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President   The Mix Group
Kris Underwood
Midday Air Personality   Federated Media
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Chief Copywriter   Drifting Spirit Songs LLC
Steph Peters
Morning Show Producer   Lincoln Financial Media

2015/05 6:36 AM
Virginia Morning Show Host Needed


If you have years of on air experience and know the importance and value of smaller market morning shows. If you can handle production and some web content. If you work well with others and your on air approach is real, not affected or forced.  We want to talk to you.

This morning drive slot on BAY-FM in Virginia’s coastal Northern Neck puts your high profile responsibilities to use in a community where local radio truly dominates. Plus it can provides security and a great working and lifestyle. Our morning talent leaves for Saga, our first staff change in 7 years. Sound interesting?  We should talk soon. EEO

Send an email only with resume and Mp3 aircheck attachment to:

2015/05 1:04 AM
AllAboutCountry Offices Closed For Memorial Day Weekend

As we salute our fallen heroes and those who have served in the military, AllAboutCountry offices will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.  AllAboutCountry offices will reopen Tuesday, May 26th. If you have Breaking News in your market to report over the weekend click here .

Memorial Day serves a number of functions. First and foremost, it is the day that the nation's thousands of combat veterans celebrate and has historic meaning all the way back to the Civil War. It is a day in which, we remember those who died in the service of their country.

Originally it was known as Decoration Day, because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first observed May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.

In 1966, under orders from President Lyndon Johnson, the federal government, affirmed Waterloo, NY, as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. The reason it was Waterloo, NY is because that is where they first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866, because the town had made Memorial Day an annual, community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

In 2015, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery, where they conduct a   ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. And it is customary for the President or Vice-President to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Usually about 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.

AllAboutCountry wishes each and every one of you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend with family and friends, and remember those who have given much for our country.

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at AllAboutCountry!

2015/05 4:37 AM
OM/Host Chuck Collins Of WAKR/Akron Passes At 62

AllAboutCountry sends condolences to family and all friends of Rubber City Radio Group News-Talk WAKR-AM/AKRON host and cluster OM Chuck Collins, who passed away Thursday evening (5/21) after a battle with brain cancer. He was 62. Collins became OM in in 2007, overseeing Country WQMX and Rock WONE in addition to WAKR-AM. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013.

Collins' long career in northeast Ohio included stops programming WKDD/Akron and production honcho at WMMM/M105, which is now WMJI/Cleveland and OM at Clear Channel/Akron.  He also was a writer and wrote two "Radio Murders" mystery novels and served as a trustee at the Iinterval Brotherhood Home and Greater Akron Musical Association-Akron Symphony.
Check out more on Chuck and look at the video of Collin' return appearance on Ray Horner's show from 2013 here .

2015/05 4:00 AM
Kelsea Ballerini Hits The Stage At NBC-TV's 'Today Show'

Pictured: Hoda, Kathie Lee, and Kelsea Ballerini
Black River Entertainment artist  Kelsea Ballerini  hit NBC-TV's "TODAY Show" Yesterday (5/21) to play her debut single, "Love Me Like You Mean It" for Kathie Lee and Hoda. Ballerini's debut album, "THE FIRST TIME," was released earlier this WEEK.
Check out Ballerini’s performing "Love Me Like You Mean It"  here .

2015/05 3:15 AM
​Andy Webb And Jessica Chandler Begin Mornings on WCKN May 26th

APEX Broadcasting Country WCKN/KICKIN' 92.5/Charleston, SC makes its new morning show official, as Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler kick the live and local airwaves starting Tuesday, May 26th. The duo succeed Dale Desmond, who left in December.

The station hired Webb and Chandler originally in January 2015, but no start date was selected at that time, as Chandler was required to sit out her non-compete clause after she departed Cumulus Country WIWF/NASH-FM 96.9, where she did mornings. Webb joins KICKIN’ from Blakeney Communications Classic Rock WXRR/ROCK 104/Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS where he was the OM/PD/MD for the entire cluster, including Country WBBN/B95.

2015/05 3:14 AM
Big Machine Has Big Presence At Indy 500 With Stars And Cars

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) once again will have great visibility at this weekend’s Indianpolis 500, with artists Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett all adorning the bright yellow and black #8 Chevrolet car, piloted by Sage Karam.

Also, Big Machine Records artist Danielle Bradbery will sing “America The Beautiful” during the pre-race festivities. BMLG is a season-long sponsor of the Chip Ganassi Racing Team for both NASCAR and INDYCAR; the label has sponsored two Indy-winning cars in the past four years.

2015/05 3:10 AM
Stephanie O'Donnell's Daughter Poppy Goes Viral

Thirty Tigers promo rep  Stephanie O’Donnell  and her baby daughter Poppy have gone viral, as video of Poppy appeared on NBC-TV’s “TODAY Show.” Host Willie Geist played the video of O’Donnell tearing pages of a magazine and Poppy demonstrating an infectious, adorable laugh.

Thirty Tigers VP/Promotion Pam Newman says that the Lincoln Financial Country KSON/San Diego morning team “John and Tammy” requested a phone in from Stephanie following the video’s online popularity.
Here’s your chance to see Poppy on the "TODAY Show" appearance  here .


2015/05 3:09 AM
​WEBB/Augusta, ME, Radio Personality Will Shave Her Head For Food Bank Fundraiser

Radio Personality Renee Nelson of Townsquare Media Country WEBB/B98.5/Augusta, ME, is raising money to help food banks in nearby Maine counties, according to a report in , dubbing the drive, “Hair For The Hungry.”

Nelson, the news and public service director for the station, has promised to shave her head on May 30th if she has raised at least $2,500 in donations for area food banks. Super Cuts, who will do the honors, has agreed to match that figure, for a total of $5,000. Nelson
, who has raised more than $1,300 to date, said the money will be distributed to 21 local food banks that the station supports during its annual fall Thanksgiving fundraiser, which has featured personalities broadcasting from a tank outside Camp Keyes in Augusta.

“I don’t want to stop at $5,000,” Nelson said. “I want to raise as much money as I can.”
Nelson's dramatic news is a way of celebrating her birthday in August, and doing a good deed.
“It started as a joke,” she said. “But as I thought about it and realized I could do this and do some good, it was a no-brainer to say I would do it. But I did not want to wait for my birthday. It was important to me to do it so some of my hair would grow back by then.”

