1. Reba McEntire's Father Dies: He Was 'Born and Bred a Cowboy'

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. A post on the singer's verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate.   Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. http://t.co/cfapEw38r4 — Reba McEntire (…

  2. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  3. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the prolific McEntire will be the flagship artist.…

  4. Album Review: Little Big Town Finally Ready for the Big Time With Tour De Force 'Pain Killer'

    October 21, 2014 2:04 PM EDT There's a reason Little Big Town gets compared to Fleetwood Mac , and it's not just because two of the bandmates are married to each other or that the quartet performs a spirited take on "The Chain" in concert. It's also because the coed Alabama foursome…

  5. Little Big Town Talk Separate Guys' & Girls' Songwriting Sessions for 'Pain Killer'

    October 20, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It's safe to say that back in 2012, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town had no idea how the success of "Pontoon" was about to change their lives. Watch Little Big Town Get Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry by Reba McEntire "It's been incredible,…

  6. Kelly Clarkson Gathers Famous Friends for Holiday Benefit Concert

    October 14, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson announced on her website that she'll be hosting her first annual benefit concert, Miracle on Broadway , on Dec. 20. The show, which will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, features a star-studded lineup, including Reba McEntire , Trisha Yearwood , Garth…

  7. Carrie Underwood's 'Water' Splashes Onto Hot Country Songs, Hot Christian Songs Charts

    October 09, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Plus, moves for Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean & more. Carrie Underwood 's "Something in the Water" boils on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Hot Christian Songs charts. The Christian conversion theme is a new song to be included on her Greatest Hits:…

  8. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  9. Watch Little Big Town Get Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry by Reba McEntire

    October 05, 2014 12:18 PM EDT The country quartet will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 17. Country music quartet Little Big Town will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville later this month. Little Big Town's Little Secret: Natalie Hemby & Barry Dean on Writing Country Hits…

  10. Little Big Town's Little Secret: Natalie Hemby & Barry Dean on Writing Country Hits

    October 02, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Creative Nation songwriters have worked with Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire & many more superstars. In a recent interview, legendary singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin praised the work of Natalie Hemby , who has scored with hits such as "Downtown" ( Lady Antebellum )…

  11. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as…

  12. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas , which has a…

  13. TuneCore Opens Nashville Office, Hires Shelby Kennedy to Run It

    September 08, 2014 12:32 PM EDT TuneCore is planting roots in Music City. The digital music distribution and publishing company announced Monday it will open a Nashville office with newly hired Shelby Kennedy at the helm as vice president of entertainment relations. Kennedy is a well-known figure in Nashville, having…

  14. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  15. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  17. Exclusive: Kellie Pickler Teases Fifth Album, Talks Meeting Her Idols

    August 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Nashville is a place where dreams have a magical way of coming true, and for a select group of music fans on Saturday night, Kellie Pickler delivered a too-good-to-be true performance for an intimate crowd just south of Music City. In addition to performing, Pickler chatted with Billboard and…

  18. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  19. Rosanne Cash Praises 'Meticulous' Restoration of Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

    August 18, 2014 4:30 PM EDT According to the U.S. Census, the population of Dyess, Arkansas, is 515. On Saturday, that number seemed to double as throngs of people descended upon the northeast corner of the state for the dedication of Johnny Cash 's boyhood home . Newly renovated by Arkansas State University with…

  20. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

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