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FANS WILLING AND ABEL TO RALLY ROUND THE WEEKND
Dept. of unintended consequences (12/1a)
VAUGHN'S FIRST MOVE: MATTERA TO THE TOWER
A company with no corner offices (12/1a)
U.K. MEET THE MANAGERS
Who's hot in Blighty? (12/1a)
RON PERRY: SUPERCHARGING THE BIG RED MACHINE
Hoodie man doin' work (12/2a)
SPOTIFY GIFT-WRAPS
THE YEAR IN MUSIC
How Swede it is. (12/2a)
RAINMAKERS 2020
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
Mulling possible surprises.
ZOOM THANKSGIVING
We're virtually stuffing ourselves.
TRUMP'S LAWSUITS
He's lost 25 out of 26, and so tired of winning!
Music City
MONUMENTAL MOVES FOR MONUMENT
11/30/20

Nashville’s Monument Records has upped Joel Beaver to Manager and hired Jamie Graves as Director, Digital Marketing & Streaming and Jacquie Painten as Coordinator, Marketing. All three positions will report to label GM Katie McCartney.

Beaver, who has been with Monument since its launch, was previously the marketing coordinator and one of Monument’s first interns. Beaver will now serve as project manager for Monument’s artist roster and be responsible for all marketing and brand initiatives. 

Graves comes to Monument from UMG Nashville, where he spent nearly a decade working in commercial partnerships and digital marketing. In his new role, Graves will oversee digital marketing and strategy, sales and streaming for all Monument artists.

Painten officially joins team Monument after interning for two years while completing coursework at Belmont University. Throughout her studies, Painten also previously worked with the Country Music Association.

“Jamie’s passion for this business is inspiring. His vision for Monument’s roster, vast knowledge of artist development, and creative nature made him the perfect choice for this role, and we are thrilled to have him on board,” shared McCartney.

She continues, “Joel and Jacquie have been incredibly valuable members of this team. Their dedication and passion for the company and our artists has been instrumental. I know they will both continue to thrive, and we are lucky to have them.” 

FGL SEES DIAMONDS
11/20/20

BMLG’s Florida Georgia Line has earned two Diamond Single Awards, for “Cruise” and “Meant to Be” f/Bebe Rehxa.

The RIAA’s Mitch Glazier, Michele Ballantyne and Jackie Jones acknowledged the certifications on 11/19 during a virtual celebration hosted by the RIAA and BMLG. Among the luminaries in attendance were mega-mogul and management icon Irving Azoff, Full Stop's Jeffrey Azoff, label boss Scott Borchetta and Spotify's John Marks. Due to lax security, Todd Hensley was also on the call.

Only 43 singles in RIAA history have been certified diamond, yet FGL’s “Meant to Be” f/Bebe Rexha is one of six in the past four years.

“Thank you, guys, for the recognition. This ride has been a dream come true,” said FGL’s Brian Kelley. “It’s pretty crazy hearing the numbers. Thank y’all for taking the time and celebrating us, but know that celebrating us is celebrating y’all ‘cause it is all of us."

“It's surreal, but it's nice to take a second to let that sink in and honestly, we’re so thankful,” added FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “Thank y’all for being a part of this team. We’re humbled by it. And we’re really extremely motivated. We’re all in a great headspace, and we’re feeling really creative, and all this does is inspire us even more.”

The duo celebrated an additional seven RIAA certs during the virtual festivities:

  • gold for "Can’t Say I Ain’t Country," "Blessings" and their 17th career #1, “I Love My               Country"
  • 2x platinum for “Simple” and “Talk You Out of It"
  • 6x platinum for “H.O.L.Y." and “This Is How We Roll"

The pair is currently up for the fan-voted American Music Award for Favorite Duo or Group–Country—the show airs on 11/22—and will kick off the holidays with a debut performance of “Lit This Year” on ABC’s CMA Country Christmas, scheduled for 11/30.

