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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/17a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/17a)
A HARD DAY’S
HITS LIST
Stars across the board (9/17a)
GRAMMYS HAVE A NEW AWARDS CHIEF
Will she be able to clean up the mess? (9/17a)
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
FOR BOWIE CATALOG
WMG snags a cornucopia of sound and vision. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
Music City
KANE'S SWEET SURPRISE
9/17/21

During a stop at Kansas City’s T-Mobile Center during Kane Brown’s Worldwide Beautiful Tour, the country star welcomed Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the stage to perform “Famous Friends” along with Restless Road and Chris Lane. Shortly after these photos were snapped, the stage was doused in Gatorade and liquid cane sugar.

Photo credit: Alex Alvga

BEESON MAKES A BEELINE FOR SMACKSONGS
9/17/21

SMACKSongs has inked singer/songwriter Marc Beeson to a global pub deal. 

Following a move to Nashville in 1990, Beeson previously signed record deals with Warner Brothers, BNA and Curb Records, releasing multiple charting singles as an artist throughout the ‘90s.

He’s also held pub deals with EMI, Sony, Crossfire 3, Warner Chappell and most recently Downtown Music Publishing. Some of his cuts include Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight,” Blake Shelton’s “She’s Got a Way with Words” and Restless Heart’s “When She Cries,” which won the ASCAP Country Song of the Year in 1993 and Pop Song of the Year awards in 1994.

Beeson has also written songs recorded by the likes of Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Lady A, Rascal Flatts and more.

"Marc brings something really special to our roster with his dedication to the craft of songwriting and always reaching for the very best,” said SMACKSongs CCO, Robin Palmer. “Our team is really excited to welcome him and continue this journey with him.”

“Robin has always been one of the best song people I’ve ever known. She and the whole SMACK crew have made me feel so welcome and I’m grateful to be part of their team,” added Beeson.

Seen before putting on their best honkey-tonk shoes to celebrate are (l-r) SMACKSongs’ Sam Sarno, Beeson and Palmer.

Photo Credit: Molly Bouchon

NEARLY $1M RAISED FOR HUMPHREYS COUNTY
9/16/21

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire were among the star-studded lineup for Loretta Lynn’s Friends: Hometown Rising on 9/13 at the Grand Ole Opry.

With donations still underway via text-to-donate, auction items and partners like MX Sports, City National Bank and the ACM—who matched $25k of fan donations in honor of Lynn’s recent Poet’s Award—the $933k and counting will directly benefit the residents of Waverly, surrounding areas and local small businesses of Humphreys County. 

The two-hour benefit and concert drive, hosted by Storme Warren and Nada, also saw performances from Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Chris Janson, Little Big Town, Brittney Spencer and BREELAND, who made his Opry stage debut, as well as recorded performances from Tracy Lawrence, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood.

“While we shared some heartbreaking images and footage from our hometown, what I saw in those moments was the resilience people have shown amid so much loss. We’ll all be okay as long as we continue to help one another,” said Lynn. 

Lynn has also partnered with Kendra Scott, which will donate 50% of proceeds from the sale of their Tennessee Guitar charm throughout the month of September to United Way of Humphreys County. Commemorative show posters are also available with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the cause.

Watch Loretta Lynn’s Friends: Hometown Rising below for a limited time. To donate to the ongoing recovery efforts, click here or text TNFLOODRELIEF to 44321.

NSAI NAMES ETHAN HULSE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
9/16/21

Essential Music Publishing and Provident Entertainment are celebrating three-time Grammy-nominated songwriter Ethan Hulse for being named NSAI’s Songwriter of the Year at the annual Nashville Songwriter Awards

“Ethan Hulse is the first songwriter in the Christian genre to win the coveted NSAI Songwriter of the Year Award in its 54-year history. He more than deserves the honor based on his incredible songs and creativity,” said Bart Herbison, Executive Director, NSAI. 

