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IL CAPO DI SUGAR
Sweet smell of success. (11/13a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SMOKE-FILLED RUMINATIONS
Theme song: Charlie Rich, "Behind Closed Doors" (11/9a)
MOVE WITH THE FLOW: THE JANICK WAY OF KNOWLEDGE (PART 2)
Don't miss Janick's "New Rules"... Oh wait, that's Bill Maher's bit. (11/12a)
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: STREAMING SONGS
It's a Trippie experience. (11/12a)
RAINMAKERS: MYSTERY GUEST, PLEASE SIGN IN
What do we get if we guess right? (11/9a)
GRAMMY NOMINEES
Collect 'em all!
MMA FOR DUMMIES
Not Mixed Martial Arts; the Music Modernization Act, dummy.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
...or are our bosses from outer space?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Music City
SONY NASHVILLE ON THE AIR
11/9/18

Randy Goodman's Sony Music Nashville will have no fewer than four of the Top 5 songs on the next Mediabase Country radio chart, as Steve Hodges and team celebrate a #1 for RCA Nashville's Chris Young ("Hangin' On") and the ongoing success of this week's #1,  River House/Columbia Nashville's Luke Combs ("She's Got the Best of Me"), as well as Columbia Nashville's Maren Morris ("Rich") and debuting RCA Nashville/Zone 4 star Kane Brown ("Lose It"). 

Kane will, of course, be vying for the #1 spot on our next Top 50 chart with new album Experiment. Steve has been conducting an experiment of his own, but we're not sure we're ready to try the bourbon he made in his garage.

DESURE KICKS IT
11/9/18

We've been telling you for a while about Desure, the gifted singer/songwriter we first saw opening up for his pals Midland at L.A.'s Troubadour. With his new video for "Kick Rocks (from his self-titled EP on MEGA/Tuxedo), he cranks up rockin' hooks that evoke Ryan Adams and The Replacements, and the split-screen visuals amplify the cheeky old-school energy. Desure, managed by BRND MGMT's Matt Graham and repped by CAA,will undoubtedly be making a lot more noise in the near future.

CHESNEY'S STADIUM HERO STATUS SOLIDIFIED
11/8/18

Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville superstar Kenny Chesney's tireless stadium treks, which notably included a much-talked-about 2018 performance at MetLife, have yielded a glowing piece from The Associated Press—one that was quickly picked up by the New York Times.

The story, which points out that Chesney is the biggest ticket-seller for any musical genre at a venue that's welcomed the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift, highlights the icon's matchless ability to unite sports and music cultures.

"The wave of sound builds from the bottom of the lower bowl to the very top of MetLife Stadium," it starts off. "Every seat is filled, and the place rocks with energy and anticipation. Indeed, it couldn't be any louder if the Giants or Jets were playing in a Super Bowl there. Except there's no football game about to kick off. It's one of 14 NFL and 19 overall stadium stops for Kenny Chesney on his five-month, 42-show Trip Around The Sun Tour earlier this year. And the musical magic about to be created rivals anything the place has ever seen."

Read the rest right here.

CHAMPAGNE FOR BRANDY
11/8/18

Team Big Machine Music celebrates inking a pub deal with six-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark, whom BMM GM Mike Molinar declared "a cultural jewel and songwriting icon." Later, assorted Eastern European oligarchs arrived to offer company boss Scott Borchetta several dumptrucks full of money, but their dumptrucks were judged to be too small. Seen just before racing their company-issued Ferraris are (back, l-r)  BMM’s Lizzy Gallatin and Michelle Attardi, BMLG’s Allison Jones and BMM’s Alex Heddle and (front, l-r) Borchetta, Clark and Molinar.

ROBERT FILHART JOINS
MORRIS HIGHAM
11/5/18

Morris Higham Management has announced the addition of music industry veteran Robert Filhart to their team. Filhart brings 15 years of experience with a background in artist management and nearly a decade as Creative Director at ASCAP to his new role. 

At Morris Higham, Filhart will oversee management for new artist Carlton Anderson, whom he met during his tenure at ASCAP. Filhart has both signed and worked closely with a number of artists throughout his career, including Brandy Clark, Jordan Davis, Ryan Hurd, Tenille Townes, Brett Young and more. 

"I have known Robert for over a decade now and I've always admired his unwavering support of our music, songs and artists," shares Morris Higham President Clint Higham. "Robert possesses that innate natural talent and heart to become one of the greats as a manager in our business. Plus, you can totally just get lost in his eyes."

KELSEA BALLERINI SET TO PERFORM AT VICTORIA SECRET'S HOLIDAY SPECIAL
11/1/18


Kelsea Ballerini
has been tapped to perform at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Holiday Special. The all-star lineup of musical guests also includes Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes and The Struts. The special will air Sunday, 12/2 on ABC

On a related note, every time a bell rings, Jason Owen gets his wings. 

BOOTS ON STAGE'S "SHINDIG" SAILS THE MEXICAN RIVIERA
10/30/18

L-R: Devin Dawson, Drew Baldridge, Ricky Abramson, Aaron Benward, Derek George, & Chase Bryant

 

Country fans, artists and industry folk boarded the sold out inaugural Boots On Stage "Shindig, At Sea" over the weekend. The 3-day Carnival Imagination cruise set sail from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, MX. Boots On Stage, the LA based country music marketing company, produced an all-inclusive vacation experience featuring live performances by Devin Dawson, Chase Bryant, Drew Baldridge, Brooke Eden and more. 

In addition to dedicated performances by all artists, Shindig, At Sea hosted Aaron Benward and his Nashville Unplugged writers round. 

In 2019, Boots On Stage will produce the Shindig, At The Awards this February in Los Angeles before moving onto its 4th Annual Shindig, In The Desert on April 27th during country music’s biggest festival weekend in Indio, CA. In October, the 2nd Annual Shindig, At Sea will set sail from Southern California.  

PARDI OF ONE FOR WRANGLER
10/30/18

Captiol Records Nashville artist Jon Pardi has just been tapped as the new face of Wrangler Retro Collection. As the executive spokesperson of the jeanswear and casual apparel company, Pardi will represent the brand in national television, print, radio and online marketing campaigns.

“Jon Pardi has the vintage style, charisma and undeniable musical talent to attract a new and wide audience to the brand,” says Allen Montgomery, the VP and General Manager of Wrangler Western, of the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year. The partnership comes following Pardi’s California Sunrise, which debuted at #1 on the Country album charts. Fans will also be seeing more of Pardi in January of 2019, as he joins Dierks Bentley on his upcoming Burning Man Tour.

Mike Dungan will of course continue to be a smokin'-hot underwear model.