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October 9, 2014 - In This Issue:
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Garth Brooks Titles New Album 'Man Against Machine,' Reveals Cover Art

If 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.

Brooks announced today that his upcoming new album will be titled Man Against Machine.

The 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.


"Music 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."



Tickets 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 information.


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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Members

John 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 songwriters.


John 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.


Gretchen, 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.


Tim 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 Hillary Scott.


John 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 met."


As 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."

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Sunday Morning Gospel Hour News

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.

Due 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.

Thank 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 bless.

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Apple Looking To Offer Subscription Streaming Music Service For Under $10 Per Month

Some 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 service.

Ultimately, 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 streaming service."

APPLE 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 GOOGLE PLAY.


Multiple 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 charge.


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U.S. Online Display Advertising Spend to Hit $19 Billion by 2019 Forrester Research sees big opportunity in mobile and video

Online display ad spending is expected to increase 90 percent by 2019, from $19.8 billion in 2014 to $37.6 billion, according to new findings from Forrester Research.

Video 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.


Mobile 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.


"Most 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.


Meanwhile, 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 declines.

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Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Blues Hall hires, 'River' wins in London


While 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.

Tucker, 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 tour guide.


In 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."

The 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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