Breaking: Jimmy Harnen Adds CEO Title At BMLG Records

Jimmy Harnen has been elevated to President/CEO at BMLG Records, and inked a new long-term deal with the company.

Harnen will continue to oversee the BMLG Records’ roster of artists including trailblazing Diamond-certified superstars Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Brett Young, Danielle Bradbery and Riley Green.

“I am so proud of what Jimmy has helped to build at the Big Machine Label Group,” said Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta. “He and I have been breaking acts and making hits together for the better part of the last 20 years. I’m thrilled that he’s committed to continue to lead BMLG Records as he’s been an integral part of the overall success. His passion for the artists, staff, craft and leadership of BMLG Records is second to none. I also love that we continue to challenge each other every day to be the absolute best in the business. The new era has begun.”

Adds Harnen, “I can’t wait for everything the future brings! I truly believe there has never been a more exciting time to be in the music business and this new era for BMLG will be groundbreaking on every level. On a personal note, I could not be more thankful for everything Scott has done for me. He took a chance on a kid from Pennsylvania and gave me the opportunity to succeed. Fight like apes!”

Under his leadership, BMLG Records has scored 31 No. 1 hits, 39 Top 10 singles and released 23 albums that have accumulated millions in sales and billions of streams. The label is home to two of the five most downloaded country singles of all-time – Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.”

The most recent signees to BMLG Records Lady Antebellum, saw their debut single, “What If I Never Get Over You,” earn the most first-week adds from country radio of their accomplished career. Additionally, Harnen guided the rise of Brett Young’s first five consecutive No. 1 singles as well as Riley Green’s debut No. 1 hit.

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