BMLG Promotes Nicole Flammia to VP, Creative Photo & Video Production

Nicole Flammia. Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Label Group

Big Machine Label Group has promoted Nicole Flammia to Vice President, Creative Photo & Video Production. In her new role, Flammia will continue to work closely with Big Machine Label Group’s full roster of artists and their management teams to produce music videos, photoshoots and additional content.

“Nicole has been a true leader and creative force at Big Machine Label Group,” said BMLG Creative Team Sr. Vice President Sandi Spika Borchetta. “Her dedication, hard work ethic and production mindset has greatly contributed to the success of our creative content. Congratulations, Nicole! We are proud you are a part of the Machine!”

A graduate of Belmont University, Flammia joined BMLG in 2015 with a seasoned background in video production. Her innovative work has resulted in multiple CMA and ACM award wins and nominations for videos such as Thomas Rhett’s “Remember You Young,” Lady A’s “What If I Never Get Over You,” Carly Pearce’s “I Hope You’re Happy Now” and Sugarland’s “Babe.” Flammia was also included in MusicRow’s 2021 Next Big Thing Music Industry Directory.

“I’m so grateful to be a part of a company that pushes boundaries, embraces creativity and continues to evolve in our industry,” said Flammia. “The creative team at Big Machine is almost a second family to me. I’ve learned and grown so much over these last six years and I look forward to be able to contribute to our future. Thank you to Sandi and Scott Borchetta for this opportunity and their continued support.”

Taylor Swift’s New Recording of ‘Love Story’ Drops at Midnight

“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” album cover. Photo: Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift has re-recorded her 2008 album Fearless and the first track from the new sessions, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” will be released at midnight.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) has 26 songs including six never before released songs that she wrote during the same time period, around ages 16 to 18.

Swift shared the news Thursday (Feb. 11) via a video message aired exclusively on Good Morning America. She said, “I’ve now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only the songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it. The full picture.”

She also revealed the cover artwork for the album and followed the announcement with social media posts, including the one on Twitter (below). In part, she writes, “This process has been more fulfilling and emotional than I could’ve imagined and has made me even more determined to re-record all of my music.” Fans quickly noticed the random capitalized letters which spell out “APRIL NINTH,” and predicted that is the release date of the album.

Swift has long had plans to re-record her first six albums, following the acquisition of her former label home, Big Machine Records, by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings.

BBR Music Group Promotes Matthew Holmberg

Matthew Holmberg, Photo: Cody Heckber

Matthew Holmberg has been promoted to Manager of Group Strategy, Syndication & Secondary Promotion at BBR Music Group. Holmberg will continue to report to VP of Radio Syndication & Group Strategy, Renee Leymon.

Holmberg’s responsibilities include assisting Leymon with syndication and radio chain group strategy for the label group, building and maintaining relationships with key syndicated partners, and creating and executing satellite radio tours, live virtual radio tours, syndication/media days and content days for the label group.

“Matthew has been such an integral part of our department and BBRMG as a whole,” said Leymon. “He is an incredibly hard worker and always has a solution to everything. Matthew continues to blow us away daily with his dedication and intelligence he brings to his role.”

Since joining BBR Music Group in April 2017 as Catalog Coordinator for Magic Mustang Music, Holmberg has held the positions of Promotion Coordinator for Red Bow Records and Wheelhouse Records, and Manager of Secondary Promotion. While attending Belmont University, Holmberg interned for BBRMG in 2013 and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration—Music Business.

Jay DeMarcus’ Red Street Records To Sponsor NASCAR Driver Natalie Decker

Jay DeMarcus, Jason Crabb, Natalie Decker. Photo: Courtesy Red Street Records / Conduit Media

Jay DeMarcus‘ Red Street Records is sponsoring NASCAR driver Natalie Decker as she joins RSS Racing, managed by Reaume Brothers Racing, for five races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The partnership makes history as the first time a Christian label has sponsored a NASCAR driver, and the design of the car features Red Street Records artist Jason Crabb showcased on the hood promoting his new single, “Just As I Am.”

Decker will be running the #23 Chevy Camaro for five races to start the year, and will be making her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the Daytona Road Course. She has made significant strides in the last few years racing in the ARCA series and most recently in the NCWTS, where she became the highest finishing female in the NASCAR Truck Series, finishing 5th at Daytona in 2020.

Photo: Courtesy Red Street Records / Conduit Media

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Team Decker,” said DeMarcus, owner of Red Street Records. “Natalie is on the cutting edge of the racing industry; her meteoric rise continues to be amazing and unprecedented! She is the next generation. We here at Red Street view our journey in much the same way: innovation, and “outside the box” thinking, have set us apart, in the same way that Natalie has been set apart as one of NASCAR’s youngest female drivers in history. That makes Team Decker and Red Street Records the perfect combination!”

