April 19, 2010

» Name That Tune-In: The 45th Annual ACM Awards led CBS-TV to a ratings win for the night, averaging 12.5 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/13 share and topping each hour in prime time, according to Zap2It.com. The adults 18-49 demo also went to CBS with a 2.7 rating. NBC's two-hour Celebrity Apprentice, which featured Luke Bryan, Emily West, Trace Adkins and a number of radio and industry execs, came in third during the 9pm (6.6 million, 4.0/6) and 10pm (7.2 million, 4.5/7) hours. Last year's ACM show drew an 8.6/14.

» A Craps-Load Of Fun: 19/Arista's Carrie Underwood became the first two-time female winner of ACM Entertainer of the Year, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert won three awards and Brooks & Dunn bookended their career with a final Top Vocal Duo trophy at last night's 45th Annual ACM Awards. See the full list of winners here. And as our readers have come to expect, what happened in Vegas will end up in the pages of Country Aircheck. (Maybe that's why everyone turns and hurries off when they see us coming.) Find out what happened to Keith Urban's backpedaling performance slot, why Mike Dungan is all wet and who didn't write that Kirstie Alley joke, in tonight's Country Aircheck Weekly. Don't miss it.

» From One ACM To Another: Currently in Chapter 11, Citadel has asked a New York bankruptcy court to force Aurelius Capital Management, led by senior managing member Mark Brodsky, to liquidate its 16.7 million shares of recently acquired Citadel common stock. Citadel claims that purchase makes Aurelius a "substantial shareholder" subject to an advance declaration requirement, which allows Citadel the opportunity to challenge stock buys. The broadcaster is calling for the Aurelius transactions to be regarded as "invalid and void," and that Aurelius should be ordered to sell the stock on the open market immediately, with any gains donated to non-profit organizations.

» CRS Part Deux: KYGO/Denver PD Joel Burke and consultant Rusty Walker will be featured speakers at the CRB's CRS: One On One mentoring session May 7. "Much like Inside the Actors Studio, this will give upcoming programmers an amazing opportunity to gain perspective and specific feedback on issues shaping the course of their career," says CRB Executive Dir. Bill Mayne. "With candid conversation being the only agenda at CRS: One on One, we are eager to gauge the response from this event for consideration towards future endeavors." Interested parties with radio programming experience may apply here through April 23 until 5pm CT. The seminar is $59, which includes lunch, and runs from 10am-2pm at the CRB's Nashville headquarters. Only 12 applicants will be selected; they will be notified no later than April 26.

» The Rights Stuff: BMG Rights Management has partnered with producer Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood) and publishing executive Darrell Franklin to form BMG Rights/Nashville, a full-service publishing company. "The chance for Darrell and me to work with music publishing executives like Hartwig Masuch, Laurent Hubert and Deirdre O'Hara is a dream come true," says Huff. "It is an honor to be included as part of a truly international publishing company like BMG, which offers our writers the opportunity to expand their success in Nashville and throughout the world." The company's writers include Jonathan Singleton and Neil Thrasher. The Nashville offices are located at 2737 Larmon Dr., Nashville, TN 23704. Reach them by phone at 615-385-2058.

» You Say You Want A Revenution: A new Barclays Capital analysis projects ad growth for radio to climb 7.4% in 2010, up from an original estimate of 2.2%, thanks to optimism in the crucial auto advertising sector. The overall U.S. advertising market is expected to grow 5.5%. According to analysts Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co., the last year radio reported business growth was in 2006, when it posted $21.7 billion in revenue. Since then, the industry has slowed three consecutive years, down to $16.0 billion in 2009. However, since the start of 2010, several companies have seen their stocks soar, including Cumulus (+115%), Entercom (+109%), Saga (+80%) and Sirius XM (+65%), among others.

» In Case You Missed It: Last night's (4/18) country-themed Celebrity Apprentice had boardroom advisor Trace Adkins helping host Donald Trump choose project manager Cyndi Lauper as the challenge winner for leading guest star Emily West's glamorous image makeover. Both West and guest star Luke Bryan showcased their new looks with performances of their singles "Blue Sky" and "Rain Is A Good Thing," respectively. WQYK/Tampa OM Mike Culotta, Grand Ole Opry GM Pete Fisher and People Country editor Cynthia Sanz judged the challenge, which had pro wrestler Bill Goldberg exiting the show. On top of a $20,000 check for her work, Lauper will also receive proceeds from Bryan and West's "Rain" and "Blue" iTunes sales for the next month. Watch the full episode here.

» Crib Notes: Congrats to BBR Southeast rep Clay Henderson and wife Anna on the birth of their daughter Julia Page. Baby Henderson joined the promo staff last Friday (4/16) at 9:55pm.


We're also congratulating Jeff Bates and wife Kelly on the birth of their first child Brianna Nadine last Monday (4/12).

» Life Note: Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve Wariner and family for the loss of his nephew Matt Wariner, who died in a car accident in Hamilton County, Indiana last Friday (4/16). Steve said in a statement Monday (4/19): "I loved Matt's passion and enthusiasm for music. He came about it naturally. In fact, he had his guitar and amp in the car with him at the time of the accident, getting ready for a show that night. He was full of life, and we just can't believe that his life was cut so short. Someone said to me that our loss is heaven's gain. I couldn't agree more."

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for the week ending April 17. Look for the full chart in tonight's Country Aircheck Weekly.
  1. LADY ANTEBELLUM/American Honey (Capitol)
  2. ZAC BROWN BAND/Highway 20 Ride (Atlantic/Home Grown/BPG)
  3. JOE NICHOLS/Gimmie That Girl (Show Dog-Universal)
  4. KENNY CHESNEY/Ain't Back Yet (BNA)
  5. CHRIS YOUNG/The Man I Want To Be (RCA)

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for April 16:
  1. DIERKS BENTLEY/Up On The Ridge (Capitol)
  2. CHUCK WICKS/Hold That Thought (RCA)
  3. ALAN JACKSON/Hard Hat And A Hammer (Arista)
  4. ZAC BROWN BAND/Free (Atlantic/Home Grown/BPG)
  5. FAST RYDE/Top Down (Radio Edit) (Republic Nashville)

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (4/20): Buddy Cannon.

» Tube Check Tonight (4/19): Gretchen Wilson, Chelsea Lately (E!).

Tube Check Tomorrow (4/20): Jason Aldean, Lopez Tonight (TBS).

» In Love With A Capitol U: Capitol Pres./CEO Mike Dungan celebrates last night's (4/18) ACM wins for Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum with artists from the label and its sister imprint EMI Nashville. Pictured (l-r) are Bryan, Dungan, Lady A's Charles Kelley, Troy Olsen, Lady A's Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, Darius Rucker and Walker Hayes.

» Lucky Streak: The Sony/Nashville family celebrates last night's eight ACM wins and performances from Brooks & Dunn (not pictured), Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Pictured (l-r) are SVP/Sales & Operations Paul Barnabee, VP/Promotion Skip Bishop, VP/Marketing Tom Baldrica, Chesney, Paisley, Phran Galante and husband/Chairman Joe Galante, Underwood, Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery, Lambert, MG's Troy Gentry, EVP/A&R Renee Bell and recently retired EVP Butch Waugh.



















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