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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/17a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
STREAMING SONGS:
A LA "MODE"
That is totally sicko. (8/17a)
ARIANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA
Two generations of natural women (8/17a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Music City
DIERKS CELEBRATES HIS "WOMAN"
8/17/18


At the party commemorating Dierks Bentley's 17th career #1, "Woman, Amen," the Capitol Nashville star was joined by producer Arturo Buenahora, co-writer/producer Ross Copperman (BMI/Rezonant Music Publishing), co-writer Josh Kear (ASCAP/Big Yellow Dog Music) and producer Jon Randall Stewart. The women not pictured were busy loading out the gear. Later, the guys went for mani/pedis.

"Woman, Amen" serves as Copperman's 17th and Kear's 14th #1 career chart-topper. It's off Bentley's The Mountain, for which he co-wrote 10 of the 13 tracks—a personal best. The album earned him the highest debut sales of his career.

The country star, who's currently out on the Mountain High Tour, will be honored with the Merle Haggard Spirit Award at next week's 12th Annual ACM Honors. The award is presented to "a singer-songwriter who is continuing the legacy of country legend and 20-time ACM Award Winner Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing Merle’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling."

GET HIGHAM, BABY
8/16/18


Following the release of his debut single, "Drop Everything," Arista Nashville recording artist Carlton Anderson (seated in the picture above) has signed with Morris Higham Management.

“Carlton is one of the rare young artists who understands why country music matters," shared Clint Higham, "and he makes it as compelling and as current as anything on radio. When you find an artist who’s so grounded in the roots, who can sing, write and connect with fans across ages, places and everything that country music now contains, that’s like finding a unicorn. When you find an artist like that, and they have a work ethic that matches the team at Morris Higham, that’s when special things happen. Everyone here believes in his music, and there’s no young artist I’ve seen like this.”

"Drop Everything" is just getting started at Country radio, where it's now #49 and preparing to chart. Keep those peepers pealed.

Seen before dropping a pretty penny or two at Kayne Prime are (L-R) Morris Higham’s Will Hitchcock, Rob Filhart, Clint Higham, Nick Morris and Dale Morris.

DECKING THE HALL WITH DOLLY
8/13/18

This past Saturday (8/11) at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Leadership Tennessee presented living legend Dolly Parton with the first ever Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award for her selfless work to improve lives across Tennessee. 

“My dream was to make as many people happy as I could in this life, and I am grateful to Leadership Tennessee and First Lady Crissy Haslam for recognizing our work done to improve the lives of all Tennesseans,” Parton said. “Even more humbling is for decades to come the future leaders of Tennessee will receive an award with the Parton family name attached to it, and for that I am truly honored and thankful.”

She has shown her love for the Volunteer State throughout her career. After the devastating Gatlinburg wildfires in 2016, Parton's Emmy-winning "Smoky Mountains Rise" telethon raised more than $12.5 million for her My People Fund to provide financial assistance to victims of those fires. 

Parton's selflessness expands beyond her contributions to Tennessee. Her Imagination Library mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school regardless of family income. Since its launch in 1995, more than 100 million books have been mailed to children in five different countries on three different continents. 

The Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award, designed and created by artist and Nashville native Ben Caldwell, marked the culmination of a year celebrating Leadership Tennessee’s fifth anniversary.

LUKE COMBS TURNS THE OPRY INTO A SONGWRITING ROUND
8/10/18

River House/Columbia Nashville star Luke Combs teamed with the Grand Ole Opry to create a special night on the Opry stage.

The multi-platinum singer/songwriter chose to honor the collaborating writers from his landmark debut album, This One's For You, by inviting six co-writers to perform with him—turning the legendary stage into an unrivaled songwriting round. 

Seen just before writing a heartbreaking ballad about the sorrow of being on our website are (l-r) Jordan PettitOpry Entertainment; Shane Allen, VP Promotion Columbia; John Zarling, Sony Music Nashville; Ken Robold, COO, Sony Music Nashville;  Sally Williams, Opry Entertainment; Luke Combs;  Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment Group; Bill Cody, Grand Ole Opry Announcer; Lynn Oliver-Cline, President, RiverHouse Artists; Chris KappyMake Wake Artists

GENEVIEVE THOMPSON BRINGS
MICK TO NASHVILLE
8/9/18

Genevieve Thompson, formerly of Back 40 Entertainment and The Collective, has joined Brooklyn-based Mick Management to head its new Nashville office. She will collaborate with Mick founder Michael McDonald and his partner in leading the firm, Jonathan Eshak.

