November 7, 2013

Game On: Consoles Are Changing How We Think About Entertainment

Game Console Map

                    (From Billboard.biz, November 5, 2013) Game consoles are no longer just concerned with who has the best graphics and games; they are now looking at who has the best entertainment package as a whole. M2Research Chief Executive, Wanda Meloni, says, “For the first time in […]

October 24, 2013

The Oscars of Country

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the CMA Awards in 2012

(from Billboard Magazine, October 19, 2013) Country music’s biggest night is fast approaching, and if past viewer counts are any indication, this event’s appeal is much broader than just country music fans. The CMA Awards are set to air live on November 6, 2013. The CMA Awards have always pushed the limits of performances, social […]

October 9, 2013

Alabama Museum, in Area Where Stars Found Sound, Seeks an Audience: Tourists

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is set to reopen October 17, 2013.

(from New York Times, October 6, 2013) The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is set to reopen on October 17, 2013, after being closed since last November. This reopening is coming only after a generous grant from the State of Alabama. With ticket sales dwindling at the end of their last operations period, some industry […]

September 26, 2013

Has Country Music Gone One Toke Over The Line?

Artists like Eric Church are using more blatant references to drugs, such as this t-shirt from Church's website.

(from Billboard.biz, September 24, 2013) In the past, country music has been seen as a “musical safe haven” for parents to play as they take their kids to school, but with the increasingly blatant drug references, this family-friendly image may be falling apart. Historically, drug references were mainly directed towards Willie Nelson’s well-known, even legendary, marijuana […]

September 12, 2013

Talk of a Cooler 2022 World Cup Heats Up

Qatar plans to build a total of 12 new stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2022, this being one of them.

(from New York Times, September 10, 2013) Discussion over moving the soccer World Cup to a later month is proving to be a “polarizing debate” in the global soccer community, and the event is still nine years away. The two arguments are split over whether to keep the tournament during the summer months or to […]