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DAILY BEAST: AMATO PUSHED OUT OVER HARASSMENT CHARGES
Not a good look. (7/16a)
I.B. BAD: BROADWAY TO MAD AVE.
Building a new Arista. (7/17a)
THIS BRAND IS MY BRAND
Nashville's new endorsements (7/17a)
QUEEN TO GRAMMYS: WE WON’T ROCK YOU
But other honorees will. (7/16a)
MIRANDIZED
Includes a Holly Gleason sighting. (7/16a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Music City
STATE OF THE STATE: UMG NASHVILLE
7/3/18

MARKETSHARE:

COUNTRY 27.4  |  OVERALL 2.5

Mike Dungan, Cindy Mabe and team had a killer year with Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Sam Hunt and Dierks Bentley, among others, and their signing of Carrie Underwood bore major fruit with hits “The Champion” and her feature on Urban’s “The Fighter.” Uni owned the ACMs and CMAs thanks to Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Lauren Alaina, Hunt, Keith and Carrie, Little Big Town and Pardi. Meanwhile, young breakout Jordan Davis earned a gold single, and the label inked hot prospect Kassi Ashton in a JV with John Janick’s Interscope. Ashton was named part of CMT’s Next Women Class of 2018. The formidable Mabe was honored with the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Louise Scruggs Award.

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STATE OF THE STATE: SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE
7/3/18

MARKETSHARE:

COUNTRY 21.8  |  OVERALL 2.4

The House of Goodman has been the source of breaking acts among Nashville majors over the past year or so, with Kane Brown and Luke Combs nabbing two of the Top 10 country albums YTD and Old Dominion and LANco making big noise. Superstar Miranda Lambert, meanwhile, got huge acclaim and awards love for her superb set The Weight of These Wings (see Part 2 of her candid interview with Holly Gleason in this issue); she and Old Dominion both scored at the ACMs. With his trusted team, led by John Zarling, Ken Robold and Steve Hodges, firing on all cylinders, Goodman continues to make major inroads on the signing front, re-inking star Brad Paisley and closing Riserhouse’s Mitchell Tenpenny (one of our Ones to Watch) and the Shopkeeper-repped Tenille Townes.

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STATE OF THE STATE: WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE
7/3/18

Dan + Shay’s rocket “Tequila” is #1 at Country radio and the #1 streamed country song in the U.S., another feather in Espo’s cap. Put that coup alongside the inking of megastar Kenny Chesney, breakout troubadour Ashley McBryde (see ones to watch) and hot Texas youngsters Cody Johnson (the subject of an intense A&R contest) and Troy Cartwright. Meanwhile, WMN racked up ACM and CMA noms for Dan + Shay, Raelynn, Devin Dawson and High Valley; Chris Janson became the youngest living Opry member; roots killers The Last Bandoleros made their Opry bow; McBryde joined CMT’s Next Women Class of 2018; and Brett Eldredge got a big look on the Pentatonix NBC Christmas special. On the superstar front, Blake Shelton’s multimedia star continues to rise, and Chesney’s hugely anticipated first Warner set, Songs for the Saints, drops 7/27, with hot selling, streaming and spinning anthem “Get Along” leading the way.

STATE OF THE STATE: BMLG
7/3/18

MARKETSHARE:

COUNTRY 10.1  |  OVERALL 1.2

Borchetta’s Big Machine started the year with a little act you might’ve heard of named Taylor Swift, and has since seen two young acts, Brett Young and Midland, achieve ACMs glory in the wake of radio and sales booms. New signing Riley Green, meanwhile, has ginned up a deafening buzz throughout Music City. Nobody has stood up for new rock like Borchetta or John Varvatos, his partner in inking such blazing guitar-slingers as Badflower(now exploding at radio, with newly anointed BMLG/Varvatos SVP Head of Promo Heather Luke simply kicking ass), Pretty Vicious and (via CumulusneXt2rock) Ivory Black. Big Machine Music, Borchetta’s pub arm, upped Mike Molinar to GM, and TV venture The Launch (in partnership with Bell Media) had its, um, launch via Sony Pictures Television. (It should be noted that BMLG’s marketshare does not include Taylor, but that shouldn’t affect anyone’s reputation.) 

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UMPG NASHVILLE: FEELING YOUNG?
7/3/18

Word has it that country breakout (and RCA Nashville artist) Chris Young has inked a new pub deal with UMPG. We're also told that Kent Earls and Uni's Nashville team are currently celebrating—and beating the summer heat—with a new variation on the waterslide known as the bourbonslide.

Young is repped for legal by Jess Rosen at Greenberg Traurig.

You'll see a lot more about Kent and the rest of the Music City crowd in our brand-new, extremely glossy Nashville special issue. Stay tuned for updates.

Photo credit: John Shearer

FLG RACES AWAY
6/29/18

Big Machine’s Florida Georgia Line is gearing up for their inaugural outdoor FLG Fest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 9/8. The multi-act music event produced by Live Nation will be followed by the Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard on 9/9. This partnership marks the first time an artist has been added to the NASCAR brand over a multi-year period.

FGL is currently topping Country Airplay, Country Digital Song Sales, and Country Streaming Songs charts with three different tracks, a first for the duo.

Running from 3-11pm (CT), the Fest lineup includes Nelly, Cole Swindell, Raelynn, Jillian Jaqueline, Mason Ramsey, Riley Green, and Stephanie Quayle with FGL headlining the event. FGL’s fan club community, FLG Lifers, have first pre-sale access to tickets on Monday (7/2) 10am ET through Thursday (7/5) 10pm ET with Citi’s Private Pass program. General sale to the public begins Friday (7/6) 10am ET at Ticketmaster, Live Nation and IMS.

HITS President Todd Hensley plans to enter the race with his office scooter, the HITS 420. We have high hopes.

 

Photo credit: Ryan Smith

HERBAL REMEDY
6/22/18


"I didn't believe what people were telling me about Los Angeles, but now that I'm here I get it," says Big Machine's Carly Pearce during this visit to KKGO/L.A. "The whole town really does smell like weed!" Seen getting a decided contact high are (l-r) Big Machine's Jim Weatherson, KKGO's Graham Bunn, Pearce and KKGO's David Bugenske and Michael Levine.

AMERICANAFEST ADDS TO LINEUP
6/21/18

John Hiatt, I'm With Her (pictured), The Milk Carton Kids and John Prine are among the 99 new artists confirmed for AmericanaFest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs 9/11-16 in Nashville.

More than 250 artists slated to perform at the 19th annual, six-day festival and conference. Festival wristbands are on sale to the public for $75.

Among the acts newly confirmed are Hayes Carll, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Case, Sarah Borges, The Suffers, Treetop Flyers and Will Hoge.