Eric Church, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead this year’s Country Music Association Awards with five nominations each, signaling a deepening gap between the two (unspoken) kinds of modern country: critically-acclaimed, street-connecting and the classic radio-driven mainstream.
The most recent issue of our print publication features the incomparable Sir Paul McCartney, newly returned to Capitol, while our Contents Page VIP is UMG ruler Sir Lucian Grainge, whose recently issued policy on digital exclusives seized the news cycle. Why these two knights agreed to be part of our benighted rag is a mystery.
Sting, who dropped his upbeat new single and joined KROQ's Kevin and Bean for an interview and mini-concert on Wednesday morning, is one of many stars we somehow hornswoggled into posing with our print publication over the years...
Tony winner and S-Curve crooner Leslie Odom Jr. joins Phil Collins for a duet on "In the Air Tonight" at the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium (in Odom’s native Queens, N.Y.). The paring marked Collins’ first major public performance in six years. Later, Steve Greenberg played air guitar with a tennis racket.
It now seems that, contrary to prior rumors, Michael Rapino has done the deal to bring Chris Woltman's Elementary1 Marketing and Management company (which includes Twenty One Pilots) directly into Live Nation. Guy Oseary is said to have made the introduction, but the company will not be folded into Maverick.
Epic's Meghan Trainor dominates T40 with her new single "Better," while Columbia's Beyoncé cruises to Most Added at Rhythm with "Hold Up," no doubt powered by her VMAs performance, while Capitol's Empire of The Sun grabs #1 at Modern Rock with "High And Low"...
Lots of talk at the label level about data-crunching company BuzzAngle, which is rapidly gaining traction and appears to be the new go-to analytics tool for marketing execs and radio programmers, who like the “drill-downable” features of the Jim Lidestri-led service. The integration of Mediabase radio data, meanwhile, in a deal spearheaded by Alissa "Force of Nature" Pollack, has accelerated...
MARELLA MOVES TO THE TOWER
Steve Barnett makes an announcement. (8/31a)
THE 2016 CMA NOMINATIONS ARE HERE
Church, Morris and Stapleton lead the way. (8/31a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: TWO SIRS, WITH LOVE
Sir McCartney's on our cover and probably wondering why he deserves such cruel & unusual punishment. (8/31a)
ACM CONCERT HONORS COUNTRY GREATS
The big shindig went down in Nashville last night. You'll have to wait a little longer to catch it on TV, though. (8/31a)
IT'S ELEMENT-ARY (UPDATE)
What's Michael Rapino up to? (8/31a)