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[updated photos] Shania Weds; Dierks Welcomes Baby

Over the holidays Shania Twain got married and Dierks Bentley welcomed a new baby. Click for more.

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McGraw Gets “Emotional” In Spring

Tim McGraw will take his band the Dancehall Doctors back on the road for the Emotional Traffic Tour this spring. Special guests Luke Bryan and The Band Perry will join McGraw for the tour, which is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. No dates have been announced yet, but the full itinerary is expected to be revealed […]

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Artist Co-Writes Feed Songwriter Slump

Everyone knows the music business is going through a downturn, but an article in the Tennessean shows just how hard it is hitting songwriters. NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison tells the newspaper that the number of Nashville songwriters making a living from their craft has dropped a drastic 75% in the last five years. Essentially, […]

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Sony Goes To The Cloud With Music Unlimited

Have you found yourself thinking lately, “Hey, I wish there were more subscription-based music services available to me as a consumer?” Right. We thought not. But apparently no one notified Sony, who unveiled its Music Unlimited service in the U.K. and Ireland this week boasting a catalog of approximately 6 million titles from Universal Music, […]

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Do Twitter Followers Equal Sales?

Billboard’s Antony Bruno does an excellent job peering under the hood at Soulja Boy’s recent Nov. 30 album release which managed to shift 13,000 units, a surprisingly modest debut considering the artist has 2.5 million Twitter followers. Does this mean that Twitter’s ability to influence and drive sales is becoming less important? What about for […]

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OMG, Email, WRU?

An article in the New York Times points out the growing divide between communication modes of people young and old. Not surprisingly, those in the younger bracket prefer real-time online chats and text messaging to traditional email. Actual phone calls have been on the decline for some time. Younger people tend to prefer a more […]

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Country ’10 Sales Fall Short

Nielsen SoundScan handicappers are now melancholy with the realization that country will not achieve flat sales compared with 2009. With two 2010 sales weeks remaining—one leading into the holiday and one after,

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SoundExchange Reports Record Distributions, New Rates

SoundExchange reports its distributions to rights holders increased 55% in 2009 to $156 million. Total revenues rose 20% to 204.2 million. SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), Internet radio (like Pandora), cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings on […]

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“Black Ops” Boasts Explosive Sales

Perhaps country labels should consider the possibility of making album releases into first person shooter video games. According to an article in the New York Post, Acitivision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Black Ops game has crossed the $1 billion sales threshold in only 42 days. Though not quite in Avatar territory ($1B in 20 days), […]

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Garth Tickets on StubHub; Twain Gets Engaged

Shania Twain is on the cover of the latest issue of US Weekly, as her reps confirmed to the magazine that Twain is engaged to Frederic Thiebaud. Thiebaud is the ex-husband of Twain’s former friend Marie-Anne Thiebaud — the woman Robert “Mutt” Lange, Twain’s husband of 14 years, reportedly left Twain for in May 2008. […]

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Hough’s Video Banned… Really?

Who can beat Celebrity Taste-makers when it comes to discerning between the jealous and the zealous? Their snarky wit is discerning and head turning. So when LA Times blog Ministry of Gossip asked the musical question, is Julianne Hough’s new video “Is That So Wrong” deserving of being “kinda banned” by CMT, as the young […]

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