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Maren Morris Lands 1st Career #1 Song At Country Radio, Most Heard Female Artist On Country Radio In 2017

Photo credit: Alex Ferrari

Columbia Nashville GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Maren Morris scores her first No. 1 song, as both solo performer and songwriter, with her co-penned “I Could Use A Love Song” on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase Country charts this week.


The song that The New York Times touts as “phenomenal” and “a meditative plaint with clear passion” has struck a chord with country radio listeners, carrying the Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz and Morris written song to the top.


Morris has much to celebrate. Not only was she the most heard female artist on country radio in 2017, she also finished the year by garnering her fifth career GRAMMY Award-nomination with the newly No. 1 hit “I Could Use A Love Song” being nominated for BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards to be held later this month.


Morris kicked off the release of “I Could Use A Love Song,” her third single from her critically acclaimed label debut album HERO, by announcing the new single from the stage of the New Faces In Country Music showcase at the annual Country Radio Seminar last year in Nashville, TN, where Morris performed in front of a packed house of country radio representatives from all over the globe. It was noted that evening that Morris was the first artist in eight years to perform on the New Faces stage after winning a GRAMMY since Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum in 2009.


It has almost been two years (January 20, 2016) since Morris made country radio history with her debut single, the GRAMMY Award-winning “My Church,” having 107 first week country radio chart reporting stations playing the new song; making “My Church” the highest charting debut single by a female in Country Aircheck’s Mediabase history.


Morris continues to prove that when it comes to her work as a singer/songwriter there may not be a ceiling, time limit, or any other boundary that can contain the art that she has on the horizon.


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About Maren Morris

Twenty-seven year old Columbia Nashville singer/songwriter Maren Morris has quickly established herself with vocal styling’s that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence, Morris’ label-debut album, the GOLD-certified HERO, released via Columbia Nashville on June 3, 2016. One week after it was available, HERO entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, which spans across all genres. With this, the Arlington, Texas native became the first artist in the history of Columbia Nashville to open at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts with a debut album in the Soundscan era. Morris’ debut single from HERO, “My Church,” set a record at Country radio by having the most chart reporting stations to play a debut single by a country artist with 107 stations the week it hit the airwaves in addition to being certified PLATINUM by the RIAA.


Later in 2016 Morris tied for the most nominations with FIVE at the 50th Annual CMA Awards, including Album of the Year (HERO), Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year (“My Church”), Song of the Year (“My Church”) and New Artist of the Year which she won, marking her first CMA Award. She was tapped by Billboard Magazine to receive the Billboard ‘BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST’ Award at the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music Gala as well as being awarded the Breakthrough Artist Award by the Music Business Association at Music Biz 2017.


Kicking off 2017 Morris took home the GRAMMY for BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE for “My Church” at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards in addition to having the most nominations for a Country music artist with FOUR to her credit including BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST COUNTRY ALBUM (HERO) and BEST COUNTRY SONG (“My Church”). She received SIX nominations for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the YeaR which she took home the trophy for, Album of the Year (as artist and producer) for HERO, and Single Record of the Year (as artist and producer) for “My Church.” Morris was also named Radio Disney’s BEST NEW COUNTRY ARTIST at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. In the fall of 2017 Morris received three nominations for the 51st Annual CMA Awards including nominations for FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR as well as MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR and MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR, both for the No. 1 hit song “Craving You” by Thomas Rhett (featuring Maren Morris). In addition she received her fifth career GRAMMY Award-nomination for BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE (“I Could Use A Love Song”) for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards to be held January 2018.


Morris has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, CBS Sunday Morning, ELLEN, NBC’s The Voice, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Talk, Chelsea, NCIS: New Orleans, Sprout’s Sunny Side Up, the 50th Annual CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards and the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Morris wrapped 2017 with the conclusion of her first-ever headlining HERO Tour 2017, which also included dates in the U.K. Looking ahead at 2018 Maren will join Niall Horan on the Flicker World Tour 2018 with dates in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA.

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Brett Young Earns Third Consecutive No. 1 Hit 

“Hitmaker” (Tennessean) Brett Young continues to take “Country radio by storm” (Billboard) earning his third consecutive No. 1 with “Like I Loved You.” Young wrote the GOLD-certified tune alongside Jesse Lee, which climbed to the top spot on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts where it has remained for the past three weeks.

