2021 JUNE 28 CountryInsider.com | Sign Up For Daily Email Here Carried Away: Eddie Garcia Looks Back On His Three-State, Four-Day Charity Walk. Steve Bogard says Eddie Garcia’s three-state walk from West down to last week was only half the journey. Garcia, a co-host of the -syndicated “The Show” hiked 73.15 miles, inspired by a line in the 1997 hit “Carrying Your Love With Me,” which Bogard wrote with Jeff Stevens. But Bogard says he and Stevens wrote “Carrying Your Love With Me” with the idea that the song’s protagonist would soon return to the Mountain State. “Yeah, that’s definitely not a one-way trip,” Bogard tells Country Insider. (Continued on page 4)

COUNTRY INSIDER TOP 5: “” Goes 5x Platinum As RIAA Certifies Five Singles. Bill Hagy Talks About A Hall Of Fame Career In The Birthplace Of . GRAMMY Museum Awards Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum $20K For Recording Archival Project. Launches More Than 350 Digital-Platform Stations, Including “Jake Owens’s Tiki Tonk.” Consultant Scott Huskey: Make The Listener Feel Special.

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Audacy Introduces Hundreds Of Exclusive Digital-Platform Stations. is among the artists curating exclusive music stations for Audacy. The company has launched more than 350 stations across multiple genres for its digital platform. “Jake Owen’s Tiki Tonk” is billed as a playlist “meant for a good time” with music ranging “from Jimmy Buffett to Sublime.” Other country stations include “Grand Ol’ Legends,” “ Country” and decade-based “Country Classic” channels. “Exclusive stations underscore Audacy’s commitment to a roadmap of innovation, with many more features and interactivity to come over the coming months,” Audacy Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley said in a release.

“96.1 The Ton” Drops On South Bend, IN, Today. Mid-West Family South Bend introduced W241AD/WQLQ-HD3 “96.1 The Ton” this morning at 9am ET with the Premiere Networks-syndicated “.” The station has Brooke Hunter in middays and Mark McGill in afternoon drive. McGill is a former morning host at Federated Media “B100” WBYT, which gets a country competitor in the market with the arrival of “96.1 The Ton.” “It was a weighty decision, but when you have the opportunity to have Tons of fun, you just go for it,” GM Bill Gamble said in a release. The translator had been simulcasting sports-talk WSBT-AM (960).

RIAA Certifies “Whiskey Glasses,” Four More Morgan Wallen Tracks. Morgan Wallen picked up five new certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America last week. “Whiskey Glasses” becomes Wallen’s first 5x platinum single, while “Chasin’ You” and “Up Down” feat. go triple platinum. Two tracks from Wallen’s 2018 “If I Know Me” – the title cut and “Little Rain” — are now gold.

Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum Receives $20,000 GRAMMY Museum Grant. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is receiving $20,000 from the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program. The Hall will use the money to assess, catalog and rehouse approximately 1,250 shellac and vinyl test pressings, including potentially unreleased recordings, donated by Country Music Hall of Fame record executive Art Satherley. The grant is part of $200,000 in grants awarded to facilitate research, archiving and preservation projects.

