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UMG REVS RISING,
SUITORS CIRCLING
Vivendi's looking for more than 10 cents for a slice of the pie. (10/18a)
HITS LIST:
PERFECT PAIRINGS
Bluetooth-enabled (10/18a)
REVENUE CHART:
HIGHER & “HIGHEST”
Speaking of Travis... (10/18a)
KANYE DROPS JESUS IS KING IMAX TRAILER
But shouldn't "is" have an initial cap? (10/18a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind... What decade are we in? (10/18a)
RIHANNA PREPARES TO RULE THE ROOST
What shoes go with dancehall?
WHAT'S NEXT FOR R&B?
How certain projects connect at streaming.
THE K-POP LANDSCAPE
농담은 한국어에서 더 잘 작동합니다.
THE NEW GRAMMY POWER
Change is nigh.
Music City
UMPG NASHVILLE DIVES INTO THE RIVER HOUSE
10/18/19

Universal Music Publishing Nashville has partnered with River House Artists to ink singer/songwriter Ray Fulcher to an exclusive global pub deal. The Georgia native, whose EP Somebody Like Me has accumulated 15m+ streams since its June release, has also co-penned eight tracks on country star Luke Combs’ debut album, This One’s for You (River House Artists/Columbia Nashville), including #1 single “When It Rains It Pours,” and latest single “Even Through I’m Leavin’.”

“All you can ask for as a writer is a team and family who believe in your songs and share the same vision and work ethic. Couldn’t have picked a better group of people for those things,” says Fulcher. UMPG Nashville's Chairman/CEO Troy Tomlinson adds, “This is going to be a fun ride and we look forward to delivering many creative opportunities.”

River House Artists' founder/CEO Lynn Oliver also states, “Ray was the first songwriter to sign with me as a publisher and to trust in River House Artists as a publishing company. I am so proud of the relationships he and I have built, and we are looking forward to growing with the team at Universal.” Seen thinking they'll need a bigger boat are (l-r) Ron Stuve, Terry Wakefield, Fulcher, Oliver, and Tomlinson.

AN APPLE EXCLUSIVE: TYLER CHILDERS: REIMAGINED EP AND SHORT FILM
10/18/19

Hickman Holler/RCA’s Tyler Childers has dropped a new EP, Tyler Childers: Reimagined, exclusively on Apple Music. Recorded in the same Nashville studio where he recorded his first two albums, the collection of reworked and acoustic renditions includes “Lady May,” “Creeker,” and “Help Me Make it Through.”

In conjunction with the EP, Apple Music has released a special short film that takes fans into the studio with Childers, who’s being tipped for top-tier Grammy nominations, through his recording process. Childers says, “I sat around a lot with my dad—around hunting clubs, and outside of church and barbershops—listening to fellas older than me tell tall tales and flat-out lies. I guess some of that rubbed off on me.” (Our own Samantha Hissong recently asked him a handful of questions; see that exchange here.)

He adds, “First and foremost, I write for myself and my own sanity, and from there I write a lot of love songs for Senora.” Songwriter Senora May, Childers’ wife, is the subject of “Lady May." You can listen to the Tyler Childers: Reimagined EP on Apple Music here and watch the companion short here.

YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
10/17/19

Big Machine Label Group Pres/CEO Scott Borchetta joins Brett Young and BMLG Records CEO Jimmy Harnen in celebrating Young’s fifth consecutive Platinum-certified,  #1 single, “Here Tonight.” Later, the three piled into a Ferrari and did donuts in the parking lot.

WE GOT SLOBBERIN' DRUNK AT THE PALOMINO
10/16/19

Actually, we just caught a nice buzz, but how often do you get to quote that Zappa lyric? Anyway, the storied L.A. club reopened for one night, Big Machine's Midland played and it was magic. 

...Read the rest here.

RASCAL FLATTS' CELEB GOLF CLASSIC
10/16/19

Pictured (l to r) back row: Delta Dental’s Phil Wenk, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney, Champ, WME’s Kristin Cantrell; front row: Ambassadors Logan Miller, Jessica Meyer, Caroline Lantz and Levi Ray  

Rascal Flatts, in partnership with Delta Dental of Tennessee and WME, wrapped the fourth-annual Celebrity Golf Classic on 10/14, with proceeds benefitting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Taking place at the Golf Club of Tennessee, the event gives each team participating the special opportunity to be paired with a celebrity teammate for a day on the course. This year, the vocal group were joined by celebrity friends including Vince GillCharles KelleyTracy LawrenceLOCASHJimmie AllenJoe DiffieEric PaslayJamey JohnsonMitchell TenpennyShawn BoothD.B. SweeneyEric DeckerCortland FinneganScott HamiltonBrett HullRob Riggle and more.   

