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SAY ALOHA TO CARRIE UNDERWOOD DAY
7/19/24

Say Aloha to Carrie Underwood Day. On Thursday (7/18) Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism James Tokioka on behalf of Governor Josh Green and Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu Rick Blangiardi presented the country star with ceremonial proclamations declaring the date Carrie Underwood Day.

The proclamations precede her first-ever performances in Hawaii on 7/19-20. Not once in the history of the Aloha State have ceremonial proclamations been issued concurrently by the state of Hawaii and the city and county of Honolulu to honor an entertainer.

"History has been made with Carrie becoming the first artist to receive ceremonial proclamations from both the state and city," local promoter Rick Bartalini said. "She is in prestigious company of entertainers that have been previously honored by either the Mayor or the Governor in this manner, including Elvis Presley, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars and Diana Ross.”

Both proclamations were presented to Underwood at an official ceremony inside the Blaisdell Arena by Blangiardi and Tokioka on behalf of the governor.

Underwood added a second show at Blaisdell Arena in March after selling out the first in under an hour. Pictured looking forward to Mai Tais without anyone from HITS involved are (l-r) Blangiardi, Underwood and Tokioka.

BRAD TURSI CELEBRATES PARALLEL LOVE
7/18/24

On 7/17, Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi celebrated the upcoming release of his solo album, Parallel Love, at Nashville’s The Blue Room. Arriving 7/19 via Sony Music Nashville, the project was created and released with the award-winning band's full support.

Produced by Tursi, with select tracks co-produced with Ben West and Marc Scibilia, the project features co-writes with Stephen Wilson Jr., Dan Isbell, Jessi Alexander and Matt Jenkins.

Outside of his role with the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year, Tursi has earned multiple CMA Triple Play Awards for penning three #1 songs in a 12-month period, been named AIMP Artist Writer of the Year twice and has co-written hits for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Tyler Hubbard, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker and Cole Swindell, among others, with nine #1 cuts to his name.

Pictured above wondering how skewed our definition of “love” can be are (l-) SMN’s Randy Goodman, Morris Higham’s Buffy Cooper, Tursi, SMN’s Ken Robold, Morris Higham’s Dustin Stout and Clint Higham.

Photo credit: Mason Allen

ELLA LANGLEY AND REDFERRIN TAKE BMI’S ROOFTOP ON THE ROW
7/17/24

On 7/16, BMI hosted its Rooftop on the Row series, presented by George Dickel, showcasing performances by BMI acts Ella Langley and Redferrin.

Paired with a panoramic view of the Nashville skyline, the event—currently in its sixth season—kicked off with SAWGOD/Columbia’s Langley, who performed “paint the town blue” and gave a solo rendition of her viral hit “you look like you love me,” as well as unreleased tracks from her debut album, hungover (due 8/2), before being joined by Kameron Marlowe for their latest single “Strangers.”

Warner Music Nashville’s Redferrin closed out the night with a set that included songs off his debut EP, Old No.7, such as “Lose Her for Nothin’,” “Champagne in the Morning” and “Just Like Johnny,” which has garnered 30m+ streams. He also teased the crowd with a string of unreleased songs, including “As Long as There's a Bar.”

BMI's Rooftop on the Row returns 8/13 with headliners Josh Ross and Lauren Watkins. The final event is slated for 9/17, serving as the kickoff to AMERICANAFEST. Since its launch, the showcase has hosted the likes of Morgan Wallen, Billy Strings, The War and Treaty, HARDY, K. Michelle, Riley Green, Maddie & Tae, Mackenzie Carpenterand Dylan Marlowe.

Seen below feeling grateful our flights to Nashville were cancelled are (l-r) BMI’s Claire Dodelin, Josh Tomlinson, Leslie Roberts and Clay Bradley; Langley, Redferrin; BMI’s MaryAnn Keen, Mason Hunter and Nina Carter.

Photo credit: Erika Rock

MASON LANDS NEW TITLE AT WMN
7/17/24

Warner Music Nashville has promoted Torie Mason to SVP, Marketing & Analytics after three years of successfully leading the strategic marketing and analytics teams.

In Mason's new role, she'll merge and rebrand the artist development team into WMN's marketing department. The WMN interactive marketing team will now be digital marketing, as well.

The marketing department now encompasses artist marketing, digital marketing, analytics, brand partnerships, video strategy, and advertising strategy, who will all report to Mason.