3 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com Eddie Garcia’s Three-State Walk. (Continued from page 1) Garcia agreed to the charity walk in May, claiming “It was the greatest thing, just seeing the support walking from West Virginia down to Tennessee of the communities that we going through, wasn’t so far for someone truly in love. Now especially if they weren’t listeners of the show,” he he allows that he has re-thought his original says. interpretation of the song. “You walk, you think about stuff,” he says. “I started thinking that maybe Garcia had no experience with distance running or this is about a guy who is just going on a trip and walking. Runner friends offered helpful suggestions telling the love of his life, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be back.’” like changing shoes regularly and using moleskin to protect his feet from blisters. “I’d never heard of Garcia committed moleskin,” he says. “It’s like a big band-aid, but it to the walk on the gives you an extra layer of skin for your feet. Every condition that Bones’ time I changed socks I would change moleskin, and audience pledge that saved me.” $10,000 to National Angels, a foster-care Garcia rotated between five pairs of running shoes. organization. Garcia “When you change shoes, it rejuvenates your feet,” serves on the non- he says. Brooks supplied three pairs, National profit’s National Angels sent him a pair from HOKA, and he bought a Advisory Council, and pair of Saucony shoes. he and his wife foster “Those Brooks shoes were legit,” he says. “When two children. By the times were tough, those are the ones that got me end of that day, they had donated $30,000. By the through it. end of last week, the total had topped $275,000 — making Garcia reconsider the value he places on “All the shoes had a different feel to them. Some show stunts. had more padding, some had more arch support, some had more support around the ankles. The “If we’re going to do this again,” he says, “I would different kinds of shoes helped with different aim really high.” terrains.” On most days, Garcia changed shoes First Media Services “Kicks Country 106.3-107.7” about every 5 miles. WHKX/WHQX Bluefield, WV, near where Garcia “It was key, especially for the 25-mile day — that started his trek on Father’s Day, airs “The Bobby was the longest day,” he says. “The last five miles Bones Show,” but Garcia’s path took him through I probably changed my shoes , because after areas the show doesn’t reach over the air. That two miles it was hurting, didn’t stop listeners from tracking him down to say hurting.” hello as he walked along highways with executive producer Stephen “Scuba Steve” Spradlin trailing “Carrying Your Love With him in an SUV provided by Hyundai. Me” may have given Garcia the idea for last week’s walk, “Some people drove over but his passion for fostering an hour to come see children has a different me,” Garcia says. “People country music connection: would honk and yell my . The singer of name or stop and want “Do You Believe Me Now” and “Stay Gone” once to take a picture.” spoke at Garcia’s church about his experiences Locals often stopped to growing up in the foster-care system. ask what he was doing. “He talked about the impact that his foster family When they offered to had on him, allowing him to play country music and give cash to the cause, live his dream,” Garcia says. “That inspired me to be Garcia pointed them to a foster parent.” the donation page on the show’s website. (Continued on page 7)

