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DUGAN OUT AT RECORDING ACADEMY (UPDATE)
Ten days before the awards. (1/17a)
TAY ON THE GRAMMYS?
Can't hurt to ask, right? (1/16a)
EMINEM DROPS SURPRISE LP MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BY
Still killing it. (1/16a)
MLK AND THE POWER
OF MUSIC
In 1967, he addressed broadcasters. (1/16a)
THE TIKTOK EFFECT
OK Boomer, the sequel (1/16a)
OSCARS
More awards-season madness.
SUPERSTAR DROPS
Who's next?
THE GRAMMY SHOW
The lineup grows.
POLITCS
Oy vey.
Music City
ELLIS SIGNS WITH SONY NASHVILLE
1/17/20

Sony Music Nashville has announced the signing of artist Ross Ellis to its roster. Born and raised in Louisiana, Ellis is a BMI writer signed to Big Deal Music for publishing, and is booked by WME

“I’m so excited to join the Sony Music Nashville family. When I moved to this town five years ago, I was broke, had written maybe five songs and didn’t know a soul on music row,” shared Ellis. “Now with an army of personal and professional support behind me, I’m ready for what comes next on this crazy journey. And yes, that includes new music very soon!”

Seen here before adjourning to manager George Couri's luxury whiskey ranch are (l to r, back row): Triple 8 Management’s Rachelle Roundtree; Sony Music Nashville SVP Legal & Business Affairs Angie Magill, COO/EVP Ken Robold, SVP A&R Taylor Lindsey, EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges, (front row) Triple 8 Management’s Couri, Ellis, Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman and EVP A&R Jim Catino.

Photo: Matthew Berinato

 

NEW ALBUM, TOUR FROM LUKE
1/17/20

Luke Bryan will release his seventh studio album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here on 4/24 and follow it upo with a 33-date tour of amphitheaters and arenas.The album is  the follow-up to 2017’s What Makes You Country, his fifth #1 country album.

Morgan Wallen is the special guest on the tour with openers Caylee Hammack, on first half, and Runaway June, the last half of tour that stops at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on 7/30, Madison Square Garden on 8/4 and L.A.’s Staples Center on 10/9.

SMACKSONGS' OPEN-DORR POLICY
1/15/20

Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne’s SMACKSongs is celebrating the inking of Josh Dorr to an exclusive publishing deal. Dorr, who moved to Nashville in 2010, has secured cuts with artists like Jordan Davis, Dylan Brady, Sister Hazel, and Emerson Hart, among others. Dorr has also released two solo EPs in addition to working on his upcoming release, which is expected sometime this year.

“I’m honored and beyond excited to be part of such a talented roster of writers/artists and creative staff. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to start 2020 with my amazing new team at Smack,” says Dorr.

SMACKSongs Senior Creative Director, Lee Krabel, adds, “I’ve been a fan of Josh’s for years. From day one he has fit right in with the staff of writers at SMACK. We are so excited to be a part of his future and help take his career to new heights.”

Seen hoping to smack some sense into us are (l-r) SMACKSongs’ Robin Palmer, McAnally, Dorr and Krabel.

Photo Credit: Cece Dawson 

TIM MCGRAW ANNOUNCES MASSIVE TOUR
1/13/20

Country legend Tim McGraw has announced the dates for his massive Here On Earth Tour. Special guest Midland will join the entire tour, along with Ingrid Andress opening the show at every date for the Live Nation-produced trek. 

In September, McGraw will join forces with CMA Vocalist of the Year Luke Combs for two major summer stadium shows in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. 

The tour cross the country beginning in July and ending in September, and will be part of Live Nation's Megaticket program. Fans can find information at www.megaticket.com and www.timmcraw.com

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to be outside in the summertime playing music. Everyone is there, sharing the moment, having fun and letting loose,” says McGraw. “To be here on earth in this moment, together, sharing our love for music and getting through all that life is throwing us — that’s what it’s all about.”  

TIM MCGRAW – 2020 HEADLINE HERE ON EARTH TOUR ITINERARY

Date        City                   Venue

July 10 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
July 11 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
July 12 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
July 16 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek
July 17 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
July 18 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
July 23 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
July 24 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
July 25 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
July 30 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
July 31 Burgettstown, PA S&T Bank Music Park
August 1 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 6 Austin, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater
August 7 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
August 8 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
August 13 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
August 14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 15 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 21 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 22 Sacramento, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
August 27 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
August 28 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
August 29 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
September 4 Los Angeles, CA SoFi Stadium (with Luke Combs)
September 12 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park (with Luke Combs)
September 17 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
September 18 Atlanta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
September 24 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 25 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Music Center
September 26 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

A SEA OF CELEBRATIONS
1/13/20

BMLG RecordsLady Antebellum have earned their 10th career #1 at country radio with “What If I Never Get Over You.” The seven-time Grammy winning trio are also celebrating RIAA Gold certification for the lead single from their #1 album Ocean, marking the group’s first-ever chart topper.

“The moment we heard ‘What If I Never Get Over You' we knew it was going to be an integral piece of Ocean,” said Dave Haywood. “It has been a long time since we released a mid-tempo longing duet like this which is so much of who we are and how we started. It sort of felt like coming home and we are grateful to the team behind us and Country radio for believing in the song as much as we did from the start.”

