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I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/19a)
BRUCE GIVES OBAMA
A SEND-OFF SHOW
How fitting is that? (1/19a)
BBC RADIO 1 HOSTS FUTURE STARS
...including DIY up-and-comer Jorja Smith. (1/19a)
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ON STREAMING
Political performance battle A companion piece to the SNL cold open. (1/19a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
Music City
PRESS PLAY ON "HOLD"
1/18/17


The Triple 8-managed Ryan Hurd, who recently inked a deal with RCA Nashville, just released the music video for "Hold You Back," which currently boasts around 2.5m Spotify streams and is featured in the popular Hot Country playlist.

Go on ahead; soak your heart in whiskey and belt it out with Hurd as he copes with saying goodbye to a lover in the video above. We've already got started on the whiskey part.

ARE YOU READY FOR COUNTRY MUSIC'S PARTY OF THE YEAR?
1/17/17

It was just announced that the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will take place on 4/2 at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena and will be broadcast by CBS at 8pm ET/delayed PT. The whole shebang did go down in Sin City last year; however, this marks the first year at the aforementioned venue.

Expect details (hosts, performers, nominees) to be announced over the coming months.

Tickets will be available for professional members of the ACM to purchase via the ACM official site come 1/24 at 10am PT. That said, ACM A List members will be able to buy tickets via AXS during a special pre-sale that begins at the same time; A List members should expect a pre-sale code to appear in their email inboxes prior to this date.

As for the general public, they can buy tickets starting at 10am on 1/26. 

This will be Pete Fisher's first show as CEO of the academy. We also anticipate it to be the first time we make it past security without being tackled... Dream big, right?

CRS ’17 ON THE MOBILIZATION OF COUNTRY RADIO
1/17/17

In partnership with Edison Research, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is set to present new research on the continued advancement of mobile music options available to listeners.

Based on surveys and interviews conducted with 1,500 participants, mobile expert Tim Hayden will be joined by Edison’s Larry Rosin, Tom Webster, and Megan Lazovick in presenting “The Mobilization of Country Radio” on 2/23. With their research they will explore how streaming behaviors and smartphone applications are disrupting the effect radio has on a traditionally loyal Country audience.

The panel will delve into the diversity of radio usage, streaming behaviors, and online music consumption of today’s Country music fans. “Country radio is more than just the music played, understanding and applying that knowledge of how listeners incorporate radio on-the-go, will substantially ease the disconnect between traditional radio and the advancement of mobile listening, giving programmers an advantage in how to engage their audiences going forward.”

For more info about the program click here

CUT TO "BLACK"
1/13/17


Presenting the stunningly cinematic music video for Dierks Bentley's "Black" (Capitol Nashville)—the third single from his eighth studio album of the same name.

The clip was shot just outside of ReykjavíkIceland and was directed by frequent collaborator Wes Edwards ("5-1-5-0," "Tip It on Back," "Riser"). It features Bentley's real-life wife (whose surname happens to be—you guessed it— Black), which makes sense, considering that the ups and downs of their marriage are said to have served as the primary inspiration for the album.

Watch it now and bask in some truly awesome views.

DISCLAIMER:
If you partake in a certain leafy substance before viewing, you may find yourself saying "Wooooooooooahhh...." for a while. 

FYI, Black's lead single "Somewhere on a Beach" (now platinum) and the gold-certified "Different for Girls," which features Elle King, both went #1 at Country radio. "Black" is currently #27 and climbing. 

ONE TO BEAR IN "MIND"
1/13/17

Presenting the brand-spanking-new track by EMI Nashville's Haley Georgia, the infectious kiss-off "Never Mine Nevermind." For more on the 21-year-old singer/songwriter, go here.

BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD…WITH A TWANG
1/13/17

Beavis & Butt-head creator Mike Judge is taking his comic talents to the world of country music with a new animated series for Cinemax, Deadline reports.

 Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus is an eight-episode, half-hour series that chronicles eccentric characters in the Nashville scene. Currently in production, it is scheduled to premiere later this year.

Judge, co-creator of Silicon Valley and King of the Hill, created the series with Richard Mullins and The Last Ride co-writer Dub Cornett. The series is Cinemax’s first comedy series.

 

 

WME'S "GONNA LOVE" OWEN
1/12/17


RCA Nashville's Jake Owen has signed with WME for representation in all areas, including music, television, endorsements and more. 

The country music star, who's repped by Good Company Entertainment's Keith Gale for management, just saw current single "If He Ain't Gonna Love You" chart at radio. Expect that one to climb over the coming weeks.

A little history lesson? Owen's had six #1 singles to date: "American Country Love Song," the double platinum-selling "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," the platinum-selling "Beachin'," "Anywhere With You," "Alone With You" and "The One That Got Away."

Speaking of history, who thinks we at the HITS funny farm can make some by breaking this record?

COUNTRY GOES WESTERN
1/12/17

After his sold-out show at L.A.'s Belasco,RCA Nashville/Zone 4's Kane Brown asks our own Todd Hensley why he's guided their group to the theater's basement. "Down here's where I make mah pruno," replied Hensley. "Grab yourself a solo cup!" Later, our President of Digital Ventures curled up next to an old cable spool and enjoyed a lovely nap. Seen discreetly calling an Uber are (l-r) WME's BraedenRountree, Brown, UMPG Nashville head Kent Earls and Hensley.

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