4 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com 2021 Country Inductee Bill Hagy. In an industry known for its extraordinary talkers, Bill a dinner. Hagy became a legend in country radio by listening. “Among Bill Hagy’s biggest advocates are record For more than 50 years, he has remained tuned in people, because they respected his programming to what his listeners want. “I want to learn as much ability, his dedication and his steadfast belief system as I can about the people that I want to listen [to our in what was best for that market, his listeners and that station],” Hagy tells Country Insider. “I want to learn radio station. about their likes, dislikes, habits, and to get to know them and see “He isn’t a big heat seeker. He is modest and doesn’t how they react to want any credit. He is very deserving, but would never things. Research campaign. It was a big surprise to Bill that he was even has been a very considered.” important tool Hagy knew as a teen in Bristol that he wanted to work in accomplishing in radio. He spent his time listening to 50,000-watt what we’ve done. stations such as New York’s WABC-AM, ’s WLS- “We are not shy AM and Nashville’s WLAC-AM. “I liked to hang out at about asking radio stations,” says Hagy, who joined WXBQ in 1965, them what they a year before graduating high school. “I was fascinated think and they’re with all the stuff and records and these weirdo people.” not shy about telling us. It is a country market in While plenty of offers came from larger-market the Southeast — football, NASCAR, live music — it is stations, Hagy was content to remain at the top of good old country folks. Sometimes they can be very his game in his beloved hometown (albeit with short opinionated.” stints at the company’s other stations in Charleston, Research, intuition and heart have served Hagy well. WV, and Paducah, KY). “Being in my hometown is the Indeed, he led Bristol Company’s stations, most comfortable,” he says, noting that Bristol is the including country WXBQ Bristol, TN (96.9), to impressive birthplace of country music. “Sure, I like to go visit ratings and revenues. WXBQ has been No. 1 in every wherever, but home is home.” consecutive market since the fall of 1992, making it the Hagy helped launch the careers of artists like Kenny top station in 105 books. His audience listening shares Chesney, Brad consistently topped the 20s, often making WXBQ the Paisley and highest-rated radio station in the U.S. Montgomery This is among the reasons that Hagy will be inducted Gentry. into the Country Radio Hall of Fame on Oct. 13, joining “They had a a class that includes Bob Call, R.J. Curtis, Heather quality that Froglear, Buzz Jackson, Bob Pickett, Norm Schrutt and really is hard Angie Ward. to verbally define, but “It is absolutely an honor,” says Hagy, who retired in you just get 2015 but remains a consultant to the company. “The the feeling that the music is genuine and they are Country Radio Broadcasters is all of my peers on both speaking to you from the heart,” he says. sides, on the radio side and the music side. I have known a lot of people for a long time. I have put in my He has a special place in his heart for Chesney, who time and had a great measure of success. To get into was a hometown hero before becoming a household the Country Radio Hall of Fame is quite the honor.” name. “He finished growing up here,” he recalls. “He went to East Tennessee State University in Johnson CRB executive director (and fellow inductee) R.J. Curtis City, was in the bluegrass band and used to play on calls Hagy a radio icon. “When I was an the river for tips at the Down Home. He got proficient rep, he was what we call ‘a tough add,’” Curtis says. in what he was doing and he is a genuine, nice guy. He “He did research; he knew his market; he had a belief will go out of his way to do the right thing. And who system. You couldn’t crack that. You couldn’t hype doesn’t want to support that?” - Beverly Keel him; you couldn’t promote him; you couldn’t buy him 5 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com POWER TITLE AIRPLAY RETENTION CALL OUT AUDIO POWER SALES COMPOSITE # ARTIST - LABEL Forever After All 2 8 1 1 2 1 1 - River House/Columbia Nash 3 4 3 3 3 2 2 & - RCA Nashville Single Saturday Night 4 2 7 18 10 3 3 - Warner/WMN Blame It On You 5 6 8 6 18 4 4 - Macon Music/Broken Bow Settling Down 7 1 17 7 15 5 5 - RCA Nashville Gone 1 3 9 5 23 6 6 - Capitol Nashville Minimum Wage 8 5 13 13 11 7 7 - Warner/WMN Things A Man Oughta Know 12 10 14 12 14 8 8 LAINEY WILSON - Broken Bow Glad You Exist 10 13 5 4 16 9 9 DAN + SHAY - Warner/WAR One Too Many 14 15 22 11 9 10 10 WITH P!NK - RCA/Capitol Nashville NATIONAL CALLOUT TITLE N`EAST MID WEST WEST SOUTH # ARTIST Forever After All 2 1 1 1 1 Combs, Luke Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen. 3 2 2 5 2 Rice, Chase Feat. Florida Georgia Line Nobody 1 3 12 6 3 Scott, Dylan Famous Friends 13 5 9 2 4 Young, Chris & Kane Brown You Time 4 9 7 3 5 McCreery, Scotty Glad You Exist 7 6 8 13 6 Dan + Shay Waves 5 12 4 9 7 Bryan, Luke Single Saturday Night 10 8 10 7 8 Swindell, Cole Blame It On You 8 4 11 20 9 Aldean, Jason Gone 9 7 32 4 10 Bentley, Dierks ACTION - UNDEREXPOSED TITLE AIRPLAY COMPOSITE # ARTIST - LABEL & FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE 48 11 1 37 - ELLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT 45 14 2 31 - Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go..) ZAC BROWN BAND 39 23 3 16 - Same Boat BALLERINI 36 20 4 16 - Half Of My Hometown f/KChesney LILY ROSE 50 35 5 15 - Villain W/ 26 18 6 8 - 32 24 7 8 - You Should Probably Leave KANE BROWN 27 19 8 8 - 38 31 9 7 - Thinking 'Bout You f/M. Porter ELVIE SHANE 18 12 10 6 - My Boy Eddie Garcia’s Three-State Walk. (Continued from page 4) That speech also may have planted the seed of timing is perfect because COVID put a stop to a lot long-distance walking in Garcia’s mind. In 2010, of the fundraising events these chapters had been Wayne walked 1,700 miles from Nashville to putting on for the last couple of years. Phoenix to raise awareness about foster youth and later published a memoir about his experience. As “Taking on placements with foster kids gets someone who had walked for seven months, Wayne challenging. I’m a was able to offer Garcia practical advice for his four- foster dad, so I can day walk. speak to this. Some families feel like “Jimmy was a big part of this,” Garcia says. “So you they can’t do it and bet me and Jimmy are going to be tight friends want to give up. now.” The Angels try to help the families as National Angels formed in Austin, TX, in 2009 and, much as they can, according to its website, has grown to 22 chapters. so these kids have A long-distance walk was a perfect tie-in for an the places they organization that adopted this mission statement: need and can be in “to walk alongside children, youth and families in a loving home. The number is astonishing, and it’s the foster care community by offering consistent going to help a lot.” support through international giving, relationship building and mentorship.” What will the $275,000 That’s music to Bogard’s ears. Garcia raised do for the organization? “I’ve always thought that songs had lives of their “That money is going to help a lot of the struggling own,” Bogard says. “I think I’m really happy that this chapters that are maybe just starting,” he says. “The one, especially, had this life.”

