Industry Ink: Russell Dickerson, Billy Blue Records, Womens Music Business Association

Russell Dickerson Celebrates Gold

Pictured (L-R): Norbert Nix (Triple Tigers), Russell Dickerson, John Dennis (Dennis Entertainment) Photo Credit: Kailey Dickerson

Russell Dickerson recently celebrated an RIAA Gold Certification for his debut album Yours, just months after earning his third Gold certification for his most recent No. 1 single, “Every Little Thing.” The smash single has amassed over 175,000,000 worldwide streams to date. Following the tremendous success of his singles “Yours” and “Blue Tacoma,” Dickerson now has three Gold singles in his discography, the first two already reaching multi-platinum and Platinum status.

“I’m blown away by the constant love of this army aka #RDFam that has supported me on this entire ride,” said Dickerson. “What an amazing way to close out the Yours album with a big ole GOLD celebration!!!”


Alan Bibey & Grasstowne Join Billy Blue Records Roster

Jerry Salley and Ed Leonard (Billy Blue Records, standing L-R), Alan Bibey (seated)

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne have signed with Billy Blue Records. Bibey has a reputation as one of the most technically gifted mandolinists in bluegrass and acoustic music. He was an original member of ground-breaking bands, The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, and BlueRidge. For the last 12 years, he has fronted his own Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and in 2019, Bibey was voted IBMA Mandolin Player Of The Year. He has been voted SPBGMA Mandolin Performer Of The Year six times, including in 2020.

“Bluegrass veteran, Alan Bibey, is easily one of the very best mandolin players in our genre of all time,” says Jerry Salley, A&R/Creative Director for BBR. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a talent and with his incredible band, Grasstowne, one of the top groups in our industry.”


Womens Music Business Association Hosts Spotify’s Brittany Schaffer

2020 WMBA Officers pictured with speaker Brittany Schaffer. (L-R): Emily Boardman, Kelsey Wise, Brittany Schaffer (Spotify), Kaleigh Imbriale, Lauren Simon, Dana Dickie, Nina Schollnick.

The WMBA started the year on a high note with Brittany Schaffer, Spotify’s Head of Artist and Label Marketing for Nashville, as the featured speaker at their January Membership Meeting. Eighty members of WMBA gathered at ASCAP on Jan. 28 to learn about Schaffer’s experience as a lawyer in the music industry and how she transitioned to her current role at Spotify.


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