Franklin-based classical music label Naxos has struck a deal with Clear Channel to take over the programming of the Classica station on the broadcasting giant's iHeartRadio platform. Naxos' distribution division has a catalog of more than 30,000 albums.
“We are enormously impressed with Naxos’s digital distribution, which makes them an ideal partner for Clear Channel as we continue to change the industry in bold and innovative ways,” said Bob Pittman, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel. “Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Haydn—these composers wrote the original power chords, and their work is as vital today as when it was first written. Our agreement with Naxos further demonstrates that the market-based business model we unveiled this past summer makes sense for labels, artists, broadcasters, and fans.”
There was word late Monday from the broadcast television corner of the media universe that executives at ABC have asked for full seasons of two young shows, "Scandal" and "Neighbors." But there's no word yet on whether the big-budget "Nashville" will extend its run beyond the 13 episodes that have been ordered. What does it mean? The Hollywood Reporter is ominously semi-cryptic in saying the fate of the show remains unclear. But James Hibberd and Lynette Rice at Inside TV say the show has some more breathing room and should be in good shape if it keeps putting up ratings that start with a 2.
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The buzz around tonight's premiere of ABC's Nashville is now truly reaching manic proportions. That has gotten Blake Farmer some airtime on the Marketplace Morning Report, in which Butch Spyridon says it's the best marketing campaign he's never put together.
“There are billboards and posters and signs all over LA and New York that just say ‘Nashville,’” says Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I mean, I couldn’t buy it.”
Big Machine Records has teamed up with ABC to release songs from the network's much-awaited Nashville series, which premieres Oct. 10. At least one track will be released via iTunes per episode, and Big Machine boss Scott Borchetta says a full-fledged soundtrack album is likely to follow in early 2013.
Borchetta told Billboard.biz that when ABC visited Nashville in April with the pilot, at the beginning of the screening he was saying, "this is not our thing." Halfway through it became, "we could do this."
"We've been frustrated in the past trying to have a real partnership -- music was an afterthought and didn't come from the same creative starting point," Borchetta says. "We wanted to have an opportunity to work with something in the early stages to tie music into the psychological elements on the screen and make an emotional connection (with consumers). This was the right one to jump in on."
Lightning 100 General Manager Fred Buc — a veteran employee of one of the city's most popular and well-recognized independently owned and operated businesses — has been indicted by a grand jury following charges he sexually exploited a minor.
Pierce Greenberg and The City Paper have the story here.
Big Machine Label Group and Entercom Communications today announced they will partner, with Big Machine and its artists to recieve a share of Entercom’s terrestrial broadcast radio royalty revenues.
In June, BMLG and Clear Channel reached a similar agreement. Terms of both deals have not been disclosed.
Sarah Skates and MusicRow.com have the full story here.
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