On the heels of the network’s highest ratings in four years, CMT reveals annual “Listen Up” list for 2019


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NASHVILLE – December 17, 2019 – On the heels of the network’s highest ratings in four years*, CMT today revealed the list for its 2019 LISTEN UP campaign, which spotlights country music’s brightest newcomers across CMT platforms over one full year through promotions of new music and videos.

“This year’s CMT LISTEN UP list continues to lean on the amazing, diverse music coming out of Nashville -  from independent to major label artists,” notes Leslie Fram, CMT’s SVP of Music and Talent. “At CMT, we pride ourselves on connecting fans with country music’s most promising rising talent, and we will support these artists throughout 2019 on all CMT platforms.”

Since 2011, CMT’s LISTEN UP franchise has helped launch the careers of superstars including Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and RaeLynn. The 2017 class alone included breakout acts Carly Pearce, Luke Combs and Midland.

* Nielsen, L+SD, P18-49, CMT Total Day (Mon-Sun/6A-3A), 9/30/13-9/30/18 by Fiscal Year (October-September)

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Emily Beekman


CMT Listen Up


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