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YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/14a)
VIRGIN EMI FINDS LOST ONES
Cockle with muscles, alive, alive-oh. (8/14a)
QUEEN TINGS
Michelle S. on Nicki. (8/14a)
NOISEMAKERS
The new kids in town. (8/14a)
FLORA ON THE FLOOR
Le'ts Cash in. (8/14a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
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
PANEL TO FOCUS ON COUNTRY WOMEN
8/1/18

HITS’ Nashville empress and author Holly Gleason is heading to the Country Music Hall of Fame Saturday to celebrate Loretta Lynn.

Gleason will be on a panel, “Women Enough,” with Brenda Lee, Jeannie Sealey, Aubrie Sellers and Ashley Monroe to discuss Lynn’s impact, as well as the power of women’s voices in contemporary life across country music. It’s in support of the current exhibit: “Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl.”

Gleason is also celebrating her recently received Belmont Book Award for Woman Walk The Line: How The Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives, a collection of 27 essays that trace country music’s history through important female artists.

“With everything that’s happened with this book,” Gleason says, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Belmont Book Award. To be part of these kinds of discussions is everything Woman Walk the Line is about.

“At a time when #MeToo and #TimesUp matters, this book—and the response to it—shows the power and impact of women’s art, especially the music made by country women.”

 

PLATINUM "SINGLES"
7/31/18


To commemorate the platinum certification of Jordan Davis' debut single "Singles You Up," which went #1 at Country radio back in April, the MCA Nashville artist was presented with a shiny new plaque. 

It's also worth noting that "Singles You Up"—Country Aircheck's most-played song of 2018—has racked up more than 200m total streams. And it peaked at #2 on Spotify's Viral U.S. chart.

Industry friends gathered at Nashville's Fat Bottom Brewery to celebrate the singer/songwriter's success. Seen wondering where Mike Dungan's keys disappeared to before finding them in Davis' beard are (L-R) UMG SVP Promotion Royce Risser, UMG EVP A&R Brian Wright, Red Light's Zach Sutton, Davis, UMG Chairman & CEO Dungan and UMG COO Mike Harris.

KENNY BREAKS HIS OWN RECORD AT SOLDIER FIELD
7/30/18

Kenny Chesney broke his own record at Chicago's Soldier Field on 7/28 with a sold-out crowd of 52,189. The stadium show was the first Chesney concert after releasing Songs For The Saints on 7/27. 

In support of Saints, Chesney has performances on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon lined up this week. 

 

WMN AND ATLANTIC SIGN INGRID ANDRESS
7/26/18

Warner Music Nashville and Atlantic Records have announced the signing of singer/songwriter Ingrid Andress. The Colorado native honed her songwriting skills at Berklee College of Music and went on to co-write recent hits like Vice's "Steady 1234" and Charli XCX's "Boys." 

The Ingrid Andress team includes UMPG, ArtHouse Entertainment and WME.

Seen trying not to ask if Ingrid is related to Ursula are (l-r) Warner Music Nashville SVP A&R Cris Lacy, Director of A&R Rohan Kohli, Andress and label boss Espo

CHESNEY GOES LIVE WITH SIRIUSXM'S "TOWN HALL"
7/26/18

In celebration of the release of Songs for the Saints, Kenny Chesney is taking the story of the record straight to the fans with a live "Town Hall" on SiriusXM, Friday 7/27 at 8pm ET. Ahead of his show at Chicago's Solder Field, Chesney will join The Highway's Storme Warren to discuss the album's inspiration—the devastation of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the forming of the Love for Love City Foundation and its role in rebuilding the Saints. 

All proceeds from Songs for the Saints will go to Chesney's Love for Love City Foundation, which has funded rescue and rebuilding projects across the affected region. 

The "Songs for the Saints Album Special" premieres Friday at 12 am ET on No Shoes Radio, with replays every three hours leading up to his second SiriusXM exclusive at 8 pm ET the “Town Hall," which will also air simultaneously on The Highway.

