1. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  2. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  3. Carrie Underwood Climbs to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Following CMA Awards

    November 13, 2014 3:15 PM EST Th award show shakes up the charts, with the co-host scoring her 14th No. 1. Carrie Underwood 's performance of "Something in the Water" on the CMA Awards Nov. 5 on ABC lifts the track 5-1 on Billboard's sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart. The song is…

  4. Shane Allen Replacing Steve Hodges as Capitol Nashville's Head of Promotion

    November 13, 2014 12:30 PM EST Universal Music Group Nashville has elevated its vice president of promotion, Shane Allen , to head of promotion at Capitol Records Nashville starting in the new year. Allen will succeed Steve Hodges , who is leaving Capitol, the label group announced on Thursday. Allen joined Capitol in…

  5. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  6. Tim McGraw Exits Red Light Management

    November 06, 2014 6:42 PM EST Tim McGraw exited Red Light Management suddenly last week after five years with the firm, sources tell Billboard . During an interim period, McGraw is working with his former manager, Scott Siman . McGraw has had a fruitful five years at Red Light, where he was managed by founder Coran…

  7. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big

    November 05, 2014 11:40 PM EST Luke Bryan took home top honors at the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 5), winning for Entertainer of the Year. "I've never met Garth Brooks before," the singer said of the man who presented him with the trophy. "Can I have another…

  8. CMA Awards 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 05, 2014 8:00 PM EST The 2014 CMA Awards have begun! Check back here for an updated winners list all night! CMA Awards 2014: Who Should Win/Who Will Win | Producers Give Scoop on the Show  | Live Blog Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan -- WINNER Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban Female…

  9. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    November 04, 2014 5:30 PM EST Nashville has always been known as a songwriter's town, and that perception has been bolstered in the past decade by the increasing success of the CMA Songwriters Series. The series celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by expanding into television and drawing standing-room-only…

  10. CMA Awards 2014 Predictions: Who Will Win?

    November 04, 2014 3:40 PM EST On Wednesday night, ABC will broadcast the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. For the seventh consecutive year, the broadcast will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley , and will feature performances from many of the biggest stars…

  11. CMA Awards' Exec Producer Gives the Inside Scoop on This Year's Show -- From the All-Star Duets to the Surprise Guests

    November 03, 2014 5:53 PM EST An interview with CMA's executive producer Robert Deaton Robert Deaton is a very busy man. As executive producer of the CMA Awards, Deaton is preparing for the 48th Annual CMA Awards live on ABC Wednesday night (Nov. 5) from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. On Friday, he'll…

  12. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  13. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  14. Lisa Mitchell Discusses Her New 'F--k It' Song ‘Wah Ha’: Listen

    October 21, 2014 1:24 AM EDT Lisa Mitchell has never been one to take the obvious route. The Australian singer-songwriter is back in the groove after taking time out to travel and work on a bio-dynamic vegetable farm. The experience of getting her hands dirty on the Victorian site proved to be a creatively fertile one.…

  15. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  16. Top Soil: Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Airplay Chart With 'Dirt'

    October 14, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line claims its fifth No. 1 on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "Dirt" steps 2-1. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop The duo had last reached the summit with "Stay,"…

  17. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  18. Thomas Rhett Talks First CMA Nomination, Florida Georgia Line Tour & Famous Fans

    October 13, 2014 6:24 PM EDT On the morning of Sept. 3, Thomas Rhett was in Toronto. It was there that he received some news that he will never forget: his first CMA nomination, for New Artist of the Year. "I didn't have any cell phone service or WiFi, so I used some of my roaming minutes to call my manager,…

  19. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Dierks Bentley to David Guetta

    October 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT AlunaGeorge "Supernatural" Vagrant/Island London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid tesase their upcoming sophomore release with "Supernatural," a dancefloor-ready jam that reels their future-soul sound back to the 1980s. Francis coos over synths that seem mined from…

  20. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

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