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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
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SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
Music City
THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE
AND REALLY REAL
9/18/20

By Holly Gleason

It should’ve been April. It should’ve been Las Vegas. It should’ve been a live audience. It should’ve been a lot of things. But when the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards actually hit the airwaves, the sheer relief of finally getting the music moving was palpable.

A lot went into making the first mostly live awards show work. RAC Clark, Raj Kapoor and Glenn Weiss—alongside recently installed ACM chief Damon Whiteside—figured out a quick cut, three-location, green-screen extravaganza that celebrated The Grand Ole Opry, the teeny songwriter room The Bluebird Café and the Opry’s original home, The Ryman Auditorium.

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ACM WINNERS (AND TIES)
9/18/20

Who took home the big trophies? Luke CombsDan + ShayThomas and Carrie and many more...

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ANOTHER (NERDIER) TAKE
ON THE ACMS
9/18/20

By Simon Glickman

I should start by saying that Holly Gleason has doubtless forgotten more about country than I’ll ever know, and her analysis of the ACMS, which you can—and should—read here, is full of rare insight.

But this nerdy L.A. Jew also had some feelings about the night, so here goes.

First off: Awards shows are tricky to pull off even under ordinary circumstances. To see performers go full-tilt without an audience to give them even a drop of that energy back is weird—like a dress rehearsal in outer space. But damn if the performers on this show didn’t raise the roof anyhow.

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VIRTUAL COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATION
9/17/20


Warner Music Nashville
's Michael Ray recently welcomed nearly 150 guests from across the industry to a virtual conversation alongside WMN’s EVP of A&R Cris Lacy on 9/15.

During the cocktails and conversation, the singer/songwriter revealed his next single “Whiskey and Rain” would arrive on 9/25. Lacy wrapped up the event by presenting Ray with a plaque to commemorate his five RIAA-certified tracks and three chart-topping singles.

Ray’s singles “Her World or Mine,” “One That Got Away,” “Get to You,” “Think a Little Less” and “Kiss You in the Morning” have all been certified gold. Try saying that five times fast when you’re five cocktails deep.

RITZ MCCAIN HEADS TO SPOTIFY
9/16/20

Spotify has appointed MaritzaRitzMcCain as Sr. Editor, Christian & Gospel. McCain arrives at Spotify from UMG’s Capitol Christian Music Group, where she served as Director of Global Streaming.

A huge thanks to [Rachel Whitney, Mjeema Pickett, John Stein and Jeremy Erlich] for this opportunity and entrusting me with some of the most inspiring music out there,” said McCain in an Instagram post. “And a BIG shout out to the worldwide community of artists and their teams without whom my work would be impossible”

The Paterson, N.J-native first got her start in the industry when she began working in A&R and Publishing for Reach Records. Following her time there, McCain became the Associate Director of Digital Partners for SME with their subsidiary label, Provident Label Group, where she managed digital music streaming accounts and further developed international company relationships.

KEITH'S PACKED SCHEDULE
9/16/20

Keith Urban’s got a packed schedule today and Thursday in the lead-up to Friday’s release of his 10th solo studio album, The Speed Of Now, Part 1 (Capitol Nashville).

“One Too Many,” his duet with P!nk, dropped today and is already Top 10 at iTunes; the video comes out Thursday via Facebook and tonight, the two will perform the song on the 55th annual ACM Awards, which he is hosting.

Thursday, 1,000 fans will be able to participate in his Apple Music Virtual Listening Party and chat directly with Urban in real time. Zane Lowe will moderate the live Q&A. The event starts at 8pm ET.

CHRIS YOUNG HITS CAREER MILESTONES
9/15/20

RCA Nashville’s Chris Young is celebrating hitting a slew of milestones this month. The multi-platinum entertainer recently notched eight certifications from the RIAA, accumulating 7m+ consumption units across several of his projects.

His single “Tomorrow” was certified 2x platinum, while his album I’m Comin’ Over and his singes “Lonely Eyes” and “Voices” achieved platinum status. His other singles “Drowning,” “Raised on Country,” “Hangin’ On” and “I Can Take it From There” also received gold status.

In commemoration of his recent achievements, Young was surprised by his touring members, management, business management and label team as they also recognized his 3.5b+ career streams. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter has now earned 21 RIAA gold/platinum/multi-platinum certifications throughout his career.

“Today was absolutely a surprise with all of the plaques,” shared Young. “Recording stuff for charity, celebrating the past, and talking about the future... I couldn’t ask for a better day.”  

Additionally, the country star is gearing up to release an upcoming up-tempo collaboration to Country radio and streaming services soon. Check out his reaction video below.

PEOPLE KNOWS HOW TO PARTY
9/15/20

People, in partnership with the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions, has announced that it will produce and exclusively livestream PeopleTV Red Carpet Live: 55th ACM Award ahead of the 2020 ACM Awards.

Set to air on 9/16 at 7pm ET/6pm CT, the official pre-show will be hosted by PeopleTV’s Jeremy Parsons in NYC and features interviews and coverage leading up to the Nashville show.

With performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert and more, the 55th ACMs airs on CBS on 9/16 at 8pm ET and will be available to stream live and on demand on CBS All Access.

For more info on the ACMs, click here.