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VIVENDI EXPLORING MORE SALES OF UMG
They're looking for more than 10 cents. (10/17a)
TRAVIS' "ROOM" EARNS SECOND-BIGGEST BOW OF THE YEAR
Great Scott! (10/16a)
REVENUE CHART:
HIGHER & “HIGHEST”
Speaking of Travis... (10/17a)
TOP 20: ANOTHER FIGHT FOR #1?
Unexpected drama (10/17a)
MORE ABOUT MERCK'S MONEY
"More" being the operative word... (10/17a)
RIHANNA PREPARES TO RULE THE ROOST
What shoes go with dancehall?
WHAT'S NEXT FOR R&B?
How certain projects connect at streaming.
THE K-POP LANDSCAPE
농담은 한국어에서 더 잘 작동합니다.
THE NEW GRAMMY POWER
Change is nigh.
Music City
YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
10/17/19

Big Machine Label Group Pres/CEO Scott Borchetta joins Brett Young and BMLG Records CEO Jimmy Harnen in celebrating Young’s fifth consecutive Platinum-certified,  #1 single, “Here Tonight.” Later, the three piled into a Ferrari and did donuts in the parking lot.

WE GOT SLOBBERIN' DRUNK AT THE PALOMINO
10/16/19

Actually, we just caught a nice buzz, but how often do you get to quote that Zappa lyric? Anyway, the storied L.A. club reopened for one night, Big Machine's Midland played and it was magic. 

...Read the rest here.

RASCAL FLATTS' CELEB GOLF CLASSIC
10/16/19

Pictured (l to r) back row: Delta Dental’s Phil Wenk, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney, Champ, WME’s Kristin Cantrell; front row: Ambassadors Logan Miller, Jessica Meyer, Caroline Lantz and Levi Ray  

Rascal Flatts, in partnership with Delta Dental of Tennessee and WME, wrapped the fourth-annual Celebrity Golf Classic on 10/14, with proceeds benefitting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Taking place at the Golf Club of Tennessee, the event gives each team participating the special opportunity to be paired with a celebrity teammate for a day on the course. This year, the vocal group were joined by celebrity friends including Vince GillCharles KelleyTracy LawrenceLOCASHJimmie AllenJoe DiffieEric PaslayJamey JohnsonMitchell TenpennyShawn BoothD.B. SweeneyEric DeckerCortland FinneganScott HamiltonBrett HullRob Riggle and more.   

The event was rounded out with dinner, auctions and a performance by Rascal Flatts. The trio’s set featured collaborations with Charles Kelley, Jamey Johnson and Tyminski. This year’s sold-out event included 32 golf teams and over 350 guests in attendance for the evening show, emceed by Jessie James Decker

As longtime supporters of Children’s Hospital, Rascal Flatts has raised a total of $5,850,000 for the hospital, which renamed its Pediatric Surgery Center to the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center in 2010. All proceeds benefit research and fellowship training in the Division of Pediatric Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt.

“We are thrilled to be a part of an event like this,” shared Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus. “We only hope that we can continue to help raise money for Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital. We appreciate everyone who comes out to show their support or makes a donation to a cause that has always been so important to all of us.” 

“Rascal Flatts’ continued passion for helping our patients never ceases to amaze me,” said Surgeon-in-Chief of Children's Hospital, SVP of Pediatric Surgical Services, Director of the Division of Urology, and Monroe Carell Jr. Professor John W. Brock III, MD. “They not only support our hospital through their generous giving, but they also give of their time, always going above and beyond to brighten the days of our patients and families.”

Photo: Joe Howell 

"HOURS" GOES QUICKLY
10/14/19

The collaborative forces behind "10,000 Hours" (on Espo's Warner Music Nashville), which has earned more first-week streams than any country song in history (75m global streams), gathered for this mesmerizing photo op. Seen pondering musical versions of Malcolm Gladwell's other ideas are (l-r) SB Projects chief/super-manager Scooter Braun, Dan Smyers, Justin Bieber, Shay Mooney and Sandbox boss/super-manager Jason Owen

"10,000" has earned 25k+ U.S. track equivalents. Dan + Shay, now ranked among the Top 10 streaming country acts of the year, are up for Duo, Album and Single of the Year at the CMAs for their monster "Speechless;" the on-sale for their AEG-backed arena tour, meanwhile, has kicked off with the selling out of Madison Square Garden in less than 90 minutes. The tour begins in March with two nights at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

WMN's Espo, Ben Kline and Shane Tarleton have been drinking tequila for 10,000 hours and are speechless.

