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NEAR TRUTHS:
DEVELOPING STORIES
The kids are almighty. (8/3a)
LEADING OFF:
RON’S BIG RUN
Not your father's Columbia (8/3a)
ON THE COVER
Happier days are here again. (8/3a)
AN AUGUST HITS LIST
Look at the guns on these giants. (8/3a)
GRAMMY CHEW: SEEING BIEBER
It's high time for Justice in the Academy. (8/3a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
Pub Crawling
SWINDELL’S ON TOP
8/2/21

Warner Music Nashville’s Cole Swindell is enjoying the top spot on the Country Singles Chart for a second consecutive week with “Single Saturday Night.” 

As the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum star’s 10th career #1, “Single Saturday Night”— written by Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy and Mark Holman with production by Michael Carter—has accumulated 180m+ streams, contributing to his combined 4b global career streams. Swindell also recently celebrated reaching 15m+ in total U.S. track equivalents.

Additionally, Swindell performed the hit single at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater alongside Luke Bryan last week as part of CMA Summer Jam, the three-hour artist-curated TV special airing on ABC on 9/2 at 8pm ET.

The Georgia native will join a lineup of more than 20 country stars for the special, including Jimmie AllenGabby BarrettDierks BentleyBrothers Osborne, Luke CombsFlorida Georgia LineMickey GuytonMiranda LambertCarly PearceBlake SheltonThomas RhettCarrie UnderwoodLainey Wilson and more. 

Currently on the road headlining his own shows in California and Nevada this week, Swindell will hit the road later this month to join Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road Tour, which kicks off on 8/20 in Bangor, ME.  

Pictured above with at least ten reasons to celebrate are Carter, Swindell and KP Entertainment’s Kerri Edwards.

PRIMARY WAVE GETS PHYSICAL
7/28/21

Slap on those neon-pink leg warmers, people, and let’s get physical, physical! Not that we ever did; aerobics always sorta smacked of effort.

In any case, Primary Wave has snapped up the publishing catalog of Steve Kipner, writer of Olivia Newton-John’s '80s workout mega-anthem “Let’s Get Physical” as well as the Aussie superstar's “Twist of Fate,” which was introduced to a new generation via the 2017 soundtrack to Netflix’s Stranger Things. “Physical” has also found new, erm, legs as the melody in Doja Cat and SZA's smash 2021 collab, “Kiss Me More.”

Kipner's catalog also includes compositions that were hits for Christina Aguilera (“Genie in a Bottle”), Chicago (“Hard Habit to Break”) and Camilo Cabello (“Crying in the Club”), among many others.

“Steve’s great catalog has proven that hit songs will continue to be heard for generations to come,” said PW prexy/co-founder Justin Shukat, while changing into his unitard. “‘Physical’ was the biggest song of the '80’s, and the evergreen copyright is a hit again this year.”

On his way to find a wheelbarrow of sufficient size for his cash haul, Kipner said: "I have always had the utmost respect for what Larry [Mestel] and Justin have been building there. Their catalogue of writers and songs speaks for itself.”

Can you hear your body talking, to paraphrase a key lyric? These days, ours is mostly saying "ow."

BARKER DRUMS UP PUB DEAL AT WCM
7/22/21

Drum roll, please! Travis Barker has parked his compositions at Warner Chappell Music, signing an exclusive worldwide administration deal for his songs written over the last three decades. 

The Kevin Wolff-managed drummer/composer for Blink-182, Transplants, The Aquabats and +44 has also co-written and produced songs for Machine Gun Kelly, Bebe Rexha, Dirty Heads, Swae Lee and others. He recently worked with Warner Chappell songwriter jxdn on his debut album, Tell Me About Tomorrow, through DTA Records, Barker’s joint venture with Elektra Music Group.

“Travis's authenticity has paved the way for him to continue to grow and endure as one of punk rock’s most charismatic and influential figures,”  said Warner Chappell Music SVPs of A&R, Greg Sowders and Katy Wolaver. “Not only did his music define an entire era, but his innovative, ongoing contributions to the contemporary musical landscape continue to shape culture. Travis has always found a way to infuse the DIY spirit of punk into every possible genre with amazing results.”

Warner Chappell Music President of A&R, U.S., Ryan Press, noted: “His music popularized pop-punk in the early 2000s, and as his career has continued to evolve, his influence has only gotten stronger. And think of how many tattoo parlors he keeps in business.”

Travis Barker gives a lesson on proper sign of the horn technique to Warner Chappell A&R SVP Greg Sowders, left, and President of U.S. A&R Ryan Press.

Photo credit: Thrasher