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Published: Friday, 8/13/2004

Clint Black in Tiffin

Clint Black's recent album release, "Spend My Time," is the country artist's first studio album in five years, but it's not like he's been sitting around twiddling his thumbs.

Black, who will perform Sunday night at Tiffin's Ritz Theatre, has been at the forefront of one of Nashville's most ambitious projects. Black, along with former Sony Music CEO Mike Kraski, helped start the Equity Music Group. That label allows artists to own their own masters, share in profits, and contribute to the label's revenue with touring and merchandising proceeds.

"Spend My Time" is a product of Equity, and it is the first record he has released that has not been part of RCA, the label that he debuted with in 1989.

"I really just didn't want to go back into the major label system," Black said earlier this year. "There's a growing gulf between the artist and the label."

His current album debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's albums chart. The first single, "Spend My Time," hit the Top 15. "My Imagination" is rising on the charts.

Over the years, Black has been one of Nashville's most consistent hit-makers, releasing "A Better Man," "Nothin' But the Taillights," "No Time to Kill," "We Tell Ourselves," and "When I Said I Do." He has sold more than 19 million albums and has written 20 No. 1 hits.

Clint Black will perform at The Ritz Theatre, 30 South Washington St., Tiffin, Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $59-$89 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at (419) 448-8544, or online at www.ritztheatre.org.

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