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PRIMARY WAVE CHECKS INTO
THE FOUR SEASONS
Mestel walks like a man. (10/22a)
UMG IPO SET FOR '22
And Q3 figures look good as well. (10/21a)
TOP 20: TAY'S FOLKLORIC RUN CONTINUES
A Swift return to #1. (10/21a)
REVENUE CHART: “LEMONADE” AND OCEAN SPRAY
The Rumours are true. (10/23a)
GRAMMY PREVIEW:
PHOEBE BRIDGERS
Could she be this year's left-field anointed one? (10/23a)
RAINMAKERS 2020
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
Mulling possible surprises.
HALLOWEEN IN QUARANTINE
Why not wear a mask indoors?
ELECTION 2020
What drugs will help us get there?
Music City
UMPG NASHVILLE INKS LEE THOMAS MILLER
10/14/20

UMPG Nashville has inked songwriter Lee Thomas Miller to an exclusive, global publishing deal.

The three-time Grammy nominee has penned 18 Top 20 singles throughout his career with seven tracks reaching #1. Miller has also won both ACM and CMA Song of the Year awards for Jamey Johnson’s “In Color,” as well as NSAI and ASCAP Song of the Year awards for Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This” and earned 13 BMI performance awards.

A lobbyist for songwriters’ rights, Miller is also an active representative in Washington, DC. In 2015, Miller was presented with BMI’s inaugural “Champions Award” for his legislative efforts, which contributed to the passing of the Music Modernization Act.

“Lee Thomas Miller is a game changer. His talents and efforts make everyone around him better at their craft and better people. Terry Wakefield and I, along with the entire UMPG team, are beyond excited to represent his music,” shared Ron Stuve, VP A&R, UMPG Nashville.

Miller added, “It is an honor to partner with Universal Music Publishing for this exciting new chapter in my life and career.  I am very impressed with their leadership and passion, and I am humbled by their enthusiastic interest in what I do.”

ACROSS THE ACM BOARD
10/14/20

 

The Academy of Country Music has announced a second-year term for the Academy Officers and the newly elected Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 term.

Chairman Ed Warm, President Lori Badgett, VP Chuck Aly, Treasurer Carmen Romano, Sergeant-at-Arms Gayle Holcomb, Parliamentarian Paul Moore and Secretary Tommy Moore will be continuing their terms in office.

“We are thrilled that our Officers have generously agreed to continue their service to the Academy for another year. With so much uncertainty this year that will continue into 2021, we are grateful to have their consistent leadership to help guide the organization into a bright future,” shared Damon Whiteside, CEO, Academy of Country Music.

Additionally, 10 of the 13 professional categories this year were elected by the Academy’s membership. Director-at-large positions, which serve two-year terms, were appointed by Chairman Warm, President Badgett and VP Aly.

See the full list of newly elected members below. We hear there was plenty of hot chicken going around to celebrate.

Newly elected members of the Board of Directors:

  1. Beville Dunkerley
  2. Cyndi Forman
  3. Tom Forrest
  4. Becky Gardenhire
  5. Ali Harnell
  6. Deana Ivey
  7. Chris Lisle
  8. Cindy Mabe
  9. Ebie McFarland
  10. Lee Thomas Miller
  11. Tim Roberts
  12. Scott Scovill
  13. Sally Williams

Newly appointed director-at-large members of the Board of Directors:

  1. Bobby Bones
  2. Jackie Campbell
  3. Charlie Cook
  4. Leslie Fram
  5. Jeremy Holley
  6. Frank Liddell
  7. Jon Loba
  8. Shawn McSpadden
  9. Curt Motley
  10. Brian O’Connell
  11. Rod Phillips
  12. Kelly Rich
  13. Sally Seitz
  14. Clarence Spalding
  15. Candice Watkins
  16. Trisha Yearwood

ACM LIFTING LIVES UPS TAYLOR WOLF
10/13/20

ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has upped Taylor Wolf from Coordinator to Manager. Based out of the Academy’s Encino offices, Wolf will report to Lyndsay Cruz, Executive Director of ACM Lifting Lives.