While Borchetta raised a glass to FGL's certification accomplishments, the other attendees wished Hensley could be muted more often.

RIVER HOUSE DOCKS AT SONY/ATV
11/19/20

Gathered in Nashville to swap favorite lockdown recipes are, from left, Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt, River House Artists Founder Lynn Oliver-Cline and Sony/ATV Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston.

Sony/ATV Nashville has acquired the catalog of Lynn Oliver-Cline’s River House Artists and signed a joint venture with River House Artists to provide creative services to its talent. The catalog includes Luke Combs’ hits “Forever After All,” “Beautiful Crazy,” “When It Rains It Pours,” and “Lovin’ On You.”

The River House Artists roster includes Combs collaborators Ray Fulcher and Drew Parker plus Driver Williams, Nicolette Hayford and Jordan Rowe.

“Lynn’s intuition for identifying singer-songwriters who speak right to the heart of country music is second to none, and she knows how to turn their dreams into reality,” Sony/ATV Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston said.

A COUNTRY PACT
11/16/20

Big Machine's Florida Georgia Line have inked an exclusive multi-year touring deal with Live Nation.

Under the agreement, the promo giant will be the duo’s exclusive partner in North America with FGL anticipating hitting the road again by Summer 2021.

“This past year has given us a chance to spend more time writing, producing, and being creative. But we are itching to get back on the road,” shared FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.

“We miss our fans, and the live energy and connection we have with them when we hit the stage. Our Live Nation family has been a great partner in the past, and we’re excited to be teaming up like this together. Getting back on tour and being able to share our new music can’t come soon enough!”

Since 2012, the multi-platinum country stars have sold-out headlining shows in arenas, stadiums, back-to-back Las Vegas residencies and even hosted their own music festival, FGL Fest, at Indiana’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

With new music to arrive in 2021, FGL’s latest hit “Long Live” continues its Country Airplay chart ascent. They also recently dropped a holiday track, “Lit This Year" and were featured on Nelly’s “Lil Bit.”

FGL was most recently nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the CMA Awards and are currently up for the fan-voted Favorite Duo or Group Country during the American Music Awards, which is set for 11/22.

LADY A RIDES THE DELUXE WAVE
11/16/20

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Lady A’s #1 album Ocean, the trio is set to release a deluxe edition on 11/20 via BMLG Records.

With six additional tracks, the deluxe version includes live renditions of “Let It Be Love (At Home Version)” and their platinum certified hit “What If I Never Get Over You (Live from 3rd and Lindsley).”

The album also enlists ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Thomas Rhett on “Heroes” and includes a Tiki Bar rendition of “Champagne Night (From Songland)" as well as more.

“It’s crazy to think this album is only turning a year old because it has already been part of so many moments for us as a band. We wanted to share our appreciation with our fans with a couple of never released tracks we thought they might like and put a spin on some others that have been fun to play around with during quarantine,” shared Hillary Scott.

To pre-save Ocean Deluxe Edition, click here.

THEY KNOW HOW TO GET LOUD
11/13/20

The Tennessee Titans have unveiled the debut video for their custom anthem, “Get Loud (Titan Up),” serving as a new game day tradition for fans and celebrating Nashville’s hometown pride.

Penned by OUTSKRTS, who’s comprised of Warner Chappell Music’s ACM-winning singer/songwriter Brandon Ray and writer/producer Christian Hale, the rallying song was released earlier this year after being created during a virtual songwriting camp.

Ben Vaughn, who heads up our Nashville business, and Pat Restaino on our sync team worked closely with me on this partnership, and I know I speak for all of us when I say it's been an honor to collaborate with the Titans. We think this song will create some unforgettable game day moments and memories for our entire community,” said WCM Director of Synchronization, Katie Jelen.

Tennessee Titans SVP, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer, Gil Beverly added, “Warner Chappell Music and OUTSKRTS not only brought us a song that makes us want to run through a brick wall, but also one that represents the Tennessee Tough mentality that so accurately describes our team and our great state.”

