1. Blackmail, Risk & Untested Waters: Inside the Coming Out of Country Radio's Blair Garner, Cody Alan

    January 25, 2017 1:57 PM EST National jocks break new ground in a historically conservative format. In 1994, a year after Premiere Networks launched the overnight radio show After MidNite , host Blair Garner faced a crisis behind the scenes. A disgruntled former employee blackmailed Garner, threatening to “out” him in a…

  2. Chely Wright Reflects on Coming Out As a Country Singer & the Ups and Downs of 'Gang Mentality'

    September 19, 2016 6:03 PM EDT “I actually decided to come out of the closet in 2007,” country singer Chely Wright,  who is now married to wife Lauren and has two children, tells Billboard. “It took me three years to get everything together the way that I wanted it. I did start to imagine that I could have a full, balanced…

  3. Connie Smith Enjoys Her Hall of Fame Moment

    March 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT It was just an ordinary evening in the household of Connie Smith and her husband, Marty Stuart, when they were interrupted. "Marty and I were in the kitchen about suppertime, and the phone rang," Smith recalls in an interview with Billboard. "He looked at the caller ID, and…

  4. Class Notes: Country Hall of Fame Gets It Right

    March 07, 2012 1:49 PM EST When it comes to his place in the modern era of country music, Garth Brooks has no peers. After all, who has sold more records or concert tickets during his time in the spotlight? When it comes to female country performers, it could be argued that Connie Smith has few peers as well. Dolly…

  5. POTW: Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, DMX, Demi Lovato

    August 26, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Katy Perry chuckles her way through roller coaster rides, Mariah Carey takes a jog with her pups and Chely Wright and girlfriend, Lauren Biltzer say "I do." It all happened this week, and we've got the pics to prove it. SEE THE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK | LAST WEEK'S PHOTOS News…

  6. Country Singer Chely Wright Marries Girlfriend

    August 22, 2011 10:49 AM EDT Country singer Chely Wright married her girlfriend, Lauren Blitzer, on Saturday, with both wearing Jose Dias-designed white wedding gowns. "We had a great time!" she exclaimed on Twitter . The interfaith ceremony -- Wright is Christian while Blitzer is Jewish -- was attended by 200…

  7. Chely Wright Engaged to Gay Activist

    April 06, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Country singer Chely Wright , who surprised fans by coming out as gay last year, is engaged to a lesbian civil rights activist. Wright, 40, and fiancee Lauren Blitzer, an activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, plan to get married in Connecticut in August. Chely Wright…

  8. Chely Wright Says Coming Out Led to Death Threats, Decreased Sales

    January 11, 2011 9:46 AM EST Country singer Chely Wright , who publicly announced that she is lesbian in a May 2010 interview in People, reveals in a new blog profile that since coming out, her career and life have been threatened. In a chat with the lesbian-focused pop culture blog Auto Straddle , the country star known…

  9. Indigo Girls Toast to 'Happy Days' on Holiday Album

    October 07, 2010 5:15 PM EDT The Indigo Girls' upcoming holiday album, "Holly Happy Days," is the rarest of entries in the duo's catalog. "We just both had a desire to do it at the same time, which doesn't always happen with us," Emily Saliers tells Billboard.com. The 12-track set, due…

  10. Chely Wright Comes Out As Country Music's First Openly Gay Singer

    May 04, 2010 2:19 PM EDT Growing online buzz and speculation came to a head this past weekend when it was revealed that country artist Chely Wright , 39, would announce that she is gay in this week's People Magazine. The move is obviously not without precedent; Ricky Martin came out in the same way just a month…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - On stage in Barcelona Kelly Rowland of chart-topping R&B trio Destiny's Child announces the group will split after its fall North American tour. 2005 - On stage in Barcelona Kelly Rowland of chart-topping R&B trio Destiny's Child announces the group will split after…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - On stage in Barcelona Kelly Rowland of chart-topping R&B trio Destiny's Child announces the group will split after its fall North American tour. 2005 - On stage in Barcelona Kelly Rowland of chart-topping R&B trio Destiny's Child announces the group will split after…

  13. 44OnTV

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2006. MONDAY, OCT. 30 "Totally Awesome Concert," VH1 Classic Featured artist(s): Rick Springfield, Scandal, Patti Smyth. "Mavericks: Honky Tonk Heroes," The Biography Channel Featured artist(s): Johnny Cash, George Jones, Toby…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Stone Temple Pilots lead Scott Weiland skips a scheduled Superior Court date in Los Angeles and checks himself into a drug treatment facility. The court date stems from charges filed in 2005 - On stage in Barcelona Kelly Rowland of chart-topping R&B trio Destiny&…

  15. Country Acts Set For 'Sound And Speed' Fest

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT NASCAR drivers and country stars will team up in January for a new Nashville festival with the impossibly long name "Nextel Sound and Speed Presented by SunTrust, a Motorsports and Music Celebration." NASCAR drivers and country stars will team up in January for a new Nashville…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. "I'm here to thoroughly represent the entire spectrum of the urban community," Rhymes says. 2000 - Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto…

  17. 'O' Puts Omarion On Top

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former B2K frontman Omarion's solo career makes a grand entrance this week, as the debut album "O" bows on top of The Billboard 200. The T.U.G./Epic/Sony Music set sold 182,000 copies in the United St Former B2K frontman Omarion's solo career makes a grand entrance this…

  18. Paisley, Emmylou Win At ASCAP Country Awards

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Neil Thrasher, Emmylou Harris and EMI Music Publishing were the top honorees at the 42nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, held last night (Nov. 8) at Nashville's Opryland Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Neil Thrasher, Emmylou Harris and EMI Music Publishing were…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. "I'm here to thoroughly represent the entire spectrum of the urban community," Rhymes says. 2000 - Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto…

  20. 2002 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Winners

    October 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 13th annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, held Oct. 17 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville: Entertainer of the year: the Del McCoury Band Male vocalist of the…

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