Brett Young Peaks On CountryBreakout Radio Chart

Brett Young’s “Lady” reaches the chart pinnacle this week, marking his 7th No. 1 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart. Young co-wrote the single with Ross Copperman and Jon Nite shortly before his first daughter’s birth in October 2019.

Young’s “Caliville Weekend” is slated to take place this June in Palm Springs, California. The experience will feature daily live performances, wellness activities, pool parties and more.

“Bringing us all together for a weekend in one of my favorite places in the world is definitely a dream come true for me,” Young said. “I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have planned for them next summer!”

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Are You InCharge? Applications For MusicRow’s 2021 InCharge Print Directory Now Open

MusicRow is currently accepting applications from candidates for its annual InCharge print issue, the published directory of Nashville’s music industry decision makers. Now in its 34th year, InCharge serves as the April/May issue of MusicRow Magazine and slated for an April release.

Applications are now closed. All applications will be reviewed by committee to determine the candidates chosen for this year’s edition of InCharge.

For advertising opportunities, please contact Sherod Robertson at [email protected].

For questions regarding the directory, please contact LB Cantrell at [email protected].

Brothers Osborne Frontman T.J. Osborne: “I’m Very Comfortable Being Gay”

T.J. Osborne (left) with bandmate and brother John Osborne.

Brothers Osborne’s T.J. Osborne sat down with TIME magazine recently to publicly discuss his sexuality for the first time. In the thoughtful article written by Sam Lansky and titled, “T.J. Osborne Is Ready to Tell His Story,” Osborne shares that he is gay, and has been out among close friends and family for years.

“I’m very comfortable being gay,” he tells TIME. “I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange.”

The article expresses the support of his brother and bandmate, John Osborne, despite the fact that coming out publicly could potentially have professional risks to their successful careers. “If I had to have all my money and success erased for my brother to be truly fulfilled in life,” John said, “I wouldn’t even think about it. Not for a second.”

T.J. added that he looks forward to making music without creative boundaries.

“I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am,” T.J. tells TIME. “I mean, I am who I am, but I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling.”

In a video posted to his Instagram, T.J. said, “the person you know is me, now you just know more about me.”

 

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Artists including Kacey Musgraves are standing with Brothers Osborne in support. “Others will now feel invited to the country music party for the first time,” Musgraves told the magazine. “Country music deserves a future even more honest than its past.”

More of T.J.’s peers have come out in support of him, including the following:

Video Surfaces of Morgan Wallen Using N-Word, Issues Apology

Morgan Wallen. Photo: John Shearer

In a video obtained by TMZ and posted late Tuesday (Feb. 2) night, Morgan Wallen is seen coming home from a night out when he uses a racial slur while speaking to his friend. The video was reportedly shot Sunday (Jan. 31) night outside Wallen’s Nashville home by neighbors and shows him yelling profanities, including the N-word.

Big Loud Records has suspended Wallen’s recording contract indefinitely. Wallen has also been dropped from WME’s talent roster.

Wallen issued an apology to TMZ, “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.” MusicRow has confirmed its authenticity.

The video has surfaced following weeks of a very successful launch of his sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album. The Big Loud/Republic Records artist is unquestionably the biggest breakout star in the country format this year, with Dangerous garnering accolades including being the first country album to spend three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in eight years; as well as debuting at No. 1 atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart and earning the largest streaming week for a country album in history.

Wallen’s music has notably disappeared from Spotify’s Hot Country and Apple Music’s Today’s Country playlist. Variety reports that his music has been removed from Cumulus Media 400-plus stations, with a directive to the program directors from Brian Philips, EVP of programming for the chain, and John Dimick, the company’s head of programming operations. iHeartMedia has also pulled his music from their stations, MusicRow has confirmed.

The Academy of Country Music announced they will halt Wallen’s potential involvement and eligibility for this year’s ACM Awards.

On Feb. 4, BMI issued the following statement: “BMI condemns the hateful and offensive racial slur recently used by Morgan Wallen. While unacceptable, under the terms of our consent decree, BMI is mandated to accept all songwriters who want to be a part of our organization. We have asked BMI’s Advisor and Gospel legend, BeBe Winans, to reach out to Morgan to help him understand the gravity and impact of his words. Our hope is that BeBe’s outreach can help Morgan become a more inclusive and empathetic person.”

In a Tweet, CMT announced that they will be removing his appearances from all their platforms.

The CMA announced they, to, would be removing his digital content from their platform

 

Wallen’s country music peers Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, Will Hoge and more have issued early reactions about the incident.

Tyler Childers Signs With Warner Chappell Music

Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers has signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Nashville.

Childers first broke onto the scene in 2017 with Purgatory, which was co-produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson. The album earned Childers the title of Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards and was named one of the Top 50 Albums of 2017 by NPR. He followed that up in 2019 with the critically-acclaimed Country Squire, which landed him a 2020 Grammy nod for Best Country Solo for “All Your’n.”

Last year the Kentucky native released his surprise album, Long Violent History, whose title track addresses systemic racism by speaking directly to white rural voters. All proceeds from the album go to the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund, which Childers and his wife established to raise awareness and money for philanthropic efforts in the Appalachian Region.

