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RIC OCASEK,
1944-2019
Bandleader, producer, A&R exec—an extraordinary career (9/16a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/16a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/16a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
PTX UNWRAPS XMAS BEST OF, TOUR
Fa-la-la-la-la...cha-ching (9/16a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Music City
ALDEAN ANNOUNCES TOUR FOR 2020
9/16/19

Reigning ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean has announced details for his 2020 We Back Tour, launching 1/30 in Columbia, S.C. Named after the lead single from his forthcoming ninth studio album (Macon/Broken Bow) due 11/22, the 20-city trek will span across the U.S. through March.

The first leg of the Live Nation-produced tour includes direct support from Morgan Wallen, Riley Green and Dee Jay Silver.

For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com. General on-sale begins 9/20 at 10am local time for select cities at www.jasonaldean.com, with additional ticket on-sale information continuing to rollout over the coming weeks.

2020 WE BACK TOUR Dates:

1/30/2020        Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
1/31/2020        Orlando, FL – Amway Center
2/01/2020        Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
2/06/2020        Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena**
2/07/2020        Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center Arena**
2/08/2020        Fargo, ND – Fargodome**
2/13/2020        Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
2/14/2020        Springfield, MO – JQH Arena**
2/15/2020        Wichita, KS – InTrust Bank Arena
2/20/2020        Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum
2/21/2020        Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena*
2/27/2020        Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
2/28/2020        Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
2/29/2020        Jonesboro, AR – First National Bank Arena**
3/05/2020        Lafayette, LA – Cajundome
3/06/2020        Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum**
3/07/2020        Tupelo, MS – BancorpSouth Arena
3/12/2020        Madison, WI  – Veterans Memorial Coliseum**
3/13/2020        Columbia, MO – Mizzou Arena
3/14/2020        St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center**

*Lineup May Vary
**Notes General on-sale begins this Friday (9/20)

JAKE OWEN INKS WITH WARNER CHAPPELL
9/16/19

Jake Owen politely waits for his chocolate chip waffles and hash browns with, from left, Warner Chappell Music’s  Phil May and Will Overton, Jess Rosen of Greenberg Traurig, and WCM’s Christina Wiltshire and Ben Vaughn.

Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Jake Owen. The Big Loud recording artist has had seven #1 songs on Country radio including  “Beachin’” and “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).”

Owen’s first record with Big Loud, the March release Greetings From…Jake, followed Owen’s American Love album, which topped the Country Albums chart and was Top 5 among all genres. He recently made his acting debut in the feature film The Friend, which debuted last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.stival.

TWELVE6 & DOWNTOWN PARTNER UP
9/12/19

Twelve6 Entertainment announced on Thursday its new partnership with Downtown Music Publishing—the pact includes a publishing admin deal and the creation of a new joint venture. 

Downtown will provide its creative and admin services globally to Nashville-based Twelve6, whose growing roster of songwriters and artists include Old Dominion's Trevor Rosen and Jerry Flowers.

Additionally, a new JV between the two companies will focus on identifying and signing new talent. Monument Records recording artist and songwriter Alex Hall is the first signing under this new partnership. Hailing from Georgia, Hall just released his debut track, “Half Past You,” and is currently in the studio recording his debut project, produced by multi-Grammy award winner Shane McAnally, Pete Good, and AJ Babcock.

Pictured above celebrating the new venture: (Back row) Tom Becci (Red Light Management), Autumn House-Tallant (Red Light), Matt Turner (Downtown), Katie Roth (Downtown), Garrett Stephenson (Downtown), Austen Adams (Dickinson Wright) Front Row: Steve Markland (Downtown), Natalie Osborne (Downtown), Alex Hall, Travis Myatt (Twelve6) and Nicolette McCann (Twelve6).

WHAT YOU GET IS COMBS' NEW LP
9/12/19

Flannel-loving song-slinger Luke Combs’ highly anticipated new album What You See Is What You Get will be out 11/8 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Each pre-order includes a download of the new track, “1, 2 Many ” featuring Brooks & Dunn

The new album adds to a monumental year for Combs, who is nominated for three 2019 CMA Awards: Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Beautiful Crazy”) and Musical Event of the Year (“Brand New Man” with Brooks & Dunn). The awards will be broadcast live on ABC from Nashville on 11/13. 

Produced by Scott Moffatt, What You See Is What You Get features 17 songs, including the five tracks previously released via Combs’ The Prequel EP. The EP debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with all five tracks charting, a feat not accomplished by any artist in 60 years since Johnny Cash in 1959. The release also propelled Combs to the largest streaming week ever for a country artist, with 73 million on-demand streams.

The Prequel’s hit single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” is Combs’ sixth consecutive #1, and his fastest-rising single to date. Combs' sold out "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" continues 9/17 - 12/13.