Abigail Perry, Director of the Augusta Food Bank
, says the donation couldn't come at a better time because food stocks have decreased in the spring, when there is less focus on feeding the hungry.
Perry Added:  “It’s raising awareness of the issue in a way some other, more traditional, fundraisers or events may not be able to do.”

Those who wish to donate to “Hair For The Hungry” can do so online at  or at any Super Cuts in Maine, including Augusta and Waterville

2015/05 3:05 AM
PD Don Gosselin Departs iHeartMedia’s KAJA & KRPT/San Antonio

iHeartMedia’s KAJA & KRPT/San Antonio PD Don Gosselin has leaves after only seven months.
Gosselin said, “iHeartMedia/San Antonio and I have mutually agreed to part company.  I wish all the people there nothing but the best and I look forward to watching Randy Carroll be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in June. I'm going to take some time off before deciding what is next in my career." He joined the San Antonio cluster in June, after three years at iHeartMedia/New Orleans, where he was cluster OM and PD of Country WNOE

Gosselin served iHeartMedia and formerly Clear Channel for non-consecutive periods of 13 years in cities like: Detroit, Toledo, Providence and Springfield, MA.

At the moment there is no word on a replacement.

Reach Gosselin here

2015/05 3:00 AM
Elice Cuff Joins The GreenRoom

Elice Cuff joins The Greenroom as a publicist on behalf of an artist roster that includes Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kix Brooks, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, and Rascal Flatts.

Cuff makes the move to The Greenroom following 18 months in a similar capacity with Sweet Talk Publicity. Cuff said, "I feel like I hit the jackpot! I'm so lucky for this new opportunity to work with this awesome group of people with an amazing team comradery." She has been on the job since Monday (5/19).

Give her congrats  here .

2015/05 2:24 AM
Jason Aldean Pulls From His Clock-Punching Days For New ‘Tonight Looks good On You’ Music Video

Three-time and reigning ACM "Male Vocalist of the Year" Jason Aldean will exclusively premiere the music video for his intoxicating Top 20 single, “Tonight Looks Good On You” during  CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday (5/23) at 8:00A CT. Following the premiere, it can also be seen across all of CMT’s digital platforms including  , the CMT Artists app, and  CMT Pure and will be available at all other digital partners Monday (5/25).

Directed by Mason Dixon and shot in Nashville earlier this month, the video includes a signature Aldean performance and features him as a support actor in a couple's love story as they struggle to juggle everyday demands of supporting a family. 

“It definitely wasn’t hard for me to go back to my clock-punching days,” shares Aldean. “It wasn’t that long ago that I was a Pepsi delivery guy racing the clock hoping to get home before sundown. So, it was easy to put myself back in those shoes and kinda cheer for the guy who works his ass off to get home to his girl.”

Fans can also catch Aldean perform the hit on the   2015 CMT Music Awards  on June 10
, where he is also nominated for three awards including "Performance of the Year", "Male Video of the Year" and "Video of the Year.”
Before hitting the CMT stage, he will continue his headlining BURN IT DOWN TOUR next weekend with dates scheduled in Charleston, WV (5/28), Hartford, CT (5/29) and Hershey, PA (5/30). For more information and for a full list of tour dates, visit

2015/05 2:00 AM
Nationwide Club Concerts Raise Almost $30K For ACM Lifting Lives

Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Pasley, Chase Rice and The Swon Brothers have all donated a portion of their ticket sales from club shows over the past five months to “ACM Lifting Lives.” Together, the artists raised nearly $30,000 to help organizations that are improving lives through the power of music. 

Clubs that participated in the fundraising effort include Coyote Joe's in Charlotte, NC; Gilioz Theatre in Springfield, MO; Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO; Joe's Bar in Chicago, IL; Midnight Rodeo in Springfield, MO; The Bluestone in Columbus, OH; The Rave in Milwaukee, WI; and Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA.  
Get more information here

2015/05 8:29 AM
Sloane Cavitt Logue Joins Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster/Nashville has named former Show Dog Director/Digital Marketing Sloane Cavitt Logue as Manager/Client Relations and Artist Services.  

Logue will be the provide local artists and managers access to and advice on how to best use Ticketmaster's developing list of artist programs.  

“I look forward to helping artists super-serve their fans," said Logue. "In this role, I will be able to share all the great products and services Ticketmaster has to offer to Nashville's exploding music community.” Congratulate her at (615) 932-5216 or  here.

2015/05 8:24 AM
Ryan Fox Hangs With Kenny

Ryan Fox, host of Westwood One's "Now With Ryan Fox" and morning host of "Hot Country" and "Mainstream Country Local" got to spend some time with Kenny Chesney backstage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.  

Aldean and Chesney shared teh stage as the Big Revival and Burn It Down tours came together.

2015/05 7:04 AM
Michael Martin New VP At ASCAP

ASCAP has promoted Michael Martin to the newsly created position of VP for its Nashville membership office.

Martin, formerly Director of Membership/Creative worked with Leeann Phelan who has recently left.  He will now report directly to ASCAP EVP/Membership John Titta.

comes to ASCAP from Extreme Writers Group where he was Partner and Co-Founder with Jason Houser.  He has enjoyed numerous #1 including Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" and George Strait's "I Saw God Today." 

"ASCAP's Nashville community of writers and publishers is a rich vein of musical creativity, collaboration, and success," stated Titta. "While ASCAP transforms itself to offer innovative new services to our members, we are fortunate that Michael has been at the vanguard of this change in his previous ASCAP role. Moving forward, we need a strong leader in Nashville that understands the dynamics and needs of this valuable community. Michael's expertise in fostering close bonds with our Nashville membership and his vision for enhancing ASCAP's relationship with both emerging and established writers and publishers make him the perfect choice to lead our talented Creative team in Music City."

2015/05 6:51 AM
Joe O'Donnell To Retire

Curb Records/Nashville West Coast regional Joe O'Donnell has announced his retirement.  He will be leaving the record business at the end of May.

In an open letter to friends O'Donnell (who was called "Jod") said, "“To my fellow West Coast Regionals, Nationals and VPs: It's been a great (or mostly great) 25-plus years in the record biz. I'm retiring at the end of May. I'll be hanging out with my wife and dogs in New Mexico. The cell won't change, be in touch (505) 249-9799. Travel safe. Peace and love, adios amigos! JOD.” 

