Two-year-old recording, publishing and management company RPM Entertainment has laid off its three-member radio promotion team. President Scott Siman, who signed The Dixie Chicks to Sony, said he made the decision because “the playing field was not conducive to us breaking through as an independent label at mainstream country radio.”
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. MusicRow.com has more details.
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.”
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.”
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 MusicRow.com 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.”
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 MusicRow.com.