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PRISCILLA BLOCK SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE.

Priscilla Block with socially responsible representation from UMG Nashville’s Brian Wright, EVP of A&R; Mike Dungan, CEO & Chairman; and Cindy Mabe, President (Photo Credit: Katie Kauss)

The highly sought-after country newcomer Priscilla Block signs a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. Unfiltered and unapologetic, Priscilla’s honest approach to life, music and songwriting, resonates with fans.

“All of us at UMG are beyond thrilled that Priscilla has decided to join our family,” says UMG Nashville CEO & Chairman Mike Dungan.  “With a massive fan base already in place, we are excited to take her and her music to the Universe!”

New song “Just About Over You,” written by Priscilla with Emily Kroll and Sarah Jones, was recently released independently through the support of her dedicated fanbase who rallied together to finance the recording after hearing Priscilla play around with the song on her socials. Priscilla, astounded by the response, then saw the song shoot to the top of the iTunes all genre song chart within 12 hours. Now, “Just About Over You” is officially out to country radio for airplay. (Mercury Nashville / InDent Records)

“My song ‘Just About Over You’ is based on a true story. You know, I ran into my ex at a bar, came back, wrote this song with some girlfriends,” says Priscilla. “The fans kind of jumped behind this song and made this possible for me to even record it and release it. This song means, honestly, the entire world to me because I finally feel like the world gets to hear my music starting with this song.”

Originally from Raleigh, NC as one of five children, Priscilla moved to Nashville to pursue music shortly after high school. In Nashville, the affable up-and-comer worked multiple jobs to make ends meet while remaining steadfast in her study of songwriting and music.

Priscilla is a seasoned performer playing sold-out shows across the southeast including Deep South the Bar in Raleigh, the storied Listening Room Cafe, and Nashville’s rowdiest block party, Whiskey Jam. Priscilla has also shared the stage with artists including Gabby Barrett, Adam Craig and Dillon Carmichael.

Follow Priscilla on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and TikTok for more on her music journey.

Audio / Priscilla Block talks about her single, "Just About Over You."

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Priscilla Block (Just About Over You) OC: …this song. :22
“My song ‘Just About Over You’ is based on a true story. You know, I ran into my ex at a bar, came back, wrote this song with some girlfriends. The fans kind of jumped behind this song and made this possible for me to even record it and release it. This song means, honestly, the entire world to me because I finally feel like the world gets to hear my music starting with this song.”

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MICKEY GUYTON GIVES EMOTIONAL PERFORMANCE OF “BLACK LIKE ME” ON NBC’S TODAY.

Capitol Nashville’s Mickey Guyton performed the powerful “Black Like Me” yesterday as part of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, watch HERE. Praised by HITS for, “nudging America’s conscience with personal truth and gospel fervor,” “Black Like Me” has resonated with critics and fans alike since its release earlier this year. Mickey originally wrote the track at a cross-genre writing camp in 2019 but due to demand released the song this summer.

“Black Like Me” is featured on Mickey’s new EP, Bridges, in addition to, her current single “Heaven Down Here” and “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”, which she performed as part of the Academy of Country Music Awards with surprise guest Keith Urban last week, watch HERE. Mickey’s performance was hailed as one of the best of the show with Rolling Stone noting, “Guyton knocked it out of the park demonstrating that she’s got a world-class set of pipes as well as something important to say.”

For more information visit www.mickeyguyton.com

Fans can listen to Bridges HERE

THE NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR’S BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.

The nominees have been announced for tis year’s 2020 Billboard Music Awards. The Universal Music Group nominees include Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves who are vying for Top Country Female Artist, along with Maren Morris. Eric Church and George Strait are up for Top Country Tour, as well as Florida Georgia Line.

Taylor Swift is nominated for six BBMA trophies, including Top Billboard 200 Album for Lover. According to Billboard, the global superstar could set a few records in specific categories. She previously won in 2013 and 2015. She is also vying to win top Billboard 200 album for a record third time (with Lover, of course, not her more recent Folklore). She’s also hoping to win top female artist and top Billboard 200 artist, each for a record fourth time.

