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Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
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Music City
MARATHON TALENT AGENCY INKS LIAM COLEMAN
10/28/20

17-year-old Liam Coleman has inked a management deal with Marathon Talent Agency. Coleman will be represented by music industry vet Peter Strickland.

Hailing from Charlton, Massachusetts, Coleman came full circle by signing his management deal at the Stone Cow Brewery—where he played his first gig—on 10/24 after performing an outdoor concert. 

“I’m thrilled that MTA has given me this amazing opportunity and really excited to see what’s next for me.  I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with,” shared Coleman.

Strickland added, “When I first saw Liam perform, I was blown away by his voice and how he sounded well beyond his years.  His drive for excellence and his passion for music is a perfect fit with Marathon Talent and we look forward to building a long career together.”

The singer/songwriter plans on spending time in the studio with producer Ken Royster (Luke Combs, Cowboy Troy) early next year.

A VERY KANE BROWN HALFTIME SHOW
10/28/20

RCA Nashville/Zone 4’s Kane Brown has been tapped to perform at the halftime show for the Dallas Cowboys’ game against Washington Football Team on 11/26. Brown made the announcement during The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.

Held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the televised performance highlights a decades long tradition of supporting The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. This year also marks the first time the campaign has kicked off early through digital fundraising efforts to support the need from the pandemic.

Money raised during the campaign provides shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, Christmas toys for children and social service programs to millions of people in need. Last year, it raised $126m.

“There were times growing up when my family did not have enough to eat, or a roof over our head, and today, there are so many people in need. 2020 has been a hard year, but every small act of generosity helps,” shared Brown.

“Kane’s music has a way of inspiring hope, and we’re excited to have him on our national stage for an incredible halftime performance this year,” added Charlotte Jones Anderson, EVP and Chief Brand Officer for the Cowboys and former National Advisory Board Chairperson for The Salvation Army.

Brown joins a list of previous performers including Selena Gomez, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Reba McEntire and more.

To donate, text KETTLE to 91999 or click here. Keep an eye out for Brown’s new music video for his  single “Worship You,” which is set to drop on 10/30 at 12 pm CT.

SONY/ATV INKS BRAD COX
10/27/20

Sony/ATV has inked rising country star Brad Cox to a global publishing deal. Under the agreement, Cox will collaborate with the company’s creative teams in both Nashville and Australia. 

The Australia native made a name for himself in the country scene with singles like “Rusty Strings” and “Give Me Tonight,” which has garnered 4m+ global streams RTD.

Most recently, the four-time Golden Guitar nominee released “Drinking Season,” co-written by Brad and Dan Isbell (Luke Combs), and it’s already amassed 1m+ stream. He also dropped a “Short Lived Love” in Australia on 10/16, followed by a music video on 10/23.

“I first met Brad last year and immediately became fast friends with him. He’s not only a talented artist, but a really genuine, great guy. I am looking forward to watching him become a country music star in the US,” shared Sony/ATV Nashville VP, Creative, Tom Luteran.

Sony/ATV Australia Head of A&R/Creative, Craig Hawker, added,We are absolutely delighted to be working in conjunction with our Nashville office on such an exciting new Australian country voice in Brad Cox, who is a superstar in the making.”

“Songwriting is such a huge part of me and my career. I’m super stoked to be working with Sony/ATV both in Australia and in Nashville. I love them all and this is going to be an awesome partnership,” said Cox.

Cox, who released his self-titled debut album in 2018, has previously opened for artists like Brett Eldredge, Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont.

Photo Credit: Maclay Heriot

BMLG AND CREATIVETS RELEASE EP
10/27/20

Big Machine Label Group and CreatiVets are gearing up to release Veterans Day Special.

The EP, due 11/6, will arrive via Big Machine Records as part of the ongoing partnership between BMLG and the non-profit that provides combat veterans struggling with PTSD and brain injuries a creative outlet for healing

The 3-track EP, featuring Brantley Gilbert, Love And Theft and Kalsey Kulyk, follows the release of the debut album, Veteran Songs, which was released earlier this year.

BMLG continues to contribute to CreatiVets’ operational initiatives through Scott and Sandi Borchetta’s Music Has Value Fund and through Big Machine Music, which serves as the co-publisher for CreatiVets.

