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2018 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE
UMG is dominating the first six months. (7/20a)
JACQUELINE SATURN: FEMALE AS FUCK
She runs rings around many of her male counterparts. (7/20a)
ANTE UP: I.B. BAD
ON VALUATION
Money changes everything. (7/20a)
AIRHEAD: A PAIR OF ARISTA-CRATS
Massey returns to Sony; His Cliveness returns to Cartoonland. (7/20a)
MAMMA MIA, WHAT
A HITS LIST
Includes the definition of dodecaphony. (7/20a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Music City
A TRIPLE SHOT OF WHISKEY MYERS
7/20/18

East Texas band Whiskey Myers has three albums in the iTunes country Top 10: #1 Mud, #2 Firewater and #8 Early Morning Shakes. The 888-repped group got a big boost when their music popped up on the soundtrack to the new Kevin Costner miniseries Yellowstone, which debuted on the Paramount Network late last month. Whiskey Myers will get even greater visibility when they make a cameo appearance on the episode airing Friday night (7/20).

TEARS OF JOY
7/19/18

After previewing her forthcoming album, Cry Pretty—her first full-length release for Capitol Nashville, due 9/14—country megastar Carrie Underwood posed for this cheerful photo op with her team. UMG Nashville boss Mike Dungan felt safe enough to divulge that he cries whenever a new issue of HITS comes out, and it ain't pretty. Seen feeling more jocose than lachrymose are (l-r)  Dungan, SVP Promo Royce Risser, Underwood, COO Mike Harris, UMGN President Cindy Mabe and The HQ's Ann Edelblute.

 

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

LUKE GOES PLATINUM
7/19/18

River House/Columbia Nashville's Luke Combs has hit the Platinum milestone with his critically acclaimed debut album, This One's For You. The milestone was announced by Stephen Colbert before Combs' performance of "One Number Away" Tuesday night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

This One's For You is the fastest country album debut to reach platinum status since Chris Stapleton's Traveller in 2015. The set is also the most streamed country album of 2018, and Combs has surpassed the one billion-global streams mark for the first time.  

 

PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE ACM HONORS
7/19/18

The Academy of Country Music has revealed the first round of performers and presenters for the 12th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd ACM Awards

Artists confirmed to perform include Lauren Alaina, Kassi Ashton, Cam, Deana Carter, Morgan Evans, Dustin Lynch, Ashley McBryde, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jon Pardi and songwriters Dallas Davidson & Ben Hayslip

Presenters include Jordan Davis, Lindsay Ell, Lori McKenna and Storme Warren. Special award recipients at the event include Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker and Rhett Atkins

ACM Honors will take place on Wednesday, 8/22 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and will be co-hosted by Alaina and Jon Pardi

HOLLY DECKS THE HALLS
7/18/18

HITS team member and acclaimed book editor Holly Gleason will visit her hometown of Cleveland as she heads to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Woman Walk the Line: How the Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives—one of the Rock Hall's 2018 Author’s Series Selections.

On 7/21, the org will kick off its Women in Country Music Day with a 3pm panel, which will feature an interview with Rock Hall member Wanda Jackson. Moderated by Gleason, the panel will feature several of the book’s contributors, including Jackson, Aubrie Sellers (Alison Krauss), former CREEM editor Deborah Sprague (Rosanne Cash) and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Director of Artist Relations Shelby Morrison (Barbara Mandrell).

And on 8/4, she'll hit the Country Music Hall of Fame for a  panel that should occur in conjunction with the Country Hall’s Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl exhibition. There, Gleason will meet with Brenda Lee—the subject of an essay by 17-year old Taylor Swift—and Jeannie Seely, as well as Sellers and another one of country music’s next wave of female artists Ashley Monroe. They'll discuss Loretta Lynn’s impact, and of course the power of women’s voices in today's country music.

“With everything that’s happened with this book,” shares Gleason, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Belmont Book Award – or so many people’s interest in the way these 27 female country stars literally changed my contributors' lives in often palpable ways. To be part of these kinds of discussions is everything Woman Walk The Line is about.”

Book signings will follow each event, so get 'em while they're hot. And don't let the affiliation with HITS fool you. Holly's way cooler than us.

PETE FISHER HANGS WITH "FRIENDS"
7/18/18

ACM CEO Pete Fisher with Maddie & Tae

The Academy of Country Music recently welcomed platinum-selling recording duo Maddie & Tae—now signed to Mercury Nashville—to the L.A. office. While there, the charming songstresses gave the ACM staff a sneak preview of several tracks from their upcoming album, which also includes their current single, “Friends Don’t”—the double-negative version of which would be "Friends Don't Not."

DIERKS TEAMS UP WITH
PEPSI AND 5-HOUR
7/17/18

PepsiCo and 5-Hour Energy are serving as sponsors for Dierks Bentley's 2018 Mountain High Tour.

In particular, the Capitol Nashville star's partnership with Pepsi marks the first Country music experience for fans by the refreshment giant. He joins Michael Jackson, Ray Charles and Britney Spears as a participant in the Pepsi Generations summer music campaign and its "This Is the Pepsi" national TV spot. Watch that here.

As for 5-Hour, Bentley's driving their "Get Back to 100 Percent" campaign, starring in an ad as well as supporting the partner with social media content and direct fan engagement. 

While we continue to work on securing our own sponsorship deal with a company that sells cannabis-infused cheese, check out the full list of Mountain High Tour dates here.

KACEY'S WORLD WIDENS
7/16/18


Mercury Nashville
artist Kacey Musgraves, who just wrapped up dates supporting Harry Styles, has announced the North American leg of her headlining Oh, What A World: Tour. The Golden Hour songstress will kick things off in Indianapolis on 1/9. Before that, however, she'll hit Europe, starting with Oslo on 10/13.

Pre-sale tickets are up for grabs now; click here for those. The general public will get their chance this Friday (7/20) at 10am local.