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CROSSCURRENTS, PART THREE
The Motown story (3/25a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: "RING" IN THE IDES OF MARCH
The full Monte yet again. (3/22a)
NOT IN HITS LIST
We use only the highest-quality click bait. (3/22a)
COLUMBIA SPRINGS THE COUNTRY TRAP
A whole new wrinkle (3/22a)
THE ROOTS OF ROCK & SOUL, SONG BY SONG: THE LATE ’50S
The saga continues. (3/22a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MARKETSHARE
But it is, really. Isn't it?
WHAT IF I DON'T STREAM?
First of all, don't panic.
WHO ORDERED THIS PIZZA?
Seriously, come get it now or we're eating it.
Music City
WME ADDS BOBBY CUDD
3/13/19

WME has announced that industry vet Bobby Cudd has joined the agency's Nashville office as a music agent. 

“Bobby Cudd is one of the most well-known and beloved agents in Nashville, and we are thrilled that he has decided to join our team,” said Jay Williams, Partner and Co-Head of WME’s Nashville office.  

Cudd spent nearly three decades at Monterey Peninsula Artists (which would later become Paradigm) before moving to Billions in 2016. Among other achievements, the Music City vet is a former CMA Board member, an alumnus of Leadership Music and a recipient of the IEBA Talent Agent of the Year Award.

Bobby brings with him an eclectic roster including David Rawlings, The Doyle & Debbie Show, Gillian Welch, I'm With Her, Junior Brown, Kasey Chambers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Earl Keen, Ricky Skaggs, Sarah Jarosz and more. 

CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HERSTORY
3/12/19


Sony Music Nashville
and WME celebrated Women’s History Month with a one-night-only concert event last night (3/11). Buzzing newcomers Carlton Anderson, Robert Counts, Hannah Dasher, Seaforth and Rachel Wammack performed powerful tributes to some of the most impactful artists in country music. See, when Wammack, whose two-song set included Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine,” sings of booze, it makes an important difference. When we do it, it's just a typical Tuesday afternoon. Granted, she also has the benefit of sounding like an angel, while our vocal stylings are more akin to that of a dying cow.

Female students from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s Academy of Entertainment Industry were invited as guests, and a substantial amount of money was raised for She Is The Music, "a nonprofit organization increasing the number of women working in music – songwriters, engineers, producers, artists and industry professionals."

Pictured above (l-r) are WME Agent Braeden Rountree, WME Partner Becky Gardenhire, Counts, Anderson, Seaforth's Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan, Dasher, hosts Hunter Kelly and Ashley Eicher, Wammack, SMN Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman, WME Agent & She Is The Music rep Carrie Murphy and and SMN EVP & COO Ken Robold.

ACM STARTS LINING 'EM UP
3/12/19

Maren MorrisThomas RhettMiranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne are among the first group of performers announced for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Kane Brown Little Big Town, host Reba McEntire and George Strait will also take the stage on 4/7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. CBS will broadcast the show.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

MCDONALD LOOKS GREAT IN YELLOW
3/7/19


The Nashville-based Big Yellow Dog Music just signed Christy McDonald—one of the writers and the featured vocalist behind Grammy winner Robin Schulz’s “Ha Leh Lou Ya." Following the announcement of her publishing deal, McDonald—an active participant in the Country Music Hall Of Fame’s “Words & Music” program, working with children to help develop songwriting skills—heads out on a two-week writing trip in Amsterdam and Stockholm to collaborate with European EDM/dance DJs, producers, and artists.

“I was blown away when Christy showed me what she had been working on,” said Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner and CEO Carla Wallace. “She has an incredible voice!”

Seen wondering where to find the best hot chicken in The Netherlands are Dickinson Wright's Austen AdamsSESAC's Shannan Hatch, Wallace, McDonald and BYD's Lauren Funk, Alex Stefano and Jacee Badeaux.

