Billboard Changes Chart Methodology; Birthplace of Country Music Museum Starts Construction 11/1; Stream New Holly Williams Song
Juli Thanki | October 12th, 2012
Billboard changed the way they tabulate the Hot Country Songs chart (and a handful of other charts). Now it will “incorporate digital download sales (measured by Nielsen SoundScan) and streaming data (measured by Nielsen from Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music) along with the BDS monitored airplay measurement. The new chart will also incorporate data from over 1200 stations of all genres for songs receiving crossover airplay.”
Our pal Chris pointed us toward this video posted the other day on Fark: the Chinese bluegrass stylings of Mei Han’s Red Chamber with John Reischman and the Jaybirds.
Eric Banister of MusicTomes interviewedPreston Lauterbach, author of The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Holly Gleason wrote about Nashville for the Hollywood Reporter: Created by Grand Ole Opry head Steve Buchanan, this is the white-knuckle truth of a high-gloss industry reliant on old-guard superstars, now facing a new world order and merciless future. The power grabs, dejection and inevitable downsizing are portrayed full-tilt and to the hilt — and the season’s unraveling will no doubt provide humiliation aplenty, both through vocalizing what goes unspoken in a realm where fame, trajectory and money trump talent, reason and decency.
Country California posted a mailbag in which CM Wilcox and Andrew Lacy answered questions (sourced from search engine queries) that make Engine 145’s search engine queries—which include things like “Why doesn’t Jessica Andrews have a record deal,” “songs about dying fathers” and “Keith Urban blow up doll” seem tame in comparison.
Fundraising for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum has wrapped up and construction will start in Bristol, VA November 1. The museum is expected to be completed by August 2014.
Heather Thompson of American Songwriter reviewed a recent Eric Church show, which was taped for his forthcoming live album.
Wanda Jackson and Justin Townes Earle talked with Rolling Stone about her new record, Unfinished Business.
Jewly Hight interviewed duo Shovels & Rope for CMT Edge.
CMT Edge’s Will Hodge interviewedOld 97s frontman Rhett Miller.
UK “country band in a swamped pool of indie” Chloe and the High Tides are featured on the Chronicle Live site. (warning: autoplay)
Ryan Bingham contributed a video to The Nature Conservatory’s “All Hands on Earth” music campaign. Other artists who’ve made videos for the project include Glen Hansard, Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.