1. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  2. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

  3. 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…

  4. Loretta Lynn Performs First Full Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

    October 11, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The 82-year-old icon played numerous hits from her six-decade career. Friday night (Oct. 10) was a historic night at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. It’s hard to believe, but it was the first time Loretta Lynn performed a full show at the revered venue. Loretta Lynn Reflects on…

  5. 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 )…

  6. 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…

  7. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  8. Madonna Aiming for 2015 Album Release, 'Having a Lot of Fun' With Diplo

    September 12, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Madonna 's been hard at work on her upcoming new album -- as evidenced by her prolific posts on Instagram -- and is planning for it to be released in 2015, according to a representative. Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo , who has turned up in multiple…

  9. Artist Development Case Study: Brantley Gilbert

    September 11, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Trailblazing superstar-in-the-making Brantley Gilbert has taken a unique path to stardom, significantly impacting musical trends and, in effect, broadening country’s audience through his compelling blend of rock and urban influences with traditional country themes and musicality. On the…

  10. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  11. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  12. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , Jennings recalls that Jones was a part of…

  13. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  14. Musictoday Spun Off From Live Nation, Acquired by Delivery Agent

    August 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Musictoday, an e-commerce company for the music industry founded by Coran Capshaw (current CEO of Red Light Management), has been acquired by interactive-commerce company The Delivery Agent. Under majority ownership by Live Nation since 2006 , Musictoday has been spun off from the concert…

  15. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  16. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  17. Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Top Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Country Artists

    July 28, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Other acts on Forbes' Country Cash Kings 2014 tally include Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney Toby Keith tops Forbes’ annual list of country music’s highest paid artists for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $65 million. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen,…

  18. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  19. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of…

  20. Disclosure Talks Madonna Collaboration Rumors

    June 30, 2014 5:48 PM EDT When Madonna turned up at a couple of Disclosure shows earlier this month -- and shared multiple Instagram photos of her encounters -- fans immediately began to speculate if the Queen of Pop was working with the British duo on her next album. After all, Madonna has been sharing numerous…

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