He can be reached here .

2015/05 6:48 AM
Hank Cochran's Family Creates The Pen Fund

The family of Country Music Halll of Famer Hank Cochran has created The Pen Fund.  This organization, in conjunction with The Nikki Mitchell Foundation will help songwriters with pancreatic cancer and support awareness and research for early detection.  You can donate here. 

2015/05 9:32 AM
Billy Sexauer New APD/Afternoons at KWEN/Tulsa

Bill Sexauer has been naamed APD/Afternoons at Cox Media's KWEN, K95/Tulsa.  He will begin his new gig on Monday, June 1.  

He was most recently with Top 40 WZNF, 95.3 The Gorilla/Biloxi, MS and did mornings/PD.  He succeeds Kristina Carlyle who left to join KTGX, 106.1 The Twister in April..

This is a return to Cox/Tulsa for Sexauer who worked for News/Talk KRMG and K95 last year before going to WZNF.  He's also worked at Gulf South's Top 40 WKMX/Dothan, AL.  He worked there for five years and three of them he handled PD duties.


2015/05 8:53 AM
Brad Paisley To Open For The Stones

Brad Paisley will open for the Rolling Stones in Nashville on June 17 at LP Field.  Zip Code, the band's 15-city North American stadium tour, kicks off in San Diego on May 25 and will be making stops in Coluimbis, MInneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlanddo, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo before wrappingin Quebec.

The Zip Code tour will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-7's "A Bigger Bang Tour.

May 24, 2015                   San Diego, CA                    Petco Park
May 30, 2015                   Columbus, OH                    Ohio Stadium
June 3, 2015                      Minneapolis, MN                TCF Bank Stadium
June 6, 2015                      Dallas, TX                           AT&T Stadium
June 9, 2015                      Atlanta, GA                         Bobby Dodd Stadium
June 12, 2015                    Orlando, FL                        Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17, 2015                    Nashville, TN                      LP Field
June 20, 2015                    Pittsburgh, PA                     Heinz Field
June 23, 2015                    Milwaukee, WI                   Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27, 2015                    Kansas City, MO                Arrowhead Stadium
July 1, 2015                       Raleigh, NC                        Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4, 2015                       Indianapolis, IN                   Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8, 2015                       Detroit, MI                          Comerica Park
July 11, 2015                     Buffalo, NY                         Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15, 2015                     Quebec, QC                        Le Festival D’Été de Québec

For ticket information go to

2015/05 8:18 AM
Lady A, Miranda And Keith To Headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Country ON The Coast

Lady A, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will headline the on the Coast in Panama City Beach, Florida over Labor Day weekend Friday, September 4-Sunday, September 6.

They will be joined by Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery, Gary Allen, Ronnie Milsap, Kellie Pickler, Tyler Farr, Darryl Worley, Kristian Bush, The Swon Brothers, and more.  

The tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $119.  Prices will go up once the current tickets have been sold.  For more information go to the Gulf Coast Jam website here

2015/05 8:02 AM
United Station Radio Networks Adds "Serving Your Country"

United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN) has added "Serving YOur Country" to its weekly Country music programming.  The two-hour weekly program will be part of American Forces Network.  The show will be hosted by WUSN/Chicago morning man Ray "Ramblin 'Ray" Stevens (left) and will feature Country music and report on all the activities of the US military.

"I'm very proud of this show," said Stevens. "It's our way of saying thanks to those folks who provide our freedom. It's just huge, and I know they love the gesture!" USRN EVP/Programming Andy Denemark echoed, "We're quite proud of this show, which has been on the air for over two years now. So many Country stations cite support for our troops and veterans as a key part of their community services, so it's very gratifying to have this program not only exist and grow on US radio stations, but to now be transmitted to our service personnel overseas is fantastic."


2015/05 7:25 AM
Katie Arminger Launches "Girls With Dreams"

Katie Arminger is launching "Girls Wtih Dreams," a national songwriting compeittion that gives young songwriters the chance to win $10,000 college sholarship and have their music recorded with her.The winner will fly to Nashville to recird their song with Katie and two time Grammy-winning producer Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift). For contest rules go to 

“My entire career started by winning a contest,” says Katie, “And now I’d like to give other young ladies an opportunity like the one I had.”

Arminger began her career at 14 and completed her first album by the time she was 15.  She has shared the stage with some of country music's biggest artists including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, LIttle Big Town, Eli Young Band, Daius Rucker, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins and Kellie Pickler, to name a few.  

2015/05 7:17 AM
ASCAP Announces Promotions and Appointments

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has named Beth Brinker (right) as their new Creative Manager.  The Texas native has served as Creative Director for LaTigo Shore Music and has worked with Thirty Tigers and The National FFA Organization.

Brinker has also spent time on-air in roles with Spike TV, Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour and "The Marty Stuart Show."  She has worked with GAC-TV, RFD-TRv and others.  She will begin her new job immediately.

ASCAP also announces that both Robert Filhart and Evyn Mustoe has been promoted.  Filhart is the new Creative Director after serving as ASCAP Creative Manager for five years.  Mustoe has been promoted to Associate Creative Director.  He has been working as Creative Manager for two years.  

"Robert and Evyn are such an integral part of the ASCAP Creative staff," said ASCAP/Nashville's Michael Martin. "They helped build the foundation of the excellent team we have in place in Nashville, and we are so excited to welcome Beth as the newest edition to that team. Her energy and enthusiasm for the job are off the charts, and we can't wait for her to get started!"

2015/05 7:10 AM
John Rich and Friends Set To Perform For St. Jude

On Tuesday, June 9 "St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends" will take place at Cannon Cneter for the Performing ARts in Memphis, TN.  John Rich is bringing a number of friends to help him raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Those joining Rich include Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee, Frankie Balland, comedians Williams and Ree and Big Kenny.

"I'm incredibly proud that the 'St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends" charity event has grown into an amazing entertainment event over the past four years, while continuing to support the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," explained Rich. "It's a blessing to be part of an industry that has supported St. Jude so passionately for the past 30 years." 

For more information visit .

