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Music City
ACM HONORS ADDS PERFORMERS
8/5/21

Jessie Jo Dillon, Nicolle Galyon, Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Jordan Reynolds, Keith Urban, Laura Veltz and Sam Williams have been added to the list of acts performing at the 14th annual Academy of Country Music Honors.

Two-time ACM Award winner and newest Grand Ole Opry member Carly Pearce will host and perform.

Chris Janson will present the ACM Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards for the evening. Additional special guest presenters include Trace Adkins and CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.

The event will take place 8/25 at Ryman Auditorium and will be livestreamed on Circle Network’s social channels.

Among those receiving special awards are Joe Galante, Dan + Shay, Luke CombsRAC Clark and Loretta Lynn.

Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.

SWINDELL'S ON TOP
8/2/21

Warner Music Nashville’s Cole Swindell is enjoying the top spot on the Country Singles Chart for a second consecutive week with “Single Saturday Night.” 

As the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum star’s 10th career #1, “Single Saturday Night”— written by Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy and Mark Holman with production by Michael Carter—has accumulated 180m+ streams, contributing to his combined 4b global career streams. Swindell also recently celebrated reaching 15m+ in total U.S. track equivalents.

Additionally, Swindell performed the hit single at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater alongside Luke Bryan last week as part of CMA Summer Jam, the three-hour artist-curated TV special airing on ABC on 9/2 at 8pm ET.

The Georgia native will join a lineup of more than 20 country stars for the special, including Jimmie AllenGabby BarrettDierks BentleyBrothers Osborne, Luke CombsFlorida Georgia LineMickey GuytonMiranda LambertCarly PearceBlake SheltonThomas RhettCarrie UnderwoodLainey Wilson and more. 

Currently on the road headlining his own shows in California and Nevada this week, Swindell will hit the road later this month to join Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road Tour, which kicks off on 8/20 in Bangor, ME.  

Pictured above with at least ten reasons to celebrate are Carter, Swindell and KP Entertainment’s Kerri Edwards.

URBAN ADDED TO ACM PARTY
7/30/21

Keith Urban is joining the ACM Party for a Cause on 8/24 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville. Urban made the announcement this morning on social media.

Urban joins a lineup that includes Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion and Tenille Townes.

BLYTHE LEADS BIG LOUD PROMOTIONS
7/22/21

Big Loud has announced a round of elevations and appointments as the label continues its run as one of the biz's most potent hit factories. In less than six years, Big Loud has earned 11 U.S. #1s with gold, platinum or multi-platinum certifications, along with more than 14 billion global streams to date.

Stacy Blythe is elevated to SVP of Promotion. The former VP (pictured above) has been integral to Big Loud's success and was awarded the top honor for SVP-VP/National Promotion at the 2021 CRS/Country Aircheck Awards

Blythe will be joined in her step up by Ali Matkosky, who rises to VP of Promotion from her service as National Director Promotion, where she contributed to eight chart-topping singles. 

Other elevations include Tyler Waugh to National Director Promotion and Sarah Headley to Director Southeast Promotion. Delaney Rogers, executive assistant to Big Loud Partner/CEO Seth England will shift her duties over to support Blythe in her new role. 

New additions to the team include former on-air personality at WKDF Kelley Brock as Promotion Coordinator and Aubrey Wilson, who joins as Data & Analytics Coordinator.

We reached out to label boss Seth England for comment, to which he swiftly replied, "BIGGER. LOUDER."

MUNSICK IN MUSIC CITY
7/21/21

Warner Music Nashville’s Ian Munsick sold out his first-ever headlining show in Nashville on 7/20. The Wyoming-born singer/songwriter performed to a packed crowd for the outdoor venue at 6th & Peabody, sharing songs from his debut album, Coyote Cry, including latest single “Long Haul.” Fans can catch Munsick on the road all summer before he joins Cody Johnson in September for his fall tour.

Seen above are (l-r) WMN’s SVP of Radio & Streaming Kristen Williams and SVP of Artist Development Shane Tarleton, Not a Public Figure Management’s Caroline R. Munsick, Munsick, WMN’s EVP/GM Ben Kline and EVP of A&R Cris Lacy, The Erv Woolsey Co.’s Allen Mitchell and Erv Woolsey.

Shortly after this photo was taken, Munsick demonstrated how to properly crowd surf, which apparently doesn’t involve a surfboard at all.

Photo Credit: Cam Mackey

CHRIS DESTEFANO RE-UPS WITH SMP NASHVILLE
7/21/21

Sony Music Publishing Nashville has renewed its global pub deal with Grammy-winning country artist Chris DeStefano. His longstanding relationship with the company began in 2008 when he inked with EMI Music Publishing.

A 3x CMA Triple Play award-winner, DeStefano is best known for penning hits for the likes of Jason AldeanBrett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Chris YoungMorgan Evans and more, including chart toppers like Luke Bryan “Kick the Dust Up” and “That’s My Kind of Night” as well as Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break,” “Good Girl,” “Little Toy Guns,” her Grammy-winning single “Something in the Water” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert.

His recent credits include working on Chris Young’s forthcoming eighth studio album, Famous Friends, and his new single “One of them Nights,” as well as Chase Rice’s latest pair of tracks, “Best Night Ever” and “Belong,” from his new project The Album.

“I’m very excited to be continuing my partnership with the amazing team at Sony Music Publishing. I’m grateful for their fervent support, love for songs, and I look forward to future successes together,” said DeStefano.

“As a songwriter, producer, performer, philanthropist, and songwriting advocate, there are few people in the Nashville creative community that have had as significant of an impact as Chris. We are honored to remain as his publishing family, and we are proud to celebrate his past, present and future success alongside him,” added SMP Nashville EVP, Creative, Josh Van Valkenburg.

A songwriter advocate, DeStefano is also a board member for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and recently participated in ASCAP’s virtual Stand with Songwriters advocacy month to help create awareness around issues facing American music creators.

RECORDS MOVES THE NEEDLE IN MUSIC CITY
7/19/21

The Nashville office of Barry Weiss-led RECORDS is celebrating a number of recent successes. The new Nelly/Florida Georgia Line collab, “Lil Bit,” is Top 15 at Pop radio and trending Top 20 at Hot AC; the redoubtable Matt Stell is on the move at Country radio with “That Ain’t Me No More” (Arista Nashville/RECORDS) and there’s buzz aplenty on freshly inked George Birge, who’s the subject of a fun People article about his “Beer Beer, Truck Truck.” Weiss, promo chief John Strazza, Nashville promo hitters Jamice Jennings and Andy Elliott and teams are enjoying some beer beers as we write this.

ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE RETURNS
7/19/21

The ACM Party for a Cause returns this year on 8/24 and for the first time will be held in Nashville. Lee Brice, Mickey Guyton and Sam Hunt are among the performers.

The annual benefit for ACM Lifting Lives will be held at the Ascend Amphitheater the night before the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors celebration at the Ryman Auditorium.

Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion, Tenille Townes and  Trisha Yearwood will also perform; more acts will be announced later.

 “ACM Lifting Lives is thrilled to be back and celebrating Party for a Cause with a historic debut in Nashville,” said ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director Lyndsay Cruz. “ACM Lifting Lives has worked tirelessly this year in finding innovative ways to raise funds virtually for the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund—successfully distributing more than $3.5 million to members of the country music community in need.

“While we are proud of the aid we have been able to provide, we are excited to rock Nashville and to once again lift lives with the power of music.”

ACM Professional Members can purchase tickets in a special pre-sale beginning Tuesday at 10am CT; the general public on-sale starts Wednesday.