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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
ACM IS SEEING STARS
2/14/18


The Academy of Country Music
presents ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, a songwriter-focused event on 4/13 that will be part of the 6th Annual ACM Party For A Cause. ACM Stories will benefit the ACM's philanthropic arm, the Lifting Lives program.  

This year's event will feature performances from Lee Brice, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna and Thomas Rhett. You can find tickets to the event here. Following the Songs & Stars event, on 4/15, the 53rd ACM Awards will be broadcast on CBS at 8pm ET. 

ICYMI: KANE ON KIMMEL
2/13/18

RCA Nashville/Zone 4's Kane Brown popped by Kimmel yesterday to perform to a packed crowd from the outdoor stage. His set included "Heaven," which is currently Top 25 at Country radio and growing; watch that here. The double-platinum "What Ifs" served as the night's exhilarating encore; click here for a peek. 

Brown is still out on Chris Young's Losing Sleep Tour. He's also got Stagecoach in April and Taste of Country and Carolina Country Music Fest in June, with more festivals scheduled throughout the summer. 







A COUPLE BIG YELLOW HIRES
2/13/18


Big Yellow Dog
has two new hires to announce, as Sophie Hopkins and Heather Klein join the Film/TV Sync Department. Hopkins comes on board as Creative Manager, while Klein now fills the Creative Coordinator role. Both will be based in the Nashville office. 

"I am so excited for Heather and Sophie to be a part of this Sync Team," says Alex Stefano, Big Yellow Dog Music General Manager of Creative - Film & TV Sync. "They will be great advocates for our artists in the sync world."

DAVIS HITS "UP" THE CMA
2/12/18

MCA Nashville up-and-comer Jordan Davis dropped in on the Country Music Association on 2/9 to play an acoustic set, and of course mix and mingle. Davis' "Singles You Up" is now in the Top 15 on Country airplay charts, with his debut full-length Home State dropping 3/23. He's currently on his fist headlining run, the White Wine and Whiskey Tour, with support from Jillian Jacqueline


Pictured just after exclaiming, "Chardonnay, haaay!," are (l-r): CMA Awards and Industry Relations Assistant Angela Strader, Sr Director Awards and Industry Relations Brandi Simms, Jordan Davis and Manager of Awards and Industry Relations Brenden Oliver

THREE UPPED AT UMG NASHVILLE
2/9/18


UMG Nashville announced the promotion of three of its staff including Lori Christian,Tony Grotticelli and Annie Ortmeier (pictured above, l-r) to new posts within the marketing department. 

Christian will now serve as SVP Media Marketing, Grotticelli is now VP Digital Marketing while Ortmeier will be the VP of Marketing for Digital Accounts. 

"I am so proud to work with [Christian] and her team and to watch her raise the bar on our overall marketing strategy," says UMG Nashville boss Cindy Mabe about the trio, "Tony has proven to be one of the most well-rounded, forward-thinking and continuously evolving executives I have ever known and Annie is one of the brightest, most focused, and deliberate marketing strategists I have worked with." 

THEIR KIND OF PARTY
2/6/18



At the inaugural Amazon & CRS Monday Night Showcase (2/5) Country radio attendees got a special surprise with as Garth Brooks joined Jason Aldeanfor a duet of his 2010 hit "My Kind of Party" (Broken Bow), which was followed by Brooks' famed "Friends in Low Places," one of the most-requested of Brooks' tracks via Alexa on Amazon Music. The showcase at the Omni Nashville also saw performances from Jordan Davis and Jimmie Allen, and awarded honors to Radio Ink's Top 30 Country PDs.

Seen thinking they've never seen anyone in a lower place than us are (l-r) Townsquare Media SVP Programming Kurt Johnson, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis and Garth Brooks and Amazon Music Director Ryan Redington.

PARDI WITH BEER
FOR THE SUPER BOWL
2/2/18

It's a good weekend to be Capitol Nashville's Jon Pardi, whose rendition of Tom T. Hall's "I Like Beer" is featured in Michelob Ultra's new Super Bowl commercial. 

The ad also features Chris Pratt, Brooks Koepka, Kelly Slater and Shalane Flanagan.

“This past year has been filled with so many milestones and bucket list items, and when Michelob Ultra reached out with an opportunity to be part of this Super Bowl commercial, I was all in. It was such a fun experience to record this version of the song and it's awesome to be a part of it,” says Pardi, who also just appeared in the Truth campaign's latest anti-smoking commercial, which aired during The Grammys telecast. 

SONY/ATV PRAISES THE LAIRD
1/30/18

Luke Laird’s penned more hits than you’ve had hot dinners, including 23 Country #1s. His work’s flown up the charts for Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Lady Antebellum and plenty more besides. Naturally, team Sony/ATV is pleased as punch to have secured him for a worldwide pub deal.

“It’s a rare occasion when a publisher is able to secure both the hit-driven catalog and the futures of a writer the quality of Luke Laird,” exulted SATV Nashville boss Troy Tomlinson. “We are grateful that he is entrusting his body of work with us and look forward to continuing success.”

Seen hoping a big ol’ truck comes and spirits us away are (front row, l-r) SATV Nashville’s Hannah Williams and Josh Van Valkenburg, Laird, Tomlinson; (back row) SATV’s Terry Wakefield, Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Dustin Kovacic, SATV’s Tom Luteran, Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Austen Adams and SATV’s Stephen Denninger and Dane Schmidt.