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HITS LIST, YUP
IMAX version available (8/12a)
SURPRISE MEGAN DROP—"LET'S RUN THIS LAST ONE UP"
That's that, all of a sudden. (8/12a)
NEW & DEVELOPING
ARTISTS: Q3 EDITION
The stars of tomorrow—and one star of the moment (8/12a)
TOP 20: THE RACE
FOR #1 IS ON
It's neck and neck at the turn. (8/10a)
WE'RE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, BUT WE JUST HAD TO TELL YOU
Oh, no, not again. (8/12a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
Music City
WALKER HAYES HITS NEW CAREER HIGHS
8/12/22

Monument’s Walker Hayes has reached new career highs. His smash hit “Fancy Like” is now RIAA 4X platinum certified, while “AA” is now platinum and Country Stuff the Album has reached gold status. In the process of snapping the trade photo above, Hayes’ single “U Gurl” was also certified Gold.

As of July, Hayes LP is one of only three albums in any genre released in 2022 to have gained an RIAA certification, and the only country album to do so.

“To watch these songs grow and impact more and more people is everything you can ask for as an artist," said Hayes. "My fans are the most incredible fans out there, and this is all due to them."

To commemorate the milestones, SMACKSongs SVP of Development Robert Carlton and Monument GM Katie McCartney surprised Hayes with a new plaque during his sold-out set in Long Island over the weekend ahead his performance on the Citi Summer Concert Series on the TODAY Show.

Currently, Hayes is gearing up for his headlining arena Glad You’re Here Tour, which kicks off this fall with three newly announced dates. Pre-sale for the tour begins 8/16 while tickets will be available to the general public on 8/19. For a full list of shows, click here.

Seen just before placing an order for new plaques are (l-r) Carlton, Hayes and McCartney.

BMLG & BLAC NOIZE! INK DOOBIE
8/11/22

BMLG and Blac Noize! Recordings have partnered to ink Doobie.

Bursting onto the hip-hop scene with viral hits like "Nikki Sixx," "Icy T*tties" f/Caskey and "Hate Song," the Ohio native writes and produces much of his music, including his upcoming track, “Meditation,” which arrives on 8/12 alongside a music video. 

“Doobie’s life stories are his music," said BMLG President/CEO/Founder Scott Borchetta. "Raw and real. Cutting and colorful. Celebratory and mournful. He brings you into his world to experience.”

“Doobie is an incredible songwriter and producer who has built an impressive following," added Blac Noize!'s Chioke "Stretch" McCoy. "He is the type of artist this company was created for. We are excited to work with Doobie and his team to show the world what a global superstar he is.” 

Seen before lighting up a doobie to celebrate are (l-r) Borchetta, Doobie, McCoy and Blac Noize!’s Charley Greenberg

EXPERIENCE THE NASHVILLE SOUND
8/11/22

Warner Music Nashville has joined forces with Bose for a new video series, The Nashville Sound.

Featuring two artists per episode, the first installment kicks off with the label’s Ingrid Andress and Avery Anna as they discuss finding their sound, musical inspirations and more before teaming up for an acoustic duet of Andress’ “Good Person.” 

“We’re so honored to be involved with this series to give both upcoming and established artists the opportunity to tell their behind-the-scenes stories,” said Bose CMO, Jim Mollica.

“The Bose partnership has provided an incredible opportunity to showcase some of the most exciting new sounds coming out of Nashville today, beginning with Ingrid Andress and Avery Anna bringing their own styles of soulful storytelling,” added WMN SVP Strategic Marketing & Analytics, Victoria Mason

The collaboration arrives ahead of three-time Grammy nominee Andress’ sophomore album, Good Person, which is due 8/26. Her current single, “Wishful Drinking” w/Sam Hunt is currently Top 15* at Country radio with nearly 200m global streams RTD. Meanwhile, Anna, who was named a 2022 YouTube Artist on the Rise, recently topped SiriusXM The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown with viral hit “Narcissist.” 

The next episode of The Nashville Sound drops later this month. Peep the latest episode below.

NO "TROUBLE" FOR ALDEAN
8/11/22

Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean hit the stage at Nashville’s The Local on 8/10 to commemorate his 27th career #1 single, “Trouble With a Heartbreak.”

Hosted by BMI and ASCAP, Aldean treated fans to an acoustic performance alongside John Morgan and bandmates/songwriters Kurt Alison and Tully Kennedy. Brett Beavers rounded out the writers being celebrated for the track off Aldean's 10th studio album, MACON, GEORGIA (Macon Music/Broken Bow),

“Trouble With a Heartbreak” spent three weeks atop the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Singles chart and the Country Airplay chart, and follows multi-week platinum #1 hit "If I Didn't Love You" f/Carrie Underwood, which earned an ACM and an iHeart award as well as a Grammy nom.

Currently on the road for his Rock n’ Roll Cowboy Tour with special guests Gabby Barrett, Morgan and Dee Jay Silver, Aldean has upcoming stops in Chicago (8/12), Indianapolis (8/13) and Detroit (8/14). Later this year, he’ll also be joined by Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt and Chase Rice for select dates. For more info, click here.