ALDEAN'S YOUR ARTIST OF THE DECADE
3/6/19

Broken Bow star Jason Aldean—the ACM's three-time, reigning Entertainer of the Year, thirteen-time ACM Award winner and current Entertainer of the Year nominee—will receive the Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award and perform at the 54th ACM Awards. The big show, hosted by Reba McEntire, will of course air live from Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on 4/7 at 8pm ET/delayed PT via CBS. He joins an exclusive group of five iconic acts: Marty Robbins (1969), Loretta Lynn (1979), Alabama (1988), Garth Brooks (1998) and George Strait (2008).

“On behalf of our Special Awards Committee, our Board of Directors and Academy staff, we extend our congratulations to Jason and his entire team on this landmark career achievement,” said Pete Fisher, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We look forward to celebrating Jason’s remarkable career at our 54th annual awards in Las Vegas.”

"This is probably one of the coolest awards I’ve ever been given," added Aldean. "My heroes are on this list, something I can’t really even wrap my head around being part of. But, man I’m proud to be getting it - it’s for everyone who stuck with us and supported us through the years."

We at HITS can't personally relate to the concept of being appreciated for sticking around through the years, but we're happy for the guy.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK
AFTER THIS BLAKE
3/4/19

Warner Music Nashville’s Blake Shelton is joined by WMN staff on Friday night (3/1) in Louisville, KY for his Friends & Heroes 2019 tour. In addition to Shelton’s near two hour set, the sold-out show brought his heroes John Anderson, The Bellamy Brothers and Trace Adkins to perform some of their biggest hits. Opening the show was Lauren Alaina before she joined Shelton on stage for his #1 duet “Lonely Tonight.” Shortly after the show, Blake gave WMN staff members a rundown on his technique for gracefully turning his Voice chair around.

A WRIGHT MOVE FOR UMPG NASHVILLE
3/4/19


UMPG
Nashville has inked singer/songwriter Claire Wright to an exclusive global pub deal today (3/4). The Red Light-managed and CAA-repped artist, who hails from Northern California and counts Sugar Ray and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences, churns out feel-good sounds inspired by rural roots and a philosophy that life should be enjoyed. At HITS, our philosophies tell us not to eat cheese puffs while wearing white or cook bacon in the nude, but our songs about such aren't nearly as catchy.

“Claire is full of positive light and shares that glow through her songs," says UMPG Nashville EVP/GM Kent Earls. "It’s very rare to meet someone with such an identity and vision for not only her music but herself. We’re excited to help bring her songs to the world.”

“[The UMPG Nashville team] understood my songs and my vision in a really refreshing way," adds Wright. "They are a massive powerhouse in the publishing world yet when you walk into the office, it’s like coming home. I look forward to making history with these amazing folks!"

Seen above are (Seated L-R) Earls, Wright, Red Light’s Autumn House-Tallant, (Standing L-R) Dickinson Wright PLLC's Austen Adams, UMPG Nashville Sr. Creative Director Missy Roberts, VP Creative Cyndi Forman, Sr. Creative Director Travis Gordon and Dickinson Wright PLLC's Noah McPike.

THE WORLD IS HER OYSTER,
AND VICE VERSA
2/28/19

MCA Nashville's Grammy-winning star Kacey Musgraves has another handsome trophy to add to her now-groaning shelf: the 2019 CMA International Artist Achievement Award. Musgraves was surprised with this latest bauble backstage at the storied Ryman Auditorium.

The CMA International bling (which Kacey also received in 2016) commemorates her global reach, as documented by such planetary escapades as headlining C2C last year, becoming the first country artist on the bill at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival and performing at London's Wembley Arena

Seen just before manager/Sandbox Entertainment head Jason Owen outlined his plans to bring honky-tonk to Benelux are (l-r) Sandbox's Leslie Cohea, Owen, CMA VP International Relations & Development Milly Olykan, Musgraves, CMA ruler Sarah Trahern and Sandbox's Samantha Borenstein.