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TAYLOR’S OLD-MEDIA TAKEOVER
Whatever it is, she's got it covered. (8/21a)
THE GRAMMY CHEW:
ALBUM CONTENDERS
These machers have one-track minds. (8/22a)
A STYLISH SUMMER?
Round two for Harry? (8/21a)
HEAVY WEATHER:
RAINMAKERS II
On your desk now! (8/21a)
LEADING UP TO LOVER
An eight-month journey (8/21a)
TAYLOR SWIFT!
Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift? Taylor Swift; Taylor. Swift. Taylor Swift!
TAYLOR SWIFT.
Taylor Swift...  
TAYLOR SWIFT?
Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift.   
TAYLOR. SWIFT.
Taylor!
Music City
A BOATLOAD OF RUM
8/16/19

In preparation for National Rum Day (8/16), Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum brought a taste of the islands to the South at Nashville’s Flamingo Cocktail Club on Wednesday (8/14). Guests were invited to try specialty cocktails like Island Girl and Key Lime Colada, while tasting flavors like White Rum, Banana Rum Cream and the new Spiced Rum. Photos that were tagged on social media with #RumOn also entered guests for a chance to win a trip to the Virgin Islands.

Created and launched by the Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville artist in 2013, the premium-blended rum line is inspired by Chesney’s love for the island life and the Caribbean beaches. HITS' President Todd Hensley will be celebrating National Rum Day by filling his pool to the brim with Blue Chair Bay Rum and taking a spin on his boat.

RILEY GREEN'S "WISH" IS GRANTED
8/15/19

When Brad Paisley brought out opening act Riley Green to share the stage on the latter's new song "I Wish Grandpas Never Died," it was a big moment for the Big Machine artist/Warner Chappell songwriter, whose debut full-length, Different 'Round Here, drops on 9/20.

But you get the feeling that the song isn't going to need much help; it's one of those heartfelt singalong jams that, after one listen, feels like you've known it forever. The troubadour performed it at a show mere days after it dropped and the whole freakin' crowd was singing it at the tops of their lungs. 

Riley's seen a huge spike in followers on Spotify (with an attendant boost in monthly listeners), InstagramFacebook and YouTube. Check out the studio version below.

BLAKE 'S COUNTRY
8/14/19

This summer Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” rushed up the singles, sales and consumption charts so fast that Warner Music Nashville executives and his management team surprised him with a bonanza of plaques in celebration of the milestones. The two-week #1 is the fastest country single to reach one million track-equivalent sales this year, marking his 16th Platinum song, and is one of the most-streamed country songs released in 2019. Seen here after a local priest administered a bourbon-infused communion are WMN SVP Artist Development Shane Tarleton, WMN EVP A&R/Creative Advisor Scott Hendricks, Blake, WMN Chairman/CEO John Esposito and Starstruck Entertainment's Narvel Blackstock

Photo by Jason Kempin / Getty Images

CMA TAKES NASHVILLE TO GERMANY
8/13/19


In an effort to further Country music's international expansion, the Country Music Association is hosting an inaugural performance at Hamburg, Germany's Reeperbarhn Festival in September. 

CMA will be involved in multiple aspects of the festival including hosting a panel and networking reception, along with a showcase concert. Titled Neon Nashville, the showcase will give an international audience a look into the current Nashville sound and features rising acts Ingrid Andress, Blanco Brown, Ilse DeLange and Rachel Wammack

In addition to the festival, the Reeperbahn Festival Conference will feature a panel titled, "It Sounds Like Country," which will explore the growing popularity of Country music in the European market and the diversity of the genre. The panel includes industry professionals professionals Milly Olykan (CMA Vice President of International Relations & Development, USA), Sarah Casey (UTA Agent, U.K.), Fred Casimir (BMG EVP, Global Repertoire & Marketing, Germany) and Oliver Hoppe (Wizard Promotions Managing Director, Germany). 