Kelly Clarkson will return as host for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on October 14th at 8pm ET on NBC.

This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020, which was intended the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 

Top Artist:
Billie Eilish
Jonas Brothers
Khalid
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

 

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted):
Mariah Carey
Luke Combs
Lil Nas X
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

 

Top Female Artist:
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

 

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

 

Top Song Sales Artist:
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

 

Top Country Female Artist:
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

 

Top Country Duo/Group:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

 

Top Country Tour:
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line
George Strait

 

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Billie Eilish “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next”
Khalid “Free Spirit”
Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Taylor Swift “Lover”

 

See the entire list of nominees here.

CHRIS STAPLETON RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE, “STARTING OVER.”

Chris Stapleton recently released the music video for “Starting Over,” which was shot during the recording process at the historic RCA Studio A on Music Row in Nashville. The clip features his wife and phenomenal vocalist Morgane, as well as producer Dave Cobb and bandmembers J.T. Cure and Derek Mixon.

 

Chris co-wrote “Starting Over” with his longtime collaborator Mike Henderson, and the tune is the title track from his upcoming album scheduled for release November 13th.

CAYLEE HAMMACK TAKES FIERY NEW SINGLE “JUST FRIENDS” TO TODAY – TUNE IN ON TUESDAY, 9/22.

Caylee Hammack is marking the official release of her new single “Just Friends” at Country Radio today with a special performance on TODAY. Fans can tune in to Hammack’s performance tomorrow (9/22) at 10am local time on NBC. Hammack co-wrote and co-produced “Just Friends” with Paste praising the cautionary tale, warning “stand back—she’s breathing fire.”

“Songwriter/producer/full-throttle vocalist” (HITS) Hammack just released her debut record IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU on August 14. Since the release, critics have continued to highly revere the 13-track set that sees Hammack with writer and producer credits on every track on the album. “Hammack has arrived with this 13-track adrenaline blast…every song on here plays out like an entry in Hammack’s diary—and is just as compelling…Hammack deserves to be a star” declares Billboard.

Recently winning a nod for ACM “Music Event Of The Year,” with Miranda Lambert, Caylee Hammack has been noted as an “Artist To Watch” by outlets including The Bobby Bones Show, Rolling Stone and HITS Magazine for her “voice to move mountains” (Rolling Stone). With her breakout Top 30 single “Family Tree” marking the most-added single at Country radio by a female artist in over three years, Hammack, the Capitol Nashville recording artist has previously brought her unforgettable live set to opening slots for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Brothers Osborne and some of country music’s biggest festivals. For more information visit www.cayleehammack.com.

NEWS AND NOTES: Mickey, Keith, Jordan and more

Mickey Guyton appeared on NBC’s Today Show Monday morning (September 21st). She talked to the hosts Hoda and Jenna after her stunning performance with Keith Urban at the ACM Awards. Plus, she shared a special performance of her single, “Black Like Me.” Watch below.

Keith Urban has released the official video for “One Too Many” with P!NK. The song is from his new album, The Speed of Now Part 1, which was just released on Friday (September 18th).

 

Jordan Davis recently released an acoustic version of his latest hit, “Almost Maybes.”

 

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BROTHERS OSBORNE HELP THE OPRY CELEBRATE BONNAROO.

The Grand Ole Opry celebrated the tradition and music of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on tonight’s show, the 4,942nd consecutive Saturday night broadcast. The Opry, originally scheduled to be part of this year’s Bonnaroo, which was unfortunately forced to cancel, continued with a special Opry at Bonnaroo livestream featuring performances by Brothers OsborneWendy Moten and Opry member Ricky Skaggs, all of who have performed at Bonnaroo.

“It feels good to be here,” Brothers Osborne shouted after performing “Skeletons,” the title from their upcoming new album scheduled for release on October 9th . “We have done some livestreams from our house but the energy of this room, it doesn’t need anyone in it to to get worked up. Maybe it’s the circle.” The award-winning duo also performed their current single “All Night” from Skeletons and their smash “It Ain’t My Fault.”

