Marketing Director Vicki Fiorelli has left the iHeartMedia/Phoenix cluster after 25 years. She joined Country KNIX as a street team member in 1990. She rose to Director of Promotions for KNIX and then added duties at AC sister KEZ before she moved up to doing marketing and promotions for the eight-station group after then Clear Channel bought it to 1998. The promotions department at iHeart/Phoenix will be reorganized.
Luke Bryan's title track "Kill The Lights" from his upcoming album will be available through the Tinder world-premiere starting today (7/31) through Monday (8/3). Tinder users will get a video message from Luke. THey will then tap the banners on either the top of bottom of the card to receive an exclusvie link. They will also have the opportunity to pre-order the album that hits the streets Friday, August 7.
"Tinder is the hottest social platform for meeting new people,” shared Luke. “That’s why I thought my title track for 'Kill The Lights' would be perfect to premiere exclusively on the app before it comes out next Friday, August 7.. I'm happily married and not on Tinder but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song - and if they're not on Tinder, now’s the chance.”
Alabama announced that they will be releasing a new album, "Southern Drawl," on Friday, September 18 via BMG Chrysalis North America. The group consists of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook. This is the first new material to come out since 2001 when they released a live album and Gospel project.
The lead single will be "Wasn't Through Lovin' You Yet," and the group promises that they are staying true to their roots while melding their sound into the sound of contemporary country.
"Country music when we took our vacation is not the same Country it is today," Cook told USA TODAY. "For people who knew the original Alabama, it's going to be a little different to their ears.".
As the Nielsen/Voltair controversy goes on, The Research Director has posted their own analysis
on its website
. Weighing both pros, cons and those in the middle, Partner Marc Greenspan called for a third-party review.
After listing the key points from Nielsen's webinar and finding that the ratings service didn't actually evaluate where Voltair actually impacts ratings, The Research Director took it upon itself to do that. Greenspan wrote, "We have looked at the pre and post-Voltair meter exposure for several stations. We have seen more, sometimes considerably more, exposure by meter keepers after Voltair was installed. This has resulted in significant ratings increases. Is this actual listening that the meter was missing, or is the meter now picking up watermarks for audio that could not be heard by the human ear? We at Research Director, Inc. do not know the answer to this important question.
Greenspan goes on to say, "... In our opinion, there is a disconnect between the findings reported by Nielsen and the actual ratings impact that people in the industry claim to see after Voltair is installed. Nielsen said that the main impact of Voltair is in high background noise situations. If this is the main benefit then a lot of radio listening is happening in noisy situations. That seems unlikely since we know that a large portion of radio listening happens in the car (and we don’t think road noise qualifies here). The other possible answer is that Voltair does have some other incremental benefit in order to give the results that stations claim to see."
Greenspanalso mentionedRandy Kabrich’swork on hisAQHratings analysis that found little if any ratings boost from Voltair use, but refrained from endorsing his conclusions by noting, "As was stated earlier, AQH ratings change for many reasons. By using all stations rather than just stations that installed Voltair, the effect of Voltair (if any) is being watered down by the stations that did not install it.
"Let’s be clear, in the end Randy might be right. But there is enough empirical and anecdotal data to say that the investigation is ongoing. There is too much at stake for our industry. An independent, third-party review of a lot more data is needed. More transparency about the analysis that was performed is needed. More cooperation is needed from stations that have installed Voltair. In order to foster that cooperation, Nielsen needs to do what it takes to allow stations to feel comfortable about admitting they are using Voltair."
Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery, Maddie & Tae, and Old Dominion are the newest stars of Fandango Movieclips' "I Love Movies" YouTube series. TheCountryeditionof the original video series launched Wednesday (7/29) and was filmed earlier this summer on location in Nashville at CMA Music Festival. Each "I Love Movies" feature celebrates the joys of movie going and showcases celebrities and other cultural influencer's across the globe as they share personal stories and introduce fans to the movies that have touched their lives.
