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September 24, 2014 - In This Issue:
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Country Music News
Garth Brooks on Garth Brooks: 'I don't get it'

Ask Garth Brooks, who plays the first show of his seven-performance run in Atlanta starting Friday night, what the secret of his continuing popularity is, and he's stumped.


"I wish I could explain it: Of course -- I'm beautiful, are you kidding me? I'm talented," he said, chuckling. "But I don't get it."

Shortly after opening his 11-show stint in Chicago on his first world tour in 17 years, Brooks remains convinced there's something at work beyond the personal appeal of what he sometimes refers to as "the Garth Brooks guy."

"If the Garth guy shows up or not, these guys are still going to have the same great time," he said, noting one bit of fallout from the cancellation of his five sold-out shows in July at the 83,000-capacity Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. "We saw video footage of people in Ireland, at a bar the night we were supposed to be there, singing 'Friends in Low Places' and they were having the time of their lives.

"It's like it's their show," he said.

Then he recounted a conversation he had with a female fan toward the end of his last tour in 1998.


"We're just talking, and she said, 'You know what I've always thought about you?' I said, 'Do I want to hear this?' She goes, 'I always felt that you were one of us who just got lucky.' And to be called 'one of us' -- that's pretty cool.

"Man, I've roofed houses, I've dug ditches," he said. "I worked down at the wastewater treatment plant [where] you stood in vats that were 50 feet, 75 feet, 100 feet in diameter, and 14 feet high, and you're cleaning them because they've just drained all the [waste] out of them. So [I] know what work is. And every day, man, I just laugh myself to sleep going, 'Holy cow, this is what I do for a living.' And a damned good living. So I am very lucky.


"I've said this in a million interviews: If there was an answer, if God came down, if a hand came down and opened up and the answer was in that hand, I hope it would say, 'The music.' That explains it probably more than anything."

Calendar will have a full profile of Brooks and his life during the 13 years he stepped away from touring to raise his children in Saturday's Calendar section.


Finish Reading the Article: HERE
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Jerrod Niemann and Fiancée Request Charity Donations In Lieu of Wedding Gifts

Back away from the blender, say "ta-ta" to the toaster and put the ice maker on ice. Jerrod Niemann and his beautiful fiancée, Morgan Petek, are wishing for a different kind of gift to celebrate their upcoming wedding: donations!




In March, the young couple established Free the Music USA-a nonprofit charity focused on getting used musical instruments into the hands of children in need. Free the Music also works with the Songs for Sound organization, which assists in creating awareness and providing resources for the profoundly deaf to obtain cochlear implants and rehabilitation.

 

Now, this bighearted young couple-who have announced that they will be married Oct. 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico-are requesting that in lieu of wedding gifts, donations be made to Free the Music USA.

 

If you'd like to be part of this special wedding celebration, click here to make a donation.

Congratulations, Jerrod and Morgan

Finish Reading the Article: HERE

Sunday Morning Gospel Hour News

Howdy folks.


Hope your week is going great. Here are some headlines coming out of the Southern Gospel scene:


*The National Quartet Convention is in full swing. It began this past Sunday and goes through the rest of the week. It's the largest gathering of southern gospel music artists. If you have a favorite artist you like, chances are they are performing there this week. This year is the first time the convention is being held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

*The Speer Family has lost one of it's original members as Mary Tom Speer-Reid, the sister of Ben Speer and an original member of the Singing Speers Family, passed away from natural causes last week. She was 89. Mary Tom Speer-Reid was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall Of Fame in 2006.

Don't forget to find me on Facebook by searching "Sunday Morning Gospel Hour" or you can email me at sunmorninggospelhour@gmail. com.


Hope everyone has a great week and God bless.

 

Tops News In Music
It Was Two Special Nights In Las Vegas For The 2014 iHeartRadio Festival

The 2014 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL at the MGM GRAND in LAS VEGAS kept SIN CITY buzzing all weekend. ALL ACCESS had same night coverage both FRIDAY (NET NEWS 9/19) and SATURDAY (NET NEWS 9/20).

