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TOP 20: REPUBLIC'S RAMPAGE
Some like it hot. (1/27a)
RCA PRESENTS: THE SAM AND KEITH SHOW
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THOUGHTS ON A NEW ERA
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FESTIVAL FALLOUT:
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RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
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MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Music City
PEYTAN PORTER INKS WITH JODY WILLIAMS SONGS AND WCM
1/19/21


23-year-old singer/songwriter Peytan Porter has inked her first publishing deal with Jody Williams Songs, in partnership with Warner Chappell Music.

The Dawsonville, Ga. native moved to Nashville in 2016 to attend Lipscomb University, where she sought out collaborators and co-writers outside the organized writing rooms of Music Row. Alongside her fellow up-and-coming writers, Porter honed her own style, leading her to JWS. 

“The first time she performed for us in the office I was moved to tears, asking her to repeat a second verse just to take in it a bit longer. It’s exciting to have this opportunity to help someone with her natural talent realize her goals as a songwriter and artist,” said JWS Founder, Jody Williams.

“Peytan has an infectious spirit that undoubtedly translates into her songwriting. We are fortunate to get to work with someone who has such a defined sense of self,” added Nina Jenkins, JWS Creative Director.

“The opportunity to now work with Jody Williams Songs and the Warner Chappell family feels like a long-awaited exhale,” shared Porter. “I knew from our first conversations that Jody and Nina are truly song-first people, and I feel fortunate to get to create in a space that advocates for excellent songwriting as it’s not just what I do, it’s who I am.”

JWS is home to the likes of four-time Grammy nominee Ashley McBryde, Driver Williams, Nathan Chapman, Jeremy Spillman, Greg Bates and Jason Nix, as well as Pat McLaughlin in a writer management/publishing role.

Seen just before tapping a keg to celebrate are (L-R) WCM Nashville A&R Director Spencer Nohe, Jenkins, Porter, Williams and WCM Nashville President/CEO Ben Vaughn,

RIP, TOM STARR
1/13/21

We are saddened to hear that Warner Music Group Nashville’s Tom Starr died Monday following a battle with cancer.

Starr, who joined Warner Nashville in 2014, was most recently Regional Manager of Radio & Streaming. He worked singles for Dan + Shay, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, Zac Brown Band and others.

Previously, Starr worked pop promo for Interscope, EMI, Jive, MCA and Elektra and ran his own entertainment consulting, promotion and marketing company from 2009 to 2014.

Warner Music Nashville said in a statement, "Today we mourn the loss of our beloved friend and teammate Tom Starr. We are devastated by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. … Warner Music Nashville and the country music community grieve together.”

A TOAST TO LADY A
1/11/21

BMLG RecordsLady A are toasting the bubbly, as the country trio celebrate their 11th career radio chart-topper and multi-week #1 with “Champagne Nights.”

Featured on the Grammy-winners and current nominees’ #1 album, Ocean Deluxe Edition, “Champagne Nights” is the first song from NBC’s Songland to become a radio hit and was penned by show mentor Shane McAnally, aspiring songwriter Madeline Merlo and the trio.

"Since we started the journey with ‘Champagne Night’ every step of the process has been so special to us,” shared Hillary Scott.

“We couldn’t be more thankful for all the support from our fans and friends at Country radio and to Songland for believing in the song as much as we did.”

Spending three weeks on top of the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Singles chart and two at #1 on the Country Airplay chart, “Champagne Nights” follows 2019’s chart-topper “What If I Never Get Over You.”

Additionally, Lady A shared details for their newly formed LadyAID Scholarship Fund, which supports students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Applications will be available early this year. For more info, click here.

TANNENBAUM BLOSSOMS AT WME
1/11/21

Former CAA and Paradigm agent Aaron Tannenbaum has joined WME as a partner based in its Nashville office. Featured on our Next Wave Agents list, Tannenbaum has distinguished himself within the touring industry through identifying and representing a star roster of country artists.

“Aaron has earned a reputation in our business as an agent who has a strong ability to identify talent and takes the long-view in building an artist’s career, making him a great fit for us,” said Scott Clayton, WME’s Co-Head of Music.

“As our Nashville office continues to grow, Aaron represents a significant addition to our team and we look forward to bringing his creativity and strategic approach to our colleagues and clients,” said Jay Williams, Co-Head of WME’s Nashville office.

Tannenbaum joined CAA in 2010 and was previously at Paradigm.

LORETTA LYNN'S STILL WOMAN ENOUGH
1/4/21

Country legend Loretta Lynn is kicking off 2021 with the announcement of her 50th studio album, Still Woman Enough. Set for release on 3/19 via Legacy Recordings, the 13-track collection was produced by Lynn’s daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.

As a celebration of women, the album includes new recordings of Lynn’s classic songs like her first single from 1960 “I'm a Honky Tonk Girl” and a rendition of 1966’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough” with Tanya Tucker, among others.

