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7/6/18

Kos Weaver

EVP, BMG Nashville

 

Highlight Reel

Key Signings:

Scooter Carusoe (JV with Rezonant), Randall King (co-writer of Garth Brooks’ “This Road I’m On”), Lance Miller (via Still Working/Sonic Style Music), Twinnie (via BMG U.K.)

JV Deals:

Sonic Style Music (new partnership with Tim McGraw)

Hirings:

—Jake Gear, Senior Director, Creative —Noah Dewey, Senior Director, Creative

Rakiyah Marshall, Director, Creative

Courtney Allen, Director, Creative

Awards:

ACM Song of the Year:

“Tin Man,” Jon Randall

Other Highlights:

—BMG had the #1 country song for six straight weeks in spring 2018

 —“Meant to Be,” co-written by Bebe Rexha, has been the

#1 country song for 29 consecutive weeks

 —Americana Awards nominations:  Album of the Year: All American MadeMargo Price

 —Artist of the Year: Margo Price; Song of the Year: “A Little Pain,” Margo Smith

To what extent/degree are your writers working on projects outside of the country genre? What has been the most surprising development in the sector, from your perspective?
The growth of international touring and streaming hasn’t been a real surprise, but a major development in country music. There has been a real proliferation of artists and songwriters crossing over to and leading the crossover of country music. Case in point, our writer, Bebe Rexha’s hit ‘Meant To Be’ with Florida Georgia Line—right now, that song is unstoppable. The lines continue to blur in Nashville. Music comes from everywhere but we’re seeing more and more artists and songwriters looking to come here and get involved. It’s a vibrant community unlike anywhere else and it shows, here in the industry and on the charts.