Thompson’s clients Lennon Stella, who will debut music later this year on RECORDS/Columbia, and Maisy Stella are going with her to Mick Management. Both appeared on the TV show Nashville.

“Genevieve’s history speaks for itself and we’re thrilled to have a true Music City player on our team,” McDonald said. “We represent career artists who are, first and foremost, songwriters who have toured, recorded, and live in Nashville. Having a talented manager on the ground who shares our passion for excellent music and has worked across genre lines makes her a perfect fit as we expand.”

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UMPG NASHVILLE SIGNS NATALIE HEMBY TO GLOBAL PUB DEAL
8/6/18

UMPG today announced that Nashville songwriter Natalie Hemby has been signed to a global publishing deal.

Hemby has written songs recorded by superstar artists including Kelly ClarksonMaren MorrisSheryl CrowMiranda Lambert, Kasey MusgravesLady AntebellumLittle Big Town and more; she's penned six #1 country singles: Lady Antebellum's "Downtown," Little Big Town's "Pontoon" and "Tornado," Miranda Lambert's "White Liar" and "Automatic" and Justin Moore's "You Look Like I Need A Drink."

“Universal Music Publishing has always been a company not only passionate about music and songs, but also about the songwriters. I am beyond excited to be a part of such a dynamic group of people who are heartfelt and dedicated to their writers,” said Hemby.

“We’ve always had a deep admiration for Natalie’s writing and artistry. She is an extremely versatile tunesmith with a once in a lifetime voice who can balance hit songs with lyrical integrity,” said Kent Earls, UMPG Nashville’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Natalie is a dream come true and we’re elated she chose UMPG to represent her.”

SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE UPS OLIVIA LASTER
8/6/18

Sony Music Nashville has announced the appointment of Olivia Laster to Associate Director, Promotion and Artist Development for the company, effective today.

Laster will be reporting directly to EVP of Promotion and Artist Development Steve Hodges

“Olivia exudes the necessary forward thinking and adaptation to today’s vibrant, changing, and exhilarating marketplace," said Hodges of the promotion, "she will be a key part of developing strategic plans to help ensure successful results for all Sony Music Nashville. I could not be more excited to announce that she’s coming back to join the amazing team at SMN!”  

Prior to her new position, Laster worked at Sony Music Nashville as Promotion Specialist for Arista Nashville, focusing on artist projects including Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, LANCO and Seth Ennis

“I am thrilled and so grateful for this opportunity to work with Steve and the team at Sony Music Nashville again,” said Laster, “I look forward to what we will accomplish together to propel the company to new heights!"

Laster then promptly deleted HITS from her call-back list.  

TRIPLE 8 ADDS NEW TEAM MEMBERS
8/6/18

Triple 8 Management partners George Couri and Bruce Kalmick have announced changes and additions to both their Austin and Nashville offices. The staff changes include five new hires and one promotion creating a total of 35 Triple 8 team members. 

Joining the company are Aaryn Cantu, Jen Dalton, Alec Edmonds, Kelly Kresen and Jon Smalt. Former Marketing Assistant Avery Bradshaw will take on a new role as Marketing Manager. 

Jon Smalt joins Triple 8 as a Manager in the Nashville office. Artists/clients Devon Gilfillian and Becca Mancari will join him in the transition. 

Kelly Kresen arrives as day-to-day Manager for Kaleo and will work out of the Nashville office. Kersen moves to Triple 8 from her role as VP of Partnerships and Strategy for L.A.-based management company Gin + Tonic

Jen Dalton will join Triple 8 as a Marketing Director. She has spent the last 13 years as a Regional Promotion Manager for Concord Music Group, RCA, and Epic

After interning with Triple 8 on two separate occasions, Aaryn Cantu will join the team as a Marketing Assistant based out of the Austin office. Alec Edmonds will join the Nashville office as a day-to-day Management Assistant. 

In addition to changes in the staff, Triple 8 Nashville has moved their offices from Music Row to a newly renovated space in Wedgewood-Houston, providing ample space for the company's growth. 

The newcomers will of course live together in the Triple 8 dormitory and share meals in the mess hall, to facilitate maximum bonding.

(Top L-R: Jon Smalt, Kelly Kresen, Jen Dalton)
(Bottom L-R: Aaryn Cantu, Alec Edmonds, Avery Bashaw)