Friday, April 15th, 2011 – The Judds highly anticipated original docu-series debuted this past Sunday with over 1.7 million total viewers tuning in to watch the special two-hour premiere featuring the mother-daughter duo preparing for their first tour together in 10 years. Outside of launch week, The Judds was the highest rated premiere on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as well as the number one social media trend for cable during the episode. Hundreds of viewers logged on to participate in a live, online chat during the two-hour premiere.
Industry giant moves comfortably between business, politics, philanthropy
Written by Anita Wadhwani
Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - It was early in February when Nashville music mogul Mike Curb and Mayor Karl Dean unexpectedly crossed paths on separate business trips to Southern California.
Over lunch in L.A., the conversation turned to a pending anti-discrimination measure that would set rules for companies seeking city contracts. It would prevent firms from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Heidi Newfield is back.
After a great first time out as a solo artist Heidi is back with a new single and what looks like a new album. On her first solo record Heidi reached the top 15 on the charts. Her next singles were as successful even though I thought they deserved a little more attention. Things don’t always work out, but Heidi is back now with a great new track.
Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - A slimmed down Lee Brice could be seen almost everywhere in Las Vegas during Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards -- even if he was harder to recognize. Lee has a new, trimmer physique as he promotes his new hit single, 'Beautiful Every Time.'
"I had a blast in Las Vegas," Lee tells The Boot. "Fremont Street (where Lee performed on Friday, April 1) was the highlight of my trip. The crowd was great and we just had a fun time doing that show."
Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Last year, newcomer Lee Brice proved to the world of country music that he was here to stay. His single, ‘Love Like Crazy,’ took a record-breaking 55 weeks on the chart to reach its peak position at No. 3. The gold-certified digital single was also named Billboard’s 2010 Most Played Song of the Year. Besides success with his own hit, Brice is an accomplished songwriter, having penned Garth Brooks' smash ‘More Than a Memory’ and Tim McGraw‘s recent power-ballad ‘Still.’
Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Curb Recording artist Ashley Gearing had a nice surprise today when Cincinnati Bengals NFL Wide Receiver, Chad Ochocinco, tweeted that he "was in the gym with Ashley Gearing's song entitled 5 More Minutes on repeat, awesome song, something about country music is very compelling."
Within an hour the word had spread throughout his fan base and Ashley had over 300 new Twitter friends. Ochocinco later tweeted, “I’m pretty sure it’s Ashley Gearing that’s making country music compelling…yep, I’m positive.”
New Album Hits Stores Today with Twelve Classic Hits and 2 New Tracks
April 5th, 2011 – The Judds, country music’s most celebrated mother-daughter duo, have released a new album entitled I Will Stand By You: The Essential Collection. The new compilation will feature twelve classics as well as two brand new songs: “I Will Stand By You” and “Back Home” (featuring Alison Krauss). These new songs celebrate the first time the legendary duo have recorded together since 2004 when Naomi joined Wynonna for “Flies On The Butter,” which is also featured on the album.
Sauter bests Busch for first win at Martinsville
Takes Truck Series points lead for first time with third career Truck victory
Monday, April 4th, 2011 - Pole-sitter Johnny Sauter on the next-to-last lap of Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway and held on to post his first Camping World Truck Series victory of the season and the third of his career.
Busch, who has never won a race at Martinsville, ran second, .453 seconds behind Sauter. Ron Hornaday finished third, followed by his team owner, Kevin Harvick, who recovered from early trouble to finish fourth.