On the scheduled performance of Rascal Flatts with Jamie Foxx next month at the CMA awards: “This is destined to be the sort of one-of-a-kind performance the CMA Awards are known for,” said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. “When there is a meaningful and tangible connection between artists from seemingly diverse musical styles, bringing them together on the CMA Awards creates magical moments that resonate with our audience and expand awareness of the format.” I can’t name one such magical moment in CMA history. Can you?
Sorry for the delay in posts lately, but here’s something for you to read. Entertainment Weekly scored an in-depth interview with Carrie Underwood on the eve of her sophomore album release. Carnival Ride, according to EW, is a “country record through-and-through”, unlike her debut album which featured some pop-leaning songs. Read the whole thing, but here’s the exchange that jumped out at me: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At next month’s CMA Awards, you have three nominations, but not Entertainer of the Year, the biggest prize. In the last six years, no women have been nominated for that. Why do you think that is? CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Um, I don’t know. And frankly, I get mad when I think about it. I feel like we have to work three times as hard as the guys just to be almost where they are. I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s right, and Read More
Dolly Parton on starting her own label: I put it on my own label because many of the majors really didn’t want me because of my age, thinking I was over. But I feel different about that. I figured the major labels are pretty much a thing of the past anyway, kind of like they thought I was! The way music is being played today, why not make all the money, if there’s any money to be made. I’d rather have all of something than some of nothing. Ouch! Pretty nasty indictment of the major label system, mostly because it’s entirely accurate. The system is dying, with legends like Paul McCartney and, if rumors are true, Madonna jumping ship to make more money elsewhere. Are we slowly getting to the point, with all this new media and direct marketing potential, that the major label system will meet its demise?
Garth Brooks spinning his decision to not release his music digitally: “For people who have all the records, to have them come get this compilation of 33 songs and then 33 videos and know that Wal-Mart is gonna have it probably somewhere between 11 and 14 bucks. I feel really good about that. When you go online, if you wanna pay 99 cents for all of them at 33 bucks…the math’s pretty easy.” Isn’t that magnamonious of him? He would release his music digitally, but he doesn’t want the consumer to get ripped off and have to pay all that extra money! Except for one little problem. iTunes and other digital music stores allow an option to sell the album only, and they also have flexible pricing. Even the standard price for a double album is $19.98, but he could have them charge as little or as much Read More
Rascal Flatts’ lead singer, on not winning Album of the Year for Me and My Gang: “We deserved it last year. To sell more than anybody, I think that qualifies for album of the year.” – Gary LeVox Source: Billboard, “Industry Accolades Still Lag Behind Rascal Flatts’ Sales Success.” – Aug. 25, 2007. Page 22. The article implies that he is referring to not winning Album of the Year at the ACM’s, where they lost to the bigger-selling Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood. The reference to last year makes me wonder if they meant to refer to the 2006 CMA’s, where they lost to Brad Paisley’s critically acclaimed Time Well Wasted. They didn’t receive a nomination for Best Country Album at the Grammys.
The 9513 flagged this quote last week from Trace Adkins, which was originally reported at Billboard’s website: “I’m kind of talking out of school here, but we’re going to try to get the album out before the end of the year,” Adkins says. “We have a couple singles we can choose from, and I don’t really care which one it is because they’re both strong. It doesn’t matter where ‘I Wanna Feel Something’ is. It’s had its run in my opinion, and I just don’t have the patience that I used to have anymore. I just don’t. “You send a song to radio and they play it for 16 weeks or whatever, and then you can just tell it’s not going to be one of those records they’re going to jump all over. And if we kept working at it, could we get it top 10? Yeah, we probably could. Read More
Mary Chapin Carpenter has written a song about the Dixie Chicks called “On With The Song”, which will be released on her forthcoming album this spring. From her mailing list: I especially look forward to recording a song that I wrote soon after the Dixie Chicks album came out. I was so bloody sick of the right wing bloggers and columnists and even Time Magazine’s snooze of an article, with sidebars about major artists who have been far more vocal and pejorative about their oppposition to this administration, without nary the consequences that the DCX have had to face. Then I managed to catch them on Larry King, who couldn’t even make the effort to get each lady’s name correct when he addressed them. I swear, they should have worn name tags for that one. But I found them to be gracious and honest about their experiences since “the incident” Read More