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SONY ACQUIRES MUBADALA'S SHARE IN EMI PUBLISHING
So, yeah, that's big. (5/23a)
I.B. BAD: PERFECT STORMS
Spotify, Vivendi, Childish, more. (5/23a)
DOWN THE TUBE: LYOR'S PRESS TOUR
He's the Wile E. Coyote of the music biz. (5/23a)
YOUR TOP 20: MIDWEEK SHOWDOWN (UPDATE)
Looks we have a horse race. (5/23a)
IRVING ISN'T BUYING
LYOR'S HYPE
One succinct, well-aimed tweet (5/23a)
THE NEW LEADERS
We chat with the top label execs about changing times.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS SPECIAL
They're young, they're happening and we've got 'em.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
Music City
SERLING ROOKS OPENS SHOP
IN NASHVILLE
5/8/18

Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy & Worob has added a name partner and expanded into Nashville.

Besides adding the name of Craig Averill (right) to the firm’s signs, they’re expanding into Nashville with attorneys Patrick Sabatini (below, left) and J. Reid Hunter heading the office.

Sabatini and Jeffrey Koenig (below, right), a former in-house attorney for Universal Motown Republic Group,  have been promoted to partner; Koening remains in New York.

SRHMWA’s current Nashville-based clients include Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell and Curb Records and the estates of Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, and others. The firm also represents a significant number of Nashville-based agents, having recently negotiated Scott Clayton's recent move to William Morris Endeavor.

“Our new Nashville office will enable us to better serve those existing clients and to work more closely with the growing number of artists, writers, producers, executives and music and branding companies based in Nashville, while drawing upon the exceptional pool of legal and business talent graduating from the local universities," SRHMWA’s Hunter said.

Meanwhile, Averill will be based in New York. He represents entertainment marketing companies such as Cornerstone and Red Bull Media House, producer-songwriter John Hill, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix and Interpol.

"From the time Craig became involved with our firm, he has contributed enormously to its growth and organization and I only foresee continued growth in the future," Founder and Senior Partner Joe Serling said.

 

 

BIG UPS AT BIG MACHINE
5/7/18

Big Machine Music recently announced the advancement of Mike Molinar (left) and Alex Heddle (below), with Molinar now taking on GM status while Heddle serves as VP Publishing. The pair will continue to sign and develop the pubco's roster of acts like Jonathon Singleton, Brett Young, Josh Thompson, Laura Veltz and Jessie Jo Dillon, among others. 

BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta said “Mike Molinar is a publisher’s publisher. He knows talent, he knows the streets and he knows and helps create the biggest opportunities for our writers and publishing staff. He’s always been the perfect executive to lead Big Machine Music.”

“Alex has been crucial to the success and exponential growth of Big Machine Music,” said Molinar. “His tireless efforts and strong hit song sense have helped him become one of the most trusted publishers among our artists and A&R community. I’m proud and grateful to have him on our team!”

WME'S NEW GUYS IN NASHVILLE
5/7/18

WME announced a couple new additions to their Nashville office, as Andrew Colvin and Adam Voith come aboard. Formerly of Billions, the pair will be bringing along their roster of artists including Bon Iver, Dawes, Brett Dennen, Robert Ellis, Jason Isbell, Lucero, Kevin Morby, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend and more.

“Andrew and Adam have distinguished themselves with their impeccable taste, stellar reputations, and a unique understanding of artists’ needs. Since arriving in Nashville less than a decade ago, they have already had a significant impact on the music community here,” said Scott Clayton, Head of WME’s Rock Division and Co-head of the Nashville office. 

“Andrew and Adam are a tremendous addition to our team as we continue to build out our contemporary business in Nashville,” added Jay Williams, Partner and Co-Head of WME's Nashville office. "We look forward to working with them to provide their artists with further resources to support their careers."

The announcement comes just after Clayton similarly moved into WME's Nashville office, with his former CAA team in tow. 

THE MOORE THE MERRIER
5/3/18

Big Machine Label Group's Justin Moore took the stage at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium as headliner for the first time 5/2, supported by newcomers Travis Denning and Tyler Rich

Moore performed songs from his latest album to go #1, Kinda Don't Care, including the title track and current single. In a special surprise for the audience, Chris Janson, Ricky Skaggs and David Lee Murphy joined Moore onstage mid-set for some rowdy performances of their own. 

Pictured below before also getting a bit rowdy are (l-r): BMLG's Scott Borchetta, Tyler Rich, Justin Moore and Valory Music Co.'s George Briner

SEE YOU IN CINCY
5/3/18

The Country Music Association's renowned CMA Songwriter's Series cruised through Cincinnati's Memorial Hall 5/2 for performances from Sara Evans, Trent Harmon, Rob Hatch and Eric Paslay

The performers took to the stage for a 20-song set that included "Like The Way You Love Me," "There's a Girl," "Goodnight Kiss" and more. 

While in town, the artists paid a visit to Roselawn Condon Elementary School, where students performed for them. After the showcase, the CMA Foundation and U.S. Bank surprised the school with new instruments to give students the opportunity to participate in the music education program. 

“Through the power of music, we are able to come together and ensure all students have access to music education and music educators have the support they need to cultivate a thriving program in their community,” said Tiffany Kerns, CMA Director of Community Outreach. “The CMA Foundation believes in rooting deep within a district to help bring the necessary resources, support and funding to create a program that will impact students for years to come.”

THINGS ARE AIMPING UP
5/2/18

The Association of Independent Music Publishers' Nashville chapter will be hosting an awards show in Nashville to celebrate independent songwriters, publishers, artists and industry folk on 5/7 at the Ryman Auditorium. Entertainers at the event will not be performing their own work, but songs by fellow artists and writers. That said, these musical guests have yet to be announced. 

The ceremony will award honors for Song of the Year, Rising Songwriter, Artist-Songwriter, Publisher of the Year, Publisher's Pick and more. You can check out the whole list of nominees here.
 

MUSICARES IN MUSIC CITY
4/28/18

Pictured before they each bid on serving as auctioneer at the next fundraising event are (l-r): Susan Stewart, Randy Rogers, Lee Ann WomackWLXX host Chuck Wicks, Jackie Lee and MusiCares' Debbie Carroll

MusiCares hosted An Evening of Acoustic Country Music Benefitting People In Need at Nashville watering hole AJ's Good Time Bar last night (4/24). 

Playing for fans and bizfolk alike, acts like Lee Ann Womack, Jackie Lee and the Randy Rogers Band donated their time to support funding for MusiCares. 

The evening featured a silent auction with memorabilia from Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, Carole King, Eric Church and more. For fans that weren't able to make it, you can still bid on available lots here until 5/4.

THE YOUNG-ER MODEL
4/27/18


Pictured above before an elegant crowd surfing demonstration are (l-r): KRTY GM Nate Deaton, KRTY VP Sales Tina Ferguson, Brett Young, BMLG Recrods President Jimmy Harnen and BMLG West Coast Promo Director Stella Prado.

At a sold out Rodeo Club show in San Jose last night (4/26), BMLG Records prexy Jimmy Harnen surprised Brett Young with the platinum plaque for his chart-topping single, "Like I Loved You," his third single to earn the benchmark. 

The show was the first of two sold out gigs at The Rodeo Club, a trend also seen in Young's completely sold out headlining Caliville Tour. He'll be joining Thomas Rhett's Life Changes Tour very shortly, check out the details here