“Nashville is home to world-class songwriters and Tyler is undoubtedly one of the best,” said Ben Vaughn, President & CEO, Warner Chappell Music Nashville. “His poignant words do what great music can do—move us, invite self-reflection, and spark conversations. Long Violent History is a testament to the power of his music and I’m thrilled to have him join the Warner Chappell family.”

Marathon Talent Agency Signs Presley & Taylor

Peter Strickland with Presley & Taylor.

Marathon Talent Agency, the artist management and development company helmed by CEO Peter Strickland, has signed breakout sister duo Presley & Taylor.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Presley & Taylor to the Marathon Talent family,” said Strickland. “Their amazing harmonies and ability to pick and write relevant songs have established a solid foundation for their careers. I look forward to furthering those successes in the years to come.”

Presley & Taylor are the flagship artists signed to James Stroud’s new White Mustang Records, which is distributed by CMG via The Orchard. Stroud is also producing the duo, whose “Everybody Sees It” single has already surpassed 500,000 streams.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Peter join our team to help guide us through this next chapter of our career,” said Presley & Taylor in a joint statement. “We could not have asked for a better person to help us achieve all of our goals, and we are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us.”

Strickland was previously Chief Marketing Officer for Warner Music Nashville. He has directed successful campaigns for Blake Shelton, Big & Rich, Faith Hill, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, and the label’s comedy imprint.

Sony Music Nashville Signs Country-Latin Duo Kat & Alex

Pictured (L-R, top row): Sony Music Nashville’s COO/EVP Ken Robold, SVP A&R Taylor Lindsey, SVP Marketing Jennifer Way, SVP Sales & Streaming Caryl Atwood and Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman; (L-R, middle row): The AMG’s Rob Beckham, Kat & Alex and The AMG’s Steve Bryan; (L-R, bottom row): Sony Music Nashville’s VP National Promotion Lauren Thomas, EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges, EVP A&R Jim Catino, VP Creative Services Tracy Fleaner and SVP Legal & Business Affairs Angie Magill.

Sony Music Nashville has signed country-Latin duo Kat & Alex.

The newly-married duo, made up of Kat and Alex Georgia, signed with The AMG for management and Warner Chappell Nashville for publishing, late last year.

“Joining the Sony Music Nashville family is truly a dream come true for us,” Kat and Alex comment. “From our very first meeting, this team has shown so much passion and excitement for our music, and we just know that we are going to accomplish amazing things together! We are so excited to get back in the studio and start working on new music!”

Kat & Alex

Alex, a first-generation American raised in a Puerto Rican family, grew up in Northwestern Georgia until his family moved to Miami when he was 11 years old. Growing up he used his dad’s old acoustic guitar to make friends and find confidence as a musician. In high school, inspired by artists ranging from Fleetwood Mac and Norah Jones to Garth Brooks, he learned piano.

Meanwhile, Kat grew up in Miami as a first-generation American in a Cuban family. She competed on the 2018 season of La Voz, the Spanish-American version of the popular NBC series The Voice. Kat & Alex made their national television debut on Season 18 of American Idol.

Kat & Alex released English and Spanish versions of their debut track, “How Many Times,” in October, and the music video in November.

Health Officials Cancel Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals

Stagecoach 2019

Coachella and Stagecoach have been canceled, according to an order from the health department of California’s Riverside County, where the annual festivals are held every year. The cancellation, announced today (Jan. 29), is a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Both produced by Goldenvoice, Coachella was planned for April 9-11 and 16-18, while Stagecoach was slated for April 23-25. Both festivals were also canceled in 2020, after being postponed from April until October.

According to Friday’s order, “both the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival are music concerts and gatherings of an international scope, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees from many countries,” which could increase the risk of spreading the virus. Read the order in full here.

New dates have not yet been announced.

MusicRow has reached out to Goldenvoice for comment.

Morgan Wallen Dominates On ‘MusicRow’ CountryBreakout Radio Chart

Championing sales and streaming charts, Morgan Wallen continues the reign this week on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart with his single “7 Summers.” The single appears on his sophomore effort Dangerous: The Double Album, which broke the record for largest streaming week for a country album among other streaming records.

“7 Summers” was written by Wallen, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally, also landing Wallen the top spot on the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart.

Wallen’s chart success marks 84 No. 1 singles for secondary radio promotion team, Jerry Duncan Promotions. “7 Summers” adds to their extensive list of No. 1’s, including career breakthrough hits for Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, and Billy Ray Cyrus among others.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews: Parker McCollum, Lauren Weintraub, Jimmie Allen, Brad Paisley, More

The theme for this edition of DisClaimer is evidently breakups.

The busted hearts belong to Seaforth and Lauren Weintraub, the latter of whom wins the DisCovery Award. On the other hand, Filmore and Hunter Hayes are positively rejoicing in the freedom that they’ve found, post-breakup.

Poor Parker McCollum can’t even get his relationship off the ground, but he sure sounds great trying. Jake Hoot & Kelly Clarkson are just plain pissed-off about the whole thing, and they sound great, too.

