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NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (10/3a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (10/3a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (10/3a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
Music City
SMN UPS MARINAKE
10/3/22

Sony Music Nashville (SMN) has promoted Nicole Marinake to vice president, partnership marketing and new ventures. In her new post she'll continue to oversee all national brand partnership efforts as well as continue to build the Sony Music Nashville Live brand. She'll report to SVP, Marketing Jennifer Way.

Marinake will also work closely with SMN’s regional promotion and artist development team to expand both the label and its "artist footprint" in the branding space on a regional level as well as venture into new technology, innovation, gaming and Web3.

"Nicole’s passion and dedication for our artists is her superpower," Way said. "Her expertise, innovative mindset and winning personality are key reasons Sony Music Nashville has developed invaluable relationships with key partners and subsequently brought to life smart and compelling collaborations, perfectly suited for our artists and their music."

Marinake previously held the role of senior director, partnership marketing, forging collaborative relationships with Google, T-Mobile, ESPN, PepsiCo, and VISA, to name a few corporate giants. She's also the co-chair of the Nashville Equity Taskforce, where she's helped fund Notes For Notes, Creative Girls Rock and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, among others

CMT TO HONOR ALAN JACKSON
9/29/22

Country star Alan Jackson is set to be honored as CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime, presented by Ram Trucks, during the network’s Artists of the Year celebration this year.

Held at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony, the event premieres on 10/14 on CMT and will honor Jackson as well as previously announced honorees Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes.

Additional honorees, performers and presenters for the 90-minute special will be announced in the coming weeks. 

“I believe I’ve made more videos than just about anybody, and I know how important they have been in bringing my songs to life for the fans, so thank you CMT for all the years and for this sweet honor,” said Jackson. “I’m very proud.” 

“We’re honored to recognize the incomparable Alan Jackson as this year’s CMT ‘Artist of a Lifetime.’ For more than thirty years, his traditional sound, iconic voice and beloved catalog of music has captivated audiences across the globe and his talent as a recording artist and songwriter are simply unmatched,” added CMT Producers.

Throughout his career spanning over three decades, Country Music Hall of Famer and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jackson has earned 35 #1 hits, released almost 60 music videos and garnered nearly 60m in sales worldwide. He recently released his 21st studio album, Where Have You Gone, and is currently on his sold-out Last Call: One More for the Road tour. 

Previous Lifetime honorees include Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.

DREAMCATCHER EXPANDS AND INKS TENILLE ARTS
9/29/22

Dreamcatcher Entertainment is expanding with the launch of Dreamcatcher Artists, a new label arm of the company, with Tenille Arts—who is also a Dreamcatcher Management client—as its flagship artist.

As part of the agreement, Dreamcatcher has also acquired Arts’ catalog, including her platinum-certified single, “Somebody Like That.”

The label’s releases will be distributed via Stem and Arts’ first release under the new deal will be “Jealous of Myself,” which is produced by Nathan Chapman and written by Emily WeisbandTrevor Rosen, and John Byron.

“I am honored to be the first artist to sign with Dreamcatcher Artists, and to have the opportunity, for the first time, to participate in the ownership of my music,” said Arts.

“The opportunity to work with Tenille Arts has been the blessing of a lifetime,” added Powell Hedley, who will serve as the CEO of Dreamcatcher Entertainment Group and will oversee both the management and record company. 

Additionally, Jim Mazza will be on board as Co-Founder, while Debbye Scroggins will be promoted to Director of Operations for the Entertainment Group. The company also adds Jim Dandy as VP of Promotion, Kellie Longworth as National Director of Promotion and Charlie Dean and Rick Young as Promotion Managers.

It will also continue their partnership with Girlilla Marketing for Arts’ digital marketing, along with publicists Craig Campbell and Jill Fritzo. Carole Ann Mobley continues to be on board in an A&R capacity.

TRIPLE 8 INKS ERIN KINSEY
9/29/22

RECORDS/Columbia Nashville singer/songwriter Erin Kinsey has inked with Triple 8 for management. 

