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Apple's AirPlay comes to Android in new flagship HTC 10

Posted by Robert Bartosh
April 12, 2016 - 2:12pm EDT
HTC on Tuesday unveiled the HTC 10, its latest flagship smartphone, with an unusual feature in the form of native support for Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming protocol.   Owners will be able to stream audio to the Apple TV and other AirPlay-enabled devices, but it's unclear if video streaming will be supported, Engadget reported. Third-party Android apps have enabled AirPlay streaming for some time, but HTC appears to be the first Android device maker to have licensed the technology as a... Read More
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Merle Haggard Passes

Posted by Robert Bartosh
April 6, 2016 - 1:49pm EDT
Another legend of country music will be missed.   Merle Haggard Passes: Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and member of the Nashville Songwriters and Country Music Halls of Fame Merle Haggard has died in hospice care after battling pneumonia. He turned 79 today (4/6). A leading figure of the famed "Bakersfield Sound; and one of the most influential artists in country music history, Haggard has spent significant time in the hospital in recent months causing the cancellation of multiple tour dates.   A... Read More
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YEP ROC RECORDS ANNOUNCES RECORD STORE DAY TITLES

Posted by Robert Bartosh
April 5, 2016 - 2:33pm EDT
RELEASES FROM THE FLESHTONES, ELI PAPERBOY REED AND SHADOWY MEN ON A SHADOWY PLANET CONFIRMED FOR 2016 AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT PARTICIPATING INDEPENDENT RECORD STORES ON APRIL 16, 2016 Yep Roc Records announces three Record Store Day 2016 titles, including 45s from The Fleshtones and Eli Paperboy Reed, and a four-LP vinyl box set from Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet. All titles will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on Saturday, April 16, 2016. For a list of participating stores, please visit:... Read More
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Street Rapper DIVINE's Second Single "JUNGLI SHER" Is A Viral Rage!

Posted by Robert Bartosh
April 5, 2016 - 2:29pm EDT
    Street Rapper DIVINE's Second Single "JUNGLI SHER" Is A Viral Rage!   Video Receives Worldwide Debut On Apple Music         (New York, NY - April 5, 2016) - Sony Music is proud to present "Jungli Sher" (literally translates to Wild Lion) from rapper, composer and the new face of hip-hop in India DIVINE. The song, which has now been called a viral phenomena, witnessed a... Read More
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iHeartRadio Awards 2016 winners list

Posted by Robert Bartosh
April 4, 2016 - 1:32pm EDT
Taylor Swift won four awards during Sunday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for1989), Best Tour, and – perhaps most important in 2016 – Most Meme-able Moment for her “Blank Space” video. Other winners included Swift’s boyfriend Calvin Harris (named Dance Artist of the Year), Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, and Chris Brown, who topped Beyoncé in the R&B Artist of the Year category. Ahead the full list of winners from the... Read More
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Producers, Mixers and Engineers to Get Digital Royalties in New House Bill

Posted by Robert Bartosh
March 29, 2016 - 7:47pm EDT
A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is being introduced in Congress this week that would give producers, engineers and mixers -- often times the unsung and forgotten heroes in the whole song-making process -- a piece of the digital royalty pie. The Allocation for Music Producer Act, or AMP Act (H.R. 1457), is being formally introduced by congressmen from both sides of the aisle: Reps. Joe Crowley (D-New York) and Tom Rooney (R-Florida).   In the past it has been up... Read More
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Big Changes At Pandora

Posted by Robert Bartosh
March 28, 2016 - 2:23pm EDT
Pandora's board of directors has appointed founder Tim Westergren CEO, replacing Brian McAndrews. The change takes place immediately. Also, Mike Herring has been named President and Chief Financial Officer and Sara Clemens has been named Chief Operating Officer. Chief Product Officer Chris Phillips takes on end-to-end product development and delivery   Westergren said, "I am incredibly excited about the future of Pandora. We're on the... Read More
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KIEFER SUTHERLAND DEBUTS "NOT ENOUGH WHISKEY" ON ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

Posted by Robert Bartosh
March 28, 2016 - 2:20pm EDT
Sutherland Adds Additional Dates to Nationwide Tour   Sutherland Announced as Presenter During 51st Academy of Country Music Awards™ on CBS   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 28, 2016) – Kiefer Sutherland opens his songwriting notebook and premieres the pedal-steeled, country/Americana-tinged “Not Enough Whiskey” video on Rolling Stone Country Monday. “Not Enough Whiskey,” available April 1 on iTunes, is the debut track from Sutherland’s upcoming Down In A Hole album set for... Read More
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iHeartMedia hires Moelis to tackle debt burden

Posted by Robert Bartosh
March 8, 2016 - 12:28pm EST
Usher performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. REUTERS/STEVE MARCUS   iHeartMedia Inc has hired Moelis & Co as a financial adviser, the most significant step yet by the largest owner of U.S. radio stations to deal with its $21 billion debt pile, according to people familiar with the matter. The move comes as iHeartMedia, one of the world's largest leveraged buyouts when it was taken private by buyout firms for $26.7 billion in 2008, struggles to compete for listeners amid digital... Read More
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Roots Music Report welcomes newest staff member. CD Reviewer Joe Safari

