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iHEARTRADIO AWARDS:
SPREADING THE LOVE
We've got winners. (3/15a)
HITS LIST IS RADIOACTIVE
It's dialed in. (3/15a)
THE ROOTS OF ROCK &
SOUL, SONG BY SONG:
REAPING THE HARVEST
Ready to shake, rattle and roll? (3/15a)
SONG REVENUE CHART:
MONTE IS MONEY
Location, location, location. (3/15a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
ALLEN GRUBMAN
A high-flying legal eagle (3/15a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MARKETSHARE
But it is, really. Isn't it?
WHAT IF I DON'T STREAM?
First of all, don't panic.
WHO ORDERED THIS PIZZA?
Seriously, come get it now or we're eating it.
Music City
ELOQUENT OUTLIERS: THE ACM BEST NEW FEMALE NOMINEES
3/15/19

By Holly Gleason

We all know the chance of hearing the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Male and New Duo/Group nominees on Country radio is guaranteed, so let’s cut to some artists you need to know about, all but one of whom has yet to climb the airplay charts.

Despite spotty terrestrial-radio exposure, the infinite streaming playlists and girl-power rhetoric make it feel like the age of the double-X chromosome is upon us. Leaving nothing to chance, we need to recognize the four women in the Best New Female category, each of whom deserves special consideration for standing out without the most conventional tool of artist development—consistent airplay.


The tattooed, real-life blue-collar-empowering Ashley McBryde is coming off a Country Album of the Year Grammy nomination for the Jay Joyce-produced Girl Going Nowhere, released on Espo’s Warner Nashville. In addition to a strong international outreach, this songwriter with the husky burgundy alto chronicles trying to find a place in a world where indifference is real and grit is required, and McBryde brings an indomitable spirit to the task. Given that she’s also nominated for ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, the Arkansas native, who’s been hailed by The New York Times in its Best Songs of 2018 list and The Nashville Scene’s Country Critics Poll as Best New Artist, is coming into Vegas on a hot streak.

With women struggling to get onto the Country charts, Big Machine’s Carly Pearce has done the unthinkable—scaling the summit with a painfully stark ballad that started on SiriusXM’s The Highway. “Every Little Thing,” a single as raw and real as anything released last year, hit #1 on Country radio, powered by a hushed vocal, a bittersweet piano and a listener mandate. For the young woman who dropped out of high school to work at Dollywood, where she honed her performing chops and wrote countless songs in a determined effort to find a fit for her powerful second soprano, this is a decisive moment.

Superhero guitarist Lindsey Ell proves girls are players as well as singers. With a Stoney Creek debut produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, the Canadian rocker/country force who fires up BBR/Stoney Creek GM Jon Loba is a two-fisted threat, sharing stages with acclaimed guitarists Buddy Guy, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, and trading vocals with Brantley Gilbert on “What Stays in a Small Town,” as well as providing the heat-seeking single’s incendiary solo.

And finally, there’s Big Machine’s Danielle Bradbery, who’s much more than The Voice’s season-four winner. A big voice in a small body, Bradbery covered Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina and Rodney Crowell on her way to catching Scott Borchetta’s ear. Currently on tour with fellow outlier Kane Brown, she’s opened two tours apiece for Thomas Rhett, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Hunter Hayes. With songs exploring young women’s awkward feelings in a post-Taylor world, this singer’s singer connects with listeners who need her particular view of existence and aren’t getting it from radio.

MCCOLLUM MAKIN' MOVES
3/14/19

Word out of Nashville has it that record company reps are chomping at the bit to sign singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Parker McCollum. Offers are said to be in from Universal, Sony, Big Machine and BMG

The Texas native is big in the touring world. On deck, he's got a string of North American dates through May, before hitting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for three days of Boots on the Beach. He'll then return to the U.S. for a Red Rocks gig, as well as a handful of summer festivals. For a full list of upcoming shows, click here.

And stay tuned for updates on an impending deal.

THIS COFFEY'S BOLD ALRIGHT
3/13/19

Big Machine Records has tapped radio veteran J.C. Coffey as Midwest Director of Promotion, effective 3/18. In his new role, Coffey gets to work with an impressive roster that includes Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Carly Pearce, Midland and more. He most recently served as OM/PD for Community Broadcasters in Elmira-Corning, NY and had prior stints at WTHT and WPKQ in Portland, ME as well as WOKQ Portsmouth, NH

“J.C. has exactly what it takes to be a leader in his region with a large-scale knowledge of programming strategy, resolved dedication to create exceptional partnerships with radio and an unparalleled passion for the artists we represent," says VP Promotion Kris Lamb. "COFFEY… IS FOR CLOSERS.”

