INDUSTRY NEWS: December 2000

12/29/00 CBD Buys Musicforce.com
Gaylord Entertainment Co. sold
the popular Christian-music e-commerce site to Christian Book Distributors for
an undisclosed sum. Gaylord said negotiations to sell its Lightsource.com site
continues. Both sites were put on the block when Gaylord recently restructured,
announcing it would either close or sell its Internet division by Dec. 31 and
lay off 85 people.
12/20/00 Different Kind of Beautiful hits shelves
Whisper Loud’s new CD ‘DIFFERENT KIND OF BEAUTIFUL’ will be stocked at
your local Christian bookstore on December 26th!
Check your local concert listings to see when Whisper Loud will be in your
area. They’ll be on tour with NewSong’s Winter Jam in January and early
February and with RAZE in through the Spring!
12/09/00 Freedom, Debuts at #1

Freedom, the first instrumental album from Grammy
Award and Dove Award-winning Reunion recording artist Michael W. Smith,
garnered the highest first-week sales for a recording by a Christian
artist this year, following its November 21 release. The album, which
debuted at #1 on SoundScan’s Top Christian Albums chart for the week
ending November 26, also debuted at #1 on SoundScan’s Top Christian
Instrumental Albums chart. Freedom marks the highest debut for an
instrumental album in the history of SoundScanís Top Christian Albums
chart.
11/30/00Sam’s Place Cancelled

“Sam’s Place,” hosted by Gary Chapman and held in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium has been canceled after nearly 7 years.
In an interview with the Nashville Tennessean Chapman said that the end came with a leadership change at Gaylord Entertainment, which owns the
Ryman. The last “Sam’s Place” was this past Sunday.
11/21/00Upcoming 2001 Gotee Records/40 Records Releases:
Circadian Rhythm (40 Records) April 10
DJ Maj “Full Plates” April 24
The Katinas “Destiny” May 8
Relient K. August
Out of Eden September/October
Gotee Christmas October
Jennifer Knapp November
***NOTE: All dates are tentative and subject to change.
11/20/00Word Entertainment Merges Myrrh and Word

Due to management upheavals and staff cuts, Word Entertainment is merging the Myrrh and Word lables’ artists rosters and
operations. The combined label will carry the
Word name. All current Word and Myrrh artists will continue, but seven staff positions have been cut.
11/14/00Spring Hill Music Group signs Oak Ridge Boys

Spring Hill Music Group has signed the legendary Oak
Ridge Boys to an exclusive recording contract. The yet-to-be titled album
will be released in early Spring and will be the first purely Southern
Gospel album released to retail from the group in twenty-five years.
The Oak Ridge Boys are rooted deep in Gospel music and on October 30 were
inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame.
11/14/00Diadem Signs Bryan Duncan

Diadem Records, a division of Provident Music Group, is
proud to announce the recent signing of Dove Award- winning Bryan Duncan to
their roster. Bryan will
release his new project, Joyride, on March 6, 2001.

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