Inside Track on Music Row: May 2020 Music News


Brett Young continued to bat a thousand as “Catch” slid into the No. One spot at Country radio on both the Mediabase/Country Airplay and Billboard Country charts. His sixth consecutive chart-topper via BMLG Records simultaneously strikes GOLD with RIAA certifications in the U.S. and Canada. Young wrote “Catch” alongside Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman. The song has over 141 million streams worldwide and follows five PLATINUM hits.

“I can’t believe we are celebrating another No. 1 with ‘Catch,’” Young shared. “I’m overwhelmed by the continued support I’ve received from my fans and country radio. These always feel good, but in our current situation this one feels extra special to celebrate with my family. Thank y’all so much!” 

As “Catch” reaches multiple milestones, Young’s duet with Norwegian singer/songwriter Astrid S continues to heat up, Fans gravitating towards “I Do” have tallied over 11 million global streams while the pair recently unveiled an acoustic performance video. Music, news and videos at   

NOTE: Brett Young HAS shared his anticipated new single “Lady” off an upcoming project via BMLG Records. A heart-bending love letter to his daughter Presley and wife Taylor Mills Young, he wrote the song with Ross Copperman and Jon Nite shortly before Presley’s birth in October 2019. 


Willie Nelson celebrated his 87th birthday April 29 with the YouTube premiere of his 1976 TV appearance on Austin City Limits, where he performed his seminal album Red Headed Stranger front to back. The classic album also celebrates its birthday as it turns 45. Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will also release an exclusive “blood splattered clear vinyl” edition of Red Headed Stranger at Barnes & Noble which will be released on July 10th. While many others a quarter of his age are trying to figure out how to keep productively engaged these days, Willie has been a whirlwind of activity during the shutdown. He has performed in a number of fundraising events including the Luck Reunion Til Further Notice event, At Home With Farm Aid, Come And Toke It and Jack Johnson’s Kokua Festival. He remotely performed “Hello Walls” with his sons on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) creating an instantaneous quarantine classic. Oh, and he has also recorded enough material for at least three new albums! Music and updates at  


Lewis Brice’s topped the Radio Disney Country singles chart in April with “It’s You” his first release of 2020 that has already amassed more than 1 million streams. Fans can watch Brice perform this single and more during his weekly Monday night Happy Hour, “Live with Lewis,” at 5 p.m. CST on his Facebook and Instagram. Co-written with Ben Simonetti and Niko Moon, “It’s You” follows a monumental year for Brice that included a BCMA International Song of the Year award for his single “Blessed” and amassing more than 11 million streams across all music platforms. Recently Brice lent a hand to tornado relief efforts in Nashville, sharing with Fox & Friends how the country music community was coming together to support music city.  All of Brice’s singles are available to play on TouchTunes jukeboxes in more than 1,900 Waffle House locations nationwide. Find “it’s You” and links to his Facebook & Instagram show at   


Arista’s Nashville breakthrough entertainer Matt Stell thought he was being “fooled” when he joined a Zoom video call with Ash Bowers (Wide Open Music), Barry Weiss (RECORDS), Randy Goodman (Sony Music Nashville), Mitch Glazier (RIAA), and Jackie Jones (RIAA).  The group surprised Stell with a virtual platinum song plaque, the first of its kind, celebrating his “career-changing” (Music Row) multi-week No. 1 smash and the only Billboard chart-topper by a debut artist in 2019, “Prayed For You,” hitting the one million unit milestone. As one of only 30 RIAA platinum-certified country songs in the last two years, “Prayed For You,” written by Stell with Ash Bowers and Allison Veltz Cruz, joins an elite group. The track is featured on Stell’s Everywhere But On EP, which also includes a collaboration with Jimmie Allen, “Home In A Hometown,” and Stell’s cover of the Ariana Grande hit “God Is a woman.” Learn more at, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube @MattStellMusic.   


The nationally-syndicated television show “The Song – Recorded Live @ TGL Farms” was seen in over 140 markets earlier this year, and 18 of the iconic hits recorded for season one will be available at virtually all digital service providers and online retailers beginning May 1, 2020. The music will be distributed by F2e and The Orchard. “These recordings produced by Tom Davis are completely unique to ‘The Song – Recorded Live @ TGL Farms’,” said Executive Producer and creator Marc Oswald. “These exclusive versions of iconic hits – some full band and some of which were performed in a very stripped-down acoustic manner – are stunning interpretations of some of the greatest songs written and recorded in popular music.” Executive produced by Marc Oswald, Cary Glotzer and award-winning director Trey Fanjoy, the series was filmed at picturesque TGL Farms in Hendersonville, Tennessee.  New episodes are scheduled to begin filming in October.   


Copperline Music Group has signed pop culture icon John Schneider to a multi-faceted agreement to include worldwide distribution, management, and booking.  “John is a diverse piece of American history–iconic as TV’s Bo Duke, an acclaimed singer-songwriter with multiple No. 1’s, and a world-renowned philanthropist as a founder of The Children’s Miracle Network. Our team at CMG is excited about representing John and continuing to grow his legacy,” says CMG Partner Rusty Harmon. Copperline Music Group (CMG) will handle U.S. and International distribution for Schneider’s upcoming single releases including, “A Long Way From Lonely,” “Drinking Buddy,” “Cowboy’s Don’t Get Old,” and “Roy.”  CMG plans to release new singles on Schneider every month with the first radio single slated to hit June 5, 2020. More at   and  

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