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FALLING FOR HITS LIST
What people are talking about right now. (9/27a)
RIHANNA SCORES
SUPER BOWL GIG
Teamwork in action (9/27a)
A FREAKY, SLEAZY, HAPPIER RUN OF RADIO #1s
The further adventures of Spanky and his gang (9/27a)
KYNCL CULTURE
See ya on 1/1/23. (9/27a)
RIHANNA SCORES
SUPER BOWL GIG
There's nothing like Arizona in February. (9/27a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
Music City
ONE NIGHT WITH WMN'S ZAC BROWN BAND
9/26/22

Ahead of their one-night-only performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on 9/22, the Zac Brown Band joined Warner Music Nashville co-President Ben Kline for this illustrious photo op.

A portion of the intimate show’s proceeds benefitted Hop on a Cure, which helps fund ASL research while raising awareness. The foundation was established by band founding member, John DriskellHopHopkins, who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year.

For more info on the foundation, click here.

SMP NASHVILLE INKS JAMIE DAVIS
9/26/22

SMP Nashville has inked singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie JD Davis to a global pub deal.

Davis, who first launched his career as part of Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy before becoming a guitar tech for Luke Combs’ team in 2017, most recently co-wrote Combs’ #1 single, “The Kind of Love We Make.”

The track, which is Davis’s third cut with Combs, has garnered 125m+ on-demand streams and topped the Country Airplay chart as well as the Hot Country Songs chart. Davis also has cuts with the likes of Lilly Rose, Jenna Paulette, Leith Loftin and more. 

“Jamie has an innate ability to channel his years of front man experience into thoughtfully crafted songs that resonate with music lovers everywhere. There’s no limit to the amount of success Jamie will find in Nashville,” said SMP, VP, Creative, Tom Luteran.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Rusty Gaston and Big Tom on my team at Sony Music Publishing. I’m glad to be working with the best publishing team in Nashville,” added Davis.

Seen above before heading to the nearest honky tonk to celebrate are (l-r) front row—Luteran, Davis, Rusty Gaston; back rowKenley Flynn, Dale Bobo, Anna Weisband, Dan Isbell, Aubrey Rupe and Synnovea Halsel.

SHANIA TWAIN INKS TO REPUBLIC NASHVILLE
9/23/22

Country icon Shania Twain has a new label home. The five-time Grammy-winner has inked to Republic Nashville as the label’s debut artist. 

In celebration of the new partnership, Twain has also released her new single, “Waking Up Dreaming,” which premiered alongside an Isaac Rentz-directed music video (seen below). The track serves as her first new music since 2017’s #1 album, Now.

“I couldn’t think of a better partner than Republic Nashville. I’m honored and excited to be the label’s first artist and lead the charge of this new and exciting chapter. In this respect, it feels like a new beginning all around, and I’m embracing it wholeheartedly,” said Twain. 

“Shania is one of the most influential and impactful artists of this generation. She’s a rare talent whose legacy continues to resonate throughout the world. We feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to support her new body of work, which is spectacular,” added Republic co-founder/CEO Monte Lipman.

The news arrives on the heels of Twain’s career-spanning Netflix documentary Not Just a Girl, which is produced by Mercury Studios and directed by Joss Crowley. The film is also accompanied by a compilation album, Not Just a Girl (The Highlights).

CAA’S THE HUBB RETURNS
9/22/22

CAA has announced the in-person return of The Hubb, the third edition of its networking and professional development summit designed to provide diverse internship and career-ready college students with the resources necessary to enter the music biz.

The conference—which launched in 2018 and is named after Barbara Mother Hubbard, Executive Director of the ACTS—will be held at CAA’s Nashville office from 9/24-26 where over 30 students will have the opportunity to interact with music execs, participate in workshops and more.

The event kicks off with Soulcare Chat, an exclusive Q&A with Grammy-winner Alicia Keys. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit companies and meet with major execs from CAA, Columbia, Motown/QC, Kobalt Music and Amazon Music, among others. 

“We launched The Hubb four years ago because we saw two things - there wasn’t a robust student conference that covered all aspects of music, and there was a lack of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ representation on teams in the industry,” said CAA Music Agents/The Hubb co-creators, Sabrina Butera and Meredith Jones. “As Nashville continues to be a breeding ground for a range of musical genres, we want to not only educate, but create networking opportunities for diverse college students who are eager to break into the industry.”

For more info on The Hubb, click here.

CMT UNVEILS ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
9/21/22

Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes are set to be honored at this year’s CMT Artists of the Year ceremony.

Airing Oct. 14 at 9p.m. ET on CMT, the show assembles this year’s class at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center where they will be recognized for their achievements in country music over the past year.