Through involvement in events like Reeperbahn, CMA and its multiple international task forces continue to find new opportunities to spread Country music to audiences and markets worldwide. For more information visit ReeperbahnFestival.com

CLAY HUNNICUTT JOINS BIG MACHINE
8/12/19

BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta announced today that Clay Hunnicutt will join the Big Machine Records imprint as General Manager. 

Hunnicutt will oversee the imprint’s roster of artists including Reba McEntireRascal FlattsSugarlandMidlandCarly PearceThe Cadillac ThreeNoah SchnackyPayton SmithLauren Jenkins and Dan Smalley. He succeeds Jim Weatherson, who will remain with the company during the transition and then act as consultant and synergy agent.

“I have worked with Clay Hunnicutt throughout my career on the radio side and record side. He is a consummate professional with a tireless work ethic and boundless creativity. He is the perfect complement to our executive team and I’m sure he will turn great results”, says Borchetta. “I also want to thank Jim Weatherson who has been attached to the BMLG in one way or another since our inception. He helped to launch the ground-breaking Nash Icon label and then led Big Machine through a very successful leadership transition. Jim came to me a year ago to discuss his exit strategy and the timing of this announcement dovetails perfectly for what Jim wants to do. His DNA is imprinted at the label group.”  

Hunnicutt most recently served as President and Partner of Nashville-based independent label Big Loud Records where he led a team that developed and promoted such chart-topping acts as Jake Owen and Morgan Wallen

This summer, BMLG was acquired by Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings.

AIMP NASHVILLE HOSTS A&R PANEL
8/1/19


AIMP
's Nashville Chapter held a lunch panel Wednesday at ASCAP's music city HQ. Titled "Exploring the A&R Process with 3 of Nashville's Top A&R Execs," the creative panel featured top biz players Arturo Buenahora (Little Louder Music), Allison Jones (Big Machine Label Group) and Sara Knabe (BBR Music Group). The trio spoke about strategies and challenges in the current artist development landscape and A&R process, along with the importance of dodging phone calls from HITS

Pictured above at the panel: (L-R) Mark Brown (Round Hill Music), Tim Hunze (Anthem Entertainment), John Ozier (Reservoir; AIMP Nashville President), Allison Jones (BMLG), Arturo Buenahora (LLM), Sara Knabe (BBR), Brad Peterson (Regions Bank), and Dale Bobo (Big Deal Music).

MIDLAND ROLLS INTO TOWN
7/31/19

With new album Let It Roll due to drop on 8/23, the men of Big Machine's Midland turned up at L.A.'s Grammy Museum for a thoughtful Q&A with the org's Scott Goldman and a mini-concert. The convo was filled with the trio's trademark smart-alecky wit as well as some thoughtful ruminations on the creative process and the band's history (including shout-outs to genius collaborators like Dann Huff and Davíd Garza). The performance, meanwhile, boasted such killer new material as "Mr. Lonely," the silky "Put the Hurt on Me" and rockin' "21st Century Honky Tonk American Band," as well as prior hits "Drinkin' Problem" and "Burn Out." We managed to sneak in by disguising ourselves as actual journalists. 

GOLD DOMINION
7/31/19

To celebrate the gold certification of their sophomore RCA Nashville set, Happy Endings, Old Dominion joined label and management luminaries for this glittering photo op. Later, Sony Music Nashville COO/EVP Ken Robold further commemorated this milestone by getting a 24-karat grill. Seen further establishing their dominion are (l-r) SMN VP A&R Taylor Lindsey, RCA Nashville SVP Promo Dennis Reese, SMN SVP Sales/Streaming Caryl Atwood, Morris Higham Management's Will Hitchcock, Robold, the band's Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey, Geoff Sprung and Whitt Sellers, SMN boss Randy Goodman, Morris Higham Management President Clint Higham, SMN Sr. Dir. Marketing Paige Altone and EVP A&R Jim Catino.