7 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com Consultant Scott Huskey: Make The Listener Feel Special. Remember when you could call a radio station for like that from their text? Lots of folks use services a request? You could talk to the DJ and tell them like ZipWhip to make texting easier. Make sure to what you wanted to hear. Most of the time their respond. response was words to the effect of “I’ll see what I can do.” You’d get excited and wait to hear your One more random thought: remotes. Over time, song. Sometimes you did. Many times you waited remotes have gotten streamlined and more and waited and never heard it. minimalist. We’ve gotten good at using the iRig and our iPhone or recording our breaks beforehand How about now? When someone calls to request a and dropping them in. This is all good for the times song, do you ever give them the “I’ll see what I can of smaller staffs, etc., but we might be missing an do” or does the phone ring and ring? opportunity. In a world that continually tries to pull listeners away “We need to create the sense of our radio from over-the-air (or online) radio listening with a station being a special club and allow the myriad of options, we can’t be our own enemy. listeners to feel like members.” One of radio’s biggest benefits to a listener is the sense of community. People inherently want to Listeners don’t want to come out and see their belong to something. A radio station can create that favorite radio station represented by someone looking place for them if we don’t succumb to the continued bored behind a table with a crooked banner hanging commoditizing of our product. from it and a cardboard box on top. We should dazzle We need to create the sense of our radio station them with a show. Action and activity are key. This being a special club and allow the listeners to feel might be the only chance a listener gets to “put a face” like members. We can’t do that by treating them on the station they listen to. like they don’t mean anything. We are all pulled in A remote can extend your brand and help create the different directions and wearing multiple hats, but sizzle that the DSPs can’t. Not sure the last time I saw we can’t leave listeners out in the cold. a Spotify remote and got to talk to the personality For instance, when we do answer live and in person. Or spin a wheel or throw a ball or the phone and someone makes a something to win something. request, instead of just giving them Whether it’s responding to the listener and engaging the “I’ll see what I can do,” talk them via text or phone or giving them something to them. What? Yeah, special when at a tire-store remote, it’s important that talk to them. Ask them we don’t let all the technology get in the way and we questions (make sure remember “who brung us to the dance.” If we don’t you are recording). make listeners feel special they will leave … and that’s For the request, check the log and see if it’s going to not good. — Scott Huskey be playing and tell them, “I can get that on for you around _____ o’clock” or something like that. If you Scott Huskey is President of RWPC, Inc (formerly don’t see it coming up, offer them an option of a Rusty Walker Programming). We’re a country-focused similar song or another song by the same artist. You consultancy specializing in Talent Coaching, Music could say something like “Sorry, I can’t play that one Research, Strategic Planning but how about ______?” and Music Scheduling, Don’t pull the curtain completely back by saying all leading to ratings and things like “All our music is pre-programmed” or “The revenue growth. Contact me computer hasn’t scheduled it.” If you can give them a at: time the song will play, they’ll be your friend forever. [email protected] Take some time to make the listener feel special. [email protected] This also works for text requests. Respond the same way. How many times does the listener get a response 662-423-5003 Ext 1

8 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com Clockwise from top: recently celebrated the No. 1 successes of “I Hope” and “One of the Good Ones.” From left: , Jim McCormick, Barrett, Zach Kale and Emily Landis. Warner Music Nashville artist Robyn Ottolini with KCYY ’s Christi Brooks. performs at the National Museum of African American Music’s Juneteenth Block Party at Assembly Food Hall in downtown Nashville. Cody Johnson recently sold out two nights at Nashville’s . Pictured, from left: Warner Music Nashville’s Kristen Williams, Johnson, WMN’s Cris Lacy. Tenille Arts recently performed for “106.5 The Wolf” WDAF’s Hot Country Nights concert series in Kansas City, MO. Pictured, from left: WDAF’s Shotgun Jaxon, Arts, WDAF’s Mike Kennedy, WDAF’s Codie Allen, WDAF’s Joshua Jones. Dillon Carmichael played WAMZ Louisville, KY’s Hot Country Nights. From left: Riser House’s Bob Reeves, WAMZ’s Ashley Wilson, Carmichael, Riser House’s Sally Allgeier, WAMZ’s Billy Prickett and Austin Montgomery. Black River Entertainment’s Pryor & Lee sponsored Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for the Ally 400 from Nashville Superspeedway. invites to join the .

