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BIG RED'S BIG THREE
How's this for a power trio? (10/26a)
HITS LIST, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
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NEAR TRUTHS: ROLLING IN
THE STREAMS
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KAREN KWAK TO LEAD
WARNER A&R
Aaron's latest hire. (10/26a)
ON THE COVER:
OLIVIA RODRIGO
Can you hear the Grammy buzz? (10/26a)
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Music City
LIVEXLIVE AND BMLG PARTER UP
10/27/21

LiveOne has partnered with Big Machine Label Group for the newest installment of its LiveXLive Presents: Rooftop Series.

As part of the latest event, CMA and ACM-winning singer/songwriter Carly Pearce will perform 29: WRITTEN IN STONE in its entirety for the first time. Fellow BMLG artists Danielle Bradbery and Laci Kaye Booth will kick off the night with acoustic sets.

Pearce’s performance comes ahead of her upcoming The 29 Tour, which begins on 11/4 in Des Moines, IA and runs through Minneapolis, Chicago, NTC, Washington, DC, Nashville and more. 

“The response to 29: WRITTEN IN STONE has been overwhelming. It’s one thing to write and record these songs but to perform them on stage with my band, that’s the ultimate dream,” said Pearce. “I can’t wait to sing the entire album LIVE for the first time.”

“We are excited to partner with Big Machine Label Group for the 71st installment of LiveXLive Presents: Rooftop Series,” said Robert Ellin, CEO of LiveOne. “LiveXLive subscribers and our global livestream audience will get a front-row seat to these extremely talented women.” 

The invite-only performance will be held at The Summit in Austin, Texas and streamed in 200+ countries on 11/2 here. 

Photo Credit: Allister Ann

CMA AWARDS ADD PERFORMERS
10/27/21

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood will do the first-ever TV performance of the “If I Didn’t Love You” at  the 55th annual CMA Awards on 11/10.

Besides, Aldean and Underwood, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, and Chris Young and Kane Brown have been added to the roster of performers.

Old Dominion will perform “I Was on a Boat That Day” and Stapleton will sing “Cold,” while Young and Brown duet on “Famous Friends.” The 55th annual CMA Awards will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will air on ABC and stream on Hulu.

MUNSICK’S FAMILY STYLE OPRY DEBUT
10/26/21

Warner Music Nashville’s Ian Munsick made his Grand Ole Opry debut on 10/23 a family affair as four generations celebrated the special occasion with the Wyoming-born singer/songwriter.

Joining Munsick on stage was his dad Dave, who played his own father’s fiddle, as Munsick’s son Crawford watched his debut from the house. Munsick’s wife, mother, brothers, sisters and more also got to watch him perform “Long Haul” and his award-winning independent single, “Horses Are Faster,” to a standing ovation. 

Pictured above before digging into a family-sized celebratory feast are (l-r) WMN’s National Director, Radio & Streaming, James Marsh; The Erv Woolsey Co.’s Allen Mitchell; Not a Public Figure Management’s Caroline R. Munsick; Munsick; WMN’s Director, A&R, Stephanie Davenport; Sr. Director, Artist Development, Clark Tedesco; National Director, Radio & Streaming, Shari Roth; and EVP A&R, Cris Lacy.

Photo Credit: Cam Mackey

SMP AND KP ENT INK LEE STARR
10/26/21

SMP Nashville and KP Entertainment have partnered to sign songwriter/producer Lee Starr to a global publishing deal.

Arriving in Nashville in 2014, Arkansas-born Starr specializes in country/pop music and is best known for penning songs with emerging artists like Elvie Shane, Ashland Craft, Conner Smith and Drew Green.

He recently co-wrote Shane’s debut single, “My Boy,” which hit #1 on the Country Airplay chart this week and #2 the Hot Country Songs chart with 6.6m+ U.S. streams.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Lee and the team at KP Entertainment. Lee’s songs are full of heart, and his work ethic is second to none. His potential is endless and I’m looking forward to all that is to come,” said SMP Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston.