Originally gaining traction by posting covers, the Texas native dropped her first original song, “Drunk Too,” in 2020, followed by “Just Drive,” which saw support from SiriusXM’s The Highway on their On the Horizon show. Recently, CMT premiered the video for her new single, “Hate This Hometown,” from her major label debut EP, 40 East.

Additionally, the rising country star made her Grand Ole Opry debut in April and has since performed at festivals like Faster Horses, Watershed and Tidalwave this past summer.

“Erin is our first female country signing, and she is already one of this year’s biggest breakout new country artists with over 60 million streams, 215,000 followers on TikTok and 122,000 Instagram followers,” said Triple 8 owner George Couri. “At 21 she already knows who she is, and her confidence and vocal power on stage is already as good as we could have hoped for.

Seen before marking the occasion with a triple shot are (l-r) Couri, Kinsey and Rachelle Rountree.

Photo Credit: Robby Stevens

WMN TAPS INTO WEB3
9/28/22

Warner Music Nashville recently hosted its first-ever Web3 Summit at its newly renovated Music Row headquarters.

The initiative—led by SVP, Strategic Marketing & Analytics, Victoria Mason and VP, Interactive Marketing, Brooke Hardesty—aimed to educate artists and their teams about music opportunities within emerging technologies. 

Reps from WMG’s business development team were among the features speakers as well as guests from Roblox, NFT platform POAP and NFT marketplace OpenSea.

Seen above after refusing to accept a free HITS NFT for participating are (l-r) Hardesty; Jillian Rothman (VP, New Business & Ventures, WMG); Alex Kamins (SVP, New Business & Ventures, WMG); Jessica Meehan (Artist Partnerships, Roblox); Karibi Dagogo-Jack (Head of Music Business Development, Roblox); Mason; Jordan Sobel (VP, Business Development, POAP); and Eric Johnson (Head of Music Partnerships, OpenSea).

CMA FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WITH LADIES NIGHT
9/27/22

Monument's Caitlyn Smith, WMN's Ingrid Andress and BBR's Lainey Wison performed in the round to a sold-out audience at the Franklin Theater in Nashville on Monday night. The trio shared the stories behind their award-winning songs and careers, while raising money for the CMA Foundation

Pictured above celebrating the benefit and the fact that they didn't have to watch a dreadful Monday Night Football game: L-R: Katie McCartney (Monument Records), Franklin Willis (CMA and the CMA Foundation), Andress, Smith, Wilson, Tiffany Kerns (CMA/CMA Foundation), Mandelyn Monchick (Red Light Management) and Missy Roberts (UMPG).

ONE NIGHT WITH WMN'S ZAC BROWN BAND
9/26/22

Ahead of their one-night-only performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on 9/22, the Zac Brown Band joined Warner Music Nashville co-President Ben Kline for this illustrious photo op.

A portion of the intimate show’s proceeds benefitted Hop on a Cure, which helps fund ASL research while raising awareness. The foundation was established by band founding member, John DriskellHopHopkins, who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year.

For more info on the foundation, click here.

SMP NASHVILLE INKS JAMIE DAVIS
9/26/22

SMP Nashville has inked singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie JD Davis to a global pub deal.

Davis, who first launched his career as part of Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy before becoming a guitar tech for Luke Combs’ team in 2017, most recently co-wrote Combs’ #1 single, “The Kind of Love We Make.”

The track, which is Davis’s third cut with Combs, has garnered 125m+ on-demand streams and topped the Country Airplay chart as well as the Hot Country Songs chart. Davis also has cuts with the likes of Lilly Rose, Jenna Paulette, Leith Loftin and more. 

“Jamie has an innate ability to channel his years of front man experience into thoughtfully crafted songs that resonate with music lovers everywhere. There’s no limit to the amount of success Jamie will find in Nashville,” said SMP, VP, Creative, Tom Luteran.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Rusty Gaston and Big Tom on my team at Sony Music Publishing. I’m glad to be working with the best publishing team in Nashville,” added Davis.

Seen above before heading to the nearest honky tonk to celebrate are (l-r) front row—Luteran, Davis, Rusty Gaston; back rowKenley Flynn, Dale Bobo, Anna Weisband, Dan Isbell, Aubrey Rupe and Synnovea Halsel.