Industry Ink: Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Alabama, APL

Tim McGraw scores another career No. 1 with ‘7500 OBO’

Pictured (L-R): Big Machine Records’ Kris Lamb, songwriter Matt McGinn, Big Machine Records President/CEO/Founder Scott Borchetta, songwriter Jennifer Schott, McGraw and Big Machine’s Clay Hunnicutt Records.

Before the pillar of the country Tim McGraw took the stage Saturday night (August 6) at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, he took time out to celebrate his latest #1 country radio hit “7500 OBO.”

McGraw was joined by two of the song’s co-writers, Matt McGinn and Jennifer Schottand executives from his Big Machine Records team, including Kris Lamb, Hunnicutt clayand President/CEO/Founder of Big Machine Records Scott Borchetta.

The single went to No. 1 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart as of May 2022.

Chris Young earns platinum certifications for ‘Famous Friends’, ‘Drowning’

Chris Young. Photo: Jeff Johnson

Multi-Platinum Artist Chris Young recently landed a double Platinum certification for their “Famous Friends” collaboration with Kane Brown.

Young’s co-authors, Corey Lightning and Cary Barlowejoined in the celebration where Young was also surprised with a platinum plaque for his song “Drowning,” which was co-written by Crowder and Josh Hoge.

“Any day that I can celebrate big milestones with my co-writers and friends is a good day,” Young says. “I’m really proud of how hard everyone has worked on this whole project and excited to be playing all the new music live and the rest of 2022.”

With more than 5 billion streams in his catalog, which includes twelve No. 1 singles, the RCA Records Nashville artist has achieved 24 multi-platinum, platinum or gold certifications from the RIAA. His latest single, “At The End Of A Bar” with Mitchell Tenpennyis currently approaching the top 5 on the country radio charts.

Alabama donates $25,000 to Kentucky flood relief

Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry of Alabama

At a concert last Saturday (August 6) in Sharpsburg, Kentucky, the Country Music Hall of Fame band Alabama donated $25,000 to help those affected by recent flooding in Bluegrass State.

In front of a large crowd at the Barnyard Venue, the band’s founding members Randy Owen and gentleman teddy bear presented a check to The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to families, farms and businesses in Eastern Kentucky suffering as a result of the catastrophic weather event.

“With all the devastation caused by the floods in Eastern Kentucky, this is a very emotional time,” says Owen. “Alabama wanted to offer a little help.”

“We suffered the loss of life and destruction caused by flooding in Kentucky,” Gentry adds. “Hopefully these funds can help the families, farmers and businesses that have been affected. They are in our prayers.”

The donation was made through the June Jam Foundation, an Alabama nonprofit that distributes money to other nonprofits and service groups.

PLA Media adds two artists to its roster

Cam Allen and Branden Martin

PLA Media has added an Oklahoma-based country artist Cam Allen and Kentucky-based country singer-songwriter Branden Martin to his list.

Allen first burst onto the country music scene thanks to a viral video on Twitter of him performing. Shortly after, he got a spot on season 19 of american idol. Allen and his band shared the stage alongside top country artists including Dustin Lynch, Randy Rogers, Chris Cagle, Corey Kent and Mike Ryan. He recently released his summer hit “Lake Days” on GOAT Music Group.

“I’ve had a great track record working with the Oklahoma crooners. Cam’s edgy vocals and Marc Cohn/Chris Stapleton vibe fit right in with today’s music scene and summer playlists,” declared Pam LewisFRSA, founder and president of PLA Media.

Martin was featured on NBC The voice Season 12 after playing local bars and music venues, opening for artists including Jason Michael Carroll, RaeLynn, Mark Chesnutt, Confederate Railroad, David Allan Coe and The Steel Woods. His EP, Living in Southern Ground, won the 2021 Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Award for EP of the Year. Martin is about to release his first album 001 August 12.

“Our team is thrilled to be working with Branden who has an obvious natural talent for songwriting and performing raw, authentic country songs. His dynamic stage presence is inspiring,” adds Lewis.

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