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Rob Potts Announces New Joint Label Deal Fangate Music With Sony Music Entertainment Australia

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(August. 22, 2016) – Australia’s leading contemporary country music promoter Rob Potts is excited to announce the launch of FANGATE Music, a new joint label with Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
This new label will seek out and develop international country artists while keeping a close eye on emerging local talent.

Rob Potts is a music industry veteran of thirty seven years. His company, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, has the world’s biggest country stars to tour in Australia and New Zealand. This has included successful major tours with Jason Aldean, Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift,  Carrie Underwood, and many more. He is also the co-promoter of CMC Rocks QLD, the biggest international country and roots festival in the southern hemisphere.

“It’s exciting to be offered my own imprint label on Sony Music by Denis Handlin at a time where there are so many great opportunities in the recorded music space,” says Rob. “I look forward to my new association with Sony Music and working with the team to bring some terrific artists to the roster and lots of awesome music for us to work on together. Let’s open the FANGATE.“

Denis Handlin AM, Chairman and CEO of Australia & New Zealand and President Asia, Sony Music Entertainment said, “Rob Potts is one of the most respected figures of the country music genre across the globe. We are very proud and excited to be working with him on this brilliant new venture. Rob brings with him a wealth of knowledge as well as a host of long term relationships to this partnership. We look forward to developing some outstanding country artists together on the Fangate Music label.”

Sony Music Australia has an impressive roster of international country artists including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, as well as acts Adam Harvey, O’Shea and Missy Lancaster.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Rob Potts, please contact Christy Watkins – AristoPR – Christy@aristomedia.com – 615-269-7071.

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  Staff   Oct 13, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Thousands of Fans Converge in Canary Wharf For Nashville Meets London Music Festival

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The inaugural Nashville Meets London festival, which took place Aug. 13-14 in Canada Square Park in London, England, drew thousands of festival goers to the Canary Wharf estate. The event drew an impressive number of fans and left an overwhelmingly positive response among UK-based Country music fans and locals.

Event co-producer, Peter Conway commented saying, “While we were confident going into this event and what we could expect, never did we imagine the kind of response we had.”

The 2-day event showcased established artists and exciting new talent, and included four acts representing the United States and six acts representing the United Kingdom.  From the United States were American YoungLogan BrillTy Herndon, and Logan Mize, and representing the United Kingdom were Yola CarterMegan O’NeillPauper KingsHannah Rose Platt, and William the Conqueror.

Big Yellow Dog Music artist and festival performer, Logan Mize commented saying, “It was one of the most well organized festivals I’ve ever played; great production, great sound, great setting, and great people to work with. I’m waiting for another call to do it again.” 

Throughout the event, many fans took to social media (using hashtag #nashvillemeetslondon) to express their excitement of having a festival with this format-specific program based in their area.  One fan (@LivAusten) stated on Twitter saying, “Canada Square already packed! I think we can safely stop referring to UK country as niche. #NashvilleMeetsLondon @yourcanarywharf

Canada Square Park, located in the heart of Canary Wharf and surrounded by award-winning gardens and over 300 shops, bars and restaurants, filled with fans who were actively engaged in the show – singing, dancing and many baring Country-lifestyle attire. 

Canary Wharf is located in the former London Docklands. For the past ten years, Canary Wharf has hosted the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which is the largest free jazz festival in the UK, and has a long history of promoting arts and culture throughout its estate.

Nashville Meets London is co-produced by Canary Wharf Arts + Events, Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency, The AristoMedia Group.  Baylen Leonard (BBC Radio 2 Country DJ), is the artistic program consultant.

The event was free and open to the public.

About Canary Wharf: Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of iconic London real estate which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising five shopping malls, including the award-winning Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens.  It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 100 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.

Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.

www.canarywharf.com

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Core Panel Moderators Announced For Country Radio Seminar 2017

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Five core panel moderators have been announced for Country Radio Seminar 2017.  The CRS 2017 core moderators are RJ Curtis (All Access), Gregg Lindahl (forty-year radio veteran), Bob Richards (Emmis Radio Indianapolis and WLHK/Indianapolis), Tom Baldrica (Midwest Communications), and Becky Brenner (Consulting Partner, Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting).

Collectively, the core moderators will oversee and direct the bulk of the seminar’s educational panels, which will be held Feb. 22-24 inside the luxurious Omni Nashville. 

This year welcomes Tom Baldrica and Becky Brenner to serve on the panel as well as returning moderators RJ Curtis, Gregg Lindahl, and Bob Richards from the previous year(s).

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne stated, “One of the best lessons we’ve learned was how crucial having moderators with a very special skill set can ‘make or destroy’ the best panel and audience interaction. Our Core Moderator program has eliminated 90% of the issues we endured for over 40 years! We are blessed by the efforts of these talented professionals and their major contributions!”

