Brooks Titles New Album 'Man Against Machine,'
Reveals Cover Art
you've attended a Garth Brooks concert in
recent weeks and been curious about the
prevalence of machines in his video
introduction, speculate no more.
announced today that his upcoming new
album will be titled Man Against Machine.
album will be released Nov. 11 on
Pearl/RCA Nashville and feature his
current radio single "People Loving
People." The cover art (see it on
Radio.com) features the singer, arms
crossed and sunglasses on, staring ahead.
has always been a reflection of where
mankind is at the time," Brooks said
in a press release about the album.
"For 14 years, I have watched heart
and soul, dreams and individualism,
fighting for their very existence in a
world of increasing technology. This album
is a reminder to all those who dream,
work, and fight for what they believe; do
not give up your vision."
for Brooks' four recently announced shows
in Minneapolis went on sale today, too.
And he surprised fans by adding six more
shows, for a total of ten. The concerts
take place Nov. 6-15 at the Target Center
in Minneapolis, Minn. Our friends at BUZ'N
102.9 (a CBS Radio station) have ticket
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Inducts Four New Members
Anderson, Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas and
Paul Craft were inducted as the newest
members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall
of Fame during the 44th Anniversary Hall
of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony,
Sunday night (Oct. 5), at Music City
Center in Nashville. The awards are
presented in conjunction with the
Nashville Songwriters Association
International (NSAI), an organization
dedicated to protecting the rights of
was the Songwriter/Artist inductee while
Gretchen, Tom and Paul were inducted in
the Songwriter category. As is customary,
each inductee was saluted with a musical
tribute from various artists. Thomas Rhett
kicked off that portion of the evening as
he performed a medley of Paul's songs,
including "Brother Jukebox,"
while Bobby Bare closed the set with
"Dropkick Me, Jesus," a Top 20
hit for Bobby in 1976.
whose hits include Martina McBride's
"Independence Day" and Patty
Loveless' "You Don't Even Know Who I
Am," was honored by Trisha Yearwood,
who sang "On a Bus to St.
Cloud," and Brandy Clark. Rock star
Bryan Adams also sent along a
congratulatory video to Gretchen.
McGraw, elegantly clad in black jacket and
white tuxedo shirt, took the stage for Tom
Douglas, performing "My Little
Girl." Songwriter Allen Shamblin did
a brief acoustic version of "The
House That Built Me," the Miranda
Lambert hit he co-wrote with Tom. Collin
Raye was in note-perfect form with his
rendition of Tom's first major hit,
"Little Rock." Lady Antebellum,
who recorded Tom's song "I Run to
You," passed along a video message
congratulating their songwriter friend.
"Thank you for being such an
incredible lyricist," said the trio's
Anderson was introduced by John Rich, who
produced John's Easy Money album.
"He's one of the greatest talents of
all time," John noted. Hall of Fame
songwriter Bobby Braddock sat at the piano
and performed John's "Seminole
Wind," while Josh Turner had the
crowd smiling with his version of John's
signature tune, "Swingin'." Josh
told the audience, "He's one of my
five big heroes of country music and one
of the most genuine people I've ever
inductee John took the podium, he
acknowledged that the Hall of Fame honor
was "very humbling." He also
drew laughs when he surmised that
songwriting was not exactly rocket
science. After a short pause for effect,
John deadpanned, "Well, maybe it
is with a heavy heart and sadness that I
announce that the Sunday Morning Gospel Hour
is no longer going to be on the air.
to very unfortunate circumstances beyond my
control, the flash drive that all my songs,
liners, all the elements I had accumulated
over the last 2 years were completely
corrupted and not able to be saved. I have
loved doing this show from the minute I
started it, but because of a new job in
Waco, Texas (which I'm extremely grateful to
God for providing me with), I just don't
have the time to spend trying to start the
show over from scratch.
you to Audio Tracks Broadcasting for
everything you folks have done. Thank you to
anyone reading this that has said a prayer
for the show. My prayer is that one day the
Lord will open up a door that will allow me
to do this show again. Thank you all and God
Tops News In Music
Looking To Offer Subscription Streaming Music
Service For Under $10 Per Month
details about APPLE's plans for BEATS AUDIO are
coming to light. COMPLEX.COM
reports, "since buying BEATS AUDIO
in MAY, APPLE is reportedly moving forward with
plans to either shut down or re-work BEATS
MUSIC, BEATS' own subscription-based streaming
it seems as if APPLE is trying to incorporate
whatever technology, resources, and people BEATS
MUSIC had going for it into a new APPLE-branded
has targeted the streaming market as its iTUNES
download service continues to shrink, but
getting a deal from the major labels remains a
large hurdle. A favorable price from UNIVERSAL,
SONY BMG, WARNER and EMI would give the company
an opportunity to offer a lower price than its
rivals, such as SPOTIFY, RHAPSODY, AMAZON and
reports say APPLE wants to license music at a
price that would allow them to place their
subscription-based music streaming offering
under the standard $10 per month price that
SPOTIFY, RHAPSODY and even BEATS MUSIC currently
platforms in particular are expected to be the
main driver of the growth. Forrester predicts
that the tactic will grow more than 21 percent
on desktop platforms and will capture as much
as 55 percent of the total desktop display
spending by 2019.
ads targeted to both smartphones and tablets
will also be a major online growth area,
capturing up to 40 percent of the online
display ad spending by 2019-up from 24 percent
of display budgets this year.
of the growth in online display will come from
three areas that will generate the bulk of the
growth by 2019: Programmatic exchange-based
trading, video advertising and mobile
display," Forrester noted, in a summary
of the report.
offline advertising is expected to grow just 1
percent during the same period, but will still
capture $239 billion in marketing dollars.
Cable television will be the offline platform
with the most growth-at 4.8 percent-while
platforms such as radio, newspapers, magazines
and yellow pages are all expected to see
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat:
Blues Hall hires, 'River' wins in London
the Blues Hall of Fame won't officially open
until next spring, the organization is
putting its leadership in place already. The
Blues Foundation-run operation named Nora J.
Tucker as manager and curator for the Hall
of Fame on Tuesday.
formerly the project manager for museum
planning firm Design 500 Inc., has been
consulting with the foundation on the hall
since 2007. Tucker has previously done
curatorial and exhibit work for the Gateway
to the Blues Museum in Tunica and the Elvis
Presley Birthplace in Tupelo. A musician as
well, Tucker was a longtime Backbeat singing
a release from the foundation, they note
that Tucker "will continue the search
for artifacts, images, and media files for
Blues Hall of Fame inductees. She'll also be
planning all aspects of managing the
attraction and overseeing its daily
operations when it opens next year."
Blues Hall of Fame is currently under
construction. The $2.7 million,
12,000-square-foot space will begin
operations in April, with an official grand
opening coming on May 8, 2015.
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