On Music Row: Lambert strikes gold

Monday, June 16, 2008 at 3:03am
Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert found out that her sophomore album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had gone Gold at the recent CMA Music Festival. Joe Galante and Butch Waugh, executives at her record label Sony BMG Nashville, shared the news when she walked into the press conference room at LP Field on June 6.

Lambert then took to the festival stage to perform hits including “Gunpowder & Lead,” and “Kerosene.”

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, released by Sony BMG’s Columbia Nashville, was recently named Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Recording Industry Association of America awards Gold status for album shipments totaling 500,000.

Music Fest attendance up 9.4 percent

The Country Music Association reports that attendance at its 2008 CMA Music Festival was up 9.4 percent over last year. Average daily attendance was 52,000 per day compared to 48,000 in 2007. Four-day packages and single concert sales contributed to this year’s growth.

In previous years the numbers have been given as a four-day aggregate.

“We made a decision this year to announce our attendance as a daily average rather than a four-day aggregate so people are not overwhelmed by a huge number and potentially turned off from attending the festival because they are concerned about parking or moving around downtown,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese.

ABC taped the event, and will air the program from 8-10 p.m. on Sept. 8, hosted by Julianne Hough, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift .

Because artists donate their time performing at the event, CMA donates half the net proceeds on the artists’ behalf to “Keep The Music Playing,” a music-in-the-schools partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education. More than $1 million was donated from the 2006 and 2007 festivals.

Forbes names Celebrity 100

The new Forbes Celebrity 100 list places Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce Knowles and David Beckham in its top five spots. But with the exception of Miley Cyrus (No. 35), Carrie Underwood (No. 79) and Nicole Kidman (No. 57), personalities with Nashville ties are notably absent from the list.

The financial trade’s methodology is based upon entertainment income from June 2007 to June 2008, and publicity including press clippings, web/TV/radio mentions and magazine covers.

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