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STRONG Q1 FOR UMG
DRIVES VIVENDI
The crown jewel sparkles. (4/16a)
COACHELLA VS. COUCHELLA: NO CONTEST
One weekend down, one to go. (4/15a)
BECK BRINGS "LIGHTNING" TO BEATS
The Tower of sync power. (4/15a)
NEW RELEASES: A BTS MAP (UPDATE)
K-Pop is a thing, it looks like. (4/16a)
CROSSCURRENTS: NEW FRONTIERS
The final chapter of the Black Music History overview (4/15a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
THE WHOLE SPIEL ON BILLIE
We're handing out crowns.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
THERE'S PIZZA IN THE BACK
The pepperoni's all gone, though.
Music City
LANE'S BIG LOUD BILLION
4/13/19

Big Loud's platinum-selling star Chris Lane hit a milestone this week, surpassing one billion career streams. The hitmaker was surprised by his team backstage with a plaque to honor the occasion, right before taking the stage in Seattle as direct support for Dan + Shay

Lane's latest single, "I Don't Know About You," is racking up views and streams. The video has nearly 30m views, earning the most viewed Country video on Vevo for multiple weeks. The track is headed toward 170m streams and has entered the top 40 at Country radio. 

Pictured above giving Lane the plaque treatment: (L-R) Big Loud President Clay Hunnicutt, Director of Promo (West) Dave Kirth, Chris Lane, Big Loud VP Promo Stacy Blythe, Director of National Promo Ali Matkosky and Big Loud Manager Marc Rucker

UTA NASHVILE GOES 'MAD'
FOR CHARITY
4/12/19


Members of UTA's Nashville Music team participated in Music Row Madness on Wednesday, 4/10. The event raised over $58k for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, with the UTA squad contributing nearly $4k on their own. Pictured above enjoying the madness from UTA's Nashville team: (L-R) Ashley Jackson, Christina Jones, Kaleb Tooker, Haley Fairman, Liam Keitz and Cassie Trimble.

UMPG INKS CATIE OFFERMAN
4/11/19

UMPG has announced that they have signed rising talent Catie Offerman to an exclusive global publishing deal. 

The Nashville-based songwriter has collaborated with accomplished artists such as Liz Rose, Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon, Brett James, Chase McGill and Ryan Beaver among others. 

Said Offerman: “Most girls dream about their wedding day, but I always dreamed about the day I signed a publishing deal! I am so excited to be a part of the UMPG family. Universal is one of the most impactful companies in music. UMPG instantly felt like home to me, and I’m especially grateful to UMPG Nashville A&R Travis Gordon for ‘getting’ it! I love the whole team so much and can’t wait for this next chapter!”

UMPG Nashville EVP/GM Kent Earls on Offerman: “Catie’s songs captured all of us at UMPG after our first meeting. They draw you in and give a great definition of who she is a songwriter and artist. We’re beyond excited she chose UMPG to be her publishing home and look forward to delivering strong creative opportunities that support her journey as a songwriter.”

Pictured above celebrating the deal, back row: Austen Adams, Dickinson Wright PLLC, UMPG VP A&R Ron Stuve, Freetown Music Group's Melissa Spillman, FMG VP Creative Cyndi Forman, UMPG's Missy Roberts, WME's Matt Malcomb. Front row: UMPG VP/GM Kent Earls, Catie Offerman, UMPG A&R Travis Gordon

MAVERICK IS A LEGEND OF THE WEST
4/5/19

Having convened in Vegas ahead of the ACMs, these men of Maverick tried their best to tolerate the questions of our own Todd Hensley, and politely declined to try the hooch he'd made in the bathtub of his motel room. Seen thinking it was going to be a long weekend are (l-r) Clarence Spalding, Chris Parr, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk and Seth England

A HIT AND A "MISS"
4/5/19

During rehearsals for her first-ever headlining tour (kicking off on 4/11 in Salisbury, MD), Black River Entertainment artist Kelsea Ballerini was surprised to find a throng of industry professionals waiting to present her with a gold plaque for her hit “Miss Me More.” Since rehearsals couldn’t wait long, the following people were supplied with kazoos, tambourines and maracas and told to follow along as best they could: (l-r) BRE’s Gordon Kerr, Derek Anderson and Rick Froio; Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen; Ballerini; BRE’s Doug Johnson; Sandbox’s Camille Alston; and BRE’s Dawn Delvo and Tanya Welch.

ESPO UPS THREE
4/4/19

At Warner Music Nashville, Cris Lacy (pictured left) and Ben Kline (pictured right) have been promoted to the roles of EVP A&R and EVP/GM, respectively. Meanwhile, Scott Hendricks takes on new duties as EVP A&R/Creative Advisor. All three execs will report to WMN Chairman/CEO John Esposito.

“It is widely known that Cris Lacy is revered as one of the top A&R executives in the music industry,” Esposito said. “Her passion and knowledge of and for music is equaled only by her level of humanity. She has been named to every executive list there is – and rightfully so. Her unparalleled ability to connect with artists has led to Cody Johnson, Devin Dawson, superstar Kenny Chesney and this year’s ACM New Female of the Year winner Ashley McBryde joining our roster, to name a few. If there’s an authentic artist looking for a record deal, they are talking to Cris Lacy.”

“Ben’s leadership and in-depth knowledge of the marketplace helped drive a year of historic revenue and expand our global impact," he went on. "He is respected by both the WMN staff and the industry outside of our building – and as his neighbors can attest, no one plays their music in the office louder than he does.”

“Our artists and the stories they tell are the soul of Warner Music Nashville,” Lacy shared. “I’m in awe of them, and in awe of the tireless village at this label that brings those stories to light. No one is more passionate and tireless than our leader, John Esposito, and no one has taught me more about the business of A&R than my mentor Scott Hendricks. I’m grateful to both of them for this opportunity, and with the expertise of the A&R team, I’m eager to build upon the unique and precious culture that is WMN.”

Meanwhile, the only "culture" found at HITS remains bacterial.

ACM AWARDS ADD PERFORMERS
4/3/19

Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban have been added to the lineup of performers for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Presenters include Lauren Alaina,  Clint Black,  Jessie James Decker, Hunter Hayes,  Lady Antebellum, Midland and Cole Swindell.

The awards telecast, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday.

RESERVOIR TAPS OZIER,
INVADES NASHVILLE
4/1/19

Reservoir has announced Nashville as the location of its fifth global office. Along with the expansion, the company also appointed John Ozier as EVP Creative, where he will sign and develop new talent and oversee operations for the company at their new Music City hub. 

Ozier joins Resrvoir following a six-year tenure at olé that included marquee signings Jeff Trott, Tony Martin, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Adam Hambrick, Tyler Farr and the acquisitions of the Red Vinyl Music, Parallel Music and Better Angels Music publishing catalogs. 

"I am incredibly excited to join Reservoir and help expand the company’s footprint into Nashville,” said Ozier. “Golnar, Rell and their entire team have built an exceptional global roster and one of the leading independent music publishers in the business. Their commitment to Nashville is thrilling and I am confident we are going to knock it out of the park."

Ozier is additionally an accomplished songwriter in his own right, having co-written award-winning #1 hits for Lee Brice and Tyler Farr, plus cuts recorded by Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler, Air Supply, and more.

The company will occupy a 5000 square foot building, complete with 6 writing rooms, located on West End Avenue, right off of Music Row.