“When our Creative Director Aubrey Schwartz played some demos of Lee earlier this year, I knew he was someone we had to represent,” added Kerri Edwards, Founder, KP Ent. 

“Aubrey has been my champion since day one and as soon as she introduced me to Kerri, I knew where I wanted to be. Rusty and the staff at Sony Music Publishing are incredible, and everyone involved in this deal is an absolute hustler,” added Starr.

Pictured below before finding the nearest hot chicken joint to celebrate are (l-r) Gaston, Edwards, Starr, Schwartz and Scott Safford.

ACMS OPEN FOR SUBMISSION
10/25/21

The Academy of Country Music has announced that submissions for the 57th ACM Awards are now open through 11/30.

The Board of Directors have also revealed changes and additions within the Studio Recording Awards and Radio Awards categories.

The Guitar Player of the Year category has been split into two awards, Acoustic Guitar Player of the Year and Electric Guitar Player of the Year, while the previously awarded Steel Guitar Player of the Year will now be considered within the existing Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year Award category. 

For the Radio Awards, the National On-Air Personality of the Year category has also been split to honor both a National Weekly On-Air Personality of the Year and a National Daily Personality of the Year.

Additionally, voting security protocols have been updated for the Awards. A new double-authentication process has been implemented through a mobile number, rather than through an email address, for added safety and protection for voting members.

The submissions eligibility period for the ACMs is 1/1 through 11/15.

Here are key dates for Academy members:

Submissions Period: 10/25-11/30
First Round Voting Main Awards: 1/3/2022-1/10
First Round Voting Radio Awards: 1/3/2022-1/17
Second Round Voting Main Awards: 1/24/2022-1/31
Final Round Voting Radio Awards: 1/24/2022-2/7
Final Round Voting Main Awards: 2/21/2022-2/28

The 57th ACM Awards will be exclusively streamed on Amazon Prime Video next year and is the first major awards show to be broadcast solely via a streaming platform. Select award categories can be submitted here.

GARTH BROOKS ADD THIRD SHOW
10/25/21

Garth Brooks has added a third concert after selling out two back-to-back shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium immediately after tickets went on sale.

The event, titled Garth, the Opry House You and You, takes place on 11/18 at 7pm and will also give fans a look into the stories behind the songs from Garth.

“I am stunned at the number of people who showed up for this on sale, and as happy as I should be, I feel bad for the people who did not get tickets,” said Brooks. “We spoke to the Opry House, and we want to take care of as many people as we can who did not get tickets, so we’ve added a show for the 18th.”

Tickets are $250 and will be available on Friday 10/29 at 10am CT here. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test is required for entry.

LADY A REVEALS WHAT A SONG CAN DO
10/22/21

Lady A has returned with their eighth studio album, What a Song Can Do. Arriving via BMLG today (10/22), the 14-track set was produced by Dann Huff and features songwriting credits from at least one of the members on all but one of the tracks.

To celebrate the release, the Three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year is gearing up for a slew of performances, including hosting a live performance party from Nashville's Skydeck tonight at 7:00pm CT, which can also be viewed via Facebook.

Additionally, the trio will host their iHeartCountry release party in New York on 10/25—which can be listened to on iHeartRadio's YouTube and the iHeartCountry Radio station—before hitting they the stage for performances on NBC’s TODAY show and Late Night with Seth Meyers on 10/26 and 10/27, respectively.

Stream What a Song Can Do here.

CMA AWARDS ANNOUNCE FIRST
SET OF PERFORMERS
10/21/21

Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, and Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards are in the first round of performers announced for The 55th annual CMA Awards.

Blake Shelton and a pairing of Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde on their duet “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” are also on the bill for the show taking place 11/10 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Allen will perform “Freedom Was a Highway”; Brothers Osborne will play a track from their Skeletons; Church is doing “Heart on Fire”; and Dan + Shay will perform “I Should Probably Go To Bed.”

Guyton will welcome rising artists Spencer and Edwards for a collaboration from Guyton’s debut album, Remember Her Name; Shelton will sing “Come Back as a Country Boy.”

Additional performers and presenters for The CMA Awards will be revealed in the coming weeks.