Beer never broke our heart either, except for that one time back in college when we woke up naked in a bathtub full of Meister Brau, our clothes in a wet ball on the floor, with a lumberjack standing over us...we'll never do THAT again! 

THE ACMS ARE HEADING BACK TO VEGAS
9/10/19

The 55th ACM Awards will be returning to Vegas next year. The Academy of Country Music announced its 2020 award show take place on Sunday (4/5) and will be broadcast live via CBS from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8pm ET/delayed PT. 

Also announced is the return of the ACM Party for a Cause events which include the ACM Topgolf Tee-Off with guest hosts Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker, a newly created ACM Beach Bash concert with performances by Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum, among others, as well as additional musical guests throughout the week.

Word on the host, performers and nominees for the 2020 ACM Awards have yet to be released but are expected to be announced in the coming months.

Tickets for the 55th ACM Awards, accompanying events, and the Ultimate ACM Fan VIP packages, will be available for ACM A-List Members during presale on 9/18 at 10am PT and general public ticket sales will begin on 9/20. Both can be purchased here. Portions of all ACM Party for a Cause proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which works to lift lives through the power of music. More info can be found here.

In other Vegas news, we're gonna go get a bucket of nickels.

CAA BRINGS BACK THE HUBB
9/10/19

Creative Artists Agency hosted its second annual networking and professional development summit, THE HUBB, on 9/8 and 9/9 at their Nashville Offices, providing diverse internship- and career-ready college students with tools and resources needed to successfully enter the music business.

The application-only event included workshops and opportunities for 30 students across 26 universities including Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Purdue University, Spelman College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Georgia, Villanova University and more.

THE HUBB participants had the chance to learn from and meet industry leaders like the CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville Mike Dungan, EVP of UMG Radio Promotion Royce Risser, CAA Nashville Co-Founder John Huie, CEO of Tri-Star Entertainment Lou Taylor, IEBA Executive Director Pam Matthews, various CAA Agents Sabrina Butera, Katie Germano, Lindsey Myers, Joe Harris, and Meredith Jones, and BarbaraMotherHubbard, for whom the event is named after, among others.

In addition to meeting executives that represent a variety of sectors within the industry, The HUBB 2020 Summer Internship Scholarship Program was announced in partnership with IEBA, awarding $2k to three qualified students to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with internships in the music industry.

“At CAA, we have always believed that growing and developing the next generation of diverse leaders can only positively impact all workplaces,” says Rob Light, Managing Partner and Head of CAA Music. “We’re proud of the amazing doors THE HUBB conference has helped open for students in order to be successful in the music industry and beyond.”

Delta Air Lines was the Official Airline Partner for the event, with IEBA, Tristar Sports & Entertainment Group, UMG and Prescription Songs serving as Premiere and Supporting Partners, respectively. Pictured below just before a lively interlude of hot chicken are (l-r) Huie, Hubbard, Butera, and Jones.

KELSEA'S BIG RADIO "HOMECOMING"
9/9/19

Black River Entertainment's Kelsea Ballerini keeps moving from strength to strength, and this week saw her notch the biggest radio-chart debut of her career.

With new track "homecoming queen?" Kelsea racked up 107 adds at Country radio, bowing at #22 on the Country Airplay chart and #32 on the Mediabase Country chart. Check out the video below, which will help explain to the uninitiated why this song speaks powerfully to listeners—especially (but not exclusively) young females.

Earlier this year, the Grammy nominee and double ACM winner scored her fifth Country #1 with "Miss Me More."

We're told that manager Jason Owen is still deciding which tux to wear to this "homecoming." Please let it be the powder-blue one.

FGL QUENCHES BIG MACHINE'S THIRST AT VODKA 400
9/9/19

Florida Georgia Line have elevated their larger-than-life onstage performances from headliners of massive arenas, stadiums and their Las Vegas residency, to hosting their own music festival at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Their multi-year FGL Fest kicked off 9/7 with over 25k fans at the historic track. The packed bill featured Blanco BrownNellyDan + ShayCanaan SmithPayton Smith and Mitchell Tenpenny.  

FGL then joined Big Machine President/CEO Scott Borchetta on 9/8 for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard, also in Indianapolis. The duo served as Grand Marshals, while Borchetta gave the call for drivers to “start their engines!” Joining them at the historic IMS track were label mates Danielle Bradbery with a stunning rendition of the national anthem, and newcomer Callista Clark performing “God Bless America.”  

Excitement is already building for next year as the high-octane racing event, plus namesake concert, move to Fourth of July weekend in 2020.

Pictured at FGL Fest, just before test-driving a formula one car to the nearest designer-vodka watering hole, are (l-r) Borchetta, FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles

Photo: The Holy Mountain