It also enlists stars like Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood, who are featured on the title track, as well as Margo Price on “One’s on the Way.” Additionally, Lynn brings interpretations of country standards including Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light” and Carter Family’s “Keep on the Sunny Side,” plus more.

Still Woman Enough was also announced on the 50th anniversary of Lynn’s Coal Miner’s Daughter, which will be celebrated with a reissue on black vinyl by MCA Nashville/UMe on 2/12.

"I am just so thankful to have some of my friends join me on my new album. We girl singers gotta stick together," shared Lynn. "It's amazing how much has happened in the fifty years since 'Coal Miner's Daughter' first came out and I'm extremely grateful to be given a part to play in the history of American music.” 

Check out the trailer for Still Woman Enough below and pre-order the album here.

NEIL THRASHER GOES DOWNTOWN
12/21/20

Downtown Music Publishing has struck an agreement to acquire works from Neil Thrasher’s catalog.

The deal covers several hits penned by the award-winning country songwriter, including Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos on this Town,” “Fly Over States,” “Night Train” and “Rearview Town,” Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars and Freedom,” “Why Wait” and “Banjo” as well as Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels,” Kenny Chesney’s “There Goes My Life” and many others.

Thrasher began his music career as part of the duo Thrasher Shiver, with Kelly Shiver, releasing a self-titled album via Asylum Records in 1996. After shifting his focus to songwriting, Trasher was named Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP’s 2004 Country Music Awards for "There Goes My Life” and other hits, and also won ASCAP Country Music Song of the Year for “How Country Feels” in 2013.

“How Country Feels,” “There Goes My Life,” “Tattoos on this Town,” “Fly Over States” and “Night Train” are among Thrasher’s multiple RIAA Platinum-certified singles. 

The deal follows a string of recent Downtown acquisitions, including music from the catalogs of Motown legend WilliamMickeyStevenson, Chris Braide (Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera), 350+ works from Good Soldier Songs and the publishing catalog of The 1975, plus more.

THE CMA'S MICS PROVIDES RESOURCES
12/16/20

Last week, the Country Music Association expanded relief efforts through the Music Industry COVID Support (MICS) initiative. By partnering with nonprofit organizations, MICS is bringing additional resources and services to those in need.

MICS has aligned with Musically Fed, Touring Professionals Relief Kitchen, Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s The Store, Porter’s Call, LEVL Up Fest and the Ryman Auditorium, among others, to bring assistance to those affected by the pandemic. Resources are not limited to CMA members.

Musically Fed continues to host drive-through events where cars will be able to receive food supplies, while Touring Professionals Relief Kitchen has joined with the LEE Initiative to serve meals in L.A., Chicago, Nashville and N.Y.

Paisley’s The Store, in partnership with Belmont University, operates as a free grocery store allowing people to shop for their basic needs and has provided 1m+ meals to the Nashville community. Porter’s Call also offers free counsel, support and encouragement to full-time recording-artists. 

The LEVL Up Fest will be supporting live events and the entertainment community through a livestream on 12/16 at 5:30 pm PT/8:30pm ET via No Cap Shows

On 1/7 at 1pm CT, LBMC's Shareholders, CPA’s Jeff Talley and Chad Milom will also be hosting an informative webinar to discuss topics like PPC Loans and forgiveness for the self-employed, unemployment compensation, Economic Impact Payments for Individuals and more.

Additionally, MICS continues to post employment opportunities available throughout the music industry on their site. People can view opportunities or submit their own job openings here.

For more information on how to access these resources, visit CMAmics.com

WHY&HOW MAKES MOVES
12/16/20

Earlier this month, Bruce Kalmick launched his Texas-based management company, WHY&HOW, and now, the artist manager is staffing up. 

Previously a partner at Tripe 8, Kalmick brought along alumni Kelly Kresen, Rachel Cave and Eddie Kloesel to join W&H and all three managers have been upped to VP roles within the company. 

“It’s such a blessing to have support from this industry as we take a step into W&H,” shared Kalmick.

“We all have to work together to lift the business back up and our team will be squeezing every lime dry daily to ensure not only a return but overwhelming growth in our modern-day renaissance.”

Also joining Kalmick’s W&H include Manager Pete Olson, Day-to-Day Matt Stubbs, Creative Director EvanKaufman, Senior Marketing Director Lesley DiPietro, Marketing Directors Avery Bashaw and Chelsea Cankar, Executive Chloe Strickland and Management Assistants Eric Radford, Wane Lindsey and Olivia Dahlstrom.

Olson, Stubbs, Kaufmann and Bashaw have also previously worked with Kalmick.

The full-service artist management company, which reps clients both domestically and globally, plans to diversify with focuses ranging from publishing to educational and philanthropic endeavors.

“Our first initiative is to give back; both in charitable donations with W&H IMPACT, and also through our W&H EDU initiative further aiding educators by being a resource and encouraging a diverse group of future industry leaders attending universities around the world, adds Kalmick. 

The W&H roster includes KALEOBelle Mt., BRELAND, Chase Rice, SRPN (Samantha Ronson & Pete Nappi),Whiskey Myers, ZZ Ward and more.