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HITS LIST: TIME OF THE SEASON
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LEÓN SINGS NEW TUNE WITH VIRGIN/ISLAND PARTNERSHIP
Done deal (6/24a)
ABRAMS JOINS SWIFT AT WEMBLEY
Travis Kelce was onstage too. (6/23a)
CAA MAKING MOVES WITH PAGLIERANI
She's got an impressive stable of acts. (6/23a)
YOUR SIZZLING SUMMERTIME PHOTO GALLERY
Connecting the faces with the boldfaces. (6/22a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
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COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
Music City
MEET THE HARD WORKING RECORD COMPANY (WE, MEANWHILE, ARE HARDLY WORKING)
5/23/23

HYBE’s Big Machine Label Group has linked up with Hard 8 Working Group to launch a brand new label, Hard Working Record Company. BMLG boss Scott Borchetta, H8WG co-founders Dirk Hemsath and Rich Egan and partners David Conway and Mike Bachta joined forces on the Nashville-based imprint, developed on the heels of successful BMLG-Hard 8 collaborations on Brantley Gilbert and Kidd G. Seen experimenting with hand gestures intended to ward us off are (back, l-r) BMLG’s Mike Rittberg, HWRC’s LJ Stoll, BMLG’s Andrew Kautz and (front, l-r) Hemsath, Borchetta and Egan.

While BMLG has reached into rock, hip-hop and R&B with its John Varvatos and Blac Noize! Label partnerships, Hard 8 has had big pop success with singer-songwriter Tate McRae. HWRC will operate under the BMLG umbrella and, per Borchetta, will bring “quality and visionary A&R in all genres.” Added the Big Machine boss, “Rich, Dirk and the Hard Working team live for artist discovery and development and they’re bringing in heat from the onset.”