9 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com Jackie Tigue rises to Director of Parker McCollum will guest RADIO Artist Relations and Programs host four weeks of middays for Longtime Dallas-area host Mark at iHeartCountry. Tigue, who Wilson Broadcasting “Go Country Phillips joins LKCM Media Group celebrates 105” KKGO starting “92.1 Hank FM” KTFW Ft. Worth, 10 years with Monday, July TX, which iHeartMedia this 5. He will host simulcasts on year, has been weekdays 10am- KTWF Wichita instrumental 2pm through Falls (95.5), for in booking Friday, July 30. afternoons and artists for the He succeeds program-director iHeartCountry Matt Stell, duties. Phillips’ Festival and the who took over first day on-air Veteran’s Day special, as well as guest-hosting at “Hank FM” securing talent to participate in for the station was Monday. He succeeds Chuck each of iHeartMedia’s marquee on Monday, May 31, and for the Reeves, who departs after nearly events. Tigue works alongside month of June. two years with the station. iHeart EVP/Country Programming Strategy Rod Phillips. Steve Clendenin’s Maryland Don Brake is named OM of Media One has closed a $400,00 Savannah and David Lee Michaels departs Mel deal to buy “Carolina Country PD of country “Kix 96” WJCL. Brake Wheeler “94.9 Star Country” 106.3” WYAY-FM from Jeff heads to Savannah from Cumulus WSLC Roanoke, VA, after five Andrulonis’ Colonial Radio Group. Beaumont, years. “What started out as The deal includes a $325,000 where he has playing around on promissory been Program the radio on the note. Director and weekends, turned Maryland host of “The KD into my everyday Media One Café” midday routine and earlier filed show on country now it is time to a $500,000 “KD 101.7” close that door,” deal to buy KAYD. Brake Michaels said on “93.9 Carolina joined Cumulus in 2018 from Facebook. “For the Country” West Virginia Radio Corp. WKKW past year or so, I have felt there is WMIR-FM from Colonial Radio Morgantown, WV (97.9) where he something bigger I needed to do. Group which is also in the Myrtle served as MD and midday host. God kept whispering in my ear, Beach market. and now I have listened.” Michaels Mike Bell takes over middays and joined WSLC in 2016, rising to PD Andrew Miller’s ASM production-director duties at Buck in 2019. Communications has closed a Owens Production KUZZ AM/ $320,000 deal to buy “Mountain FM Bakersfield, CA. He succeeds Veteran Altoona, PA, radio Country 104.7” WVCR-FM and Geoff Emery, who retired earlier personality Caleb James has “Gospel 1400” WVRC in Spencer, this year. Bell passed away due to heart WV from Aneita Koenig and previously failure. James (Harv Rairie) Robert spent 18 years hosted mornings at Lightner Zdanek’s as director of Communications Star programming AC “Mix 94.7” Com­munications. The deal also for iHeartMedia WBRX, prior to includes the Spencer, WV-licensed Bakersfield, stepping down in translator W278CP at 103.5 FM hosting 2020 due to health that simulcasts WVRC. afternoons at issues. Before his classic rock “98.5 ” KDFO. time at “Mix 94.7,” “Mike is a voice synonymous James hosted with Bakersfield,” KUZZ PD Brent mornings at Forever Media Michaels said in a release. country “ 98” WFGY and the former classic rock WHPA.

