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OUR POST-GRAMMY CHEW TAKES LESS THAN FOUR HOURS TO READ
We'll let you get back to your day ASAP. (2/7a)
HITS LIST WINNERS
Here's who's lighting up the scoreboard before and after the Grammys. (2/3a)
GRAMMY-WEEK ALBUM: PICS TO CLICK
Including shots of several luminaries entrapped by a HITS nerd. (2/8a)
GRAMMY RATINGS SOAR
The emphasis on star power seems to have worked. (2/7a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JIM ROPPO
Building blocks of a singular career (2/8a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
THE B-SIDE
Kelsea Ballerini (Black River Entertainment)
5/9/15

WHAT IT IS: This young singer/songwriter is gearing up to release her debut album, while lead single “Love Me Like You Mean It” nears the Top 10. Hailing from Knoxville, TN, Kelsea moved to Nashville at age 15 to chase her dream of becoming a songwriter. At age 19 in 2013, she signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing, inking her record deal later that year.

ALBUM: The First Time

RELEASE DATE: 5/19

SINGLE: “Love Me Like You Mean It”

TV: Today Show performance 5/21; taping Access Hollywood 5/22; 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards and pre-show; CMT Listen Up; Bravo’s Southern Charm

LIVE: Co-headlining the CMT Next Women of Country Tour with Jana Kramer; set to open summertime shows for Lady A, Tim McGraw, others

INTERNET: 1m+ video views on single; 4m+ Spotify streams

RADIO: Added 9/22/14

PRESS: 2015 “Ones to Watch” lists include Country Weekly, HuffPost, CBS Radio’s Radio.com, Spotify, #CMChat, Country Music Is Love, more

BOOKING: John Huie & Marc Dennis/CAA

PUBLISHING: Black River Publishing

MANAGEMENT: Fletcher Foster/Iconic Ent.