"There is a similarity between Country songs and the movies, maybe more so than any other art form," said Paisley during his feature. "Country songs, when done in a story form, are the closest thing to a Hollywood script you'll find." Check out
's take on his favorite movie, "It's A Wonderful Life,"
's connection to "Miracle,"
Maddie & Tae
's tie to "The Strangers," and
's love for "Back To The Future," visit
Fans are clearly clamoring for more from Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville’sJerrod Niemann, as he helped draw a record crowd at ‘Country Thunder Festival’ in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin the same week he set a personal milestone at Country radio.
The Kansas native joined with other Country stars to spur an attendance record at “Country Thunder” when 34,182 fans attended Thursday, the first day of the festival. Niemann is on the road the rest of the summer playing select festival and solo dates.
"Blue Bandana," whichNiemannproduced with friendJimmie Lee Sloas, is the first taste of the innovative singer-songwriter’s fourth album. In addition to beingMediabase’s most-added new song at Country radio, the single had the biggest impact week of Niemann’s career with 83 adds at monitored stations, surpassing Niemann’s previous career-best impact week of 72 for his now-platinum multi-week No. 1 “Drink to That All Night” from 2014 album High Noon.
Fans can now purchase "Blue Bandana" on iTunes and check out the lyric video on
RollingStone.com to see what all the excitement’s about.
Streamsound Records recording artist
headlines a Thursday, August 27th show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to benefit the Academy Of Country Music (ACM)'s charitable arm, “ACM Lifting Lives”. Bush will be joined by special guest Rita Wilson.
Tickets are currently available for purchase, with a portion of each ticket being donated to “ACM Lifting Lives” and its mission to improve lives through the power of music.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event
iHeartMedia makes public their lineup for the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, taking place on September 18th and 19th in Las Vegas. This year's lineup will feature Country artists Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton along with Kanye West, Sam Smith, The Who, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, David Guetta, The Weeknd, Tove LO, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Hozier, Jason DeRulo, Duran Duran, Prince Royce, Diplo, Trey Songz, The Killers, Nick Jonas, Janet Jackson and more.The iHeartRadio Music Festival will also include performances from this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Christina Grimmie, as well as other surprise special guests.
The weekend-long concert event will kick off Friday evening, September 18th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with host Ryan Seacrest.
The Daytime Village will return to the MGM Resorts Village across from the Luxor Hotel And Casino on Saturday, September 19thwith performances by Demi Lovato, Hozier, Tove LO, Trey Songz, Walk The Moon, Nick Jonas, Big Sean, Lee Brice, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, Echosmith, James Bay, The strits, Zella Day and Shawn Mendes.The Daytime Village will also feature fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners.
"Each year we look to create history with the iHeartRadio Music Festival by curating a lineup of the biggest artists from every genre. What makes this show unlike all others is that every artist is a massive star and could easily headline the MGM Arena on their own," said iHeartMedia President/National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman. "With unbelievable live performances and collaborations, every year the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Daytime Village are the ultimate celebrations of artists and music."
The festival will broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations for fans throughout the country across 150 markets and will stream live on Yahoo Screen at
each night at 7:30 pm (PST). The iHeartMedia Music Festival will also return to The CW Network as an exclusive two-night special on September 29th and 30th from 8-10 pm.
"If you are a music fan, you will be able to find this year's festival everywhere you turn … on the radio, online and on television," said President/Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes. "By making it available to so many people, we generate billions of social media impressions throughout the weekend."
Capitol Nashville artist
wants you to know that his album, "Kill The Lights" is currently available for pre-order and will hit the streets Friday, August 7th.
Bryan had a hard time finishing the task as you will see and hear. He got so "tickled," and instead produced thishilariously adorable video of the outtakes and bloopers. If you make it all the way through the video without laughing, you are a non-humors individual. You will hear that Bryan's laugh is very infectious.Check out the video below.
