11/13/00BERTELSMANN Approaches EMI for Possible Merger.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Germany's Bertelsmann AG seeks to combine the companies but maintain control by compensating the United Kingdom's EMI for an undisclosed amount. The combination would create the world's largest recorded-music group, with about 25% market share, and reduce music majors from five to four. EMI includes Chordant Music Group, including Chordant Distribution. Financial analysts believe the merger has a better prognosis than the ongoing effort to merge EMI with Time Warner. Bertelsmann also owns Barnesandnoble.com.
Fran Salamon Will Hold Two Nelson Offices.
On Dec. 1, Spring Arbor President Fran Salamon will become C.R. Gibson's COO, reporting to President Joseph Moore, and Thomas Nelson Publishing executive VP, reporting to Sam Moore.
10/27/00Bob MacKenzie Passes On
Gospel music legend Bob MacKenzie died Friday (Oct. 20) in his Brentwood,
Calif., home from apparent heart failure. MacKenzie produced multiple Dove
and Grammy-winning albums, for such artists as the Bill Gaither Trio, the
Cathedrals, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
10/26/00LUNDY LEAVES WORD ENTERTAINMENT
Gaylord Entertainment President-CEO Dennis
Sullivan announced Wednesday Word Entertainment President Roland Lundy is
leaving the company effective immediately. Gaylord's creative content group
Executive VP Malcolm Mimms assumed Lundy's duties. A Gaylord spokesman said no
additional information on possible reorganization or layoffs was available
Wednesday (See November CBA Marketplace, page 34). Sullivan said, "Word
Entertainment is an exciting element of our company with excellent products,
good markets, and a team of talented people. Our goal is to focus on maximizing
its potential as we go forward."
10/25/00GA Local Talent Assn. to Produce CD's.
The Local Talent Association of Georgia has plans to produce and record 3 CDs
in the upcoming months. We are in search of new, recordable material in the
following styles: Gospel and Country. You may submit published or
non-published material, however, if published, please include publisher
information for future contact. Also, please include copyright date with your
package. You may submit by cassette tape or CD along with lyric sheets for
each track. Please include forwarding address and phone number(s). Reply to:
10/24/00 Mike Schatz Resigns
In a surprising move, Mike Schatz, president of Pamplin Entertainment and executive vice president of Pamplin Music Group, resigned his position last week. [Oct. 17]
10/18/00WEB ROCK ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS PROMOTION IN COOPERATION WITH ALL STAR UNITED
Web Rock,the new
modern rock Christian music station, announces their major Christmas
promotion featuring All Star United. One winner will "Spend The Holidays
With All Star United!" Band members will travel to the winners home this
holiday season to hang out for the day! Plus, they'll bring a stocking full
of All Star United merchandise like t-shirts, stickers, necklaces and CD's
including their brand new EP "Let's Get Crazy!" The band will also bring
pizza for the winner and 20 of their friends! Listeners can enter by
"We have a great relationship with All Star United and their management
Vivid Entertainment. Our listeners love All Star and they continue to be one
of the most requested bands on the station," said Scott Hawk, WebRock.net's
10/18/00TLN FORMS AFFILIATE GROUP. Eighty U.S. Christian TV stations make up Total Living Network's TLN Affiliate Stations Group. Its full- and low-powered, commercial and noncommercial stations will broadcast "TLN FamilyTime TV," weekly, three-hour family programming. The cooperation may significantly increase viewership and future programming opportunities. See www.tln.com.
10/17/00Larry Carpenter Leaves CDS.
Wednesday will be the former Spring Arbor president's last day with Christian Distribution Services. In the year that Carpenter has led the start-up BookWorld division, CDS now profitably represents 25 publisher clients to large retailers and wholesalers in Christian and general markets. CDS provides sales, marketing, and fulfillment through an aggregated publisher catalog. Carpenter said he's considering other opportunities to fulfill his ministry goals.
