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KACEY, LUKE ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO GRAMMY NOMS
The CMA Awards effect. (11/16a)
AS VIVENDI PREPS FOR UMG SALE, LIBERTY’S ALL EARS
Look for a Valentine's Day sale. (11/16a)
REVENUE CHART: ARIANA, METRO,
“GALILEO, GALILEO”
Classic rock pulling in the bucks—it's been a while. (11/16a)
A CMA GALLERY
Nashville gets dressed up (11/15a)
RAINMAKERS: MYSTERY GUEST, PLEASE SIGN IN
What do we get if we guess right? (11/9a)
GRAMMY NOMINEES
Collect 'em all!
MMA FOR DUMMIES
Not Mixed Martial Arts; the Music Modernization Act, dummy.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
...or are our bosses from outer space?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Music City
BOOTS ON STAGE'S "SHINDIG" SAILS THE MEXICAN RIVIERA
10/30/18

L-R: Devin Dawson, Drew Baldridge, Ricky Abramson, Aaron Benward, Derek George, & Chase Bryant

 

Country fans, artists and industry folk boarded the sold out inaugural Boots On Stage "Shindig, At Sea" over the weekend. The 3-day Carnival Imagination cruise set sail from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, MX. Boots On Stage, the LA based country music marketing company, produced an all-inclusive vacation experience featuring live performances by Devin Dawson, Chase Bryant, Drew Baldridge, Brooke Eden and more. 

In addition to dedicated performances by all artists, Shindig, At Sea hosted Aaron Benward and his Nashville Unplugged writers round. 

In 2019, Boots On Stage will produce the Shindig, At The Awards this February in Los Angeles before moving onto its 4th Annual Shindig, In The Desert on April 27th during country music’s biggest festival weekend in Indio, CA. In October, the 2nd Annual Shindig, At Sea will set sail from Southern California.  

PARDI OF ONE FOR WRANGLER
10/30/18

Captiol Records Nashville artist Jon Pardi has just been tapped as the new face of Wrangler Retro Collection. As the executive spokesperson of the jeanswear and casual apparel company, Pardi will represent the brand in national television, print, radio and online marketing campaigns.

“Jon Pardi has the vintage style, charisma and undeniable musical talent to attract a new and wide audience to the brand,” says Allen Montgomery, the VP and General Manager of Wrangler Western, of the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year. The partnership comes following Pardi’s California Sunrise, which debuted at #1 on the Country album charts. Fans will also be seeing more of Pardi in January of 2019, as he joins Dierks Bentley on his upcoming Burning Man Tour.

Mike Dungan will of course continue to be a smokin'-hot underwear model.

PUFFING COMBS
10/29/18

River House/Columbia Nashville breakout Luke Combs visits a fascinating new art gallery devoted entirely to the plaques he's accumulated in the past 25 minutes. Luke's got the #1 country album after 73 weeks on the chart, a #1 Country radio smash with "She's Got the Best of Me" and (also with "Best of Me") the #6 track on our Country Song Streams Chart. Seen just before Sony Music Nashville chief Randy Goodman covered the wall with a mural he'd previously sketched out on a cocktail napkin are (l-r) Make Wake Artists' Chris Kappy, Goodman, Combs, RiverHouse Artists' Lynn Oliver Cline and SMN's Ken Robold.

BRAVING THE WILDS OF NORTH HOLLYWOOD
10/23/18

“Let’s just hurry up and take this picture so I can Uber back to LAX,” says award-winning author and music journalist Holly Gleason at the conclusion of  the Academy of Country Music-sponsored event “The Palomino Rides Again,” a one-day reopening of the historic San Fernando Valley venue to benefit Valley Relics Museum. “If those HITS idiots find out I’m in town, they’re gonna try to make me come and visit the office, and it’s gonna turn into a whole fuckin’ thing.” Later, everyone wondered if the mold-infested carpets from HITS’ former offices in Sherman Oaks and Universal City would be the subjects of a special exhibition at the Museum. Seen recalling that time Simon Glickman drank 14 rum & cokes at a Blazers show are (l-r) Gleason, Jim Lauderdale, Academy of Country Music SVP Creative & Content Lisa Lee, Valley Relics Museum founder Tommy Gelinas and ACM SVP Marketing Brooke Primero

CALE DODDS DEBUTS AT THE OPRY
10/22/18

Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville rising star Cale Dodds stepped into the circle for the first time on Friday night (10/19) with his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. He performed "Take You Back" and his recently-released "What We Gonna Do About It," which was been added to Spotify's New Music Friday, New Boots, Wild Country and Next From Nashville playlists. 

