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Keith Urban’s Chart-Topping, ACM Awards-Nominated Hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Celebrated In Nashville

Pictured (l-r): Producer Dann Huff, songwriter Steven Lee Olsen, Keith Urban, songwriters Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg. Photo credir: Ed Rode

Music Row friends and family packed The Basement East to celebrate the team behind the ACM Awards Song of the Year nominated Keith Urban hit single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” The tune marked eighteenth chart-topper for songwriter Hillary Lindsey and the second for co-writer Clint Lagerberg, while songwriter-artist Steven Lee Olsen celebrated his very first #1 song. Lindsey is also nominated for the ACM’s Songwriter of the Year award, while Urban is up for ACM awards in four additional categories: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album and Single of the Year.

The celebration kicked off with a live performance of “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Urban, the songwriters and producer/guitarist Dann Huff, followed by a long line of music industry well-wishers who took to the mic to offer their congratulations, including publishers BMG’s Daniel Lee, Cornman Music’s Nate Lowery, Sea Gayle Music’s Marc Driskill, Spirit Music’s Daniel Hill and Warner/Chappell’s Ben Vaughn; and Urban’s label home Capitol/UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan. Hosted by ASCAP’s Mike Sistad and Beth Brinker, the party was sponsored in part by First Tennessee Bank.
Photos by Ed Rode for ASCAP.
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About ASCAP
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 over 600,000 members representing more than 10 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. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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Celebration Of Dierks Bentley’s 14th Number

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Pictured (l-r): Songwriters Michael Tyler and Alexander Palmer, Dierks Bentley, and songwriters Josh Mirenda, Dave Kuncio and Jaron Boyer. Photo by Ed Rode for ASCAP.

Performance rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC hosted a #1 party on Wed., July 20th at South in Nashville to celebrate Dierks Bentley’s 14th #1 song, “Somewhere on a Beach,” which dominated the top spot on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts for two consecutive weeks. A packed-to-capacity crowd turned out to congratulate four first-time #1 songwriters, ASCAP’s Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda, BMI’s Alexander Palmer, and SESAC’s Michael Tyler, as well as SESAC writer Jaron Boyer, who was honored for his second chart-topper. Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora produced the Gold-certified track, which serves as the lead single from Bentley’s best-selling album, Black (Capitol Records Nashville). Publishers BMG, Cornman Music, peermusic and Warner Chappell were also on hand to celebrate the song.  Continue Reading →

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ASCAP CELEBRATES KELSEA BALLERINI’S DEBUT #1 SINGLE

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Pictured (l-r): Black River Entertainment's Gordon Kerr and Celia Froelig, Kerr, Whitehead, Ballerini, Carpenter, Parallel Music Publishing's Tim Hunze and ASCAP's Mike Sistad. Photo by Ed Rode.

ASCAP hosted a #1 party to celebrate “Love Me Like You Mean It,” Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini’s first #1 song as an artist and a songwriter, on Monday, August 10th in the lobby of the performing rights organization’s Music Row offices. A shoulder-to-shoulder crowd cheered Ballerini and her co-writers Lance Carpenter, Josh Kerr and Forest Glen Whitehead, who also celebrated their first chart-topping hits as songwriters. Whitehead also produced the track, which made Ballerini the first solo female artist in nine years to hit #1 with her debut country single and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Publishers Black River Music Publishing and Parallel Music Publishing were also on hand to celebrate the group.

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Ashley Gorley Named Songwriter of the Year at 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

imageThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted the 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, November 3rd in the Grand Ballroom of Nashville’s Music City Center. The writers of country music’s most performed songs of the period between April 2013 and March 2014 were honored before an audience of distinguished Nashville songwriters, top country stars and music industry leaders. Special tribute was paid to Alan Jacksonand songwriter Craig Wiseman, who were each presented with the ASCAP Heritage Award in commemoration of ASCAP’s 100th anniversary.

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ASCAP to Host 52nd Country Music Awards At Nashville’s Music City Center On Monday, November 3rd

ASCAP Founders Award Honoree George Strait with ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams at the 2013 ASCAP Country Music Awards. Photo by Ed Rode.

ASCAP Founders Award Honoree George Strait with ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams at the 2013 ASCAP Country Music Awards. Photo by Ed Rode.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will host the 52nd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, November 3rd at downtown Nashville’s Music City Center for the second consecutive year. The venue, which opened in May of 2013, boasts the largest grand ballroom in the state, with breathtaking views of downtown Nashville and the Cumberland River. The invitation-only, black-tie event will honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed Country music songs of the past year. Continue Reading →

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Paul Williams Stands Up For “True Value Of Contributors”

“It’s no secret to those of us who make our living creating music that many of the powerful corporate interests that control the flow of music online want to pay less for the right to play copyrighted music… We simply want to be compensated in a way that reflects the true value of our contribution to these music businesses” said Paul Williams, the Oscar, GRAMMY and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter who is also the President & Chairman of the Board at ASCAP in a recent letter to The Hill.


