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I.B. BAD TUNES IN
New label bosses, Grammys, must-see TV, more. (1/17a)
HAS NEW COLUMBIA BOSS PERRY INKED HIS FIRST MAJOR ACT?
A new era of signings begins. (1/17a)
THE GRAMMY PERFORMERS KEEP ON COMIN'
Kendrick, U2, Sam... (1/17a)
WOMEN
ON THE WAY
Promotions across the pond make waves. (1/17a)
GRAMMY WHAMMY
Who's performing, for reals.
PLUGGING INTO POWER
Which major pop figure is pondering a move into politics?
BUILDING A BETTER PIZZA
Let's talk crust.
I'M A STABLE GENIUS
Pass the Big Macs.
Music City
"USE" WITH DISCRETION
1/16/18

Maren Morris is celebrating another #1 at Country radio with "I Could Use a Love Song" (Columbia Nashville), which occasioned this remembrance from her publisher, Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner Carla Wallace:

I took a picture of Maren standing on the Santa Monica pier after writing "My Church," the wind was blowing her hair and she was standing on a star carved into the pier. Such a long journey from that picture to today but I'd say she's standing right where she should be, at number one. Congrats from all of us at Big Yellow Dog Music.

Wallace then expressed the fervent hope that we wouldn't get our grubby mitts on the above photo.

ICYMI: LANCO'S ELLEN DEBUT
1/16/18



Arista Nashville's LANCO made their Ellen Show debut this morning, performing their platinum two-week #1, "Greatest Love Story." Watch it below. 

With the group's debut album Hallelujah Nights dropping 1/19, the band will also be performing on The Bachelor (1/22), Today (1/25) and Kimmel (1/25). That said, we doubt they'll be saying "Hallelujah" when they remember the HITS offices are right next to Kimmel
 


D'HILLY MAKES A DILLY OF A DEAL WITH MONUMENT
1/16/18

Sony Music imprint, Jason Owen and Shane McAnally's Monument Records, recently added Sarah D'Hilly as Associate Director of Digital Strategy to their roster. The label continues to grow as flagship artists Caitlyn Smith and Walker Hayes gain momentum.
 
Having officially joined the label in late 2017, D'Hilly will oversee all digital marketing initiatives and partner relationships with DSPs and social platforms. She'll report directly to Monument's SVP Marketing & Label Operations, Katie McCartney.

As part of her deal, if she exceeds certain benchmarks in her first 18 months, D'Hilly will be permitted an additional apostrophe.

RISER HOUSE & COLUMBIA GET A TENPENNY RAISE
1/10/18


In its first signing, the joint venture between Sony Music Nashville and Riser House brings on singer/songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny to Riser House/Columbia Records

A Nashville native and grandson of former CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the esteemed Donna Hilley, Tenpenny's been a lifelong devotee to music. 

He's already had success as a songwriter, having written a Top 5 hit for Granger Smith ("If the Boot Fits"), and as a performer, opening for a a range of influential acts that include Jake Owen, Brett Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dustin Lynch and Jon Langston, among others. 

Tenpenny is the flagship artist for Riser House, which is a full-service label, artist management and music publishing company. His EP, Linden Ave, is available now and you can keep up with what's next for him here

We'd like to point out that ten pennies is also the average salary for a HITS employee.

Seen in the photo above are (L-R, front) Sony Music Nashville SVP Legal & Business Affairs Angie Magill and Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman, Mitchell
Tenpenny, Riser House Records President Jennifer Johnson and GM Stephanie Hudacek, and (L-R back) manager Kristen Ashley, Sony Music Nashville SVP A&R Jim Catino, COO/EVP Ken Robold, EVP Promotion/Artist Development Steve Hodges, EVP Marketing/New Business John Zarling, Tenpenny’s marketing lead Jennifer Way, and Columbia Nashville SVP Promotion Shane Allen.

ROAD WARRIOR O'CONNELL RECOGNIZED BY CMA
1/9/18

Live Nation President of Country Music Touring Brian O'Connell will be receiving the honor of this year's CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award.

The CMA Touring Awards, which give merit to the industry's behind-the-scenes heroes, will take place 1/22 in Nashville and feature CMA winner Kristian Bush as host. 

"I am incredibly honored to receive this award from the CMA," O'Connell said. "This is absolutely not a reflection of anything I have done on my own, rather my incredible team in Nashville, Michael Rapino, Bob Roux and the rest of Live Nation giving us the latitude and guidance to achieve lofty goals, and most importantly the artist community, including the agents, managers and road warriors who make it all possible."





JAKE KENNEDY JOINS UTA
1/9/18

Agent Jake Kennedy, who has represented and worked with Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler and others during his 10 years in Nashville, has joined UTA. He comes over from CAA.

 “Jake’s experience working with developing and superstar artists makes him a great addition to UTA,” said David Zedeck, Global Head of UTA Music.

Kennedy noted, “I’ve been watching the momentum at UTA continue to progress, which fueled my decision to join the agency. It’s an innovative space for artists to thrive.”

ROLLING STONE: LAST BANDOLEROS "COULD BE THIS YEAR'S MOST IMPORTANT NEW COUNTRY BAND"
1/8/18

Hey, better late than never. Rolling Stone has a new feature called "Why the Last Bandoleros Could Be This Year's Most Important New Country Band," noting the Warner Music Nashville group's powerhouse musical recipe and how its Latin influences might be especially ripe for the mainstream. We've been praising these guys forever, but clearly the word is getting out. Label chief John "Espo" Esposito calls them "sideways" in the best possible way, noting that love for the band in the WMN building remains strong. Will Country radio recognize the immense promise as the Bandos continue to win frenzied converts on the road? Stay tuned. In the meantime, here's a taste of the sweaty, rockin'-roots intensity that is their live show, courtesy of a live clip of the stellar tune "River Man."

LANCO'S "GREATEST" GOES PLATINUM
1/5/18


While celebrating their second week at #1, Arista Nashville's LANCO got a certified-platinum surprise with a plaque for their hit single, "Greatest Love Story."

The BMI quintet is the first group in country history to receive platinum certification on a single prior to the release of a debut album. It's also the first time in over ten years that songwriting credit for a #1 can be solely attributed to the artist. 

LANCO's debut album, Hallelujah Nights, is due to drop 1/19; you can preorder it and learn about upcoming tour dates here

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