Pandora loses their case in New York to have its BMI royalty rate lowered to the broadcast rate paid by terrestrial stations. A federal judge rejected the webcasters argument that their ownership of a South Dakota radio station entitled it to pay a lower rate.
In early July, Pandora officially asked the Federal Rate Court to re-consider its decision that set the webcaster's BMI licensing rate at 2.5% of revenue. The basis for the request? The company's purchase of KXMZ/Hits 102.7/Rapid City, SD from Connoisseur Media.
Pandora Director/Public Affairs Dave Grimaldi explained, that the purchase of the terrestrial station was, "one of the motivations," to get the preferred royalty rate negotiated by the Radio Music License Committee, but it was also, "really great synergies."
In their paperwork, Pandora asked the 2nd Circuit for the cheaper rate to take effect to when it began the process of buying KXMZ two years ago.
"Without explanation, U.S. District Court Judge Louis L. Stanton denied Pandora's motion to alter his decision ordering the music-streaming company to pay a 2.5% royalty rate to BMI," noting, "Atara Miller of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, representing BMI, told
Wednesday that she was happy with the outcome."
“We are pleased that Judge Stanton agrees with BMI that there was no need to revisit his well-considered opinion. We look forward to defending this matter on appeal,” Miller said. Pandorahad been seeking a rate of 1.7%, but Stanton ruled the webcaster couldn't be compared to a traditional radio station.
Look for Pandora to appeal the decision this Fall.
Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Bianca Moon joined a plethora of talented artists on Tuesday evening as part of a Kent Wells Productions showcase at the Commodore Grille in Nashville, TN.
The Australianstarletimpressed the audience awe-struck with a powerful set, Including ravishing her new single, “Fireball,”the title track off her forthcoming debut album. The single is to be released in September to Country radio stations soon.
"It's Such a pleasure to be able to perform alongside other talented members on Kent Wells' roster," Bianca Said. "Many of These artists are so well-seasoned and proficient in Their craft. I feel so privileged to share a stage With this group. " Bianca has-been hard at work over the last few weeks promoting her new album. Through writers' rounds and a Harley Davidson recent photoshoot, the assiduous Aussie is ready to paint her name next to the other greats from the land down under.
Her album, Which was produced by Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), will be available at this fall at
and all major online retailers.Bianca Moon Dazzles Crowd at Kent Wells Production Showcase
iHeartMedia, Inc. second-quarter consolidated revenues rose 2% to $1.7 billion (down 2% to $1.6 billion when unfavorable foreign exchange rates are included). iHeartMedia-broadcasting/digital operation-revenues were up 4% to $840.7 million, driven by higher local and national radio broadcast revenues and traffic, weather, event and syndication (including News-Talk) revenues, while Americas
Outdoor dropped 1% to $341.3 million and International Outdoor fell 13% to $381.5 million (up 2% excluding the exchange rate issue).
Consolidated net loss fell from $172 million to $47 million, which reflects a $99 million gain on the sale of radio towers and a $48 million loss on extinguishment of debt incurred in the second quarter of 2014, partially offset by higher lease expense and higher income tax expense.
Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said, “We continue to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace with our unmatched portfolio of products, media platforms, content and personalities -- all built on the power of broadcast radio and out of home -- which give us the most powerful marketing vehicles available today. We are building on the power of sound and social, the power of outdoor and the emerging power of digital to create even stronger marketing solutions for our partners, while providing the most live content and events to the industry’s most engaged audiences, wherever they are and on whatever device they want to use. We continue to find creative ways to use iHeartMedia’s cross-platform assets to redefine the future of consumer media and entertainment.”
President/COO/CFO Rich Bressler added, “We’re pleased with the revenue and OIBDAN growth we achieved this quarter. We continue to invest in our capabilities across both iHeartMedia and outdoor to realize the full value of our multi-platform assets. With no significant debt maturities until 2018, we can continue focusing on growing the top and bottom lines across our business segments."