“This was such awesome news to start the new year,” Young said. “I’m genuinely blown away and so thankful to my fans and Country radio for their continued support of my music.”

Already earning the No. 1 spot on Shazam’s Country Chart, Marie Claire named “Like I Loved You” as the top Country Song of 2017 Worth Listening To. The trajectory follows his previous chart-toppers – PLATINUM-selling lead single “Sleep Without You” and 2X PLATINUM smash “In Case You Didn’t Know,” the first Country song released in 2017 to reach PLATINUM-certification status and one of only two Country songs released last year to earn the honor.

“Destined for mass appeal,” (Rolling Stone) Young released his “soothing, approachable” (New York Times) self-titled debut album on BMLG Records. The GOLD-certified album became an instant success leading to breakout hit “In Case You Didn’t Know” being listed in The New York Times 54 Best Songs of 2017, touted as “one of this year’s most impressive pop songs.” Amazon Music named the track as the Top Country Song of 2017 while Pandora listeners also recognized Young’s tune in the Top 50 of their all-genre Top Thumb Hundred list. The song’s official music video was greeted with matched enthusiasm, surpassing 160 million+ views since its release and landing among Vevo’s top all-genre videos of 2017. Young is also the only artist to have two videos on Vevo’s Top Country Videos Chart for 2017.

Young launched his own headlining CALIVILLE TOUR in October, selling out every stop following runs with Country’s hottest including Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. His momentum continued throughout 2017, landing on multiple Billboard Year End charts and being the only Country talent on the Top New Artists. He also took the No. 2 spot on the Year End Hot Country Songs, Country Digital Songs and Country Streaming Songs charts. ASCAP recognized his “quintessential breakout year,” honoring Young for one of the Most Played Songs of the Year with “Sleep Without You.” Young was named a Ticketmaster New Favorite Artist of 2017, Rare Country’s Best New Artist and was Shazam’s only Country act included on their Emerging Artists of 2017 list. He also drew prestigious CMA, ACM, Teen Choice Award, CMT Music Awards and AIMP Award nominations.

Young is slated to perform at the AT&T College Football Playoff concert in Atlanta this afternoon before hitting the road again for headline dates. Fans can also catch him on January 17 in Riviera Maya, Mexico for Luke Bryan’s CRASH MY PLAYA Festival before joining Thomas Rhett’s LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018. For additional information, visit: brettyoungmusic.com.

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Thomas Rhett Continues To Accelerate With Ninth Career No. 1 “Unforgettable,” His 3rd Chart-Topper In 2017 And Fasted Rising Single So Far

Photo courtesy of the Valory Music Co.

Current multi-CMA nominee and ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year THOMAS RHETT’s career continues to skyrocket as “Unforgettable” hits No. 1 today on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts, reaching the top in just 14 weeks as the fastest-peaking song of his career so far. The “charming” (Rolling Stone) single is also holding the No. 1 spot for the third straight week on the Mediabase Canada Country chart. “Unforgettable” is the second single from Thomas Rhett’s Billboard 200 chart-topping release LIFE CHANGES (The Valory Music Co.), marking the third No. 1 this year and the ninth of his career.

“This is a really cool way to kick off CMA week,” said Thomas Rhett. “It’s always a good week because everyone is in town, we all get to see each other, hangout backstage at the show, but to also find out ‘Unforgettable’ is No. one is awesome.”

Thomas Rhett is currently nominated for three CMA Awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event Of The Year and Music Video of the Year for the No. 1 GOLD-certified lead track “Craving You” as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist. He has earned major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, iHeart Radio Music Awards and more while also drawing GRAMMY® Awards and Teen Choice Awards nominations, among others.

In September, Thomas Rhett released his third album LIFE CHANGES, the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with a diverse batch of songs united by the “consistency of their craft” (Variety) as he stretches his sound to new limits. Highlighting his “detailed style of songwriting” (Rolling Stone), the new release debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking the first Country release to take the top spot in 2017.  He recently announced his headlining LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018, following his in-demand HOME TEAM TOUR which has sold out 27 stops so far this year and continues this week in Europe. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit ThomasRhett.com.

