1. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  2. West Virginia High Schooler Comes Out As Gay to Taylor Swift's 'Love Story'

    December 17, 2014 11:20 AM EST The country singer Ty Herndon recently told People that Kacey Musgraves ' song "Follow Your Arrow" helped motivate him to come out. In West Virginia, a country song from  Taylor Swift  recently soundtracked a similar situation. In a piece published yesterday on the website…

  3. 2014 Became Country's Coming-Out Party for Artists Including Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman

    December 15, 2014 1:11 PM EST On Nov. 5, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally made history as the first openly gay winners of a Country Music Association Award when they took home song of the year honors for co-writing Kacey Musgraves ’ “Follow Your Arrow,” the left-field hit that includes a lyric that celebrates same-sex…

  4. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  5. Country Singer Billy Gilman Comes Out As Gay in Personal YouTube Video

    November 20, 2014 8:55 PM EST Country singer Billy Gilman came out as gay online Thursday, hours after fellow country act Ty Herndon revealed he was gay as well .  The former child country star -- best known for 2000's tender "One Voice" -- broke the news in a personal video posted to YouTube, addressing…

  6. Billy Gilman Grows Up: From 'One Voice' to 'Say You Will'

    August 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Billy Gilman is back. The former child country star -- best known for 2000's tender "One Voice" -- has just released a brand new single, "Say You Will." It's the first solo single from Gilman in over five years, though he did spearhead the 2012 charity release …

  7. Green Day Debuts 'Dos!' Album Artwork

    June 21, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Exactly a week after unveiling the album artwork for their upcoming Sept. 25 album, "¡Uno!," Green Day debuted the artwork for the second installment of the three-part series, "¡Dos!," due out Nov. 13. Green Day Unveils "¡Uno!" Album Artwork Similar to the "…

  8. Green Day Unveils 'Uno!' Album Artwork

    June 14, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Green Day fans were treated to a sneak peek Thursday (June 14), when the band debuted the album artwork for their upcoming Sept. 25 album, "¡Uno!" The release, the pop-punk trio's first since 2009's "21st Century Breakdown," will be closely followed by two more…

  9. Billy Gilman Enlists A-Listers for 'Choice' Charity Single

    April 09, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Keith Urban, Reba McEntire & Kenny Rogers Join Soles4Souls Project One of the more rich traditions in the history of country music is the trait of giving back. Billy Gilman knows this and appreciates it. Best known to audiences for songs like the powerful "One Voice" and the…

  10. May 24, 2009

    May 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Taylor Hicks wins Season Five of “American Idol.” 1991 – Gene Clark of the Byrds and Dillard and Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. 1988 – Country singer-songwriter Billy Gilman is born in Westerly, R.I. 1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Let’s Hear It…

  11. Nov 23rd 2008

    November 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST – Jazz vocalist Anita O’Day, whose “Let Me Off Uptown” was a million-seller, dies in West Los Angeles at the age of 87. 2004 - Sony Classical releases Robert Downey Jr's "The Futurist," which includes eight songs penned by the actor. 2001 - 51-year-old Juan Hinojosa, a…

  12. This Day in Music

    November 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Jazz vocalist Anita O'Day, whose "Let Me Off Uptown" was a million-seller, dies in West Los Angeles at the age of 87. 2006 - Jazz vocalist Anita O'Day, whose "Let Me Off Uptown" was a million-seller, dies in West Los Angeles at the age of 87. 2004 - Sony…

  13. This Day in Music

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2006 - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2003 -…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings from Aretha Franklin to the Bee Gees to Norah Jones, dies in New York. Mardin is 74 and had been suffering 2006 - Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings…

  15. This Day in Music

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Jazz vocalist Anita O'Day, whose "Let Me Off Uptown" was a million-seller, dies in West Los Angeles at the age of 87. 2006 - Jazz vocalist Anita O'Day, whose "Let Me Off Uptown" was a million-seller, dies in West Los Angeles at the age of 87. 2004 - Sony…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2006 - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2003 -…

  17. This Day in Music

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings from Aretha Franklin to the Bee Gees to Norah Jones, dies in New York. Mardin is 74 and had been suffering 2006 - Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings…

  18. This Day in Music

    November 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>A businessman convicted of second-degree murder in the drowning of the ex-wife of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson is sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Donald Bohana, 61, listens as 2004 - Sony Classical releases Robert Downey Jr's "The Futurist,"…

  19. This Day in Music

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Country singer Chalee Tennison marries guitarist Mark Gillespie following a three-year courtship. The marriage is Tennison's fourth and Gillespie's first.<br clear="none"/><br clear="non 2003 - The paperback edition of late Nirvana…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1995 - </b>Pearl Jam cancels their current tour, citing their ongoing war with Ticketmaster as the reason.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - Tim McGraw stages a benefit concert in Gulfport, Miss., at the Grand Casino Events Center.…

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