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VIVENDI EXPLORING MORE SALES OF UMG
They're looking for more than 10 cents. (10/17a)
TRAVIS' "ROOM" EARNS SECOND-BIGGEST BOW OF THE YEAR
Great Scott! (10/16a)
REVENUE CHART:
HIGHER & “HIGHEST”
Speaking of Travis... (10/17a)
TOP 20: ANOTHER FIGHT FOR #1?
Unexpected drama (10/17a)
MORE ABOUT MERCK'S MONEY
"More" being the operative word... (10/17a)
RIHANNA PREPARES TO RULE THE ROOST
What shoes go with dancehall?
WHAT'S NEXT FOR R&B?
How certain projects connect at streaming.
THE K-POP LANDSCAPE
농담은 한국어에서 더 잘 작동합니다.
THE NEW GRAMMY POWER
Change is nigh.
Music City
UMPG NASHVILLE LASSOS TURSI
10/7/19

UMPG Nashville announced 10/7 that Brad Tursi has been signed to a global co-pub deal for his future works. In addition, UMPG has acquired Tursi’s catalog of hit songs.

A gifted songwriter, artist and performer, Tursi is a member of Nashville stars Old Dominion (RCA Nashville), the reigning CMA and ACM vocal group of the year. Tursi has written nine Country Airplay #1 songs, including six OD chart-toppers: “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart”, “Written in the Sand”, “Make It Sweet”, and more. Tursi has also co-penned multiple Country  #1s for other major artists, including Luke Bryan’s “Light It Up” and Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day.”

It's a big get for recently installed UMPG Nashville Chairman and CEO Troy Tomlinson, who said: “Signing Brad provides that unique opportunity to work with a hit songwriter who not only writes hits for Old Dominion, but also for other superstar artists. We are grateful for his trust in our team.” Troy joined Tursi and team for the joyful photo op above; seen shuddering at the songwriter's memory of Old Dominion's "party" at HITS HQ are (l-r) UMPG’s Ron Stuve, Tomlinson, Cyndi Forman, Tursi, Gordon, Missy Roberts and Terry Wakefield.

Said Tursi: “I’m so excited to work with a bunch of great folks that I’ve considered family for years. I am humbled and grateful to be part of the team.”

UMPG Nashville Senior A&R Director Travis Gordon said: “Brad is a songwriter’s songwriter, and we’re so proud to officially welcome him home as part of the Universal family.”

Seconds after posting this photo, attorney Jess Rosen sent us a cease and desist.

Old Dominion’s songs have amassed more than 1b streams. The band is currently headlining arenas and amphitheaters across the globe on their “Make It Sweet” tour. Their forthcoming, self-titled studio album is set for release on 10/25.

 

FIRE & BRIMSTONE AT THE AIR FORCE
10/7/19

Valory/BMLG’s Brantley Gilbert dropped Fire & Brimstone on 10/4. The 15-track album is his first release in almost three years, with each track either written or co-written by the Georgia native. Brantley also celebrated the release in a special way: by performing at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

After touring the base and meeting the different units, the country artist performed a free concert with USO for service members and their families at the WPAFB theatre in Dayton, Ohio. The hour-long performance kicked off with “Kick It in the Sticks,” “What Happens in a Small Town,” and more before wrapping up with “Bottoms Up.” You can watch the live stream here.

Brantley continues his busy week with an iHeartCountry Album Release Party, a livestream and broadcast on LiveXLive and iHeart’s Mainstream Country radio, and a performance on Fox & Friends tomorrow (6/8), before heading over to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for the 59th Anniversary Birthday Bash. Headlining the free block party, Brantley is joined by special guests like Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Jon Pardi, Darryl Worley, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, Payton Smith and more.

TOWARD CHILLAXIFICATION
10/4/19

Why are the people in the below pic wearing hard hats and other safety gear, right down to their steel-toed boots? They're building L.A.'s SoFi Stadium, where Kenny Chesney, tourmate Michael Franti and legendary promoter Louis Messina (seen above) joined a press conference ahead of the 2020 Chillaxification Tour, which will open the stadium on 8/1. Rumors that Kenny has already made the venue seaworthy couldn't be confirmed at presstime.

The Chillaxification tour, also featuring Florida Georgia Line and Old Dominion, kicks off 4/18 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and, due to enormous demand, features two shows at Gilette Stadium.

WMN EXPANDS ROLES OF TWO VPs
10/2/19

Warner Music Nashville is making some expansions in the roles of two VPs. VictoriaTorieNugent, VP of Strategic Marketing, returns to Nashville from Seattle and adds overseeing the day-to-day functions of the digital and strategic partnerships teams to her artist development role.

