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Music City
MIDLAND'S "CHEATIN' SONGS" AT THE PALOMINO
1/23/20

Big Machine’s Midland just dropped a new live performance video for “Cheatin’ Songs,” the new single off their 2019 album, Let it Roll. The double Grammy nominated band filmed the video at the iconic, but long-defunct, honky tonk Palomino Club in North Hollywood, which re-opened for only one night.

Filmed by Collin Duddy, the video takes a no-frills approach to the track, showing a stripped-down version from the trio hailing from Dripping Springs, TX, which consists of Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cam Duddy.

“Cheatin’ Songs” follows Midland’s previous single, “Mr. Lonely,” and became this week’s most added song at country radio. While their headlining tour is all but completely sold out, the trio will be a special guest on Tim McGraw’s HERE ON EARTH TOUR this summer.

“Looking at how committed we’ve been to taking it on the road, playing this music for the people is an interesting way to live. My peak moment every night is when people sing the songs back to us. That never gets old,” says Duddy.

You can check out the live performance video below and if you look closely, you might even see a familiar nerd sighting around 30 seconds in.

BMLG EXPANDS STREAMING TEAM
1/21/20

Big Machine Label Group has announced its revamped music streaming team led by VP, Digital Consumption Dave Kelly, elevating Courtney Daly and Jasmine Byrne as well as new hires Marie Wapelhorst and Bekah Digby to Manager, Streaming roles. Nathan Thomas also joins Kelly’s team as Streaming Coordinator.

“The focus of our evolving department is to maximize exposure for our incredible roster of new music while increasing consumption of our extensive catalog,” said Kelly. “Working with our amazing streaming partners, we will focus on growing our existing artists’ profiles across all platforms while introducing our new talent to diverse consumer bases.”  

With over 28 years in radio programming, Kelly began his tenure at BMLG in 2012 as the Director of Strategic Research. Vanderbilt University alum Daly began at BMLG as an intern in 2016, and Byrne in 2018 following a stint in marketing and commercial revenue at Warner Records.   

Digby’s prior stops include Universal Music Group Nashville and Capitol Christian Music Group, while Wapelhorst held positions at Sony/ATV and Cold River Records. Recent Belmont graduate Thomas previously served as BMLG’s Operations intern.

Dave Kelly, VP, Digital Consumption

Jasmine Byrne, Manager, Streaming

Courtney Daly, Manager, Streaming

Bekah Digby, Manager, Streaming

Marie Wapelhorst, Manager, Streaming

Nathan Thomas, Streaming Coordinator

 Photos: Big Machine Label Group

LADY ANTEBELLUM ARE ANGELS AMONG US
1/20/20

BMLG’s Lady Antebellum is the latest recipient of the Randy Owens Angels Among Us Award presented by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Announced during the 31st anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, the award was presented to the seven-time Grammy-winning trio by Alabama’s Randy Owen and President/CEO of ALSAC, Richard Shadyac Jr. The evening also included a donation of $50k to St. Jude from ACM Lifting Lives made in Lady Antebellum’s name.

The country trio has supported St. Jude’s mission over the years through contributions including LadyAID, performing benefit concerts, participating in the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign, spending time with patients and more. Last year, they also hosted the inaugural St. Jude Presents: Curated event, collecting more 650k+ for the hospital by fellow music industry members.

Lady A’s Hillary Scott says, "As parents ourselves, being an ambassador for St. Jude over the years has been one of the most gratifying experiences we've had in our career. This is one of the highest honors we could receive and we are so thankful to contribute even a tiny part in the amazing efforts made by St. Jude."

Shadyac adds, "The Angels Among Us Award signifies the heart, generosity and passion the group has continually shown St. Jude for the last decade, and Hillary, Charles and Dave are so deserving of this distinction as members of our St. Jude family.”

Lady Antebellum, pictured below, join seven prior recipients of the award, including Jake Owen, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker, among others.

ELLIS SIGNS WITH SONY NASHVILLE
1/17/20

Sony Music Nashville has announced the signing of artist Ross Ellis to its roster. Born and raised in Louisiana, Ellis is a BMI writer signed to Big Deal Music for publishing, and is booked by WME

“I’m so excited to join the Sony Music Nashville family. When I moved to this town five years ago, I was broke, had written maybe five songs and didn’t know a soul on music row,” shared Ellis. “Now with an army of personal and professional support behind me, I’m ready for what comes next on this crazy journey. And yes, that includes new music very soon!”

