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BIG RED'S BIG THREE
How's this for a power trio? (10/26a)
HITS LIST, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Grammy-themed, just like our latest print magazine. (10/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS: ROLLING IN
THE STREAMS
Audiences embrace Adele regardless of the platform. (10/26a)
KAREN KWAK TO LEAD
WARNER A&R
Aaron's latest hire. (10/26a)
ON THE COVER:
OLIVIA RODRIGO
Can you hear the Grammy buzz? (10/26a)
ADELE ADELE ADELE
Adele; Adele Adele?
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Adele Adele; Adele.
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Music City
COIN GOES HOMEMADE
10/20/21


Indie pop trio COIN is the latest addition to the Homemade Projects label roster. 

Following their 2016 album, How Will You Know If You Never Tried, the Nashville-based band returned last year with their self-released album, Dreamland. Since then, they've performed at festivals like Bumbershoot and Firefly, as well as opened for artists like Young The Giant and Fitz & The Tantrums.

Recently, COIN—consisting of Chase Lawrence, Ryan Winnen and Joe Memmel—dropped their latest single “Chapstick” and are now gearing up for a U.S./U.K. tour kicking off later this month.

“We’ve been fans of COIN for a long time now,” said Homemade Projects’ co-founders Zach Friedman and Tony Talamo. “Chase, Ryan and Joe are creating some of the best music of their career and we’re thrilled to have them on the roster.”

COIN joins a roster of artists that includes Peach Tree Rascals, Salem Ilese, WizTheMc and Turbo.

Photo credit: Wissa

DISCOVER WITH SPOTIFY
10/20/21

Spotify is debuting its latest podcast series, Spotify: Discover This, sharing insights on music, podcasting, cultural moments and trends.

The first episode kicks off with host BRELAND and he’s joined by Lauren Alaina, Lily Rose, country music icon Shania Twain and Spotify’s Head of Artist and Label Partnerships in Nashville, Brittany Schaffer, as they discuss the evolution of Country music, nostalgia behind 90s country, the impact of diverse voices in music and more.

“We have to respect what came before us to be able to have context for moving forward. And I think being able to honor that history is so significant and this is a really great time to do it,” said BRELAND on the future of Country music.

Hear more on the first episode of Spotify: Discover This below.

UP NEXT: PARKER MCCOLLUM
10/20/21

Parker McCollum is the latest Apple Music Up Next artist. As part of the campaign’s short film, McCollum dives into working on a Texas ranch for his grandfather, his influences and more before inking his first record deal.

Also part of the Up Next promotion is a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on 11/23 and an interview with Apple Music Country’s Kelleigh Bannen, in which McCollum discusses his Gold Chain Cowboy album, being inspired by Pat Green, playing the Ryman and more.

After releasing 2015's The Limestone Kid and follow-up, Probably Wrong, Parker inked a pub deal with Warner Chappell Nashville in 2018 and a record deal with UMG Nashville in 2019. 2020 saw his platinum certified EP Hollywood Gold—the highest-selling debut country EP last year—which included his #1 single, “Pretty Heart.” 

McCollum dropped his major label debut, Gold Chain Cowboy, earlier this year, becoming the top Country album in 17 countries on Apple Music. He also played his first sold-out show over the summer at Dallas’ Dos Equis Pavilion to a crowd of 20k fans and broke attendance records during his show at the Woodlands.

Watch Apple Music’s Up Next: Parker McCollum trailer here and listen to Gold Chain Cowboy below

GREEN GOES PLATINUM
10/19/21

BMLG’s Riley Green has his first piece of wall art commemorating his success with “There Was This Girl,” first #1 at Country radio which has been certified platinum. BMLG Records chief Scott Borchetta, BMLG Records President/CEO Jimmy Harnen and Big Machine Label Group A&R EVP Allison Jones brought along a hammer and nails to help him hang the award.

ZAC BROWN BAND'S COMEBACK
10/18/21

Warner Music Nashville/Home Grown Music’s Zac Brown Band are as back as ever. Just days after releasing their seventh studio album, The Comeback—which features their Top 10 single, “Same Boat”— the 2021 CMA Awards nominees closed out The Comeback Tour at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night (10/17).

Seen gathered after an effort to score the nearest comeback sauce for a tray of celebratory hot chicken sandwiches are (l-r) WMN’s SVP of Radio & Streaming, Kristen Williams; EVP of A&R, Cris Lacy; Zac Brown, WMN’s EVP of Artist Development, Shane Tarleton; VP of Radio & Streaming, Tom Martens; and SVP Legal & Business Affairs, Patrick Sabatini.

WHY&HOW BOLSTERS EXECUTIVE TEAM
10/6/21

WHY&HOW has enhanced its executive team with the additions of Chris Koegen as VP of Artist Development & Marketing and Halie Hampton Mosley as VP of Roster Operations, along with the elevation of Evan Kaufmann to VP of Creative Direction. 

Koegen, Hampton Mosley and Kaufmann (pictured above, L-R) will report to WHY&HOW CEO and Founder Bruce Kalmick

“WHY&HOW is built on family values and we are honored to be able to add to our ever-growing family with Chris and Halie,” Kalmick shares. “Their incredible levels of experience will continue to create an executive anchor for the company’s future. Additionally, bringing Evan into an executive position will continue to strengthen our creative and content driven team.”

The new trio of VPs join executives Eddie Kloesel, Artist Manager and VP of Touring & Sponsorships and Rachel Cave, Artist Manager and VP of Label Relations, to lead WHY&HOW's staff of 26 and a roster that includes BRELAND, Kaleo, Chase Rice, ZZ Ward, Whiskey Myers, ECHOSMITH and more. 

London-based Koegen brings over 15 years of global label and artist experience to WHY&HOW, with previous stops at Amazon Music and Big Machine Label Group. He's collaborated on artist content projects with Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and Thomas Rhett, among others. 

Hampton Mosley most recently served as the day-to-day Manager for Florida Georgia Line at Hit Farm Management in partnership with Full Stop. She also worked closely with Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts and Rachel Wammack in management at Maverick Nashville

Kaufmann, an award-winning filmmaker and creative director, is based in Austin, Texas and has worked alongside Kalmick for much of his career.

In other news, the biz continues to wonder why and how HITS still exists. 

CMAS RETURN TO BRIDGESTONE
10/6/21

The 55th annual CMA Awards will return to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville 11/10. A limited number of tickets will be sold to the general public beginning 11/1.

The Country Music Association will roll out the names of hosts, performers and presenters in the coming weeks. The third and final ballot is open now for CMA members, with voting for the CMA Awards final ballot closing 10/27. 

“We have a truly fantastic show in the works that we will share more about in the coming weeks,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “As we plan our return, it goes without saying that the health and safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. Due to TV production protocols and venue and local rules, we will require all ticketed audience members to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. Both the house and backstage will comply with all applicable local health and safety regulations, as well as requirements from the television unions.”

AMAZON'S COUNTRY CAPTAIN
10/4/21

On the bootheels of announcing its offerings for Country Music Month, Amazon Music has appointed Michelle Kammerer  as Head of Country Music.

Kammerer, who joins the team on 10/18, will lead all efforts to continue growing country music listening on the service, inclusive of marketing, and artist and label relations through new initiatives and collaborations with a wide range of artists. She will be based in Nashville, and report to Andre Stapleton, Global Head of Artist and Label Relations for Amazon Music.

Kammerer was previously Senior National Director of Marketing & Promotion at BMLG Records having previously worked as National Director of Marketing & Promotion for BMLG’s Dot Records. Kammerer started her career at CAA before moving to Country Radio Broadcasters.