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GREIN ON GRAMMYS: BEST NEW ARTIST
Eight is enough. (10/22a)
RIRI PASSES ON SUPER BOWL LIII HALFTIME
Solidarity in action (10/19a)
BORN AGAIN, AGAIN
Can it hold off "Star" power? (10/22a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS BORN UNDER A BRAD SIGN
Gaga and Cooper on repeat (10/17a)
THE LAST HURDLE (UPDATE)
The final call will go down in Brussels. (10/22a)
GRAMMY CONTENDERS
We chat with big stars, rising stars and next big things.
MMA FOR DUMMIES
Not Mixed Martial Arts; the Music Modernization Act, dummy.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
...or are our bosses from outer space?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Music City
CALE DODDS DEBUTS AT THE OPRY
10/22/18

Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville rising star Cale Dodds stepped into the circle for the first time on Friday night (10/19) with his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. He performed "Take You Back" and his recently-released "What We Gonna Do About It," which was been added to Spotify's New Music Friday, New Boots, Wild Country and Next From Nashville playlists. 

L-R: Songwriter/producer Corey Crowder, Starstruck Entertainment's Narvel Blackstock, Cale Dodds, Grand Ole Opry's Jordan Petit, CAA's Marc Dennis

TRIPLE 8 ADDS FOUR
10/22/18

Triple 8 Management has announced additions to its Nashville and Austin offices. The four new hires bring the T8 team to 42 members. 

Joining Triple 8 as Creative Director, Evan Kaufmann is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, graphic designer and creative mastermind. Kaufmann has worked for entertainment heavyweights including Disney, Warner Bros., and UMG and will oversee visual branding for the company's growing roster of artists and clients. 

Biz vet Shawn Pennington lands as a manager. Pennington's career began as a bandleader and road manager, then as a manager at Morris Management, developing the careers of Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, John Rich and special projects with Alabama. Most recently, Pennington served as SVP of BBR Management and founded Pennington Entertainment, amanagement and marketing company. 

Pennington, with Cara Kozulak alongside him, will join the management team for Eli Young Band and continue to manage Thompson Square as part of Triple 8's management. Kozulak began her career at BBR as a management assistant working with Thompson Square, Parmalee and Lindsay Ell

Alena Moran is stepping into a new role at Triple 8 as a Creative Manager, representing producers, engineers and other creatives. She has represented Grammy-Award winning engineer F. Reid Shippen (Kenny Chesney, Ingrid Michaelson), Pete Lyman (Panic! At The Disco, Chris Stapleton), Dave Gardner (Bassnectar, Weezer) and Daniel Bacigalupi (Parker Millsap, Kane Brown). She was also a production coordinator for recording projects by Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Jesse James Decker and Dustin Lynch.

Founders George Couri and Bruce Kalmick will continue to send our calls to voice mail. 

THE HUBB A-HUBBA
10/22/18

CAA’s Nashville office is hosting a music-specific, invitation-only career-development event for college students from across the country with an emphasis on diversity. On hand at The Hubb, as it’s been dubbed, will be UMG Nashville chief Mike Dungan; CAA Music topper Rob Light (pictured), Parallel Entertainment’s Travis Myatt, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment CEO Lou Taylor, BMI writer/artists Cameron Bedell and Alex Hall and producer David Hodges, among other industry heavyweights.

During the summit, which began on Sunday, 10/21, recruiters host workshops, providing attendees with insights into the tools and skills needed in today’s job market.

The Hubb was named in honor of industry icon Barbara “Mother” Hubbard, Executive Director of the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS), whose program provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in the performing arts, whether onstage or behind the scenes.

THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN
10/19/18



Sony Nashville has announced the inking of California-bred and Nashville-based trio Fairground Saints, whose newly minted global development deal through distro and label services arm The Orchard will be christened by the release of new song "Somewhere Down the Line" next Friday (10/26). Click here to see a just-released trailer that gives listeners a quick taste of the group's impressive harmonies and appreciation for toe-tapping hooks. 