 

The iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL is a huge event for publicity -- but not a big payday for artists, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. "That's because most artists are willing to perform for next to nothing. They choose to forgo a big paycheck in exchange for a media blitz, hoping that the radio giant that runs the festival, iHEARTMEDIA INC. -- known until this week as CLEAR CHANNEL -- will keep playing their songs on its 800-plus stations."

 

The report uses the example of DJ STEVE AOKI, who "canceled three European shows, giving up about $500,000, in order to perform his song 'Born to Get Wild' with the artist WILL.I.AM at the festival, according to a person familiar with the matter. iHEARTMEDIA is paying Mr. AOKI a small fee to help with his expenses, but the amount doesn't come close to covering his travel costs, this person said."

Host RYAN SEACREST told USA TODAY regarding the concert lineup, "You can't believe they're all in one arena -- it just doesn't happen."

 

Friday Night

Seems like just yesterday CLEAR CHANNEL launched the first iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL in LAS VEGAS, but this year's edition is the fourth annual such affair. On the very week in which the radio giant changed its name to iHEARTMEDIA, its namesake concert drew huge crowds to the MGM GRAND, with tickets going for upwards of $750 on the secondary market.

 

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BIA/KELSEY: LOCAL MEDIA REVS TO REACH $139 BILLION IN 2015

BIA/Kelsey: Local Media Revs To Reach $139 Billion In 2015

 

In the new U.S. Local Media Forecast 2014, BIA/Kelsey predicts that local media revenues will rise 1.6 percent in 2015, moving up to $139.3 billion from $137 billion this year.

 

Online/digital will account for more than 25 percent of local media revs next year, with revenues expected to grow a full 13.1 percent, from $31 billion this year to $35 billion in 2015.

 

BIA/Kelsey Chief Economist Mark Fratrik said, "We expect the pace of growth in the overall local advertising marketplace to moderate through 2019, resulting in a 3 percent compound annual growth rate. Growth in online/digital advertising revenues will remain strong, with a 112.2 percent CAGR through 2019, compared with essentially flat revenues for traditional advertising -- 0.5 percent CAGR -- during the same period."

 

Other digital predictions for next year:


* Mobile local ad revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2015
* Local social media revenues will grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $3.6 billion in 2015
* Local search revenues will grow from $7.1 billion in 2014 to $7.2 billion in 2015
* Local display revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $4.9 billion in 2015
* Local online video revenues will grow from $2.3 billion in 2014 to $3.0 billion in 2015

BIA/Kelsey will present highlights from the forecast today at its Leading in Local/SMB

 

Digital Marketing conference, being held this week in New Orleans.

Finish Reading the article: HERE

Blues riffs, Louisiana food, music tourism to descend upon Bogalusa on Sept. 26-27

 

From blues artists JJ Grey and Mofro to Johnny Sansone with Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival will offer a full lineup of laid-back blues for its third annual fest, taking place on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 26-27) at Cassidy Park, 129 Ben Miller Road, Bogalusa.

This year, the biggest music event in


Washington Parish is expanding from one day to a two-day festival that adds on-site camping, a celebrity poster artist, and more. Attendance tripled forthe 2013 event, which drew over 5,000 people, some of whom traveled several hours for the all-blues lineup of local, regional and nationally touring musicians. The new two-day roster now includes performances on

Friday night in addition to the full Saturday schedule of years past.


Festival promotions chairperson Marcelle Hanemann said the fest "is working hard to transform its community by offering a truly extraordinary experience for music lovers, and those who want to steep themselves in Louisiana culture."


About 20 food vendors will be onsite, offering "mouth-watering dishes like shrimp and grits, boudin egg rolls, and wings and Creole rice," Hanemann said.


Art vendors will offer handcrafted items such as paintings, jewelry, cigar box instruments, belts and bags crafted from "retired" fire hoses used in New Orleans and carvings made from trees that were taken down by Hurricane Katrina.

 

Finish Reading the Article HERE

 

 

 


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