CDS's Nashville distribution center will remain open, but administrative operations will relocate to BookWorld's Sarasota, FL, headquarters.
10/16/00Subway Spotlight's Miami Mass Choir
Subway food chain will spotlight The Miami Mass Choir's new album "Just 4 you" on their website at www.subway.com this upcoming week. This may be the first time a Gospel artist has ever been featured at Subway.
GAYLORD DIGITAL LAYS OFF 22.
After laying off 1/5 of their workforce, about 100 people now will run Gaylord
Entertainment's Internet division, expected to be the web and e-commerce backbone
for the company's sister hospitality, entertainment, and films divisions. Gaylord also
announced a new 26,000-square-foot Nashville distribution center to fulfill
e-commerce orders from the company's Christian musicforce.com and
lightsource.com web sites, plus its country-music sites.
10/15/00Dottie Rambo Resumes Career
Legendary Christian singer and composer Dottie Rambo is back, after an absence of a 10 years. Currently Rambo is
writing a book about her life, preparing to launch a Christian TV program, composing songs and touring again.
Since beginning her career at age 12, Rambo has composed more than 2,500 songs, earned a place in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and had her songs performed by Elvis Presley, Whitney
Houston and other performers. At 66, Rambo is learning to walk again after surgery for a back ailment left her partly paralyzed.
10/14/00Daywind Records Releases "Prints of Peace
HENDERSONVILLE- Tenn.Daywind Records just recently released "Prints of Peace,"
an acclaimed song featured on the label's We Will Know Joy project. The single was recorded by the award-winning Chris Freeman and Gospel music
newcomers The Southern Brothers as part of a special worship album combining
the Daywind family of artists.
"Prints of Peace" is currently playing at radio stations nationwide. We Will
Know Joy is available at retail stores everywhere and is exclusively
by New Day Christian Distributors (800-251-3633). For further information
regarding We Will Know Joy, visit
Wes King, Sarah Mason Sign with New Labels
NASHVILLE- Dove Award-winner Wes King King signed an exclusive recording deal with the new Word Artisan label created with artists like King and Phil Keaggy in mind which defines itself as "a specialty label created for the musician’s musician." No announcement has been made regarding when King will have a new project, but CA will let you know what we hear.
Singer-songwriter Sarah Masen is now with Word Records and working on a new project, The Dream Life of Angels. The project is already in production and scheduled to hit stores in February 2001. John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter) is producing the album.
Mason first garnered attention in 1996 with her self-titled debut on Re:Think which produced "All Fall Down," a number 1 hit for her. Masen’s last project was Carry us Through, which she recorded for Sparrow Records in 1998.
10/13/00Caedmon's Call Recording, Long Line of Leavers, Released this Week
Amidst Widespread Critical Acclaim
Birmingham - Award-winning band Caedmon's Call
launched Long Line of Leavers, its third national release, Tuesday amidst
widespread critical acclaim. More than 1900 fans turned out to celebrate
the new record at the midnight release event at LifeWay Christian Store in
Birmingham, Ala., October 10. Long Line of Leavers and its debut radio
single, "The Only One," have already garnered significant reviews.
Early critical reviews share a common theme of praise for the creative
progression, both musically and spiritually, that Caedmon's Call exhibits
with Long Line of Leavers and "The Only One":
Caedmon's Call celebrated the release of Long Line of Leavers with numerous
release-week concerts and post-show signing events at local stores in Va.,
Ga., Ala., Miss., and Tenn. as part of their 40-college fall tour with
guests Nicole Nordeman and Justin McRoberts. Album release events will
culminate with an Oct. 15 grand finale performance at 2nd Baptist Church in
the Caedmon's Call hometown of Houston, Texas. More than 6,000 people are
expected to attend the traditionally standing-room-only event.
Caedmon's Call has reached sales of over 500,000 units spanning their two
best-selling previous recordings and five No. 1 radio singles. The band is
widely known for its unique folk sound and its unparalleled popularity on
college campuses nationwide.