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Warner Bros. Records Artist James Otto was definitely thinking "These Are The Good Ole Days" last night when he won an Academy Of Country Music Award in the Song Of The Year category as co-songwriter for Jamey Johnson's "In Color." Otto co-wrote the single with Johnson and Lee Thomas Miller. The award marks the first ACM award for Otto. After their ACM win, Otto went out with the fans to watch Johnson perform their award winning song, “In Color.”

Warner Bros. Records artist John Rich will premiere the video for his hit single, “Shuttin Detroit Down” exclusively on “Entertainment Tonight” on Friday, April 3**. In addition to premiering on “Entertainment Tonight,” the video will premiere online at He will also be performing the single live on the Academy Of Country Music Awards Sunday, April 5 on CBS. As previously released, the video stars Oscar-nominated Mickey Rourke and Country Music Hall Of Fame Member Kris Kristofferson.

We want your opinions! There are some new tracks up from both Jason Jones and James Otto on the A&R Team page. These are the latest cuts of songs that will potentially end up as singles and tracks off both of their upcoming albums. So take a listen and let us know what you think! Visit the A&R Team page here.

Tune in this week to watch Randy's appearance on Fox's American Idol! This week's theme will be Grand Ole Opry week. He will be mentoring the remaining eleven contestants on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00-10:00 PM ET (live/PT tape-delayed) and will be performing with Carrie Underwood singing his classic hit, "I Told You So" on Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET (live/PT tape-delayed).


Jessica Harp has released Boy Like Me to all digital retailers. Jessica will be doing a live Q&A this Friday, the 13th at 9pmEastern/8pm Central. Get more information about how to join the chat on her blog at!

Overwhelming Demand By Fans Gives Label Pressure To Switch Courses And Move-Up Date For Solo Album Release To March 24

Sometimes it's not the artists or record labels who decide which songs to release as singles -- sometimes it's the fans! Case in point: the brand-new, runaway hit from John Rich, 'Shuttin' Detroit Down.'

Rich wrote 'Detroit' just about two weeks ago, inspired by those who've lost their jobs in today's tough economy. "They're out there losing millions / And it's up to me and you / To come running to the rescue / We'll pardon me if I don't shed a tear / They're selling make believe and we don't buy that here / 'Cause in the real world, they're shutting Detroit down."

Does Carrie Underwood's current single "I Told You So" sound familiar? It should! Randy originally penned and recorded "I Told You So" for his second album, Always & Forever, which also included the signature hit, "Forever And Ever, Amen," released in 1987. The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Charts. "I Told You So" earned Randy an American Music Award for Favorite Country Single in 1989.

Whitney Duncan will emcee the CMT MUSIC CITY MADNESS SHOWCASE, taking place Thursday (1/22) at TOOTSIE'S ORCHID LOUNGE on Broadway in Nashville, TN.

The show starts at 7p (CT) and features performances from the winning contestants from's MUSIC CITY MADNESS contest: Kurt Thomas (national winner), Beau Davidson, Brad Meeks, Jonathan Snellings, Mark Ferrari and Todd Myrah.

For complete info on the MUSIC CITY MADNESS competition, check out!


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