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J. COLE GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Artist opens door to new album. (4/20a)
FROM SIR, WITH LOVE (UPDATE)
An embarrassment of riches (4/20a)
YEEZY'S ONE-TWO PUNCH
Kanye's been busy; now he can dive back into Twitter. (4/20a)
VIVENDI EXPLORING UMG IPO
Pass the cheese puffs, s'il vous plaƮt. (4/20a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: DRAKE AND CARDI CLEAN UP
It's not fair to the rest of the kids. (4/20a)
ASK YOUR TASK FORCE
Tina gets advice, whether she wants it or not.
WHEN PUBLISHERS GET MASTERFUL
Why the recording side still holds an allure.
DOES THIS PIZZA TASTE WEIRD TO ANYBODY ELSE?
I actually ate, like, five pieces. But still.
ROBOT MUSIC SUPERVISORS
It's already happening.
Pub Crawling
AKINS IN THE HEART
4/16/18

Warner/Chappell Nashville boss Ben Vaughn and team pose with ACM Songwriter of the Year Rhett Akins, the father of 28 #1 singles and Thomas Rhett. The pubbery's Music City division had much to celebrate, including Chris Stapleton's Album of the Year and Male Vocalist wins, Midland's trophy as New Vocal Group, Single of the Year "Body Like a Back Road" (co-penned and produced by Zach Crowell), Brothers Osborne's Vocal Duo and Video wins and "The Fighter" (written and produced by busbee) prevailing as Vocal Event of the Year.

It's also worth noting that the new Carrie and Miranda singles, "Cry pretty" and "Keeper of the Flame," were both penned by the great Liz Rose. In all, W/C writers played a role in the composition of 16 out of 24 songs performed during the highly rated broadcast. That's 2/3 or 66.6%, we think, though we don't have an abacus handy.

"There’s no community like the Nashville community," reads an appreciative memo from Vaughn to his staff. "Watching them pull together as a family to show the strength of our music, and seeing the success in the ratings and the socials is so gratifying. A special thank you to the hardworking people of ACM who put in countless hours to make sure that ‘the week that Vegas goes country’ was such a smashing success for everyone. If anyone needs me, I'll be at the blackjack table for a few hours, and then under it."

Seen wondering who'd be first to ink a pub deal with Stapleton's twins are (l-r) Vaughn, Akins and W/C's Jessi Vaughn, Will Overton and Ryan Beuschel.

BMG TAKES NEW CREATIVE DIRECTION
4/11/18

BMG has appointed Courtney Allen and Rakiyah Marshall to Creative Director positions, both based out of Nashville. 

In their new roles, the two will be responsible for working with BMG's existing roster of songwriters while also signing and developing new talent.

Allen and Marshall will report to BMG Nashville EVP Kos Weaver, who says “Courtney and Rakiyah are a perfect fit for how we champion songwriters. They have bright minds and creative hearts with the just-right instincts to make things happen on behalf of the creators that trust us with their careers and music. Also, I'm hoping to recruit them for my bowling team; we could use the muscle.”

GALYON WRITES ON
4/11/18


As was previously rumored, established and well-liked songwriter Nicolle Galyon has re-upped with Warner/Chappell. The pubco, which has been championing her for more than 10 years now, officially announced the extension of her deal yesterday. It's safe to assume that this was a biggie.

“Nicolle is one of the most talented individuals to grace Music Row," shared W/C Nashville Prez Ben Vaughn. "Her command of lyric and melody has propelled her to be recognized as someone that has true commerciality & depth in every writing session. There is no limit to the places she can continue to grow in this industry as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, mentor, & collaborator. Everyone in the Warner/Chappell family is proud to continue a relationship with a friend and partner like Nicolle,” whose recent work includes Keith Urban’s “Female” and “Coming Home,” Lady Antebellum’s “Heart Break,” Kenny Chesney’s “All the Pretty Girls,” Lee Brice’s “Boy,” and Dan + Shay’s “Tequila,” as well as Camila Cabello's “Consequences."

Seen above before tequila led to consequences are (Front Booth) Galyon, W/C's BJ Hill, Vaughn and Ryan Beuschel; (Back) WC's Will OvertonAlison JunkerJessi VaughnBethany MakoKatie Jelen and Phil MayFarris, Self, & Moore's Kella Stephenson-Farris and Greenberg Traurig's Jess Rosen.

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