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TOP 50 HOLIDAY SONGS: A MERRY LOT
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/7a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/6a)
NEW LEADERS AT COLUMBIA U.K.
The post-Ferdy era begins. (12/6a)
JIM STEWART,
1930-2022
Remembering an indie-label legend. (12/6a)
GRAMMY NOMS:
THE LIST
For your consideration (12/6a)
GRAMMY HANDICAPPING
Who's likely to win in the major categories? We have no idea.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
TRUMP CORP II
Totally less fraudulent than Trump Corp.
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
Music City
ICYMI: KANE BROWN ON AMAZON MUSIC LIVE
11/11/22

Amazon Music launched its third installment of Amazon Music Live last night (11/10) with RCA Nashville’s Kane Brown

Following appearances by Lil Baby and Megan Thee Stallion, the multi-platinum country star kicked off the weekly live-streamed concert series with hits like “One Thing Right” and “Be Like That.”

The 13-track set also featured fan-favorites including "Short Skirt Weather" and "Good As You," as well as new songs like “Like I Love Country Music” and “One Mississippi” from his latest album, Different Man.

The series—hosted by 2 Chainz—is filmed in Hollywood in front of a live audience and airs on Prime Video following Thursday Night Football. 

Next up to the stage will be Lil Wayne on 11/17, followed by Anuel AA on 12/1 with more guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Amazon Music Live concerts are available on demand for a limited time. Peep them here.

Shortly before the show, 1021 Entertainment’s Martha Earls and Nikki Boon were coerced into yet another HITS photo op. Pictured below are (l-r) Boon, Jesse MacMillan, Earls and Nicole Ghapgharan.

 

WMN'S CMA AWARD FESTIVITIES
11/10/22

Warner Music Nashville kicked off its post CMA Awards festivities after a night of three wins and four performances. WMN artists, managers and staff members hit The Twelve Thirty Club on Broadway after the ceremony, including Cody Johnson, who stopped by to toast his Single and Video of the Year honors. 

Also among the winners last night was WMN's Ashley McBryde, who won Musical Event of the Year alongside Carly Pearce for their duet “Never Wanted to be That Girl.”

Performers included Johnson and McBryde, Cole Swindell and Zac Brown BandCharlie Worsham backed Dierks Bentley on guitar during the tribute to CMA Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Alan Jackson, while BRELAND joined the show as a presenter.

Pictured above are (l-r) WMN Co-President Ben Kline, Johnson and Co-President Cris Lacy


Pictured above are (l-r) Ian Munsick, WMN SVP of Radio Kristen Williams, Johnson and WMN SVP of Artist Development Shane Tarleton.


Ahead of the CMA Awards, WMN artists and executives also gathered for this commemorative photo before the BMI Awards on Tuesday evening (11/8).

SMN WATCH PARTY
11/10/22

Skipping a night out on the town, Sony Music Nashville CEO Randy Goodman hosted a CMA Awards watch party for the new label artists. Pictured above is the SMN team before platters of hot chicken were served. Not pictured: the matching pajamas everyone changed into after this photo was taken.

UMG NASHVILLE THROWS AN AFTER PARTY
11/10/22

Following the 56th Annual CMA Awards, UMG Nashville's Chairman/CEO Mike Dungan, President Cindy Mabe and UMG Chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge celebrated wins, tributes, performances and more at the Rutledge in downtown Nashville.

The festivities boasted a star-studded guest list, including awards host and reigning Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs as well as UMGN winners Alan Jackson (Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement award), Brothers Osborne (Vocal Duo of the Year), Jordan Davis (Song of the Year) and Chris Stapleton (Male Vocalist of the year), among others.

Pictured above are (l-r) back row—CMA Co-Host Peyton Manning, UMGN EVP A&R Brian Wright, Jon Pardi, TJ Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Dungan, UMGN EVP Promotion Royce Risser, UMGN EVP & COO Mike Harris, Luke Bryan, The War and Treaty’s Michael Trotter Jr., Jordan Davis, Caylee HammackJohn Osborne, The War and Treaty’s Tanya Trotter, Catie Offerman; front row—Caroline Bryan, Travis Denning, UMG Chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge, Carrie Underwood, Mabe and Dalton Dover.

(l-r) Trotter Jr, Mabe, Grainge, Dungan and Sam Williams

 
(l-r) Bentley, Hubbard, Pardi and Dungan

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

BRUNCHIN' WITH SPOTIFY
11/10/22

Ahead of Wednesday night’s CMA Awards ceremony, Spotify held its annual pre-CMA Brunch celebration on 11/9. During the shindig, MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt posed for this photo op with Spotify’s Rachel Whitney (left) and Brittany Schaffer (right). Later, they swapped playlists over mimosas and pancakes.

LOEB & LOEB & YOU
11/9/22

At Loeb & Loeb's annual CMA week brunch in Nashville, John Frankenheimer and his Music City crew girded themselves for a morning of sausage, biscuits and pleasantries. Who joined them for the carb-loading festivities? Scroll on.

Frankenheimer and Spotify's Brittany Schaffer (about whom you'll find more here) traded predictions regarding what Jeremy Erlich's Movember facial hair will ultimately look like.

"Man, I have to tell you," declared CAA's Rod Essig (r), "The Manchurian Candidate is a freakin' masterpiece." Ryan Jansen of Rightside Partners said he was pretty sure that was the other John Frankenheimer.


Big Loud's Craig Wiseman and Loeb & Loeb's Derek Crownover kept a wary eye out for HITS losers.

 

 

BAILEY’S GRAND OLE DEBUT
11/7/22

Following the release of his history-making EP, Leave the Light On—which became the most-streamed debut project of the year and the most-streamed country debut project ever—Warner Music Nashville’s Bailey Zimmerman hit the stage for his Grand Ole Opry debut on 11/4.

Shortly after his set, the rising country star was presented with gold and platinum plaques by members of his label and management team for his singles “Fall in Love,” which is currently Top 5 at Country radio, and “Rock and a Hard Place.”

Pictured above before enjoying a heaping platter of hot chicken sandwiches are (l-r) Tenth Street Entertainment Manager Scott Frazier, The CORE Ent. Manager/CEO & Co-Founder Chief Zaruk, Zimmerman, The CORE Ent. Manager/CEO & Co-Founder Simon Tikhman and Management/President Tracy Martin.

Seen before forming a conga line to aforementioned sandwiches are (l-r) WMN’s Jessica Rouse, Rohan Kohli, Mary Catherine Rebrovick, Jody Mazer, Ben Kline, Cris Lacy, Zimmerman, Sarah Hale, Katherine Firsching, Brooke Hardesty, Anna Pittman, Claire Russo and James Marsh.

ACE OF DIAMONDS MEETS JOKER
11/7/22

Capitol Nashville superstar Darius Rucker recently hit several major milestones. His mega-smash "Wagon Wheel" became just the fourth country song to earn a diamond certification from the RIAA. The three-time Grammy winner achieved his 10th #1 Country single with "Beers and Sunshine." Rucker is also celebrating 10 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. What's more, he's got a brand new album on the way, the intimate, soulful Carolyn's Boy, which he discussed in a revealing segment on TODAY. But there must be balance in the universe, so Rucker's joys were interrupted by this apparently unavoidable photo op with HITS COO Todd Hensley, whose droning tales of malfunctioning scuba gear drove the country star to the very brink of madness. Fortunately, Todd was subsequently mesmerized by one of those talking-fish toys that sings "Take Me to the River," and Rucker was able to slip away unnoticed.