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and interviews with Bryan, “Girls Call the Shots.” She co- ARTISTS his parents, wife Caroline and wrote three of the five tracks on and Mary Chapin manager Kerri Edwards. the project including “Left Right,” Carpenter are among the “Leave ” and “Shoes.” first members of the Women “Feel Your Way Through,” the first Songwriters collection of poetry from Kelsea Drew Green has signed with Hall of Fame. Ballerini, will be published Nov. WME for representation. Green, The two country 16 by Ballantine, an imprint of who is signed to Villa40/Sony songwriters Random House. The 160-page Music Nashville, were inducted hardcover retails released his single on Friday at for $25 and is “The Rest of Our the National available for pre- Lives” in May. He Museum of order. Ballerini wrote “The Rest Women in the Arts in Washington, also painted the of Our Lives” DC. Other members of the Hall’s artwork used for with Mitch Allen. inaugural class include Valerie the jacket image. Green also has a Simpson, Roberta Flack, Tawatha “I’ve realized that publishing deal with ’ Agee, Klymaxx, Deniece Williams, some feelings Cornman Music. Jeri Keever “Bunny” Hull and Veryl can’t be turned will headline a Howard. into a song, so I’ve started writing poems,” Ballerini said in a release. Monster Energy Outbreak Tour A previously unheard Johnny “Just like my songs, they talk starting July 22 in Dewey Beach, Cash live album will be released about what it’s like to be twenty- DE. The 25-market via the Owsley Stanley something trying to navigate tour runs through Foundation a wildly beautiful and broken November. Hardy and Renew world.” will be joined Records/ on select dates BMG on Sept. ’s “Every Girl: by Chris Bandi, 24. “Bear’s Deluxe” album will include a Kylie Frey, Wyatt Sonic Journals: new version of “She’s in Love McCubbin and , With the Boy” Nick Walsh. “I can’t At the Carousel commemorating wait to head out on tour in the fall th Ballroom April 24, 1968” was the song’s 30 and play some brand new music recorded in by anniversary. The for everyone,” Hardy said in a Carousel Ballroom in-house deluxe edition of release. Yearwood’s 2019 engineer Owsley Stanley. The 28- American Queen Steamboat song project includes “Jackson,” album will be Company will host a Lee “The Ballad of ” and Bob out Aug. 13 and also will contain “Shallow,” her current single with Greenwood concert on July 4. Dylan cover “Don’t Think Twice “There is no better music than It’s Alright,” as well as essays by husband , and a ballad called “I Dare You to Love.” “I the natural , Stanley’s son sounds of the Starfinder Stanley, The Grateful can’t imagine this record without all of these songs on there,” Yearwood paddlewheel Dead’s Bob Weir and Widespread churn the river Panic’s Dave Schools. says. “I mean, it really was a magical experience. Everything happens and exchanging “Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road when it’s supposed to!” stories with Diary,” a five-part docuseries guests,” chronicling the life Hannah Greenwood and career of the Dasher will said in a ACM’s reigning release “The release. The Entertainer of the Half Record” “Star Spangled Cruise” set sail Year, premieres on Friday, from Nashville on Sunday and Friday, Aug. 6, July 9 via and travels to Louisville with on IMDbTV. All Sony Music the trip ending Monday, July 5. episodes will be Nashville. Greenwood will return to the boat available on that date. A two-and- The five-song stage Dec. 5-13 and Dec. 12-20 for a-half-minute trailer, available collection includes latest release “Country Christmas.” now, features home video footage “Left Right” and previous single 12 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com Sony Music Publishing has content, streaming channels and INDUSTRY signed a global publishing technology services to media, Sea Gayle Music has signed agreement with Relative Music technology and retail companies Jenna Paulette to a global Group. Founded in 2017 by while TCN delivers country music publishing deal. “Jenna’s skillset father and son Dennis and Jesse videos, country lifestyle shows, as an artist and a , Matkosky, Relative Music Group’s series and original programming. paired with her first signing was “Following the footsteps of work ethic is Michael Hardy, Cinedigm’s history with quality undeniable,” Sea who is now a entertainment, TCN takes pride in Gayle Creative partner. “Relative the high quality of our content,” Director Emily Music Group has TCN President & CEO Tim Eaton Witters said in done an incredible said in a release. “Working with a release. “We job of championing songwriters an industry leader like Cinedigm, couldn’t be more excited to have with an independent spirit that places TCN in a position to her join the Sea Gayle family embodies everything that makes expand the family of viewers and to support her in this next Music Row special,” Sony Music while delivering a high-quality chapter of her already flourishing Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty entertainment network.” career.” Paulettes released THE Gaston said in a release. “We’re single “Country in the Girl” on thrilled to partner with Dennis, Friday via her independent Grit Jesse and Michael as we work Brand Entertainment. together to elevate their company and vision to new heights.” Songwriter Joybeth Taylor has signed to Kane Brown’s Verse 2 Music. “After listening to just a few of her songs, Cracker Barrel Old Country we knew Joybeth Store has launched its Care was destined for It Forward initiative to foster greatness and connection within the music will add immense community and beyond. Jennifer value to our Nettles, Shane McAnally and CeCe roster,” Verse ’s Hang Your Winans will mentor, coach and 2 President Kent Earls said in a Hat Music has signed singer- support aspiring artists through release. “We can’t wait for the songwriters Ben Chapman the program. Artists will share world to hear many, many of her and Meg McRee to worldwide conversations on their struggles incredible songs. It is an honor to publishing deals. “I’m so excited and triumphs through the Care be her first publisher.” for them to be a part of the Hang It Forward series, which will be Your Hat family and to see how available to view via Cracker Joe Clemmons, who has had this next chapter unfolds for Barrel’s website and socials. songs recorded by Gabby them,” Lindsey said in a release. Barrett, HARDY, Florida Georgia McRee and Chapman join Hang On Friday, TikTok star Cooper Line’s and Ryan Your Hat’s first signing, Chris Alan released “Colt 45 Country Hurd, has signed a worldwide La Corte. Hang Your Hat Music Remix” featuring publishing deal was established by Lindsey in Rvshvd, via with Universal November 2020 as a creative Cooped Up Music Publishing joint venture with Concord Music Records, the label Nashville. “A Publishing. he launched with true song crafter industry veteran and exceptional Cinedigm is Victoria Shaw. player, Joe is one partnering with “Cooped Up of the most exciting talents for his cable network The Records couldn’t be more excited generation of songwriters,” UMPG Country Network to have Cooper Alan as our first Nashville Senior Director A&R to expand its signing,” CEO Shaw said in a Missy Roberts said in a release. streaming release. “We are beyond excited to be distribution representing him at UMPG.” strategy. Cinedigm provides 13 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com JUNE 28, 2021 LW TW Artist/Title (Label) Total Points +/- Points Total Plays +/- Plays Audience +/- Aud 6a-7p % 2 1 DIERKS BENTLEY / Gone (Capitol Nashville) 32937 1122 9052 353 42.329 0.815 4626 51