Seen here before adjourning to manager George Couri's luxury whiskey ranch are (l to r, back row): Triple 8 Management’s Rachelle Roundtree; Sony Music Nashville SVP Legal & Business Affairs Angie Magill, COO/EVP Ken Robold, SVP A&R Taylor Lindsey, EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges, (front row) Triple 8 Management’s Couri, Ellis, Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman and EVP A&R Jim Catino.

Photo: Matthew Berinato

 

NEW ALBUM, TOUR FROM LUKE
1/17/20

Luke Bryan will release his seventh studio album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here on 4/24 and follow it upo with a 33-date tour of amphitheaters and arenas.The album is  the follow-up to 2017’s What Makes You Country, his fifth #1 country album.

Morgan Wallen is the special guest on the tour with openers Caylee Hammack, on first half, and Runaway June, the last half of tour that stops at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on 7/30, Madison Square Garden on 8/4 and L.A.’s Staples Center on 10/9.

SMACKSONGS' OPEN-DORR POLICY
1/15/20

Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne’s SMACKSongs is celebrating the inking of Josh Dorr to an exclusive publishing deal. Dorr, who moved to Nashville in 2010, has secured cuts with artists like Jordan Davis, Dylan Brady, Sister Hazel, and Emerson Hart, among others. Dorr has also released two solo EPs in addition to working on his upcoming release, which is expected sometime this year.

“I’m honored and beyond excited to be part of such a talented roster of writers/artists and creative staff. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to start 2020 with my amazing new team at Smack,” says Dorr.

SMACKSongs Senior Creative Director, Lee Krabel, adds, “I’ve been a fan of Josh’s for years. From day one he has fit right in with the staff of writers at SMACK. We are so excited to be a part of his future and help take his career to new heights.”

Seen hoping to smack some sense into us are (l-r) SMACKSongs’ Robin Palmer, McAnally, Dorr and Krabel.

Photo Credit: Cece Dawson 

TIM MCGRAW ANNOUNCES MASSIVE TOUR
1/13/20

Country legend Tim McGraw has announced the dates for his massive Here On Earth Tour. Special guest Midland will join the entire tour, along with Ingrid Andress opening the show at every date for the Live Nation-produced trek. 

In September, McGraw will join forces with CMA Vocalist of the Year Luke Combs for two major summer stadium shows in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. 

The tour cross the country beginning in July and ending in September, and will be part of Live Nation's Megaticket program. Fans can find information at www.megaticket.com and www.timmcraw.com

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to be outside in the summertime playing music. Everyone is there, sharing the moment, having fun and letting loose,” says McGraw. “To be here on earth in this moment, together, sharing our love for music and getting through all that life is throwing us — that’s what it’s all about.”  

TIM MCGRAW – 2020 HEADLINE HERE ON EARTH TOUR ITINERARY

Date        City                   Venue

July 10 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
July 11 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
July 12 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
July 16 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek
July 17 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
July 18 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
July 23 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
July 24 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
July 25 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
July 30 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
July 31 Burgettstown, PA S&T Bank Music Park
August 1 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 6 Austin, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater
August 7 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
August 8 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
August 13 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
August 14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 15 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 21 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 22 Sacramento, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
August 27 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
August 28 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
August 29 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
September 4 Los Angeles, CA SoFi Stadium (with Luke Combs)
September 12 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park (with Luke Combs)
September 17 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
September 18 Atlanta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
September 24 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 25 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Music Center
September 26 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

A SEA OF CELEBRATIONS
1/13/20

BMLG RecordsLady Antebellum have earned their 10th career #1 at country radio with “What If I Never Get Over You.” The seven-time Grammy winning trio are also celebrating RIAA Gold certification for the lead single from their #1 album Ocean, marking the group’s first-ever chart topper.

“The moment we heard ‘What If I Never Get Over You' we knew it was going to be an integral piece of Ocean,” said Dave Haywood. “It has been a long time since we released a mid-tempo longing duet like this which is so much of who we are and how we started. It sort of felt like coming home and we are grateful to the team behind us and Country radio for believing in the song as much as we did from the start.”

Lady Antebellum will kick off their Ocean 2020 Tour on 5/21 in Albuquerque, NM with special guest Jake Owen as direct support along with openers Maddie & Tae. Tickets go on sale 1/24 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket.

Pictured below are (l-r) BMLG’s Mike Rittberg, RIAA’s Jackie Jones, BMLG Records’ Jimmy Harnen, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Haywood, BMLG’s Allison Jones, and Red Light Management’s Callie Cunningham