Hulse was also recently named Songwriter of the Year at BMI’s Christian Music Awards for the third consecutive year. His most recent works include songs from CAIN, Andrew Ripp, Josh Baldwin, Cory Asbury, Jeremy Camp, Danny Gokev, Evvie McKinney and more. 

Holly Zabka, SVP, Publishing & Head of Creative, EMP added, “The team at Essential Music Publishing and Provident Entertainment are so proud of Ethan and this incredible NSAI recognition. We can’t think of a better songwriter, person and teammate to be recognized as the first ever recipient of this award from the Christian genre.”

PARKER'S GRAND OLE DEBUT
9/15/21

Warner Music Nashville’s Drew Parker made his Grand Ole Opry debut last night (9/14). 

The CMA Song of the Year nominee performed “The Runway,” dedicated to his daughter in the audience—marking the first time she’d seen him play a show—and his latest single, “While You’re Gone,” which currently boasts 40m+ global streams.

“Last night was such a surreal moment. Part of me still thinks I’m dreaming. Part of me thinks I should still be sitting on a barstool in Georgia singing cover songs, but last night everyone at the Opry told me that I deserved to be there,” shared Parker.

Parker is currently on the road with Luke Combs for his What You See is What You Get tour alongside labelmate Ashley McBryde. He’ll join Jameson Rodgers on his Cold Beer Calling My Name tour in the fall. For a full list of upcoming shows, click here

Seen before heading to the nearest hot chicken joint to celebrate are (l-r) WMN’s EVP/GM Ben Kline, Make Wake Artists Chris Kappy, Parker and WMN's SVP of Radio & Streaming Kristen Williams.

“THE BONES” KEEPS BREAKING
9/14/21

“The Bones” by Columbia Nashville’s Maren Morris is now certified 4x platinum. The song from her 2019 album, GIRL, was a Country radio #1 for 19 consecutive weeks in 2020, making the Grammy winner the first solo female to rule the format for multiple weeks since 2012.

Morris also earned three new noms for The 55th Annual CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, which she won last year. “Chasing After You,” (a collab with husband Ryan Hurd) is up for Musical Event and Music Video of the Year. The gold single is currently Top 10 at Country radio.

Pictured above looking better with their faces concealed than we do on our best days are (l-r) Columbia Nashville’s SVP of Promotion Shane Allen, House of 42/Red Light Management’s Janet Weir, Morris, SMN Chairman/CEORandy Goodman and VP of Marketing Liz Cost.

CBS TO AIR NEW YEAR'S IN NASHVILLE
9/9/21

CBS will make their return to NYE programming on 12/31 with New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash. The broadcast will air live from multiple locations in downtown Nashville on CBS/Paramount+ from 8pm-11pm ET/PT and 11:30pm-1:30am ET/PT.

First-announced performers include Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and Zac Brown Band, with additional artists to be announced at a later date.

The five hour Music City celebration marks the first time CBS has aired a NYE program since ringing in the year 2000 in 1999. The event will have 50+ performances across Nashville, anchored by Dan + Shay, Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown Band headlining the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: Nashville's Big Bash is executive produced by Robert Deaton and Mary Hilliard Harrington in partnership with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. The special will be directed by Sandra Restrepo.

ERIC & CHRIS LEAD CMA NOMS
9/9/21

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton top the list of The 55th Annual CMA Awards with five nominations while Gabby Barrett, mix engineer Jason Hall and producer Jay Joyce come in with four.

Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Chris Young secured three nominations each.

Church and Stapleton will go head-to head in the Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Song of the Year categories.

Barrett joins them in the Single of the Year and Song of the Year categories. She’s also up for New Artist of the Year where her competition is Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton and HARDY.

Besides Church and Stapleton, Entertainer of the Year nominees are Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. The 55th annual CMA Awards will be broadcast on ABC on 11/10 at 8pm. The final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on 10/1; polls close 10/27.

 

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