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Midland Celebrates First Career No. 1, “Drinkin’ Problem”

(L-R) Midland’s Jess Carson, Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy  Photo credit: Ed Rode

Nashville came out strong yesterday (10/11) to celebrate Midland’s first career No. 1 for their certified-GOLD debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” at the Sutler Saloon. Midland co-wrote Country Music’s definitive drinking tune of 2017 with hit tunesmiths Shane McAnally (GMR) and Josh Osborne (ASCAP) and recorded alongside esteemed producer, Dann Huff. The feat marked Osborne’s 14th no. 1 and McAnally’s 25th ascend during the celebration hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

Midland follows the chart-topper with their new optimistic tune, “Make A Little” from their critically-acclaimed debut album on Big Machine Records. Touted as “the year’s best Country album” by The Washington Post, ON THE ROCKS earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart.

Fans can catch Midland this weekend at Austin City Limits Music Festival and out with Jon Pardi on CMT On Tour this fall. In early 2018, the trio will take the stage with Little Big Town and Kasey Musgraves. For more information about new music and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit MidlandOfficial.com.

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BMI And SESAC Celebrate No. 1 Hit “Flatliner”

(L-R): Sony ATV’s Josh Van Valkenburg; KP Entertainment’s Kerri Edwards; producer Michael Carter; songwriter Matt Bronleewe (SESAC); Cole Swindell (BMI); songwriter Jaron Boyer (SESAC); BMI’s David Preston; SESAC’s Shannon Hatch; peer music’s Kim Wiggins; Warner Music Nashville’s Cris Lacy. (Photo by Steve Lowry)

Hit songwriters Cole Swindell (BMI), Jaron Boyer (SESAC) and Matt Bronleewe (SESAC) gathered with fans, friends and industry notables last night to celebrate the No. 1 hit “Flatliner,” from Swindell’s certified RIAA Gold album You Should Be Here. The party took place at legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge prior to Swindell headlining the Stay Downtown at Tootsie’s 57th Birthday Bash, named after Swindell’s current single, “Stay Downtown.” “Flatliner,” which features Cole’s friend/mentor Dierks Bentley, became Swindell’s record-breaking seventh consecutive No. 1 single and his tenth overall as a songwriter.

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Darius Rucker Celebrates 8th #1 Hit, “If I Told You”, And Previews New Music

Music industry and friends gathered at the newly-unveiled entertainment venue Topgolf this week to celebrate Darius Rucker’s 8th number one hit song, “If I Told You”.

The three-time GRAMMY winner celebrated the current hit off his forthcoming album alongside the songwriters: Ross Copperman (BMI), Shane McAnally (GMR) and Jon Nite (ASCAP).

Following the presentation of the awards, guests were treated to a full band preview of his 5th studio album entitled, ‘When Was The Last Time’, set to release on October 20th.  Rucker became the first artist, along with his band the Carolina Grey Boys, to play a full set at the new venue and entertained the crowd with several new songs.  He closed out the set with his rendition of an old favorite, “Wagon Wheel”.

Fans who pre-order Darius Rucker’s new album will also receive the instant grat track, “Don’t”.

We can’t wait to hear more from the chart-topping country singer!

Afterwards, all guests were invited to stick around and try their hand at knocking a few golfballs out at the lit targets on the large driving range as a special preview of Topgolf before opening to the public on September 22nd.

About Darius Rucker
Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album, True Believers. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his seventh No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. Rucker’s last single, “If I Told You,” is his eighth No. 1 on country radio and the first cut from When Was The Last Time, his forthcoming fifth album for Capitol Nashville, due out October 20.


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Dierks Bentley Celebrated His 16th #1, “Black”, In Nashville

Pictured (l-r): Ross Copperman, Dierks Bentley, Ashley Gorley

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley celebrated his 16th career #1 as an artist and 13th #1 as a songwriter behind “Black” with industry friends and media alike, as they were treated to a chic party by performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI hosted yesterday (6/22) at Nashville’s new restaurant Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway. Serving as the third consecutive chart topper off Bentley’s critically acclaimed album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville), the Gold-certified single and most personal song to date for Bentley was co-written alongside ASCAP songwriter Ashley Gorley, who celebrated his 33rd #1 song, and BMI songwriter Ross Copperman, who celebrated his 16th, and was produced by Copperman along with Arturo Buenahora. Both Copperman and Gorley were named Country Music Songwriter of the Year by their respective PROs in 2016. 

