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THE POP LOGJAM: RADIO BATTLE ROYALE
Standing-room only on the airwaves (5/22a)
HARRY STYLES LIGHTS UP TROUBADOUR WITH SURPRISE GIG
...with a little help from Stevie Nicks. (5/22a)
IRVING ON VALUE OF YOUTUBE TO BIZ: "NONE"
But what does he really think? (5/22a)
IN OTHER NEWS,
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY
Same as it ever was. (5/22a)
RATINGS DROP FOR BIBLE'S AWARDS SHOW
At least the reviews were... Never mind. (5/22a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
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
THE DAWN OF DAWSON
5/8/17


On Friday night, Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic newcomer Devin Dawson made his Grand Ole Opry debut shortly after making his national TV debut on Seth Meyers. Watch a video of the latter here.

Dawson, who performed single "All on Me," as well as new song "Dark Horse," was included in Rolling Stone's 10 Artists You Need to Know in March, along with CMT's 17 for 2017, and is a 2017 Vevo dscvr artist.

"All on Me," which already boasts around 8m Spotify streams, was the Most Added song at Country radio from a new artist last week.

Dawson is set to perform tonight at the Association of Independent Music Publishers Awards, where he's nominated as a Rising Independent Artist-Writer of the Year.

Seen above just before they getting their celebratory matching tattoos are (L-R) WMN National Director Radio & Streaming Adrian Michaels, WMN SVP Business & Legal Affairs Megan Joyce, WMN VP Brand Management Lisa Ray, WMN VP A&R Cris Lacy, Nick DiMaria (guitar), Dawson, Austin Smith (guitar), Grand Ole Opry GM Sally Williams, Sandbox Entertainment's Todd Ramey, Sandbox Entertainment's Wyatt Thomas and WMN Senior Director Brand Management Ashlee McDonald

BMLG SAYS HELLO TO CSABAI
5/8/17

Big Machine Label Group is bringing Nicole Csabai on board as VP Revenue & Sales. Effective immediately, Csabai, who most recently served as Director of Revenue at Interscope, will report to CMO Mike Rittberg.

At BMLG, she will be responsible for the physical and digital sale strategies for Big Machine Records, Valory, BMLG Records and Nash Icon.

“I’m thrilled to have Nicole join the Big Machine Family,” announced Rittberg. “She’s the right person to help lead the charge taking our physical and digital sales and revenue to the next level.”

"I'm very excited to be joining the team at Big Machine and I'm grateful to Scott Borchetta, Andrew Kautz and Mike for this tremendous opportunity,” Csabai shared. “Big Machine has an amazing roster of artists and I'm looking forward to working with everyone."

We hear she's also looking forward to challenging the car-loving Borchetta to an in-office swivel chair race. Vroom vroom, buddy.

MIRANDA TAKES A DIP IN FILM
5/4/17

Miranda Lambert is getting on the other side of the camera, serving as Executive Music Producer on Lionsgate’s Something In the Water.  Music video filmmaker Trey Fanjoy directs the film, which stars online comedy star Grace Helbig.

Lambert’s job is to provide musical curation services and provide an original song for the comedy, which is focused on a bass fishing competition. 

It’s the first feature for Fanjoy, who has collaborated with Lambert on multiple videos, among them “Kerosene, “We Should be Friends,” “Automatic” and “Something Bad.” He has also directed multiple videos for Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire

Ken Treusch is producing for Bleecker Street Entertainment alongside Fanjoy and Helbig. Aquila/Wood is casting the film and production will take place in Nashville later this year. 

THOMAS RHETT AND MAREN MORRIS KICK SOME ASS
5/4/17

Blazing guns, robbery and deceit take center stage in the wildly cinematic music video for Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris' "Craving You" (Valory/BMLG).

Director TK McKamy describes the action-packed clip as "Jason Bourne meets Oceans 11 meets Snatch." What more is there to say, really?

Look below to watch the video for "Craving You," which is currently #6 on the iTunes country singles chart, while #21 on the Country radio chart and growing.

LEE NOW VEEP AT BMG NASHVILLE
5/3/17

Daniel Lee has been upped to VP Creative at BMG Nashville. Details in Pub Crawling.

PANDORA SETS COUNTRY CELEBRATION
5/3/17

Jake Owen, Old Dominion and RaeLynn will perform at Pandora’s Sounds Like Country celebration in Nashville on 6/6 right before the CMA Festival and the CMT Music Awards. The free event will be held at Marathon Music Works.

Prior to the show, on 5/31, Pandora will stream an artist-curated Pandora Sounds Like Country Mixtape. The station will refresh on 6/14 to include performances recorded at the show.

“Pandora’s partnership with the country music community keeps getting better,” said Lars Murray, SVP Music Makers Group, Pandora. “We’re happy to bring Pandora Sounds Like Country back to Nashville for a third year. Jake Owen is in the 99th percentile of all artists in Pandora station adds and has more than 1.7 billion total spins on Pandora. It’s a treat to be working with RaeLynn for a second time, and to reunite Jake with his former tour mates—and fellow ACM winners—Old Dominion for Pandora listeners.”

For tickets, click here.

 

THE DIRTIEST PODCAST IN THE LAND
5/3/17

How did foul-mouthed country disruptor Wheeler Walker, Jr. grab the top music podcast spot on iTunes, as well as #1 music-podcast episode? Well, it doesn’t hurt that the gleefully profane troubadour attracts such guests as Chris and Morgane Stapleton, who are featured on his first installment, or Bill Burr, who's the guest on ep 2. (Expect more star appearances to be announced shortly.)

But Walker has attracted a strong following all on his own with his fiery rants and lascivious songs (many of which bear unprintable titles). In old-school parlance, the man works blue—and works hard at it. Indeed, the podcast’s trailer went to #1 at iTunes prior to the series’ 5/2 debut.

Chris Stapleton was among the musical guests on Walker’s breakout 2016 album, Redneck Shit (Pepperhill), which was produced by Dave Cobb. The star-studded follow-up set, Ol’ Wheeler, is due on 6/2.

Get more info here, and cover your children’s eyes and ears.

STAGECOACH TAKES CENTER STAGE
5/1/17

This weekend, HITS' resident #henchhipster, Samantha Hissong, traded the black stilettos in for some newly purchased brown boots and swapped her usual martini for a couple brewskies to attend Stagecoach in the desert. Look within for a recap of the three-day festival, which was headlined by Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain (pictured) and Kenny Chesney.

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