Blake Shelton has signed on as a panelist for the inaugural Billboard Country Music Summit, a two-day conference co-sponsored by the Country Music Association that addresses the industry’s biggest issues in an era of major evolution.

Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” six-pak album has generated scrutiny among label marketers trying to reinvigorate consumers. He will participate in the final session, “Not Your Granddaddy’s Record Label: Will The Last One To Abandon The Old Business Model Please Turn Out The Lights.”

Moderated by Billboard Country Update editor Tom Roland, the panel includes Charlie Anderson, president/CEO, Anderson Media; Jay Frank, senior VP/Music Strategy, CMT; and three Nashville record-label chiefs: Scott Borchetta, Big Machine/Valory Music Co.; Mike Dungan, Capitol/EMI Nashville; and John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville.

Other panels during the Summit, slated June 7-8 at Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel, cover marketing, country radio, the touring industry and the digital revolution among a wealth of topics. Tim McGraw has already been announced as a participant in a keynote Q&A session with Billboard executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment Ray Waddell.

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