2015/05 9:02 AM
Big D and Bubba Extends Contract

Big D & Bubba have extendded their contract with Compass Media through 2020.  They launched Silverfish and teamed up with Compass in 2014 after leaving Premiere.  

"In our first 16 months of working with Compass Media Networks, we have seen explosive growth in both affiliates and sales," says Bubba. This extension was a no-brainer." 

Says Big D, "(Founder/CEO) Peter Kosann is the best at what he does. We don't know what that is, but he's great at it. Seriously, we couldn't be happier." 

2015/05 8:51 AM
CMT Music Awards Name Artists

Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Alden, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line are all scheduled to take the stage at the 2015 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 10.  The show will broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville beginning at 8 p.m. (ET) on CMT TV.

CMT TV will also air nominated videos during morning music hours while CMT Pure will feature nomination blocks throughout each day. CMT Radio will also feature interviews with "CMT Music Awards" performers on its "CMT After Midnite" and "CMT Radio Live" broadcasts.  

For more information and to participate in voting visit

2015/05 8:39 AM
Curly Clark To Leave KTTS/Springfield

Curly Clark (right), MD/Afternoon personality is leaving KTTS/Springfield, Mo for an opportunity with a local ad agency.  She has been with the Scripps Country station for 27 years.  

PD Mark Grantin expressed both "his sadness and excitement" for Curly and is now looking for her replacement. Describing the position as a "rare, fulltime opening in afternoons and possible MD duties for the right candidate."

If interested apply here.


2015/05 8:38 AM
Does Country Have The Smartest Lyrics?

According to a Seatsmart blog, popular music lyrics are dumb. Believe it or not, Seatsmart has done some research and there apparently some real science behind this statement.

The study sets out to find which genre of music is the most sophisticated. Genres measured include Country, Pop, Rock and R&B/Hip Hop. Readability scores were found by using writing analysis tools like Flesch-Kincaid grade index and others to create an average US reading level of a piece of text. Song lyrics of those songs that hit and stayed (for at least three weeks) at #1 on the Billboard charts between 2005-2014 were then put in.  An average grade level, word count and other metrics were calculated. Over 225 songs were analyzed in 4 different datasets resulting in over 2,000 individual data points.  

It's important to note that this data didn't deal with the meaning, metaphors, how the words connect with the artist, etc.   

The findings are in and Country does indeed (by comparison) have the "smartest" lyrics.

And, overall, this research is great news for third graders.  That's right.  Only in the years 2005 and 2006 songs would third graders have had a tough time interpreting these lyrics.

If you average out all the hit songs in each genre the median reading level by grade is: 

Country 3.3
Pop 2.9
Rock 2.9
R&B/Hip Hop: 2.6

There are many reasons for this.  When you consider word length, Country is the only genre without words like "oh" or "yeah" repeated many times in a row. Yes, indeed, if you say it in the song, it's counted as a lyric.

Country music is full of multi-syllable words.  Think of  the number of songs that use words like Hallelujah, cigarettes, hillbilly or mention locations like Carolina, California, Cincinnati, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Pop and R&B/Hip Hop usually stick with places like LA and New York.

When looking at Top Country Artists and their "song intelligence metric,"  the highest artist with a 3.72 average grade level  is Carrie Underwood.  She is closely followed by Blake Shelton with 3.61 and Brad Paisley with 3.54.  Florida Georgia Line are at the bottom with an average grade level of 2.93.

And, Country also comes in with 5 out of the top 10 smartest songs in this study.  Blake Shelton's All About Tonight   is at #1 with with a 5.8 grade level.  Other Country artists' songs include Craig Morgan's That's What I Love About Sunday at #5, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert with Were Were Us at #6, Carrie Underwood with Before He Cheats at #9 and Miranda Lambert's The House That Built Me at #10.

And, listen to this!  Country doesn't even show up on the 10 worst songs of the last 10 years.

Below are listed the top Country songs ranked by grade level.  And, again those longer words and longer sentences played a part (thanks, Keith Urban!).  

Top Country Songs Ranked By Grade Level
Average Grade Level Song Title Artist Year Weeks at #1 Word Count Syllables per Word Characters per Word
5.8 All About Tonight Blake Shelton 2010 3 311 1.3 3.9
4.9 That’s What I Love About Sunday Craig Morgan 2005 4 254 1.2 3.7
4.9 We Were Us Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert 2013 3 283 1.3 3.9
4.7 Before He Cheats Carrie Underwood 2006 5 304 1.2 3.8
4.6 Good Directions Billy Currington 2007 3 303 1.2 3.8
4.6 The House That Built Me Miranda Lambert 2010 4 310 1.2 3.7
4.5 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift 2012 9 376 1.3 3.8
4.4 The World Brad Paisley 2006 3 248 1.3 3.6
4.4 Summertime Kenny Chesney 2006 5 294 1.2 3.6
4.1 Beer In Mexico Kenny Chesney 2007 3 242 1.3 3.7
4 I’m Still A Guy Brad Paisley 2008 3 364 1.1 3.5
4 Making Memories Of Us Keith Urban 2005 5 247 1.2 3.5
3.9 So Small Carrie Underwood 2007 3 274 1.2 3.9
3.9 Take Me There Rascal Flatts 2007 3 256 1.2 4
3.7 She’s Everything Brad Paisley 2007 3 358 1.3 3.5
3.7 Consider Me Gone Reba 2010 4 303 1.2 3.4
3.7 If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows) Rodney Atkins 2006 4 362 1.1 3.6
3.6 Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton 2013 5 371 1.2 3.6
3.6 Something In The Water Carrie Underwood 2014 3 340 1.2 3.6
3.6 Watching You Rodney Atkins 2007 4 398 1.2 3.5
3.5 Wasted Carrie Underwood 2007 3 343 1.2 3.6
3.5 Better Life Kieth Urban 2005 6 325 1.2 3.4
3.5 Shutgun Rider Tim McGraw 2014 3 277 1.3 3.7
3.4 Letter To Me Brad Paisley 2008 4 450 1.2 3.4
3.3 Don’t Blink Kenny Chesney 2007 4 383 1.1 3.8
3.2 Stay Florida Georgia Line 2013 6 410 1.2 3.4
3.2 Somewhere With You Kenny Chesney 2011 3 374 1.2 3.4
3.2 Drink A Beer Luke Bryan 2014 5 176 1.2 3.6
3 Don’t You Wanna Stay Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson 2011 3 222 1.2 3.6
3 Why Don’t We Just Dance Josh Turner 2010 4 230 1.1 3.5
3 Living In Fast Forward Kenny Chesney 2006 3 235 1.2 3.6
3 Play It Again Luke Bryan 2014 9 436 1.2 3.5
2.9 Honey Bee Blake Shelton 2011 4 355 1.2 3.3
2.9 Jesus, Take The Wheel Carrie Underwood 2006 6 307 1.1 3.4
2.9 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 2013 24 421 1.2 3.7
2.9 Bless The Broken Road Rascal Flatts 2005 5 239 1.2 3.7
2.8 What Hurts The Most Rascal Flatts 2006 4 280 1.2 3.6
2.7 This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan 2014 6 383 1.2 3.6
2.7 Burnin’ It Down Jason Aldean 2014 14 436 1.2 3.7
2.7 That’s My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan 2013 12 390 1.1 3.6
2.6 Never Wanted Nothing More Kenny Chesney 2007 5 352 1.2 3.3
2.6 Felt Good On My Lips Tim McGraw 2011 3 326 1.2 3.4
2.5 Big Green Tractor Jason Aldean 2009 4 368 1.1 3.3
2.5 Need You Now Lady Antebellum 2009 5 237 1.2 3.3
2.5 Our Song Taylor Swift 2008 6 386 1.2 3.6
2.5 You’re Gonna Miss This Trace Adkins 2008 3 317 1.2 3.5
2.5 Keep Me In Mind Zac Brown Band 2012 4 287 1.2 3.4
2.3 It Won’t Be Like This For Long Darius Rucker 2009 3 317 1.1 3.4
2.2 God Gave Me You Blake Shelton 2011 3 274 1.1 3.3
2.2 Then Brad Paisley 2009 3 285 1.1 3.5
2.1 The Man I Want To Be Chris Young 2010 3 266 1.1 3.2
1.5 As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith 2005 6 380 1.1 3.2

