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TO THE MAX (UPDATE)
Warner U.K. chief thinking globally (3/27a)
FISHER KING
ACM boss talks Nashville (3/27a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CASH MONEY FROM THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX
Can you say "cha-ching?" (3/24a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
SPOTIFY DEALS
If they don't come soon, what happens to the IPO?
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
LABEL BIGWIGS SPILL THE BEANS
We go deep with a couple of top execs.
THE STRINGER ASCENDENCY
This adventure coming soon to a trade website near you.
Music City
MIDLAND MOVES UP
3/20/17



Following Midland's performance at the Apple Music House on Friday at SXSW, the BMLG-repped Texas trio's debut single, "Drinkin Problem," soared to #14 on the iTunes country chart, where it holds at press time.

This is BMLG’s fastest-climbing debut single since the Scott Borchetta-led company's inception in 2005. And it's been one of the Most Added songs at Country radio for the past four weeks, with more than 100 stations currently spinning it.

Speaking of getting the spins, we hope everyone back from SXSW can make it out from under their desks at some point today.

RHETT AND HOME TEAM LAUNCH PUBCO WITH ROC NATION
3/16/17

Hit songwriter and Valory/BMLG artist Thomas Rhett has launched a new pubco, Home Team Publishing, in conjunction with manager Virginia Davis; his dad, songwriter Rhett Akins; and Roc Nation. The team's first signing is Seattle native Eric Olson, who's worked with Kelly Clarkson, Danielle Bradbery, Dan Tyminski and Akins, among others. 

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RASCAL FLATTS GRILLS & CHILLS
3/16/17

Rascal Flatts adds burger-flipping to their list of talents as a diner becomes the setting of some romantic day-dreaming in the video for “Yours If You Want It.” The trio’s buddy Billy Zabka, who helmed “Why Wait,” directed the band, Kevin Farley and Kristy Swanson through a late-night romp at the local diner. People magazine has the video here.

“The three of us are always joking around so when our good friend Billy came up with the idea for us to actually work at the diner where Kevin and Kristy’s scene is playing out, we definitely went for it,” Gary Levox says. “The atmosphere on set was amazing and hopefully everyone enjoys watching it as much as we did making it.” 

Big Machine Records will release their next album, Back to Us, on 5/19. If they ever make it to L.A. and want to continue with their side jobs, we’ll take a dozen double burgers, grilled onions, animal style.

 

MY PICKUP TRUCK'S GOT RIGHT-HAND DRIVE
3/15/17

 

During the recent CMA Nashville Music & Brand Forum at London's C2C fest, Drake White, CMA ruler Sarah Trahern, Charlie Worsham and CMA's Damon Whiteside wonder if there will be BBQ or butter sandwiches. For more on the event and country music's growing influence across the pond, head over to Blighty Beat.

YOUR ACM NEW ARTIST WINNERS
3/14/17

This morning, the Academy of Country Music announced the winners of the new artists categories for the 52nd ACM Awards; Brothers Osborne (pictured) were dubbed New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year, while Maren Morris and Jon Pardi were honored as New Female Vocalist and New Male, respectively. And all three acts are first-time ACM Award winners.

Each of the winners will perform on the big show, which be broadcast live from Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on 4/2 (8-11pm ET/delayed PT) via CBS

Brothers O are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, while Morris is up for an additional five trophies—Female Vocalist, Album (as artist and producer) and Single Record of the Year (as artist and producer).


MORE MORRIS
3/13/17

Columbia Nashville's Grammy-winning breakout, Maren Morris, will be releasing the deluxe version of her critically acclaimed, debut set, Hero, this Friday (3/17).

And apparently, Hero Deluxe features three songs that did not appear on the standard version: “Bummin’ Cigarettes,” “Space” and “Company You Keep,” which were all co-written by the songstress. 

In tandem with this announcement, her latest single, “I Could Use A Love Song,” arrives at Country radio today.

Morris, whose been out on the sold-out U.S. leg of her Hero 2017 Tour, also just revealed that she'll be hitting international roads in November, marking the first tour she's taken to the U.K. and Ireland. Tix are available here.

Jeez... Is this chick a slacker or what?


THE POWER OF PAISLEY
3/13/17

Arista Nashville star Brad Paisley has officially topped the Country radio charts with "Today"—his 24th #1 and the lead single from his forthcoming 11th studio album, Love and War.

The love song, co-written with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley (and produced by Paisley and Luke Wooten), also marks Paisley's 21st #1 hit as a songwriter. Look below to watch the emotional music video, which pulled in 25m+ views with 500k+ Facebook shares in its first week out. Just try not to blubber like a baby in a soiled diaper; we dare you.

BTW, the album is due 4/21.

KANE RISES ABOVE: "THIS IS WHAT MOTIVATES ME"
3/13/17

Some people feel free, in this political moment, to say some really hateful stuff—stuff that should sicken anyone with a functioning conscience. Sad to say, such words were recently directed at a breakout country artist who happens to be biracial. But RCA Nashville/Zone 4’s Kane Brown neither engaged with the vitriol nor attempted to ignore it. Instead, he shared the racist rant along with his own response: “Sorry for the language. But this is what motivates me.”

Naturally, his fans offered bountiful moral support (as have publications like Rare Country), not to mention praise for his gracious answer. Brown, who sold out his recent gig in Traverse City, Michigan and will be in Athens, Georgia, on 3/15, has earned more than 13 million audio streams in 2 ½ months. His debut was the best for a new artist in the genre since Sam Hunt's in 2014, and the #4 best new-artist bow in any genre in 2016.