Industry Updates

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…

ESSENTIAL SIGNS TRUE VIBE

Essential Records announces today the signing of a significant new pop group, True Vibe. Formed by the multi-platinum 98 Degrees’ founding original member, Jonathan Lippmann, True Vibe has already appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, performed the national anthem for several major sporting events (Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Reds, etc.), as well as performed at the Arena Football “Superbowl” in Orlando, which broadcasted the True Vibe performance to over 150 countries. Not including the television audiences, True Vibe…

ONE YEAR AFTER LAUNCH INPOP RECORDS UNLEASHES VISION FOR CONTINUED LABEL GROWTH

Just one year after its launch, inpop records has recently unleashed a vision for continued label growth, including additional ownership, several staff additions, and a promising release schedule for 2001. Industry veteran Jeff Moseley has joined label founders Wes Campbell and Peter Furler as general partner. Moseley has a long-standing relationship with the two, having signed Newsboys to Star Song in 1989. Moseley continues his ownership and commitment to his own growing labels, M2.0 and the newly developed INO Records….

ALABASTER ARTS MOVES TO NASHVILLE

Alabaster Arts, Inc., home to Gotee recording artist Jennifer Knapp, have relocated their offices to Nashville, Tenn. effective December 1, 2000. Steven Thomas, President/CEO and co-owner, and Knapp, owner and co-CEO, founded Alabaster Arts in 1998. Thomas is a former Event Producer for Youth For Christ, working with events including the youth evangelism conference-DC/LA. He has served as manager for Knapp since 1998. Alabaster Arts staff includes: Cheryl Anteau, formerly of Gotee Records and True Artist Management as tour marketing…

Left Behind Tour Planned

Reunion Records and Cloud Ten Pictures announce the Left Behind, “A Night of Worship” Tour. The tour will hit 11 different markets in January before Left Behind: The Movie releases to theaters February 2, 2001. Recording artists featured on the tour include: Bob Carlisle, Rebecca St. James, Bryan Duncan, Joy Williams, SHINEmk and JAKE (more to be announced). They will perform songs from the Left Behind: The Movie Soundtrack and other select cuts. Principle actors from the film will make…

GAYLORD SHUTS DOWN MUSICFORCE.COM & LIGHTSOURCE.COM

Gaylord Entertainment Company is ceasing operations at its centralized Internet branch, Gaylord Digital, and anticipates the sale or closure of its various components by December 31, the Company announced this week. Some 85 Gaylord Digital employees will have their positions eliminated, and the conclusion of operations will result in non-recurring charges currently anticipated to be approximately $35 million net of taxes in the fourth quarter of 2000. Through the first nine months of 2000, the investment in Gaylord Digital resulted…

JIVE RECORDS SET TO RELEASE NEWSONG’S CHRISTMAS SHOES

NewSong’s ‘The Christmas Shoes’ has become the most-added new single at mainstream AC radio, according to the R&R AC chart as of Dec. 4. Benson recording group, NewSong has been getting a lot of attention from both Christian and mainstream radio stations lately due to the popularity of an emotionally-charged bonus Christmas cut from their most recent project, Sheltering Tree. The response to the song is so great that Jive Records (Britney Spears, N*Sync, Backstreet Boys and sister company to…

Inside the GMA

THE NASHVILLE ACADEMY OF GOSPEL MUSIC ARTS WRAP-UP Close to 200 aspiring artists and songwriters gathered at Christ Church in Nashville for the first regional event of the 2000-01 AGMA season. Registrants attended seminars and critique sessions led by industry leaders. The semi-final competition for the Song of 2001 and Spotlight 2001 was held on Saturday night, November 18, at the Gibson Bluegrass Showcase at Opry Mills. The GMA congratulates the following winners of the Song and Spotlight competition: Song…

INDUSTRY VETERAN JEFF MOSELEYANNOUNCES FORMATION OF INO RECORDS

20-year Christian music veteran Jeff Moseley recently announced the formation of INO (INOTOF) Records, an independent label designed to focus on the new breed of artists who have had success on their own. The first two signings to INO are Sara Groves and Mercy Me. “Having worked for two decades in this industry, and seen the many changes and shifts it continues to go through, I am realizing that artists are looking for alternative options to the status quo of…

SIXPENCE NAMED NASHVILLE’S GROUP OF THE YEAR

Squint Entertainment artists Sixpence None the Richer have been honored as Group / Duo of the Year in the 2000 Nashville Music Awards. The Nashville Scene, a Music City weekly, announced the winners in yesterday’s special issue. Sixpence was also recognized in the Song of the Year category for “Kiss Me.” This month Sixpence is putting the final touches on the follow-up to their Platinum certified self-titled album. Currently untitled, the Squint Entertainment release is slated for a Spring 2001…

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