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STATE OF THE STATE: SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE

“One of our most significant achievements was the Carrie Underwood launch three months after we arrived,” Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman begins. “That release set a positive tone and helped shape what we were trying to do culturally by bringing us together with a sense of urgency. Reshaping the roster required drops, but those changes allowed us a focus on what was already in-market and working, like Old Dominion, Cam and Chris Young. Our first signing as a new team, Maren Morris, and her debut single, ‘My Church,’ were obviously huge for us. I’m equally bullish on what’s coming next with Kenny, Brad and Miranda, as well as Chase Rice, Tyler Farr, Kane Brown, LANco and Seth Ennis. Apart from a great roster, there’s nothing more important that having world-class people and a great culture for them to work in. Jim Catino and Taylor Lindsey stepped up from week one, bringing in Maren, LANco, Kane, Seth Ennis and most recently Ryan Hurd. If those two had not executed at that level, no other changes we’ve made would have mattered. Steve Hodges reshaped the promo teams, which I believe are now the best in Nashville. Keith Gales kept his RCA team laser-focused, delivering back-to-back #1s on OD and Chris Young, while setting up and helping develop Kane. Ken Robold, while managing a thousand other jobs, engaged and challenged the Sony sales team, led locally by Caryl Healey, to set goals for all our releases and then achieved if not exceeded every one. Paul Barnabee reshaped SMN marketing into the team approach, never once dropping the ball, even though his department was in a constant state of flux. All that execution at the highest level and with a great sense of urgency led to all the successes our roster has enjoyed this last year.”

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