"This new structure will allow us to continue to super-serve our artists and their music with more focus and urgency," WMN Co-Chair/Co-President Ben Kline said. "Torie's reputation both inside our building and in the community at large makes her one of the most respected and trusted thought leaders in our industry today. She is the right person to lead these efforts for Warner Music Nashville in an ever-changing marketing landscape."

We're also told she's the right person to send HITS emails into the trash.

UTA SECURES A LAKEVIEW
7/16/24

Lakeview, the emerging country rock duo consisting of Jesse Denaro and Luke Healy, has inked with UTA for exclusive global representation in all areas.

The duo is headed for a breakout year, having garnered 30m+ streams with their single “Home Team.” Their latest release, “Money Where Your Mouth Is” f/Gideon, has surged to the Top 5 on SiriusXM’s Octane channel.

Rooted in metal-core influences seamlessly blended into their country songs, Lakeview is just getting started.

Seen hoping this wouldn’t land in our inbox are (l-r) UTA’s Brian Hill and Kaleb Tooker; Healy and Denaro; UTA’s Alec Vidmar; and Majik Management’s Matt Woodson

Photo credit: Anna Schaeffer

60th ACM AWARDS SET A DATE
7/16/24

The 60th ACM Awards will return to Frisco, Texas on 5/8/25 for a third consecutive year, streaming live from Ford Center at The Star—the Dallas Cowboys’ world HQ—via Prime Video, globally and exclusively.

16-time ACM-winner Reba McEntire will return to host the milestone anniversary, marking her 18th time at the helm, the most of any artist in ACM history.

“We’re excited to honor and celebrate the legacy of the ACM Awards all year long surrounding the 60th anniversary show returning to Amazon Prime Video next May,” said ACM CEO Damon Whiteside.

He continues, “Reba McEntire has hosted more ACM Awards shows than any other artist in history, and after her triumphant return this year for the 59th show, there is clearly no one better suited to helm this milestone show! Our landmark 50th anniversary show in 2015 marked our debut in Texas, and we’re thrilled to return again to celebrate another major moment in ACM history. We look forward to seeing our industry, artists, and fans celebrate in Frisco, Texas next May for an unforgettable week!”

McEntire adds, “I’m thrilled to be coming back to host the 60th ACM Awards on Prime Video. It’s going to be an absolute can’t miss show and I can’t wait to see everybody back in Texas!”

Additional details for this year’s show, including award submissions and voting timeline, nominees, performers, ticket sale details and additional ACM Awards week events, will be announced in the coming months.

BALDRIDGE'S INDIE COUNTRY BREAKTHROUGH
7/15/24

Drew Baldridge is riding his independent spirit to new heights on the Country Airplay chart, as "She's Somebody's Daughter" hits #8 to become the highest charting position ever for a self-funded artist on the tally.

Baldridge's music is distributed by Stem, and he says he won't rest until the song has reached #1. "I’m going to speak it into existence,” said Baldridge, pictured with Stem Head of Artist & Label Strategy Alison Junker. “As soon as we’re #1, I want to have the next one ready."

"She's Somebody's Daughter" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and has garnered more than 1b social media impressions and streams.

Beyond his own music, Baldridge is a Sony Music Publishing-signed songwriter who has written for acts such as Bailey Zimmerman and LOCASH. He also hosts a weekly program on Los Angeles station KKGO on Saturdays and Sundays. We'll try to tune in this weekend between our cryotherapy and IV infusion treatments.

BIRDSONG BOUND FOR BRAVADO
7/15/24

Mallary Birdsong is joining UMG's Bravado as senior director of brand management, where she will be based in Nashville and report to SVP/Head of Brand Management and Artist Relations Brian Schechter.

Birdsong arrives from Make Wake Artists, where as director or merchandise she worked with acts such as Luke Combs, Flatland Cavalry, Niko Moon, Cooper Alan, Josh Abbott Band and Hailey Whitters.

She previously worked at Dallas Fan Fares, BV3 and Futureshirts. Birdsong is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

"Mallary's multifaceted industry experience is exactly what we look for to help bring our artist's vision to life," said Schechter. "I couldn't be happier to welcome her to the team as we continue to build out our presence in Nashville." Added Birdsong, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Bravado team and to grow with a company that is truly in a league of their own."