​”Black” hit the top of the charts exactly one year after the release of Bentley’s “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME), and further illustrates Bentley’s depth and diversity as an artist as the smash hit follows the chart-topping Platinum-certified and award winning hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” ​BLACK serves as one of only two Country albums released since last May that has been certified Gold while simultaneously spawning three certified songs by the RIAA. All three chart toppers released from the multi-nominated Album of the Year record have have seen more than 389 million digital streams.
Also on hand to celebrate the ​song were label UMG Nashville’s Cindy Mabe and publishers Combustion Music’s Kenley Flynn, Kobalt’s Jesse Willoughby, Rezolant’s Tim Wipperman, Sony/ATV’s Josh Van Valkenburg and Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill
About Dierks Bentley
The “king of the breakup song” (Noisey), continues to balance “robust record sales and heavy radio play with acclaim from even those critics who had seemed allergic to Nashville’s output in the past” (Esquire) as all three singles released from his eighth studio album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville) have now received certifications from the RIAA. “The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has amassed 16 No. One songs, 13 GRAMMY nominations and countless nominations from CMA, ACM, People Choice and Billboard Music Awards. More than half a million fans have already flooded sold-out arenas and amphitheaters in 2017 across North America to witness the “wildly entertaining affair” (Tampa Bay Times) that is Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR. Special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi round out the full-throttle summer party as Bentley continues “forging ahead into new terrain,” (Hartford Courant). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.
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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Michael Ray And Writers Celebrate “Think A Little Less”

Pictured: (L-R): BMIsongwriter Thomas Rhett, BMI artist Michael Ray, ASCAP writer Jimmy Robbins,BMI writer Barry Dean. (not pictured: ASCAP writer Jon Nite.) (Photo by Steve Lowry.)

The Sutler Saloon saw a crowd of friends, family, and industry executives converge on June 13 in celebration of “Think A Little Less,” which recently soared to number one on the country charts. Written by BMI writers Thomas Rhett and Barry Dean with ASCAP writers Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite, the song is the second number one for Warner Music Nashville artist Michael Ray. Fresh off the heels of his moving performance at CMA Fest with Randy Travis, Ray has a new music coming soon and a summer full of tour dates across the country. Congratulations to the country music stars!

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Josh Turner And Writers Celebrate “Hometown Girl”

Pictured: (L-R): ASCAP songwriter Marc Beeson, BMI artist Josh Turner and BMI songwriter Daniel Tashian.

On Tuesday, June 19, friends, family and industry executives united in celebration of Josh Turner’s number one hit “Hometown Girl” at South. Written by BMI songwriter Daniel Tashian and ASCAP songwriter Marc Beeson, the song marks the fifth career number one for Josh Turner, the third for Beeson and the first for Tashian. The track is the second single off Turner’s new Album Deep South, which debuted at number one on the Hot Country Album charts in March. Congratulations to all and much luck to Turner as he spends the summer touring!

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Chris Stapleton Scores #1 Album

Chris Stapleton’s From A Room, Volume 1 debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The collection sold 219,000 units (and 202,000 in traditional album sales) to land at No. 1 on the Country chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. This is the highest-selling country debut since Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights sold 320,000 in its first week in 2015. Stapleton also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart this week (Logic’s Everybody sold 196,000 in album sales, but with over 70 million streams).

Chris not only holds the top spot on the Country album chart, but he is also sitting at No. 2 with his previous album, Traveller, which sold nearly 24,000 copies this week. This marks only the second time a male artist has held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the same week since 1993 (when Garth Brooks accomplished that feat December 2016). It’s also the fourth time for any country artist since then (LeAnn Rimes in 2003 and Taylor Swift in 2009). Rounding out the Top 3 this week isKeith Urban’s Ripcord.

Stapleton says he didn’t feel any pressure for his new album even with the double-platinum success of his previous record, Traveller. “I didn’t have any expectations for the last record. I was hoping if we even sold 50,000 records, it’d be a giant victory for me as far as getting to go out and play shows and play live and keep the wheels rolling, but we did a little bit more than that,” says Chris. “So, I kind of feel the same way about this record. It’s a new record and my expectations for this record don’t have much to do with the last record. I want them to be whatever it’s gonna be for this record.

The Kentucky native, who just released his new single “Either Way,” is in the midst of headlining his All-American Road Show. He’s set to play San Diego on Thursday (May 18th), Phoenix on Friday (May 19th) and L.A. on Saturday (May 20th).

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