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Music City
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.