CBS Radio station WCBS-FM 101.1 today announced it has signed acclaimed broadcaster Scott Shannon to a new multi-year contract, extending the popular host’s run as the anchor of morning drive. Launched March 2014, “Scott Shannon in the Morning” is broadcast weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET.
Scott’s wake-up team includes co-host Patty Steele, Joe Nolan with all the latest traffic information for morning commuters, and weather reports provided by CBS 2 New York’sJohn Elliott. Since the show’s debut, the station’s weekly cume has grown nearly 20% to approximately four million listeners.
“Scott has been more than just a great addition to WCBS-FM’s morning line-up – he has had a tremendous impact in elevating the station to its premier position in New York,” said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Radio. “We are privileged to work with such a legend in our industry, and I appreciate our relationship both personally and professionally.”
“This is the perfect place for me and the perfect time to be at WCBS-FM,” said Shannon. “I love my morning show team and you couldn’t find better people to work with and for than Scott Herman and PD Jim Ryan.”
“Since Scott Shannon joined the station, he has created a new awareness of WCBS-FM in the market, and we couldn’t be more thrilled he will be with us for years to come,” said Jim Ryan, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Radio and PD, WCBS-FM and Fresh 102.7/WWFS-FM. “There is nothing better than knowing WCBS-FM fans will continue to jump start their day with the famed Scott Shannon for a long time.”
WCBS-FM, consistently one of New York’s most popular radio stations, is available on-air at 101.1FM, online at
and through the
app for a variety of mobile devices.
Shannon’s Hall of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with nearly 30 of those spent doing mornings in New York. He is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format, which he brought to WHTZ-FM in the early 80’s, and helped make the station No. 1. His next stop in New York was WPLJ-FM where he co-hosted the Scott and Todd in the Morning program. Shannon spent 22 years at the station, helping reshape adult morning radio, and enjoying ratings success throughout the years.
According to new stats from Nielsen the combined might of the independent labels is the biggest player in the US recorded music market - and growing fast.
As such, Nielsen/Billboard scanned 169.3m ‘albums’ for the market shares-not including SEA (Streaming Equivalent Albums, with which the total number reaches 259.4m)
According to new stats from Nielsen/Billboard, the independents took 35.4% of the US by ownership (volume) in the first half of 2015.
That was comfortably ahead of Universal (27.6%), Sony (20.9%) and Warner (15.2%), and represented an increase on the 35.1% share the indies claimed across the whole of 2014.
Indie label trade body A2IM hastrumpeted the numbers online,
calling market share by ownership ‘the only appropriate market share definition.
This is the metric that re-apportions market share taken by albums, which are owned by independent labels – but distributed by majors – the most obvious example being Taylor Swift, whose catalogue is owned by Big Machine but distributed by UMG.
(Swift’s 1989 was the biggest selling album of the six months, so even
after her personal war with Apple on behalf of the indies
, she’s helping them out I the pie chart below too.)
These numbers are normally for ‘albums’ but also takes into account TES (Track Equivalent Albums) – meaning they also represent popularity on download stores.
See The Pie Chart Below:
Late yesterday afternoon (7/29), a fire occurred surrounding the residence of Country singer, Travis Tritt. Tritt's home, which is located in Powder Springs, GA Tritt was not harmed nor was anyone injured.
Trittreleased a statement, saying "I would like to thank everyone for the concern earlier this afternoon. Some of you may already be aware, but a fire occurred in the playground area on my property. Local firefighters quickly
arrived and doused the smoldering area. We are thanking God that no one was in that area at the time and everyone is safe. The residence and grounds adjacent were not majorly affected."
Texas troubadour, Pat Waters, is garnering great feedback from radio for the second single from his latest EP, Like A Radio. The title track from this project is following the success of his first single, “Crazy That Way.”