1 2 LUKE COMBS / Forever After All (River House/Columbia Nash) 31863 -2375 8447 -790 42.803 -1.65 4525 54 3 3 CHRIS YOUNG & KANE BROWN / Famous Friends (RCA 30918 1205 8388 263 40.481 1.88 4340 52 Nashville) 4 4 COLE SWINDELL / Single Saturday Night (Warner/WMN) 27383 1231 7505 270 35.803 3.92 3857 51

5 5 JASON ALDEAN / Blame It On You (Macon Music/Broken 26892 1759 7110 454 35.16 2.114 3570 50 Bow) 6 6 JORDAN DAVIS / Almost Maybes (MCA Nashville) 24383 910 6725 229 27.302 1.006 3257 48

7 7 MIRANDA LAMBERT / Settling Down (RCA Nashville) 22807 -257 6228 -62 29.703 -0.201 2980 48 9 8 F/F.G.L. / Drinkin' Beer Talkin' God Amen 19741 1190 5395 335 25.051 1.705 2756 51 (Dack Janiels/BBR-BMLG) 10 9 DAN + SHAY / Glad You Exist (Warner/WAR) 19403 975 5231 163 23.397 1.678 2647 51

8 10 BLAKE SHELTON / Minimum Wage (Warner/WMN) 18227 -649 4991 -139 22.2 -0.634 2388 48 11 11 JUSTIN MOORE / We Didn't Have Much (Valory) 17045 469 4749 119 21.983 0.8 2331 49

12 12 KEITH URBAN WITH P!NK / One Too Many (RCA/Capitol 16416 187 4555 33 19.016 0.003 2191 48 Nashville) 13 13 LAINEY WILSON / Things A Man Oughta Know (Broken Bow) 16104 43 4448 22 19.171 0.338 2064 46

14 14 / Country Again (Valory) 15982 59 4369 -27 20.385 0.565 2142 49

16 15 LUKE BRYAN / Waves (Capitol Nashville) 14902 1078 4080 247 18.772 1.712 1919 47

15 16 TIM MCGRAW & / Undivided (Big 13482 -816 3759 -276 15.741 0.042 1673 45 Machine-BMLG) 17 17 CARLY PEARCE / Next Girl (Big Machine) 13260 68 3736 60 14.727 0.052 1432 38

18 18 SCOTTY MCCREERY / You Time (Triple Tigers) 12494 537 3367 127 13.966 0.617 1379 41

