1. Cincinnati's Buckle Up Country Festival Canceled Due to 'Unforeseen Circumstances'

    July 25, 2016 11:44 AM EDT After taking a year off and moving to a suburban park, Cincinnati's Buckle Up country festival abruptly announced that this year's fest has been called off less than two weeks before it was slated for a re-boot. "Due to circumstance ...

  2. Orlando Tragedies Put Security Top of Mind for Country Stars at CMA Fest

    June 15, 2016 9:49 AM EDT Luke Bryan summed up a sentiment likely shared by other country artists when he reacted to a pair of weekend tragedies in Orlando, Fla., by saying, “The American spirit is about not living in fear.” He was speaking to media backstage at Nashville’ ...

  3. After 45 RPM Start, CMA Music Festival Morphs Into High-Tech Maturity

    June 09, 2016 1:51 PM EDT Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall, CMA execs look back at the growth of a Nashville tradition. As the Country Music Association prepares for an expected 80,000 fans a day to partake in the 45th annual CMA Music Festival this week in downtown Nashv ...

  4. Fans Like The Sound Of That: Country Stays Relevant With Melodic Emphasis

    May 19, 2016 10:34 AM EDT Keith Urban was specifically promoting his new album, Ripcord , when he spoke to USA Today earlier this month, but he could have easily been talking about country music as a whole. “Melody is key,” he told music journalist Bob Doerschuk . “How man ...

  5. Country Radio Programmers Debate Surplus of Slow Songs For Spring

    April 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead, they’re hearing mo ...

  6. Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts Like the Sound of No. 1 on Country Charts

    April 19, 2016 11:03 AM EDT Dierks Bentley earns his 11th No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, and first in nearly four years, as "Somewhere on a Beach" breaks 4-1 on the April 30 list. The track tops Hot Country Songs, which encompasses sales, strea ...

  7. Nashville Notes: Country Stars Sell Boots, Energy Drinks; Curb Beefs Up Promotion Team

    April 14, 2016 12:01 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES A year after Indiana faced a corporate backlash for attempting to enact legislation that was widely considered discriminatory, artists have taken a stand against legislation in three Southern states that would penalize gay, lesbian, ...

  8. All-Female Bands Shaping Up as the Next Hot Trend in Country Music

    April 07, 2016 2:51 PM EDT Looking for the next emerging trend in country music? We have two words for you: girl groups. A slew of all-female trios and quartets are in various stages of development in Nashville, including Runaway June , which has already landed a label deal ...

  9. Makin' Tracks: Granger Smith's 'If The Boot Fits' Embraces The Cinderella Story

    March 31, 2016 10:37 AM EDT The last 12 months in country music have featured numerous Cinderella stories, artists who seemingly stepped out of the shadows to claim a prominent place in the format. They include Cam , Chris Janson , Michael Ray and Granger Smith . Smith self- ...

  10. Death & Ballads: What Makes An Ideal ACM Song Of The Year Nominee?

    March 30, 2016 4:13 PM EDT When the Academy of Country Music hands out its song of the year award on April 3, it probably won’t seem a whole lot different to the average CBS viewer than it has the previous 45 times the ACM presented the trophy. Fans will recognize the artis ...

  11. Nashville Notes: Chris Stapleton Already An ACM Winner, Johnny Cash Songs Added To National Registry

    March 30, 2016 4:00 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES Chris Stapleton could win as many as seven trophies at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 3 — and the first of those is already in the bag. Stapleton claimed his first-ever ACM trophy when the academ ...

  12. Nashville Execs Say Tide Is Slowly Turning for Female Country Artists

    March 22, 2016 2:51 PM EDT It has been nearly 10 months since radio consultant Keith Hill created national headlines and brought new attention to a perennial issue — the disparity in the numbers of successful male and female artists in country music — when he referred to wo ...

  13. Blake Shelton Onesie? Rascall Flatts Thong? Your Gift Guide to Country Artists' Weirdest Merch

    December 18, 2015 2:15 PM EST With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, it’s time for our guide to the weirdest and wackiest merchandise being offered by country stars. We scoured the online stores of nearly 60 artists to find the 16 most unusual items on sale, rangi ...

