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DAILY BEAST: AMATO PUSHED OUT OVER HARASSMENT CHARGES
Not a good look. (7/16a)
I.B. BAD: BROADWAY TO MAD AVE.
Building a new Arista. (7/17a)
THIS BRAND IS MY BRAND
Nashville's new endorsements (7/17a)
QUEEN TO GRAMMYS: WE WON’T ROCK YOU
But other honorees will. (7/16a)
MIRANDIZED
Includes a Holly Gleason sighting. (7/16a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
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.
Pub Crawling
NASHVILLE PUBLISHERS: COLLECT 'EM ALL (WARNER/CHAPPELL)
7/9/18

Ben Vaughn

President, Warner/Chappell Nashville

Highlight Reel

—Rhett Akins wins ACM Songwriter of the Year. Eight straight years of current hits

on the radio.

New artist successes:

First hits for Devin Dawson,

LANco and Morgan Evans

ACM wins for Lauren Alaina (New Female Vocalist) and Midland (New Group).

 —Nicolle Galyon: Three

songs in the Top 15.

 —busbee brings his talents

to W/C.

 —Dan + Shay make the leap with “Tequila.”

Summer smashes:

—Dustin Lynch’s “Good Girl” ( Dustin Lynch/Justin Ebach) and Little Big Town’s “Summer Fever” (Karen Fairchild/Jesse Frasure/

Cary Barlowe).

 —Liz Rose: “Cry Pretty” with Carrie Underwood.

On the Runway:

—Riley Green (Big Machine): 

All we can say is, watch out for the FORCE OF NATURE that is Riley Green, coming very soon.

 —Carlton Anderson (Sony): 

Smooth country vocals wrapped inside a winning smile. His “Drop Everything” is a HIT.

 —Logan Brill (Red Light):  Depth and class from a future award winner. Logan has it all.

To what extent/degree are your writers working on projects outside of the country genre?
Nashville Publishers don’t need to qualify that their writers are writing outside the country genre anymore. Writers living in Nashville are talented writers, period. Their schedules are filled with such diversity that the writing sessions of a Nicolle Galyon, Nathan Chapman, Jesse Frasure, et al, are days where they write songs that can be placed anywhere in the world.

NASHVILLE PUBLISHERS: COLLECT 'EM ALL (SONY/ATV)
7/9/18

Troy Tomlinson

President/CEO, Sony/ATV Nashville

Highlight Reel

Recent signings include Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Laird, Charlie Worsham and The Sisterhood.

 Creative hirings include Dane Schmidt, Katie Kerkhover and Stephen Denninger.

Awards: Sony/ATV Nashville celebrated an unprecedented 16th consecutive year as BMI’s Country Publisher of the Year.

How are the considerations surrounding Nashville pub deals changing, if at all, given the current economics of the biz?
I think there’s been a shift in how songwriters are evaluating the sale of their publishing assets. Once private equity money began flowing down the streets of Music Row and corporations got caught up in the flood, the initial reaction by some advisors to songwriters was to simply go with the top bid and trust that things would work out. More recently, I feel like there is a greater emphasis being placed on who the right creative partner is, even if that isn’t always the top bidder. Of course, in order to secure the rights of successful songwriters, everyone still has to be competitive financially. But I think now we are beginning to see a renewed interest in the value of a great creative partner and team.

NASHVILLE PUBLISHERS: COLLECT 'EM ALL (UMPG)
7/9/18

Kent Earls

EVP/GM, Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville

Highlight Reel

Inkings: new artists Josh Hoge and Greylan James and the re-signing of Keith Urban and Kane Brown

Urban’s #1 country album, Graffiti U, is yielding another Top 10 hit with “Coming Home.” Brown has the most streamed album thus far in 2018 and has held the #1 spot for 12 weeks. Sam Hunt’s new single, “Downtown’s Dead,” is already Top 20 at radio.  

On the runway:

Developing artists include highly buzzing Caylee Hammack and Chase McGill, who signed his first publishing deal with UMPG in 2012 and has current charting singles out with Luke Bryan (“Sunrise Sunburn Sunset”), Cole Swindell (“Break Up in the End”) and Kane Brown (“Lose It”).

What has been the most surprising development in the sector, from your perspective? 
We’re thrilled to see major growth in the quantity and impact of successful cross-genre collaborations in the past year. Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Meant To Be’—co-written by UMPG writer (and Capitol Christian Music Group artist) David Garcia—started as a pop song and became the country song of the year; Camila Cabello pulling in UMPG writer Kane Brown on “Never Be the Same” to boost the song to #1 pop; and the global smash that Zedd had on “The Middle” featuring Maren Morris. These pop artists understand the value of cross-genre by enlisting top country acts to be a part of their singles. As something we’ve long been striving for in Nashville, it is exciting to see our artists embraced and experiencing tremendous success outside of the country format because of their contributions on these tracks.