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The Latin Recording Academy

Univision Continues as the Official Home Of The Latin GRAMMY®s through 2018
New Agreement Also Includes the Addition of New Latin GRAMMY Specials

MIAMI (June 26, 2012 ) The Latin Recording Academy® ( and Univision announced today a new six-year deal that will keep the biggest night in Latin music, the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® telecast, on Univision through 2018. Univision has been the home of the Latin GRAMMY®s since 2005. This year’s XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). For updates and breaking news, please visit and The Latin Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: and
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Photo Credit: Melinda Norris

There’s a noble lineage in Country Music composed of singers who are short in stature but towering in talent. From Brenda Lee to Little Jimmy Dickens, this group is often overlooked (so to speak) — an injustice that Beth Cayhall is determined to rectify.

Raised in Ocean View, Del., she first made her presence known at age 4 by soloing on “Dear Mr. Jesus” at her church. Growing up, she drew inspiration from Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Reba, Shania Twain and other Country stalwarts. Other influences enriched her development, most notably Otis Redding; elements of his intensity, along with other soul music icons, flavor her performances.

Country, though, is Cayhall’s cornerstone. That’s what her paternal grandfather and his siblings featured in their band. Her parents were musicians too, as were two brothers and her sisters. Like the spray of the nearby Atlantic, playing and singing were in the air around her; this may explain the confidence she exudes during each moment of her debut album on Go Time Records, Worth Fighting For Read the rest of this entry

Lee Brice Shares His Life in Song on Hard 2 Love

It’s no secret that Lee Brice knows how to write strong, successful songs. In 2007, Garth Brooks’ “More than a Memory,” written by Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana, became the first song ever to debut at the top spot of the Billboard Country chart. More recently, Eli Young Band achieved its first No. 1 with Brice’s and Liz Rose’s “Crazy Girl.” Other Brice songs have been cut by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton.

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As an artist, though, Brice hadn’t yet ridden any of his own tunes to No. 1, when he reflected on the prospects for his sophomore album, Hard 2 Love, released April 24 by Curb Records.

“There are a billion different reasons why ‘Love Like Crazy’ went to No. 3,” he said, referencing the song that became his first career Top 5 single when released in 2010. “There is so much involved in getting a No. 1 record. It’s not necessarily about the song at all. It’s extremely hard for a new artist to slip through the cracks and go up the charts. You have to beat out every superstar to have a No. 1 record.”

Written by Tim James and Doug Johnson, the single and title cut from Brice’s first album broke the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was rated by Billboard the most-played Country song of 2010. “Even though that wasn’t a No. 1, that’s what broke Lee Brice,” said Adrian Michaels, VP, Promotions, Curb Records. “That was a huge accomplishment to take an unknown act and get the most played song of the year.”

“I want a No. 1, but ‘Love Like Crazy’ did so much for me,” Brice agreed. “My career changed just as it would have if it was a No. 1.”  Read the rest of this entry

Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night


The GRAMMY®Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®
To Take Place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, Live On CBS

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 31, 2012)— Music’s Biggest Night®, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, returns to Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The eligibility year for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. Additionally, “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®— which officially kicks off GRAMMY season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances with past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will air live on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:,

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RIP Bee Gee Robin Gibb

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Bee Gee Robin Gibb (62), who was taken to a London hospital (4.16.12) and reportedly in a coma and near death, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. This is sad news, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans around the world.

Levon Helm of The Band Is Dead at 71

Levon Helm, a drummer, actor and the last surviving voice of The Band, whose Southern tenor was heard on the group’s classic songs “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 71.

“He passed away peacefully at 1:30 this afternoon surrounded by his friends and bandmates,” Larry Campbell, Helm’s guitarist, told Rolling Stone. “All his friends were there, and it seemed like Levon was waiting for them. Ten minutes after they left we sat there and he just faded away. He did it with dignity. It was even two days ago they thought it would happen within hours, but he held on. It seems like he was Levon up to the end, doing it the way he wanted to do it. He loved us, we loved him.”

It was announced on his website on Tuesday that the drummer was “in the final stages of his battle with cancer.”

By Marc Schneider, N.Y.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

ATP Records Welcomes Tammie Davis To Their Roster

Tammie Davis signs Artist Development Deal with ATP Records

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ATP Records, Inc. and All That Productions, Inc. would like to welcome Tammie Davis to their artist roster. Tammie Davis, a singer/songwriter who hails from North Carolina, is a former United States Marine, Marine Musician and a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal. ATP Records CEO, Mark Alan Thompson, a twenty-five year music veteran says “We are extremely excited to be working with an artist of Tammie’s caliber. Her talent, drive, gorgeous smile and down home southern charm make her one of the most well rounded artists on the market.”

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Bridgette Tatum Goes for the Gloss

The Lano Company advertises its Bridgette Tatum Exclusive Collection. Image courtesy of The Lano Company.

Like many professional touring singers, Bridgette Tatum struggled for years with severely chapped lips. In 2009, desperate to find something — anything — that would help, she reached out to Miranda Coggins. Tatum had seen The Lano Company Co-Founder and CEO on a Nashville television show, talking about how in 2006 Coggins started the business with her husband Layne, shortly after the birth of their first child. She began experimenting with lanolin, an ointment used primarily by new mothers who are nursing, and was able to soothe her chronically chapped lips.

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The Recording Academy Statement re: Robert Sherman

GRAMMY®-winning composer/songwriter Robert Sherman has crafted some of the most timeless and instantly recognizable songs of all time. Along with his brother Richard, he composed scores for such legendary films as Charlotte’s Web, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Winnie The Pooh, and many more. Perhaps most notably, they wrote one of the most recognized songs on the planet, “It’s A Small World.” His work will forever live in the hearts of children as well as adults for many generations to come, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, and the child in all of us.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

SSG OFFICIAL – Open Letter From Dot Com

PURPOSE – to generate an operating budget for a mainstream record label that you personally get money off, surpassing $10,000 via investors.‏

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