Pearce, Hayes and Johnson are first-time honorees, while Combs and Brown were both previously recognized in 2021 and 2019.

“Carly, Cody, Kane, Luke and Walker all represent the vibrant future of the country music format, as they defy convention and blaze new trails, breaking industry records and genre barriers. We can’t wait to celebrate their extraordinary accomplishments alongside their fellow artists and friends,” said Margaret Comeaux, CMT SVP of production, music & events.

The 90-minute special will also feature artists collaborating and performing to celebrate the five honorees. Other special guests, additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more info about CMT's 2022 Artists of the Year event, click here.

BMM INKS MATT ROY
9/20/22

Big Machine Music, a subsidiary of HYBE America, has inked singer/songwriter Matt Roy to an exclusive co-publishing deal. 

Having penned songs for the likes of Kane Brown, Chris Young, Ashley Cooke and Adam Doleac, Roy landed his first pub deal prior to graduating from Belmont University in 2018. He earned his first chart-topper in 2020 with the multi-week #1, gold-certified hit “Done,” co-written and recorded by Chris Janson

Earlier this year, the New Jersey native dropped his debut EP, Wildflower, which featured five self-penned tracks and he’s recently been on the road opening for artists including Morgan Wade.

“Matt has a natural instinct of both craft and commerciality beyond what can be taught or learned. I believe he will be one of the great songwriters of his generation,” said BMM GM Mike Molinar.

“I could not be more excited to be a part of the Big Machine Music family,” added Roy. “Their commitment to song craftsmanship and work ethic is something that inspires me greatly as a songwriter and artist. I really do feel at home and I’m excited to get to work together.”

Roy joins a roster that includes Brett Young, Ryan Hurd, Laura Veltz, Matt Dragstrem, Jessie Jo Dillon, Eric Paslay and more. 

Seen above before celebrating with Nashville’s finest hot chicken are (l-r) are Molinar, Roy and BMM’s Director of Publishing Michelle Attardi.

Photo Credit: Noah Needleman

DOVER TIME FOR SMP NASHVILLE AND DROPTINE
9/19/22

SMP Nashville and Jim Catino’s Droptine Music Publishing have partnered to ink country singer/songwriter Dalton Dover to a global pub deal.

“From the moment you hear Dalton’s voice, there’s no doubt he was born to do this. We couldn’t be more excited about the music he is creating and the future ahead of him,” said SMP Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston.

“Thanks to Matt McVaney for bringing Dalton to me and producing this project. I’m also thankful for Rusty Gaston and all the support from his amazing team at Sony Music Publishing,” shared Droptine Founder Catino. “To say I’m excited to sign with Sony Music Publishing is an understatement,” added Dover.

Since appearing on Season 16 of The Voice, 23-year-old Dover made his official debut in 2021 with “You Got a Small Town” and “Baby I Am,” which earned him a spot on Spotify’s Hot Country 2022 Artists to Watch. His next offering, “Damn Good Life,” is due 9/23.

In addition to Dover, Droptine Music and SMP Nashville have partnered on writers including Tommy Karlas, Alex Maxwell and Russell Sutton.

Seen hoping this photo wouldn’t land in our inbox are (l-r) front rowBrian O’Neil, Gaston, Dover, Catino and Kenley Flynn; back rowDale Bobo, Anna Weisband, Tom Luteran, Charly Salvatore, Bruce Phillips and Josh Van Valkenburg

Photo credit: Sarah Elizabeth

RECORDS NASHVILLE BOLSTERS PROMO TEAM
9/13/22

RECORDS Nashville has appointed DavidBubbaBerry as Senior Director of National Promotion.

Having previously held positions at Sony Music Nashville, Giant/Reprise and more, Berry (pictured right) brings thirty years of experience to the new role where he’ll build and foster relationships with radio partners across the country.

"I am ecstatic to be joining RECORDS Nashville and to work alongside the legendary Barry Weiss and his team," said Berry. “My goal is to help bring the music of our artists to the audience that I have worked alongside for over thirty years and to make sure country radio has a direct line to the amazing music coming out of RECORDS Nashville."

Additionally, RECORDS Nashville has upped Jamice Jennings to Senior Director of National Promotion & Commercial Strategy.

"I am extremely excited to assist RECORDS Nashville's overall commercial strategy as well as continue to expand our reach across the nation at country radio. The future of this label is exciting," shared Jennings.

The pair will report to Josh Easler, EVP of Promotion & Commercial Strategy, who added, “I’m beyond thrilled to reunite with Bubba and add him to our team, and to formally include commercial strategy to Jamice’s role. Both of them bring tremendous skill sets to help navigate the ever-changing world that is music promotion.”