>• ASCAP, BMI and SESAC co-hosted a #1 party to celebrate Jerrod Niemann’s second #1 single, “Drink to That All Night.” Co-writers Derek George, Lance Miller, Brad Warren and Brett Warren, and producer Jimmie Lee Sloas were honored before a packed house at Music City Tippler in Midtown. Publishers Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and StyleSonic Music, and label Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville were also on hand to congratulate the group.
>• Warner/Chappell Music has inked Lauren Alaina to a worldwide co-publishing agreement. Alaina was American Idol Season 10 runner up and is signed to Mercury/19/Interscope Records. She has toured with artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Sugarland and is currently recording her upcoming sophomore album.
>• BMG Chrysalis and writer Jim McCormick have extended their publishing agreement.
>• Sea Gayle and Arthouse Ent. have signed Ingrid Andress, a Berklee College of Music graduate and member of group Delilah which appeared on NBC TV show The Sing Off in 2012. Arthouse is based in Los Angeles.
>• Given Music VP/GM Mike Sebastian has signed writer Clay Mills who has over 75 cuts. Mills’ extensive experience includes performing in Country bands and programming tracks for rap and hip-hop artists.
>• MusicRow presented its 26th Annual Awards at BMI (6/18). Cole Swindell and Nicolle Galyon tied for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. The Producer honor was earned by Frank Liddell. Breakthrough Artist went to writer/artist Brandy Clark and “All Kinds Of Kinds,” written by Phillip Coleman and Don Henry, was named Song of the Year. Awards were also presented to the Top Ten Album All Star Musicians. For added coverage visit MusicRow.
>• MusicRow reports thats producer/publisher Michael Knox will lead Peer Music as long time head Kevin Lamb (1993) steps down at the end of August. Kim Wiggins will become Sr. Creative Director and Craig Currier assumes the post of VP of Ad Markets.
>• Nashville music industry veteran, Chris Keaton, has been chosen for Vanity Fair magazine’s annual International Best Dressed Challenge. Currently, he is in second place in the global competition. You may view the photos (which were taken by his daughter, Maddi) and vote until July 1 HERE.