"I’m truly honored and humbled to join the Big Machine Records promo team," Coffey adds. "Infinite thanks to Scott Borchetta, Jim Weatherson, Kris Lamb and Erik Powell for this incredible opportunity. How long 'til I get to take the company racecar for a joy ride?" 

WME ADDS BOBBY CUDD
3/13/19

WME has announced that industry vet Bobby Cudd has joined the agency's Nashville office as a music agent. 

“Bobby Cudd is one of the most well-known and beloved agents in Nashville, and we are thrilled that he has decided to join our team,” said Jay Williams, Partner and Co-Head of WME’s Nashville office.  

Cudd spent nearly three decades at Monterey Peninsula Artists (which would later become Paradigm) before moving to Billions in 2016. Among other achievements, the Music City vet is a former CMA Board member, an alumnus of Leadership Music and a recipient of the IEBA Talent Agent of the Year Award.

Bobby brings with him an eclectic roster including David Rawlings, The Doyle & Debbie Show, Gillian Welch, I'm With Her, Junior Brown, Kasey Chambers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Earl Keen, Ricky Skaggs, Sarah Jarosz and more. 

CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HERSTORY
3/12/19


Sony Music Nashville
and WME celebrated Women’s History Month with a one-night-only concert event last night (3/11). Buzzing newcomers Carlton Anderson, Robert Counts, Hannah Dasher, Seaforth and Rachel Wammack performed powerful tributes to some of the most impactful artists in country music. See, when Wammack, whose two-song set included Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine,” sings of booze, it makes an important difference. When we do it, it's just a typical Tuesday afternoon. Granted, she also has the benefit of sounding like an angel, while our vocal stylings are more akin to that of a dying cow.

Female students from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s Academy of Entertainment Industry were invited as guests, and a substantial amount of money was raised for She Is The Music, "a nonprofit organization increasing the number of women working in music – songwriters, engineers, producers, artists and industry professionals."

Pictured above (l-r) are WME Agent Braeden Rountree, WME Partner Becky Gardenhire, Counts, Anderson, Seaforth's Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan, Dasher, hosts Hunter Kelly and Ashley Eicher, Wammack, SMN Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman, WME Agent & She Is The Music rep Carrie Murphy and and SMN EVP & COO Ken Robold.

ACM STARTS LINING 'EM UP
3/12/19

Maren MorrisThomas RhettMiranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne are among the first group of performers announced for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Kane Brown Little Big Town, host Reba McEntire and George Strait will also take the stage on 4/7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. CBS will broadcast the show.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

MCDONALD LOOKS GREAT IN YELLOW
3/7/19


The Nashville-based Big Yellow Dog Music just signed Christy McDonald—one of the writers and the featured vocalist behind Grammy winner Robin Schulz’s “Ha Leh Lou Ya." Following the announcement of her publishing deal, McDonald—an active participant in the Country Music Hall Of Fame’s “Words & Music” program, working with children to help develop songwriting skills—heads out on a two-week writing trip in Amsterdam and Stockholm to collaborate with European EDM/dance DJs, producers, and artists.

“I was blown away when Christy showed me what she had been working on,” said Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner and CEO Carla Wallace. “She has an incredible voice!”

Seen wondering where to find the best hot chicken in The Netherlands are Dickinson Wright's Austen AdamsSESAC's Shannan Hatch, Wallace, McDonald and BYD's Lauren Funk, Alex Stefano and Jacee Badeaux.

ALDEAN'S YOUR ARTIST OF THE DECADE
3/6/19

Broken Bow star Jason Aldean—the ACM's three-time, reigning Entertainer of the Year, thirteen-time ACM Award winner and current Entertainer of the Year nominee—will receive the Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award and perform at the 54th ACM Awards. The big show, hosted by Reba McEntire, will of course air live from Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on 4/7 at 8pm ET/delayed PT via CBS. He joins an exclusive group of five iconic acts: Marty Robbins (1969), Loretta Lynn (1979), Alabama (1988), Garth Brooks (1998) and George Strait (2008).

“On behalf of our Special Awards Committee, our Board of Directors and Academy staff, we extend our congratulations to Jason and his entire team on this landmark career achievement,” said Pete Fisher, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We look forward to celebrating Jason’s remarkable career at our 54th annual awards in Las Vegas.”

"This is probably one of the coolest awards I’ve ever been given," added Aldean. "My heroes are on this list, something I can’t really even wrap my head around being part of. But, man I’m proud to be getting it - it’s for everyone who stuck with us and supported us through the years."

We at HITS can't personally relate to the concept of being appreciated for sticking around through the years, but we're happy for the guy.