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Who you gonna trust on these matters? (9/22a)
POST STREAMS AHEAD
OF TAYLOR, SAM
Nothin' but net—dude can't miss right now. (9/22a)
ALL SLOW HANDS 
ON DECK
No, not Clapton. We're talking Horan. (9/22a)
THIS HITS LIST IS SEASONABLY COOL
This is the autumn equinox, after all. (9/22a)
TRIPPING & WORSHIPING
A compelling argument for physical product. (9/22a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Big. Papery. Stupid.
PIZZA NOT DELIVERED
Someone's in trouble.
SAM SMITH'S STATEMENT
How he captures our moment.
THE BIGGEST RELEASE OF Q4
It's not what you think.
Music City
CHRIS JANSON GETS ON WITH EVERYBODY
9/22/17


Warner Music Nashville's Chris Janson is celebrating the release of his latest album Everybody today (9/22) in Music City. The album's single, "Fix A Drink," is in the Top 15 at Country radio and climbing. He'll also enjoy a two-night stint at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater with Sam Hunt

As if that weren't enough Nashville Mayor Megan Barry declared 9/22 to be Everybody Day, the good tidings having been brought by Janice Avila from Mayor Barry's office.

Seen just before making sure Everybody got a copy of the declaration are (l-r) SiriusXM The Highway host Buzz Brainard, Chris Janson, SiriusXM's JR SchumannKJM Management's Kelly Janson, Justine AvilaWarner Music Nashville VP Radio & Stream Chris PalmerWMN VP Artist Development Lisa Ray and Red Light Management's Tom Lord.

You can stream Everybody right here.  

MIDLAND MADE A LITTLE MUSIC VIDEO
9/22/17



Today (9/22) marks the premiere of the music video for "Make A Little," from Big Machine's breakouts Midland. The upbeat track is set to impact radio 9/25.

The new video comes in the wake of their smash "Drinkin' Problem" getting double Gold-certification from the RIAA. Both tracks are on their freshman album, On The Rocks, available now. Take the "Make A Little" video for a spin below.

WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE BRINGS ON MCBRYDE
9/21/17

Chairman CEO Warner Music Nashville John Esposito and Ashley McBryde

Singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde recently found herself on John Esposito's Warner Music Nashville roster. Having already toured with major acts like Chris Stapleton and Eric Church, McBryde is already making waves in Music City. Her recent single "A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega" hit #1 on SiriusXM's The Highway and is impacting radio 10/16.

Meanwhile we're trying to find ourselves in a little dive bar absolutely anywhere. 

DUSTIN LYNCH'S COUNTRY REIGN
9/19/17


BBR's Dustin Lynch is riding headlong into a third week at the Country chart's #1 spot with single "Small Town Boy." The track marks Lynch's fifth consecutive #1 hit and is the second off his latest album, Current Mood, to be certified RIAA gold. "Small Town Boy" has also gleaned the Top Audience of the year at Country Airplay. 

Come November, Lynch will be kicking off his Ride or Die Tour with support from Ryan Hurd, LANCO and Michael Ray. He's currently supporting Brad Paisley's Weekend Warrior World Tour, wrapping 9/24 in St. Louis, MO.

AIN'T IT GRAND?
9/18/17

On the occasion of their Grand Ole Opry debut, Warner Music Nashville’s The Last Bandoleros pose for this cheerful pic with their team, after which everyone donned their Minnie Pearl hats with price tags attached. Seen are (l-r) Opry Director of Marketing Dan Rogers, Paradigm’s Kevin Kastrup, WMN VP Artist Development Justin Luffman, the band’s Jerry Fuentes, Emilio Navaira, Diego Navaira and Derek James, WMN boss John Esposito and PR Director Mary Catherine Rebrovick and manager/Cherrytree Music Company Chairman Martin Kierszenbaum. The band recently dropped sizzling new single “River Man.”

BOOK LEARNING
9/15/17

If you've been getting your Americana on, you'll certainly appreciate these pics of two more rabid readers of the Holly Gleason-curated essay anthology Woman Walk the Line. On the left, the astonishingly gifted Rhiannon Giddens brandishes the collection; while at right the brilliant Nashville star Brantley Gilbert pores over its pages. The volume (published by UT Press) contains pieces on the most influential women in country music by an array of superb writers (including Holly herself). Rhiannon will be helping to translate it into Gaelic.

COUNTRY CARES FOR KIDS AT THE GRAND OL' OPRY
9/14/17

Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan with special guest and presenter Kael and hit series Nashville's Clare Bowen

Wednesday (9/13) saw the Country community rallying for the kids of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital with Country Cares for St. Jude Kids at the historic Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville.

As September is Chidren's Cancer Awareness Month, supporters are encouraged to make contributions to St. Jude's as a means to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Every year Country Music Cares does this with over 1k industry-ites gathering to support the cause. 

This year featured performances from Country Music Hall of FameRandy Owen of Alabama, four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, Clare Bowen and Charles Esten of CMT's Nashville. Videos and photos of special moments from Country Music Cares were shared throughout and in between performances. Additionally; special guest and presenter Kael presented Owen with a gift thanking him for over 28 years of work with Country Music Cares for St. Jude Kids.    

THE STAGECOACH LINEUP IS HERE
9/13/17

The lineup for Indio's 12th iteration of applauded country music festival Stagecoach has been revealed. Set for 4/27-29 (the slot that typically follows Coachella), Florida Georgia Line will headline on Friday, Keith Urban's got Saturday and Garth Brooks is scheduled to wrap things up nicely on Sunday.

Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne, Midland and more make up the rest of the bill. Get all the names in the official flyer below.

A new stage this year—sponsored by SiriusXM—will spotlight up-and-coming talent like Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Seth Ennis, Runaway June and Jordan Davis. In another first, SiriusXM will also broadcast live from the festival.

With three-day, general admission priced at $329, festival passes will go on sale on 9/22 at 11am PDT. Click here for more info.

For what it's worth, you know an event is worth going to when the official press release specifically states that brisket, ribs and pulled pork will be on site in abundance. Be still, our (potentially slower-than-normal) beating hearts.

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