Brian Hill Returns To CAA, Agency Expands Artist Roster

Brian Hill

Brian Hill


CAA’s Nashville office has added agent Brian Hill. This marks a return to CAA for Hill, who is a former CAA Trainee and 24-year industry veteran. He previously worked at Paradigm.

Hill represents Kevin Fowler, Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band and LOCASH, all of whom join him at CAA.

Hill’s is one of three recent additions, including Adam Brill to CAA’s Los Angeles office and Ben Buchanan to CAA’s Toronto office.

“Adam, Ben, and Brian are proven successes in discovering and nurturing the careers of emerging artists,” said Rob Light, Managing Partner and Head of CAA Music. “They will thrive within CAA’s collaborative model of client service.”

Nancy Shapiro Added As Senior Advisor in Nashville Mayor’s Office

Nancy Shapiro

Nancy Shapiro

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has appointed Nancy Shapiro to serve as senior advisor on innovation in the Mayor’s Office in a volunteer capacity. She continues in her post as Senior Vice President, Special Projects for The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards), where she has served music education and reform since 1985.

With the Mayor’s Office, Shapiro will focus on bringing together members from the public, private, and non-for-profit sectors to guide Metro on ways to incorporate new techniques and innovative ideas into how government operates.

Shapiro’s experience includes working with the Mayor’s Office and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to ensure that Nashville is recognized as the nation’s most innovative public school music program. Through Music Makes Us, Shapiro has helped bring high school programs such as the student-run record label in partnership with Warner Music in addition to curriculums in hip hop, mariachi, technology, country/bluegrass, and rock, helping to elevate classical, jazz, choral, and marching band programs.

“Government is not a business and you don’t get to run it like one, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take best business practices like using data and reasoned analysis to make our government more efficient and effective for taxpayers,” said Mayor Barry. “Nancy will help us to do just that as our senior advisor on innovation, working with Metro government to rethink the way we do things and better incorporate technology and new techniques that have worked in other cities to improve city operations.”

“I am honored to be working with Mayor Barry to connect citizens with city government though civic innovation. We will engage collaborative partners in Metro, diverse community and business sectors, entrepreneurs, academics, and non-profits,” said Shapiro. “Using open data resources, we will pinpoint challenges, review successes in other cities, and present creative solutions for consideration to improve how Metro works for citizens in Nashville.”

Kacey Musgraves Extends Headlining Tour

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves is extending her headlining tour, The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, into 2016, kicking off in Dallas on Jan. 21.

The upcoming run will make its way through 11 cities throughout the U.S. before it wraps in Kansas City on March 5.


Jan. 21 – Dallas, Texas / Majestic Theatre
Jan. 22 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma / Diamond Ballroom
Jan. 23 – Omaha, Nebraska / SOKOL Auditorium
Feb. 19 – Boston, Massachusetts / Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 20 – Sayreville, New Jersey / Starland Ballroom
Feb. 25 – Kalamazoo, Michigan / State Theatre
Feb. 26 – Columbus, Ohio / LC Pavilion
Feb. 27 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / Stage AE
March 3 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Riverside Theatre
March 4 – Indianapolis, Indiana / Egyptian Room
March 5 – Kansas City, Missouri / Arvest Bank at Midland

CRS 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show Performers Revealed

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Brothers Osborne (EMI Nashville), Kelsea Ballerini (Black River Entertainment), Cam (Arista Nashville), Old Dominion (RCA Nashville), and Chris Janson (Warner Music Nashville) are set to perform for radio programmers during 2016’s Country Radio Seminar.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the annual new artist showcase event officially closes out the seminar. Performances will be powered by Live Nation and will take place in the CRS Performance Hall. The 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show will be held Feb. 10 during Country Radio Seminar at the downtown Omni Nashville.

Dinner tickets for the 2016 New Faces show are sold out, however, New Faces of Country Music Show viewing parties are being planned to accommodate overflow attendees.

Five Nashville Artists Selected By Converse to Record at Grand Victor Sound


This week, five rising artists will get the opportunity to record original music in one of Nashville’s premier recording facilities, thanks to the previously announced Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio experience by Converse Inc.

For the first of three pop-up experiences in Nashville, the following five Nashville artists were selected: five piece “indie-surf” group Kristoff Waltz, hip-hop artist Mike Floss, three-piece rock group Hans Condor, singer-songwriter Emily Hackett, and sibling rock trio Music Band. Artists of all ages and genres were invited to apply.

The artists will record at top-shelf Nashville recording facility Grand Victor Sound Studio (formerly known as RCA Studio A) this week. Following the recordings, the artists will retain all rights to their music.

The program will return to Nashville with two additional, week-long pop-up studios in 2016.

“This week marks the first Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up experience in Nashville and we’re excited to work with local artists who truly represent the city’s talent,” said Jed Lewis, Converse Global Music Marketing Director. “We’ve seen huge success with the program worldwide, and we hope to be useful to the next generation of emerging artists here in ‘Music City.’”

Born out of the desire to give back to the global music community and encourage creativity, Converse Rubber Tracks seeks opportunities to provide resources to emerging artists around the world who may not have the means to afford studio time. Since the program’s start four years ago, Converse has brought the Converse Rubber Tracks experience to spirited music cities including San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, Toronto, Montreal, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Mexico City, Barcelona, and many more, giving over 1,600 emerging musicians valuable recording time at state-of-the-art studios with a team of experienced engineers, at no cost to the artists.

