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2017'S NEW CHAMP (UPDATE)
Kendrick completes his ascent to streaming-age superstardom. (4/21a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CELESTIAL JUKEBOX RECEIPTS
Songs go in, cash comes out. (4/21a)
SAMSUNG, GOOGLE PARTNER ON STREAMING MUSIC
Will this mobile play move the needle? (4/21a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
Dawn of the Shawn. (4/21a)
WHO IS JASON BOYARSKI, AND WHY IS EVERYBODY TALKING ABOUT HIM?
Prince's guy is making headlines. (4/21a)
THE DOUG MORRIS INTERVIEW
He ran all three major-label groups, so, yeah--he's got a few stories.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
Music City
GOODMAN'S GOOD MAN
4/12/17

Jim Catino has been upped to SVP, A&R at Sony Music Nashville, it was announced today by Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman.

Catino, who most recently served as VP of A&R, has been with the company since the fall of 2001. Before that, he held positions at DreamWorks Music Publishing, Giant Records and MCA Music Publishing as part of a 22-year career in the biz.

“I’m excited to be making this announcement today. Since arriving at Sony Music Nashville 21 months ago, I’ve been impressed with Jim’s ‘ears’ and sensibilities as well as the great Team that he’s built around him,” shared Goodman—who Catino, based in Nashville, will continue to report to. “He’s always looking to do the right thing as it relates to the artists and their music and has been the driver of some of our great, early successes.”

At HITS, all we've been able to drive people to is "early retirement"... or jail.

BMLG GETS SOCIAL WITH BRUM
4/10/17

The Grand Ole Opry’s chief tweeter Matt Brum has joined Big Machine Label Group as Director, Digital Strategy and Social Media. He will report to BMLG CMO Mike Rittberg and be responsible for engineering digital and social strategies for Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records and Nash Icon Records.

“He lives the ‘digital world’ and we look forward to having his passion help drive our artists to the next level,” Rittberg said.

Brum was formerly Social Media Manager for the Grand Ole Opry. “It has been my privilege to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry family and to be a part of the Opry story,” he said. “I am ecstatic to begin this new journey with Big Machine Label Group and to continue to build upon BMLG's solid foundation, innovative approach and unprecedented impact on our industry.”

 

 

CHRIS STAPLETON'S ROOM SERVICE
4/6/17

Details have emerged on Chris Stapleton’s next album, From A Room: Volume 1, which will be released 5/5—exactly two years after the release of Traveler—on Mercury Records Nashville and followed by a second volume later in the year.

The album takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, where it was recorded during the winter of 2016-17. Again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave CobbVol. 1 features eight original songs as well as a rendition of “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” written by Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux Farar and made famous by Willie Nelson. Stapleton recently premiered “Second One to Know” at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards;  “Either Way” is the album’s first single.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTO OP OF THE DAY
4/5/17

Valory/BMLG's Thomas Rhett, still glowing from his ACM wins for Male Vocalist and Song of the Year, joins label pals and General Mills reps for the Outnumber Hunger launch event in Vegas. Rhett has been a spokesman for the charity for six years and touts its good works on packages of Cheerios, Cheetos and other General Mills products. Seen just before wondering how the cereal would taste with bourbon instead of milk are (l-r) BMLG SVP Creative Sandi Borchetta, label CEO Scott Borchetta, Rhett and General Mills' Kristin Merchant and Jay Piccanatto.

REED, JACKSON, SCHLITZ TO JOIN COUNTRY HALL OF FAME
4/5/17

As the Nashville community shakes off the effects of a raucous weekend in Vegas, the Country Music Association regrouped to announce that Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed and Don Schlitz  are the 2017 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“These three storytellers have added much to our lives, and to the story of Country Music,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “They stand as models of undeniable eloquence and empathy. Over many decades, they have brought laughter, joy, and tears to millions. The Hall of Fame Rotunda will be grander for the presence of Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz.”

“Each of this year’s inductees are well versed performers and songwriters and have helped define Country Music and popular culture,” noted CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.

Inducted as a Veterans Era Artist, Reed, who died in 2008, enjoyed an eclectic career spanning decades as a session man, songwriter, Grammy-winning hit maker and cinematic sidekick to Burt Reynolds, most notably in the Smokey and the Bandit films. Considered a virtuoso guitarist–he was twice honored as CMA Instrumentalist of the Year–his songs were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee and Gene Vincent. His own hits include “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and “Amos Moses.” He earned CMA Award nominations in four different decades.

From the modern era, Jackson has been one of country’s most successful singer-songwriters of the 90s and 00s. Thus far, he's had 81 CMA nominations in his career, second only to George Strait; and 30 chart-topping singles, most notably his 9/11 epic “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” which was a Grammy Song of the Year nominee. 

Inducted in the songwriter category, Don Schlitz has penned 50 Top 10 hits, including “The Gambler” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” His songs have been covered by Alison Krauss, Tanya Tucker and Randy Travis, among many others. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for later this year at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater.

A BIRTHDAY AND SOME SUITS
4/4/17


Warner Nashville
's ACM-nominated and platinum-selling artist, Chris Janson, celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday night at the ACM Awards.

Seen moments before Warner Nash CMO Peter Strickland joyously smushed cake in EVP A&R Scott Hendricks' punim are (L-R) VP/Head of Business & Legal Affairs Megan Joyce, Hendricks, VP/Head of Brand Management Lisa Ray, Janson, Strickland and VP A&R Cris Lacy.

WINNING STREAK
4/4/17

At the ACM Awards in Vegas, a triumphant Miranda Lambert joins label and management folk for the kind of trade-ready photo op that mama used to make. Seen just before security removed our own Todd Hensley, who’d offered to preview his lounge act with “a few quick impressions,” are (l-r) ShopKeeper Management’s Crystal Dishmon, Sony Music Nashville EVP/COO Ken Robold and Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman, Lambert, ShopKeeper Management’s Marion Kraft and Sony Music Nashville’s EVP Marketing/New Business John Zarling and EVP Promotion/Artist Development Steve Hodges.

LITTLE BIG PHOTO
4/4/17

Backstage at the ACM Awards in Vegas, UMG Nashville topper Mike Dungan and President Cindy Mabe pose with stars Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town. Shortly after this photo was snapped, the Russian delegation at the Trump International had a balalaika hoedown.

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