Industry News: October

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Kathryn E, Darden
Oct 23, 2008

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Maranatha! Music Signs Deal with Musictoday

Maranatha! Music announced today that the label has signed a strategic deal with Musictoday, a Live Nation company, to take over their online merchandising presence. Musictoday will handle all of Maranatha!’s online merchandise orders, customer service, special promotions and sales opportunities which will integrate directly through www.maranathamusic.com. The new official store http://maranathamusic.shop.musictoday.com launched on Wednesday, October 14th, 2008.

10/22/08 Maranatha! Music Announces Top 40 Praise & Worship: Vol. 2

Maranatha! Music announces the release of Top 40 Praise & Worship: Vol. 2, available in stores and online Oct. 21. All songs included on the recording are found in the extensive Maranatha! Music catalogue and reflect some of the most popular praise and worship songs sung in churches across America today.

10/10/08 Centricity Music Expands Publishing

Centricity Music announced today initiatives to expand it’s song publishing division. Conor Farley, former Director of A&R for Word Records, has been brought on to head up and fully develop the three-year-old division. Farley begins his new position immediately and reports directly to Centricity GM, Caren Seidle.

10/3/8 Provident Music Group Launches Publishing Division

Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group, announced the launch of the music group’s publishing division Essential Music and the hire of Holly Zabka as its Senior Director of Publishing. Zabka will report to Hemmings and will direct the new company’s operations and initiatives.

Maranatha! Music Celebrates Chart Success Of
Top 25 Praise Songs 2009 Edition

Maranatha! Music celebrates Top 25 Praise Songs 2009 Edition landing in the Top Ten of Soundscan’s Praise and Worship charts for an impressive 19 weeks since it’s May 20th release date.

10/1/8 Original Soundtrack to the Billy Graham Biopic,
Billy: The Early Years, Set for Release on October 7 with Film Opening October 10

Some of music’s most respected artists, including Brooks & Dunn with Third Day’s Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Roy Orbison, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, and Josh Turner, join together in tribute to one of the world’s most admired men, the Reverend Billy Graham, for the October 7 release of Billy: The Early Years, the original motion picture soundtrack to the film opening on October 10. A 13-track collection spotlighting artists from the worlds of gospel and contemporary Christian music, country music and beyond, the soundtrack thoroughly captures the mood and spirit of the film’s portrait of Graham’s early life and ministry.

VeggieTales®: Holiday Pack

Big Idea delivers veggie-cheer to the entire family this Christmas with the VeggieTales®: Holiday Pack! Together for the first time in one collectible package, two of the most beloved and best selling VeggieTales holiday classics on DVD, The Toy That Saved Christmas and The Star of Christmas, are combined with perennial music favorites The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree and A Very Veggie Christmas on CD. Featuring two timeless Christmas stories, 29 songs and over two hours of festive fun, the VeggieTales®: Holiday Pack is an exceptional value priced at $24.99 SRP and is available October 7 in the Christian retail market through Word Distribution and in the general market through Genius Products.


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9/1/8 How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget Published

How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget, the book and workbook for authors who are self-publishing books, has been released by Darden & Associates and NovelMaker. Written by Christian Activities publisher, Kathryn E. Darden, the book was released September 2008. Check out the Promote Your Books website for frequent updates.


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