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KEEPING TABS ON TAYTAY (UPDATE)
Comparative stats: "Calm Down" vs. "ME!" (6/20a)
TOP 20: AN X-CITING DEBUT
The veterans duke it out. (6/20a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: NO “ROAD” GOES ON FOREVER
...but $311k ain't chopped liver. (6/20a)
MADONNA'S POWERFUL NEW VIDEO
She hts today's pressing issues. (6/20a)
PLAYLIST: A MUSICAL EVOLUTION, SONG BY SONG
You need to hear this. (6/20a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Music City
WME UPS CHANDLER
6/19/19

After six years of  assisting in country music bookings, WME has promoted Kodi Chandler to agent.

Most recently, Chandler assisted WME Partner Risha Rodgers with the national and international touring for several artists, among them Lee Brice, Brett Young and Maddie & Tae. He recently graduated from the WME Trainee program, where he held an active leadership role overseeing the quarterly showcase series WME Speakeasies.

Over the course of his career, which began at WME in 2013, he has assisted in the booking of colleges, arenas and amphitheaters in the South Central and Upper Midwest as well as in the booking of fairs, festivals and corporate events across the country.  

THE ACM LIFTING LIVES
PROGRAM TURNS 10
6/17/19



The 10th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is still in progress, continuing through the week in Nashville. With the goal of studying Williams syndrome and providing musical enrichment, campers from around the country get to indulge in myriad adventures around Music City.

Rising Capitol Nashville star Caylee Hammack dropped by Seacrest Studios on Friday for a performance of single “Family Tree” and an on-air Q&A for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Seen trying to figure out why the HITS family tree smells so skunky are ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director Lyndsay Cruz, Interim ACM Executive Director RAC Clark, Hammack and SVP Office of Engagement/Vanderbilt University Medical Stuart Dill.

Saturday also included a special performance and Q&A, that time by Big Yellow Dog's Jessie James Decker, who played an acoustic version of “Roots and Wings,” “Lights Down Low” and Decker's take on “Old Town Road.” FBMM Entertainment Business Management & ACM Lifting Lives Vice Chairman Paul Barnabee, ACM and ACM Lifting Lives Secretary Tommy Moore, F2 Entertainment and ACM Board Member Fletcher Foster, Decker, Jonathan Wyndham and The Bluebird Cafe GM Erika Wollam-Nicholswith, plus a whole lotta campers.

TOMLINSON HEADS TO UMPG
6/17/19

Troy Tomlinson is leaving Sony/ATV Music Publishing to become the first Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville.

On 7/15, Tomlinson will join UMPG’s global senior management team with responsibility for the entirety of UMPG’s Nashville operations, including providing leadership to UMPG’s Tennessee-based royalty operations and Christian division.  Tomlinson will also be a key creative voice throughout Universal Music Group. He will report to UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.

 “Troy’s track record in Nashville is the stuff of legend,” Gerson said. “He is simply one of the best and most successful creative executives the Nashville publishing community has ever seen.  And having worked closely with him during my time at Sony, I know firsthand of his ability to take a promising songwriter with a song and turn them into a career artist.”

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KEN BURNS DOC GETS A SOUNDTRACK
6/14/19

Sony  Legacy,  in association with Universal Music Group, will release a five-CD box set soundtrack to Country Music - A Film By Ken Burns on 8/30.

Legacy will also release multiple sets associated the documentary airing on PBS including two-CD, two-LP and digital configurations of the multi-artist album on 9/13. Walmart will carry a single CD version and Barnes & Noble will have an exclusive red, white & blue vinyl album that includes a signed certification of authenticity from Ken Burns.

The eight-part  documentary premieres 9/15.

Disc One covers the period up to 1945 and includes performances from The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers, and  Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

 Disc Two runs from 1945 to 1963 and features essential recordings by Hank Williams, Little Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two, The Everly Brothers, Ray Charles and others. Disc Three showcases recordings from 1964 to 1972 and includes Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others.

 Disc Four,  (1973-1983),  features Dolly Parton, Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson and others while Disc Five covers 1973 to 1996 with Ricky Skaggs, Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam and more.

SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE UPS 3
6/11/19

Sony Music Nashville has announced the promotion of marketing executives Paige Altone, Liz Cost, and Jennifer Way to Senior Directors of Marketing. All three report to label group Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman and will be responsible for the strategy, development, and execution of targeted marketing campaigns and consumption growth for SMN’s artist roster.

Altone previously spent time working at Atlanta’s WKHX, Southern Ground Artists, as well as handling tour marketing for Kacey Musgraves, Mumford & Sons and Imagine Dragons, among other acts at AEG before joining SMN in 2016. William Smith College alumni Cost joined the SMN team in 2017 as Manager of Marketing, after stints at the Ryman Auditorium, Bigger Picture, Digsin/Digmark, and SESAC.

