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YOUR TOP 20:
P!NK & GREEN
RCA pop diva rolls another strike. (10/19a)
LEONARD STEPS DOWN, MITCHELL STEPS UP AT PARLOPHONE
A changing of the guard (10/19a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT FOR BEST NEW ARTIST
Grammy Whisperer is getting busy. (10/19a)
FADER: YOUTUBE CLIP THROWS BIBLE FOR A LOOP
Game on, so to speak. (10/19a)
YOUR TOP 20:
P!NK & GREEN
Pop diva has Nipper in heat. (10/19a)
HITS GRAMMY SPECIAL
You buy ad now, yes?
WE WILL NEVER EAT PIZZA AGAIN
Of course, we said that last time.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
Music City
PEARCE-ING THROUGH
10/16/17


L-R: J.R. Schumann, Carly Pearce & Buzz Brainard

SiriusXM's The Highway team celebrated more than cocktails when Big Machine up-and-comer Carly Pearce made an appearance on the Music Row Happy Hour show with Buzz Brainard live from Margaritaville last Friday (10/13).

Pearce answered questions and performed in promotion of her just-released album, Every Little Thing—the title track of which got it's first spin on The Highway. (Since then, "Every Little Thing" and "If My Name Was Whiskey" have both spent time atop the channel's Top 30.) 

The songstress is currently the only female in the Top 10 at Country radio. She's booked to perform on TODAY 10/17, and will join Brett Young's Caliville Tour through 10/21, you can purchase tickets and/or Every Little Thing here.

BRANTLEY GILBERT'S 2018 TOUR: FOR THE ONES THAT LIKE HIM
10/16/17



Valory/BMLG
's Brantley Gilbert has announced the dates for his 2018 tour The Ones That Like Me, named as a nod to his fanbase. The tour will ultimately hit 36 cities but its initial leg will cover 18 cities with singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis and newcomer Josh Philips 

"People tell you all kinds of things about marketing," Gilbert says of his tour's name. "But I want to call it something that speaks to what this tour is: a chance for me to get together with all the people out there who get this music, who believe in these songs and live their lives just like the people back home do."

You'll find dates for the tour's initial leg below, with further dates and when ticket sales will open to be announced. 

THE ONES THAT LIKE ME 2018 TOUR DATES:

2/1            Worcester, MA
2/2            Hershey, PA
2/3            Albany, NY
2/8            Greenville, SC
2/9            Knoxville, TN
2/10          Tupelo, MS
2/15          Fairfax, VA
2/16          Augusta, GA
2/17          Charleston, SC
3/24          Tuscaloosa, AL
4/19          Lexington, KY
4/20          Salem, VA
4/21          Pikeville, KY
4/26          Daytone, OH
4/27          Terre Haute, IN
4/28          Rogers, AR
5/10          Cedar Rapids, IA
5/11          Grand Rapids, MI
5/12          Erie, PA

SMACKSONGS CELEBRATES WRITE NIGHT SUCCESS
10/16/17
(Back Row L-R:) Midland's Mark Wystrach, SMACKSongs' Josh Osborne, Matt McGinn, Ryan Beaver and Aaron Eshuis; (Front Row L-R:) Midland's Jess Carson, SMACKSongs' Kylie Morgan, Shane McAnally, Midland's Cameron Duddy and SMACKSongs' Renee Blair

Pubco SMACKSongs packed the house at their first ever writer's night at the Listening Room Café in Nashville 10/11. Hosted by SMACK's partners Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne, the event featured surprise performances from special guests Walker Hayes and Midland

The sold-out crowd also saw performances from songwriters Ryan Beaver, Renee Blair, Aaron Eshuis and Kylie Morgan as well as from the hosts themselves. The event was part of a week-long Global Creative Retreat in Nashville and was presented by Kobalt.

FYI: Walker Hayes' “You Broke Up With Me”—from his forthcoming debut album, boom.—is Top 25 and climbing at Country radio. Midland's "Drinking Problem" went #1 in August, and their "Make A Little" is now Top 35. All three songs were heard that night, along with a handful of others, like Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina's #1 hit "What Ifs," which was performed by SMACKSongs writer Matt McGinn

Unfortunately, we haven't been able to hear much but high-pitched ringing since a Labor Day Weekend stunt that involved fireworks, Fireball and Jello. Don't try anything at home, kids. 