"Like A Radio" recently landed the #17 spot on the New Music Weekly Chart. Pat has a style that his sound can back up. Whether he’s two stepping with his fans during a packed show or serenading you with an acoustic ballad, Pat Waters showcases his southern values and classic charm to sold out venues every weekend. Radio stations across the country couldn’t get enough of, “Crazy That Way” and the same will hold true for, “Like A Radio.” You can listen to the latest single
Pat picked up the guitar at age 20, playing at VFW’s, regional oprys and small clubs, wooding the hearts of country music fans throughout the southwest. He has released nine CD’s, made Texas Music Charts and even scored a #1 hit in the European market earning him the Terry Award’s Male Vocalist of the Year Award in Texas. Pat has also performed on stage with Country legends such as Merle Haggard, John Conlee, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Bush, Gary Stewart, Keith Whitley, Gary P. Nunn and many others.
Little Big Town has canceled an additional three weeks of shows in August. Jimi Westbrook needs more time to recuperate from his June vocal cord surgery, which forced the abrupt cancellation of the Pain Killer Tour dates through July.
“We want to come back on the road to you guys at 110 percent and this additional time will make sure that happens!” the band said in a statement on social media. “Thanks again for all of your support during this time, and for your love, patience, and excitement for us to come back! We can’t wait to see all of you."
The foursome is scheduled to resume the tour in Canada August 22.
SVP/Sales Keith Hotchkiss has been promoted to Market President of iHeartMedia/Charlotte. The cluster includes Country WKKT, Alternative WEND, Classic Rock WRFX, Top 40 WHQC, Adult Hits WLKO and Fox Sports 98.7FM.
Hotchkiss will be resopnsible for all aspects of Charlotte's operation across many platforms. He will work closely with advertising and marketing partners to create and deliver unique, effective opportunities to reach their consumers.
"iHeartMedia/Charlotte boasts some of the most talented on-air hosts, programmers and sales professionals in the country. It's my goal to lead and expand, providing innovative solutions for our client partners across all our platforms, while also creating the best radio for our listeners," said Hotchkiss. "This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry and I couldn't be more proud to represent one of the world's most enterprising media companies in one of the nation's greatest cities."
Miranda Lambert has established a scholarship for outstanding women at Belmont University in Nashville.
The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide over $40,000 in scholarship money to female students majoringin music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies enrolled for the 2016/2017 year.
Lambert performed a sold out, one-off acoustic club show in support of the fund at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley. Writers Natalie Hemby and Jessi Alexander will join Lambert.Hemby is a Belmont graduate. They will be joined with RaeLynn and other Belmont grads Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole.
“I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund,” said Lambert. “To encourage and empower women to achieve their goals is why I am supporting outstanding women who want to pursue their dreams in the music industry.”
“Throughout her career Miranda Lambert has been a faithful and loyal supporter of women songwriters and artists, and her music has served to inspire and to empower,” said Doug Howard, dean of Belmont’s Curb College. “And now, with the creation of her scholarship fund, Miranda will directly impact the education and opportunities of young women creators as they prepare for a career in the music industry. We are truly grateful for this generous gift and for the vision of its wonderful purpose.”
Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry kicked off their "Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour" last night (7/28). They started at Valor Hall near the Ft. Campbell US Army Base in Oak Grove, KY and was hosted by CMT After Midnite personality Cody Alan.
Members of the military and their family members were treated to a live performance by Montgomery Gentry."We get to dream as big as we want to, be anything we want to be, and enjoy the freedoms we all enjoy because of our military, and we never, ever forget that," said Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery. " and I support these men and women every chance we get, and it was an honor to be with so many of them last night in Ft. Campbell."
Hunter Hayes performed at the Family's Picnic in the Park at Grand Park LA last ngiht. The event was in support of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The program honors fmaily members of the competing athletes and recognizes their support encouragement, dedication and sacrifice in helping athletes reach the pinnacle of competition.
