Hollywood, CA/Nashville, TN/New York, NY (PRWEB) September 28, 2007
Last Thursday, the World Series Of Music was held in Nashville, Tennessee and featured six finalists chosen by Billboard Magazine out of tens of thousands of artist entries. The annual event is sponsored by Disc Makers, the largest producer of independent product in the world. Judging the finals for the event was MCA Universal producer and longtime veteran hit-maker, Robert Metzgar. The six finalists at the event were Rebecca Zapen, The Issues, Special Ed & Shortbus, J Peele, The Zydepunks and WSNB. Winning the World Series Of Music is the most prestigious award an indie band can receive from their peers in the music business. It dwarfs the American Idol competition which is primarily for solo pop music artists.
The sold out event was standing room only. Over 100 companies in the music business participated in paying for the event which featured a delicious chef prepared dinner buffet and open bar at 3rd & Lindsley, located at 818 3rd Avenue South in downtown Nashville. Sponsors of the event were Billboard Magazine, Cakewalk, Dean Markley, Disc Makers, Drum Magazine, Electronic Musician, Ibanez, KRK Systems, Remix Magazine, Remo, Roland, Sabian, Shure Electronics, Sonicbids, Soundlab Studios, Tama, Taxi and Nashville's top 10 indie labels by Billboard ranking. "The top 10 Billboard ranked indie labels that participated were Big Machine Records , BNA Records, Category Five, Platinum Plus Universal, Curb Records, Rounder Records, Koch Nashville, Equity Records, Broken Bow Records and Universal South's Superlatone."
"The winner of the event by an extremely close margin was Special Ed & Shortbus, an infectiously hilarious bluegrass group who performed a blistering set of songs and instrumentals" seldom seen in this town of the world's best musicians. It was clear why these six artists made the finals out of thousands who entered. The quality of the finalists musicianship was simply overwhelming. "I saw music excellence personified in these artists," Metzgar told a crew of reporters.
"Just give Rebecca Zapen a violin or Special Ed a banjo and either act could blow away 99.9% of all the artists on American Idol." Metzgar told Entertainment Headline News reporters who attended, "The World Series Of Music has some of the greatest live music I have ever seen performed live on a stage in the city of Nashville." Every one of these artists could have been an American Idol finalist and winner easily. Their musicianship was astounding, even to many of the session players who attended to cheer for their favorite player. "Disc Makers is such a great company. They give all the finalists a check for $1,000.00 just for making the finals." Metzgar's VIP table was like a Who's Who in the music business. http://www.robertmetzgar.com
Metzgar who serves as the GM for Platinum Plus Universal records in Nashville and is a member of the Legends Hall Of Fame was honored recently by Billboard for a 14 week run with the #1 single in the Billboard Hot 100 Country single sales charts of country music entitled, "Country's What I Choose." (Written by BMI Songwriter Len Snow) The single release on Platinum Plus Universal also climbed to #26 in the pop charts in Billboard magazine. Metzgar recently produced the #1 single release in the International country charts, "Rock In My Cowboy Boots," as well. Asked about the winning band, Metzgar said "Special Ed & Shortbus are the type of great indie act that make big hit records as newly discovered indie artists." Metzgar has been a long time supporter of indie labels like Big Machine and Curb Records. He was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in an interview praising the talents of Scott Borchetta at Big Machine Records.
"Scott Borchetta is the most brilliant record label executive to come along in Nashville's recent history of country music," Metzgar said. He will go down in history with Owen Bradley, Mike Curb, Jimmy Bowen, Irwin Steinberg, Jerry Kennedy and other famous record label executives that have blazed a pathway of success for all of us to follow." Scott Borchetta, who is the CEO of Big Machine Records, recently signed Garth Brooks back into country music, along with his mega successful roster of artists such as Jack Ingram, Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Wayne, Danielle Peck, Dusty Drake and Sunny Sweeney. "Big Machine is the star label on music row in Music City's future," Metzgar said to reporters.
Metzgar not only produces hit records, he serves as a consultant for large music acquisitions, and encourages investors in country music to carefully select Entertainment legal counsel before investing a penny. Hire great law firms to help you invest like Jeffrey Jacobson, Esq. (New York), Colin Brown, Esq. (Nashville) or Phil Elbert, Esq. (Nashville) at Neal & Harwell. "I will only allow my clients to invest in highly successful labels or publishing companies," Metzgar said. Look at Big Machine, Mike Curb, Clive Calder's Jive Records and others like them. Follow their path of music success. You can't help but be a huge winner in the music investment and publishing business. Publishing is the State of Tennessee's second largest dollar maker.
"Over a trillion dollars in investments have taken place in the entertainment industry in recent years" with major commercial banks taking large positions in various indie labels just in the past few years. "Nashville is where billionaires come to make their second billion," Metzgar told the Wall Street Journal & Chase Banking officials. "Invest in Nashville. This is the city where your dreams come true!" We have two of America's great political leaders in Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen and our new Mayor Karl Dean. Many investors hope to follow South African entrepreneur Clive Calder's successful pattern of investment in Nashville. Calder invested $125 million dollars and purchased almost every Contemporary Christian property in Nashville and then sold them for a multiple of 12 times his original investment making $800 million dollars on one sale of music assets. Calder who owned Jive Records and Zomba Music Publishing was one of the first smart money investors from New York to invest in Nashville. He turned a short term investment into almost a billion dollars in 5 years. See http://www.musicbrokerhouse.com
Tim Blixseth is another billionaire that has invested heavily in the Nashville music scene. Blixseth praised Charles E. Fach, Jr. for directing him to Nashville on CNN's Larry King "Live" recently. King devoted the entire hour to the success of investing in your dreams. Blixseth, Calder, and Mutt Lange have all posted their music investment schedule in their television biographies on A & E Television network. The three music billionaires praise Nashville's music business as one of the most solid financial investments in history. Billionaire Mutt Lange married his Nashville investment and made Shania Twain a household word all over the world, after meeting her at the CMA Music Festival during Fan Fair.
Metzgar consults on such purchases, selling his own Aim High Music (ASCAP) to Calder at Zomba/BMG Publishing. He directs his clients to the appropriate Entertainment law firm to help with the closings. "You want your artists and clients to be successful and make money in the sale of their music product." That only happens when you hire someone who can direct you and give you good advice. "Our management firm is one of those firms that direct people to the right producer, the right publisher, and the right law firm. Initial consultation with a client is without charge and we hope they call on us in the future," Metzgar said. See http://www.capitolmanagement.com
Written by: Mikel Gore
Entertainment Headline News
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