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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/15a)
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'S NEXT-WAVE PUBLISHERS: JOSH VAN VALKENBURG (SONY/ATV NASHVILLE, A&R)
7/11/19

Josh oversees the SATV Nashville A&R team, home to such superstar artist/writers as Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett. He’s guided the careers of hit songwriters Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem”), Ross Copperman (Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along,” Dierks Bentley’s “Woman Amen”) and Jon Nite (Cole Swindell’s “Break Up in the End,” Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down”), as well as star artists Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. Writers in his charge have amassed over 60 country #1s.

“As record labels have enjoyed a serious increase in revenue due to streaming,” he says, “we’ve seen an increase in artist signings and thus more product. More releases equals more opportunities for our writers to get songs on records. While we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of fair compensation for songwriters and publishers from streaming, it’s encouraging to see more songs get a chance to be heard and consumed. Hopefully, this will lead to more songwriters getting the chance to make a living doing what they were born to do.”