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THE MOST-STREAMED SONGS OF THE YEAR
You know it's not the same as it was. (12/2a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/2a)
2022 (NEARLY) FINAL MARKETSHARE
IGA and Republic are on top. (11/30a)
THE BIGGEST ALBUMS OF 2022
A Bunny, a Taylor and a Morgan walk into a bar... (11/30a)
SONG REVENUE:
XMAS IS COMING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/2a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
Music City
ACM ALTERS AWARDS, SETS SCHEDULE
12/1/22

The Academy of Country Music is making changes and additions within several awards categories including the splitting of Songwriter of the Year into two categories and expanding the number of nominees for Entertainer of the Year.

The ACM will hand out a Songwriter of the Year and an Artist-Songwriter of the Year award at next year’s ceremony. The ACM has also expanded Entertainer of the Year category to seven nominees from five.

Criteria for the Album of the Year category has been changed to increase the required amount of previously unreleased content to 75% from 51%, and the release window has been updated to better accommodate gradual release schedules. The Video of the Year category has been expanded into Visual Media of the Year to include additional formats of visual content.

Additionally, the Academy’s Radio Award criteria for National Personality of the Year has been updated to require that show submissions are distributed across all continental time zones. This has an impact on National Weekly On-Air Personality of the Year as well as National Daily On-Air Personality of the Year.

“Making these changes clarifies eligibility and allows artists, songwriters, and radio broadcasters to put their best foot forward in having their accomplishments recognized by their peers and celebrated by the Academy,” said Tommy Moore, VP, Artist and Industry Relations, Governance and Board Administration.

The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards, produced by dick clark productions, will livestream on Prime Video on 5/11 from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The eligibility period for submissions is 11/16/21 through 12/31/22. Other key dates are:

Submissions period is 1/9 the 1/27; first round voting for main awards is 2/27–3/6; first round voting radio awards is 2/27–3/13; second round voting main awards is 3/27–4/3; final round voting radio awards is 3/27–4/10; and final round voting main awards is 4/17-24.

SAVING LIVES WITH ST. JUDE
11/30/22

The sixth annual #ThisShirtSavesLive campaign is set to launch on 12/8 with a new navy shirt worn by hundreds of celebrities, influencers and more to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The social media campaign—which has previously featured the likes of Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris, Bon Jovi, Dierks Bentley and Ashley McBryde, among others—will coincide with an on-air push from radio and streaming partners asking listeners to become monthly donors.

The #ThisShirtSavesLives t-shirt is available exclusively to those who join the lifesaving mission of St. Jude by becoming a monthly Partner in Hope supporter for $19 a month. To join the movement, click here.

SHANIA TWAIN EXPANDS GLOBAL TOUR
11/28/22

Republic Nashville’s Shania Twain has added five new dates to her 2023 Queen of Me Tour.

The Live Nation-produced trek, which marks the five-time Grammy-winner’s first tour in nearly five years, will hit 48 cities across 54 dates throughout North America and Europe. Newly added dates include second nights added in Moncton, NB and Glasgow, U.K., along with new shows in Bethel, N.Y., New Orleans, La. and Leeds, U.K. 

Kicking off on 4/28 in Spokane, Wa., the tour includes stops in Vancouver, Denver, Toronto, L.A., London, Dublin and more before wrapping on 9/29 in the U.K. Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Hailey Whitters, Breland, Robyn Ottolini, Priscilla Block and Mickey Guyton will join Twain on select dates.

The tour takes its name from Twain's upcoming Queen of Me album (due 2/3) and will also donate $1 of every ticket sale to benefit the Shania Kids Can foundation, which supports children experiencing economic hardship.

Tickets for the newly added dates will be available here on 12/2 at 10am local time with presale beginning 11/29.

BIG YELLOW DOG INKS KYLE COULAHAN
11/28/22

Big Yellow Dog Music has inked singer-songwriter Kyle Coulahan.

Since getting his start in music, the Florida native—who was mentored by producer Chips Moman (Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson)—has penned tracks with the likes of Bobby Pinson (Jason Aldean, Randy Houser) and Clint Daniels (Eric Church, Jon Pardi), among others.

Most recently, Coulahan teamed up with comedian Carlos Kane for their new track “Country as Hell.” 

“When I heard Kyle Coulahan's voice singing the hits he walked in with, I knew immediately we had a ringer,” said Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/CEO Carla Wallace. “His work ethic and charm are a nice addition to the hits. Thanks to Jacee Badauex for bringing this one to Big Yellow Dog.”

As he continues to write for other artists, Coulahan is also gearing up to release more new music of his own. Until then, peep the vid for “Country as Hell” below.

TOPPING CHARTS WITH THOMAS RHETT
11/22/22

Thomas Rhett has plenty to celebrate this week as the Country star has earned his 20th chart-topping hit in less than 10 years with “Half of Me” f/Riley Green.

Featured on his sixth album, Where We Started (The Valory Music Co.), the song reached #1 this week and is the longest active consecutive #1 streak on the Country Aircheck chart. 

“20 No. 1s in 10 years is mind-blowing,” shared Rhett. “The support since 2012 by radio, songwriters, my team and all the fans has been incredible. This is insane and I’m so grateful for this wild ride! I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store." 

Back in 2013, Rhett scored his first #1 with “It Goes Like This,” which he penned with his father Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins. Since then, he’s racked up chart-toppers like the record-breaking “Die a Happy Man,” “Craving You” f/Maren Morris, “Beer Can’t Fix f/Jon Pardi," “Be a Light” f/Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban, plus more.

Peep all of Rhett’s #1 songs over the last decade here.

COOKING WITH MIRANDA & HOLLY
11/21/22

Our Nashville wizard Holly Gleason has been spending some time in the kitchen with Miranda Lambert and beyond some tasty dishes, they’ve whipped up Miranda’s first book.

Dey Street Books will release the Lambert-Gleason collaboration  Y’ALL EAT YET? Welcome to The Pretty B*tchin’ Kitchen on 4/25. Beyond recipes from multiple generations of the Lambert family, the book dives into Lambert’s life on her farm and on the road, her signature fashion sense and decorating style, and, of course, thoughts on Airstream trailers.  There are 50 recipes handed down from her mom, grandma and their friends.

“Watching my mom and her friends, I saw the way pitching in, working together, loving music and being there for each other is the greatest gift you can have in life,” Lambert said. “I think my mom inherited that gift from her mom, because they both attracted the most awesome group of girlfriends.”

The recipe for Whiskey Cupcakes caught our eye: Maybe there’s a gift basket in our future?

IT'S ONLY RICE & ROLL - BUT WE LIKE IT
11/17/22

Chase Rice and Bruce Kalmick's team at Why & How have announced the country star's forthcoming album, I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell, which arrives 2/10 via BBR. With the cover art dedicated to his late father, the 13-track project is more personal than past releases. 

“Not only is it the most vulnerable I've ever been, it’s also something he’d enjoy listening to and is full of stories I wish I could tell him," Rice said. "I’ve always wanted to honor him by using this photo as an album cover, and I know this project is the one that deserves that. I can’t wait for y’all to hear it.”

Produced by Oscar Charles, the album was created in Rice's rural home where they'd bring in a live band. 

“It was incredible,” Rice shared with CMT. “He [Charles] gets in there, grinds and doesn’t just try to do the same old thing. If I didn’t feel like we had something vocally, we didn’t just tweak it. He would say, ‘Step up and sing it right.’ We wanted to make everything great. He pushed me, and we pushed each other. This album brought my voice and songs to life in a way people have never heard before.”

Find pre-orders for I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell here, while we get our dogs to a confessional. 

RIAA UPS JONES TO SVP
11/14/22

The RIAA has promoted Jackie Jones to SVP of Artist & Industry Relations. She'll continue reporting to CPO Morna Willens from the Nashville offices. 

Jones joined the RIAA in 2019 after 17 years at Viacom's CMT. Since then, she's cultivated relationships with artists and their teams across the U.S. in support of RIAA’s advocacy mission while bringing artists to the forefront of policy advocacy and connecting lawmakers with the music community in an effort to protect recorded music and celebrate its creators. 

“Jackie is a championing force whose deep ties in Music City are unparalleled," Willens said. "Her creativity and ability to engage labels, artists and community partners is a great asset to the work of the RIAA." 

During her tenure, Jones has executed numerous events, created artist partnerships and help spark music-business opportunities for Tennessee State University students. She was instrumental earlier this year to honoring Missy Elliott as the only female hip-hop artist with six platinum-certified studio albums. In September, she led RIAA Honors: Pioneers of Hip-Hop in Washington, D.C. Jones was overjoyed that nobody from HITS could make the trip.