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I.B. BAD: GRAMMY REWIND, 2017 FAST-FORWARD
The latest inside edition (2/24a)
MICHELE ANTHONY NAMED UJA MUSIC VISIONARY
She's really busy... (2/24a)
BEEB BRAIN DRAIN
Hey, where'd everybody go? (2/24a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
Music City
LADY A, AM AND PM
2/15/17

Lady Antebellum’s dance card is filling up tomorrow. We’d previously reported that the Capitol Nashville group will appear on CBS This Morning (8am ET) to help announce the final nominees for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards.  Later in the day, they’ll turn up again on CBS, performing their new single, “You Look Good” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (11:35 ET). Lady A’s new album, HEART BREAK, drops June 9. 

A FEW OLE COUNTRY BOYS (AND GIRLS)
2/9/17


During his Heroes and Friends tribute at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena yesterday, Randy Travis was honored by Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville with a large-and-in-charge plaque to commemorate 25m records sold, 22 #1 singles and six #1 albums..

Most HITS employees, meanwhile, have 25m career regrets, 22 unpaid parking tickets and six cats.

Seen above flashing five smiles are (L-R) Randy Travis, WMN VP Brand Management Justin Luffman, WMN CMO Peter Strickland, Mary Travis and WMN VP A&R Cris Lacy.

MIRANDA MAKES "FRIENDS" AT A SALON
2/9/17

Crack open a can of Lite beer and settle in as Miranda Lambert gets her hair done in the music video for “We Should Be Friends” from her Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville release The Weight Of These Wings. Trey Fanjoy helmed the clip. 

AN ABOVE PAR PHOTO OP
2/8/17
    L-R: Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson, Jake Owen, Monterey Peninsula Foundation Vice Chairman of the
    Board Doug Mackenzie and Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde

RCA Nashville's Jake Owen was recently honored by Golf Digest with an Arnie Award at the magazine's Golfers Who Give Back event, during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, alongside Peyton Manning and golfer Phil Mickelson.

“I don’t do things for awards, but this is by far the most humbling thing I could ever achieve,” said Owen after being called to the stage by high-profile sports broadcaster Jim Nantz

Owen has played in the Pro-Am for the past five years and will do so again this time around. Practice rounds begin today.

Not to worry, though. When asked what he prefers (golf or music) he shared, "I feel like I've been able to touch more people with a guitar and a song than I would have with a putter or a driver.”

Speaking of music, Owen's current single, "If He Ain't Gonna Love You"—the follow-up to his sixth #1 single, "American Country Love Song"—just charted at Country radio, where it currently sits at #36. 

 

Last night was literally one of the greatest moments in my life. I was awarded "The Arnie Award"... I also received this amazing honor last night with two people I've always admired and looked up to...Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning. The award is not only near and dear to my heart because of the great Arnold Palmer, (who is probably the most respected athlete in history) but also because it's given to golfers that "give back." My work with my foundation "The Jake Owen Foundation," has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever been involved with. To me, life isn't about awards. It's not about money. At the end of this beautiful life, none of that matters. What matters is, the kind of person you are. Your character. Your legacy. What have YOU done for others?Arnold Palmer left a lasting legacy and I couldn't be more proud to have my name in the same sentence as his. I'm forever humbled.

A photo posted by Jake Owen (@jakeowenofficial) on

HOLY, WATERSHED
2/8/17


Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Chris Stapleton will lead this year’s lineup at Watershed Music and Camping Festival, it was announced today.

The festival—now in its sixth year—will take place at The Gorge, WA on 7/28-30.

Passes will go up for purchase here on 2/15 at 10am PT.

Last year, the Watershed team made history when it became the first-ever country festival to host two consecutive weekends, which they did in celebration of the fifth anniversary.

Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Bailey Bryan, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Josh Abbott Band, High Valley, Randy Houser, Maddie & TaeWilliam Michael Morgan, Old Dominion, Eric Paslay, Michael Ray, Chase Rice and The Cadillac Three are also scheduled to perform this year. Stay tuned for more performer announcements.

In other news, HITS' own festival, Beershed, is being planned as we speak. So far the lineup includes the sounds of One Hand Clapping and a Rush cover band. 

LADY A TO ANNOUNCE ACM NOMS
2/8/17

Start those engines! Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum are scheduled to announced the nominees for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards live on CBS next Thursday (2/16) at 8am ET (delayed PT).

Entertainment Tonight hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier will announce additional nominees on ETonline.com at 8:50am ET/5:50am PT. Immediately following that, the full list of noms will then be posted on ACMcountry.com.

Don't forget; the big show will broadcast live from Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on Sunday 4/2 from 8-11pm ET (delayed PT) on the CBS.

SHE CAN BE YOUR HERO, BUDDY
2/3/17

Columbia Nashville singer/songwriter and four-time Grammy nominee Maren Morris, who's notably up for the esteemed Best New Artist award, kicked off her HERO Tour 2017 last night to two separate, sold-out crowds at NYC's Bowery Ballroom. For the record, every show of the stretch has reportedly sold out. Ain't that somethin'?

FYI, Morris' debut album, Hero, dropped 6/3/16 and spawned the platinum-certified lead single, "My Church," which went Top 10 at Country radio. Follow-up "80s Mercedes" also broke into the Top 10, and new single "Rich" is just getting started with lots of early love.





BEN VAUGHN PROMOTED TO HEAD WARNER/CHAPPELL NASHVILLE
2/1/17

Ben Vaughn has been promoted to head Warner/Chappell’s Nashville operation. As President, Warner/Chappell Nashville, he will oversee all creative and commercial activities across A&R, administration, business development, finance, and human resources.

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