Higham's flagship artist, Kenny Chesney, did not tour in 2014, but the country music manager was still plenty busy. Client Jake Owen headlined 35 arenas, a personal best, and Martina McBride inked a deal with the new Nash Icon imprint, a joint venture between Big Machine and Cumulus that will produce new music and live events from veteran country artists. Chesney did release an album, The Big Revival, which became his 13th consecutive No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, and sales should get a boost when he tours close to 50 stadiums and arenas in 2015. Higham declined to confirm speculation that he is in talks to join Scooter Braun's management firm, SB Projects. If a deal is struck, it could make 2015 a wild ride.
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