OUTSKRTS shared, “We’re so proud of ‘Get Loud (Titan Up)’ and hopeful it will unite and pump up Titans fans, players and the great city of Nashville.”

Stream “Get Loud (Titan Up)” on Spotify and check out the official video below.

CMA WINNERS: THE COMPLETE LIST
11/11/20

The 54th Annual CMA Awards has officially aired on ABC, marking the first time the country music community has come together in one room this year.

Broadcasting on 11/11, co-hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker kicked off one of country music’s biggest nights at the Music City Center in Nashville and were joined by some of the top winners for the night, including Eric Church, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Morgan Wallen and more.

While seeing live performances from the likes of Dan + Shay, who were joined by Justin Bieber for “10,000 Hours,” Morris, Combs, Old Dominion and more was a refreshing and much needed moment in the live industry, artists that pulled out of the awards ceremony last minute due to COVID-19 exposure included Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line and Jenee Fleenor.

Check out the full list of winners from Wednesday night's CMA Awards in Nashville below.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Eric Church [WINNER]
Luke Combs

Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris [WINNER]
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Eric Church
Luke Combs [WINNER]
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban



VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion [WINNER]
Rascal Flatts

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay [WINNER]
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen [WINNER]

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to artist(s), producer(s), and mix engineer)

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

"Beer Never Broke My Heart," Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

"The Bones," Maren Morris [WINNER]
Producer: Greg Kurstin Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin

"I Hope," Gabby Barrett
Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale Mix Engineer: Buckley Miller

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to artist and producer(s)

Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

Never Will, Ashley McBryde
Producers: Jay Joyce, John Peets

Old Dominion, Old Dominion
Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion

What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs [WINNER]
Producers: Scott Moffatt

Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce

SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to songwriters)

"Bluebird"
Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert

"The Bones" [WINNER]
Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz

"Even Though I'm Leaving"
Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher

"I Hope You're Happy Now"
Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton

"More Hearts Than Mine"
Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to artists and producer(s)

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers

"Be A Light," Thomas Rhett f/Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Producer: Dann Huff

"The Bones," Maren Morris with Hozier
Producer: Greg Kurstin

"Fooled Around And Fell In Love," Miranda Lambert f/Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, & Caylee Hammack
Producer: Jay Joyce

"I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice [WINNER]
Producer:
busbee

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle [WINNER]
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Rob McNelley, Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, Guitar
Derek Wells, Guitar

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Director: Patrick Tracy

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert [WINNER]
Director: Trey Fanjoy

"Homemade," Jake Owen
Director: Justin Clough

"I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Director: Sam Siske

"Second One To Know," Chris Stapleton
Director: David Coleman

CMA BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

National

"American Country Countdown" (Kix Brooks), Westwood One
"The Blair Garner Show" (Blair Garner and “Off Eric” Garner), Westwood One
"CMT After Midnite" (Cody Alan), Premiere Networks
"Country Countdown USA" (Lon
Helton), Westwood One [WINNER]
"The Mayor of Music Row" (Charlie Monk), SiriusXM Satellite Radio

 

WCM WINS BIG AT ASCAP AND BMI COUNTRY AWARDS
11/9/20

Warner Chappell Music is celebrating a double victory after being named Publisher of the Year at both the BMI and ASCAP Country Awards.

This year marks the eight consecutive year the WCM team has taken home the top honor at the ASCAP Awards and the third consecutive year at the BMI Awards.

Old Dominion was presented with ASCAP’s Song of the Year honor for “One Man Band,” which was co-written by band member and WCM tunesmith Matthew Ramsey, while Morgan Wallen’s Ben Burgess-penned hit, “Whiskey Glasses,” took home the honor at the BMI Awards, earning Burgess his first-ever BMI win.

Other first-time winners during the country-music celebrations included breakout writers like Brock Berryhill, Hunter Phelps, Lonnie Fowler and Randy Montana.