 

PLENTY OF PLAQUES FOR BENTLEY
10/14/19

Three-time CMA nominee and Grand Ole Opry member Dierks Bentley was recently recognized by the RIAA for his back-to-back #1 hits from his ninth studio album, The Mountain. The Capitol Nashville artist received Platinum certification for “Burning Man” f/Brothers Osborne while the album’s lead single, “Woman, Amen,” was certified Gold.

Shortly after receiving his plaques, Bentley performed for NBC’s upcoming special Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry, which airs on 11/26. For more info on Bentley, click here. Pictured above saying "amen" to the shutting down of our website (l-r) are UMG Nashville’s Manager of Marketing Amy Beard, Bentley, and UMG Nashville COO Mike Harris.

A SEA OF NEW MUSIC FROM LADY ANTEBELLUM
10/9/19

Lady Antebellum recently performed a selection of tracks from their forthcoming album for industry friends and family at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. In addition to performing an eight-song set, the CMA Awards’ Vocal Group of the Year nominees discussed their writing and recording process for Ocean, their first project for new label BMLG Records, due 11/15.

Tracks performed included “Be Patient With My Love,” “Pictures,” “Boots,” “Let It Be Love,” “Crazy Love,” and “What If I Never Get Over You.” Collaborator Dann Huff also joined the 7-time Grammy winners on stage for an electric version of “You Can Do You” before the group wrapped up the night with title track “Ocean.” For more on their new music, click here.

Pictured above shortly before racing Italian sports cars around the parking lot are (l-r) Red Light Management’s Coran Capshaw, BMLG Records’ Jimmy Harnen, Lady A’s Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, and Charles Kelley, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Red Light Management’s Callie Cunningham, and music journo Melinda Newman.

SAM HUNT TEASES NEW MUSIC
10/9/19

MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt teased fans all week with a glimpse of his new track “Kinfolks,” co-written by Hunt, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, and Josh Osborne. The multi-platinum artist left images and lyrics all over his socials for the new song, which impacts country radio on 10/14.

“When I think of ‘kinfolks,’ when I think of that phrase, I think of my family, but also I think of my people back home – beyond family,” says Hunt. “It’s my buddies who’ve been a part of my story from the beginning. I’ve made a lot of new friends and met a lot of new people who are important to me since I’ve moved away, but that core group is still my core group. It’s like that old saying, ‘you can’t make old friends.’”

Hunt is currently in the studio finishing up his new project,  expected in the next year, which follows up his triple platinum debut Montevallo and last year’s 6x platinum hit “Body Like A Back Road." For more info on Hunt, click here.

SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE INKS DOLEAC
10/8/19

Sony Music Nashville has inked Adam Doleac to the Arista Nashville imprint. The singer/songwriter’s track “Famous,” which he co-penned with Andy Skib and Bobby Hamrick, will be his first Arista release and impacts country radio on 12/16.

Doleac, who previously toured with Carrie Underwood, Chris Young and Kane Brown, among others, has also co-written songs for artists like Brown, Darius Rucker, and Hootie and the Blowfish.

The Mississippi native started writing songs in college with his baseball team and eventually uploaded his music to YouTube, garnering millions of views and leading to a pub deal with Sony/ATV. For more info on Doleac, click here.
Pictured above (seated from L-R) are SMN’s Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman and Director A&R Margaret Tomlin, Doleac, Lightcave Entertainment’s Eric Garcia, WME’s Sloane Logue, (standing from L-R) SMN’s Sr. Director Marketing Liz Cost and VP Digital Strategy Ed Rivadavia, WME’s Brian Jones, SMN’s SVP Sales/Streaming Caryl Atwood, COO/EVP Ken Robold and SVP Legal/Business Affairs Angie Magill and EVP Promotion/Artist Development Steve Hodges, and Arista Nashville VP Promotion Josh Easler.

Shortly after this photo was taken, Doleac demonstrated how to shag a fly ball and attorney Jess Rosen fouled out.