Paradigm acquires 50% stake in London-based Coda

Paradigm Talent Agency has acquired a 50 percent stake in London-based Coda Music Agency, a move that is expected to help Paradigm artists tour overseas. Paradigm — generally considered one of the "Big Five" U.S. talent agencies — has offices in Nashville, New York and Beverly Hills and Monterey, Calif. Read more here at and here at

Jan 22, 2014 12:25 PM

Centricity Music promotes two

Centricity Music has promoted Ben Stauffer to VP of finance from finance director and Kris Love to senior director of national promotions from director of radio promotions. Based in Franklin, Centricity Music was founded in 2005. Read more here at

Jan 21, 2014 8:36 AM

Borchetta: Streaming devalues music

Scott Borchetta is still not holding his breath for the big money that will convince him to sell Big Machine Label Group, writes The Financial Times. But the man behind "the machine behind Taylor Swift" also isn't — despite breaking ground on the radio royalty front — jumping on the streaming bandwagon.

“I think that devalues music, and so it’s really important that record companies and content providers around the world make sure that we’re holding on to . . . value. It takes a lot of time and effort and money and talent to do this, and if we start giving it all away for fractions of pennies, we’re not going to be able to do it any more.”

SEE ALSO: Our 2010 profile of Borchetta as our CEO of the Year

Jan 21, 2014 7:13 AM

NY creative rights manager opens Row office, buy song catalog

Firm hires MPR, Warner/Chappell alum to lead local operations
Jan 20, 2014 1:14 PM

Slate Creek Records taps Fundis as president

Slate Creek Records has named Garth Fundis as president and creative director. Fundis (pictured), who will team with CEO Jim Burnett to grow the label’s brand and roster, has worked as a producer with numerous high-profile acts, including Trisha Yearwood and Alabama. Of note, singer-songwriter Brandy Clark is on the Slate Creek Records label. Read more here at

Jan 17, 2014 9:22 AM

Big Machine Label Group promotes finance director

Two-year company employee assumes VP of finance title
Jan 16, 2014 7:00 AM

Bridgestone Arena ranks sixth in 2013 ticket sales

Bridgestone Arena ranked sixth in U.S. ticket sales in 2013 among the nation’s entertainment venues, according to trade publication Pollstar.

This is the third time in the last four years (the facility was not in the top 10 for 2012) that Bridgestone Arena has received the distinction of being one of the nation’s busiest venues. Of note, the arena — the anchor tenant for which is the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators — has been a finalist for Pollstar’s Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award in each of the past seven years.

“Thanks to the outstanding support of Bridgestone Arena patrons, staff, performers, promoters and the city of Nashville, the arena has become one of the premier stops on U.S. tours,” David Kells, Bridgestone Arena vice president of booking, said in a release. “We take pride in keeping this building at the forefront of the industry, and look forward to 2014 as we continue to build Bridgestone Arena’s reputation of truly being one of the best in the business.”

Bridgestone Arena sold 448,148 tickets during 2013.

The top 10 arenas for ticket sales in the United States in 2013 were as follows:

1. Barclays Center (Brooklyn)

2. Staples Center (Los Angeles)

3. Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia)

4. Philips Arena (Atlanta)

5. Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)

6. Bridgestone Arena (Nashville)

7. Madison Square Garden (New York)

8. Sprint Center (Kansas City)

9. The Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)

10. American Airlines Arena (Miami)

On Jan. 9, Bridgestone Arena opened the Nissan SoBro entrance located near the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun Street. Additional updates and renovations to the facility include the installation of a new HVAC system, new carpet in several levels and exterior LED boards.

In addition to Bridgestone Arena being a nominee for 2013 “Arena of the Year,” Kells has been nominated for Pollstar’s “Facility Executive of the Year” award for the second straight year.

Pollstar officials will recognize the winners in February when they visit Nashville for their annual conference and show.

Jan 15, 2014 1:41 PM

Nashville Symphony names new CFO

Boyd arrives from Murfreesboro-based Reeves-Sain
Jan 15, 2014 1:39 PM

Streamsound names Richardson CEO

Steve Richardson has been named CEO and president of the recently launched Streamsound Music Group. He will lead the Nashville-based entertainment group and its affiliated companies: Streamsound Records and Red Vinyl Music. Read more here at

Jan 15, 2014 9:46 AM

WAMB changes formats

Local radio station WAMB, which broadcasts on 99.3-FM and 1200-AM and has long been known for its charmingly nostaligic big band and ballads formats — has switched its focus to "Latin pop music" and "English pop hits." Read more here.

Jan 13, 2014 7:15 AM