CMHoF Will Reach One Million Annual Visitors For The First Time


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHoF) will mark its lucky millionth guest of 2015 with a prize pack giveaway including airfare and passes to CMA Fest 2016, in addition to tickets to the 50th Annual CMA Awards (full items list below). The milestone signifies the first time the museum has reached one million visitors in a calendar year.

Brenda Lee will make the presentation during a broadcast of WSM-AM (650)’s Coffee, Country, Cody & Christmas between 9 and 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Trisha Yearwood has also prepared a video message. That day museum guests will receive 10 percent off purchases in Circa, Hatch Show Print, 2|22 and Bajo Sexto.

While at the museum, Lee will sign copies of Country Faith Christmas with author and journalist Deborah Evans Price in the Museum Store. Compiled by Price, the book features Christmas memories and recipes from 37 of country music’s favorite stars.

Millionth visitor to the CMHoF in 2015 will receive

Museum membership for 2016
$500 shopping spree at the Museum Store/Circa
$250 shopping spree at Hatch Show Print
2 tickets to a 2016 Artist-in-Residence performance at the CMHoF
2 tickets to CMA Music Fest 2016
2 plane tickets for CMA Music Fest 2016
Hotel accommodations for CMA Music Fest 2016
2 tickets to 50th annual CMA Awards

Jack White’s Third Man Records Opens Outpost In Detroit


Jack White’s Third Man Records returns home to Detroit with a new second outpost based at 441 West Canfield Street in the city’s historic Cass Corridor. The building once housed the Willys-Overland Motor Company in the early 20th century. White launched Third Man Records in Detroit in 2001, and in 2009 opened its current Nashville location, which houses a record store, novelties lounge, label offices, distribution center, photo studio and more.

The Detroit space, which opened on Nov. 27, is home to Third Man Records’ second retail space, as well as Third Man Vinyl Record Pressing. The multi-use space also features Third Man Books Nook, a live music space (including music from the Third Man Records House Band, The Syncopators), and a listening booth that includes Third Man Records’ entire catalog.

Visitors can record their own 6″ record in the second of two Third Man Recording Booths (the first still resides in Third Man Records’ Nashville flagship location), and The Impossible Photo Booth, which allows visitors to shoot using “Impossible Duochrome Black & Yellow film,” made for Third Man Records by The Impossible Project.

There is also a Ride Mini Topsy, a motorized elephant scooter “to take smalls and talls alike for a spin around the store,” according to a statement.

“We are humbled to be in a position where we can return to the town that started it all, and absolutely thrilled for what the future holds for Third Man Records Cass Corridor. Thank you, Detroit.”

Weekly Register: Adele Sets Numerous Sales Records

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Adele greeted the holidays with more than just “Hello.” Claiming 3.482 million units of her album 25, (including 3.378 million album only), she easily breaks the record for the most albums sold in one week.

That landmark was previously held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which sold 2.4 million copies in its first week of release in March 2000.

In just a matter of days, it also became the best-selling album of the year, partially due to the fact that it was unavailable for streaming. A deluxe edition at Target and appearances on NBC’s Today and Saturday Night Live fueled interest too. Beyond that, her reputation as a first-class vocalist and accomplished songwriter generated interest among millions of fans to hear what she would do next.

Chris Stapleton Traveller

On the country chart, Chris Stapleton returns to No. 1 with Traveller (49K), trailed by Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller (28K), Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood (22K), Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over (19K) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo. (16.5K).

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett remains at No. 1 on the country digital chart with “Die a Happy Man” (53.5K). Those figures move him into gold territory. That’s followed by Hunt’s “Break Up in a Small Town” (33K), Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” (32.5), Cam’s “Burning House” (26K) and Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” (22K). Emily Ann Roberts, a contestant on The Voice, makes an appearance at No. 6 with “Why Not Me” (21.5K).

Weekly Chart Report (11/25/15)

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Artist Updates: Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Reba, Kacey Musgraves

Brad Paisley Raises His ‘Voice’

Brad Paisley performed his rousing hit, “Country Nation,” on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday night (Nov. 24.) The upbeat single also holds this week’s No. 1 position on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart.

Brad Paisley performs on The Voice. Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Brad Paisley performs on The Voice. Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC


Jake Owen Joins Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jake Owen will be singing his latest hit single, “Real Life,” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday (Nov. 26). The festivities will air on NBC.

Jake Owen.

Jake Owen.


Reba Remembers Her Opry Roots

Reba will featured on NBC Nightly News on Friday (Nov. 27) to talk about the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th anniversary. The long-running radio show officially hits the milestone on Saturday. Reba will talk to correspondent Janet Shamlian about performing “in the circle,” meeting her heroes and respecting the Opry’s historic roots. McEntire was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 17, 1986.


Kacey Musgraves Makes a Splash Overseas

Kacey Musgraves sold out the entire overseas leg of her headlining tour, The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, which ended Sunday night (Nov. 22) after an eight-city trek across four countries.

After completing its domestic run earlier this fall, the tour played six dates in the United Kingdom, and included a performance at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Musgraves also played to sold-out crowds in Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands, where she wrapped the tour in Amsterdam.

She will return to the U.K. and Europe in March 2016 as one of the performers at the C2C Country to Country festival, which includes stops in London, Dublin, and Glasgow.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves