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ANOTHER BILLIE BANGER? (UPDATE)
Are you free Wednesday afternoon? (11/12a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/12a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/12a)
WHO'S GETTING ZERVAS?
It's down to two bidders. (11/12a)
THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
They'll soon be here, and then we can start obsessing about who'll win.
U.K. SPECIAL
Forget Brexit--it's our yearly survey of doings in Blighty. And if you still can't forget Brexit, try drinking.
ZERVAS STATION
Who's going to land the hottest unsigned property in music?
WEED!
That's what Hollywood smells like. Seriously. 24/7.
Music City
PARTNERING UP
11/12/19

Over at WME's Nashville office, Abby Wells Baas, Kevin Meads, Braeden Rountree, Barrett Sellers and Nate Towne have been elevated to partner status.

All five of them, who will continue on their paths in the country music department, launched their careers at William Morris Agency and transitioned to WME with the 2009 Endeavor merger.

SESAC HONORS SONGWRITERS IN NASHVILLE
11/11/19

SESAC celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year's most-performed country and Americana songs at the company's annual Nashville Music Awards, Sunday 11/10 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Justin Ebach was named SESAC's Songwriter of the Year for the second time, with his hits from the past year including "Good Girl" recorded by Dustin Lynch and "Here Tonight" recorded by Brett Young.

Luke Combs' "Beautiful Crazy"—the longest running #1 Country Airplay song of 2019—was named SESAC Song of the Year. The song was co-written by Wyatt Durrette III and published by Rosest Music.

Warner Chappell Music took home Publisher of the Year.

Dustin Lynch was on hand to present Ebach with his award for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year awards were presented by SESAC executives Shannan Hatch and Sam Kling. Eric Church surprised his co-writer, Ray Wylie Hubbard, as he presented him with the award for his song “Desperate Man.” 

Blanco Brown kicked off the ceremony with a performance of "The Git Up," followed by Jimmie Allen providing a piano rendition of "Best Shot" alongside co-writer Josh London. Ray Wylie Hubbard took the stage to perform Erich Church's "Desperate Man," which he co-wrote with Church. 

Pictured above celebrating Songwriter of the Year are (L-R) SESAC VP of Creative Services Shannan Hatch, Dustin Lynch, Justin Ebach, SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services E.T. Brown and SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services Lydia Schultz.

ANGEL INVESTORS
11/11/19

Big Machine Label Group artist Danielle Bradbery hosted an advance screening of new film Charlie’s Angels in Nashville on Saturday 11/9 for friends, family and industry guests, and performed her new song “Blackout” which is featured on the soundtrack. Seen here just before jumping Scott Borchetta’s Ferrari over a helicopter are attendees (l to r) BMLG’s Borchetta, “Blackout” co-writer Nikki Williams, Bradbery, “Blackout” producer and co-writer Jonathan Perkins, and BMLG’s Allison Jones

Photo: Seth Hellman

A WORLDWIDE BEAUTIFUL TOUR FOR BROWN
11/8/19

RCA Nashville’s Kane Brown has just announced his first-ever international headlining trek. In 2020, the 3-time AMA award-winning artist will embark on the Worldwide Beautiful Tour, which kicks off on 2/2 in Dublin and includes stops in London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin before returning for the North American leg on 2/29.

The 23 dates will follow the first-time father’s sold-out L.A. Staples Center performance on 1/9, as part of the Staples Center 20th Anniversary Celebration. Slated to join Brown on tour are fellow country artists Russell Dickerson and Chris Lane.

With Live Nation as the official tour promoter and Citi as the official pre-sale credit card, tickets go on sale 11/15 at 10am local time. For details and a full list of tour dates, click here.

Meanwhile, “One Thing Right,” Brown’s collaboration with Marshmello, has amassed nearly 400m streams since the release. His new tune, "For My Daughter," is Top 15 at iTunes.

 

APPLE'S NEW TASTE OF COUNTRY
11/8/19

Apple Music has launched a new global playlist to track what’s happening from the heart of the country scene to its outer edges. 

Today’s Country, which starts today with Miranda Lambert’s “It All Comes Out in the Wash” in the leadoff position, tracks hits alongside fan favorites, breakout stars and emerging voices. New tracks are constantly being added.

The signature playlist art for Today’s Country will feature a different marquee artist each week. 

 

A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY,
A LITTLE BIT WHAT THE HELL
11/7/19

We're hearing there's real heat surrounding Orville Peck, with the Big Three in the pool trying to sign the avant-garde country act.

Known for his moody, melodramatic and lo-fi spin on country music—as well as his fringed, black-leather bondage mask, which he regularly pairs with a cowboy hat—Peck is certainly paving a unique lane for himself. Try to imagine a sound that melts together elements of Merle Haggard, Roy OrbisonMorrissey and Elvis Presley.

As artists like Kacey Musgraves and Lil Nas X use their platforms to push the boundaries on genre, the landscape expands and is making room for people like Peck, an openly gay appreciator of all things country.

Peck, who's repped by attorney Jess RosenWME on the live side and Maggie Vail and Taylor Brode for management, dropped his debut album, Pony, this summer. His biggest song on Spotify right now has about 2.2m streams. He recently appeared on the cover of British GQ. And he's set to play Stagecoach next year.

CHRIS STAPLETON'S
BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO
11/7/19

This Chris Stapleton video for "Second One to Know" plays like a Hollywood action epic... in the medium of Legos. With its ninjas, fire-breathing dragons and assorted pyro, it's the most whimsical clip so far from the Mercury Nashville star; if it doesn't delight you, you have a plastic block for a heart.

A BRUSH WITH COMBS
11/6/19

On the occasion of Luke Combs' visit to Kimmel—including a couch convo with the host as well as a performance, both of which you can sample below—the River House/Columbia Nashville star and manager Chris Kappy found themselves trapped in what's known in the industry as a "green-room worst-case scenario," forced to make small talk with HITS President of His Desk Todd Hensley. Invited to join Hensley on a fishing trip, the two commented that that would be just fantastic and they would love to, while edging ever closer to the exit. (Photo credit: David Bergman)