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Nashville News: August 16

August 18, 2018

A look at music news from Music City this afternoon >>

Before Sam Hunt was, well, famous . . . he recorded a demo of Craig Morgan’s “We’ll Come Back Around”. Fortunately for us, somebody found it and unleashed it on the world. It’s pretty good and some people think he should record it again, and put it on an album.

Kenny Chesney surprised industry veteran Connie Bradley by presenting her with the CMA’s Irving Waugh Award of Excellence earlier this week in Nashville.

Arista newcomer Carlton Anderson has signed with Morris Higham Management, the same firm that represents Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion and Michael Ray, among others. Carlton’s debut single is called “Drop Everything.”

After two weeks at the top of the country chart with “Tequila,” Dan + Shay are poised to follow Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris with a hit on the pop chart. But Dan Smyers is quick to point out the crossover success of “Tequila” won’t signal any change of direction for the pair. In fact, he and Shay Mooney hope it will bring new fans over to the country side.

Last night in Nashville, Country singer/songwriter Luke Combs struck RIAA Platinum & Gold celebrating 5 certifications for his reigning No. 1 debut album, This One’s For You. Joined by his songwriters, friends, industry guests and his label/management teams, Combs celebrated This One’s For You earning Platinum certification and the project, which is the most streamed Country album of 2018, achieving more than 1 billion streams.

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