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JUST DO YOU, BOO: A PRIDE SPECIAL CONVERSATION WITH BILLY PORTER
He has a few thoughts. (6/23a)
UMG IPO OK'D
See you in September. (6/22a)
JEFF HARLESTON:
IT'S A NEW WORLD, MOST DEF
Wit and wisdom from a renaissance man (6/22a)
LEADING OFF:
X FACTOR
Out and proud (6/22a)
PRIDE SPECIAL:
ON THE COVER
An inspiring success story (6/22a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
Music City
AIMP TO HOST WMN'S ESPO
6/22/21

The AIMP Nashville Chapter is gearing up to host its latest webinar, the State of the Music Business Post-Pandemic, with Warner Music Nashville Chairman/CEO John Esposito.

Taking place on Thursday (6/24) at 3:30pm ET/2:30pm CT, the Zoom event will feature Esposito in conversation with moderator Wes Vause, WMN’s Sr. VP of Publicity, to discuss the industry’s current state as we begin to come out of the pandemic.

The webinar is free for AIMP members and $5 for non-members, register here.

A JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION WITH SHY CARTER
6/21/21

Warner Music Nashville’s Shy Carter joined fans during the National Museum of African American Music’s Juneteenth Block Party to celebrate the new federal holiday on 6/19.

Carter performed songs like his 5x platinum co-write “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth and his single, “Good Love,” on the rooftop of the Fifth and Broadway Assembly Food Hall in downtown Nashville. 

Ahead of the Juneteenth celebrations, the singer/songwriter/producer also released his anthemic collaboration “Beer with My Friends” f/Cole Swindell and David Lee Murphy on Friday (6/18), which can be streamed here.

Carter’s keeping the party going next weekend as both a performer and the emcee at the Country Jam Festival in Grand Junction, CO from 6/24-26. 

Pictured below are (l-r) WMN’s EVP of A&R Cris Lacy, VP of Streaming Tim Foisset, National Director of Radio & Streaming (WAR) Michael Chase, Director of Streaming Jenni Tay, EVP/GM Ben Kline, Carter, National Director of Radio & Streaming James Marsh, T.R.U.T.H. Management’s Missi Gallimore and WMN’s SVP of Artist Development Shane Tarleton.

Photo Credit: Thomas Crabtree

WALKER'S "FANCY" FOOTWORK
6/16/21

Walker Hayes is heating up summer with "Fancy Like" from his latest EP, Country Stuff (Monument).

The bouncy single is gaining steam across multiple platforms following Hayes' dance routine to the track he posted on TikTok. The video, posted on Sunday 6/13, has already crossed 4m views and inspired fans to listen to the song—it hit #1 on the iTunes all-genre song chart on Wednesday morning.

Check out the dance and song here. Now, if you'll excuse us, it's time to go pick up a Frosty and biggie fry from Wendy's. 

MADDIE & TAE GO DOUBLE PLATINUM
6/16/21

Mercury Nashville’s Maddie & Tae have earned RIAA double platinum certification on their record-breaking hit, “Die from A Broken Heart,” from their critically acclaimed sophomore album, The Way It Feels.

The award-winning duo celebrated their commemorative plaques with longtime friends and bandmates, Colton Thomas, Jeremy Little, Shane Smith and Dave Lapsley

“These guys have been on this wild ride with us and they believed in us even when we may have doubted ourselves,” said Tae Dye. “We are a family!”

The track topped country airplay charts back in 2020 after a 54-week climb. Most recently, the pair released their new single, “Woman You Got,” which is playing on country radio now.

Seen before heading to the nearest hot chicken joint to celebrate are (l-r) Front Row – Maddie & Tae; Back Row – Thomas, Little, Smith and Lapsley.

Photo Credit: William Hamilton

THE AMG ADDS AMANDA GOOD AND KAILYN FINNEGAN
6/15/21

 

The AMG is expanding its staff with two industry vets, Amanda Good and Kailyn Finnegan, who join as Head of Marketing and Senior Manager of Touring and Live Events, respectively.

In her role as Head of Marketing, Good will oversee the strategy and execution of marketing campaigns for The AMG’s roster of artists as well as supervise the company’s Digital Marketing and Creative teams. 