“First, I have to say thank you, thank you to all my fans that support me and show me so much love! I love you all!,” said Decker. “Thank you to Todd DiBenedetto for connecting Natalie Decker LLC and Red Street Records. Thank you, Red Street Records, for believing in me and wanting to be part of this Journey with me. Our first race is the Daytona road course, and I could not be any happier, we have Jason Crabb and his new single on the hood of the car. This song is so meaningful to me and the inspiration I get from Jason when I hear this song is unbelievable! I’m excited for this journey and I’m so happy I finally get to share it with all of you!”

Morgan Wallen Tells Fans To Stop Defending Him: ‘It’s On Me To Take Ownership For This’

Morgan Wallen. Photo: John Shearer

A little over a week after a video surfaced of a drunken Morgan Wallen yelling profanities including the N-word outside his Nashville home, the singer-songwriter has released a statement. The five-minute video, posted late Wednesday night (Feb. 10), shows Wallen nine days sober. “The video that you saw was me on hour 72 of 72 of a bender, and that’s not something I’m proud of either.”

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Wallen’s statement was his call to fans to stop defending him. “I appreciate those who still see something in me and have defended me, but for today, please don’t. I was wrong. It’s on me to take ownership for this. I fully accept any penalties I’m taking.”

Though his music was largely effaced from country radio, with companies like iHeartMedia and Cumulus pulling his music from their hundreds of stations, Wallen’s sales have surged following the incident.

Wallen said that he had accepted invitations from “some amazing Black organizations,” to open a dialogue about the issue.

Noteably, Wallen also commented that when he was made aware of the video shortly before it was posted to TMZ, he issued a larger apology that was not published in full.

Watch Wallen’s full statement below.

FGL to Play Amazon Global Live Stream February 25

UPDATED: Due to inclement weather in Nashville, the event has been moved to Feb. 25.

“Due to inclement weather in Nashville, we are moving our Amazon Music Global Livestream to Thursday, Feb. 25. The party starts at 7pm CT via the Amazon Music Twitch channel and within the Amazon Music mobile app. Keep on listening to LIFE ROLLS ON and we look forward to performing for y’all next week!” said the band.

Florida Georgia Line. Photo: John Shearer

Florida Georgia Line has partnered with Amazon Music for an upcoming exclusive global live stream concert, “Life Rolls On From The FGL House,” featuring new music from FGL’s brand new album Life Rolls On, on Feb. 25.

CMT’s Cody Alan will host a Q&A before the duo performs live with their full band from their venue in Nashville. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. CT and fans can catch all the action via the Amazon Music Twitch channel and within the Amazon Music mobile app via the new livestreaming functionality by Twitch and Amazon Music. The performance will also be available to watch on the Amazon Music Twitch channel for three days afterwards.

“We’ve definitely been missing the road, our band, and especially our fans,” said FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. “We can’t think of a better reason to team up with our CMT family and hit the stage at FGL House in support of our fellow downtown Nashville merchants affected by the bombing. With the help of our friends at Amazon Music, we’ll be playing and live streaming tunes from Life Rolls On, and can’t wait to share some good vibes with our community. Tune in y’all!”

For “Life Rolls On From The FGL House,” Amazon Music, Florida Georgia Line, CMT and Big Machine Label Group have each donated to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Nashville Neighbors Fund to support downtown merchants affected by the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville. Grants from the Fund are made available to nonprofits providing services for both immediate and long-term needs for those impacted from the explosion. Fans can learn more about the Fund by visiting or donate during the livestream via Tiltify.

John Cantu Appointed GM of RED Creative Records

John Cantu. Photo: Courtesy RED Creative Group

John Cantu has been named General Manager of RED Creative Records. In this new position, Cantu will oversee day-to-day operations, marketing, distribution, branding, and creative direction for RED’s artist and development roster, including LJ, Noah Hicks, and Baker Grissom.

Cantu comes to RED Creative from Anthem Entertainment, where he worked in a global label and corporate marketing role. He also previously served as Marketing Director for Riser House Entertainment, where he helped launch the careers of artists like Mitchell Tenpenny.

“I am very excited to welcome John to RED Creative Records,” says RED Creative Group’s founder, Jeremy Stover. “His thoughtful vision, business, and creative prowess are great assets that are going to benefit us immensely at RED. He loves artists and working with them to make their vision a success.”

