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GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/16a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/16a)
VR AND THE BIZ: ROSE-COLORED GOGGLES?
Reality bites. (8/16a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/16a)
I.B. BAD: THE EVOLUTION OF MONEYBALL
When Walter upped the ante... (8/16a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
Music City
BASEMENT TAPES
8/14/17

Big Machine Label Group chieftain Scott Borchetta takes a moment with artist Alex Williams and VP A&R Julian Raymond following Williams' recent show at The Basement East celebrating the release of his debut album. Williams' set has been described as a mix of honky-tonk and "cosmic country." In a related story, the HITS editorial offices achieve both honky-tonk and cosmic-country conditions thanks to a steady influx of bourbon and weed.

WHEN TAYLOR SPOKE UP
8/14/17

By Holly Gleason

When Taylor Swift took the witness stand in Denver, it seemed many people had forgotten—she was being sued. This public rehashing of an ugly breach-of-personal-space (a clinical term for gross sexual assault) was not instigated by Swift lashing out at a guy who lost all sense of courtesy, boundaries or couth. It was a result of a $3,000,0000 suit brought against her because his employer decided they didn’t cotton to that sort of conduct.

Swift—who countersued for sexual assault—had the “privilege” of retreading the experience of a man, an industry professional who should know better, sliding his hand under her garment, and grabbing her “ass.” When the picture-perfect star tersely hurled the term, she more than echoed the attitude of the kind of man who might consider such an action funny, a good story—or who just decided to act on his worst impulses. She’s not coming at him, people. On the day of the incident, she went back to the dressing room and told her mother—more than many victims of sexual assault or harassment get to do—and they had the gentleman escorted from the building. If they let his employer know, providing physical back-up, that’s only good stewardship: who wants someone repping their call letters who crosses those kinds of lines?

...Read the rest here.

 

ASHLEY CAMPBELL REMEMBERS HER DAD
8/11/17

Glen Campbell and his music touched countless lives, but none so closely as his own family. To honor her father whodied 8/8 after a long, brave public battle with Alzheimer’s, Ashley Campbell has released a hand-written note about the genesis of “Remembering,” her 2015 debut single on Dot Records. The song, which she wrote about her father and his struggle with Alzheimer’s, was first heard in the 2015 documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

From the note: “When I wrote ‘Remembering,’ I knew there would come a time when he wouldn’t know who I am, and I was looking for a way to be able to reach him, even when he seemed lost. I wrote this song to bring him comfort and to let him know I would always be there for him.” Click the letter image for a larger view.

Ashley, the youngest of Campbell’s eight children, played banjo on her father’s 2011-12 farewell tour.

 


 

MOORE MEETS LESS
8/11/17

On the occasion of his Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance, chart-topping Valory/BMLG singer/songwriter Justin Moore finds himself shoehorned into a photo op with our own Todd Hensley, who lulled the star into unconsciousness with long, long anecdotes about his boat. Moore, whose "Somebody Else Will" is heading for the top at Country radio, is on tour through 9/15.

THE ACM HONORS ARE ALL LINED UP
8/9/17

The 11th Annual ACM Honors lineup has been announced, and it features a bevy of Nashville's big names. Tickets went on sale this morning for the ceremony, which will take place at the Ryman Auditorium in August, but won't air until 9/15 (on CBS from 9-11pm ET/PT). Fans can expect to see performances from the likes of Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Hilary Scott, Thomas Rhett and George Strait.

The event will recognize off-camera category champions from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards and other special honorees like the Studio Recording Award winners, as well as the Songwriter of the Year. This year's recipients include Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Keith (Poet's Award), Reba McEntire and Bob Kingsley, who will both receive the Mae Boren Axton Service Award. Additional recipients include Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award) and Nashville (Tex Ritter Film Award), while a posthumous Poet Award will go to Shel Silverstein

The Academy of Country Music will present trophies to previously announced Special Award recipients Eric Church (Merle Haggard Spirit Award) and Willie Nelson (Poet Award) at a later date.

Also at a later date, we at HITS plan to win an award for the largest amount of cheese puffs consumed in one sitting.

DOTTED LINEUP
8/8/17

Randy Goodman and Team Sony Music Nashville gather in signing formation to hail the inking of singer/songwriter Ben Gallaher, whose self-titled EP drops 8/11. Seen just before enjoying some down-home vittles from Ben’s native Pennsylvania are (seated, l-r) SVP, A&R Jim Catino (who co-produced the EP with Julian King), Gallaher, Goodman and SVP Legal & Business Affairs Angie Magill; and (standing, l-r) Red Light Management’s Gaines Sturdivant, SMN EVP Marketing & New Business John Zarling, EVP/COO Ken Robold and EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges.

LUKE BRYAN'S FANS GO NUTS
FOR ALL-ACCESS PASS
8/8/17

Celebrating two-years since launching his fan app through Disciple Media, Luke Bryan is expanding its offerings. The All-Access Pass will provide a direct portal linking Bryan's fan club, The Nut House, with app users. The All-Access Pass also offers fans live streams from the CMA Entertainer of the Year himself, photos and videos from his shows, presale tickets as well as meet-and-greet lotteries all at a discount.

"We've been so amazed at how the fans have responded to the App," shared Bryan. "Creating the link between the fan club members and the mobile fans seemed the perfect next step. We love being able to have instantaneous responses and communication with them." 

Fans can download the app through Apple's App Store or Google Play. Whiskey sold separately.

 

TYMINSKI'S GOTHIC INVASION
8/3/17

The man you once knew as Dan Tyminski—the Grammy-winning voice of the O Brother smash "Man of Constant Sorrow" and steadfast musical treasure in Alison Krauss' Union Station—is now known simply as Tyminski. You know, like Adele or Rihanna. The Vermont-bred singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will unleash his 13-track solo set Southern Gothic via Mercury Nashville on 10/20.

He co-wrote the material with an array of top Music City tunesmiths, including producer Jesse Frasure, Sarah Buxton, Josh Kear, Andrew Dorff and Amy Wadge; the songs explore themes of darkness and light, transgression and redemption. We've heard the set, and damn, is it good. Just you wait.