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A TICKING HITS LIST
Surely you have the time to take a look. (8/7a)
THE GREAT CATALOG GOLD RUSH
Is mining the past the future? (8/7a)
TIKTOK RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S BAN
The kids are not alright with Trump. (8/7a)
POP SMOKE GAINS, DABABY LEADS OUR SONG CHART
And the streams just keep on coming. (8/7a)
THE BABE & THE MULE
Interscope's co-MVPs (8/7a)
BTS BRINGS IT
They're so dreamy.
VOTE BY MAIL
It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
IS IT CHRISTMAS?
No, but we're thinking about cookies.
WOKE MUSIC
Protest songs that sound like now.
Music City
INTRIGUERS MAKING WAVES: MICKEY GUYTON
7/31/20

By Holly Gleason

If the only standing ovation at UMG Nashville’s 2020 Country Radio Seminar showcase at the Ryman—for her femme-empowering “What Are You Gonna Her”—weren’t enough, Guyton returns on the crest of Black Lives Matter with the equally of-the-moment vital truth that is “Black Like Me.”

A powerhouse vocalist of the Carrie Underwood school, the Texas-born and -raised songwriter embraced her personal reality in an industry logjammed for women and struck a powerful chord in this time of reckoning. No surprise, then, that there’s early Grammy buzz for her brand of classic power country.

This 10-year overnight sensation is invested with a singular, real-world perspective of the sort America is clamoring for.

INTRIGUERS MAKING WAVES: CADY GROVES
7/31/20

By Holly Gleason

The mixes for Bless My Heart were done. Groves was waiting out COVID quarantining for the photo/video piece that would wrap up a years-long chapter. The emo-pop star, who’d opened The Bamboozle Road Show with LMFAO, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls and Third Eye Blind, had returned to her heartland roots—and found allies in the SMACKSongs creative trust.

With a cover of James Blunt’s “Bartender” and her own life-cataloguing “Bless My Heart,” the impossibly musical songwriter managed to pull sunshine from dark moments and disappointment. Which made it doubly ironic when, on 5/2, the irrepressible Groves passed away.

This release, fulfilling a promise her team made to realize her musical legacy, shows the kind of joy amid darkness that made her music such a passion point for kids seeking someone who understood.

INTRIGUERS MAKING WAVES: SHY CARTER
7/31/20

By Holly Gleason

With the humanity-affirming “Good Love,” Carter takes his place in Nashville’s mainstream with an ease that reminds people how to be their best selves.

Having written career-defining hits for Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, Rob Thomas and Sugarland, as well as Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s “Speak to a Girl,” Carter has Memphis soul and disarming Southern charm to burn.

These attributes enable him to smear genres and create the same kind of expansive country as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Kane Brown (whose “Worldwide Beautiful” he co-wrote). “Good Love” may be the song America needs; given Carter’s ability to transcend genres, it could also find its way onto multiple charts without much effort.

INTRIGUERS MAKING WAVES: AVENUE BEAT
7/31/20

By Holly Gleason

4.5m views in 12 hours can’t be wrong. Even when TikTok took it down, Sami Bearden, Savana Santos and Sama Backoff surreptitiously reposted the heavenly middle digit that is “F 2020,” and the views just kept on coming.

A whopping 7m streams ensued in 40 hours; even the postus interruptus couldn’t stop the theater-nerd songwriter/programmers from Quincy, Ill., from striking a nerve in the worst year any of us can remember.

With Techwire “calling it for Song of the Year now,” and Vice coming to the party, look for the genre-fluid trio to explode globally with their deadpan vixen video set in front of protest footage of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, President Trump, Kobe and Gianna Bryant, COVID-19, murder hornets and their own extended middle fingers.

INTRIGUERS MAKING WAVES: INGRID ANDRESS
7/31/20

By Holly Gleason

With her platinum-certified “More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress toppled country radio’s woman problem—and took the ripple effect of love’s fallout to #1.

The Colorado-raised, Berklee-educated songwriter furnished material for Alicia Keys, Charlie XCX and Sam Hunt before embarking on a solo career that’s equal parts Carole King, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Faith Hill. “The Stranger,” meanwhile, establishes an important new voice that’s invested in our deeper humanity.

The classically trained pianist and drummer, who started the year doing select dates with Keith Urban, awaits an opportunity to return to the road, where she will finish Dan + Shay’s The Arena Tour, followed by the entirety of Tim McGraw’s Here on Earth Tour.

OPRY BOOKS BRYAN, RUCKER
7/30/20

Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker will step into the circle together for the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,937th consecutive Saturday night broadcast on 8/15. The Opry will air on Circle TV and SiriusXM as well as the Opry’s flagship home 650 WSM AM.

Bryan’s seventh studio album Born Here Live Here Die Here comes out 8/7. Rucker’s 11th annual “Darius & Friends” concert benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital is tonight at 8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PT. Pay-per-view tickets are onsale at LivexLive.com/Darius. This Saturday’s Opry show features Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris.  

LAUREN THOMAS EARNS VP STRIPES AT SMN
7/29/20

Sony Music Nashville has upped LaurenLTThomas to VP of National Promotion. The announcement comes from SMN’s EVP of Promotion and Artist Development Steve Hodges, who Thomas will work in tandem with in addition to promotion teams at Arista, Columbia and RCA Nashville.

In her new position, Thomas continues to be based in Nashville and will focus on national strategies to achieve the label group’s airplay and artist development goals.

“Watching someone’s hard work and dedication to their craft rise to fruition is an absolute joy. To be able to award LT her VP stripes is an honor. She embodies the true spirit of innovation in challenging times. I could not be more proud of her accomplishments,” shares Hodges.

Thomas joined SMN in 2009 as National Promotion Coordinator for Arista Nashville and was promoted to Regional Promotion Manager within a year. Most recently, she served as Director of Promotion for SMN. In addition to her work, Thomas serves on the advisory committee of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

ICYMI: KANE BROWN ON PANDORA LIVE
7/28/20

Kane Brown kicked off Pandora’s new virtual concert series in his adopted hometown of Nashville on 7/28. Performing old and new favorites, the RCA Nashville artist also brought out Restless Road for his single “Take Me Home.”

The free event for Pandora listeners and SiriusXM subscribers also featured cameos from Khalid, Becky G, Tyler Hubbard, Thomas Rhett, Lauren Alaina, Lonnie Chavis, Hota Kotb, Chris Lane and Russell Dickerson sharing their favorite memories of the country star.

Additionally, attendees got to watch Nashville graffiti artist Troy Duff show off a new mural inspired by Kane’s single, “Worldwide Beautiful,” before the show wrapped up with a sit down interview with SiriusXM’s Storme Warren and an animated short film based on a personal story from Kane’s life.