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It's already happening.
THE B-SIDE
Ryan Hurd (RCA Nashville)
3/14/17

WHAT IT IS: Ryan Hurd’s songs have been recorded by Blake SheltonDierks BentleyJake OwenMaren MorrisTim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line,including a #1 single and the current Lady Antebellum single, among many others. As an artist, Hurd is following a unique strategy of releasing music and videos prior to radio or downloads being available. “We Do Us”—the first song released on Spotify—received 2m+ streams in just three weeks, and a subsequent release, “City Girl,” has already crossed the 10m mark. He’s joined an elite group of artists from all genres to be featured in Vevo’s dscvr program (Sam SmithHalsey,Leon BridgesHozier). He 
was also included in Rolling Stone Country’s “Artists You Need to Know” list, and CMT named him one of its “Listen Up Artists of 2016.”
ALBUM: TBA
SINGLE: May 2017
LIVE: Chase Rice’s Everybody We Know Does Tour, Maren Morris Hero Tour, currently on Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour
INTERNET: 23m+ streams with just four tracks in less than six months (10m “City Girl”/ 5.8m ”Hold You Back”/ 3.8m ”We Do Us”/ 3.7m “Love in a Bar”)
RADIO: On radio tour now; single to come in May
PRESS: Rolling Stone CountryPandora (“2017 Artist To Watch”), Huffington Post (“10 Country Artist To Watch in 2017”), Taste of CountrySounds Like Nashville (“10 Songs You Should Be Listening To”), Whiskey Riff (“11 Artist To Look Out For in 2016”), No Limits NashvilleRated Red, more
BOOKING: WME
PUBLISHING: UMPG
MANAGEMENT: George Couri/Triple 8 Management