Little Big Town joined season #2 winning contestant Tate Stevens on X-Factor.

They performed the group’s No. 1 tune, “Pontoon,” together on the show.

“He makes country music proud,” said Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman.

Stevens was mentored by music exec L.A. Reid on the second season of “The X Factor,” and won the Fox singing competition.

The 37-year-old country singer from Belton, Mo., beat runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from Westchester, N.Y., and teenage girl group Fifth Harmony on the finale that aired live Thursday night.

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Make holiday memories with your favorite Country stars as host Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is joined on ABC-TV by The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery and Keith Urban.

The night will be full of amazing performances and shared memories. Find out what Christmas was like in Australia for Keith Urban, the outrageous Christmas gift The Band Perry received when they were kids, what Jennifer Nettles expects with a new addition to her family. 



You can also text CHRISTMAS to 66937 for a show reminder sent right to your phone.  



Share your comments with @CountryMusic tonight on Twitter using hashtag #CMAChristmas.

This Facebook post reminded me of how important local character, humor and extremely special talent can be to a radio station’s branding, let alone daily usage:

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of Gridlock in Seattle and Entercom/Seattle 100.7 The WOLF (scroll down to the bottom of the page and get ready to enjoy a piece of his unique un-radio style) has had the most unique traffic reports anywhere for several years now.

Do you have the courage to be completely different?

Blake says, “We are gearing up for the holidays and wanted to thank you for all of your help making our Cee Lo Green “Mary Did You Know” a huge success with more than 1.5 million views and counting!  Now, we have a brand new music video also previewing THE BIBLE series with “New Kid in Town” (click to watch it) from “Cheers, It’s Christmas!” 

This is a special solo version of the song exclusive for fans THE BIBLE series — on the album, Kelly Clarkson sings alongside The Voice judge.

Yesterday, I wrote about possible upsides and downsides for today’s broadcast radio in the recent Nielsen “lunch” which featured Arbitron as a main course (Hopes And Fears).

There’s one aspect of the deal that doesn’t worry me one bit:  Nielsen’s intentions in acquiring Arbitron is to begin measuring online radio services like Pandora.

The research has already been done and it’s clear that when measured on an apples to apples basis, both streaming of terrestrial and also over the air broadcast stand to gain.

The fact is that traditional “radio” (I can’t wait to universally adopt the term ‘audio’ advertising) currently is greatly undervalued.

It’s been happening in the real world for three years now in Canada with BBM using PPM to measure radio and television usage across the same panel.  It’s possible to literally follow which ad on one affects the other and of course how a combination of both broadcast media can impact branding, product adoption and make cash registers ring.

James Cridland is a British radio futurologist and has become expert in the real world as well, consulting, writing and speaking about what happens when radio and new platforms collide.

He was a on air talent at local stations, digital media director at Virgin Radio in the UK (now Absolute Radio) and helped the BBC to develop the iPlayer. Cridland operates the website Media UK, works with The Radio Academy, is involved in RadioDNS and a co-organizer of the nextrad.io conference.  I love the way he puts it:  “Radio needs one voice.” (click to read his recommendations for radio to make the most of their online presence)

An October 2012 EMarketer study on the growth of mobile found that broadcast radio has a 13.2 percent share of time spent wih all media per day, with a 9.3 percent of the U.S. ad share. 

It’s a sad statement that our sellers have not been able to justify increasing radio’s rates by the 30% the current audience rating shares affirm that we earn.

Perhaps when buyers see radio’s online and over the air usage stats on the same page with all media based on the identical sample, we’ll finally get the price we deserve.

If Nielsen’s vision for Arbitron can help us do that, they are going to find radio managers and owners asking them “what are you waiting for?  How soon can we start?”

Clean water leads to healthy people, which leads to less time trying to survive and more time trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives.” – Brad Paisley 

Live Beyond is partnering with Brad and Kim Paisley to provide clean water in Haiti and challenge others to donate.

The Live Beyond Thirst campaign is targeting establishment of 100 clean water collection sites which will support the entire community of Thomazeau, Haiti.

If you would like to join in the partnership and help bring clean water to Haiti, click here.

Spearheaded by the release of her critically-acclaimed album 100 Proof in early January and rounded out with the signing of a new record deal in October, the year 2012 has meant tons of excitement and career momentum for the country music songstress.  

Now, as the nation’s top music critics reflect on what a year it’s been with their “Best Of 2012” album nods, Pickler celebrates the merriment of the season with coveted placement at the top of Rolling Stone’s “Best Country Albums of 2012” list, No. 7 on Washington Post’s “Best Music of 2012” list, No. 2 on Rhapsody’s “Top 30 Country Albums for 2012,” and No. 6 on AOL’s The Boot “Best Country Albums of 2012.” 

Fans can expect 2013 to also be an exciting year for Pickler as she gears up to release a new single from her forthcoming new album.

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