The event was rounded out with dinner, auctions and a performance by Rascal Flatts. The trio’s set featured collaborations with Charles Kelley, Jamey Johnson and Tyminski. This year’s sold-out event included 32 golf teams and over 350 guests in attendance for the evening show, emceed by Jessie James Decker

As longtime supporters of Children’s Hospital, Rascal Flatts has raised a total of $5,850,000 for the hospital, which renamed its Pediatric Surgery Center to the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center in 2010. All proceeds benefit research and fellowship training in the Division of Pediatric Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt.

“We are thrilled to be a part of an event like this,” shared Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus. “We only hope that we can continue to help raise money for Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital. We appreciate everyone who comes out to show their support or makes a donation to a cause that has always been so important to all of us.” 

“Rascal Flatts’ continued passion for helping our patients never ceases to amaze me,” said Surgeon-in-Chief of Children's Hospital, SVP of Pediatric Surgical Services, Director of the Division of Urology, and Monroe Carell Jr. Professor John W. Brock III, MD. “They not only support our hospital through their generous giving, but they also give of their time, always going above and beyond to brighten the days of our patients and families.”

Photo: Joe Howell 

"HOURS" GOES QUICKLY
10/14/19

The collaborative forces behind "10,000 Hours" (on Espo's Warner Music Nashville), which has earned more first-week streams than any country song in history (75m global streams), gathered for this mesmerizing photo op. Seen pondering musical versions of Malcolm Gladwell's other ideas are (l-r) SB Projects chief/super-manager Scooter Braun, Dan Smyers, Justin Bieber, Shay Mooney and Sandbox boss/super-manager Jason Owen

"10,000" has earned 25k+ U.S. track equivalents. Dan + Shay, now ranked among the Top 10 streaming country acts of the year, are up for Duo, Album and Single of the Year at the CMAs for their monster "Speechless;" the on-sale for their AEG-backed arena tour, meanwhile, has kicked off with the selling out of Madison Square Garden in less than 90 minutes. The tour begins in March with two nights at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

WMN's Espo, Ben Kline and Shane Tarleton have been drinking tequila for 10,000 hours and are speechless.

 

PLENTY OF PLAQUES FOR BENTLEY
10/14/19

Three-time CMA nominee and Grand Ole Opry member Dierks Bentley was recently recognized by the RIAA for his back-to-back #1 hits from his ninth studio album, The Mountain. The Capitol Nashville artist received Platinum certification for “Burning Man” f/Brothers Osborne while the album’s lead single, “Woman, Amen,” was certified Gold.

Shortly after receiving his plaques, Bentley performed for NBC’s upcoming special Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry, which airs on 11/26. For more info on Bentley, click here. Pictured above saying "amen" to the shutting down of our website (l-r) are UMG Nashville’s Manager of Marketing Amy Beard, Bentley, and UMG Nashville COO Mike Harris.

A SEA OF NEW MUSIC FROM LADY ANTEBELLUM
10/9/19

Lady Antebellum recently performed a selection of tracks from their forthcoming album for industry friends and family at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. In addition to performing an eight-song set, the CMA Awards’ Vocal Group of the Year nominees discussed their writing and recording process for Ocean, their first project for new label BMLG Records, due 11/15.

Tracks performed included “Be Patient With My Love,” “Pictures,” “Boots,” “Let It Be Love,” “Crazy Love,” and “What If I Never Get Over You.” Collaborator Dann Huff also joined the 7-time Grammy winners on stage for an electric version of “You Can Do You” before the group wrapped up the night with title track “Ocean.” For more on their new music, click here.

Pictured above shortly before racing Italian sports cars around the parking lot are (l-r) Red Light Management’s Coran Capshaw, BMLG Records’ Jimmy Harnen, Lady A’s Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, and Charles Kelley, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Red Light Management’s Callie Cunningham, and music journo Melinda Newman.