“The people of the islands faced unthinkable destruction, but somehow just kept going,” Chesney says. “This album is to let them know we see them, and we’re here to help. Every album someone buys, that money goes straight to the Love for Love City Fund, which has so far provided generators, tools, medical supplies, food and water, transporting things to the island and taking people off, raw materials for building and even instruments for the St John School for the Arts. The people who live there deserve to know they’re remembered – and these two SiriusXM Specials are a great way to share the love and bring people inside the process of making Songs for the Saints.”

Full broadcast info:

SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” with Kenny Chesney broadcast schedule:

The Highway: Premieres Friday, July 27 at 8 pm ET
Replays Saturday, July 28 at 12pm and 8 pm ET
Sunday, July 29 at 3 am, 9 am and 4 pm ET
Monday, July 30 at 1 am ET

No Shoes Radio: Premieres Friday, July 27 at 8 pm ET
Replays Friday, July 27 at 11 pm ET
Saturday, July 28 at 4 am, 10 am, 4 pm and 10 pm ET
Sunday, July 29 at 5 am, 11 am, 5 pm and 11 pm ET

No Shoes Radio’s Songs for the Saints album special broadcast schedule:

Premieres: Friday, July 27 at 12 am ET
Replays Friday, July 27 at 3 am, 6 am, 9 am, 12pm, 3 pm and 6 pm ET
Saturday, July 28 at 1 am, 7 am, 1 pm and 7 pm ET
Sunday, July 29 at 2 am, 8 am, 2 pm and 8 pm ET

SONY NASHVILLE TAPS TOMLINSON
7/24/18

Sony Music Nashville has announced the appointment of Justin Tomlinson to Manager, Digital Strategy. He will report directly to Ed Rivadavia, VP, Digital Strategy. Currently, in his new capacity, Tomlinson manages day-to-day strategy for his designated artist roster while overseeing development and content for the label group's social media channels. 

Remarks Rivadavia, “With his recent experience at RCA Inspiration, Justin brings with him a fresh perspective to digital marketing innovation. I am thrilled to welcome Justin to Sony Nashville’s Digital Strategy team.”   

“It’s an honor to continue my career at Sony Music by joining the Sony Nashville team,” responds Tomlinson. “With the perpetual expansion of digital and streaming strategies, I am thrilled to implement creative initiatives all while contributing to collaborative efforts with the team, under Ed’s leadership.”

FORT KNOX
7/24/18

BMG has inked a label deal with producer Michael Knox, best known for having discovered Jason Aldean and produced all of his albums. The new imprint, Music Knox Records, will enable the veteran record-maker (who's also worked with Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, among others, and has some 21 #1 Country hits under his belt) to sign, develop and market new talent. 

Seen celebrating the pact just before attorney Jess Rosen played a cheerful song on his diamond-encrusted kazoo are (l-r) BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba, BMG U.S. Prexy Repertoire & Marketing Zach Katz, Knox, Greenberg Traurig's Rosen and BBR VP A&R Sara Knabe. 

Said Knox, “I know this sounds cliché, but it’s a dream come true for me. I’m excited to work with Zach, Jon and the entire BMG family."

“Michael’s work speaks for itself," proclaimed Katz, who described Knox as "one of the most successful and in-demand producers in Country music." 

"I’ve known and worked with Michael since the early days of BBR," noted Loba. "He is one of the best song executives in this town and has always had a burning desire to find and develop diamonds in the rough before they move to the 615. We are so thrilled to partner with him in that endeavor."

Photo credit: Shalacy Griffin

REAR VIEW REVELRY
7/23/18

On Saturday (7/21), Jason Aldean performed to a sold-out crowd of 37,935 fans during his High Noon Neon Tour's homecoming stop at the new Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park stadium. Before that, however, Aldean was spotted alongside Hootie & the Blowfish, who reunited for the one-night-only show. The group can be seen backstage with Chris Parr (far left) and Clarence Spalding of Maverick Management (far right). 

Back in April, following the 53rd ACM Awards, Broken Bow/BMG’s Aldean—who accepted his third consecutive Entertainer of the Year trophy—celebrated a #1 Top 50 Chart bow for Rearview Town, which debuted with more than 181k. On the other hand, Hootie's Cracked Rear View (1994) is the 14th-best-selling album of all time in the United States, and was certified platinum 21 times. Meanwhile, absolutely no one wants a view of our rears.