On The Cover: 2018 ‘MusicRow’ CountryBreakout Awards Issue

Kelsea Ballerini is featured as the cover artist for MusicRow Magazine’s 2018 CountryBreakout Awards Issue, which is available now.

MusicRow Magazine’s 2018 CountryBreakout Awards Issue honors the artists, label imprint, and songwriter who have garnered the most spins on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart over the past year. This issue also features interviews with Universal Music Group’s Mike Dungan, country legend and radio professional Kix Brooks, playlist curators including Amazon’s Emily Cohen, Spotify’s John Marks, and Pandora’s Rachel Whitney, and tackles changes in the radio industry with radio executives Pat Paxton (Entercom), and Ed Carter (WLLX).

In this issue, Kelsea Ballerini also celebrates receiving five MusicRow Challenge Coins, commemorating her five No. 1 singles on the MusicRow CountryBreakout chart.

This issue is available for purchase, or with a subscription to MusicRow Magazine.


Artist Name: Kelsea Ballerini
Label: Black River Entertainment
Current Album: Unapologetically
Current Single: “Legends”
Current Producer(s): Forest Glen Whitehead, Jason Massey, Shane McAnally, Lindsay Rimes, and Jimmy Robbins
Management: Iconic Entertainment
Booking: CAA
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Recent Hits: “Legends,” “Yeah Boy,” “Peter Pan,” “Dibs,” and “Love Me Like You Mean It”
RIAA Certifications: Platinum Singles – “Peter Pan,” “Dibs,” and “Love Me Like You Mean It”; Gold Single – “Yeah Boy”; Gold Album – The First Time; Approaching Gold Single – “Legends”
Career Highlights/Awards: MusicRow CountryBreakout Award for Femal Artist of the Year (2018), ACM Honors’ Gene Weed Milestone Award (2017), ASCAP Vanguard Award (2017), CMT’s Next Women of Country Impact Award (2017), Nashville Business Journal’s Artist of the Year (2017), iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist (2017), MusicRow CountryBreakout Award for Breakout and Female Artist of the Year (2017), ACM Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year (2016), ACCA Award for Breakthrough Female of the Year (2016), CMT Artists of the Year Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2016), three Radio Disney Music Awards and Billboard’s Rising Star title (2015). During release week for Unapologetically, Ballerini performed at her alma mater Central High School in Knoxville, TN, on October 28 in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, as well as performed and hung out with her fans during an intimate Spotify Fan First event at Nashville’s The Back Corner on October 30. Ballerini is featured on The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with “Children Go Where I Send You” from Sony Pictures Animations motion picture The Star.
Notable TV Appearances: Co-host of CMA Fest 2017 and ABC’s Greatest Hits; headlined CBS’ The Thanksgiving Day Parade and “Kelsea Ballerini” AT&T AUDIENCE Network Concert Special; performed on the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, Live With Kelly and Ryan, TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CMA Country Christmas and Nickelodeon Halo Awards; guest appearance on Project Runway.
On Tour: The Unapologetically Tour with Walker Hayes. (coming Feb. 14 to Nashville, Tennessee with Walker Hayes and Bailey Bryan). This summer, Kelsea will join Keith Urban on his Graffiti U World Tour 2018. Other upcoming tour dates include Rodeo Houston (Houston, TX on March 3), Stagecoach Festival (Indio, CA on April 27), C2C 2018 (UK, March 9-11), and CMC Rocks (Australia, March 15-18).


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