Industry Ink: Sam Hunt, T.J. Martell, Love This Town II Benefit, Still Working Music, BMI

Sam Hunt’s ‘Back Road’ Paved With Platinum

Photo Credit: CMA / John Russell

Sam Hunts “Body Like A Back Road” has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. The smash raced to the top of the charts in just 12 weeks, and is currently climbing pop radio’s Top 15. “Body Like A Back Road” is also on a 20-week streak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, the longest command for a song by a solo male ever on the nearly 59-year-old chart. The song is the No. 1 most-downloaded country song of 2017 so far, the No. 3 most-downloaded song across all genres year-to-date, the fastest country song in history to reach 100M total streams (10 weeks) and with over 212M total streams is the Top Streaming Country Song of 2017. Hunt’s monumental 2014 debut album, Montevallo, is now also RIAAcertified Triple Platinum.


T.J. Martell And Chic Awearness Raise Funds For Cancer Research

Pictured (L-R): Laura Heatherly (TJM), Dennis Clark (Elan Salon), Marci Houff (Chic Awearness), Dr. Ronald Alvarez (VICC), and Dr. Kevin Osteen (VICC). Photo Credit: Callie Edwards

The T.J. Martell Foundation and Chic Awearness raised $96,000 for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center to benefit ovarian cancer research. The Chic Awearness event was created to improve survival from ovarian cancer through awareness, education and research. Founded by ovarian cancer survivor Marci Houff, Chic Awearness features fine food, signature cocktails and a fashion show. The 5th Annual Chic Awearness event will take place on Sept. 25, 2017 at Prima. Tickets are available online at and at the door, depending on availability.


Lionel Cartwright’s Love This Town II Benefit Set For Sunday

Lionel Cartwright’s Love This Town II benefit concert will be held this weekend at 7 p.m. Sunday at HopePark Auditorium in Bellevue. Gabe Dixon and Cole Bruce will join Cartwright for the concert, and proceeds will benefit the Love This Town Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, started by Cartwright and his wife, Cindy. Nashville-based homeless services organization Room in the Inn will be the featured nonprofit receiving funds from this event.


Alana Springsteen Aligns With BMI

Pictured: (Top Row): Jason Fridenstine (FBMM), Leslie Roberts (BMI), Jody
Williams (BMI), Alex Orbison (Still Working Music); (Seated) Chelsea Kent (Still
Working Music), Alana Springsteen, Tiffany Dunn (Loeb & Loeb)

Newly-signed BMI songwriter Alana Springsteen stopped by the company’s Nashville office to celebrate June 12. Springsteen is signed to Still Working Music for publishing, and recently played on the Radio Disney Country stage at CMA Fest.


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