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ELTON ON FOR GRAMMY TRIBUTE. WHAT ABOUT THE BIG SHOW?
Wonderers are wondering. (12/15a)
G-EAZY, EM LAND
Damn. (12/15a)
LUIS FONSI ON "DESPACITO" DOMINATION
The Grammy nominee discusses his worldwide smash. (12/15a)
RAPINO TO RE-UP
His vision is 2022. (12/15a)
MORE GRAMMY SECRETS
The biz talks committee.
NOT PIZZA AGAIN!
Seriously, can we order something else?
A BIG FAT DEAL
With a gigantic check. Soon.
WE'RE ON TWITTER
You follow?
Music City
KENNEDY GETS A LITTLE STONEY
12/5/17

The folks over at BBR Music Group are celebrating Byron Kennedy, who's been announced as the new VP of Promotion for imprint Stoney Creek Records. He most recently served as Director of West Coast Regional Promotion for fellow BBR imprint, Wheelhouse Records

"Byron is one of the most natural promotion executives I have ever worked with," says BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba. "Additionally, he is one of the most natural leaders I have ever worked with.  I'm so excited to give him the reins of the Stoney Creek staff with the huge year they have ahead in 2018 and have no doubt everyone will be trying to steal him as VP, just as they tried to steal him as a regional."  

Kennedy spent 15 years at CBS Radio overseeing a variety of formats as VP of Programming for the Sacramento cluster and he served as PD of country KNCI. He also launched several CBS Radio stations in Sacramento and Phoenix. In his new role, Kennedy will be reporting directly to BBR Music Group's SVP of Promotion Carson James.

In other news, HITS employees remain stoney creeps. 

BRAMMER BOOGIES OVER TO WME
12/4/17

Brandi Brammer has joined the team at WME and will work out of its Nashville office. The former CAA Human Resources Executive will be charged with developing business strategies and assisting with client relations and daily operations, in addition to serving as a liaison between the Nashville and other WME offices. 

“We are thrilled that Brandi has decided to join our team in Nashville,” said Scott Clayton, Co-Head of WME’s Nashville office. “I am excited to continue our successful 10 year plus partnership, and we are all looking forward to working with Brandi to grow WME’s business in Nashville and around the globe.”

Brammer continues to be involved in the Nashville music community and has served on a variety of philanthropic committees and boards. She was recently honored for the second year in a row with the Women in Music City Award by the Nashville Business Journal.

The only honor we've ever been presented with twice was "Least Likely to Do Anything of Importance... Like Ever." Junior and senior year. 

A LITTLE BIG PHOTO
11/28/17

Capitol Nashville's Little Big Town, who were freshly anointed with a Grammy nod for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Better Man" (which also earned author Taylor Swift a Country Song nod), pose backstage at the historic Ryman Auditorium prior to the final sold-out show of their "At the Mother Church" residency. Seen just before Sandbox Entertainment boss Jason Owen played a heartbreaking ballad on the spoons are (l-r) LBT's Philip, Owen, Sandbox's Leslie Cohea, LBT's Kimberly, Opry GM Sally Williams, LBT's Karen and Jimi and Sandbox's Bobby Simmons.

UMPG NABS SOUTHERLAND IN THE SOUTH LAND
11/28/17

An exclusive global publishing deal has been inked between UMPG Nashville and country songwriter Derrick Southerland, who's got a song on Carrie Underwood’s latest platinum album, Storyteller, and has worked alongside producers and songwriters Busbee, Tommy English and Hillary Lindsey, among others.

“An exciting addition to our UMPG Nashville roster, Derrick is a wonderfully gifted songwriter with a talent for collaborating with writers across genres to create hits," shared UMPG Nashville EVP and General Manager Kent Earls. "Between his work ethic and lyrical sensibilities, we are honored that he has joined us and look forward to his future success.”

ONE NATION UNDER BRANTLEY
11/28/17

A new Opryland series, Fandom: Fully Committed, is debuting, and the first episode's focus is on Brantley Gilbert and his dedicated followers who make up the BG Nation

The new YouTube series shines a spotlight on the fans that help make the Country community stand out, and gives special credit to the ones responsible for the back-to-back platinum successes of Halfway to Heaven and Just Who I Am. Diehard Brantley lovers Marc and Tina Schardan, a couple from Missouri, take center stage in episode one.



"What I love is they make it about [BG Nation member] Marc! I mean, there's a little of us in there, but it's really about one of so many awesome people who believe—and live—this music," Gilbert says. "The BG Nation are friends. They don't get enough credit in what we do, for how they inspire us."

You can find a teaser for the first episode above, and catch Gilbert on his The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour, which kicks off 2/1; details and dates here

"LOVE" YOU. MEAN IT.
11/27/17

Arista Nashville's LANCO celebrate their #1 for "Greatest Love Story" by gathering for this exuberant photo op with peeps from their label, publisher and agency, all of whom volunteered to drink as much bourbon as was available. Then Warner/Chappell Nashville prez Ben Vaughn issued a karaoke challenge, after which everything became a bit of a blur. Seen feeling the "Love" are (back, l-r) Sony Nashville boss Randy Goodman, Arista Nashville VP Promo Josh Easler, SMN EVP Promo/Artist Development Steve Hodges, EVP/COO Ken Robold and Vaughn; and (front, l-r) Tripp Howell, Eric Steedly, Brandon Lancster, Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton and William Morris Endeavor partner Becky Gardenhire.

WME's DOOR BUSTER
11/27/17

William Morris Endeavor has announced another new team member, as Buster Phillips comes aboard as a Rock agent based at the Nashville office. Buster, who formerly led CAA's college booking group and then co-headed their festival booking group, worked with acts like Gov't Mule, Iron & Wine, Third Eye Blind, The Wallflowers and Lori McKenna, among many others. He looks forward to ignoring our calls from a whole new office.

 

Photo credit: WME

MORGAN TO WME
11/21/17

Matthew Morgan has come aboard WME’s Nashville office as a music agent. The news follows Scott Clayton’s jump to the agency as a partner and co-head of WME Nashville.

Morgan has worked with Cam, Zac Brown Band, Gavin DeGraw, Lizzo, Ryan Follese, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Phillip Phillips, Pussy Riot and The Script, among others.

At CAA, he co-headed the festival department; he joined the agency in 2004 after a stint at CMT. He is a member of the CMA and ACM.