As they celebrate 100 years of fighting for songwriters’ rights, this is just the latest example of ASCAP working to “create a more modern and efficient music licensing system that works better for all stakeholders.”http://bit.ly/1soQdEu

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Dierks Bentley & Brett James Honored For “I HOLD ON” #1

Dierks BentleyASCAP 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).James & Bentley

ABOUT ASCAP
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

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ASCAP’s Music Row Office Featured On Hit ABC Television Drama Nashville

ASCAPThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will be featured on the hit ABC television drama Nashville on Wednesday, January 22nd at 10pm ET/9pm CT. The successful series stars Connie Britton as fading country music superstar Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as young rising country star Juliette Barnes, longtime ASCAP members Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne) and Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), Kimberly Williams-Paisley and more. The series, created by Academy Award-winner Callie Khouri and co-produced by Nashville’s own Steve Buchanan, Executive Vice President of Opry Entertainment Group, filmed several scenes at ASCAP’s Nashville office at 2 Music Square West in November of last year. Continue Reading →

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George Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight” #1 Party Celebration

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Pictured (l-r): UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan, ASCAP’s Michael Martin, HoriPro Entertainment’s Butch Baker, co-writers Mark Bright and Tim James, Tony Brown, BMI’s Perry Howard, co-writer Phil O’Donnell, Delbert’s Boy Music’s Kirsten Wines, and Warner/Chappell’s Alicia Pruitt and Ben Vaughn. Photo by Ed Rode.

ASCAP, BMI and the CMA hosted a #1 Party on Monday, June 24th to celebrate the team behind George Strait‘s 60th #1 single, “Give It All We Got Tonight.” The ballad became Strait’s 115th career single and was the first release from his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Label MCA Nashville’s “60for60” promotional campaign, designed to give Strait 60 #1 songs while he was still 60 years old, pushed “Give It All We Got Tonight” to #1 on the Mediabase charts for the week of May 12th – 18th, 2013 — just days before Strait’s 61st birthday.

Written by ASCAP member Mark Bright and BMI’s Tim James and Phil O’Donnell, and produced by Tony Brown, the song marked the first #1 as a songwriter for Bright, who is perhaps best known for his success as Carrie Underwood’s longtime producer. Publishers Delbert’s Boy Music, HoriPro Entertainment and Warner/Chappell, as well as label MCA Nashville, were also on hand to congratulate the group.

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Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament Kick-Off Party & Writers Round

Pictured (l-r): Front row: songwriter Stephony Smith, Arista Nashville recording artist Kristen Kelly, songwriter Cheryl LuQuire and MRLGT volunteer Eve Abdo. Back row: UCPMidTN's John Pickett, BMI's Penny Everhard, City National Bank's Diane Pearson, Frank Rogers Productions' Courtney Crist, 377 Management's Malia Axsom, me gusta music's Trina Smith, ASCAP's Suzanne Lee and Music Health Alliance's Herky Williams. Not pictured: songwriter Lisa Carver and NSAI's Susan Myers. Photo by ASCAP's Alison Toczylowski

Pictured (l-r): Front row: songwriter Stephony Smith, Arista Nashville recording artist Kristen Kelly, songwriter Cheryl LuQuire and MRLGT volunteer Eve Abdo. Back row: UCPMidTN’s John Pickett, BMI’s Penny Everhard, City National Bank’s Diane Pearson, Frank Rogers Productions’ Courtney Crist, 377 Management’s Malia Axsom, me gusta music’s Trina Smith, ASCAP’s Suzanne Lee and Music Health Alliance’s Herky Williams. Not pictured: songwriter Lisa Carver and NSAI’s Susan Myers. Photo by ASCAP’s Alison Toczylowski

The Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament, sponsored by ASCAP, City National Bank, Tim McGraw and McGhee Entertainment to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, launched registration for its August 19th tourney with a party and female songwriters round at Nashville’s Rebar on Wednesday, June 19th. Performances featured songwriters Lisa Carver, Cheryl LuQuire and Stephony Smith, and MRLGT supporter and Arista Nashville recording artist Kristen Kelly stopped by to help the tournament’s planning committee get the party started, before heading off to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Continue Reading →

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