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McCARROLL PRIMED FOR GIG AT AMAZON MUSIC
He's most excited about the two-day shipping. (2/21a)
THE BRITS: A FIRSTHAND TAKE
Rhian Jones reporting from the O2 Arena (2/22a)
MAXING OUT: WMG
ROLLS AT THE BRITS
Lousada's haul (2/22a)
CINDY MABE HONORED WITH LOUISE SCRUGGS AWARD
Carrying on a proud tradition (2/22a)
PANDORA REVENUE UP 6% IN 2017
All boats still lifting (2/22a)
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Investment in the biz and the coming speed bumps.
A NEW STREAMING PLAYER?
Who's getting into the game?
MY DOCTOR SAID NO MORE PIZZA
But she's not here.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
At least try to be less obvious about it.
Music City
CINDY MABE HONORED WITH LOUISE SCRUGGS AWARD
2/22/18

Louise Scruggs, the force of nature who aggressively represented husband Earl Scruggs, created opportunity where none existed, recognizing markets that most in bluegrass and country music didn’t notice, or couldn’t crack. 

Given Scruggs’ history, the selection of UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe as the 2018 recipient of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Louise Scruggs Award is a couture fit. Mabe, 44, came from a North Carolina town with a love for country music and the will to make a difference for the artists she loves...

Read Holly Gleason's piece in Rumor Mill

MAKING SERIOUS GREEN (UPDATE)
2/20/18

Word from the 615 has it that buzzing singer/songwriter Riley Green has officially inked a massive label deal with Big Machine, wrapping up an intense bidding war.

Last week, it was learned that the new country artist had signed with Ben Vaughn's Warner/Chappell Nashville team for publishing. 

The charismatic Green, who’s managed by industry up-and-comer Joe Lee and repped by Greenberg Traurig attorney Jess Rosen, already pulls in serious crowds when on the road; he’s with WME for touring. His six-song EP, Outlaws Like Us, dropped last August. That set houses song “Bury Me in Dixie,” which boasts 2m+ streams on Spotify.

PARTYING FOR A CAUSE AT THE ACM
2/20/18

With the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards fast approaching, the Academy has announced the full lineup (of over 40 performers) for the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause

Proceeds from Party for a Cause benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to empower lives through music. This year's acts include Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Chris Lane, Kip Moore, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice and more.  

The award ceremony will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on CBS 4/15 at 8pm ET. You can see the full schedule of events for Party for a Cause and purchase tickets here.

GOOD AS GOLD
2/16/18

Valory/BMLG's Thomas Rhett ponders the necessity of adding a "plaque wing" to his home after this latest arrival, which commemorates his Life Changes going Gold. This on top of celebrating his eight and ninth #1 singles ("Craving You" and "Unforgettable"). Seen feeling golden are (l-r) BMLG's Nicole Csabai and Mike Rittberg, G Major Management's Virginia Davis, Rhett, BMLG's Scott Borchetta and Allison Jones, Valory's George Briner and BMLG's Jake Basden. Shortly after this photo was snapped, the catering company next door was indicted by Robert Mueller

A REAL FREAK SHOW
2/16/18

Warner Music Nashville's Brett Eldredge and his road hound Edgar celebrated backstage with some pals after the kickoff of Blake Shelton's Country Music Freaks tour in Tulsa 2/15. Shelton's 14-stop run hits the ground just before Eldredge's own headlining trek, The Long Way Tour, in April. Meanwhile his single, also called "The Long Way," heads inside Country's Top 10 and continues to climb. You can find details and tickets here.


Photographed just after Edgar demanded everybody be checked for fleas are (back row, l-r): Guest, KVOO PD Brian JenningsKWEN PD Matt Bradley, KTGX MD Houston Gaither, Brett Eldredge, KVOO APD/MD Kristina Carlyle, Manager SW Radio & Streaming at Warner Music Nashville Mark Niederhauser and Scripps Media (Tulsa) OM Steve Hunter (front row, l-r): Guest, KWEN PD Jenny Law, Edgar, KTGX PD Karla Cantrell and SVP Radio & Streaming at Warner Music Nashville Kristen Williams.

WMA HEADS TO MUSIC CITY
2/15/18


WMA 
has launched a new office in Nashville this week, marking its third U.S. outpost alongside L.A. and New York. Hannah Dudley is moving into the shiny new offices, having been charged with leading the operation as Head of Marketing Strategy.

"I'm incredibly excited to join the WMA team and launch their Nashville presence. It's an absolute gift to be able to use my experience and skills to contribute to such a thriving and exciting scene and with WMA. I'm thrilled to begin this next chapter with them and grateful for Seb [Weller]'s on-going support. And I can't wait to meet Mr. William Morris. He's an icon."

JlLLIAN JACQUELINE'S OPRY DEBUT
2/14/18


Big Loud Records' country starlet, Jillian Jacqueline, made her Grand Ole Opry debut last night (2/13) in Nashville. Jacqueline performed her debut single "Reasons" in addition to "God Bless This Mess." Both songs are featured on her current EP SIDE A.

The songstress also performed her latest track, "Somebody," which is exclusively available on Amazon Music; you can check out the music video below. She closed her set with a cover of "Crazy" by country legend Patsy Cline

Somebody (Amazon Original) by Jillian Jacqueline on VEVO.

KANE AND UNABLE
2/14/18

RCA Nashville/Zone 4's Kane Brown was recently featured on the cover of The Tennessean (along with Sony Nashville boss Randy Goodman and LANCO's Brandon Lancaster) as part of a story highlighting the company's breaking of multiple acts. HITS President of His Desk Todd Hensley, meanwhile—who somehow got in to accost Kane during his recent Kimmel appearance—uses our magazine to swat bugs.