Way, who graduated from Berklee College of Music, came aboard SMN as Director of Marketing in 2016, bringing with her 10+ years of experience from UMG Nashville, where she worked in marketing and product management for Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, and others.

“These three outstanding executives are the central pillars in the successful marketing campaigns that have been essential to the ongoing success of our roster,” said Goodman. “They have each demonstrated creativity and strategic vision in breaking new artists, engaging consumers, as well as developing new opportunities for our established acts.”

Pictured below are (L-R) Altone, Cost and Way.

BROOKS BREAKS RECORDS
6/11/19

Broncos' Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO, welcomed Garth Brooks on 6/8 for The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour. The sold-out show drew 84k+ fans, making it the “largest ticketed event in Broncos stadium history,” according to the Denver Post, breaking the record set by U2 in 2011.

Since the launch of his tour, Books has broken attendance records in multiple venues, including Missouri’s The Dome at America's Center, Arizona’s State Farm Stadium, Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and (with two sold-out shows) Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium. Upcoming shows in Oregon, Canada and Idaho are already sold out, with the latter two averaging 75k+ tickets for each venue.

Brooks, who surprised fans with new music, is set to release a new single, “Dive Bar” f/Blake Shelton, on 6/18; it's due to appear on his forthcoming album, FUN. Shelton will be joining Brooks for his newly added show in Boise, ID on 7/19, where the pair will perform the track live for the first time. While the official release date for FUN is TBA, it's expected sometime this year.

RHETT'S ROAD LEADS TO COUNTRY STREAMING HISTORY
6/10/19

As if notching a second consecutive #1 album weren't enough, Thomas Rhett continues to redefine the sound of country music and make history with Center Point Road. The Valory Music/BMLG star earned a record-breaking 33m on-demand audio streams for his songs from the album, claiming the biggest streaming debut week ever for a country album.

 “The reception for this new music has been mind-blowing from the start,” said Rhett. “In these last two years of life, a lot has happened that gave me a lot to write about. I just feel super honored and super blessed that we got to make this record with such an incredible team. Huge shout-out to the fans for listening to it and supporting every release along the way. It has been such a whirlwind, for the album to finally be out and to see this kind of response is just mind-blowing.”

The album achieved 159k in total consumption after its debut week, including consumption of all tracks prior to album release week. 

Pictured above celebrating the #1 bow and simultaneously assessing wind direction are (l-r) Valory Music Co-President George Briner, BMLG SVP A&R Allison Jones, BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta, Thomas Rhett, G-Major Management Partner Virginia Bunetta, BMLG CMO Mike Rittberg and producer Dann Huff

 

 

CMA FEST: SURPRISED BY PLAQUES, AND OTHER PHOTO-OP PRETEXTS
6/10/19

During their headlining stadium stop at CMA Fest, BMLG's Florida Georgia Line are "surprised" with a plaque marking 1.2m+ global activity for their single "Talk You Out of It." Seen just before label boss Scott Borchetta presented everyone in attendance with a personalized nitro-burning funnycar are (l-r) Sweet Talk PR's Jensen Sussman, Big Loud partners Chief Zaruk and Seth England, Big Machine SVP Creative Sandi Spika Borchetta, SVP A&R Allison Jones, FGL's Tyler Hubbard, COO Andrew Kautz, Borchetta, FGL's Brian Kelley, BMLG EVP/BMLGR Prez Jimmy Harnen, CMO Mike Rittberg and SVP Communications Jake Basden.

RCA Nashville's Chris Young was another of many artists "surprised" by plaques during CMA week; this one marked more than 2 billion career streams and 12m singles sold. Seen shortly before another surprise—CMA chief Sarah Trahern's impromptu solo performance on the spoons—are (l-r) Sony Music Nashville's Paige Altone, Caryl Atwood and chief Randy Goodman, Young, Trahern, SMN's Dennis Reese, The AMG Management's Rob Beckham, SMN's Alaina Vehec and UMPG Nashville topper Kent Earls.

Warner Music Nashville ruler Espo joins roots-rocking phenoms The Last Bandoleros and industry legend Peter Asher prior to the Bandos' set at the Maui Jim Broadway Stage. Seen just before manager Martin Kierszenbaum pitched a Shaggy-Blake Shelton duets album are (l-r) Kierszenbaum, the Bandos' Derek James and Jerry Fuentes, Asher, Espo and band bros Diego and Emilio Navaira.

During her TITLE Boxing Club class prior to her acoustic set at Spotify House, BBR artist Lindsay Ell hits the heavy bag with a couple of punchy attendees. In an unrelated story, a radio guy who referred to female artists as the tomatoes in the salad was "surprised" with a bloody nose.