L-R: Songwriter/producer Corey Crowder, Starstruck Entertainment's Narvel Blackstock, Cale Dodds, Grand Ole Opry's Jordan Petit, CAA's Marc Dennis

TRIPLE 8 ADDS FOUR
10/22/18

Triple 8 Management has announced additions to its Nashville and Austin offices. The four new hires bring the T8 team to 42 members. 

Joining Triple 8 as Creative Director, Evan Kaufmann is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, graphic designer and creative mastermind. Kaufmann has worked for entertainment heavyweights including Disney, Warner Bros., and UMG and will oversee visual branding for the company's growing roster of artists and clients. 

Biz vet Shawn Pennington lands as a manager. Pennington's career began as a bandleader and road manager, then as a manager at Morris Management, developing the careers of Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, John Rich and special projects with Alabama. Most recently, Pennington served as SVP of BBR Management and founded Pennington Entertainment, amanagement and marketing company. 

Pennington, with Cara Kozulak alongside him, will join the management team for Eli Young Band and continue to manage Thompson Square as part of Triple 8's management. Kozulak began her career at BBR as a management assistant working with Thompson Square, Parmalee and Lindsay Ell

Alena Moran is stepping into a new role at Triple 8 as a Creative Manager, representing producers, engineers and other creatives. She has represented Grammy-Award winning engineer F. Reid Shippen (Kenny Chesney, Ingrid Michaelson), Pete Lyman (Panic! At The Disco, Chris Stapleton), Dave Gardner (Bassnectar, Weezer) and Daniel Bacigalupi (Parker Millsap, Kane Brown). She was also a production coordinator for recording projects by Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Jesse James Decker and Dustin Lynch.

Founders George Couri and Bruce Kalmick will continue to send our calls to voice mail. 

THE HUBB A-HUBBA
10/22/18

CAA’s Nashville office is hosting a music-specific, invitation-only career-development event for college students from across the country with an emphasis on diversity. On hand at The Hubb, as it’s been dubbed, will be UMG Nashville chief Mike Dungan; CAA Music topper Rob Light (pictured), Parallel Entertainment’s Travis Myatt, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment CEO Lou Taylor, BMI writer/artists Cameron Bedell and Alex Hall and producer David Hodges, among other industry heavyweights.

During the summit, which began on Sunday, 10/21, recruiters host workshops, providing attendees with insights into the tools and skills needed in today’s job market.

The Hubb was named in honor of industry icon Barbara “Mother” Hubbard, Executive Director of the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS), whose program provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in the performing arts, whether onstage or behind the scenes.

THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN
10/19/18



Sony Nashville has announced the inking of California-bred and Nashville-based trio Fairground Saints, whose newly minted global development deal through distro and label services arm The Orchard will be christened by the release of new song "Somewhere Down the Line" next Friday (10/26). Click here to see a just-released trailer that gives listeners a quick taste of the group's impressive harmonies and appreciation for toe-tapping hooks. 

"Fairground Saints have created something unique in country music, a sound that reflects their west coast leanings that is harmony-driven, adventurous, and carefree with intricate vocals, thoughtful songwriting, and solid musicianship," said Sony Nashville Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman. "With The Orchard partnership, we are in a great position to focus our individual resources on identifying and cultivating opportunities to advance the band and their growing fan base on a bigger scale. And with 'Somewhere Down The Line,' we are off to a very good start."

Pictured in the front row from left to right are The Orchard GM Jessica Phelps-Colvin, FS' Elijah Edwards, Mason Van Valin and Meg McAllister, and Goodman. In the back row, you'll spot SMN's Angie Magill, The Ochard's Lauren Kasper, SMN's John Zarling, manager Kimberly Knoller, SMN COO/EVP Ken Robold and the company's Taylor Lindsey.

Celebratory martinis were on Zarling, who suddenly ran off to find his briefcase, which was probably somewhere at The Palm