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CRY THE TOP 20
Carrie is having a Pretty good first week. (9/19a)
NEW MUSIC FROM
LIL PEEP AND XXX
The two late rappers collaborated. (9/19a)
MMA PASSES SENATE, BIZ WHOOPS IT UP
Bill is one step away from becoming law. (9/19a)
THE LUMINEERS
GO ACTIVIST
Hey ho, who's getting them. (9/19a)
BIG MOVE: PLATT SUCCEEDING BANDIER AT SONY/ATV
One of the year's biggest stories (9/19a)
RAINMAKERS
The ones making history now.
WHO'S NEXT?
Who will be the next big pub and label players?
THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?
Like, will it ever get here?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Music City
BRIDGE PARTNERS
9/11/18

Team UMG Nashville and Luke Bryan celebrate the debut single by Jon Langston, the first artist inked to Bryan's 32 Bridge Entertainment. Georgia-bred Langston's "When It Comes to Loving You" (on 32 Bridge via EMI Nashville), was co-written by with Dan Isbell and produced by Jody Stevens.

Seen just before the company's first-ever indoor turkey shoot are (top, l-r) UMGN VP Biz/Legal Rob Femia and COO Mike Harris, KP Entertainment prexy Kerri Edwards, UMGN EVP A&R Brian Wright, Prez Cindy Mabe, SVP Promo Royce  Risser, Serling Rooks Hutner McKoy Worob & Averill LLP's Greg W. Brooks and (bottom, l-r) UMGN Chairman/CEO Mike Dungan, Langston and Bryan.

LET THERE BE VODKA
9/11/18

BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta was living life in the fast lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The company topper and race car fanatic could be seen celebrating with the likes of Brad Keselowski, the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard champion, as well as breakout singer/songwriter Carly Pearce, among others. FYI, Pearce's "Hide the Wine" is currently Top 15 and climbing at Country radio. 

HITS' Todd Hensley said he liked all the pretty pictures sent from the race. "But me like rum," he then added. "Where rum?"

LUKE BRYAN SOAKS UP THE "SUN"
9/10/18

Luke Bryan's "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" topped Country radio this week, marking his 21st career #1 single. It's also the third consecutive #1 from the Capitol Nashville star's What Makes You Country

To celebrate that, as well as the grand opening of his new bar, LUKE'S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK. Bryan will host a party in downtown Nashville on 9/10 with a free concert. 

In the spirit of things, we took 32 shots before noon. In other words, it's Monday.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FOR THE ACMS
9/10/18

It's official. The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards—aka Country Music's Part of the Year—will broadcast live via CBS from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena this year on 4/7 at 8pm ET/delayed PT.

Another show also means another year of charitable ACM Party for a Cause events, which include ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, ACM Topgolf Tee-Off and the ACM Awards Official After Party, taking place on 4/5, 4/6 and 4/7 respectively. In fact, this stretch of time is now being called The Week Vegas Goes Country.

As for tickets to the big show, ACM Professional Members can pay for entry early, starting at 10am PT on Wednesday (9/12). On that same day, ACM A-List Members will also be granted pre-sale access by visiting www.axs.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed to these folks in advance. The general public will get their turn on Friday (9/14).  

More info can be found here.

PARAMORE HOSTS THEIR "FRIENDS' IN NASHVILLE
9/6/18

In conjunction with UTA's Ken Fermaglich and Sara Schoch, Paramore has created and curated a new Nashville festival, Art & Friends

The inaugural homegrown festival kicked off on 9/7 and will feature a headlining set from Paramore. Nashville-based acts COIN, Bully, Canon Blue, Liza Anne and Nightingail are also on the bill. 

Vendors include Daddy’s Dogs, Grimey’s Records, Hip Zipper, Hatch Show Print, SmilebarEpic Girl, Second Harvest Food Bank, Kangaroo Press, New Hat, Good Dye Young , Congrats! Records, Elephant Gallery and Nashville Predators

Visit artandfriendsnash.com for more info. 

ANTEBELLUM MACHINERY
9/4/18

It's official: Confirming our earlier rumor, Big Machine Label Group has announced its inking of Nashville stars Lady Antebellum. In the first of these two photos, the band and label team celebrate with a semi-traditional photo op. In the second, they broke out the booze and proceeded to trash the joint. Seen in the above pic just before attorney Jess Rosen commissioned 5% of the vodka are (l-r) BMLGR's Matthew Hargis, BMLG's Sandi Spika Borchetta, BMLGR's Jimmy Harnen, Lady A's Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott, BMLG's Scott Borchetta, Lady A's Dave Haywood and BMLG's Andrew Kautz, Allison Jones and Mike Rittberg.

AIMP NASHVILLE SONGWRITER CLASS OF 2018
8/30/18


The Nashville Chapter of the AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishing) will host its fourth annual AIMP Nashville Songwriter Series on 9/20 at The Hutton Hotel’s music venue, Analog.

The event welcomes all AIMP Nashville Chapter members and will feature a writers round of up-and-coming songwriters. The class of six promising writers is selected by a special committee made up of industry professionals, based on submissions from current AIMP Nashville members. 

The Class of 2018:

Anna Vaus (Black River Publishing)
Jordan Brooker (Warehouse West Entertainment)
Kassi Ashton (Creative Nation)
Kylie Morgan (SMACKSongs)
Mike Walker (HoriPro Entertainment Group)
Nicolette Hayford (Diamond Eye Music)

“Each year, the talented group of writers unveils the budding talent that the independent publishing community prides itself on nourishing and developing here in Nashville,” says AIMP officer, Michael McAnally Baum. “The evening is a great way to have everyone come together and get even more fired up about the songs our writers are creating every day.”

Previous classes have boasted writers who have gone on to earn cuts by Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, and many more.

LADY A’S BIG NEWS
8/29/18

Word out of Nashville has it that a highly competitive derby to sign Lady Antebellum is coming to a close. And it looks like the big winner is Scott Borchetta, whose Big Machine Label Group is poised to be the next home for the multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning group, who have been at UMG’s Capitol Nashville since their self-titled debut in 2008.

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