“It was an honor to support such a fantastic cause and get to perform for all of these athletes and their families,” said Hayes. “I had the opportunity to meet the ACM Lifting Lives music campers earlier this summer, and it reminded me how pure and powerful music can be. Being part of this event tonight and getting to perform with them again was an experience I won’t forget.”
Craig Morgan will host the 2nd Annual Bill's Place 5K on Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m. (CT. It will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, TN. The 5K race will benefit the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation. The Foundation support children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.
Registration is $30 in advance and $35 for walk up registrations. Tickets for children seven and under and free. Kids are welcome to participate in the 60-yeard dash. Sprint tickets will be available for supporters who prefer to participate from the sidelines. Everyone registered by Saturday, August 1 will receive a race t-shirt.
Maranda McGeary will join Universal Music Group (UMG) Nashville as Director/Brand Partnerships. She will help facilitate artist and brand partnerships for the entire UMG Nashville roster.
She comes with an impressive resume including various marketing roles including Head of Music and Brand Relations at Revolution Pictures, Field Marketing Manager at Millercoors as well as spearheading her own experiential marketing and design agency where she worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, Adoble, Verizon Wireless and Toyota.
“As we continue to build compelling artist/brand integrations, I couldn’t be more excited to add Maranda to our team” said UMG Nasvhille VP/Marketing Brad Turcotte. "Maranda possesses not only the passion but the valuable skill-set that makes us stronger to further extend our brand relationships.”
Platinum-selling Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope RecordsCountry music sensation Scotty McCreery will rock the stage outside the FOX News Channel in New York City this Friday, July 31, when the ACM Award winner takes over the “
FOX & Friends
” All-American Summer Concert Series from 8:00-9:00 AM/ET (7:00-8:00 AM/CT).
During the broadcast, McCreery will debut his highly anticipated new single, “Southern Belle,” airing live at approximately 8:50 AM/ET (7:50 AM/CT). “Southern Belle” will ship to Country radio at the end of August and is the first single from his upcoming new album, due out early next year.
The full concert series will also stream live onFoxAndFriends.com/Concert, and will feature additional interview content not included on the television broadcast.
McCreery scored two consecutive Top 10 hits “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It” from his sophomore album See You Tonight, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
The “American Idol” champion’s first albumClear as Daywas Platinum-certified, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
McCreedy, the ACM, CMT Music, ACA, and ICM Award winner is the Special Guest on the Rascal Flatts RIOT 2015 Tour this summer, and will be performing with them at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 31; Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on August 1; and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on Aug. 2.
Entercom Country WBEE/Rochester, NY is moving around their on-air lineup, as veteran morning co-host Terry Clifford moves to middays. Clifford succeeds Justine Page, who moves to nights. Previously that daypart has been joxless.
OM Bob Barnett is currently searching for a new morning team person to join existing hosts Steve Hausman and Jeremy Newman on the “Bee Morning Coffee Club.” Submit your materials
Alpha Media Country KUPL/98-7 The Bull/Portland, OR morning show "Chunky, McKinzie, & Jake" granted the wish of a listener whose brother was recently hit and killed by a drunk driver. Listener Josie e-mailed the morning show explaining how her brother loved his truck, Roscoe, and would never let her drive it.
After he passed, she took it for one final drive only to hear Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" come on the radio. From that day on, all she wanted to do was tell Brice how grateful she was that he cut that song. Brice got together with the morning show to grant that wish.
There’s noise in Music City, that Sony Music Nashville and
have parted ways. The FOX-TV "American Idol" alumnus departs Columbia Nashville, after being signed to the BNA imprint, after five Years and four radio singles.
The split supposedly happened in June following James' recent single, "Fall Apart," did not make the Top 40. James
reports an active touring schedule running through August, but James has not yet officially comment on this story or when, how, and if fans will have a chance to hear more music from his most recent sessions.