In her new role, Wolf will coordinate the annual discretionary grant cycle, oversee correspondence and fund distribution for the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund and continue providing support for the overall functions of ACM Lifting Lives Board, where she currently serves as Secretary.

The Tennessee native started at the Academy under two years ago and worked with both ACM Lifting Lives and the ACM’s Strategic Partnerships department before focusing on the charitable arm.

Prior to joining the Academy, Wolf attended Pepperdine University and earned a BS in Psychology before working in the Human Resources department at Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare.

BRANTLEY GILBERT GIVES BACK
10/12/20

Big Machine’s Brantley Gilbert has teamed up with Kubota Tractor Corporation and Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) on National Farmer’s Day to honor five recipients as part of the 2020 Geared to Give program.

In recognition of their current and past U.S. military service as well as continued service to their communities through farming, the multi-platinum country singer/songwriter invited recipients and their families to join him on his farm in Alabama for a special ceremony and performance.

“I’m honored to be able to share in this effort with Kubota and FVC, and to pay tribute to all our active military and especially to these five veterans who have served our country once in the armed forces and who continue serving their communities today through farming," shared Gilbert.

Jeanette Lombardo, Executive Director of FVC, added, “Helping veterans achieve self-sufficiency in farming communities across the country is one of the greatest joys of our work,” said Jeanette Lombardo, Executive Director of FVC.

Gilbert previously partnered with FVC and worked with local farmers to purchase a selection of products for catering on each concert stop of his now postponed 2020 FIRE’T UP TOUR.

Most recently, the country star dropped a deluxe version of Fire & Brimstone on 10/2 with two new songs including “Hard Days” and “Old Friends.”

Watch a recap of the ceremony and performance below and listen to the deluxe album here.

OPRY ADDS FRIDAY SHOWS
10/12/20

Friday night performances will return to the Grand Ole Opry on 11/6 as the show expands to two hours on Friday and Saturday night concerts.

The Opry’s two-hour Saturday night shows will include a one-hour 8pm Central/9pm Eastern TV broadcast. Upcoming performers in October include Opry members Bill Anderson, Clint Black, Chris Janson, Little Big Town and Steve Wariner and special guests Lauren Alaina, Brandy Clark and Victoria Shaw.

MAREN MORRIS ON THE TALK
10/5/20


Columbia
Nashville star Maren Morris virtually joined CBSThe Talk to discuss her latest single “Better Than We Found It,” on 10/5.

The multi ACM Award-winner took time to discuss the writing process of her new protest song, writing with her husband Ryan Hurd and featuring their baby Hayes in the Gabrielle Woodland-directed music video.

“I think the video coming out the same time as the song, as a companion piece also, really elevated the message and drove it home even further for people,” shared Morris.

In her first interview since releasing the single on 10/2, Morris also discussed her Female Artist of the Year win at the ACMs and her first performance since giving birth.

Watch the music video for “Better Than We Found It” here.

CMAS SET REBA & RUCKER
10/5/20

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will host The 54th annual CMA Awards on 11/11 from Nashville. It’s Rucker’s debut as a host; McEntire returns for the fifth time.

“To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside Reba—are you kidding me?! It is an absolute honor,” Rucker said. “Even though this year will look a little different than normal, I know that we're all eager for a night of musical celebration, and this year’s show definitely won't disappoint.”

CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern said, “We look forward to bringing fans a night of celebration, live performances and a television experience unlike any other.” More details about how the show will be staged will be released in the coming weeks.

The final round of voting is live now and closes 10/27. ABC will broadcast the show.

ACM SETS AWARDS CALENDAR
10/1/20

The Academy of Country Music has announced the timeline for membership and voting for the 56th ACM Awards.  ACM membership application and renewal process is now open; the 56th ACM Awards will take place on 4/18.

The Academy of Country Music is updating voting security by implementing a new double-authentication process through a mobile number versus a member’s email address. Members are encouraged to update their mobile phone number during the renewal window, as they pay their dues.

Here are key dates.

New Membership/Renewals: 10/1-12/1

Submissions Period: 12/1-1/8

First Round Voting: 1/19-26

Second Round Voting: 2/10-17

Final Round Voting: 3/17-24