Apparently, Toby Keith and Chris Young didn't do us any favors mentioning God and their baby. Just think where we'd be if they'd traveled to Senatobia, Mississippi a bit more?

Read the entire blog here. 

2015/05 8:22 AM
Tatum Allsep Named 2015 Health Care Hero

The Nashville Business Journal has named Tatum Allsep, Founder and Executive Director of Music Health Alliance as one of their 2015 Health Care Heroes.  She is the first recipient of the Healthcare Hero Advocate Award.

Allsep will be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Omni Nashville Hotel and also in a special publication in the May 22 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal.

Allsep first began to understand the music industry’s need for healthcare support while working with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and after her own struggles with health care coverage. Through a process of exploring profit-based alternatives, Allsep became convinced that the only way to put client’s needs first was to remove the profit motive. The result was Music Health Alliance (MHA), a 501(c)3 non-profit that engages a completely new and unique model that provides a full spectrum of health care services and support. Today Music Health Alliance provides healthcare solutions to the music industry based solely on the client’s specific needs in a safe and trusted environment.

The mission of Music Health Alliance is to provide access to healthcare through services that protect, direct and connect music professionals with medical and financial solutions.

For more information on Music Health Alliance visit

2015/05 8:21 AM
FCC Comes Down On iHeart Communications

The FCC has come down hard with a fine for iHeart Communications, Inc., parent of iHeartMedia fining the company $1 million in a consent decree arising from the airing of false Emergency Alert System tones.  Bobby Bones sounded the alert on his nationally syndicated show on iHeartMedia Country WSIX-FM, The Big 98/Nashville. The company has agreed to paying hte civil penality and has come up with a three year agreement and a reporting plan and elimination of the EAS tones from its production libraries.

The incident occured on October 14, 2014 when Bones was talking about teh soundeing of an EAS test that aired during the World Series.  He played a recording of an earlier test that was then sent to over 70 affiliates and resulted in a "Multi-state cascade of false EAS alerts on radios and televisions in multiple states."

“The public counts on EAS tones to alert them to real emergencies,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “Misuse of the emergency alert system jeopardizes the nation’s public safety, falsely alarms the public, and undermines confidence in the emergency alert system.”

This fine is among several that have been issued over the last six months for misuse of EAS tones.  Fines have been levied against Viacom, ESPN, Univision, Pathfinder Communications, and SM Radio Productions totally almost $2.5 million.

Get the full FCC statement here

2015/05 8:06 AM
Alpha Media To Purchase Morris Commuincations' Stations

Alpha Media will purchase Morris Communications' 36 stations in eight markets including Country stations WIBW-FM & KTPK/Topeka, KS; KYEZ/Salina,KS; KGNC-FM/Amarillo, TX; KBRJ/Anchorage, AK; KAYO/Wasilla, AK; KXXK/Hoquiam, WA and KWIQ/Moses Lake, WA.  

When the transaction is complete Alpha will operate 135 stations in 28 markets.  

Get more information here. 

2015/05 8:55 AM
CMA Accepting Nominations for CMA Broadcast Awards

The Country Music Association is now accepting applications online for 2015 CMA Broadcast Awards.  The awards are for Broadcast Personality, Station and National Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year.  All categories include four different market sizes, (major, large, medium and small).  Entries will be accepted until Saturday, June 27 at 6 p.m. (CT).  

The entries must be performances that happened between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.  They will be judged by radio and industry professionals.  Broadcast winners will be notified in early October and recognized at the "49th Annual CMA Awards."  Submit your materials here .

2015/05 8:53 AM
Cumulus Launches A Talent Competition

Cumulus is launching a talent competition for new Country artists called "Nash Next."  Fans will help find and choose winners through online voting and interaction.  Submissions will be taken through and promoted on over 200 Cumulus stations.  This will be the "largest online talent search ever undertaken."

The website will open on June 15 and fans will judge the entrants as they go through challenges through November.  A panel  of three music professionals will judge along with a "Spin Index" of social media activity and fan voting at the website.will help choose the winner of the competition. The entrants will be judged in various categories including a cover song, original jingle (with fans choosing the last five words via Twitter), an original song broadcast on Periscope, an original video on Instagram, original content on PicCollage and a fully produced original music video including animation.

The winner will get a record deal with Cumulus' Nash Next record label and the top 10 will be a part of a national tour in 2016.  