“I have never been more excited to share these two stories of two amazing veterans that poured their heart out. I am also extremely thankful to Brantley Gilbert and Big Machine for adding an exclusive live version of Brantley's No. 1 single ‘One Hell Of An Amen’ to this EP so we can reach more veterans than ever,” shared CreatiVets Co-Founder/Executive Director, Richard Casper.

BORCHETTA RACES TO THE FINISH LINE
10/26/20

Big Machine Label Group President/CEO/Founder Scott Borchetta is set to be inducted into the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame.

On 10/28, an official ceremony will be hosted at the Super 98 Customs Race Shop at 7pm to honor the 2020 inductees as they become official members. Borchetta joins the Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame alongside former track President and Promoter, Bob Harmon, and the first female inductee, Lillie Buford.

Prior to launching BMLG 15 years ago on Music Row, Borchetta raced Legend cars in the ‘90s and won a three-peat in the NASCAR SuperTrack series.

Through Big Machine’s ongoing sponsorship of the NASCAR Big Machine Vodka 400, Borchetta continues his involvement in racing as part of the ownership group for Music City Grand Prix, as well as his on-track success carrying the 2019 National Group 6 Sports Car Championship in the SVRA series.

In commemoration of the induction, a HITS Editor will be doing laps in an AMC Gremlin.

CMT'S VOTE-ATHON BRINGS DEMOCRACY HOME
10/23/20

Saturday, 10/24 is Vote Early Day, a celebration of democracy backed by media and tech companies, activists and others. To mark the date, Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Mickey Guyton, Reba, Midland, The Band Perry and other country luminaries will participate in CMT’s “Hometown Vote-Athon” video marathon on the network’s YouTube channel from 8am-8pm CT.

Conceived in collaboration with Viacom’s Vote for Your Life campaign, the “digital celebration” will give the artists an opportunity to speak directly to fans about voting—notably in support of their hometowns, communities and cherished causes.

Andress and manager Blythe Scokin brainstormed the event, which will also feature Nicolle Galyon, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shy Carter, Devin Dawson, Russell Dickerson, Ashley Cooke, Brooke Eden, Everette, Trea Landon, Parmalee, Cassadee Pope, Runaway June, Payton Smith, Tiera, Track45, Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson and Charlie Worsham. In addition to making the aforementioned general appeals, the players will inform the audience about early voting options.

In a related story, QAnon says Hillary killed Elvis and that Hunter Biden’s laptop is a portal to the underworld.

EXPANSIONS AT THE AMG
10/19/20

The AMG staff is expanding with the addition of four new team members. Industry veterans Steve Bryan, Haley Teske, Kristin Cantrell and Ashely Van Nuck have joined AMG’s management team to work directly with artists on the company’s growing roster.

With 13-year of experience in business management, touring and artist management, Bryan has previously worked with artists like Bon Jovi, Florida Georgia Line and Eric Paslay, while former WME agent Teske arrives at AMG after spending nearly 7 years in the live music scene.

“Our artists are our top priority, and we are constantly looking for ways to surround them with the best team in the business,” shared CEO Rob Beckham. “We are thrilled to have them join our team at AMG to help us better serve our clients.”

In addition, Cantrell and Van Nuck join The AMG’s leadership team. Cantrell’s will oversee the development and execution of corporate strategic initiatives, public relations and community outreach in the newly created Chief Strategy Officer role, while Van Nuck will supervise all aspects of HR management and operations for the organization, as well as all corporate culture and wellness initiatives in the role of Chief People Officer.

“The AMG Staff has doubled over the last six months, and we are thrilled to add Kristin and Ashley to our leadership team,” added COO Kristy Reeves. “Their knowledge and experience combined with their innovative ideas and unique perspectives will be invaluable as we continue to identify growth opportunities and expand our reach within the industry.” 

GARTH KNOWS HOW TO HAVE FUN
10/19/20

Country star Garth Brooks has officially announced the release date for his new album, Fun. Arriving on 11/20, the 12-track album includes the Blake Shelton duet “Dive Bar,” his cover of “Shallow” with Trisha Yearwood and more.

Additionally, Fun arrives alongside Triple Deluxe Live, Brooks’ new 30-track live album.

In celebration of the double release, Garth is hosting an interactive album preview on the Talk Shop Live channel. Join Brooks on 10/21 at 7pm ET for the interactive album preview experience. To RVSP, click here.

Both Fun and Triple Live Deluxe are available for pre-order now.