The special Opry at Bonnaroo aired on Circle TV 
livestreamed on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels, SiriusXM as well as the Opry’s flagship home 650 WSM AM and wsmonline.com.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TAKES HOME THIRD ACM ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD.

Carrie Underwood won the Academy’s highest honor for Entertainer of the Year with the first ever tie in that category (with Thomas Rhett). This is Carrie’s third win, making her the most awarded female in the ACM Entertainer of the Year category in ACM Awards history.

Carrie helped kick off the 55th Annual ACM Awards performing “Before He Cheats” from the Grand Ole Opry House as part of the show’s opening along with fellow Entertainer of the Year nominees. In celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, Carrie honored trailblazing female Opry members by performing a medley of songs including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Dolly Parton’s “Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That,” Reba McEntire’s “The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia,” and Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing.”

Carrie will release her first Christmas album, My Gift, on Friday, September 25th.

 

BRANDON LAY RELEASES “STARTIN’ YOUNG.”

EMI Nashville’s Brandon Lay releases new song “Startin’ Young” today. Written by Brandon, Ross Copperman and Erik Dylan, “Startin’ Young” follows the memories and regrets of a young couple not ready for the love they’d found. The girl never far from our protagonist’s mind, Brandon sings, “When the thought of you runs through my mind either way I think, if I’da been a little older I coulda handled you better.”

Fans can hear Brandon perform “Startin’ Young” and more today live at 5pm CT on his official Instagram @BrandonLayMusic and again on Wednesday, Sep. 23 for Risky Jam 9pm CT @WhiskeyJam.

Called “A country-rock version of Bruce Springsteen” (Rolling Stone), Brandon tallies over 150M streams with songs including “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers,” “Yada Yada Yada,” “For My Money” and more. For Brandon, whose hometown sits almost halfway in between two of music’s most influential cities, inspiration came from all sides. “You were hearing out of each ear: rock & roll and R&B to the west in Memphis, and country to the east in Nashville,” shares the Jackson, Tenn. native. Also an avid road warrior, Brandon has toured with some of country’s biggest artists including Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, Old Dominion and Kenny Chesney.

For more information on Brandon, please visit www.BrandonLay.com.

Audio / Brandon Lay talks about his new song, "Startin' Young."

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Brandon Lay (Startin’ Young) OC: …connect with it. :29
“So, ‘Startin’ Young’ is definitely a looking back song. It’s kind of about, it’s definitely about the first love, and anybody that’s been in love has a first love out there somewhere and when you fall for ’em it’s kind of like a bad habit. It’s no different than whiskey or cigarettes. It’s definitely easy to overdo, and that’s kind of what this song’s about — easy to overdo and hard to quit is kind of the themes that falling in love can do, and I just hope people can connect with it.”

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MADDIE & TAE ANNOUNCE HOLIDAY PROJECT WE NEED CHRISTMAS OUT OCTOBER 23RD.

Platinum-selling duo Maddie & Tae announce their first ever holiday release, We Need Christmas, available Oct. 23. The six-track project features two originals, “Merry Married Christmas” and title track “We Need Christmas,” plus beloved holiday favorites including “This Christmas,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”

Limited edition We Need Christmas merchandise and autographed memorabilia are available now for pre-order at weneedchristmas.maddieandtae.com.

“We are so proud of this project and loved recreating some of our favorite Christmas classics as well as write some of our own,” say Maddie Font and Taylor Kerr. “Making We Need Christmas was such a bright spot for us this year and we hope this project brings a little joy and peace to our fans during this difficult year.”

Christmas came early for Maddie and Tae as they unwrapped what they had assumed to be props at the We Need Christmas photo shoot to find personalized plaques celebrating the official RIAA Platinum certification for “Die From A Broken Heart,” the duo’s recent No. 1 song at country radio.

We Need Christmas Track List:

  1. This Christmas (Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor)
  2. Holly Jolly Christmas (Johnny Marks)
  3. O Come All Ye Faithful (Traditional)
  4. Merry Married Christmas (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Josh Kerr)
  5. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector)
  6. We Need Christmas (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Matthew West, AJ Pruis)

 

Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.