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Following the announcement of this year’s nominees for the 34th MusicRow Awards, we take a look at the MusicRow Discovery Artist of the Year category. The award will honor a Nashville developing artist who demonstrates significant talent and potential to rise.

The winners of this year’s honors will be announced online on all MusicRow platforms on Tuesday, August 30. Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 MusicRow Awards is City National Bank.

Click here to see the full list of MusicRow Awards nominees.

Winners are determined solely by MusicRow Magazine subscribed members. Voting is now open and closes on July 29 at 5:00 p.m.

To receive a ballot to vote in the MusicRow Awards, become a MusicRow member here.

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Dalton Dover grew up in a small town in Georgia listening to Keith Whitley, Rhett Akins, Joe Diffie and Steve Wariner. Inspired by the honesty in country lyrics, Dover began singing at church and in school talent shows. He soon started performing at local bars and uploading covers on TikTok. His videos caught the attention of producer Matt McV and A&R veteran Jim Catino, who quickly signed Dover. Since then, Dover has released tracks such as “You Got A Small Town,” “Baby I Am,” and “Hear About A Girl” via Catino’s Droptine Recordings, garnering a massive amount of streams. Dover still resides in his small Georgia town with his wife and two kids, but the talented singer continues to earn the gaze of the industry as he releases track after track of country confection.

Tiera Kennedy continues to rise in the industry with her brand of R&B-flavored country. After becoming the flagship writer for Nicolle Galyon’s Songs & Daughters publishing venture with Big Loud and Warner Chappell, Kennedy independently released her self-titled, five-song EP. With tunes such as “Found It In You,” “Shut It Down,” and “Miles” featuring BRELAND, she attracted Big Machine Label Group and was signed to The Valory Music Co. She has since made her Grand Ole Opry debut, become the host of her own Apple Music Country show, and found herself on multiple artist-to-watch lists. After earning more than 16 million streams on her romantic song “Found It In You,” Kennedy tapped Producer of the Year nominee Dann Huff to reinvigorate the track and shipped it to country radio in June.

MacKenzie Porter has already made her mark in the Canadian country market, having earned five No. 1 songs up north. After moving to Nashville in 2014, her hard work began to pay off when, in 2020, she began to release pop-country tracks such as “These Days” and “Seeing Other People” via Big Loud Records. In the spring of 2021, Porter was recruited by country star Dustin Lynch as his duet partner on “Thinking ‘Bout You.” The track became a six-week No. 1, and made history as the longest-running Top 10 single at 27 weeks since the Billboard Country Airplay chart launched in January 1990. As the massive duet was introducing Porter to country radio, the talented singer continued to release tracks to massive streaming appeal, such as her newest single “Pickup.” The tune has already hit No. 1 up north with over 22 million streams across the U.S. and Canada.

Nate Smith has the kind of voice that can make any heard turn. The powerful singer with a unique vocal tone first attracted industry attention with his debut EP Reckless and the popular single “Wildfire,” inspired by a devastating fire that struck his home of Paradise, California and destroyed everything he owned. He followed the success of “Wildfire” with “Sleeve” and “Under My Skin,” which has amassed over 55 million on-demand streams to date. After aligning with Sony Music Nashville in November, Smith shipped the single “Whiskey On You” to country radio and nabbed the second most-added title of the week with 45 first week stations, further proving a hunger for Smith’s music. He also collaborated with label-mate Tenille Townes on the romantic “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven.”

Brittney Spencer first made waves when she posted a cover of The Highwomen song “Crowded Table.” Band members Amanda Shires and Maren Morris reposted the video and then invited her to perform with them. Since then Spencer has become a buzz-worthy figure in the music industry, making her Grand Ole Opry debut in May of 2021 and performing with Mickey Guyton on the CMA Awards by November. While the talented singer has initially made her mark as a performer, she’s also released very well-crafted, meaningful songs, such as “Sober & Skinny,” “Sorrys Don’t Work No More,” and “Compassion.” She’s also grown a robust fan base on the road, having performed with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Reba McEntire. Throughout 2022 Spencer will be opening for everyone from Willie Nelson and Brandi Carlile to Maren Morris and Megan Thee Stallion.

Bailey Zimmerman burst onto the scene as a streaming powerhouse. The singer first gained popularity after releasing a gritty acoustic cut of “Never Comin’ Home,” which led to his over 1 million followers on TikTok. After garnering nearly 100 million global streams with more independently released tunes such as “Small Town Crazy” and “Fall In Love,” Zimmerman signed to Warner Music Nashville and Elektra Music Group. In June, Zimmerman’s appeal paired with his new label partners led to another massive release with “Rock and A Hard Place.” The breakup track taps into the country and rock fusion that Zimmerman is becoming known for, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales charts, No. 2 on their Hot Country Songs chart, and No. 24 on their all-genre Hot 100 chart.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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