About the Moderators:

RJ Curtis launched his radio career fresh out of high school and spent 30 years in the business, 27 exclusive to Country radio and a combined 17 years in three decades at Country KZLA/Los Angeles. His tenure there included every aspect of on-air and programming including weekends, mornings, APD/MD, PD and OM. In 2007, RJ transitioned to Radio & Records as Country Editor before joining Arista Nashville’s promotion team in 2009 after R&R ceased publication. A desire to return to trade publications united him with Country Aircheck in 2011 where he served as VP/Country. He is currently the Nashville Editor of All Access.

Gregg Lindahl retired from a 40-year media career that began as a country music DJ at age 15, and ended as Senior Vice President for Digital and Strategy at Cox Media Group. Lindahl programmed country stations in Nashville and Oklahoma City, and he managed stations in Charlotte, Dallas, Portland and Chicago.  He led a consumer market research company and an Internet start-up. Since retiring, he has become an inadvertent consultant to a handful of digital start-ups and is an angel investor.

Bob Richards has nearly 25 years of experience in radio. His career began in New Castle, Indiana at WMDH AM/FM as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1987 to 1996 and spent 14 years in Indianapolis at WFMS-FM (95.5) as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1995-2009. Since October of 2009, he has served as Ops Manager for Emmis Radio Indianapolis and PD of WLHK-FM. In addition, Richards owns Pinehurst Productions, a full service video production company.

Tom Baldrica worked as the first program director and air personality at K100/USA Radio from 1987-1993 before relocating from Minnesota to Georgia to join BNA Records as their Southeast Region Promotion Manager prior to becoming VP of National Promotion. In 2006, he joined Sony Music Nashville and was crucial in career development for major acts like Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, and more. His leadership opened doors for him at Average Joes Entertainment and Show Dog Universal before securing a position at Midwest Communications as Corporate Country Brand Strategist while hosting Minn. country radio stations. 

Becky Brenner has over 39 years of experience in radio.  She has held management, programming and on-air positions with Midwest Family, EZ Communications, ARS, Infinity and CBS.  Her primary station for 26 years was 94.KMPS-FM (Seattle), the 2004 CMA and the 2010 ACM Major Market Station of the Year.  She was also awarded the 2010 MIW Radio Group’s “Achievement in Programming” Award. Brenner was listed as one of the Top PD’s (of all formats) in America by Radio Ink Magazine and has been named Radio Ink’s No. 1 Country Programmer five times including recognition as one of this year’s “Most Influential Women in Radio”.  She has served on the Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors for over 16 years (three years as President) and is a twelve-year member of the CMA Board of Directors. 

About Country Radio Seminar:  Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2017 will be held Feb. 22-24, 2017. Visit at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017). For further inquiries, contact publicity@aristomedia.com.

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KELLI HAYWOOD RETURNS TO STARSTRUCK MANAGEMENT GROUP

Longtime executive to serve as Manager, VP of Artist Development at top entertainment company 

Starstruck Management Group proudly announces the return of longtime music industry executive Kelli Haywood in an exciting new role with the company, effective immediately.

Haywood will serve as Manager and Vice President of Artist Development at Starstruck, rejoining Narvel and Brandon Blackstock. She also will focus on signing and cultivating new talent at the esteemed music entertainment agency.

“Brandon and I have worked with Kelli for several years when she was in charge of marketing for Blake Shelton at Warner Bros. Records,” Narvel Blackstock said. “We have always been extremely impressed with Kelli’s intelligence and talent whether working with her at the label or later when she brought many corporate partners for Starstruck artists. She has shown a broad understanding of what it takes for an artist to achieve their dreams and we could not be more happy to have her joining us at Starstruck.” 

Haywood, a former member of Billboard’s “30 Under 30” and Vice President at Warner Music Nashville, returns to Starstruck in a full-time role after founding her own artist management agency, KCH Entertainment, a year ago. She continued to serve as a consultant to the Blackstocks. Before that she served a two-year stint as Starstruck’s Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships.

In her exciting new role she’ll be helping Starstruck expand its operations with an artist development component that will allow her to identify, sign and cultivate new artists who have the talent to impact today’s dynamic music scene. Haywood has had a hand in shaping the careers of several top stars, including Blake Shelton, The Wreckers, Brett Eldredge and Frankie Ballard.

“I have worked with Narvel and Brandon for many years and believe that they are the best in the business,” Haywood said. “We have a unique opportunity to grow our roster and continue to build on the great successes we have had. I look forward to being a part of this great team.”

