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TWO GRAMMY NERDS DISH ABOUT THE NOMINATIONS
Let the opinions fly. (12/14a)
AN ALL-GRAMMY
DOUBLE HITS LIST
Family economy size (12/14a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
Action in the Apple-verse (12/14a)
MEDIABASE 2018 AIRPLAY TOTALS ARE HERE
All the "Hey Buddy"s your heart desires (12/14a)
REVENUE CHART: RED, WHITE, BLUE & GREEN
...i.e., "Rudolph," "Pure Cocaine," Ol' Blue Eyes and currency (12/14a)
GRAMMY NERDS BREAK IT DOWN
Wow, they really are nerds, huh?
REVERBERATIONS OF TAYLOR'S DEAL
What does it all mean? What did it cost? Answer the second question first.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
It's fine, really. We'd just like to feel our extremities again.
EGGNOG
A sweet and creamy vehicle for the intoxicating liquor that blocks out the agony of the holidays.
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UNIVERSAL MOVES
12/14/18

Over at Mike Dungan's UMG Nashville, Rob Femia was just promoted to SVP Business & Legal Affairs, while Dawn Gates was named SVP Digital Business & Creative Development. 

“Rob’s knowledge of the music business is second to none. This vast knowledge is evident in his deal-making and the way he works with UMG Nashville artists, managers and associated attorneys,” notes COO Mike Harris. “Over my career, I have had the honor of working with some of the best attorneys in the business and I put Rob Femia right up there at the top of list. Mike [Dungan], Cindy [Mabe] and I could not be more proud to acknowledge all of Rob’s hard work with this well-deserved promotion.”

“Dawn has one of the greatest forward-thinking minds I know,” says Mabe. “Her ability to look ahead and develop the business of the next 5 to 10 years as both a music and media company is critical to our artists growth and has been key to our success as a label group. I am so proud to recognize Dawn in this newly created position...”

CHRIS LANE EARNS A PLAQUE TO "TAKE BACK HOME"
12/14/18


Performing for a sold-out crowd at NYC's Irving Plaza, Big Loud's Chris Lane was surprised on stage by label Prexy Clay Hunnicutt with news that his smash single "Take Back Home Girl (f/Tori Kelly)" is officially certified Platinum by the RIAA. In support of his sophomore album, Laps Around the Sun, Lane's headlining tour of the same name wraps up with four additional dates added along the east coast after four consecutive sold-out shows in the Northeast over the weekend. 

Pictured above posing with the platinum plaque after calling each other "Chief" for 10 minutes on stage (L-R): Big Loud's Hunnicutt, Marc Rucker, Nikki Wood, Sweet Talk Publicity's Jensen Sussman, Chris Lane, Big Loud's Lloyd Norman, Candice Watkins and Sweet Talk's Jodi Dawes.

KANE NAMED BREAKTHROUGH ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR BY THE AP
12/12/18

Multi-platinum "boundary-breaking country star" Kane Brown has been selected by the Associated Press as a 2018 Breakthrough Entertainer of the Year. The RCA Nashville/Zone 4 star is one of eight entertainers spanning a range of actors, comedians and musicians whose distinguished work earned them a post on the annual year-end list. 

Brown is the only country artist to be recognized on the list, which includes Awkwafina and Ella Mai among others. The AP honor tops off Brown's stellar year along with the release of Experiment debuting at #1 and surpassing 2 billion career streams. 

 

MONUMENT "SURPRISES" TEDDY ROBB WITH A RECORD CONTRACT
12/5/18

Performing alongside Monument Co-President Shane McAnally and multi-platinum songwriter/producer Matt McGinn at his residency, "Teddy Robb and Friends," Robb was pleasantly surprised when McAnally stopped mid-show to break the news that Robb was formally signed to Monument. As he's worked with Jason Owen and McAnally's Monument on a developmental basis for the last year, the signing wasn't too far out of left field. 

“I have seen firsthand over this past year that Jason and Shane have built one of the best teams around. It’s both humbling and an honor that they have chosen me to be their next artist to build. With them as partners, I have no doubt we will be able to accomplish great things,” Robb declared. 

Monument released the Ohio native's debut track, "Lead Me On," co-written by Robb along with Ryan Beaver, McGinn and Aaron Eshuis and produced by McAnally, McGinn and Ben Fowler in the fall of this year. The track has 6 million+ streams to date. 

Seen thinking our publication is a monument to the power of weed are (l-r) Aaron Kinssies (Longshot Managment), Jason Owen, Katie McCartney (Monument), Teddy Robb, Shane McAnally, Rob Baker (Longshot).

CHANGES AT COLUMBIA NASH
11/30/18

Former BMLG Director of Southwest/Midwest Regional Promotion & Marketing Lauren Longbine is joining Columbia Nashville as Director of Southeast Promotion, while the label's Lyndsay Church is named Director of Northeast Promotion, effective immediately.

The announcements were made by SVP Promotion Shane Allen, to whom both women will report.

STATION IDENTIFICATION
11/28/18

At Pandora Live at Marathon Music Works, superstar Jason Aldean blinded the photographer with the dazzling glare of his new plaque while the following people wondered if we'd finally come up with an algorithm to write these captions: Pandora's Brad Minor and Aimée Lapic, Aldean and Pandora's Bev Dunkerley and Jeff Z.

BROOKS GETS "STRONGER"
WITH AMAZON
11/20/18

"Stronger Than Me"—the song that Garth Brooks sang to his wife, Tricia Yearwood, at last week's CMAs—is now available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Music.

The release of this live recording follows the summer arrival of Brooks' first single from his forthcoming album—another Amazon exclusive.

Brooks also dropped The Anthology, Part III: Live today. The third installment in a five-part series chronicles his history of live performances and record-breaking tours. 


JIMMIE ALLEN MAKES HISTORY
11/19/18

On the heels of presenting the CMA Award for Single of the Year to Chris Stapleton, newcomer Jimmie Allen has become the first black artist to top the Country airplay charts with his debut single. Allen’s “Best Shot,” has also been the most Shazamed Country song for eight weeks running. Among African-American country artists, only Darius Rucker has hit #1 with his debut single in the genre. And none other than Kane Brown is a fan.

“If someone asked me two years ago if I thought that this would be my life today—that I’d be on the red carpet at the CMAs or my song would be the #1 song on Country radio, I would have honestly said no,” says Allen. “Did I think it would happen eventually? Absolutely! Just not this soon. I’m humbled and grateful. It’s such an honor to get my first #1 and to know that my song is connecting with people and resonating in a way that hopefully makes us all better people in the end, because that’s really what ‘Best Shot’ is all about.”

Written by Allen, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Allen’s debut album, Mercury Lane (Stoney Creek).

Allen will make his fourth appearance since October on NBC’s Today on 11/28. Along with opening for Scotty McCreery, he’ll play select dates on Brown’s Live Forever Tour.