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TOP 20: DEAD HEAT
Down to the wire. (6/28a)
STREAMS HIT BIG BENCHMARK
Merrily we roll along. (6/28a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS, FIRST TAKES: BEST NEW ARTIST
The Whisperer returns. (6/28a)
LYOR'S NASHVILLE 4TH
Music City meets the Googletube. (6/28a)
GRAMMYS HEADING BACK TO L.A.
But first, a stop in the Big Apple. (6/28a)
WE KIDNAP A NASHVILLE SONGWRITER
...but then things go sideways, kinda.
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
How will we fill the white space between those lovely, lovely ads?
WHAT WAS ON THAT PIZZA?
Dude, I feel weird.
STEVE MOTHERFUCKING MILLER
Show some respect.
Music City
LIVING LIVES CAMP'S GRAND OLE FINALE
6/28/17

The 8th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in Nashville closed in grand fashion last night, capped by a Chris Young performance at the Grand Ole Opry. The camp gives those with Williams syndrome the opportunity to gain music enrichment through performance and education. Earlier in the week campers had collectively written an original song, “I Love Big,” during a songwriting session with Dierks Bentley and Ross Copperman. They performed the song with Young onstage at the Opry as the camp came to an emotional close. 

A day earlier, the campers recorded the track with Copperman at Black Sound Stage Studios and also were paid a visit by Black River recording artist  Kelsea Ballerini, who stayed to answer questions. 

The camp is a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Above left (l-r): President/CEO Iconic Entertainment Group Fletcher Foster; ACM Lifting Lives Boardmember Copperman; Ballerini; EVP/Managing Director, Academy of Country Music Tiffany Moon; and Assistant Professor & ACM Lifting Lives Camp Director Marisa Fisher.

Above right (l-r): General Manager, Grand Ole Opry / Sr. Vice President, Programming & Artist Relations, Opry Entertainment Sally Williams; Young; Sr. Talent Manager, Grand Ole Opry Gina Keltner; ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Founder Lorie Lytle; ACM Lifting Lives Boardmember Ricky Kelley; ACM Lifting Lives Boardmember Tree Paine; ACM Chairman of the Board Ken Tucker; Vanderbilt University Medical Center Entertainment Liaison Stuart Dill; ACM Lifting Lives Boardmember Paul Barnabee; Entertainment Industry Relations, VUMC Melita Rippy; Moon; and ACM Lifting Lives Boardmember Tommy Moore.

 

BIG LOUD LA-LA
6/28/17

At Big Loud Records' L.A. Writing Retreat, the following people learned that a breakfast of mashed kale, quinoa and green juice makes you write very sad songs (l-r): Seth England, Jillian Jacqueline, Ernest K, Mark Williamson, Chris Lane, Remmi, Clay Hunnicutt, Samantha Jervey and Joey Moi.

STACHELSKI SLIDES INTO A VP ROLE AT SONY NASHVILLE
6/27/17

Sony Music Nashville's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Robold announced the promotion of Scott Stachelski to VP Finance. Stachelski joined the Sony Nashville team in 2006 filling the Director of Finance role, but has worked for other branches of Sony in the finance department since 2001. 

Robold had this to say on selecting Stachelski for his new position: “Scott's 21 years of experience in the record business combined with his in-depth knowledge of label finance and dedication to his career makes him an obvious choice for advancement. I'm proud to promote Scott to Vice President of Finance for Sony Music Nashville. And I think you'll be impressed as he accurately counts all the shots of tequila we're about to do.”

PRECOCIOUS BONES STANDS WITH LEGENDS
6/27/17

At the tender age of 37, Bobby Bones has become the youngest-ever inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The host of iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show will join such on-air legends as Paul Harvey, Dick Clark, Larry King and Howard Stern. Bones was named in the “music format on-air personality” category.

The voting took place over two weeks from 6/5-19 and was determined by radio listeners nationwide. With supporters in the Nashville community rallying their support–including artists Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town, who donned "VOTE BOBBY” t-shirts–Bones finished ahead of fellow nominees Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Guy Phillips and Ryan Seacrest. The induction takes place 11/2.

Landing his first radio gig in Arkansas at age 17, Bones’ career took off when Austin’s The Bobby Bones Show became the Texas town’s top-rated morning show. He went nationally syndicated upon moving to Nashville in 2012, with more than a hundred affiliates and 5m+ listeners around the country. He was named the ACM On-Air Personality of the Year in 2014 and 2016.