  Staff   Aug 12, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Australian Government’s Council for the Arts Continues Strong Investment in Nashville Community

Ruby Boots announced as recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts residency

The Australian Government’s Council for the Arts has named Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) as the recipient of the Nashville Songwriter Residency grant.

In its fourth year, the $15,000 grant is the result of a partnership between the Australia Council’s Music Board and Nashville-based producer, Mark Moffatt. Through the residency, Chilcott, who is signed to UMG/Lost Highway Australia, will reside in Nashville for three months, providing her the opportunity to work alongside the music community and further her network of artist and industry relationships.

Chilcott spoke of her experience, saying “Having done countless trips to Nashville to write, record and perform over the past four years makes being awarded the Nashville residency even more special.  Being given the opportunity to live in a city that I love more than any other in the world and spending time solely on my craft is life changing, and one of the most rewarding things that has come my way. I am so happy to be here building my musical community and writing songs for my second album — a dream come true!” 

Mark Moffatt, “Australia is a leading global A&R source for Country and Americana, so I am thrilled that the Arts Council of Australia continues to focus its resources on Nashville.  The grant not only provides the opportunity for Bex [Chilcott] to experience Nashville’s creative community for an extended period, but will also allow her to consolidate the following she has gained on her recent US national tour with The Waifs.”

Since 2011, The West Australian Music Awards has recognized Chilcott as the “Best Country Music Act” five consecutive times. The release of her debut album, Solitude, from alt-country label UMG/Lost Highway Records in Australia, has gone onto achieve international success and led to touring opportunities with with Kris Kristofferson, Tony Joe White, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels and Rope, Shakey Graves, and Nikki Lane.  In 2015, Chilcott received the prestigious Professional Development Award from APRA, the Australian Performing Rights Association.

While in Nashville, Ruby Boots [Chilcott] can be seen live in multiple venues throughout Music City, including her performance at the official showcase during the Americana Music Festival, with more shows to be announced.

Aug 7 – City Winery, Eldon Thacker Show
Aug 17 – The East Room
Aug 22 – The Basement
Sep 23 – Americana Music Festival Official Showcase – The Basement
Sep 24 – Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ — AMA Showcase

For more information on Ruby Boots and the residency program, visit http://nashvilleresidency.com/2016-recipient-ruby-boots/.

For media inquiries, contact publicity@aristomedia.com.

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  Staff   Aug 01, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of EA, Featured In Billboard’s ‘Nashville Power Players’

Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive and President of Music at Electronic Arts, is featured in Billboard Magazine’s just-released ‘Nashville Power Players’ list as one of the year’s most influential music industry executives. The article appears in the August 6, 2016 issue of Billboard and is available online at Billboard.com.

Schnur joined Electronic Arts, the global leader in video game software and streaming content, in 2001 to create and continually develop the international vision for music in the company’s games. Since then, he has been responsible for bringing together superstar acts and promising new artists to craft a series of groundbreaking soundtracks that have redefined both the gaming and music industries. In an early profile piece published by Billboard, they wrote, “It’s up to Steve Schnur to match bands with appropriate games – not just to get gamers to rock a little harder while playing best sellers – but to give artists a chance to break through.” Among the artists first introduced to the public by Schnur via EA titles are Thirty Seconds to Mars, Robyn, Fallout Boy, K’naan, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, The Weeknd and Florence + The Machine.

Schnur’s hands-on approach to composer selection, orchestration and production of well over 100 EA soundtrack albums – including original scores for The Sims, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Medal of Honor and Star Wars: Battlefront with composers that have included Mark Mothersbaugh, Michael Giacchino, Junkie XL, Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer – has earned EA over 50 soundtrack nominations over the last 10 years.

In his 30+ years in the entertainment industry, Schnur has been an MTV programmer, label executive, television and record producer, music supervisor, composer and songwriter. He has been profiled by the New York Times, London Financial Times and CNN, featured In Variety’s ‘Music City Impact Report’, named “One of the Most Creative People In Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly, “One of the Most Powerful People in the Music Business” and “One of the Top 20 Power Players in the Digital Entertainment” by Billboard, and “One of the Top 25 Power Players in the New Hollywood” by The Wall Street Journal. Schnur’s awards include MUSEXPO’s 2009 International Music Person of the Year, the ACLU’s 2009 Bill of Rights Award, The Guild of Music Supervisors’ 2012 Music Supervisor of the Year, and MUSEXPO’s 2014 International Music Supervisor of the Year.

For more information about Steve Schnur, please contact Christy Watkins at Christy@aristomedia.com.

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  Staff   Aug 01, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

CRS 2017 New Faces Of Country Music Show Tickets Are Sold-Out

Following the opening day of CRS 2017 registration and the sell out of discounted $429 registrations, Country Radio Seminar officials have announced the New Faces of Country Music Show is now sold-out; this marks the second consecutive year New Faces tickets were sold-out the day they came available.

