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I.B. BAD: AN EPIC TALE
Contemplating scenarios in an extremely fluid situation. (5/26a)
BRYSON TILLER'S SURPRISE DROP
The latest nontraditional release shakes up chart picture. (5/26a)
LIL YACHTY, MEET
LIL JIMMY
Look who toured Hollywood Blvd. Thursday...all the way from the Capitol Tower. (5/26a)
YTD MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
...slice by slice (5/26a)
HOMB2: HE'S DeMANN
Right, said Freddy. (5/26a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
Music City
KELSEA MORNING
5/26/17

Black River Entertainment artist Kelsea Ballerini celebrates inking a long-term pub deal with Sony/ATV

"Having known Kelsea since she was 13 years old and seeing her songwriting grow over the years makes it even more special to be able to come alongside her as her publisher,” says the pubbery's Nashville chief, Troy Tomlinson. “With all her abilities to perform and entertain fans worldwide, she remains, as always, at her core a gifted songwriter."

Seen just before receiving a box of Cohibas that were FedExed from NYC are (l-r) attorneys Duane Clark and Mike Milom, Iconic Entertainment's Fletcher Foster, Ballerini, Tomlinson and Sony/ATV's Josh Van Valkenburg.

PICKIN' AND/OR GRINNIN'
5/26/17

It's Warner Music Nashville's Pickin' on the Patio, everybody! That means something entirely different out here, but in Nashville it's quite wholesome and musical, as demonstrated by Hunter Hayes and team. Seen just before grabbing the nearest available stringed instrument are (back, l-r) WMN COO Matt Signore, SVP A&R Scott Hendricks, chief John Esposito, CMO Peter Strickland and Patriot Management's Dan Wise and Mark Oglesby and (front, l-r) WMN VP A&R Chris Lacy, Hayes and SVP Radio & Streaming Kristen Williams.

AMERICANA FEST ANNOUNCES FIRST SLATE OF PERFORMERS
5/25/17

AmericanaFest will feature top row, from left, Brandy Clark, Hiss Golden Messenger and Turnpike Troubadours; bottom row, Charley Crockett, Deer Tick, Bettye LaVette

Brandy Clark, Kasey Chambers, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, John Paul White and Memphis soul legend Don Bryant are among the first 103 artists announced to perform at September’s 17th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville.

The Americana Music Association will have more than 230 artists perform at the Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from 9/12-17. The association has put evening showcase wristbands on sale to the public for $75.

BLACK LOOKS GREAT IN GOLD
5/24/17


Last Friday night (5/19), RIAA EVP Communications and Marketing Jonathan Lamy presented Capitol Nashville star Dierks Bentley with a plaque recognizing the gold certification of his latest album, Black. Two songs off the album ("Somewhere on a Beach" and "Different for Girls") have been certified platinum, and one ("Black") is now gold.

According to Bentley's team, the full-length is one of only two country albums released since last May that is certified gold or higher, and includes three or more separately certified songs.

Shortly after the above photo was snapped, the pair celebrated the achievement by shotgunning a couple of equally golden ales. Later, Lamy looked as if he has been certified green. 

Bentley is currently out on his What the Hell Tour. See a full list of dates here.

JASON ALDEAN BRINGS HIS FANS ON THE ROAD WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO
5/22/17

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean takes his fans behind the scenes of his tour in the music video for his latest single, "They Don't Know."

His seventh studio album's title track—currently #36 and climbing at Country radio—is about celebrating his country roots and the unique experience that comes with being from a rural place.

Aldean makes his fans the focus of his video, and expresses his gratitude for them and everyone who played a role in putting his tour together at the start of the video. Aldean, who took home the 2017 Academy of Country Music award for Entertainer of the Year, released the video exclusively with USA Today and you can watch it here

 

WARMING UP TO WHEELER'S "SUMMERS"
5/19/17

"Summers in Kentucky," the new single from Wheeler Walker Jr., will go for adds at all major Country stations on 5/22. And while some would say it's a stretch for the format, programmers with a flexible outlook are finding it a surprisingly good fit. 

Like so many great country songs, "Summers" (written by Walker and appearing on the album Ol' Wheeler, which drops 6/2 on Pepperhill Records) addresses relationships and the passage of time, and how life's changes can transform the way we connect. Check it out (warning: NSFW).

"Originally, I thought that doing an expensive radio tour to promote a single that contains language about a stretched out p*ssy was a waste of time," said Walker. "But I'm so glad it's paying off! I expect every radio station in America to put this song in heavy rotation, even the sh*tty stations that play that butt-awful Sam Hunt song. Also, what does it mean if your body is like a back road? Does that mean it's covered in gravel and sh*t?"

COUNTRY STARS GO TO BAT FOR CITY OF HOPE (UPDATE)
5/17/17

More heavy hitters have been added to the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. Craig MorganThe Swon BrothersJessie James Decker and her husband, NFL player Eric DeckerJackie LeeMaggie RoseDrew Scott from HGTV's Property Brothers and Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, and Chase Chrisley of USA’s Chrisley Knows Best are the announced additions.

This year's event also features a murderer's row of play-by-play announcers. Brenda LeeLee GreenwoodJeannie Seely and Tim Rushlow are the confirmed yakkers.

Previously announced participants include Bobby Bones, Sara Evans, Trent Harmon, Reba McEntire, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Aaron Watson, Danielle Bradbery, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth. Word is Reba is a double threat: She will be throwing her wicked curve and singing the National Anthem.

Held 6/10 at 11am at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, the game pits teams repping iHeart Media versus SiriusXM/Grand Ole Opry. All net proceeds benefit City of Hope. Click here for more information. 

AMERICANA ORG TO HONOR MORRISON
5/12/17

The Belfast Cowboy will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on 9/13. That cowboy, Van Morrison, will also headline the Ascend Amphitheater show on 9/14 during AmericanaFest.

"We are humbled and couldn’t be more excited to honor Van Morrison at our premier event of the year and are thrilled to present Mr. Morrison at Ascend Amphitheater,” Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association, said. “Mr. Morrison has created a catalog of music that has served as a soundtrack for our lives."

For more information about the Americana Honors & Awards, click here.

  

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