According to John Dickey, EVP of Content and Programming, "“Country is firmly established as the most popular music format and through Nash Next we are connecting directly with the fans and talent who are most engaged with the Country lifestyle."

“We are thrilled to partner with Nash in launching Nash Next,” said Ron Berryman, Founder and CEO of Sum, Nash Next's   technology partner. “This has to be one of the most innovative approaches in finding emerging modern Country talent, and engaging their fan base through the use of social media.”

2015/05 8:43 AM
Lunchbox Gets Hitched

Congrats to Lunchbox, co-host of "The Bobby Bones Show," who got married over the weekend.  His engagement was announced live on the show in November.  He invited his co-hosts to the festivities in Texas on Saturday, May 16th.  

Photos of his big day can be found on the Bobby Bones website at or you can search social media using hashtag #BoxAndTheFox. 

2015/05 8:40 AM
Neilsen Analysis Shows Country Dipping But Strong

Neilsen Audio's analysis has just been released on Arpi l 2015 PPM results.  News Talk is #! of all formats for persons 6+ at 8.8%.  Pop CHR decreased from 8.7% to 8.5% amoung Persons 6+ from March but still is strong when compared to its percentages in April 2013 and 2014 (8.2%).  It remains the same and the top format with 18-34 year olds compared to March (12.8%). 

Country experienced a slight decrease putting it in second place 6+ with 7.8%, 19% with 18-34 year olds and 7.6% with 25-54 year olds.  These numbers were a bit down looking year to year but summer tends to be very strong for Country.

Classic Rock did very well with year-to-year grown in Persons 6+ (4.7-5.3%).  It also included with 18-34 year olds (3.9-4.8%) and 25-54 year olds (5.1-6%).  Hot AC also did well reaching 6.7% for 6+, 7.5% for 18-34 year olds and 7.4% for 25-54 year olds.  

Get the full story here

2015/05 8:30 AM
Taylor's Big Winner in Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift walked away with eight awards last night at the Billboard Music Awards. Jason Aldean won two awards while other Country artist winners included Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood.  

Little Big Town a
lso performed "Girl Crush" with Faith Hill during the show.

The show took CBS to a #1 rank for the night winning 18-49 and 18-34 demos in rating and share.  The show had 9.9 million viewers for the night. 

Below are the full list of winners:
·         TOP HOT 100 SONG: MEGHAN TRAINOR, "All About That Bass"
·         TOP RADIO SONG: JOHN LEGEND, "All of Me"
·         TOP RAP SONG: IGGY AZALEA featuring CHARLI XCX, "Fancy"
·         TOP SOUNDTRACK: "Frozen"
·         TOP RAP ALBUM: J. COLE, "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
·         TOP COUNTRY ALBUM: JASON ALDEAN, "Old Boots, New Dirt"
·         TOP ROCK ALBUM: COLDPLAY, "Ghost Stories"
·         TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM: LECRAE, "Anomaly"
·         TOP DIGITAL SONG: MEGHAN TRAINOR, "All About That Bass"
·         TOP COUNTRY SONG: JASON ALDEAN, "Burnin' It Down"
·         TOP ROCK SONG: HOZIER, "Take Me to Church"
·         TOP CHRISTIAN SONG: CARRIE UNDERWOOD, "Something in the Water"

2015/05 8:23 AM
Ryan McKiddy Heads To KCYY/San Antonio

Ryan McKiddy, most recently a part timer with WUSN, US 99/Chicago is moving to KCYY, Y 100/San Antonio.  He will be doing afternoons starting May 16th.  

Jeff Garrison, KCYY Director of Operations said “We’re taking Y100 to new heights and are excited to have Ryan join the Y team.  We also look forward to him taking his first River Walk ride.”

McKiddy said, ",  “I am so pumped to be joining the Y100/Cox San Antonio staff.  I thank KCYY’s Jeff Garrison, as well as CMG San Antonio's VP and General Manager Ben Reed, for bringing me onboard. I plan on gaining at least 15 pounds within my first two weeks in San Antonio from all the amazing TexMex food and BBQ.”


2015/05 8:17 AM
Russ Fender Retires

WGFG/Kat Country 105.3/Orangeburg, SC's OM/Morning host Russ T. Fender (aka Russ Wood) is retiring after 27 years in the business.  

In his farewell to listeners in the local paper he said, "Now is the time for this amazing ride to come to an end. I am respectfully laying my headsets down, pushing the microphone away and stepping into the shadows. Time to, in theater parlance, 'Exit Stage Left.'

"I look forward to a cup of coffee at sunrise, not refracted through a studio window, and enjoying the sounds of rain on a tin roof without worry about lightning striking a radio tower. Attempting to live a normal life will be the biggest challenge yet and, who knows, before long I may be reaching out my hand to another venture saying, 'You can’t do this without me!'" 

2015/05 8:09 AM
Katie Toupal Joins WBLL/Helena, MT

Katie Toupal, most recenlty with iHeartMedia KEEY/Minneapolis is the new co-host for mornings at KBLL/Helena, MT. She will join Dale Desmond in mornings on the "Brohter Dale and Katie on KBLL." Toupal was doing part-time and intern jobs in Minneapolis.  

Desmond has been with the station since January.  He handles OM duties for the five station group and is also PD on KBLL.  Get in touch with Toupal here

2015/05 8:02 AM
"A Guy Goes Into A Bar" Goes To #1

Congratuations to Columbia Nashville's promo team and Norbert Nix, David Friedman and RJ Meacham as Tyler Farr's "A Guy Walks Into A Bar" goes to #1 on Mediabase Country singles chart.  

This is the first from Farr's second album "Suffer In Peace."  The album has been certified Gold by RIAA.

2015/05 8:02 AM
Premiere to Distribute Country Qwips

Premiere Networks will be the exclusive distributor for Country Qwips, a customized Country specific imaging service.  The ready to air imaging packages are created by Radio Imaging Works.  They are created with each affiliate in mind.  The company has worked with WMIL/Milwaukee, WSOC/Charlotte, WKKO/Toledo and more.

"Radio Imaging Works very excited to be teaming up with Premiere Networks," said Radio Imaging Works Pres. Peter Jorgenson. "We're proud that Qwips are already trusted by many of the industry's most successful stations, and we look forward to helping more clients achieve their branding and ratings objectives." 

