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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/16a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Pub Crawling
NASHVILLE PUBLISHERS: COLLECT 'EM ALL (UMPG)
7/9/18

Kent Earls

EVP/GM, Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville

Highlight Reel

Inkings: new artists Josh Hoge and Greylan James and the re-signing of Keith Urban and Kane Brown

Urban’s #1 country album, Graffiti U, is yielding another Top 10 hit with “Coming Home.” Brown has the most streamed album thus far in 2018 and has held the #1 spot for 12 weeks. Sam Hunt’s new single, “Downtown’s Dead,” is already Top 20 at radio.  

On the runway:

Developing artists include highly buzzing Caylee Hammack and Chase McGill, who signed his first publishing deal with UMPG in 2012 and has current charting singles out with Luke Bryan (“Sunrise Sunburn Sunset”), Cole Swindell (“Break Up in the End”) and Kane Brown (“Lose It”).

What has been the most surprising development in the sector, from your perspective? 
We’re thrilled to see major growth in the quantity and impact of successful cross-genre collaborations in the past year. Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Meant To Be’—co-written by UMPG writer (and Capitol Christian Music Group artist) David Garcia—started as a pop song and became the country song of the year; Camila Cabello pulling in UMPG writer Kane Brown on “Never Be the Same” to boost the song to #1 pop; and the global smash that Zedd had on “The Middle” featuring Maren Morris. These pop artists understand the value of cross-genre by enlisting top country acts to be a part of their singles. As something we’ve long been striving for in Nashville, it is exciting to see our artists embraced and experiencing tremendous success outside of the country format because of their contributions on these tracks.