MV2 Entertainment General Manager Tony Harrell has announced two new staff additions and a promotion. MV2 Entertainment is an artist development, management and music publishing comapny in Nashville.
Nicole Sherrill has joined the company as Creative Director. She is a native of Nashivlle and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in musical theater from teh University of Mississippi. She worked in the performing world with Matt Davenport Productions. She eventually made her way back to Nashville and joined the cast of the General Jackson Showboat as a full-time singer/entertainer. She then worked with LisaRamsey-Perkins and her independent publishing company Little Extra Music for two years as creative director and full-time song plugger.
Lauren Davis has been promoted from Office Manager to Artist Management and Contract Administration. She is a licensed attorney in both Tennessee and Texas. While in law school, she took courses in entertainment and music law, was a staff editor of the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, and served as Communications Director for Law Students for the Arts. As Communications Director, she helped organize LSFTA’s annual pro bono clinic, in which local attorneys gave free consultations to musicians and artists in need of legal advice.
Lindsey Parrish has joined the MV2 Entertainment team as Digital Marketing Manager. A native of a Chattanooga, Parrish moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of working in the music industry by earning her degree in Music Business from Belmont University in 2017. Before joining the team at MV2, Parrish held internships at Capitol CMG, The Recording Academy / Grammys, and at Big Yellow Dog Music. Parrish was also a member of Grammy U and CMA EDU.
02/06/2018 8:54 PM
Edison Research Presents "Country Radio Is At Home With Smart Speakers"
Edison Research presented their seminar about how Smart Speakers could become a wave of the future for radio getting back into the home. Sharing data with the audience and findings from a sample of Country smart speaker users, Rosen and Edison VP Megan Lazovick walked audience members through the findings that demonstrated the smart speaker explosion, ease of use and daily applications.
Those who don't have radios in homes went from 4% in 2008 to 21 % in 2016. Radio must find a way to get back in the home and indications are that smart speakers may be one of the vehicles. Smart speakers are growing faster than smart phones did. Thirty nine million people or 16% of Americans currently own one. Amazon is in the lead with 11% owning the Alexa device. Another important component to their viability for radio is that 57% of owners say they use it more more after one month. When country radio listeners are asked why they want smart speakers 96% say "listen to music" and 81% say they use the device to play music last week and 72% said they used it to play Country music. Country listeners who own smart speakers also say they listen to more than overall respondents--6 hours and 11 minutes a week, roughly an hour more than others.
The country radio listener is using it to access radio more than most other formats and they love the speakers because they are easy to set up. Their concerns include the companies that manufacture the devices may know too much about the purchaser's life. Owners are also worried about hackers or the government tapping in and always listening.
Of those country listeners who use the devices frequently, 75% say they use it to entertain friends and family and it is a social family gathering with 57% gathering around the audio device--something that hasn't happened since radio was king. There are no earbuds being used and family members interact verbally while listening.
While broadcasters are increasing efforts to develop listener-friendly skills, Edison also found only 25% of Coutnry smart speaker users were aware of a local station offering them. Rosin acknowledged radio's huge opportunity, but cautioned that "...we can't be complacent. On a smart speaker you are competingon the 'Infinite Dial' where all audio is available. Listening to your station is highly unlikely to be the first thing a Smart Speaker user will seek out. It is up to you to remind them.”
Congrats to Lanco who have debuted at No. 1 on the Country album charts with "Hallelujah Night."
The album has sold more than 12,700 copies in its first week, accoreding to Nielsen SoundScan.
01/26/2018 3:42 PM
Multi-Platinum Selling Brett Young Slated To Sing National Anthem At 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game Sunday, Jan. 28
“Hitmaker” Brett Young is set to perform the national anthem Sunday, Jan. 28 at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star game in Tampa, FL, which will broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC in the U.S. and CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Additional artists slated to participate in the All-Star Weekend include Flo Rida, Moon Taxi, Chase Rice, Lindsay Ell, Fitz and the Tantrums and more.
“It's such an honor to be involved in the NHL All-Star weekend,” Young said. “I love performing at sporting events because there just such a unique energy - really excited for this one!"
AllAboutCountry send congrats to Southern Stone Communications Country WKRO/COAST COUNTRY)/Daytona Beach, FL PD Dallas Reese and wife, Amy, who welcomed a baby girl yesterday (1/25).
"Welcome to the world, our new song of happiness, Caroline Ella Reese, born Thursday, January25th at 6:37p [ET]," shared Reese via FACEBOOK. Congratulate the Reese family here.
