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NICKI SPEAKS HER MIND AFTER EPIC SHOWDOWN FOR #1
The numbers game. (8/20a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
NEW RELEASES:
A GRANDE-SIZED DEBUT (UPDATE)
Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/20a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Music City
HOW'D THIS GUY GET A LAMINATE?
8/1/18


This Saturday, Big Loud's Morgan Wallen opened for Luke Bryan at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium. Before kicking back and enjoying the rest of the show, however, he somehow got roped into taking this photo with HITS' Todd Hensley. "Who was that?," asked Wallen. "I think he sells the Dodger dogs," explained the label's “Chief” Zaruk. This is a fair misconception, as Hensley typically smells of bacon.

Stay tuned for more from the rising star, whose "Whiskey Glasses" was #3 Most Added at Country radio this past week. In the meantime, click here to find out where you can see him live next.

"NOBODY BLINK!"
8/1/18



This weekend, industry friends gathered backstage to congratulate Blue Chair/Warner Nashville's Kenny Chesney on the release of his Songs for the Saints album, which will be this week's top debut. The above photo was snapped at Chicago's Soldier Field, where the star ended up breaking his own record with 52,189 and a completely sold-out show.

Seen boozin' and schmoozin' are: Morning Hangover's Kurt BardellaTuneIn's Kelly SuttonWUSN's Marci Braun, WBWL's Ginny Brophy, WEBG's Lance Houston, Spotify's Daniel Franquemont, Cumulus' Greg Frey, WUBE's Grover Collins, Cumulus' Doug Hamand, Shazam's Debra Herman, WYRK's Lynn Huber, Amazon's Kelly Rich Kautz, Cumulus' John Kilgo, Apple's Jay Liepis, Tidal's Paley Martin, KMLE's Tim RichardsWAMZ/WBUL's Jay Cruze, Spotify's Laura Ohis, Vevo's Gabriela Prisciandaro, TuneIn's Joyce Rizer, Spotify's John Marks, Apple's Sally Seitz, iHeart's Jackie Tigue, Vevo's Jennifer Tressler, WUSN's Kenny Jay Voss, WMIL's Kerry Wolfe, Morris Higham Management's Buffy Cooper and Pandora's Jeff Z. And if you submit a recording of you reciting that whole list in one breath to rumormail@hitsmagazine.com, we will send you a cookie, as well as a back issue of the print edition of your choosing. 

A TRIPLE WAMM-Y
8/1/18

RCA Nashville's Rachel Wammack recently popped by the ACM's Southern California office to perform a handful of tunes from her self-titled EP, including debut single "Damage." We suggest you keep an eye on the song, which just scored Top 5 Most Added honors at Country radio this past week.

Pictured after the Q&A, which can be seen here, but before the Ramen noodle-eating contest are ACM CEO Pete Fisher, Wammack and Sony Nashville's Liz Cost.

We apologize to Cost, who surely had to run "Damage" control following the photo's appearance on the HITS site.
  

PANEL TO FOCUS ON COUNTRY WOMEN
8/1/18

HITS’ Nashville empress and author Holly Gleason is heading to the Country Music Hall of Fame Saturday to celebrate Loretta Lynn.

Gleason will be on a panel, “Women Enough,” with Brenda Lee, Jeannie Sealey, Aubrie Sellers and Ashley Monroe to discuss Lynn’s impact, as well as the power of women’s voices in contemporary life across country music. It’s in support of the current exhibit: “Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl.”

Gleason is also celebrating her recently received Belmont Book Award for Woman Walk The Line: How The Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives, a collection of 27 essays that trace country music’s history through important female artists.

“With everything that’s happened with this book,” Gleason says, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Belmont Book Award. To be part of these kinds of discussions is everything Woman Walk the Line is about.

“At a time when #MeToo and #TimesUp matters, this book—and the response to it—shows the power and impact of women’s art, especially the music made by country women.”

 

PLATINUM "SINGLES"
7/31/18


To commemorate the platinum certification of Jordan Davis' debut single "Singles You Up," which went #1 at Country radio back in April, the MCA Nashville artist was presented with a shiny new plaque. 

