President leaves Zac Brown's label

Veteran music business executive and current ACM Chairman Ken Robold has left his post as president of Southern Ground Artists, the label launched in 2011 by artist Zac Brown. Robold jumped on with Southern Ground in the spring of last year after rising to executive vice president and general manager of Universal Music Group Nashville. has more details.

May 9, 2014 7:28 AM

Average Joes buys stake in truck racing series

Cummins Station-based Average Joes Entertainment has bought a 50 percent stake in the Mega Truck Series, a mud racing show that launched its third season this past weekend. The owners of the series, which will also run in South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and Georgia this year, expect to grow their schedule to 10 races in 2015.

Shannon Houchins, CEO/Average Joes Entertainment, commented, “We have always shared a common lifestyle fan base.  This deal allows us to maximize the overall fan experience with a combination of big truck races and music as well as create bigger and better on-site marketing opportunities for our sponsors.”

Apr 28, 2014 7:14 AM

Warner Music Nashville adds VP

Former Atlantic Records exec to oversee company's legal, business affairs
Apr 16, 2014 9:51 AM

Broken Bow group inks revenue-sharing pact with Clear Channel

BBR Music Group has signed an agreement with Clear Channel to share in the revenues generated by songs broadcast or streamed on the media company's platforms. BBR, which comprises the Broken Bow and Stoney Creek labels and is home to Jason Aldean, Randy Houser and Thompson Square among others, joins a number of other label groups in inking such a deal.

“Radio plays a powerful — and unique — role in breaking country artists. Clear Channel's commitment to being a leader in exposing fans to the best new music is undeniable. They have taken a very proactive role in growing the format, while strengthening the health of both the Radio and Records industries,” said BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba. “Forming closer ties with a partner who wants to 'grow the pie' for all parties involved, while ensuring that country fans can access our music on multiple platforms was a logical move for us.”

Mar 27, 2014 8:41 AM

Big Machine to launch fourth label

Scott Borchetta is putting the finishing touches on the launch of Dot Records, the fourth imprint under his Big Machine umbrella. The label will be a joint venture with Universal Music Group's Republic Records and be led by Chris Stacey, a former senior vice president at Warner Music Nashville. Borchetta is keeping much of Dot's focus under wraps, but The Times has a bit more info.

UPDATE: Borchetta and Stacey told more about their partnership and the heritage of the Dot Records name

“We put the music first and we put the format behind that. We are not necessarily worried about format. It will be primarily a Country-based label because we are here in Nashville, and that is our center lane of what we do. But we definitely have an opportunity with the new company that if something comes along that doesn’t fit in the middle lane we can certainly put it in other lanes and get into that business.”

Mar 24, 2014 8:38 AM

In Charge '14: Music

Mar 2, 2014 1:41 PM

BMLG's Harnen signs multi-year contract extension

Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta has announced that Executive Vice President and Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen has signed a multi-year contract extension with the company. Harnen will continue to oversee the company’s Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville. Read more here at

Feb 25, 2014 7:13 AM

Naxos names new CEO

Legal affairs leader taking place of departed Selby
Dec 13, 2013 11:32 AM

Venerable I.R.S. record label being revived here

Capitol Music Group is bringing back to life the I.R.S. record label — which three decades ago provided an early home to R.E.M., The Buzzcocks and others — but with a Nashville twist. John Grady — who helped launch the careers of Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert, among others — will head up I.R.S. Nashville while continuing his work at Crush Management. First up for the new label is a project by duo Striking Matches. Grady tells MusicRow the I.R.S. project will mature slowly.

We really aren’t planning on getting off the ground with real estate towards the first of the year. Promotion, publicity is a moving target–you need to hire experts for different genres. We’ll build toward releases. We’ll start with a certain amount of staff—anything involving social media/digital marketing is of the upmost importance and we’ll have a dedicated staff for that.

Oct 23, 2013 6:37 AM

Hughes parts ways with Sidewalk Records

Larry Hughes has left his position as vice president of promotion at Sidewalk Records, a role he has held with the Mike Curb-founded entity since December 2012. Jessica Nicholson and have more here.

Oct 14, 2013 10:36 AM