19 19 ELVIE SHANE / My Boy (Wheelhouse) 11929 189 3448 38 12.562 0.488 1384 40

20 20 JAMESON RODGERS / Cold Beer Calling...f/L. Combs 11196 545 2970 163 12.747 0.411 1302 44 (River House/Columbia Nash) 21 21 OLD DOMINION / I Was On A Boat That Day (Arista 10305 419 2793 113 12.336 0.837 1164 42 Nashville) 22 22 / Memory I Don't Mess With (Curb) 9763 575 2582 113 11.259 0.633 932 36

23 23 / Like A Lady (BMLG) 9159 33 2417 67 9.329 0.108 750 31

25 24 GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD / Shallow (Pearl) 8978 398 2499 106 8.508 0.488 1054 42

26 25 / Knowing You (Blue Chair/Warner/WEA) 8044 148 2287 34 8.158 0.238 739 32

14 | JUNE 28, 2021 CountryInsider.com/Newsletters CountryInsider.comAUGUST 7, 2020 | 1 JUNE 28, 2021 LW TW Artist/Title (Label) Total Points +/- Points Total Plays +/- Plays Audience +/- Aud 6a-7p % 28 26 & / Freedom Was A 7980 614 2163 186 8.443 0.433 664 31 Highway (Stoney Creek) 27 27 RYAN HURD W/MAREN MORRIS / Chasing After You 7850 126 2177 39 6.83 -0.14 593 27 () 24 28 KANE BROWN / Worship You (RCA Nashville) 6818 -1826 1832 -450 7.678 -1.275 639 35 29 29 PRISCILLA BLOCK / Just About Over You (Mercury 6618 335 1732 78 6.697 0.569 527 30 Nashville/InDent) 30 30 MICHAEL RAY / Whiskey And Rain (Warner/WEA) 6154 63 1645 25 6.005 0.213 438 27

31 31 / Tequila Little Time (Capitol Nashville) 5941 230 1550 52 6.451 0.392 399 26

32 32 / Home Sweet (Triple Tigers) 5562 131 1457 20 5.86 0.399 331 23

33 33 CALLISTA CLARK / It's 'Cause I Am (Big Machine) 4887 138 1342 56 3.842 -0.008 352 26

34 34 PARKER MCCOLLUM / To Be Loved By You (MCA Nashville) 4345 248 1113 46 3.542 0.114 248 22

36 35 DUSTIN LYNCH / Thinking 'Bout You f/M. Porter (Broken Bow) 4231 257 1065 68 4.764 0.497 273 26

39 36 CHRIS STAPLETON / You Should Probably...(Mercury Nashville) 4056 520 1101 115 4.65 0.536 387 35

35 37 / Lady Like (Warner/WEA) 3996 15 1103 -32 3.437 0.318 300 27

37 38 / Half Of My Hometown f/KChesney 3979 262 1207 77 3.735 0.407 337 28 (Black River Entertainment) 42 39 ZAC BROWN BAND / Same Boat (Home Grown/Warner/WAR) 3946 947 1016 299 4.034 0.62 381 38

38 40 HARDY / Give Heaven Some Hell () 3858 200 1082 59 3.519 0.144 227 21

41 / Old School (Show Dog Nashville) 3579 3579 1015 1015 4.943 4.943 696 69

40 42 MATT STELL / That Ain't Me... (Arista Nashville/RECORDS) 3370 -52 957 15 2.489 -0.041 202 21

43 43 / Getting Over Him w/Jon Pardi 2794 6 809 12 1.755 -0.019 154 19 (Mercury Nashville) 46 44 CAITLYN SMITH / I Can't f/Old Dominion (Monument) 2755 315 819 96 1.541 0.165 141 17

41 45 BRETT YOUNG / Not Yet (BMLG) 2752 -287 765 -93 2.734 -0.156 161 21 45 46 RILEY GREEN / If It Wasn't For Trucks (BMLG) 2476 21 766 11 1.54 0.047 187 24

50 47 ELLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT / Drunk (And I Don't 2195 410 542 113 2.186 0.328 201 37 Wanna Go..) (RCA/Columbia Nashville) 48 48 BROTHERS OSBORNE / I'm Not For Everyone (EMI Nashville) 2183 144 620 31 1.504 0.207 145 23

49 49 CHRIS BANDI / Would Have Loved Her (RECORDS Nashville) 1972 -21 630 -2 1.016 -0.002 105 17 47 50 CLAY WALKER / Need A Bar Sometimes (Show Dog Nashville) 1963 -113 639 -43 0.947 -0.104 93 15

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