It's also worth noting that "Singles You Up"—Country Aircheck's most-played song of 2018—has racked up more than 200m total streams. And it peaked at #2 on Spotify's Viral U.S. chart.

Industry friends gathered at Nashville's Fat Bottom Brewery to celebrate the singer/songwriter's success. Seen wondering where Mike Dungan's keys disappeared to before finding them in Davis' beard are (L-R) UMG SVP Promotion Royce Risser, UMG EVP A&R Brian Wright, Red Light's Zach Sutton, Davis, UMG Chairman & CEO Dungan and UMG COO Mike Harris.

KENNY BREAKS HIS OWN RECORD AT SOLDIER FIELD
7/30/18

Kenny Chesney broke his own record at Chicago's Soldier Field on 7/28 with a sold-out crowd of 52,189. The stadium show was the first Chesney concert after releasing Songs For The Saints on 7/27. 

In support of Saints, Chesney has performances on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon lined up this week. 

 

WMN AND ATLANTIC SIGN INGRID ANDRESS
7/26/18

Warner Music Nashville and Atlantic Records have announced the signing of singer/songwriter Ingrid Andress. The Colorado native honed her songwriting skills at Berklee College of Music and went on to co-write recent hits like Vice's "Steady 1234" and Charli XCX's "Boys." 

The Ingrid Andress team includes UMPG, ArtHouse Entertainment and WME.

Seen trying not to ask if Ingrid is related to Ursula are (l-r) Warner Music Nashville SVP A&R Cris Lacy, Director of A&R Rohan Kohli, Andress and label boss Espo

CHESNEY GOES LIVE WITH SIRIUSXM'S "TOWN HALL"
7/26/18

In celebration of the release of Songs for the Saints, Kenny Chesney is taking the story of the record straight to the fans with a live "Town Hall" on SiriusXM, Friday 7/27 at 8pm ET. Ahead of his show at Chicago's Solder Field, Chesney will join The Highway's Storme Warren to discuss the album's inspiration—the devastation of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the forming of the Love for Love City Foundation and its role in rebuilding the Saints. 

All proceeds from Songs for the Saints will go to Chesney's Love for Love City Foundation, which has funded rescue and rebuilding projects across the affected region. 

The "Songs for the Saints Album Special" premieres Friday at 12 am ET on No Shoes Radio, with replays every three hours leading up to his second SiriusXM exclusive at 8 pm ET the “Town Hall," which will also air simultaneously on The Highway.

“The people of the islands faced unthinkable destruction, but somehow just kept going,” Chesney says. “This album is to let them know we see them, and we’re here to help. Every album someone buys, that money goes straight to the Love for Love City Fund, which has so far provided generators, tools, medical supplies, food and water, transporting things to the island and taking people off, raw materials for building and even instruments for the St John School for the Arts. The people who live there deserve to know they’re remembered – and these two SiriusXM Specials are a great way to share the love and bring people inside the process of making Songs for the Saints.”

Full broadcast info:

SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” with Kenny Chesney broadcast schedule:

The Highway: Premieres Friday, July 27 at 8 pm ET
Replays Saturday, July 28 at 12pm and 8 pm ET
Sunday, July 29 at 3 am, 9 am and 4 pm ET
Monday, July 30 at 1 am ET

No Shoes Radio: Premieres Friday, July 27 at 8 pm ET
Replays Friday, July 27 at 11 pm ET
Saturday, July 28 at 4 am, 10 am, 4 pm and 10 pm ET
Sunday, July 29 at 5 am, 11 am, 5 pm and 11 pm ET

No Shoes Radio’s Songs for the Saints album special broadcast schedule:

Premieres: Friday, July 27 at 12 am ET
Replays Friday, July 27 at 3 am, 6 am, 9 am, 12pm, 3 pm and 6 pm ET
Saturday, July 28 at 1 am, 7 am, 1 pm and 7 pm ET
Sunday, July 29 at 2 am, 8 am, 2 pm and 8 pm ET