Posted by Robert Bartosh
March 4, 2016 - 4:00pm EST
RMR NEWS! Roots Music Report welcomes newest staff member. Music CD Reviewer Joe Safari Joe Safari teaches college communication and journalism courses in Pennsylvania, and has a wide interest in almost all popular music, from the earliest jazz to the newest contemporary rock and Americana. He is a former newspaper reporter, and has also been a working guitarist, bassist and singer in several rock and roll bands to remember for nearly four decades. RMR president:  Robert Bartosh welcomes Joe Safari to the RMR team and is... Read More
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FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL’S 28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE MARKS HIGHEST ATTENDAN

Posted by Robert Bartosh
March 1, 2016 - 5:12pm EST
MORE THAN 1,000 MUSICIANS FROM 20 COUNTIRES PERFORMED DURING CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI “…the annual conference ultimately relies on the oldest transmission form there is: the wandering troubadour.” –American Songwriter “Voices came from all over the world -- some sweet and pure, others gruff and gravelly, but the voices were all coming from one spot: their hearts.” – o Depression “[The Awards Gala] was a celebration of wisdom well earned – it was, you could say, the... Read More
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Texas Music Office director ready to put some ‘runs on the board’

Posted by Robert Bartosh
February 23, 2016 - 1:52pm EST
      Brendon Anthony, visiting Deep Ellum last September, feels the Texas Music Office is making strides in its mission. (David Woo/Staff Photographer)     That was the challenge Anthony laid out last summer, as he traveled the state to introduce himself as the first new leader of the office in over two decades. The goal at that time was to listen and learn from industry experts – about 1,100 of them so far. But even then, people were pining for substantive results. And now... Read More
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WGTE Media is now discovering new music releases by way of Radio Submit

Posted by Robert Bartosh
February 19, 2016 - 1:31pm EST
2/19/16 Fritz Byers with WGTE Media is now discovering new music releases by way of Radio Submit. WGTE FM Public Media operates four stations in the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan area, including: Toledo 91.3 WGTE Lima 90.7 WGLE Bryan 90.9 WGBE Defiance 91.9 WGDE. WGTE FM along with thousands of other radio stations, DJ's, Music Directors and broadcast pro's are now downloading newly released music from record labels and artists direct from Radio Submit. Only radio can download music from Radio Submit using a secure... Read More
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Grammys 2016 Winners: The Complete List

Posted by Robert Bartosh
February 15, 2016 - 7:11pm EST
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud" Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "These Walls" Best Alternative Music... Read More
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Lorraine Jordan and T.G. Sheppard release new video.

Posted by Robert Bartosh
February 11, 2016 - 6:40pm EST
BLUEGRASSERS LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD  RELEASE LATEST VIDEO "DO YOU WANNA GO TO HEAVEN"  WITH COUNTRY LEGEND T.G. SHEPPARD Bluegrass crowd favorites Lorraine Jordan & Carolina have turned a lot of heads with their latest project, Country Grass.  The band continues to leave their mark on the genre with the latest video for "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven."  The track features 21-time country chart-topper T.G. Sheppard on the classic song, which recently... Read More
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Spuyten Duyvil Nominated for Intl Folk Music Awards' "Album Of The Year"

Posted by Robert Bartosh
February 4, 2016 - 6:38pm EST
Spuyten Duyvil's 2015 love letter to Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Music, "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1" has been nominated for the International Folk Music Awards' "Album Of The Year." This is FAI's new member-driven awards program. You can listen here: www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com/p/music If you are a Folk Alliance member, we hope you will take minute to listen and vote for your favorites at www.folk.org/surveys/?id=Best_of_2015  Winners will be announced in two weeks at FAI... Read More
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Another Group Wants Radio to Pay to Play Music

Posted by Shane Cody
February 3, 2016 - 12:14pm EST
It’s called The Grammy Fund for Music Creators and it’s a Political Action Committee just put together by the Recording Academy and announced yesterday. In a blog post about the new PAC Daryl Friedman, chief industry, government and members relations officer for the Recording Academy, said “Broadcasters, tech companies and other large corporations are pocketing the profits from music, while music creators don’t always receive fair compensation for their work.” Broadcasters have long argued that... Read More
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Big Machine Label Group Serves Up Talented Roster at CRS 2016 Luncheon

Posted by Robert Bartosh
February 3, 2016 - 12:00pm EST
Big Machine Label Group Serves Up Talented Roster at CRS 2016 Luncheon  Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Tara Thompson, Drake White & Tucker Beathard to Perform Wednesday, Feb. 10   (Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 3, 2016) – Big Machine Label Group has announced a hearty line-up during Country Radio Seminar 2016. Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Drake White, Tara... Read More
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Merle Haggard & Mel Tillis having health issues.

