Jon Loba, EVP, BBR Music Group; Zach Katz, President, Repertoire & Marketing, BMG US; Michael Knox, Jess Rosen of Greenberg Traurig; Sara Knabe, VP A&R, BBR Music Group.
Country music producer Michael Knox, best known for his work with Jason Aldean, has launched Music Knox Records, a new label venture with BMG.
Though Knox has yet to announce any signings, the imprint will focus on developing artists. Knox discovered Aldean, who is signed to BMG’s Broken Bow Records, in 1998 and has produced all of the country superstar’s albums. He has also worked with Thomas Rhett, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert, among others. Combined, his projects have yielded 21 No. 1s, and 40 million singles and 18 million albums sold, according to BMG.
“I know this sounds cliché, but it’s a dream come true for me,” Knox said in a statement. “I’m excited to work with Zach [Katz, President, Repertoire & Marketing, BMG U.S.], Jon [Loba, EVP, BBR Music Group] and the entire BMG family. Considering our history together, I couldn’t imagine a better team to work with on this exciting new venture.”
Loba added, “I’ve known and worked with Michael since the early days of BBR. He is one of the best song executives in this town and has always had a burning desire to find and develop diamonds in the rough before they move to the 615. We are so thrilled to partner with him in that endeavor.”
“As one of the most successful and in-demand producers in country music, he has had a hand in helping artists navigate and achieve success throughout every stage of their careers – from discovery to development to multi-platinum chart hits,” Katz said. “Michael has an ear for the best up-and-coming artists inside and outside of Nashville; we are excited to show the world what he brings to the table next.”
The CMA and ACM-Award winning Knox remains VP for peermusic in Nashville.Read more →
Building on 2016’s strong They Don’t Know, Jason Aldean released another solid entry this year with Rearview Town. Singing better in the studio than he has since his 2010 breakout My Kinda Party, Aldean delivers a satisfying mix of radio-ready country music. The title track is a defiant kiss-off to a go-nowhere dot on the map, lead single “You Make It Easy” is an R&B Number One, and the Miranda Lambert cameo “Drowns the Whiskey” commands attention for its double dose of star power. But it’s the stunning, vulnerable “Better at Being Who I Am” that captivates, with Aldean lamenting a relationship that was doomed from the moment he tried to be something he’s not. The Georgia native may be known as the genre’s preeminent hard-rocker, but he’s at his best when he’s letting down his guard. J.H.
Read on RollingStone.comRead more →
Directed by longtime collaborator Shaun Silva and shot at Nashville’s oldest dive bar, the Springwater, the official music video for “Drowns the Whiskey” featuring Miranda Lambert is now available everywhere. Click below to watch.
You can also get an inside look into the music video shot at Nashville’s oldest dive bar, the Springwater. Watch the behind the scenes video below.Read more →
ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® REVEALS INDUSTRY AWARD AND STUDIO RECORDING AWARD NOMINEES.Read more →
Jason Aldean‘s Rearview Town continues to top the Nielsen Soundscan Country Albums rankings for a second week (and lands at No. 5 on the overall albums chart), following the album’s debut at the pinnacle of the Top 200 albums chart last week. The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year’s album moved 38K (total consumption) this week.
At No. 2 is Brothers Osborne‘s Port Saint Joe, which debuts at No. 2 with 22K. Kane Brown‘s self-titled album is at No. 3 this week, with 17.9K in total consumption. Thomas Rhett‘s Life Changes is at No. 3 with 13K. Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller rounds out the Top 5 with 12.9K.
On the digital country sales rankings, the new Sugarland/Taylor Swift collaboration “Babe” debuts atop the chart, with 38K in sales. Aldean’s “You Make It Easy” follows at No. 2, with 21.8K.
Kane Brown‘s “Heaven” is at No. 3 with 18K. Kenny Chesney‘s new single “Get Along,” which he debuted at the recent Academy of Country Music Awards, is at No. 4 with 15.3K. Carrie Underwood‘s “Cry Pretty,” which she also debuted on the recent ACM Awards, is at No. 5 with 15K.
Read Full Article at MusicRow.comRead more →