Dec. 11, 2009. The eligibility period runs Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 11, 2009. Nominees for the radio awards listed  below, will be announced in the spring of 2010. •   […]

DJ and Radio Hall of Fame Names Inductees

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® has announced that Bill Bailey, Laurie DeYoung and Rudy Fernandez will be honored as the 2010 Country Music DJ inductees, while Cy Blumenthal, Dan Halyburton and Michael Hammond will be inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame. The class of 2010 will be officially instated at a dinner ceremony on […]

Book Review: Appetite For Self-Destruction

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by Steve Knopper (The Free Press, 2009) Ever wonder how the music industry REALLY got into such a problem with the Internet, illegal downloads and all that? Well, this is the book for you. Steve Knopper takes the reader on the […]

CMA Research: Country Fans And The Economy

Country consumers are feeling the effects of the economic downturn and have reduced spending in the last year, according to a new survey commissioned by the Country Music Association, called the CMA Prime Prospect Study. Data indicates that the most devoted fans, called CountryPhiles and MusicPhiles, are less likely to monetize their support for the […]

Cumulus Radiothon; Josh Ragsdale Reminder

Cumulus Broadcasting in Nashville is hosting an all-day radiothon tomorrow (11/3) to benefit Feed The Children, which helps hungry families in Middle Tennessee. Stations in the local cluster (92Q WQQK, i106 WNFN, 97.1 WRQQ, 95.5 WSM, 99.7 WWTN) will go commercial-free from 6 AM-7 PM and ask for donations via toll-free call 888-582-4453 (888-58-CHILD) or […]