One of the most important segments of the Billboard Country Music Summit June 4-5 in Nashville will be the closing radio block, in which national decision-makers in broadcasting take a hard look at their industry. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment chairman/CEO John Hogan spoke with Billboard Country Update in advance of the Summit.
Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss. He’s just taken on a different context. Bruce Springsteen, the most prominent rocker of the 1980s, is now a symbolic fencepost in modern country, with his songs influencing multiple tracks hitting the top of the country charts.
Observers and advertisers have generally viewed country consumers as behind the curve in their consumption of digital media. But after a landmark 2011, it may be time to retire that perception. As of early November, sales of digital country albums were up 29.7% from a year earlier and sales of the 10 top-selling country digital songs of the year were a whopping 32% ahead of the 2010 pace.
Taylor Swift has often said she wants to issue albums every two years, and it appears her as-yet-unnamed fourth studio record will meet that standard, as the country star has already written 25 songs for her next release.
The youngest superstar ever chosen as Billboard's Woman of the Year, Taylor Swift has enchanted fans, fellow stars and the music business alike. The "Speak Now" singer spoke with Billboard about her role models, her touring philosophy and why she's never considered herself a "boys vs. girls" type of girl.
Two of Music Row’s "peach pickers" grabbed fruit from the very top of the tree when they were named BMI’s country songwriters of the year Nov. 8: Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins each received awards for writing five of the performing rights organization's most-played country songs of the year. Also, Josh Turner hit "All Over Me," was named BMI's country song of the year, Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year and Bobby Braddock was saluted as a BMI Icon.