Posted by Robert Bartosh
January 29, 2016 - 7:09pm EST
Prayers for Mel Tillis and Merle Haggard Today on her Facebook page, Pam Tillis, the daughter of Mel Tillis asked for prayers for her Dad. She said that he is not getting well as fast as he should.  The fact is that Tillis was operated on back on January 8, 2016 so it has been 3 weeks since his surgery.  He is still in the hospital and still struggling to heal and get well. Today, the son of Merle Haggard confirmed that his father has to cancel concerts this weekend because of the return of double pneumonia that he had before... Read More
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FCC TO TOP MARKET STATIONS—OPEN THOSE FILES.

Posted by Shane Cody
January 29, 2016 - 1:21pm EST
The days of maintaining public inspection files in a dusty file cabinet will soon be over for stations in the 50 largest Nielsen Audio markets with five or more fulltime employees. Those will be the first stations required to migrate their public and political files online under modernized public inspection file rules adopted by the FCC yesterday. Responding to a request by the National Association of Broadcasters, all other radio stations won’t be subject to the new rules until March 1, 2018 although they’ll be able to... Read More
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Texas Music Chart is Closing Their Doors

Posted by Robert Bartosh
January 28, 2016 - 2:48pm EST
It was announced just after noon today that after nearly 16 years of supporting and legitimizing Texas Music, The Texas Music Chart will publish its final chart on February 1st. From the TMC Press Release: The first Texas Music Chart appeared November 20, 2000. Shane Media created the Chart because research done for our radio consulting firm showed growing interest in Texas and Red Dirt music throughout the region. Our visionary founder Ed Shane knew it was time to give form and focus to the scene and help the musicians spread the... Read More
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NU-BLU BEGINS FIRST LEG OF TOUR AFTER NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC MERCHANT

Posted by Shane Cody
January 28, 2016 - 12:30pm EST
Chart-Topping Bluegrass Group Continues Existing Partnerships While Inking New Deals With NS Design and Sorensen Mandolin & Guitar Co. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 28, 2016) - Nu-Blu, the fastest-growing act in bluegrass and Americana music, is kicking off 2016 with a blockbuster tour across North America, including a stop in Baja, Mexico.  The group recently performed during The NAMM Show... Read More
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Folk Alliance International Announces Over 30 Panels And Workshops For 2016

Posted by Robert Bartosh
January 20, 2016 - 2:38pm EST
    FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL - NURTURES, ENGAGES AND EMPOWERS THE GLOBAL FOLK MUSIC COMMUNITY   OVER 30 EDUCATIONAL PANELS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORSKHOPS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE  PRESENTED IN FOUR TRACKS INCLUDING ARTISTS, INDUSTRY, PRESENTERS AND COMMUNITY Kansas City, MO - (January 20, 2016) – Folk Alliance International (FAI) is pleased to announce the educational panels and professional development workshops being presented at the 28th annual Folk Alliance... Read More
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RIP: EAGLES GUITARIST GLENN FREY

Posted by Shane Cody
January 18, 2016 - 9:28pm EST
By Cox Media Group National Content Desk NEW YORK —  Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey has died at 67, the band said. He had been battling intestinal issues for months. >> Read more trending stories "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016," The band said in a statement on their Facebook page. "Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to... Read More
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HANK WILLIAMS JR.'S IT'S ABOUT TIME AVAILABLE NOW

Posted by Robert Bartosh
January 15, 2016 - 4:50pm EST
Hank Jr. Upcoming Appearances Include "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "The View," "CBS This Morning" and "Audience All Access" NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 15, 2016) – Country icon Hank Williams Jr.’s new Nash Icon Records album, IT’S ABOUT TIME, which includes the rowdy single, “Are You Ready for the Country,” is now available in stores and across digital retailers.   “I couldn’t be more excited about this album,”... Read More
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Songwriters, Publishers: Where are your ROYALTIES going?

Posted by Robert Bartosh
January 7, 2016 - 4:05pm EST
Songwriters, Publishers: Where are your ROYALTIES going? AN OBSERVATION ON THE PROs (BMI, ASCAP, AND SESAC) RADIO LOGGING METHODOLOGY This is an opinion based on research which is periodically updated Last update: 01.05.16 Many sources of this research are found at the bottom of this page. ****************************************************************************************************************   Since the first commercial radio broadcast almost 100 years ago,... Read More
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FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES 2016 RECIPIENTS FOR THE ELAINE WEISSMA

Posted by Robert Bartosh
January 7, 2016 - 3:30pm EST
    FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES 2016 RECIPIENTS FOR THE ELAINE WEISSMAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS   RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT, SONNY TERRY AND BROWNIE MCGHEE AND THE ENGLISH FOLK DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY TO BE HONORED AT AWARDS GALAFEBRUARY 17, 2016   28TH ANNUAL FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 17-21, 2016 IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI   Kansas City, MO (January 7, 2016) – Folk Alliance International is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of The... Read More
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iHeartMedia Pacts with Bell Media To Launch Streaming Service in Canada.

Posted by Robert Bartosh
January 6, 2016 - 1:03pm EST
iHeartMedia has aligned with leading Canadian radio group Bell Media to launch a Canadian version of the digital radio service north of the border. The new “iHeartRadio in Canada” streaming service will feature 106 radio stations from 54 Canadian markets.     Details at... Read More
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