VP Creative Director Mike Dupree’s role is also expanded to include all visual creative initiatives for the label, including video production and graphic design. Both Nugent and Dupree will continue reporting to SVP Artist Development Shane Tarleton.

Prior to joining WMN in 2011, Nugent spent three years at Nielsen. Dupree, whose career began at Word Entertainment, started working with WMN’s country roster in 2010, and after a brief stint in the healthcare industry, returned to WMN in 2016.

“I'm so very grateful for our amazing team and roster of insanely talented artists, and I look forward to building on the incredible foundation of success that [John Esposito] has created,” says Dupree. Nugent adds, “I am incredibly grateful to Espo, Ben [Kline] and Shane for the opportunity. Brooke Hardesty has built a bold and passionate digital team, and it is exciting to be joining forces with both her and our partnerships team to drive strategic decision-making for our artists and label.”

Tarleton states, “I’m incredibly proud to have Torie and Mike among those leading the WMN Artist Development team. They consistently bring innovation to their jobs and to the artists we serve. It’s an honor to work alongside these two luminaries as we continue to challenge norms and elevate our artists’ brands.”

 

MIDLAND TURNS "PROBLEMS" TO PLAQUES
10/2/19

BMLG’s Midland has just earned a 2x Platinum certification for breakout single “Drinkin’ Problem” and a Gold certification for “Burn Out.” Both tracks appeared on their debut album, On The Rocks, which landed in the top spot on the Country album chart. Their most recent album Let It Roll also debuted on the top.

Currently, the two-time CMA nominees are on their Let It Roll Tour, which kicked off last month in NYC before hitting Australia for the international leg. Seen above celebrating their problems is (from L-R) RIAA’s Jackie Jones, Midland’s Jess Carson, Mark Wystrach and Cameron Duddy.

CROONING FOR KENTUCKY
10/2/19

Chris Stapleton will stage A Concert for Kentucky to benefit his newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., on 4/25.

It will be the first concert held at Kroger Field and will feature Stapleton plus Willie NelsonSheryl Crow and Yola.

The concert’s net proceeds will go toward the fund established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation to support local and national organizations directly having an impact on Kentucky. Initial grant distributions will focus on music and arts education.

Tickets go on sale 10/11.

LOEB EXPANDS MUSIC ROW PRESENCE
10/1/19

 

Loeb & Loeb LLP announced 10/1 that prominent entertainment, media and sports lawyer Derek Crownover has joined the firm’s Nashville office as a partner. He joins the firm from Dickinson Wright, where he was chair of the Entertainment Law Practice Group. Joining with him are five key team members, including senior counsels Cam Caldwell, Robert Kouchoukos and Noah McPike, and associates Nate Drake and Colleen Kelley. These additions expand the firm’s music and entertainment practice, and further diversify its Nashville presence. 

“Derek is a pillar of the Nashville music community and his presence is felt nationally throughout the music industry,” said John Frankenheimer, partner and chair of Loeb & Loeb’s Music Industry Practice. “I’ve known Derek for many years, and he and his team are very well known and respected by everyone in our group. Derek’s business philosophy, industry-standing and collaborative approach mirrors ours.”

The team has served as counsel for publishing companies, producers, independent record labels, media and entertainment entrepreneurs, and executives and singer/songwriters. They handle deal negotiations, strategic investments/business strategy, copyright matters, licensing, recording agreements, catalogue sales and asset purchase agreements. 

“Loeb & Loeb is one of the premier firms in the music, entertainment and sports sectors, and its broad, international reach, substantial New York and Los Angeles presence, and strong local brand provides the perfect platform for my practice and for my clients,” said Crownover. “I’m thrilled to join this dynamic team.” 

“Nashville is a dynamic, growing city that is attracting a wide range of new businesses and industries,” said Kenneth R. Florin, chairman of Loeb & Loeb. “Loeb has a long history of growth and diversification that has mirrored Nashville’s trajectory. I am proud of what we have built in Nashville over the last 25 years and know that this prominent team of lawyers will help us continue this growth.”

HEARTACHE MEETS HEARTBURN
10/1/19

Before his Kimmel performance, Capitol Nashville's Jon Pardi, whose Heartache Medication is a blast of pure honky-tonk joy, finds himself wedged between two HITS losers, who are a blast of something far more noxious. Seen just before manager Melanie Wetherbee said they really had to run because they had a thing with some people are (l-r) HITS' Todd Hensley, Pardi, HITS' Simon Glickman and Red Light's Wetherbee.