|Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Pasley, Chase Rice and The Swon Brothers have all donated a portion of their ticket sales from club shows over the past five months to “ACM Lifting Lives.” Together, the artists raised nearly $30,000 to help organizations that are improving lives through the power of music.
Clubs that participated in the fundraising effort include Coyote Joe's in Charlotte, NC; Gilioz Theatre in Springfield, MO; Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO; Joe's Bar in Chicago, IL; Midnight Rodeo in Springfield, MO; The Bluestone in Columbus, OH; The Rave in Milwaukee, WI; and Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA.
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ASCAP has promoted Michael Martin to the newsly created position of VP for its Nashville membership office.
Martin, formerly Director of Membership/Creative worked with Leeann Phelan who has recently left. He will now report directly to ASCAP EVP/Membership John Titta.
Martin comes to ASCAP from Extreme Writers Group where he was Partner and Co-Founder with Jason Houser. He has enjoyed numerous #1 including Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" and George Strait's "I Saw God Today."
"ASCAP's Nashville community of writers and publishers is a rich vein of musical creativity, collaboration, and success," stated Titta. "While ASCAP transforms itself to offer innovative new services to our members, we are fortunate that Michael has been at the vanguard of this change in his previous ASCAP role. Moving forward, we need a strong leader in Nashville that understands the dynamics and needs of this valuable community. Michael's expertise in fostering close bonds with our Nashville membership and his vision for enhancing ASCAP's relationship with both emerging and established writers and publishers make him the perfect choice to lead our talented Creative team in Music City."
|Average Grade Level||Song Title||Artist||Year||Weeks at #1||Word Count||Syllables per Word||Characters per Word|
|5.8||All About Tonight||Blake Shelton||2010||3||311||1.3||3.9|
|4.9||That’s What I Love About Sunday||Craig Morgan||2005||4||254||1.2||3.7|
|4.9||We Were Us||Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert||2013||3||283||1.3||3.9|
|4.7||Before He Cheats||Carrie Underwood||2006||5||304||1.2||3.8|
|4.6||Good Directions||Billy Currington||2007||3||303||1.2||3.8|
|4.6||The House That Built Me||Miranda Lambert||2010||4||310||1.2||3.7|
|4.5||We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together||Taylor Swift||2012||9||376||1.3||3.8|
|4.4||The World||Brad Paisley||2006||3||248||1.3||3.6|
|4.1||Beer In Mexico||Kenny Chesney||2007||3||242||1.3||3.7|
|4||I’m Still A Guy||Brad Paisley||2008||3||364||1.1||3.5|
|4||Making Memories Of Us||Keith Urban||2005||5||247||1.2||3.5|
|3.9||So Small||Carrie Underwood||2007||3||274||1.2||3.9|
|3.9||Take Me There||Rascal Flatts||2007||3||256||1.2||4|
|3.7||She’s Everything||Brad Paisley||2007||3||358||1.3||3.5|
|3.7||Consider Me Gone||Reba||2010||4||303||1.2||3.4|
|3.7||If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)||Rodney Atkins||2006||4||362||1.1||3.6|
|3.6||Sure Be Cool If You Did||Blake Shelton||2013||5||371||1.2||3.6|
|3.6||Something In The Water||Carrie Underwood||2014||3||340||1.2||3.6|
|3.6||Watching You||Rodney Atkins||2007||4||398||1.2||3.5|
|3.5||Better Life||Kieth Urban||2005||6||325||1.2||3.4|
|3.5||Shutgun Rider||Tim McGraw||2014||3||277||1.3||3.7|
|3.4||Letter To Me||Brad Paisley||2008||4||450||1.2||3.4|
|3.3||Don’t Blink||Kenny Chesney||2007||4||383||1.1||3.8|
|3.2||Stay||Florida Georgia Line||2013||6||410||1.2||3.4|
|3.2||Somewhere With You||Kenny Chesney||2011||3||374||1.2||3.4|
|3.2||Drink A Beer||Luke Bryan||2014||5||176||1.2||3.6|
|3||Don’t You Wanna Stay||Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson||2011||3||222||1.2||3.6|
|3||Why Don’t We Just Dance||Josh Turner||2010||4||230||1.1||3.5|
|3||Living In Fast Forward||Kenny Chesney||2006||3||235||1.2||3.6|
|3||Play It Again||Luke Bryan||2014||9||436||1.2||3.5|
|2.9||Honey Bee||Blake Shelton||2011||4||355||1.2||3.3|
|2.9||Jesus, Take The Wheel||Carrie Underwood||2006||6||307||1.1||3.4|
|2.9||Cruise||Florida Georgia Line||2013||24||421||1.2||3.7|
|2.9||Bless The Broken Road||Rascal Flatts||2005||5||239||1.2||3.7|
|2.8||What Hurts The Most||Rascal Flatts||2006||4||280||1.2||3.6|
|2.7||This Is How We Roll||Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan||2014||6||383||1.2||3.6|
|2.7||Burnin’ It Down||Jason Aldean||2014||14||436||1.2||3.7|
|2.7||That’s My Kind Of Night||Luke Bryan||2013||12||390||1.1||3.6|
|2.6||Never Wanted Nothing More||Kenny Chesney||2007||5||352||1.2||3.3|
|2.6||Felt Good On My Lips||Tim McGraw||2011||3||326||1.2||3.4|
|2.5||Big Green Tractor||Jason Aldean||2009||4||368||1.1||3.3|
|2.5||Need You Now||Lady Antebellum||2009||5||237||1.2||3.3|
|2.5||Our Song||Taylor Swift||2008||6||386||1.2||3.6|
|2.5||You’re Gonna Miss This||Trace Adkins||2008||3||317||1.2||3.5|
|2.5||Keep Me In Mind||Zac Brown Band||2012||4||287||1.2||3.4|
|2.3||It Won’t Be Like This For Long||Darius Rucker||2009||3||317||1.1||3.4|
|2.2||God Gave Me You||Blake Shelton||2011||3||274||1.1||3.3|
|2.1||The Man I Want To Be||Chris Young||2010||3||266||1.1||3.2|
|1.5||As Good As I Once Was||Toby Keith||2005||6||380||1.1||3.2|
Blues legend B.B. King died last night at the age of 89.
Riley B. King had a legendary career that spanned more than 70 years. He performed more than 15,000 shows by the time of his death and earned many accolades for his musical talent including 15 Grammy Awards, The Presidential Media of the Arts, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
He was born in Mississippi in 1925 and recorded early on in Nashville on Bullet Records and for Sam Phillips' RPM label. His nickname came from his days as a disc jockey at WKIA where he was called "Beale Street Blues Boys" which was shortened to "Blues Boy and then to "B.B.".
His hits included "How Blue Can You Get," Everyday I Have The Blues," "3 O'Clock Blues," "Please Love Me," "You Upset Me Baby," and "The Thrill Is Gone."