Pictured above just before joining an epic dance battle are (l-r) Allison (ASCAP), Morgan (BMI), Aldean, Kennedy (ASCAP), Beavers (BMI) and Michael Knox.

Photo Credit: Steve Lowry 

PROVIDENT UPS ZABKA TO PRESIDENT, HEMMINGS EXITS
8/10/22

Holly Zabka has been elevated to President of Provident Entertainment. Reporting directly to Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman, Zabka succeeds Terry Hemmings, who will exit at the end of August.

“Over the last two decades, Terry has played an important part in shaping Provident and we are grateful to him for his commitment to leading the business and supporting our artists, songwriters and creators for so long,” said Goodman.

He continues, “As Sony Music Nashville continues to work even more closely with Provident, we are committed to strengthening that connection under the leadership of Holly as she further elevates Provident, our artists and our songwriters.”

“I am excited to see a new generation of leaders take this business forward and further the foundation we have built together,” added Hemmings.

With decades of experience in leadership roles across the publishing and creative sides of the music business, Zabka is a 14-year vet of Provident and most recently served as SVP, Essential Music Publishing and Head of Creative for Provident Label Group. During her tenure, the company has had more than 60 #1 songs.

“In my new role, I am honored to continue advocating for our creatives and leading an amazing staff in developing our business, writing exciting new chapters for growth and opportunity, and ushering in a vibrant season of significant songs and stories,” shared Zabka.

YOUR RACING UPDATE
8/8/22

It was a big weekend for music and racing at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

BMLG President/CEO/Founder, race car driver and team owner Scott Borchetta finished third on Saturday during the Big Machine Spiked Cooler Challenge in the Trans Am 2 series on the streets of downtown. 

Not long after joining the podium, Borchetta also announced that Adam Andretti—who finished fourth in the race—will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the Charlotte Roval in North Carolina on 10/8, driving the No. 48 Spiked Coolers Chevrolet Camaro.

Meanwhile on the stage, Tim McGraw performed on Saturday night during Grand Prix. Prior to the show, the country star was presented with a plaque to celebrate his latest #1 Country radio hit, “7500 OBO.”

Fans can check out the broadcast of the race, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers and Race for RP, on CBS Sports Network on 8/13 at 7:30pm ET.

Seen just before hopping in Borchetta’s Ferrari for their own victory lap are BMLG artist Mackenzie CarpenterBig Machine Records’ GM Clay Hunnicutt; BMLG’s EVP of Creative Sandi Borchetta; Scott Borchetta; iHeart's Rod Phillips and Robert Kennedy

Gathered for this photo-op before crowd-surfing to the racetrack are Big Machine Records’ Kris Lamb, songwriter Matt McGinn, Borchetta, songwriter Jennifer Schott, McGraw and Hunnicutt.

 

SMN INKS COREY KENT TO RCA NASHVILLE
8/3/22

Country singer/songwriter Corey Kent has officially inked with SMN’s RCA Nashville imprint.

The deal arrives on the heels of his debut single “Wild as Her”—which amassed 70m+ streams RTD and impacts country radio on 8/15—and recently released version with Carter Faith.

“I’m excited to announce that I’m officially a Sony Music Nashville Artist,” said Kent. “My team and I were humbled to have interest and offers from multiple labels across the country, but over time it became very apparent that Sony was the right team for me. They really shared my vision and had passion for the brand of country music I’m creating.”

Additionally, the Triple 8 Management client will continue his partnership with Combustion Music for publishing.

Seen before toasting to their success with Nashville’s finest hot chicken are Kent and the Sony Music Nashville, Triple 8 and Combustion Music teams.

Photo Credit: Katie Krauss

MCCOLLISTER NAMED NASHVILLE PREZ AT MTG
8/3/22

Messina Touring Group has promoted Haley McCollister to President of the company's Nashville operation. McCollister, who's been with MTG for over 12 years, continue to oversee operations and expansion, and lead the next generation of MTG.

McCollister spearheads North American touring for Ed Sheeran, whose last North American stadium tour in 2018 reported 1.14m in ticket sales. She has also been at the helm of North American touring for The Lumineers, who are currently on the road with their BRIGHTSIDE World Tour which has reported 462,223 in ticket sales across 34 dates with over $26m in revenue to-date, with 19 dates remaining. This tour includes their first headline stadium dates with a stop at Coors Field in Denver, where they sold over 40k tickets, ending at Wrigley Field during Labor Day Weekend.

In addition, McCollister has played an integral role in promoting Taylor Swift’s touring since she joined the company in 2010.

“I knew Haley was going to be a superstar from the day I hired her. I asked her what she wanted to be, and she said she wanted my job. 12 years later, she is knocking on that very door,” notes CEO Louis Messina. “We want MTG to have a big presence in Nashville, and I can’t think of anyone better to lead the way.”