Country Radio Seminar attendees had a lot of choices for music on Thursday, from Alan Jackson at the Capitol Nashville luncheon to the Sony/BMG General Jackson cruise with Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Sony Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton in the evening.
The Country Radio Seminar kicked off with a series of events and after parties, including a keynote speech by Clear Channel's Bob Pittman, a surprise appearance by George Strait, and the Sony Music Nashville/Sea Gayle Records party with Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton, among others.
Trace Adkins has loved dogs since he was a kid, so choosing the winner of the Waggin' Train jingle contest was not a hard task for the country singer. Adkins has been totally involved in the contest since Waggin' Train came to him early in the year to help judge a 60-second jingle which would be submitted by pet owners from across the country.
Country fans have generally been thought to be rural, less educated, less technically savvy and a lower earning group of people than the general public. But new research from MRI and independent research by the CMA indicates that the new demographic for country music fans puts them on average or above with most Americans, according to CMA market research director Greg Fuson.
Sugarland will sing an emotional version of their song “Stand Up” tonight on the CMT Awards – and the song will have a special meaning for the Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., whose home was devastated by a tornado last month. Tiffani and Lexi Gilbert will will wave flags and sing a long during the group’s performance, and show producers will call upon viewers to make donations to the Red Cross during the performance.
Sugarland will sing an emotional version of their song "Stand Up" tonight on the CMT Awards, and the song will have a special meaning for the Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., whose home was devastated by a tornado last month.
How does Kenny Chesney keep fans happy? Since he can't really join them for drinks at tailgate parties anymore, he goes to the last row of the stadium before each show so he knows how far he has to reach. This and many other great stories were told during his Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit on Tuesday.