She brings 15+ years of industry experience with her and most recently served as Senior Director of Marketing and Artist Development at UMG Nashville, where she managed more than 35 album releases for artists like George Strait, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack and Hootie & the Blowfish, among others. 

As Senior Manager of Touring and Live Events, Finnegan will work closely with various members of artists’ teams to create comprehensive action plans that best allocate budgets, resources and time frames for live events. Additionally, she’ll manage touring strategy and execution for all clients on The AMG’s roster. 

Finnegan arrives at The AMG with nearly two decades of touring experience. Most recently with Live Nation, she’s previously worked on tours with artists like Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Chris Young and more. 

“When we started the AMG two years ago, we knew we wanted to create a multi-faceted company where our artists would be surrounded with the best team in the industry. Amanda and Kailyn are undoubtedly the best and brightest in their fields, and we couldn’t be more proud to add them to our team,” said The AMG President/CEO, Rob Beckham.

“We have no doubt that our new team members’ unique experience and insight will help elevate all of the artists on our roster, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds,” added COO Kristy Reeves.

Pictured above are (l-r) Good and Finnegan. 

Photo Cred: Rachel Deeb

ACM SETS SPECIAL AWARDS
6/15/21

Rac Clark, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay and Joe Galante will be among the recipients of the Special Awards for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Honorees will be celebrated on 8/25 during the 14th annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium. Hillary Lindsey will be honored with the Songwriter of the Year Award, an award she’s won in back-to-back years.

Also being honored are Ross Copperman, Toby Keith, Lady A, Loretta Lynn, Gretchen Peters, Curly Putman & Rascal Flatts, and Ken BurnsCountry Music. This year’s Studio Recording Award winners will received their awards along with  SRA  and Industry Award winners from last year’s 55th ACM Awards.

The ACM Party for a Cause benefitting ACM Lifting Lives will be held in August for the first time in Nashville.

RIVER HOUSE ARTISTS UPS ZEBB LUSTER
6/14/21

River House Artists has upped Zebb Luster to the newly created role of VP/GM.

Effective immediately, Luster will be responsible for assisting Founder/CEO Lynn Oliver-Cline in label services and overseeing the RHA’s artist development, management and publishing roster. 

As RHA’s first hire in 2017, Luster joined the company as a Publishing Manager before being promoted to Creative Director/A&R in 2019.

Having helped inked songwriters like Nicolette Hayford, Driver Williams, Drew Parker, Jordan Rowe, Neil Medleyand more, RHA’s roster also includes Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Jameson Rodgers, Southerland and Billy Strings, among others.

“I am so grateful to find an executive like Zebb who is as passionate about River House and our amazing artists and writers as I am. He not only super serves them, but is there for our young and talented team every day as well. Thank you, Zebb, for believing,” said Oliver-Cline.

“I owe everything to Lynn Oliver-Cline because she saw something in me early on and gave me an unmatched opportunity to learn and grow,” added Luster. “Being at River House has been a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”

Originally from Fort Myers, Fla., Luster moved to Nashville in 2015, where he started the lifestyle and apparel brand YNOT, which morphed into the songwriters round, YNOT Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Acacia Evans

BMLG'S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK
6/14/21

Big Machine Label Group has officially been certified by Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture.

Through Great Place to Work’s data-based Trust Model, BMLG joins a list of certified companies that ensure consistent positive work experiences for employees, including Hulu, Comcast, AT&T, Cisco and Bank of America.

The study also revealed a significantly higher percentage of BMLG employees declaring it is a great place to work compared to those at other U.S.-based companies. 

Previously, BMLG has also twice been named in Fast Company’s annual ranking of the Most Innovative Companies. 

The new certification comes as Big Machine nears its 15-year anniversary. In celebration of the company's continued success, BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta and his wife, BMLG’s EVP of Creative Sandi, recently launched a Music Has Value grant fund for 501c3 non-profit music schools and organizations, awarding fifteen recipients with $10k grants.

Additionally, BMLG has achieved numerous milestones across its artist roster in the last year, including Florida Georgia Line becoming the first Country act to earn two RIAA Diamond Single Awards, Thomas Rhett earning ACMEntertainer and Male Artist of the Year, Carly Pearce winning her first CMA and ACM awards, Lady A earning a Grammy nom and Ayron Jones receiving his first radio #1.