A special $429 rate, which was available in a limited quantity, sold out in record time.  Registration is now available at the “Early Bird” rate of $529.   Registrations are available for purchase at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

Country Radio Seminar 2017 is set for Feb. 22-24, 2017 and will be held in at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. This year’s seminar will once again provide attendees with an extensive networking experience, educational opportunities, artist appearances, musical performances and more. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2017 is set for Feb. 22-24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017).


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  Staff   Jul 21, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

CRS 2017 Registration Opens Tomorrow, July 12, At Best Rate Of The Year

$429 Rate Only Available To A Limited Number Of Registrants

Starting tomorrow, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. CT, Country Radio Seminar will open registration for CRS 2017 at a special $429 rate, which is the best price that will be offered this year, and will only be available to a limited number of first-come, first-served registrants.  Registrations will be available for purchase at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. 

The annual New Faces of Country Music Show will also be included for the first limited number of full registrants. Last year, the limited time, discount registration packages and New Faces tickets were sold-out the day they came available.

Registrants have the opportunity to save $100 now. Following the expiration of the $429 rate promotion, the rate will increase to $529.

Country Radio Seminar 2017 will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 through Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. This year’s seminar will once again provide attendees with an extensive networking experience, educational opportunities, artist appearances, musical performances and more. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Remake of “Tulsa Time” Now Available on iTunes

Pre-Order the New Album, Thin Line, and Receive Immediate Downloads of “Hey Elvis” and “Tulsa Time”

As of today, Country singer-songwriter and entertainer Billy Ray Cyrus has two immediate downloads upon preordering his anticipated new studio album, Thin Line, including the previously announced “Hey Elvis” and now, “Tulsa Time”.

Written by Danny Flowers and originally recorded by Don Williams in 1978, Cyrus adds his own spin to the classic depiction of life at a slower pace and features Aerosmith’s guitarist, Joe Perry.

“Joe Perry is a magician on this track; what a gift,” said Cyrus. “The irony behind this cover is that it’s Vernon’s [Cyrus’s character in television series “Still The King”] most successful hit.”

Cyrus will release Thin Line on September 9th through Blue Cadillac Music. Cyrus describes the term Thin Line as, “How I live my life; it’s a balance between art and reality,” which serves as the theme of the album.

In total, three select tracks will be available to download prior to the album’s launch with a special pre-order price of under $10 on Amazon and iTunes. The third, “Thin Line,” will be available on August 12.

Cyrus’ television series on CMT, “Still The King” airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. As a writer and executive producer of the series, Cyrus also stars as “Burnin’” Vernon Brown, a one-hit wonder turned Elvis-impersonator struggling to get back on his feet. After a run-in with the law, Brown is sentenced to community service and ends up masquerading as the community’s new preacher, and re-connecting with his old flame, and a daughter he didn’t know about.

Cyrus’ co-stars include Joey Lauren Adams, comedian/actor Kevin Farley (the late Chris Farley’s brother) and Madison Iseman along with cameos by Randy Travis, Darius Rucker, Wayne Newton, Erik Estrada, John Corbett, and more. View the official trailer for Still The King here

For more information on Still The King, visit CMT and follow the series on Facebook

For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus visit his official website at www.BillyRayCyrus.com and follow him on and FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

For more information on Blue Cadillac Music visit www.bluecadillacmusic.com

For media inquiries, please contact publicity@aristomedia.com or (615) 269-7071

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  Staff   Jul 08, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

TY HERNDON LENDS VOCALS ON MUSICAL TRIBUTE, “HANDS,” BENEFITING ORLANDO VICTIMS

Joins Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez, Kacy Musgraves, P!nk, RuPaul, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainer and more in voicing support for the LGBT community in new original song, “Hands”

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National recording artist, Ty Herndon, is among a star-studded list of artists featured on a new tribute track, titled “Hands.” The single, released through Interscope in conjunction with GLAAD, is a musical tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, which took place on June 12 and resulted in 49 lives lost and 53 injured.

The musical tribute is an iTunes-exclusive download-only track, available HERE, and proceeds benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

In addition to Herndon, other artists lending their vocals on the track are Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.  Listen HERE.

“Hands” was written by Warner Chappell writers Justin Tranter & Julia Michaels, and BloodPop®; produced by BloodPop®, Mark Ronson, and Justin Tranter.

For Ty Herndon media inquiries, please contact publicity@aristomedia.com or (615) 269-7071.

For booking information on Ty Herndon, contact Buddy Lee Attractions at 615-244-4336.

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  Staff   Jul 08, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More