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ALICIA KEYS TO
HOST GRAMMYS
A first time for everything. (1/15a)
UNIVERSAL'S U.K. CLASS OF 2019
Newcomers to watch. (1/15a)
I.B. BAD ON MUSIC’S
BIGGEST FIGHT
Superstars, where are you? (1/16a)
 BRIT AWARDS:
ALL THE NOMINEES
George Ezra and Anne-Marie lead the way. (1/14a)
HE'S WHO: BRANCA NAMED WORLD’S TOP MUSIC LAWYER
The Marquis de Song. (1/16a)
THE NEW PUB WORLD
Serious musical chairs.
CURATING GRAMMY PERFORMANCES
The calculus of awards, ratings and moments.
THE FIRST BIG RELEASE OF 2019
...is not what you'd expect.
THE NEW SUPERSTARS
The old pop rules just don't apply.
Music City
DOWNTOWN CELEBRATES ANDY ALBERT'S FIRST #1
1/15/19

Downtown Music Publishing songwriter Andy Albert earned his first #1 song this week with Dustin Lynch's "Good Girl," co-written with Lynch and Justin Ebach. Albert's chart-topper continues Downtown Nashville's recent string of country #1s, including Marc Beeson's "Hometown Girl," performed by Josh Turner, and two by Kelly Archer: "Sleep Without You" performed by Brett Young and "Somebody Else Will" performed by Justin Moore

Pictured above celebrating Albert's #1 (L-R): Caylan Hays, Kyle Coker, Katie Roth, Matt Turner, Andy Albert, SVP A&R Steve Markland, Natalie Osborne, Garrett Stephenson and Emily Stephenson

 

LORETTA'S BIRTHDAY BASH
1/14/19

Loretta Lynn, whose Wouldn’t It Be Great was released in September by Sony Legacy,  will celebrate her 87th birthday with a once-in-a-lifetime music event featuring Garth Brooks,  Jack WhiteKacey MusgravesKeith UrbanLittle Big TownMargo PriceMiranda Lambert and others.

Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert will be held 4/1 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, produced by AEG Presents. Dave Cobb will serve as musical director for the evening; net proceeds will benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“My birthday wish has come true,” Lynn says. “The only other wish I have is that Keith Urban jumps out of my birthday cake."

Tickets go on sale Friday.

BBR MAKES PROMO MOVES AT STONEY CREEK
1/8/19

BBR Music Group has announced that Stan Marczewski has been upped to Director of National Promotion for imprint label Stoney Creek Records

Marczewski previously served as Director Midwest Regional Promotion for Stoney Creek. He will continue to handle responsibilities in the Midwest in addition to his new role. He began his career in the biz working with Little Big Town's management and started his career in promo at Columbia Nashville. He will report directly to Stoney Creek VP of Promotion Byron Kennedy

 

Stefani Waters joins Stoney Creek as Director of Southeast Regional Promotion. Waters' most recent role was with Pop & Rhythm Promotion at Republic Records. Based in LA she worked with artists including Post Malone, DrakeAriana Grande and Taylor Swift among others. Prior to her five year stint at Republic, she spent eight years at Warner Bros. Records. She will also report to Byron Kennedy. 

KEITH URBAN'S CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME
1/8/19

CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban played to a packed pregame parking lot prior to the College Football Championship game last night between Alabama and Clemson

The Grammy nominee's 90 minute set featured songs from his #1 album Graffiti U (Capitol Nashville), including his latest single "Never Coming Down."

 

AWAL + THE OTHER NASHVILLE SOCIETY
1/8/19

AWAL has announced a partnership with The Other Nashville Society (TONS), a community of non-country music industry professionals and artists. The partnership's goal is to offer events and initiatives throughout the year to educate and connect creators in Nashville, as well as grow the TONS community. 

Nashville's significance to country music is well-known, but as the city has grown in recent years, more artists, managers and companies from the wider music business have set up shop in Music City as well. TONS' carefully curated and hand-selected membership caters to this group and includes many of the city's most successful and influential creators and industry professionals. 

An event at Analog in Nashville will kick off the partnership where TONS members will hear directly from AWAL CEO Lonny Olinick and AWAL President, North America Ron Cerrito. Learn more about TONS and future events at the TONS website

ALLISON SMITH JOINS BIG MACHINE/JOHN VARVATOS
1/7/19

Big Machine/John Varvatos Records has announced that Allison Smith has joined as National Director, Promotion. The rock label—spearheaded by BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta and fashion mogul John Varvatos—catapulted 2018 breakthroughs Badflower to the top of the rock charts in its inaugural year. 

Based in Chicago, Smith previously spent 13 years at Virgin/Capitol as a Midwest Regional Director of Promotion. She also held stints at Lava and London-Sire

“Allison is the perfect addition to the Big Machine/John Varvatos Records team as we build upon the success of Badflower, Pretty Vicious and the soon-to-be launched Friday Pilots Club,” said BMLG Chief Marketing Officer Mike Rittberg.

“We are thrilled to welcome Allison Smith to our team. Allison’s radio promotion expertise and her passion for artist development will further our growth and success as we move into the next chapter,” added SVP of Promotion Heather Luke. 

BIG LOUD ADDS NEW PROMO COORDINATOR
1/5/19

Big Loud welcomes a new addition to the label as Brittani Koster has been hired as Promotion Coordinator. She will report directly to VP Promotion Stacy Blythe

Taking the reins from the much-loved Maggie Abrams (who is departing for a soon-to-be announced opportunity), Koster is a native of Kearney, Neb., who joins the Big Loud team after previously serving as Promotions and Label Coordinator for Rebel Engine Entertainment. She’ll work daily with a progressive roster consisting of HARDY, Jillian Jacqueline, Chris Lane, Jake Owen, MacKenzie Porter, Mason Ramsey, and Morgan Wallen.  

“Brittani is a hungry rising star in Nashville and she will be an amazing asset to our Big Loud family for years to come,” adds Big Loud President Clay Hunnicutt. “She’s got big shoes to fill but we know she is ready, willing, and able to take us to the next level.”

ANDI BROOKS JOINS BMLG
1/3/19

Andi Brooks will join Big Machine Label Group as the new Director, Southwest Promotion & Marketing beginning 1/7. Brooks was formerly a Cohost on WWQM/Madison's Morning Show Jackson & Andi in the Morning, an afternoon host and a Promotions Assistant. 

“Andi’s background in radio, both on-air as well in promotions will be an invaluable asset to our artists and team as well as our clients at radio,” adds SVP Promotion Matthew Hargis. “We could not be more excited to welcome her into the Ape Den at BMLG Records.”