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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Music City
MANAGERS WEIGH IN: BRUCE KALMICK (TRIPLE 8)
7/28/20

What are you listening to?
All my clients, all the time. And Tyler Childers, TikTok songs and Tracy Chapman.

Are your clients using TikTok?
Yes, we’re running campaigns on most every artist. We’re spending countless hours learning the ropes. I can’t take credit for BRELAND’s emergence on TikTok, because I signed him [with Wassim Slaiby’s SAL&CO in a co-management deal] after “My Truck” started to really go crazy. But BRELAND can take credit for anything else I ever succeed with on TikTok, because he was the catalyst for my complete obsession with this powerful social application.

With those fans who want physical, how do you bridge the gap?
Creative vinyl packaging like our Whiskey Myers team, led by Eddie Kloesel, launched and sold tens of thousands of copies of the band’s catalog in the last year. Vinyl will only get bigger and bigger.

What’s one thing you hope for the industry?
Keep exploring the genre. Country music is not any one thing, and with artists like Sam Hunt, BRELAND, Tyler Childers, Ruston Kelly, Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Keith Urban, we will continue to see the faces of the genre change for the positive.