CAMPERS LEARN ROPES AT ACM LIFTING LIVES CAMP
6/26/17

The first five days of the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, a residential program open to participants around the U.S. with Williams syndrome, has been a rousing success.

Highlights so far have included a songwriting session with two-time ACM Awards co-host Dierks Bentley and songwriter/producer Ross Cooperman, in which the campers composed an original tune, “I Love Big,” based on the their own inspirations and experiences; Nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones did an on-air Q & A from Monroll Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilit; and Curb Records recording artist Jerrod Neimann performed and joined a karaoke event at Winner’s Bar & Grill.

The camp, which ends 6/28, is a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and helps researchers study Williams syndrome while offering musical enrichment. Check out more information on ACM Lifting Lives here.

(Above); Lifting Lives campers after an intense karaoke jam with Jerrod Niemann  

GOD, YOUR MAMA AND JOSH KEAR
6/26/17

Josh Kear is sitting in a familiar place: atop the Country charts. The Big Yellow Dog Music songwriter earned his 12th No. 1 for the Florida Georgia Line/Backstreet Boys smash “God, Your Mama, and Me.” Kear penned the track with Hillary Lindsey (BMG) and Gordie Sampson (BMG).

 “It’s hard to write career-changing songs, but Josh Kear has done just that over the years,” said Big Yellow Dog Music co-founder Carla Wallace. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from ‘God, Your Mama, and Me,’ which brought two musical innovators together. Each No. 1 is special, but having a hit with not only Florida Georgia Line but also Backstreet Boys gives it that boy-band cherry on top.”

Kear’s winning streak with Big Yellow Dog began in 2003. His previous chart-topping country hits include Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care”; Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane”; Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light”; Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life”; Luke Bryan’s “Drunk on You”; Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class’; and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” “Blown Away,” and “Two Black Cadillacs.” Kear also co-wrote LOCASH’s current single, “Ring on Every Finger.”

 “God, Your Mama, and Me” is also Big Yellow Dog’s third Country No. 1 in the past three months, coming on the heels of Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled” (co-written by Meghan Trainor) and Josh Turner’s “Hometown Girl” (co-written by Daniel Tashian).

CRB PARTIES WITH WMN
6/23/17

The Country Radio Broadcasters Board and Agenda Committee was feted Thursday with dinner and serenaded by platinum-selling Brett Eldredge and newcomer Devin Dawson, courtesy of Warner Music Nashville. Afterward, they voted unanimously that all board meetings should be just like this.

Back row (l-r): Joel Raab Country Radio and Media’s Joel Raab, E.W. Scripps Company’s Beverlee Brannigan, Emmis CommunicationsCharlie Morgan, Townsquare Media’s Kurt Johnson, CBS Radio’s Tim Roberts, WMN’s Peter Strickland, Albright & O’Malley & Brenner’s Becky Brenner, WMN’s Scott Hendricks, Matt Signore and Kristen Williams, iHeartCountry’s Rod Phillips, CumulusMike McVay.

Front row (l-r): Brett Eldredge, WMN’s John Esposito, Devin Dawson.

BBR CUTS TO THE CHASE
6/20/17

On the verge of issuing his sophomore release, country upstart Chase Rice has signed on BBR Music Group/BMG’s bottom line and will record for their Broken Bow Records imprint, joining a label that also features Jason Aldean and Dustin Lynch.

Rice has been cooking since his Nashville arrival. He co-wrote the Florida Georgia Line smash “Cruise” and scored two top-5 hits of his own with “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” from his 2014 major label debut Ignite the Night, which was issued by Columbia Nashville as a one-off.

Rice noted that new music will be dropping within 30 days. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to join the BBR family,” he said. “I knew from the moment we began talking that the people here understand where I’m coming from, and I can’t wait to share all the new songs we’re about to make together.”

BBR is equally stoked about Rice’s arrival. “Chase has a track record of connecting with fans whether it is socials, concert tickets, singles, or album sales,” said Jon Loba, EVP BBR Music Group. “He knows himself and his audience and has formed a rabid following. We are so excited to have him join our family and can’t wait for everyone to hear some incredible new music.”

Chase grins mid-John Hancock with his new best friends (l-r) back row: Director, Legal and Financial Affairs BBR Music Group Colton McGee; Triple 8 Management's Bruce Kalmick and George Couri; and CAA's Meredith Jones.(l-r) front row: Loba; Chase Rice; and BMG U.S. Repertoire & Marketing Zach Katz.