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Taylor Swift Sees Red and Stays Country

By Kip Kirby © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. In just seven years, Taylor Swift has become a household name and a global phenomenon. She has won CMA’s Entertainer of the Year twice (2009 and 2011), been named Billboard’s Top Artist of the Year (2013) and taken home Album of the Year honors at the 2010 Grammy Awards – the youngest artist and the first female solo Country artist ever to do so. (Her Grammy total stands at seven, her CMA Awards at six.) Time has named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Rolling Stone has featured her twice on its cover. She writes or co-writes all her songs, has topped multi-genre radio airplay and digital download charts around the world and appeared in Hollywood films and hit television shows. She runs 13 Management, and is involved in every component of her publishing, recording, concert production and endorsement deals.

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Taylor Swift’s Fourth CD, Red, Set for Worldwide Release on October 22nd

Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated fourth studio album will be released worldwide on October 22nd, Taylor herself announced this evening during a live YouTube web chat with her fans. Entitled Red, the album will be released on Big Machine Records and contains 16 tracks. After writing her last album (Speak Now) entirely by herself, for this record Taylor collaborated with several artists, producers, and songwriters she had always wanted to work with. “For the last two years, I’ve been working on an album called Red,” Taylor says. “I called it Red because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In my mind, when you experience love that’s fast paced and out of control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions…in retrospect, it all looks red.”

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NASHVILLE – For the second year in a row, CMA Music Festival sold out each night at LP Field. With crowd estimates from free areas and the nightly ticketed concerts at LP Field, CMA Music Festival reached an average daily attendance of 65,000. Tickets for 2012 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday June 7-10, go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 30 (10:00 AM/CT). “To meet the outstanding sell out of 2010 again in 2011 speaks volumes about the strength of this event, the dedication of our fans, the support of our local community, and the popularity of our music and artists,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. In 2010, Festival attendance jumped 16.7 percent over 2009 when attendance was 56,000. The 65,000 attendance in 2011 includes four-day ticket packages, promotional and single night tickets, as well as attendance in non-ticketed zones and events. “Last year there was a terrific amount of support for our event following the floods that ravaged our city,” Moore said. “We hit a benchmark that was higher than anyone expected and to meet that number again this year is an accomplishment and speaks directly to the music.” Despite … Continue reading

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Start a Brand: How to Find the Best Match of Artist and Visual Icon

By Crystal Caviness © 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Gone are the days of taking unknown talents and stuffing them into prefabricated models chosen simply because they worked well for somebody else. Today’s consumers are savvy enough to recognize a generic image when they see it. Instead, authenticity is the the nom de jour. “It’s not manipulative, it’s purposeful,” said Nancy Tunick, Managing Partner and Co-Owner, GrassRoots Promotion in Nashville, who stresses the primary goal of imaging is to make a connection between the artist and the listener. “People like to gravitate to others who are like them.” To that end, Tunick and others in her field help artists discover the most effective details to emphasize. “You’re finding the central point and widening the radius around it,” she said. “It’s always evolving. It doesn’t always have to be the same endpoint. It’s not a template. Everybody’s journey as an artist is completely different.” But each journey begins with the music. “Once the music is made, that’s the first step in branding yourself,” said Tunick. “It starts as audio and progresses to visual. You have a songwriter’s or singer’s voice, you create your art and … Continue reading

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