But the Disc of the Day prize goes to Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley, who have nothing whatsoever to do with heartbreak. For that matter, neither does the duo Bexar, who is the runner-up.

BEXAR / “One Day”
Writers: Chris Ryan/Logan Turner/Ross Copperman/Josh Osborne; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Ross Copperman; Label: Warner Music Nashville
– This duo continues to impress. Named for Bexar County, Texas, these two combine hooky melodic sensibilities with acoustic textures and rhythm-happy production. If this doesn’t get your toes tapping and your head singing “Hey” along with the gang, you must be deaf. Absolutely essential. And joyous, too.

JIMMIE ALLEN & BRAD PAISLEY / “Freedom Was a Highway”
Writers: Ash Bowers, Jimmie Allen, Matt Rogers; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Ash Bowers, Jimmie Allen; Label: Stoney Creek Records
– Rocking nostalgia for the days when we were all 17 years old and carefree. Both men sing with passion, and guess-who takes off a stinging guitar solo?

LAUREN WEINTRAUB / “She’s Mine”
Writers: Lauren Weintraub/Daniel Ross; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Daniel Ross; Label: Big Machine Music
– This gifted former Belmont student and NPR/Grammy U/NSAI talent contest standout has amassed more than a million views on TikTok with this debut single. It’s a tuneful swirl of jealousy, heartache and obsession. She can’t stop thinking about the girl who stole him away: “I guess we all got reasons why we can’t sleep at night—and she’s mine.” A star is born.

JAKE HOOT & KELLY CLARKSON / “I Would’ve Loved You”
Writers: Jake Hoot/Dean Sams/Jamie Floyd; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Danny Myrick; Label: MLH Records
The Voice winner teams up with his coach Clarkson on a dynamic, romantic power ballad. Both are mighty singers, and they hold nothing back as they tear this one up. Hang on for the “false” ending, after which they unleash two more blasts of fiery vocal emoting.

FILMORE / “Nothing’s Better”
Writers: Tyler Filmore/John Luke Carter/Michael Whitworth; Publishers: none listed; Producer: John-Luke Carter/Zach Abend; Label: Curb
– Here’s a switch. Instead of wallowing in heartache following a breakup, this tune is a celebration of getting rid of her. It’s kinda hip-hoppy and tuneless, but it has enormous goofy charm. I remain a fan.

RODNEY ATKINS / “A Little Good News”
Writers: Charlie Black/Rory Bourke/Tommy Rocco; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Brandon Hood; Label: Curb
– This 1983 Anne Murray oldie sounds relevant all over again in these troubled times, and Atkins’ reading of the song is super effective. The production is restrained, giving the lyric extra room to touch you. Applause for a job well done.

CLARE DUNN / “Real Thing”
Writers: Jenn DeCilveo/Clare Dunn; Publishers: Big Yellow Dog Music, Kobalt Music Publishing; Producer: Clare Dunn; Label: Big Yellow Dog
– She’s such a gripping singer, and perhaps never more so than when she’s dipping into her lowest alto range in the verses of this steamy shout of True Love.

PARKER McCOLLUM / “To Be Loved By You”
Writers: Parker McCollum/Rhett Akins; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane/Parkermac/Ritten by Rhettro, BMI; Producer: Jon Randall Stewart; Label: MCA Nashville
– I love the heart-in-throat country-boy sincerity in this vocal performance. He’s tormented by his failing attempts to get her to love him. There’s ache in every note while the band kicks up dust all around him. Highly listenable.

HUNTER HAYES / “The One That Got Away”
Writers: Hunter Hayes/Sam Ellis/Sara Haze; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Hunter Hayes/Andrew Wells; Label: LP Entertainment
– This is a pop-oriented, forward-momentum sound, with a vibe like wind rushing through a car’s open window. Hayes sings of freedom and escape as he leaves a bad relationship. It’s attractive, in an ‘80s kinda way, but I don’t think there’s much that is “country” about it.

CATHERINE BRITT / “Me”
Writers: Catherine Britt/Katrina Burgoyne; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Catherine Britt/Michael Muchow; Label: Beverly Hillbilly
– Dull production, dull performance, dull sentiment. Go find a song.

SEAFORTH / “Breakups”
Writers: Tom Jordan/Mitch Thompson/Liz Rose/Cameron Bedell; Publishers: Warner Chappell Music; Producer: Tom Jordan; Label: RCA
– A plaintive sob from a heart crushed by a bad goodbye. The vocals have a sweet/sad quality that evokes a lonely guy, drinking too much, hurting a lot and thinking about her with deep regret. It’s a little word-y, but the feelings are authentic. I’m in.

DANIELLE BRADBERY & KURT / “Yo Nunca He (Never Have I Ever)”
Writers: Danielle Bradbery/Laura Veltz/David Hall Hodges/KURT/Mauricio Rengifo; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Dann Huff/Enrique López Lezama; Label: Big Machine Records
– Although she does not speak fluent Spanish, Bradbery comes from Mexican roots. She taps into that via this duet with romantic, breathy Latin star Kurt. It is sung entirely in Spanish, except for interjections of the English song title. The whole thing goes down smoothly.