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September 10, 2014 - In This Issue:
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Jason Aldean's Dad Calls CMA Awards "a Joke and a Farce""

One perhaps curious omission from the recently revealed CMA Awards nominations was Jason Aldean, who is outselling and out-touring just about anyone else in the genre right now. Jason was completely shut out, while his peers Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton received the bulk of the nods.

Jason hasn't commented publicly on the matter, but his father, Barry Williams, has said the CMA awards are a "joke and a farce."


In a Facebook post, Barry listed many of Jason's accomplishments over the last year, according to countrymusicnation.com. "We have a country artist who has had at least a dozen number one singles, is the most downloaded country artist of all time, consistently sells out stadiums," Barry wrote, as well as noting Jason had broken attendance records previously set by Entertainer of the Year nominee George Strait and Sir Paul McCartney.

Barry also pointed out that he didn't want to sound like "sour grapes," but felt like those accomplishments were more than enough to have earned Jason a nomination.

Those CMA Awards in their 48th installment, take place Nov. 5 and will air live on ABC at 7 p.m. CT.

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Kelly Clarkson Brings Adorable Daughter To Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood Concert

Kelly Clarkson's baby girl River Rose has officially rocked out at her first concert.

On Friday, Sept. 5, Clarkson made her first public appearance since giving birth with a performance at the Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood live show, and she brought her not yet 3-month-old daughter along for the ride.

The "American Idol" alumna took to Twitter to share a snap of her little girl at the outing:


Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed their daughter on June 12, and shared the first photo of her via Twitter on June 20. In the snap, the precious girlsleeps in a classic carriage.


"Here is our beautiful baby girl River Rose," Clarkson wrote at the time. "6lbs 6oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet :)"

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Sunday Morning Gospel Hour News

"Be still and know that I am God:" - Psalm 46:10(a). Boy that verse has been a rock for me this past week. Got some really exciting possibilities for this show. Just waiting on the Lord to show me His will for the show. Please keep me and the show in your prayers. Thank you. Here's the latest headlines from the Southern Gospel music scene:

*Wilburn and Wilburn have a new song out called "Help Me Help Somebody" and it's being made into a video and is leading to a 30-day challenge of making it a point to help someone everyday for 30 straight days. To read more on this, click on the link: http://www.singingnews. com/news/industry-news/ wilburn-and-wilburn-releases- concept-video-and-30-day- challenge/
Please continue to keep the Sunday Morning Gospel Hour in your prayers as we continue to look for more station affiliates willing to air the show and reach people for Christ through the Country Christian format. If you are interested in the show, please email me at sunmorninggospelhour@gmail. com Thank you and God bless.






Tops News In Music
Former QC Communications Exec Must Return $700K In Possible Pay-For Play Money

A DELAWARE court has ruled that former QC COMMUNICATIONS Urban AC WJKS (KISS 101.7)/WILMINGTON, DE Partial Owner/GM TONY QUARTARONE must return $701,686 to the company.

DELAWARE Court of Chancery's Chancellor SAM GLASSCOCK explained that QUARTARONE's Q MEDIA -- a record promotion consulting business -- added songs to WJKS' playlist in exchange for money from record promoters. QUARTARONE's partners removed him from his position in OCTOBER 2012 when they discovered his side business.

GLASSCOCK wrote, "The Defendant in this matter was a corporate officer and director of the Plaintiff corporation, which owns the radio station at which the Defendant was also employed.


The Defendant set up his own corporation on the side. According to the Plaintiff, the Defendant officer sold assets belonging to the Plaintiff, and used his position as a corporate fiduciary to hide the fact that he diverted the proceeds thereof to himself via his own corporation. The Defendant officer maintains strenuously that this is untrue, and testified that he sold only consulting services unrelated to his duties to the Plaintiff through his own corporation. The record evidence convinces me that the Defendant's testimony is untrue, and that he did enrich himself through breaches of fiduciary duty. The Defendant, therefore, must account for those sums wrongfully diverted."


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Why Garth Brooks Should Have Gone With iTunes

The superstar took a gamble by launching his own digital store -- can it pay off? Well, the outlook isn't bright.

Last week, Garth Brooks debuted Ghost Tunes, a new music download store seemingly created to be the exclusive source of Brooks' digital catalog. Although the store has a wide range of other artists and genres, the focal point is a $29.99 bundle that includes Brooks' new album to be released this fall, another new album to be released next year and nine of his previously released albums.

Fan-friendly it is not. Only albums, not individual tracks, can be purchased. To buy Brooks' music in a digital format, fans have to purchase at a new, unfamiliar store rather than their preferred music retailers. Basically, Brooks has built a system geared toward maximizing album sales rather than maximizing revenue and access to his music -- and that's if his plan works. There's ample reason to believe Brooks will have a difficult time getting people to shop at GhostTunes.

"It's hard to think of a case where an artist changed consumer shopping behavior, at least recently," says analyst Russ Crupnick. Labels and artists usually take the safe, predictable path and have sold their music where people most desire to purchase music. Even though Radiohead and Trent Reznor have succeeded with alternate, direct-to-fan strategies, other major artists have stayed within the proven retail model. Not even Walmart could get people to buy their downloads, notes Crupnick.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Buddy Guy fights for the rights of the Blues at the State Theatre


Sometimes, all you need is a spotlight for a good show. And that's all Buddy Guy needed, along with some good old-fashioned showmanship, to enthrall and entertain the crowd at the State Theatre on Sunday, September 7. In the face of diminishing mainstream interest, Guy champions the blues by playing like a 21-year-old with ferocious vigor and passion that is determined to keep the genre alive.

Along with his Damn Right Blues Band, Guy opened with "Damn Right I've Got the Blues" after being introduced as a six-time Grammy Award winner by his keyboardist Marty Sammon, also known as Slammin' Sammon. At the end of the song, Guy greeted the crowd and after a fan shouted praise in response, the 78-year-old proved that his personality is as gritty as his guitar playing by responding, "Now, if you shut the fuck up for a minute, I'm gonna play something so funky you can smell it. It goes like this."


Throughout the night, the feisty blues legend (some argue he is the greatest blues musician of all time) made the theatre feel as if it was a small, intimate club in Chicago. Moving from a barrage of screaming, hearty notes exuding from his Fender Stratocaster, Guy would change tempo in an instant and near silence would then be broken by soft, delicate tones created by his fingers lightly moving on the guitar neck.


He told stories about growing up in rural Louisiana and the influences of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Albert King, all while cussing at the crowd and making it known it was his stage and his rules. Twice, he came off the stage and into the crowd to play and toured the theatre all the way up to the balcony while cheers roared.


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