Ritmo Latino Closes Its Doors

Ritmo Latino Closes Its Doors
U.S. Latin music chain Ritmo Latino has closed the last of its stores due to the decline in Latin music sales and the economy, according to founder/owner David Massry. Once the largest Latin music chain in the United States, in 2008 Ritmo Latino was operating 53 stores nationwide. However, sales of Latin music in the United States continue to decline with 6.4 million units sold in the first six months of 2010, down from 8.9 million in the same period last year, according to Neilsen SoundScan. (8/9)

ASCAP To Honor Alan Jackson
GRAMMY winner Alan Jackson will be honored with ASCAP's Founders Award at the organization's 48th annual Country Music Awards on Sept. 14 in Nashville. The award honors songwriters or composers who have made "pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators." Previous recipients include GRAMMY winners Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder, among others. (8/9)

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