Lady Antebellum will kick off their Ocean 2020 Tour on 5/21 in Albuquerque, NM with special guest Jake Owen as direct support along with openers Maddie & Tae. Tickets go on sale 1/24 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket.

Pictured below are (l-r) BMLG’s Mike Rittberg, RIAA’s Jackie Jones, BMLG Records’ Jimmy Harnen, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Haywood, BMLG’s Allison Jones, and Red Light Management’s Callie Cunningham

THIS IS CHRISSY METZ
1/13/20

UMG Nashville has inked singer, producer, writer, and actress Chrissy Metz. Star of 20th Century Fox’s Breakthrough and the award-winning NBC series This Is Us, Metz first worked with the label on “I’m Standing With You,” the Oscar nominated, Diane Warren penned track featured on Breakthrough’s soundtrack. Her ACM Awards debut followed in April, when she performed the track alongside her now label mates Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, and Maddie & Tae.

Metz shares, “To say I am excited to fulfill a lifelong dream is an understatement. Music has always been my first love and to be working alongside Cindy [Mabe] and the incomparable team at UMG is truly a gift!” UMG Nashville President Mabe adds, “Chrissy Metz is simply tapped into America’s emotional conscience. I can’t wait to put her musical story into the world and I’m so inspired to bring her into the Universal Music Group Nashville family.”

Metz is currently working on her debut country album, set to be released later this year. The Emmy and two-time Golden Globe nominee is also producing upcoming Amazon film Gorge and had her memoir, This Is Me, debut at #1 on the NYT bestseller list.

Pictured above are (l-r back row) River House Artists Director of Creative/A&R Zebb Luster, UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan, Mabe, UMG Nashville EVP A&R Brian Wright, UMG Nashville EVP & COO Mike Harris; (front row) UMG Nashville EVP Promotion Royce Risser, Metz, and River House Artists Founder/Owner Lynn Oliver-Cline.

MIRANDA PUTS A SPOTLIGHT ON FIRST RESPONDERS
1/13/20


Vanner/RCA Nashville’s Miranda Lambert is honoring first responders each night on her upcoming Wildcard Tour. Fans can nominate their local heroes through participating radio stations and selected honorees will receive two show tickets as well as meet & greets with Lambert.

“I was really inspired by Kelly Ford, who honors a first responder every Friday on her show, and last November I got to nominate my husband, Brendan [McLoughlin]. I wanted to be able to spread that to every city we’re visiting on the Wildcard Tour and say thank you to the brave men and women who keep those places safe. It’s been incredibly inspiring to hear stories of local heroes, and I’m honored to have them as our guests every night,” said Lambert.

The 27-date Wildcard Tour kicks off 1/16 in Tupelo, MS with opening acts Cody Johnson and LANCO, as well as Randy Rogers Band and Parker McCollum on select dates.

Wildcard Tour Dates:
Thursday, Jan. 16   BancorpSouth Arena || Tupelo, Miss.+
Friday, Jan. 17        Mississippi Coast Coliseum || Biloxi, Miss.+
Saturday, Jan. 18    Legacy Arena at the BJCC || Birmingham, Ala.+
Thursday, Jan. 23    Verizon Arena || Little Rock, Ark.+
Friday, Jan. 24         Bridgestone Arena || Nashville, Tenn.+
Saturday, Jan. 25     Ford Center || Evansville, Ind.+
Wednesday, Jan. 29  The Birds Nest || Scottsdale, Ariz.#
Friday, Jan. 31         Vivint Smart Home Arena || Salt Lake City, Utah+
Saturday, Feb. 1    Pepsi Center || Denver, Colo.+
Thursday, Feb. 6    Sprint Center || Kansas City, Mo.*
Friday, Feb. 7         BOK Center || Tulsa, Okla.*
Saturday, Feb. 8    American Airlines Center || Dallas, Texas*
Thursday, Feb. 20    Honda Center || Anaheim, Calif.+
Friday, Feb. 21        Viejas Arena || San Diego, Calif.+
Saturday, Feb. 22    Toyota Arena || Ontario, Calif.+
Thursday, Feb. 27    Save Mart Center || Fresno, Calif.+
Friday, Feb. 28        SAP Center || San Jose, Calif.+
Saturday, Feb. 29    Golden 1 Center || Sacramento, Calif.+
Thursday, April 23    Ford Idaho Center Arena || Boise, Idaho+
Friday, April 24        Spokane Arena || Spokane, Wash.+
+Featuring Cody Johnson and LANCO
*Featuring Randy Rogers Band and Parker McCollum
#Featuring Cody Johnson

Photo Credit: Ellen Von Unwerth

KANE DO
1/12/20

Prior to Kane Brown's sold-out concert at L.A.'s Staples Center, the RCA Nashville/Zone 4 star joined team members and our own Todd Hensley for this photo op. The show, which saw the Nashville artist whip his crowd into a froth, included a guest appearance by producer/collaborator Marshmello. Seen just before Todd recounted a fishing trip to Mexico and everyone suddenly became incredibly drowsy are (l-r) WME's Richard Weitz, manager Martha Earls, Hensley, Brown and Sony Music Nashville topper Randy Goodman.