"Fairground Saints have created something unique in country music, a sound that reflects their west coast leanings that is harmony-driven, adventurous, and carefree with intricate vocals, thoughtful songwriting, and solid musicianship," said Sony Nashville Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman. "With The Orchard partnership, we are in a great position to focus our individual resources on identifying and cultivating opportunities to advance the band and their growing fan base on a bigger scale. And with 'Somewhere Down The Line,' we are off to a very good start."

Pictured in the front row from left to right are The Orchard GM Jessica Phelps-Colvin, FS' Elijah Edwards, Mason Van Valin and Meg McAllister, and Goodman. In the back row, you'll spot SMN's Angie Magill, The Ochard's Lauren Kasper, SMN's John Zarling, manager Kimberly Knoller, SMN COO/EVP Ken Robold and the company's Taylor Lindsey.

Celebratory martinis were on Zarling, who suddenly ran off to find his briefcase, which was probably somewhere at The Palm

UTA GOES TO UNIVERSITY
10/19/18

Over 200 students made their way to a Digital Summit hosted by United Talent Agency yesterday (10/18) at Belmont University that aimed to educate students on the various career opportunities in the digital world. The event, which delved into what the current landscape of social media, podcasting, and fan re-targeting looks like, opened discussions with UTA executives like Digital Strategy Agent Nick Barnes, Head of IQ Strategy Kendall Ostrow, Digital Agent/Emerging Platforms Oren Rosenbaum, and Spotify’s Director and Head of Originals Jesse Burton.

Dr. Cheryl Slay Carr, the Associate Dean of Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business states, “Our ongoing relationship with UTA has resulted in countless professional and educational benefits for our students,” adding that by hosting events like such, students are introduced to “career opportunities in a burgeoning field and [given] invaluable insights from industry thought leaders.” Sessions presented during the summit included “Retargeting: How to Cut Through the Noise and Market to Your True Fans,” “Social Media: What Could go Wrong? Brand Crisis Management in the Digital Age,” and “Creation to Syndication: How to get a Podcast off the Ground.” The summit was held for faculty and students who are currently enrolled at Belmont University.

Students have also received advanced training in "How to Throw Your Phone at Your Assistant Because He/She Got Your Latte Order Wrong."

Pictured just before a spontaneous kegger are (l-r) Rosenbaum, Burton, Ostrow, Barnes, and Dr. Carr.

CATINO UPPED TO EVP A&R
AT RANDY'S HOUSE
10/18/18

Sony Music Nashville has upped Jim Catino to EVP A&R. Catino, who first joined the label in 2001, is a 23-year industry veteran. He'll continue to report directly to label chief Randy Goodman, who hailed him as "one of the most respected A&R professionals in the business."

For his part, Catino expressed his gratitude to Goodman and his label team. "I enjoy being part of building successful careers and developing exciting new talent," he added, "and I'm looking forward to what's ahead in my new post."

The Cleveland native worked at DreamWorks Music Publishing, Giant Records and MCA Music Publishing before joining SMN.

CURTIS TAKES THE REINS
10/17/18

The Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar have just name RJ Curtis, who currently serves as the Nashville Editor for All Access Music Group, as their incoming Executive Director of the non-profit organization. Bill Mayne announced his plan for departure in April, after filling the position for nearly a decade, and will be leaving his position following the 50th Anniversary year of Country Radio Seminar.

Long-time radio and industry veteran Curtis is slated to take the reins on 11/12, at which time you may phone him and say, "Hey, buddy."

HURRICANE'S AFTERMATH: HOW YOU CAN HELP
10/15/18

Hurricane Michael has left devastation in its wake, and communities that lay in its path face a mammoth rebuilding task. In the meantime, the people coping with this disaster are in need—and you can help.

They need materials like:

  • Tarps, Clorox, Wet wipes and trash bags
  • Tylenol and Advil
  • Can openers and plastic silverware
  • Non-perishable protein like tuna and chicken (in pull-top cans), peanut butter
  • baby formula
  • All-sized diapers, including adult
  • Gas cans
  • Charcoal
  • Tea and coffee
  • Pet food and kitty litter

Donation and volunteer information can be found here.

Amazon, Walmart and Publix gift cards are also being procured from cash donations and given to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for distribution to people in need, particularly those in areas that aren’t accessible by the general public.

Amazon or other shipped donations can be sent to 38 Suzanne Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Thanks for helping.