LOSING SLEEP OVER CHRIS YOUNG
10/16/17

Just ahead of his induction as a member of The Grand Ole Opry and the release of his latest album Losing Sleep, dates for Chris Young's upcoming Losing Sleep World Tour have been announced.

RCA Nashville/Zone 4's Kane Brown and Arista Nashville's LANCO will be joining him as guests for legs of the tour. Losing Sleep kicks off 1/11 in Indianapolis and will stop in 18 U.S. cities for the initial winter run. You'll find those dates below and can get your tickets here starting 10/20. 

LOSING SLEEP 2018:
1/11              Indianapolis, IN
1/12              Independence, MO
1/13              St. Louis, MO
1/18              Highland Heights, KY
1/19              Grand Rapids, MI
1/20              Hoffman Estates, IL
2/1                Lowell, MA
2/2                Bangor, ME
2/3                Mashantucket, CT
2/8                Pittsburg, PA 
2/9                Fairfax, VA
2/10              Huntington, WV
2/15              Duluth, GA
2/16              St. Augustine, FL
2/17              Estero, FL
2/22              Green Bay, WI
2/23              Minneapolis, MN
2/24              Cedar Rapids, IA

"BLUE" STREAK
10/14/17

Ace songwriter Hillary Lindsey celebrates receiving the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Song of the Year award (for the smash "Blue Ain't Your Color," recorded by Capitol Nashville's Keith Urban) by posing with the legendary Kris Kristofferson. It's the BMG tunesmith's third NSAI Song of the Year trophy, a feat achieved by only one other writer in the org's 50-year history—namely Kristofferson. Lindsey previously took the prize for Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and the Little Big Town breakthrough "Girl Crush." Later, Kris told some fun stories about playing Marco Polo with Sam Peckinpah and Bob Dylan in a regulation pool filed with Jim Beam. 

Declared BMG Nashvile boss Kos Weaver, "There is no question Hillary is an amazing creative force and widely-revered as one of the best songwriters in music today. The success and accomplishments throughout her career, and innate musical talent to go beyond genre lines in music, speaks volumes about the dedication she has to the craft. We are proud to call BMG her home.”

RISING TO RAISE EVEN MORE
10/13/17

Keith Urban has been added to the lineup for Country Rising, the benefit concert that has expanded—it was just revealed—to support victims of the Las Vegas shooting, as well as those affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands.

Urban joins the likes of Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood

It's also worth noting that, due to a scheduling conflict, Garth Brooks will no longer be part of the event in Nashville and will instead donate all proceeds from his two added concerts on 11/12 to The Country Rising Fund.

Tickets and VIP packages will now go on sale via Ticketmaster next Friday 10/20 at 10am CT.

Click here for more info.

LANCO'S LANCASTER IS FEELIN' "GREAT"
10/12/17


Songwriter/lead singer Brandon Lancaster—of Arista Nashville band LANCO—has become the first country artist/writer in 10 years to pen a chart-topping hit alone, as he celebrates going #1 on the Top 60 Country Songwriters Chart this week, based on streams, sales and airplay. The early 2000s saw similar success from Taylor Swift (“Our Song”), Zac Brown (“Free”) and Jennifer Nettles (“Stay”).

The song, LANCO's "Greatest Love Story," meanwhile, holds its ground atop Shazam's country chart. It's also #14 and climbing when it comes to airplay.

The band's debut album—produced by Grammy winner Jay Joyce—is expected to drop early next year.

TIME TO GO TO CHURCH
10/12/17



EMI Nashville's Eric Church has teamed with AT&T along with AUDIENCE Network for a two-part broadcasted music event, which will kick off with a behind-the-scenes tour documentary that follows Church during 2017's 61-stop Holdin' My Own Tour.

The doc is followed by a screening of Eric Church: On The Rocks, an hour-long performance recorded live at Red Rocks Amphitheater. The broadcast will take place Friday 10/13 at 8pm ET via DIRECT TV. You can watch the trailer below. 

As it happens, we're likely to be indulging in something else on the rocks as well.