For more information go to or call Premiere Networks at 818-377-5300.

2015/05 4:17 AM
Windy City Lakeshake Releasing Full Festival Schedule And Stage Lineup

In the lead up to the inaugural three-day Chicago Country music festival June 19-21, “Windy City LakeShake” has heightened anticipation by revealing the official artist schedule for the weekend, “Next From Nashville” stage lineup and multiple onsite activities.  

The festival's second stage: "Next From Nashville" will feature Kelsea Ballerini, Tucker Beathard, Cam, Ruthie Collins, David Fanning, Haley & Michaels, JT Hodges, Joey Hyde, Ryan Kinder, Logan Mize, Native Run, Cheyenne Rose, Waterloo Revival
and Austin Webb. 

TheseThese artists join previously announced headliners Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley as well as Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Mickey Guyton, Randy Houser, Maddie and Tae, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Thomas Rhett and Canaan Smith.  

Set times are now available as well as the full lineup and ticket info at

In addition to the festival’s stellar lineup, Windy City LakeShake will also host many onsite activities for festival goers, including a vertigo swing, a giant inflatable slide, the opportunity to cool off at the festival’s watering holes
and indulge in local food concessions.

Follow further “Windy City LakeShake” updates on Facebook: , Twitter: @LakeShakeFest Instagram: @LakeShakeFest and join the conversation on Twitter, using #LakeShakeFest.

2015/05 9:00 PM
​Country Radio’s Sweetheart ‘Dandalion’ Dies


Her long-time friend Pinkie Pinkham, alerted, that Gwyneth “Dandalion” Seese passed away yesterday (5/15) at the age of 77.

There will be a visitation with the family on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10 am, followed by a memorial service at 11am, at the Canadensis United Methodist Church; located at the corners of Routes 390 and 447, Canadensis, PA 18325.  (570) 595-7277
Reverend George Alt will officiate.
There will be a visitation with the family on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10 am, followed by a memorial service at 11am, at the Canadensis United Methodist Church; located at the corners of Routes 390 and 447, Canadensis, PA 18325.  (570) 595-7277
Reverend George Alt will officiate.

Dandalion, (who's nickname was Dandy) was well known for many years to the truckers rolling down the lonely highway as well as late-night factory workers who were among her many dedicated fans. She was the self-described brassy and sassy grandmother of six who played Country requests from midnight to 5 a.m. on WRKZ/106.7 in Hershey/Harrisburg, PA. In January of 1999, Citadel Communications put together the “Dandelion Cat Country Network” that spreads across six Pennsylvania stations, including WCTO/Allentown.

She had a way of just filling the airwaves with what her listeners what to hear.  Great “Cheatin', Lovin’, Livin’ and drinkin' songs with country tidbits.

Dandalion, was one of the most awarded females in Country radio and she was inducted into the 1999 Country DJ Hall of Fame by Country Radio Broadcasters  on June 24 in Nashville.  In accepting the award she said, "Fifty-two men have made it. I think I'll be one of the first females. This is the ultimate. There's nothing bigger to be the first woman and to break the good-old-boys syndrome. I wanted a syndicated show and to be in the Hall of Fame--I got both this year. Is '99 my year or what?"She was also inducted into the  Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters  in 2001.

She also received three Music Director of the Year awards from Gavin Magazine. Other awards she received included  Billboard Magazine's Music Director of the Year and Disc Jockey of the Year.  She was also named the Academy of Country Music's Air Personality of the Year and was the first woman to receive that honor.

As music director, Dandalion made all the decision as to what new records got on the air.  She created a 55-song playlist. She was one of the first, if not the first, to play a new artist at the time, Garth Brooks.

Her shows were unique. They encompassed all styles: traditional, contemporary, Cajun, bluegrass, western swing and yodeling.

"It's an obsession," Dandalion said. "There's nothing better than a good drunk, cheatin' song. It's about life and what's all around. A good steel guitar gives me goose bumps."

Her own personal favorites included Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Alabama. Reba, Charlie Daniels and George Jones.

In the '70s, Dandalion worked overnight for the U.S. Postal Service. She had previously worked part-time at local post offices, but accepted a full-time job in  Lehigh Valley, PA. That was the peak time of the CB radio craze, and she  purchased one for her 110-mile round trip commute. She picked her “handle” of Dandalion. She misspelled it, but kept the spelling and even trademarked it.

She began writing stories about her nightly travel companions for trucking magazines. Then she wrote a book about trucking humor. The book got her interviews on several trucker radio shows. When she was on the John Trimble/ WRVA/Richmond, VA show they hit it off. When John took a two-week vacation, he offered her a slot on the air. The postal service wouldn't give her the time off, so she quit.

She said, "Everyone was shocked when I did that. But you only swing this way one time. Your life isn't just sitting at a job for eight hours a day. There's more to life than that."

Later, she landed a job at WIOV/Ephrata, PA for two years, and then moved on to WRKZ. Her shows were always geared towards truckers. They were her heroes. And since central Pennsylvania is a big hub for trucking, truckers counted among her many listeners.

She had many conversations with Country superstars like: Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, on a first-name basis. Garth Brooks invited her on two trips to Ireland, for he never forgot those that supported his career in the beginning. She even was able to clown around with her favorite hunk, Clint Eastwood, who escorted her across a casino room floor in Reno to her delight and to the envy of others.

But she also knew the heartbreak of talking to a radio listener working in an all-night gas station one evening and reading in the newspaper the next day that he was shot to death. Or the policeman, who called in song requests, who was also killed. She said, "The kid and the cop really tore me apart."

She leaves her husband of many years Newton and her three adult children.

Dandalion once said, "I wouldn't change one day of it. How many people are blessed or how many people have a fun job like this?" 


2015/05 8:59 AM
Maddie and Tae Host Disney Musicals In Schools

Maddie & Tae brought some magic to downtown Nashville recently when they hosted the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share the the Tennessee Peforming Arts Center.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be here today” said the duo’s Maddie Marlow. “Tae and I both express ourselves through music, so it’s amazing to highlight how music is a good way for kids to express themselves and find out who they are.”

“Knowing that by performing at CMA Fest we are actually helping programs like this makes that time on stage even more special,” added Tae Dye.

