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BIG NIGHT FOR BANDIER, SONY/ATV AT BMI POP AWARDS
Downright iconic, actually. (5/15a)
ROLLING STONE'S YOUTUBE PROBLEM
Modern math. (5/21a)
PRIMARY WAVE LANDS WHITNEY HOUSTON
Holograms and musicals ahead. (5/20a)
SPOTIFY U.S. TOP 25: TYLER AFTERSHOCKS
This one's got legs...four, to be exact. (5/22a)
BREVITY IS THE SEOUL OF WIT
The shit writes itself, but not in Korean. (5/15a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Music City
FISHER EXITS AS ACM CHIEF
5/20/19

Word out of Encino is that after 2 1/2 years, Pete Fisher has exited his role as CEO of the Academy of Country Music. The search for a permanent successor is now said to be underway, with ACM Awards Executive Producer RAC Clark stepping in as Interim Executive Director.

"I've greatly enjoyed working with the Academy staff, Officers and Boards, and I look forward to continuing to support the good work of the ACM and ACM Lifting Lives," reads a quote from Fisher, who joined ACM in 2017. "Proud of what we have accomplished, I look forward to what the future holds."

Stay tuned for further developments.

WALKER HAYES' WARM NEW SINGLE
5/17/19

Walker Hayes has released a lyric video for his heart-touching new single, "Don't Let Her." Written with Grammy-winning producer Shane McAnally and Andrew DeRoberts, the Monument star's song is an ode to his wife Laney and their family. 

Watch the video below—littered with old photos of Laney and Hayes—detail what Hayes' replacement (if something were to happen to him) should expect as Laney's new partner. 

 

SMN UPS BO MARTINOVICH
5/15/19

Bo Martinovich has been named to the newly-created role of Director, Artist Development at Sony Music Nashville effective immediately.

In his new role, Martinovich will report to EVP, Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges and will work with all departments to create and implement new artist development strategies. 

Prior to being upped, Martinovich was Director, Midwest Promotion with Columbia Nashville

“I’m thrilled to accept this exciting, dream challenge,” said Martinovich. “Honestly, Sony Music has been part of my life even before I was born! It’s always been, and always will be, about the artists and the music. No matter the technology or delivery systems, it’s always going to be about the creative process, and I couldn’t be more thankful to Shane Allen for his leadership during my time at Columbia Nashville, and to Steve Hodges, Ken Robold, and Randy Goodman for this new unBOlievable opportunity!"  

LUKE COMBS IS THE NEW KING OF BEERS
5/14/19

Luke Combs has scored a record-breaking 149 adds at Country radio this week with new single "Beer Never Broke My Heart" (River House/Columbia Nashville). Check out the official video below.

The track flew to #1 at iTunes on release and remains in the Top 5 there.

Luke, by the by, will be the subject of a feature in our forthcoming Nashville special, hitting desks in early July.

Randy Goodman and Steve Hodges were too busy rolling a keg into the conference room to comment.

MORRIS HIGHAM BENEFIT SERIES DEBUTS AT THE BLUEBIRD
5/10/19

On hand for the Morris Higham Management’s first fund-raiser at at the Bluebird Café are, front row, from left, Buffy Cooper, Sarah Trahern, Tiffany Kerns, and Walker County’s Ivy and Sophie Walker. Back row, Carlton Anderson, Brandon Morlock, Michael Ray, Will Hitchcock, Basak Kizilisik and Ryan Griffin.

Michael Ray, Ryan Griffin and Walker County—all of whom record for Warner Nashville—and Arista Nashville’s Carlton Anderson performed at the debut Morris Higham Presents at The Bluebird Cafe this week. The performance to a sold out house raised more than $2,000 for The CMA Foundation.

“Events like this allow us to advance our mission — providing high-quality music programs to kids across the country, and leverage more opportunities to strengthen the music education ecosystem,” said CMA Foundation Executive Director Tiffany Kerns.

Clients of Morris Higham Management will next do a benefit show at the Bluebird Cafe on 8/6 for MusiCares then on 11/19 for ACM Lifting Lives. "Our industry partners do such an incredible job of not only sharing country music far and wide but also by giving back within in our community and supporting its future through many wonderful initiatives," said Morris Higham's Robert Filhart.

THE KANE & RANDY SHOW CLIMAXES MUSIC BIZ 2019
5/10/19

The Music Biz 2019 Awards Dinner Tuesday night at the JW Marriott was essentially a Sony Music Nashville lovefest, as Kane Brown was honored with the Breakthrough Artist Award and Randy Goodman received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement while Luke Combs serenaded them.

Afterward, the posed for a photo while wondering when Jim Donio was going to present them with matching Corvettes. “Dude’s not gonna let us walk away empty-handed, is he?” a concerned Brown whispered to Goodman, who was pleased that the chicken was more edible than what was typically served at awards dinners.

CB30 TAKE A CAREER STEP
5/10/19

Buena Vista duo CB30—brothers Christian and Brody Clementi—stopped by The Steps at WME on Thursday (5/9) to play a few songs, including their current single, “Like It’s a Bad Thing.” The sibs are splitting time between working on their debut album and doing shows around the country. Afterward, Brody (l) and Christian (2nd fr r) joined KP Entertainment’s Kerri Edwards, Sony/ATV’s Terry Wakefield, dad Jay Clementi and WME’s Jay Williams (WME) for an impromptu karaoke rendition of “Old Town Road.”

LUKE COMBS DROPS NEW SINGLE,
TOPS iTUNES
5/9/19

After releasing his newest single "Beer Never Broke My Heart" yesterday, River House/Columbia Nashville's Luke Combs finds himself #1 on the iTunes singles chart. 

This is the first new material Combs has released since 2018's This One's For You Too—which still hovers in the top 20 nearly every week on the HITS Top 50 album chart. 

Watch the video below and catch Combs performing the new track on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on 5/9.