ASCAP and Music Row came together on Tuesday, April 29th to celebrate “I Hold On,” which hit the top of the charts earlier this month to become Dierks Bentley’s 11th career #1 single as an artist and a songwriter. The hit marked the 16th chart-topper for ASCAP co-writer Brett James, and producers Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora were also congratulated in front of a packed crowd at the Pour House in Nashville. Publishers Combustion Music and Warner/Chappell Music, and label Capitol Records Nashville were also on hand to celebrate the group.
“I Hold On” was released in late 2013 as the lead single from Bentley’s seventh studio #1 album, Riser, and was recently certified Gold in the US and Canada. Riser’s second single, “Drunk on a Plane,” was released to country radio on April 21st and has already been named “Nashville’s freshest, funniest party song” (Star Tribune).
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 500,000 members representing over 9 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com