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Capitol receives order against small Nashville label over Milsap song

Friday, September 18, 2009 – Capitol Records Nashville received a cease and desist order against BLEVE Records over the apparent use of Trace Adkins singing on a song with Ronnie Milsap.

BLEVE stopped promoting its debut single My First Ride, as a result. The song by Milsap features Capitol Records Nashville artist Adkins and was the lead single from a multi-artist compilation CD due out Nov. 1.

"Capitol Records has threatened legal action if BLEVE Records does not immediately halt any further publicity or sales of My First Ride," said BLEVE Entertainment President and CEO Mickey Milam.

Capitol had no comment on the action.

Milam, a retired Metro Nashville police officer, started the label to benefit the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters' disaster relief funds. The funds aid firefighters and police officers and their families after a disaster or in times of need due to injury or death in the line of duty. The proceeds from the sale of the single and the compilation CD were slated to help replenish these funds.

"We are certainly disappointed," said Milam. "It was especially hard to get this news on the day firefighters were burying two of their own who lost their lives in the California wildfires. These funds are needed to help these and other families."

The song was originally planned as a solo song by Milsap. However, his long time friend Adkins volunteered to lend his voice, according to a statement by BLEVE. "Trace was gracious enough to sing on this song, not only as a favor to his good friend Ronnie Milsap, but also because he believes in our cause," said Milam. "I just don't understand Capitol's reaction." Milam states that Capitol Records was made aware of the duet prior to the recording and release on the single.

"BLEVE is a small, American owned independent label," said Milam, "but we represent over 625,000 IAFF and FOP members that were looking forward to hearing this song on the radio. They were excited about the fund raising possibilities of this single and the forthcoming CD. They are not happy about this recent turn of events."

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