01/26/2018 12:37 PM
Cumulus NASDAQ Delisting Finally Final On 2/5, SEC Objects To Bankruptcy Plan's Third-Party Release Provision
Cumulus Media's formal delisting from NASDAQ will be official as of the opening of trading on February 5th, the company told the SEC in a filing Thursday (1/25). Cumulus'appeal of its delisting was denied on November 20th and the stock moved to trading over the counter on the OTCQX markets the next day; the company did not seek review by the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council, and the delisting decision became final on January 4th.
In addition, the SEC has filed an objection to Cumulus' bankruptcy reorganization plan, specifically to the nondebtor third party releases, which it says violates the Bankruptcy Code in that only debts of the debtor are affected or can be released by the Chapter 11 provisions and the court has no jurisdiction over matters entirely involving third parties. In Article VIII.E. of the bankruptcy plan, the company sets forth a provision for third party releases for the company, lenders, and certain creditors and agents, makes the releases automatic if a shareholder or creditor does not opt out, and buries the opt-out selection on page 5 of a 10-page single-spaced ballot.
The SEC contends that the plan does not include sufficient information to support either that the releases would be consensual -- shareholders who get the notice that they will receive nothing under the plan and are not eligible to vote on it, the SEC says, are likely not to look further in the document -- or that "rare and exceptional circumstances" warrant the releases.
01/25/2018 3:00 PM
Albright & O'Malley & Brenner Pre-CRS Seminar Adds Joe Galante, Steve Buchanan, Danielle Bradbery
Country radio specialists Albright & O'Malley & Brenner (A&O&B) have added CMA Foundation Chairman Joe Galante And Opry Entertainment Group Pres. Steve Buchanan to their 24th annual Pre-CRS (Country Radio Seminar) seminar. The event will include presentation of their 13th consecutive "Roadmap" perceptual, detailing Country P1 listening trends, musical tastes, digital consumption, social networking, and other significant findings; it kicks off Monday, February 5th At Nashville's Music City Center at 10 AM (CT).
Galantejoins the seminar to share the latest news from the CMA Foundation, its work around the country, and the opportunities Country radio has to participate. He will also share his observations on the "State Of Country" as well as sharing stories from the road and events that shaped his career in the business. Buchanan will speak on branding and brand evolution as it relates to The Ryman and The Grand Ole Opry.
In addition, BMLG Records' Danielle Bradbery will be the featured artist at this year's seminar.Bradbery will offer an acoustic performance for attendees as well as a meet and greet opportunity.
The A&O&B Pre-CRS Seminar is free and open to all clients, as well as to broadcasters in non-competitive situations. RSVP to either Mike O'Malley OR Becky Brenner.
01/25/2018 3:42 PM
Presenters For Grammy Awards
The list of presenters for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards has been announced by the Recording Academy, with Tony Bennett, Dave Chapelle, Kelly Clarkson, Victor Cruz, Eve, Jim Gaffigan, Katie Holmes, Nick Jonas, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Shemar Moore, Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman, Hailee Steinfeld, and Donnie Wahlberg doing the honors.
The Academy previously announced that the show, to air on CBS Sunday (1/28) and hosted by James Corden, will feature performances by Jon Batiste, Brothers Osborne, Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Eric Church, Gary Clark Jr., Miley Cyrus, Daddy Yankee, Dj Khaled, Luis Fonsi, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti Lupone, Bruno Mars, Maren Morris, P!Nk, Ben Platt, Rihanna, Zuleyka Rivera, Sam Smith, Chris Stapleton, Sting, SZA, Bryson Tiller, and U2.
01/25/2018 10:32 AM
Scripps Selling Its Radio Stations…Many Country Station Included
Rumors that THE E.W. Scripps Company will sell its radio stations have come true as the company announced Today (1/25) that it has placed its 34 stations on the market through broker Kalil And Co. The deal involves many Country stations. The move is part of a restructuring and cost reductions that the company says will result in about $30 million in annual cost savings.
"Today, Scripps is a dynamic leader in the media industry through its strong local TV station portfolio, its growing multicast network, its national news network and its podcasting business," said President and CEO Adam Symson. "The enterprise-wide restructuring positions us well for continued growth while maintaining high-quality journalism as our central focus."
"This plan is consistent with our goal to create both short-term and long-term value by improving margins and cash flow in our local media business and supporting the growth of our national businesses," added Synson. "Our restructuring analysis also led us to determine the time is right to find a new owner for our radio group that can provide the focus and resources the stations and their creative, devoted employees deserve."
Scripps acquired the stations in its merger with Journal Communications, taking the radio stations in with its TV stations and spinning the combined company's newspaper assets off.
01/25/2018 6:43 AM
Here’s a Kentucky Gig
W&B's WLVK/Elizabethtown, KY has an opening for a morning co-host as Jordan Smith exits to pursue other opportunities. Candidates should have strong production skills. Airchecks and résumés can be sent to Managing Partner/GM René Bell here.