Keith Urban played a warts-and-all warm-up set in Nashville Thursday for around 500 fans, radio execs and music-business professionals. “It’ll be much smoother” on June 16 in Mississippi, when his "Get Closer" tour opens, he laughed.
“Old Alabama” helped the CMA Music Festival turn 40 as country’s most-successful group of all time, Alabama, showed the strength of its influence during a June 9 stadium concert at Nashville’s LP Field on the festival’s opening day. The Zac Brown Band, Jason Alden (with Kelly Clarkson), Ricky Skaggs and many more graced the stage.
The CMT Music Awards embraced a rather stunning blend of pop in its country with none of the evening’s winners—including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum—dominating the night. Appearances from Ludacris, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and covers of Prince and Eminem songs kept the evening diverse.
The 2011 CMT Awards embraced a rather stunning blend of pop in its country with none of the evening's winners -- including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum -- dominating the night.
Shania Twain will return to the concert stage on Dec. 1, 2012, she announced at a press event today. Whether or not she’ll have a full album of new music by then is unclear. “I’m not putting any pressure on myself as to when [an album] will be ready,” she said.
As the old ways of operating in the music business adapt to the digital age, the very definitions of the central pieces of the puzzle—the most popular music and the companies that distribute it—are ripe for re-examination. The idea was among numerous topics at the "Making and Selling Recorded Music" panel at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit on Tuesday.