The SoBro entertainment venue's success has spawned a 13,000-square-foot South Florida clone that is expected to open in a few weeks. Here's betting the venture's backers made sure not to pick a spot that might become the site of a convention center...
Oct 5, 2009 8:31 AM
Entertainment retailer Blockbuster says it will close at least a sixth of its U.S. stores — a minimum of 810 — by the end of next year as it looks to get back to profitability. Based on a Nashville-area network of more than a dozen locations, expect at least two to here get the ax.
Sep 16, 2009 7:28 AM
So now that everyone on the planet has caught up to our story from yesterday on record labels suing the Ellen DeGeneres Show for violating copyrights, TheImproper.com in New York eloquently raises the point that the TV show host might have a hard time showing up for the American Idol judging she agreed to this week.
In this day of decline record sales and diminishing revenues, there is perhaps no bigger sin in the record industry, and the cavalier way in which the show dismissed the claims almost demands that she be fired from "American Idol."
Sep 11, 2009 1:49 PM
Worthy Media, the multimedia Christian content business launched earlier this year, has hired Rob Birkhead as vice president of creative. Birkhead is a former senior VP of marketing at Thomas Nelson and a senior exec at Integrity Publishers, also a former stop of Worthy colleagues Byron Williamson and David Howell.
Sep 9, 2009 6:38 AM
Inside a Crain's Detroit Business story on the strained relations between Kid Rock and a former clothing business partner is word that the rocker has secured a patent for "Made in Nashville" and may roll out an apparel line highlighting Music City.
“Certain cities have a persona, and those cities that have a persona could be successful,” Nisch said.
Aug 24, 2009 6:51 AM
Oakland-based Sparkart Group, which specializes in the online marketing of entertainment brands, has brought on Ryan Bitzer to launch and run its Nashville division.
Bitzer will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder Naveen Jain. He will oversee Sparkart's Nashville operations and help identify and build key partnerships in the local music marketplace. "The services Sparkart provides fall into one of the fastest growing areas of the music business today,’’ said Bitzer. “This is where real growth is happening and why I chose to be a part of it. I want to empower artists to move their own products, control their future, and own the direct relationship with their fans.” As former Chief Strategy Officer at rpm management, Bitzer managed the web presence and marketing of Tim McGraw and Julianne Hough. In addition, he was responsible for company operations, digital strategy, and brand partnerships including Hough’s Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit campaign.
Aug 19, 2009 6:31 AM
An NPD Group study says the pace of growth in online music sales and the continued crumbling of the CD market will cross path by the end of next year.
When it comes to the unit-sales volume of music sold at retail – including paid digital music downloads and CDs – Apple iTunes leads in the U.S. with 25 percent of music units sold, which is up from 21 percent in 2008 and 14 percent in 2007. Walmart (including Walmart.com) remains in second position with 14 percent of music volume sold. Best Buy ranked third.
Aug 18, 2009 11:17 AM