RIAA Awards Country Certifications

Loads of Nashville hitmakers received plaques from the RIAA during August and September. Earning Platinum bling for the first time were Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band, and Lady Antebellum. The awards were for Rucker’s Learn To Live (Capitol Nashville), ZBB’s The Foundation (Homegrown/Atlantic Records), and Lady Antebellum (Capitol Nashville). During those months, it’s probably no […]

Save The GMA Raises $350,000

The Gospel Music Association’s star-studded Save The GMA concert raised over $350,000 last week for the struggling organization. Billed as the Concert of the Decade, performers at the Loveless Barn included the genre’s most-loved figures: Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Kirk Franklin, Point of Grace, Jason Crabb, Martha Munizzi, the Fisk Jubilee […]

Chesney Sets Festival Dates

Kenny Chesney may not be mounting his huge tour in 2010, but he will play several summer dates, including two just-announced festivals. He has signed on for the Enterprise, Alabama Bama Jam & Arts Festival and Baton Rouge’s Bayou Country Superfest. “For us to be able to get out there and rock at a few of these […]

On The Cover: Jason Michael Carroll

Label: Arista Nashville Current Album: Growing Up Is Getting Old Current Single/Video: “Hurry Home” Current Producer: Don Gehman Hometown: Youngsville, NC Management: Red Light Management Booking: Creative Artists Agency Recent Hits: “Hurry Home” and the Top 10 “Where I’m From” are the first two hit singles from his sophomore album, Growing Up Is Getting Old. […]

Country Overseas: Underwood, Lady A

Carrie Underwood spent last week visiting with Asian media and promoting her upcoming album, Play On, set for US release Nov. 3. While in Singapore, she performed as part of the grand opening of ION Orchard, a futuristic shopping center with luxury retailers, and internationally award-winning architecture. It is also the largest open-air sheltered venue […]

Google Making Music?

Outlets including TechCrunch are reporting that Google has a music service in the works. Possibly called Google Audio, the company has been securing licensing from major labels. No details on whether it will offer streaming, downloads, or both. Wired.com says the site, which includes a video component, could launch next week in the U.S. The […]

Rally For Rocketown With Gill, McBride, More

Vince Gill and Martina McBride will perform Tuesday (10/20) at the Rally For Rocketown. The fundraiser for the teen music venue/skate park will be hosted by its founder, Christian artist Michael W. Smith. Super Bowl-winning coach and best-selling author Tony Dungy will be the keynote speaker during the 11:30 AM luncheon at Lipscomb Univerity’s Allen […]

CMA Songwriters Series In Nashville

The CMA Songwriters Series, which usually shares the Nashville songwriting tradition with other cities, is set to play the home turf on Nov. 10, the night before the CMA Awards. Universal Records South artist Randy Houser will be the featured artist/songwriter when the 9:30 PM show takes place at Limelight. Hit tunesmiths Brett James, Rivers […]

Ashley Gorley, Alan Jackson Big Winners At ASCAP Awards

More than 1500 songwriters, industry VIPs and big name artists such as Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride gathered last night (10/19) at the ASCAP Country Awards to celebrate its most performed songs of the year. Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year for his hits “Start A Band,” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” The […]

Faith Launches Fragrance, Taylor Gets Signature Guitar

Faith Hill is launching her first fragrance with a series of short webisodes. Included in the series are conversations with other women, behind- the-scenes videos from her photo shoot, and more. Hill also appears in a new public service announcement encouraging Americans to volunteer their time. The 30-second spot is one of a series of […]

New CMA Research Will Be A CRS Highlight

Information from the CMA’s recently completed Prime Prospects Study, focusing on consumer trends related to radio and radio Web sites, will be shared with attendees at the upcoming Country Radio Seminar. The study’s findings will be discussed at the CMA Research Presentation on Thurs., Feb. 25 at 11 AM, during CRS-41. That session will be […]

Celebrity-Studded Charity Auction Fights Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month and several country stars are stepping up to fight the disease. Universal Records South artist Ashley Ray led her “A Ray of Hope” team to raise over $5500 at Race For The Cure. Women Rock For The Cure is hosting an eBay auction with hot ticket items including a […]

Droid To Battle iPhone

It’s called Droid and it’s coming on strong, directly challenging the iPhone. Scheduled to be available on the Verizon network as early as Oct. 30, the new phone, which runs the Android 2.0 operating system is a technology partnership between Motorola, Verizon and Google. Some of the new handset’s features include a 3.7-inch touch screen, […]