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A STARRING ROLE
FOR SIR LUCIAN
Vine Street's a fine street for a celebration. (1/23a)
GRAMMY'S 44 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
Behind the scenes at the Recording Academy (1/23a)
PARTY CENTRAL: YOUR GUIDE TO GRAMMY-WEEK GATHERINGS
Is that another open bar? (1/23a)
TOP 20: THREE
BIG BOWS
Em, Halsey and Mac make the scene. (1/23a)
GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME? AEROSMITH SAYS NO (UPDATE)
As if there weren't already enough drama... (1/23a)
OSCARS
More awards-season madness.
SUPERSTAR DROPS
Who's next?
THE GRAMMY SHOW
The lineup grows.
POLITCS
Oy vey.
Music City
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.

KANE BROWN SELLS OUT THE STAPLES CENTER
1/10/20

RCA Nashville’s Kane Brown played a sold-out set last night (1/9) at L.A.’s Staples Center. In partnership with Staples Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, Brown performed tracks like “Learning,” and his four #1 hits “Heaven,” “What Ifs,” “Lose It” and “Good As You.” Brown also brought out surprise guest Marshmello for their track “One Thing Right,” in addition to previewing new music like “Take Me Home,” his collaboration with country trio Restless Road.

After the four-time AMA winner’s record-breaking pre-sale in July, Brown sold out the Staples Center in under 90 minutes, joining Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, George Strait, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw as one of 11 country stars to have sold out the venue in its 20-year history.

Pictured below (l-r) are Brown and Marshmello. Shortly after this photo was taken, bags of Stuffed Puffs were ripped open and thrown like confetti. 

READY, SET, GO-KART TO #1
1/9/20

At Music City Indoor Go Karting in Nashville, Big Machine’s President and CEO Scott Borchetta, BBR Music’s Lindsay Ell, and BMLG’s Brantley Gilbert pose to celebrate the #1 single "What Happens in a Small Town.” The track marks Gilbert's fifth #1 and Ell’s first. Later, Scott's Ferrari blew the doors off the other karts.

SHELTON'S READY FOR 2020
1/3/20

Just before Christmas, Warner Nashville's Blake Shelton notched his seventh #1 country album with Fully Loaded: God's Country. Plus, the set—mostly a Greatest Hits album, but with five new songs—turned out to be the third best-selling country album of 2019.

To date, it's already reached 350k in total activity. And lead single "God's Country" is sitting pretty with a Grammy nomination. "Nobody But You," a duet with Gwen Stefani, went #1 at iTunes upon release.

The Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour, which kicks off on 2/13 in Portland, brings Lauren Alaina out on all 16 dates, as well as The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins for special appearances. Shelton will hit L.A.'s Forum on 2/21. As of now, the stretch is set to wrap at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena on 3/21. On a related note, we wonder if we can get free Hot Pockets for life if we change the name of HITS offices to the Hot Pockets Arena. Mmmm, cheese...

LADY A SETS SAIL FOR OCEAN 2020 TOUR
1/3/20

Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum has announced details for their Ocean 2020 Tour launching 5/21 in Albuquerque. Named after their critically acclaimed #1 selling album Ocean on BMLG Records, Lady A has tapped Jake Owen as direct support along with openers Maddie & Tae for the nationwide tour this summer. 

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the tour, so Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets here. Additionally, Live Nation is the official tour promoter, and fans can purchase tickets beginning 1/24 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket here

"After our Vegas residency and working on this record for the past year we are itching to get back out on the road and see how the fans gravitate to some of the deeper cuts off of Ocean," said bandmember Charles Kelley. "We've missed those huge crowd sing-alongs and we are looking forward to having Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae light up the stage every night."  

The headlining run will include notable stops at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. before concluding at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. In preparation for the tour, Lady A brought Jake Owen as well as Maddie & Tae to Nashville's Santa's Pub to road-test nostalgic cover songs which turned into a competition. View highlights of the karaoke battle here.  

Ocean 2020 Tour Dates:  

5/21/2020  Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater

5/22/2020  Phoenix, AZ - Ak- Chin Pavilion

5/23/2020  San Diego, CA - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

5/28/2020  Sacramento, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre

5/29/2020  Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

5/30/2020  Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl

6/13/2020  Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

6/14/2020  Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre

6/18/2020  Gilford, NH - Bank of NH Pavilion

6/19/2020  Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

6/20/2020  Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center

6/25/2020  Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center

6/26/2020  Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

6/27/2020  Atlanta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

7/10/2020  Omaha, NE - CHI Health Center Omaha

7/16/2020  Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

7/17/2020  Pittsburgh, PA 7/18/2020  Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Music Center

7/23/2020  Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

7/24/2020  Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion

7/25/2020  Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek

7/31/2020  Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place

8/01/2020  Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp

8/02/2020  West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheater

8/06/2020  Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 

8/07/2020  Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

8/08/2020  Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live

8/15/2020  St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/16/2020  Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/21/2020  Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage

8/22/2020  Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

8/27/2020  Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP

8/28/2020  Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion

8/29/2020  Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

9/04/2020  Philadelphia, PA - BB&T Pavilion

9/05/2020  Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center

9/06/2020  Syracuse, NY - St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

9/10/2020  Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Bowling Arena

9/11/2020  Southaven, MS – Landers Center

9/12/2020  Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

For more info go here.

SAM HUNT DROPS "SINNING"
1/3/20

MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt has just released a new song, “Sinning With You;” check it out here. Written by Hunt, Paul DiGiovanni, Josh Osborne, and Emily Weisband, “Sinning” is the latest from Hunt who has been performing the reflective new tune at recent shows.

Both “Sinning With You” and his current top 10 radio hit “Kinfolks” are expected on Hunt’s sophomore album, due out later this year. Earlier this week, Hunt performed two songs Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 on ABC

Judging from the cover art, we're pretty sure the bible in the drawer of that nightstand was ignored when those beds were pushed together.