Funded locally by the CMAFoundation, Disney Musicals in Schools grants public schools performance rights to some of Disney's most well-loved musicals.  More than 300 students from six Metro Nashville Public Schools hit the stage doing songs from "The Lion King Kids," "The Jungle Book Kids," Aladdin Kids," and "Alice In Wonderland Jr" for an audience of paretns and teachers.  

Nashville was only the second metro area outside of New York City to have the program. To date, the CMA Foundation has donated $68,000 to fund the project through grants made on behalf of artists such as Maddie & Tae who perform each year for free during the CMA Music Festival. 

2015/05 8:51 AM
Florida Georgia Line Hang At WKWS/Charleston WV

Brian and Tyler
of Florida Georgia Line recently stopped into WKWS/Charleston, WV and morning show's Amanda Walton was there to meet them.

2015/05 8:40 AM
BMI Wins Suit Against Pandora

A US District Court has ruled in favor of BMI in its suit against Pandora.  The Court ruled that the music streaming service must pay 2.5 percent of its revenue to license and perform songs in the BMI portfolio.  Pandora was paying 1.75%.

As was reported here, Pandora has been battling ASCAP and it was recently ruled that its rate would remain at 1.85%. They also won a major battle with the FCC when they were granted permission to begin to broadcast and launch their terrestrial radio station.  They purchased the station to try to qualify for the lower licensing rates granted radio stations that operate both streaming and broadcast.

In a statement put out by BMI, "Today is an important day for BMI and a huge victory for the more than 650,000 songwriters, composers and publishers we have the privilege to represent.  After a nearly two-year legal battle over the value of the BMI repertoire to the Pandora digital music service, the Rate Court ruled resoundingly in BMI’s favor and concluded that our proposed rate of 2.5% of revenue was “reasonable, and indeed at the low end of the range of fees of recent licenses.”

The decision also establishes that existing marketplace agreements can be taken into account when determining rates, a key factor for us, and the industry. This is an important step forward in valuing music in the digital age.

BMI fully supports all new avenues for the performance of our repertoire, but we also believe that creators should never have to virtually give away their product for free in order to subsidize the development of someone else’s business. We were not about to stand by and let that happen to our BMI family. We went through a lot of time and expense to fight that notion, and we are gratified that the Court ruled in our, and ultimately, our affiliates’ favor.

And our efforts to protect the value of our affiliates’ creative work continue.  As you know, we have testified in Washington, DC about necessary changes to our Consent Decree and remain encouraged by our ongoing conversations with the Department of Justice.  BMI is also a strong supporter of the Songwriters Equity Act, a bill recently reintroduced in Congress that seeks to create a level playing field when determining rates and fees.  These efforts are essential to help modernize the music licensing system, creating one that makes better sense for the digital world we live in today and benefits all stakeholders.

My thanks to our friends at Milbank Tweed, who represented BMI at trial, to the in-house legal team of Stuart Rosen, Joe DiMona, Hope Lloyd and Reneé Wolfe, and to all of the BMI team members who gave of their time and expertise in contributing to this achievement.

I am excited for what’s ahead, and thank you for your continued support.

ASCAP also stated the following: "On Thursday, Judge Louis L. Stanton of United States District Court in Manhattan ruled in favor of BMI in its rate court proceeding with Pandora, setting the rate Pandora must pay BMI at 2.5% of revenue. In his decision, Judge Stanton cited market benchmarks ASCAP has long argued are relevant in rate court proceedings.

In response to the BMI ruling, ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams issued the following statement: “This decision is welcome news for music creators, but make no mistake, Pandora will stop at nothing in their ongoing effort to shortchange songwriters. ASCAP and the music community must continue to fight for the urgent reforms needed to enable all songwriters, composers and music publishers to obtain fair compensation for the use of our music.”


2015/05 8:24 AM
Superstar Duets Tonight

Set your DVR! Some unexpected duets will take place tonight on ACM Presents: Superstar Duets at 9/8C on CBS.  Some of those appearing will include John Anderson and Keith Urban; Dierks Bentley, Ashley Monroe and Kip Moore; Clint Black and Joe Nichols; Luke Bryan and Ronnie Milsap; Deana Carter and The Band Perry; Lady Antebellum and Brandy Clark; Brett Eldredge and Hunter Hayes; Sara Evans and Darius Rucker, among others.

There will also be a tribute to George Jones by Kenny Chesney an ACM Lifting Lives military tribute performance by Brantley Gilbert and an ACM Lifting Lives performance by Jake Owen dedicated to Stand Up To Cancer.

The two hour special benefits the Academy's charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives.

2015/05 8:19 AM
B.B. King Passes

Blues legend B.B. King died last night at the age of 89.

Riley B. King had a legendary career that spanned more than 70 years.  He performed more than 15,000 shows by the time of his death and earned many accolades for his musical talent including 15 Grammy Awards, The Presidential Media of the Arts, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

He was born in Mississippi in 1925 and recorded early on in Nashville on Bullet Records and for Sam Phillips' RPM label.  His nickname came from his days as a disc jockey at WKIA where he was called "Beale Street Blues Boys" which was shortened to "Blues Boy and then to "B.B.".

His hits included "How Blue Can You Get," Everyday I Have The Blues," "3 O'Clock Blues," "Please Love Me," "You Upset Me Baby," and "The Thrill Is Gone."


2015/05 8:14 AM
Elice Cuff Leaves Sweet Talk

Elice Cuff is leaving Sweet Talk Publicity for another opportunity yet to be announced.  Cuff has been with the company for 18 months and her last day is today (5/15).  

She has served as Publicity Manager and has handled clients such as Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Frankie Ballard and others.

Her resume includes working for CMT Radio Network, All Access Nashville, Hot Schatz PR and more.  Get in touch with her here.

2015/05 8:07 AM
Kristian Bush Partners With Good Will

Kristian Bush has recreated his video for his latest single "Trailer Hitch" in support of his partnership with Goodwill.  The song's lyrics sparked Bush to partner with Good Will to encourage donations of used clothing and good.

Bush is currently headlining shows nationwide with his "Put Your Soul In It Tour"  and will be teaming up with Armed Forces Entertainment this month to perform for military bases in Japan and Okinawa kicking off with a Memeorial Day Concert on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu.

Check out the video here .  

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