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BOLDEN EMBOLDENED BY WBR PROMOTION
Eesean upped to SVP. He's Pumped. (10/15a)
A TOP 20 IS BORN
Movie/OST looking more and more like a cultural phenomenon. (10/11a)
I.B. BAD: BUNDLE THIS
The latest scuttlebutt from the front lines (10/16a)
PARMALEE AIDS STORM RELIEF EFFORTS
Music for a good cause. (10/15a)
CITY OF HOPE HONORS BIG JON: "THE OBAMA OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY"
Black tie, if you please. (10/12a)
RAINMAKERS
The ones making history now.
WHO'S NEXT?
Who will be the next big pub and label players?
THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?
Like, will it ever get here?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Music City
GRAND OLE OPRY GETS LAY'D
10/2/18


    L-R: Morris Higham's Kyle Quigley, Brandon Lay, UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe, 
   Opry Director of Marketing Dan Rogers 

EMI Nashville breakthrough Brandon Lay debuted at the Grand Ole Opry this past Saturday. Introduced by long-standing Opry member Bill Anderson, Lay performed hit singles "Yada Yada Yada" and "Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers." 

Making the night even more special, immediately following his Opry performance, Lay went to the hospital to pick up his wife and newborn son Ryder Knox Lay, who was born on 9/27. Our super-eventful weekend, on the other hand, included a failed attempt at organizing our sock drawer and microwavable pizza bagels.

“SUMMER’S END” CLIP BRINGS IT HOME
10/1/18

In the new video for John Prine’s instant classic “Summer’s End,” co-directors Kerrin Sheldon and Elaine McMillion Sheldon cinematically tap deeply into the song’s bittersweet quality, as well as the artist’s unforced authenticity, in a series of poignant vignettes. It’s a perfect fit—take a look.

PLAQUE BUILDUP
10/1/18

RCA Nashville star Miranda Lambert, whose new set, Interstate Gospel, is due 11/2, is seen here collecting a pile of platinum plaques for assorted albums and singles alongside her label and management teams. Shortly after this photo was snapped, Sony Music Nashville boss Randy Goodman informed her that with just one more plaque she’d be eligible for unlimited beer-battered cheese sticks at Winners Bar & Grill. Seen just before ordering more fried pickle chips are (back, l-r) SMN VP Sales Caryl Atwood and EVP/COO Ken Robold, Shopkeeper Management’s Crystal Dishmon and Marion Kraft, Lambert, Goodman and SMN EVP, Marketing and New Business John Zarling and RCA’s Mallory Michaels and (front, l-r) SMN EVP, Promotions & Artist Development Steve Hodges, Director of Creative Services Tracy Fleaner, and Director of Marketing Jen Way and RCA SVP, Promotion Dennis Reese.

 

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

RISSER RISES AT UMGN
9/27/18

UMG Nashville has upped Royce Risser to EVP of Promotion. Risser, who spent the last 11 years as SVP of Promotion for the company, will continue to oversee the department’s activities.

The occasion inspired UMGN ruler Mike Dungan to colorfully mix some metaphors. “Royce rides herd on four major-label imprints while landing all the planes, ensuring that each of the singles and the artists receive the best effort possible, and remaining focused on the big-picture job that always goes farther than #1 on the charts,” Dungan offered, “Yet he saves just enough energy to occasionally push people into bushes. I am proud of Royce, honored to work beside him and happy to announce this promotion.”

Risser came to Nashville from his native SoCal on a football scholarship from Vanderbilt, where he earned a BS and master’s degree. He joined MCA Records in 1991 as an intern before being hired full-time as a promotion assistant. Through the years, Risser climbed the ranks, assuming the role of SVP of Promotion in 2007. During his time at UMG, Risser has been a part of over 160+ #1 singles.

Risser shares, “I am always so proud to tell people that UMG has been my only home now for 27 years,” said Risser. “I really do still get up in the morning and can’t wait to get to the office to be around wonderful friends and unbelievable artistry. I am also so proud of what this team has accomplished, and I’m looking forward to many more years of working with the best in this business. Go Team UMG!”

The 2-2 Vandy Commodores could use Risser’s expertise and enthusiasm this football season.

DRINKS ON THE HOUSE, "TEQUILA" HITS 100M
9/26/18


Dan + Shay
have another reason to celebrate their record-breaking smash, "Tequila." The platinum-selling single has officially hit 100m streams on Spotify and is now the most streamed country song released in 2018. 

The track held a multi-week run atop the country charts and is currently sitting inside the top 15 on Hot AC. 

Along with these milestones, the Warner Nashville duo received American Music Award nominations for Favorite Song-Country and Favorite Duo/Group, and three CMA nods for Song, Single and Video of the Year. 

Margaritas are on Espo and Jason Owen

HOLLY'S A HALL OF FAMER
9/26/18

We’re extremely proud of our own Holly Gleason on a regular basis, but we’re klebbing extra naches (to use a common Nashville expression) in the wake of her induction into the SOURCE Hall of Fame. That nonprofit, founded in 1991, is the longest-running org dedicated to the community of women in the Nashville music biz. So it’s only fitting that the industrious Holly—whose recent book, Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, has earned rapturous acclaim from virtually all major outlets—is so honored. She’s seen here flanked by two admiring execs, Big Machine Music Group’s Jake Basden and Sony Music Nashville’s John Zarling; shortly after this shot was snapped she excused herself to get 7,000 words written by 4am.

 

LOBA & LYNCH HAVE A BILLION REASONS TO SMILE
9/24/18

During Dustin Lynch's induction into the Grand Ole OpryBBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba presented him with a plaque acknowledging 1b career streams. Days later, Lynch was living it up in Vegas, dazzling crowds at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Speaking of streams, we hear the Stripers are bitin' out in the Cumberland.

TALKING THE WALK
9/24/18

Still glowing from getting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and scoring a big chart-topping debut, Capitol Nashville's Carrie Underwood poses for this exultant photo with UMG Nashville chief Mike Dungan and President Cindy Mabe. "Hey," she asked, "have you guys noticed that Hollywood just reeks of weed?" Mabe explained that they were just standing a little too close to our offices.

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