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COUNTRY'S NEW KING
The Gospel of Luke (11/11a)
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 (11/11a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/11a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS II:
SARAH TRAHERN
It's a marathon, not a sprint. (11/11a)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KANYE
And lo, there was much earned media.
MOE, MARSHMELLO AND MONEY
The story of a "faceless" brand that got very, very big.
THE NEW WORLD OF A&R
The trap they all fell into.
GRAMMY NOMS
Who deserves consideration in the genre categories?
Music City
NEXT-WAVE THE STEWARDS: MILLY OLYKAN
7/16/19

Originally from New Zealand, Milly Olykan had lived in England until the Country Music Association tapped the forward-thinking former tour manager and manager to come to Nashville a year ago as the org’s VP of International Relations and Development. One of her roles involves the Introducing Nashville series, which takes artists to Japan, Germany, Sweden and the U.K. as a means of exposing them to nontraditional audiences. With the Olykan-launched British/Irish C2C Festival at London’s The O2 now CMA’s crown jewel, attracting over 80,000 in the U.K., she focuses on developing and strengthening the organization’s international networks to help promote both artists and the genre in foreign markets.

With all the disruption, what’s the biggest hurdle?

The challenge for us internationally—where there isn’t Country radio— is how do you get country music in front of fans who aren’t engaging with a country playlist, or fans who think they don’t like country music, but only because they haven’t listened to a lot of it. Internationally, we’re working on shifting perceptions about what country music is. It’s a very broad genre, it’s evolving and it has a lot of subgenres.

Best lesson learned?

I have a few to choose from, but I’d say there is no formula. You can apply that to the music business, to your career or to any part of life.