1. Carrie Underwood Tweets U.S. Gymnast Madison Kocian: 'You Ladies Are Killing It'

    August 17, 2016 4:35 AM EDT If winners are grinners, then Carrie Underwood and Madison Kocian should have smiles from ear-to-ear right now.  The country star and gymnastics ace are big-time winners, and it turns out they’re big fans of each other’s work. Watch Carrie Underwood Tease New 'Sunday Night Football'…

  2. Everything We Know About 'The Hamilton Mixtape'

    August 11, 2016 4:19 PM EDT Back in May 2009, a year after his first hit show In the Heights won the Tony for Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform at the White House Evening of Poetry . Lin got on-stage and started a rap from a project he was working on called The Hamilton Mixtape . No one knew the…

  3. The New Pioneers: Maren Morris Songwriter Busbee on Creating Country/Pop Hits

    August 11, 2016 12:15 PM EDT Here's a reason why Maren Morris ' Hero -- the critical and ­commercial country-pop breakthrough of 2016 -- sounds the way it does: artfully exposed, ­rhythmically supple and breezily, ­powerfully hooky. The first Top Country Albums No. 1 debut from a rookie since Sam Hunt 's…

  4. Watch Carrie Underwood Tease New 'Sunday Night Football' Theme Ahead of Sept. 11 Opener

    August 09, 2016 3:51 PM EDT Carrie Underwood is ready for some football. In a brief clip released by NBC on Monday (Aug. 8), the country music star teases a snipped of her new Sunday Night Football theme ahead of the Sept. 11 opening game between the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, a rematch of Super Bowl 50…

  5. SiriusXM's J.R. Schumann on Embracing Country's Sound Evolution: 'Nothing Is What It Used to Be'

    August 03, 2016 9:49 AM EDT “I don’t care what anybody says: It is an exciting time to be in radio right now.” That’s the heartfelt sentiment expressed by J.R. Schumann , seven months into his gig as senior director of programming at SiriusXM, where he oversees 13 channels. After 10 years in terrestrial radio, the Texas…

  6. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's the week of the Country Music Association&…

  7. Country Music Association Takes Steps to Combat Awards Campaigning

    July 07, 2016 8:40 AM EDT A new ballot feature is intended to quel the deluge of voting solicitations in CMA members' in-boxes. As the Country Music Association (CMA) sent out the first ballots on July 5 for its 50th annual awards, the organization hoped a new feature will reduce the unseemly campaigning that…

  8. Stop Before You Post! That Website Photo Could Cost You Big-Time

    June 29, 2016 10:41 AM EDT Nashville-based intellectual property attorney Lynn Morrow discusses the ins and outs of photo copyrights. Need an image of Carrie Underwood or Johnny Cash for a blog post? A photo of Garth Brooks for the home page on a website? Be careful. The wrong photo could cost $150,000. Millions of…

  9. Country Music Turns to God In Turbulent Social Period

    June 24, 2016 2:40 PM EDT New releases from Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott hinge on spiritual imagery. At a time that Americans are still baffled and hurt by the brutal slaying of 49 people in Orlando, Fla., it’s poetic that Tim McGraw ’s “Humble and Kind” was confirmed as the No. 1 title on…

  10. Carrie Underwood Will Rework 'Somethin' Bad' For New 'Sunday Night Football' Theme

    June 21, 2016 11:21 AM EDT NBC will premiere a fresh theme for Sunday Night Football this fall, AP reports . For a decade, the theme was "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," which was adapted from Joan Jett 's "I Hate Myself for Loving You." Pink! performed it first, then Faith Hill , then…

  11. Headbanging Academic: Metal Guitarist & Literature Professor Don Anderson's 'Split Personality'

    June 20, 2016 4:20 PM EDT Many people -- auto mechanics, bartenders, bankers and lawyers -- daydream about being a rock star when the daily grind is wearing them down. It’s an escapist fantasy with understandable appeal, which contributes to why American Idol , The Voice and similar series are so popular: Once upon a…

  12. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood Among Artists Helping Country Expand Beyond American Borders

    June 16, 2016 2:40 PM EDT There’s a whole world of people out there beyond America, and a surprising number of them are primed for country music. That’s the initial takeaway from the Country Music Association’s (CMA) first international research study, which found that one-third to one-half of the adult population in…

  13. Real-World Issues Bring CMA Music Festival to a Somber Close

    June 15, 2016 3:07 PM EDT The Country Music Association’s annual soiree, the CMA Music Festival, started in its usual mode on June 9, with modern country filling the streets of downtown Nashville and plenty of tourists filling the bars on lower Broadway. But by the time the event ground to a close on June 12, fans and…

  14. After 45 RPM Start, CMA Music Festival Morphs Into High-Tech Maturity

    June 09, 2016 1:51 PM EDT Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall, CMA execs look back at the growth of a Nashville tradition. As the Country Music Association prepares for an expected 80,000 fans a day to partake in the 45th annual CMA Music Festival this week in downtown Nashville, it’s amusing to consider the event’s 45…

  15. All the CMT Music Awards 2016 Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    June 08, 2016 10:54 PM EDT The 2016 CMT Awards aimed to achieve big TV moments through team play: seven of the major performances involved multiple singers, and many of these were cross-genre collaborations. Some were more successful than others (every collaboration is not necessarily the right fit). A few of the genre…

  16. Carrie Underwood, Pitbull & Leona Lewis Join CMT Awards Lineup

    June 06, 2016 1:39 PM EDT The CMT Awards are aiming for big collaborative moments this year: Dierks Bentley will perform with Elle King (the two duet on Bentley's new album), Fifth Harmony teams up with Cam , Billy Ray Cyrus with Cheap Trick , Blake Shelton with the Oak Ridge Boys, and Keith Urban with both Brett…

  17. Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Returning to Host 50th-Anniversary CMA Awards

    May 25, 2016 3:28 PM EDT Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have been co-hosting the CMA Awards since 2008, so it's only right that they stick around for this year's 50th-anniversary show. The duo of country superstars will return as hosts when the show goes live Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The 2016 ceremony…

  18. Watch Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's Karaoke Car Duet for 'The Fighter'

    May 12, 2016 2:56 PM EDT Keith Urban 's new track "The Fighter" may feature Carrie Underwood , but there's a new leading lady that has lent her vocals for the uplifting duet. Keith Urban Talks 'Ripcord' Album: Part Two Urban shared a video of him and wife Nicole Kidman singing along to …

  19. Kanye West, Madonna, Diplo & More Stars Celebrate Mother's Day on Social Media

    May 08, 2016 2:51 PM EDT Happy Mother's Day! Music stars like Kanye West , Madonna , Ariana Grande , Diplo and many more took to social media on Sunday (May 8) to pay tribute to their cherished moms. 12 Most Popular Mom Songs on YouTube Each Mother's Day: Exclusive See all of their social media posts below,…

  20. Carrie Underwood Cries for a Cause and More Insider Scoop

    April 08, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Crying For A Cause The Academy of Country Music Awards, held at Las Vegas’ MGM Arena on April 3, were a celebration -- but they were preceded by a whole lot of crying. On April 1, at the first day of the Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, Carrie Underwood broke down…

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