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SHINE ON, HARVEST HITS LIST
An equinox to remember (9/27a)
CARLESS TO DRIVE WARNER A&R
Steve-O takes the wheel. (9/24a)
GRAMMY CHEW: AOTY WILD CARDS
Going deep like Tom Brady (9/24a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE LUCIAN DECADE
A history lesson from I.B. Bad (9/23a)
SIR LUCIAN TURNS IT UP
As UMG goes solo, Grainge discusses leading the band. (9/20a)
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
SMP AND RARESPARK INK EMMA-LEE
9/22/21

Sony Music Publishing has partnered with RareSpark Media Group to ink country singer/songwriter Emma-Lee to a global pub deal.

Best known for her work with Ross Ellis, Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, The Washboard Union, Shawn Hook, Melanie Dyer and more, the Toronto native most recently co-wrote “What Are You Gonna Tell Her,” “Bridges” and several other tracks from Micky Guyton’s debut album, Remember Her Name, slated for release on 9/24.

“Our entire team has been fans of Emma-Lee’s songwriting for quite some time. It is an honor and a privilege to partner with RareSpark to wave her flag,” said SMP Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston

“We are honored to work with her at RareSpark and we’re excited to partner with Rusty and the entire family at Sony Music Publishing to represent her!” Added RareSpark’s Owner Suzanne Strickland and VP/GM Scot Sherrod.

"I'm ecstatic to be part of a team that supports the vision for my career and champions my songs,” said Emma-Lee. “I have a great deal of admiration and respect for everyone involved in this venture.”

Additionally, Emma-Lee has released three full-length albums since her debut in 2009, including Never Just a Dream, Backseat Heroine and Fantasies, and secured multiple syncs on shows and films like Beauty & The Beast, Saving Hope, Teen Wolf, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Dance Moms and more.

Seen before toasting to their success with Nashville’s finest hot chicken is (L-R) Sherrod, Emma-Lee, Strickland and Rusty Gaston.

PEARCE AND MCBRYDE ZOOM THE ADD BOARD
9/21/21

In the latest Zoom photo extravaganza to hit our inboxes, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde virtually gathered with the entire team to celebrate “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” as the #1 Most Added song this week at Country radio. This marks the first time a female duet has topped the add board since Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You” in 2007. The CMA and 2X ACM Awards winner and 4X Grammy nominee wrote and recorded the track with co-producer Shane McAnally.

Pictured showing off their index fingers are (l-r) Top RowQ Prime’s Angela Lange, Big Machine RecordsSamantha Kane, Jane Staszak, Erik Powell, Kris Lamb; Second rowWarner Music Nashville’s Anna Cage,Lou Ramirez, Chad Schultz, BMR’s Bill Lubitz, WMN’s James Marsh; Third RowBMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Pearce, McBryde, WMN’s John Esposito; Fourth Row—WMN’s Kati Salverson, BMR’s Tracy Wilkinson, Jeff Davis, WMN’s Bridget Herrmann, BMR’s Clay Hunnicutt; Fifth Row—WMN’s Justin Newell, BMR’s Brooke Diaz, WMN’s Mark Niederhauser, Ben Kline and Tom Martens.

SET YOUR DVRS: MICKEY GUYTON EDITION
9/20/21

Get ready to see a lot more of Mickey Guyton. With the release of her debut album, Remember Her Name, slated for 9/24, the Capitol Nashville star has a trio of TV appearances coming up.

Guyton will perform on NBC’s TODAY Summer Concert Series on release day, followed by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 9/27 and ABC’s The View on 9/28.

Up for New Artist of the Year at the CMAs, Guyton co-penned 15 songs of the 16 songs on her forthcoming album, including the recently released “Love My Hair,” “All American,” which she performed on ABC’s CMA Summer Jam earlier this month, and the title track.

Earlier this year, she also co-hosted the 56th ACM Awards with labelmate Keith Urban and performed “Black Like Me” at the 63rd Grammy Awards—which was up for Best Country Solo Performance.

A GOLDEN DEBUT FOR TENILLE
9/20/21


Team Tenille gathered to celebrate the gold certification of Townes' debut Columbia Nashville single, "Somebody's Daughter."

The track, which Townes co-wrote with Barry Dean and Luke Laird, topped Canadian Country Airplay charts and won Canadian CMAs for Single, Song and Video of the year. It appears on her JUNO Award-winning debut album The Lemonade Stand, released in 2020. 

Surprising Townes before her opening slot for Brothers Osborne at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater: (l-r) Crystal Dishmon, Shopkeeper Management; Sony Music Nashville’s Ken Robold and Jennifer Way; Tenille Townes; SMN’s Randy Goodman, Caryl Atwood, Steve Hodges and Olivia Laster.

After saying "cheese" for the photo-op, Townes immediately shouted "Go Oilers!" and checked a Predators fan. 

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.”