1. Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta Signs With CAA

    February 24, 2015 10:32 PM EST Big Machine Label Group president and CEO Scott Borchetta has signed with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. Ten years ago Borchetta founded the first of Big Machine's five record labels (plus a music publishing company), with Taylor Swift being among his first signees…

  2. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years

    February 14, 2015 3:19 PM EST Saturday (Feb. 14) marks Valentine's Day, where people celebrate the connections they make with our significant others. With that in mind, we thought we'd go back in the 615 Archives and pick out a few love songs that have stood the test of time. In making the selections for this…

  3. Sam Hunt Scores Second No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Heartland Returns

    February 12, 2015 4:13 PM EST Hunt is the first artist to arrive with back-to-back No. 1s since 2012; plus, Heartland's 2006 hit 'I Loved Her First' is back thanks to viral video clicks. Sam Hunt nabs his second straight leader on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time" (5…

  4. Iggy Azalea & Sam Smith Lead 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

    February 04, 2015 8:40 AM EST With five nominations each, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith are the early leaders heading into the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, nominations for which were announced Wednesday. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are close behind with four nods each. On the night, Iggy, Sam, Taylor, Ariana and  Luke…

  5. ACM Awards 2015 Nominees: Sure Things & Snubs

    January 30, 2015 2:52 PM EST Upon first glance, the announcement of the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations on Friday morning (Jan. 30) might make one think "the rich get richer." Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations There's no doubt that Miranda Lambert…

  6. Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw & Rascal Flatts to Headline iHeartRadio Country Festival 2015

    January 21, 2015 10:01 PM EST Brad Paisley , Tim McGraw , Rascal Flatts and Brantley Gilbert will all perform at the iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, Texas, this spring.  Tim McGraw: 'I Don't Think I'm the Best I Can Be Yet' Following last year's launch of the now-annual festival, the…

  7. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  8. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Ke$ha Kicked Off the 2010s at No. 1

    December 29, 2014 8:05 AM EST Her debut smash 'TiK ToK' clocked in as the first new leader of the decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Beatles, the Monkees and Beyonce. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 29, 2007…

  9. Luke Bryan Leads Latest Hot Tours Tally

    December 24, 2014 2:40 PM EST Bryan's That’s My Kind of Night tour was the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in 2014 Country superstar Luke Bryan tops the weekly slate of top-grossing touring artists (see below) with the final 2014 box office stats reported from his That’s My Kind of Night Tour that wrapped…

  10. Colt Ford Ready to 'Crank It Up!' With First Live DVD

    December 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST Colt Ford has enjoyed a very successful run in the industry since bursting on the scene in the late 2000s. He co-wrote the Jason Aldean blockbuster "Dirt Road Anthem" with Brantley Gilbert , and has shared the stage with many of the biggest stars in the format. His last four discs…

  11. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  12. In the Face of Giants, Indie Concert Promoters Outpaced the Industry at Large This Year

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST The grosses of the top six independent promoters in the U.S. combined increased by more than 15 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase for overall. Some 20 years after industry consolidation was supposed to wipe independent promoters off the map, these stubborn, savvy and fiercely…

  13. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  14. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  15. Everyone Was Getting Wasted to Luke Bryan Songs This Year

    December 10, 2014 5:40 PM EST More people wanted to drink a beer to Luke’s music than any other artist on jukeboxes in 2014. With 2014 drawing to a close, it's not just Billboard that's busy working on its year-end charts . Digital jukebox leader TouchTunes announced its annual top-played songs and…

  16. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  17. Jana Kramer Is Engaged to Football Player Michael Caussin

    December 03, 2014 7:54 PM EST Country singer Jana Kramer celebrated her 31st birthday in Nashville Tuesday with a pretty great gift: A marriage proposal from her football player boyfriend, Michael Caussin.  Jana Kramer Talks 'Love,' Songwriting and a New Album This Summer "It was a beautiful surprise,…

  18. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  19. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  20. Brantley Gilbert on Spotify: ' I Don't Know If It Will Benefit Me to Tell You What My Opinion Is'

    November 24, 2014 12:02 PM EST Talking with Billboard on the red carpet before last night's American Music Awards, Brantley Gilbert was unwilling to discuss his views on Spotify. His latest album -- Just As I Am -- was recently pulled from the streaming service. Watch video of Billboard's conversation with…

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