RCA Label Group Cuts Off Indie Promoters

In yet another blow for the independent promotion business, Nashville-based RCA Label Group has severed its ties with indies. RLG comprises the RCA, BNA and Arista Nashville labels. Its roster include

In yet another blow for the independent promotion business, Nashville-based RCA Label Group has severed its ties with indies. RLG comprises the RCA, BNA and Arista Nashville labels. Its roster includes such country stars as Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Clay Walker, Sara Evans and Lonestar.

In a statement, RLG executive VP Butch Waugh says: "Nashville has a strong belief in our artists, staff and our relationships at radio. We will continue to support our artists and work to create as much awareness of our music as possible. We have a talented staff whom we hired to communicate with radio one-on-one. This way we not only take advantage of the strong relationships we enjoy, but we strengthen those relationships by building even stronger lines of communication and working to connect our artists and their music with the consumers."

Last November, radio chains Infinity Broadcasting and Entercom barred their employees from having any business dealings with independent promoters. Those moves came a year and a half after a similar policy instituted by radio giant Clear Channel for employees of its approximately 1,200 stations.

The moves by Infinity and Entercom came on the heels of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's campaign against payola. Spitzer's office sent subpoenas to some record labels, including EMI, seeing information in connection with the promotion of records on New York radio stations. Independent promoters and radio stations were served with subpoenas as well.


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