First Round CMA Nods Announced

First Round CMA Nods Announced
The first round of 44th Annual CMA Awards nominations has been announced with GRAMMY winners Lady Antebellum and GRAMMY-nominated artist Miranda Lambert receiving multiple nominations, including Single of the Year and Song of the Year for "Need You Now" and "The House That Built Me," respectively. Recent GRAMMY winners Zac Brown Band were also nominated in multiple categories for New Artist of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Additional nominees will be announced Wednesday, and the 2010 CMAs will take place on Nov. 10 in Nashville, Tenn. (8/31)

EMI To Release More Beatles
EMI Music
has announced it will release re-mastered editions of the Beatles' The Beatles/1962–1966 (the red album) and The Beatles/1976–1970 (the blue album) on Oct. 19. The re-releases will include expanded booklets with original liner notes, new essays from VH1 Editorial Director Bill Flanagan and rare photos, and will be re-mastered by the same team that handled the 2009 reissues, which sold close to 3.3 million units in the United States last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (8/31)

BMG Rights Management Gets Acquisition Infusion
BMG Rights Management has received an infusion of more than $500 million, to be used for further acquisitions, from its major stakeholders, investment firm KKR and media company Bertelsmann. BMG Rights Management has been rumored to be interested in acquiring EMI Music Publishing, which the company did not deny in a Billboard report. Bertelsmann CFO Dr. Thomas Rabe also refuted speculation that his company was looking to scale back its 49 percent interest in BMG Rights Management. Recent BMGRM acquisitions include Cherry Lane, Cross Town Songs and Stage Three Music. (8/31)

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