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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
Ben Rector (Aptly Named Recordings/ROAR/Caroline/Capitol)
11/9/15

WHAT IT IS: This 28-year-old Nashville-based singer/songwriter brings sincerity to pop music with his latest album, Brand New. The album debuted Top 5 in sales and at #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. The set is a slice of his real world–honest ruminations on life and love and the latest step in a journey he began as a teenager playing guitar in his Tulsa home.
ALBUM: Brand New
RELEASE DATE: 8/28
SINGLE: “Brand New”
TV: Recent appearances on Kimmel, Good Day New York, AXS.TV; single sync with promo ads for ABC’s The View
LIVE: Touring through Nov. on first leg of national Brand New Tour with 30 headline dates; sellouts include two shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (4.5k tickets); direct support for NEEDTOBREATHE on a 20-city tour last spring; CAA’s second-most-requested act at colleges
INTERNET: 222m+ track spins on Pandora, 4.3m+ Pandora listeners in last 90 days; 18.8m Spotify streams this year; single #11 on Spotify Top U.S. College Songs (10/9); Instagram followers increased by 146% in 2015
RADIO: CMG setting up single at Hot AC; impact date late fall; early add from SiriusXM The Pulse, now spinning in medium rotation
PRESS: Features from Rolling Stone, N.Y. Times, AXS
BOOKING: Jeff Krones
/CAA
MANAGEMENT: Bernie Cahill
, Matt Maher, Sara Grosdidier/ROAR
PUBLISHING:
Ben Rector Music (BMI)