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to build upon what Jeremy has created,” said Cantu. “I’m a big fan of the thoughtfulness, creativity, and quality behind everything at RED. Jeremy has an amazing track record and has grown an impressive roster and business. I’m looking forward to helping RED and our artists make some noise.”

Since its inception under Stover in 2014, RED Creative Group has celebrated over 200 cuts and 35 singles on the country charts with songs including “How Not To” by Dan + Shay, “Somebody Else Will” by Justin Moore, “How I’ll Always Be” by Tim McGraw, “Sleep Without You” by Brett Young, and “After A Few” by Travis Denning. The group has also helped secure label deals for their developing acts, including Denning (Mercury) and Adam Hambrick (Capitol Nashville/Buena Vista).

Centricity Partners With ADA; Plans New Music From Lauren Daigle and More

Pictured (clockwise): Lauren Daigle, Apollo LTD, Coby James, Chris Renzema

Centricity Music, the No. 1 Billboard Top Christian Albums Imprint for the third consecutive year, partners with Warner Music Group’s ADA Worldwide for distribution in 2021.

Centricity Music and ADA were already partners for the release of Lauren Daigle’s Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning Look Up Child. Going forward, all active Centricity Music titles will be available for retail accounts to purchase through ADA.

This includes Daigle’s first new music in two years, “Hold On To Me,” set for release Feb. 26.

Other new music is coming from Chris RenzemaNorth Point Worship and Coby James, this is in addition to recent releases from Apollo LTD and Jordan Feliz.

“We are so excited to be partnering with ADA. When looking for a distribution partner we were looking for a world-class organization with additional opportunities for the Centricity artists,” said Steve Ford, Centricity Music General Manager. “With ADA we found an incredible team that was excited about the entire roster. We look forward to working with them to continue the artist development story for our artists.”

“We have long admired the extraordinary Centricity team and roster, and on behalf of everyone at ADA, we are proud to welcome Centricity to the family,” said Eliah Seton, President of Independent Music and Creator Services at Warner Music Group. “We can’t wait to help amplify the unique voices of this incredible label in the US and around the world.”

In 2020, Centricity Music artists and Centricity Publishing songwriters received 15 GMA Dove Award nominations and three wins.

Centricity was previously distributed by CCMG/Universal.

Spotify Launches Website Noteable For Songwriters, Artists

Carole King featured on the Spotify’s Noteable site.

Spotify’s new global home for songwriters, producers, and publishers, Noteable, has officially launched.

The Noteable website features a central space to learn about everything Spotify has to offer, find new opportunities, and collaborate with other users. Through the new website, email newsletter, Instagram, and Twitter, listeners can get the latest news, updates on relevant products and services, new programs and video resources, and connect.

On Noteable ( users can access all of the resources available, including relevant information on Spotify Publishing Analytics, Spotify for Artists, Songwriter Pages, the newly-launched Songwriters Hub, or SoundBetter, plus answers to FAQs and news straight from Spotify and the industry at large.

The site will also feature video series including The Game Plan and Songwriter Saturdays series, featuring Julia Michaels, Boi 1-da, and more. Later this year, a new series for students, “How I Started, How It’s Going,” featuring world-class producers walking viewers through their career arcs will be introduced, as well as “Song Start,” an educational video series in partnership with Ali Tamposi and Tamar Kaprelian to coach new songwriters and artists as they delve into the complexities of the industry.

A new monthly newsletter, The Beat Drop, will also highlight industry news and feature Noteable Releases for the month.

CMHoF Exhibit Highlights 2020 In Country Music

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open the exhibit American Currents: State of the Music on Friday, March 12, 2021, highlighting the most significant developments in country music over the previous year.

Those recognized in this year’s exhibition through artifacts on display include Gabby Barrett, Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Rissi Palmer, John Prine, Sister Sadie, Billy Strings and Eddie Stubbs.

“As a museum, we document and report on country music history—past and present. Each year through the American Currents: State of the Music exhibit, we explore the music and events that helped to shape it,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Amid a global health crisis, a renewed push for social justice, and more, the powerful role of country music and the stories told through it remained constant.”

The exhibit’s Unbroken Circle feature illustrates connections between country music’s past and present by pairing memorabilia from artists such as Jimmie Allen and Darius Rucker; Ingrid Andress and Faith Hill; Charley Crockett and Freddy Fender; and Dierks Bentley’s Hot Country Knights and the Statler Brothers’ Lester “Roadhog” Moran & the Cadillac Cowboys.

Also included is a video compilation of important country music moments from 2020, and the year’s chart-topping albums, singles and highest-grossing tours.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 6, 2022.