  14. Makin' Tracks: 'Confession' Likely Good For 
Florida Georgia Line's Soul

    December 10, 2015 2:31 PM EST Cruising into Thanksgiving,  Florida Georgia Line  picked up a couple pieces of hardware during ABC’s Nov. 22 telecast of the American Music Awards, including favorite country album for  Anything Goes . The project connected with the public well e ...

  15. High Times For LoCash: Veteran Duo Celebrates First Top 10 Hit

    December 10, 2015 1:20 PM EST "We're top 10," Chris Lucas bursts out at the end of a 30--minute conversation. "Every answer we say is just, 'We're top 10, we're top 10, we're top 10.' " It's a joking oversimplification, bu ...

  16. Country Music 'Alley Cat' Makes Meeting 
the Stars a Full-Time Hobby

    December 09, 2015 2:25 PM EST If you have ever attended any of country music's major events, you have no doubt noticed the cluster of fans camped out in the corners of hotel lobbies -- or behind rope lines, at valet stands or outside of stage doors -- all just hoping for ...

  17. From John Cougar To Warren Buffett: When Real People Become Country Lyrics

    December 02, 2015 5:30 PM EST During the opening quarter-hour at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Nov. 4, millions of viewers saw one of the genre’s trends in action: John Mellencamp and Keith Urban performed “Pink Houses,” then eased into Urban’s solo take on “Jo ...

  18. Is Country Radio 'The Place Where Difference Goes To Die'? Nashville Insiders Are Divided

    December 01, 2015 3:28 PM EST In a recent New York Times story about Chris Stapleton ’s stunning post-Country Music Association Awards sales success, author Jon Caramanica notes that the singer’s new single, “Nobody to Blame,” is being promoted to country radio before somewhat ...

  19. Son of a Songwriter: Several of Nashville's Future Stars Are Literally Next-Generation Talents

    November 24, 2015 12:04 AM EST Imagine growing up in a home where it wasn’t uncommon to see the Dixie Chicks or other stars writing songs with one of your parents in a room filled with gold and platinum record plaques and silver cups commemorating No. 1 hits. For several of Nas ...

  20. A Country Music Veteran at 24, Ashley Gearing Gets Back on 'Track' With New Curb EP

    November 17, 2015 5:37 PM EST When Ashley Gearing earned her degree in entertainment industry studies from Nashville’s Belmont University in 2013, she could easily have turned right around and begun teaching the same classes she studied. That’s because the singer-songwriter wa ...

  21. John Marks, Spotify's New Nashville Ace, Digs the Swedish Vibe, Addresses Data, 'Freemium,' and Breaking Acts

    November 10, 2015 3:08 PM EST When he joined SiriusXM five years ago, after a 30-plus-year career in terrestrial radio,  John Marks  quickly had to learn the distinct differences between the music that works over the air and the music satellite subscribers want to hear. In ...

  22. CMT's Next Women of Country Event: A Rihanna Cover, A Cyndi Lauper Sing-Along & A Tour Reveal

    November 03, 2015 8:07 PM EST Does country music still have a female problem? Yes, actually. But the talent on display at CMT’s Next Women of Country show at Nashville’s City Winery on Tuesday (Nov. 3) inspires hope that the format’s male-heavy balance may soon be shifting. La ...

  23. Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn to Perform at CMA Awards

    October 28, 2015 10:38 PM EDT Country superstar Reba McEntire and duo Brooks & Dunn , fresh off a Las Vegas residency, are headed back to the Country Music Association Awards stage for the first time in seven years. The three longtime friends and collaborators last perform ...

  24. A Thousand Horses Hope They Have The Public's Number With 'Drunk Dial'

    July 22, 2015 11:31 AM EDT The late-night phone call has become a standard theme in modern country music. Lady Antebellum rolled to multi-platinum success with the booty-call ballad “Need You Now,” Luke Bryan practically begged for a midnight visit in “Crash My Party,” and ...

  25. The Billboard Cover Story: Summer Shape Issue 2015 Starring Jason Derulo

    May 22, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Music stars aren't like normal people. They train harder, diet more rigorously and indulge regularly in the most rarefied health fads. Jason Derulo, with his 10 million-selling singles and beach-ready abs, ranks among the most obsessive -- an ...

  26. City Winery Finds a New Home in Nashville

    October 10, 2014 8:19 PM EDT There's no shortage of performance venues in Nashville -- it is Music City, after all -- but Michael Dorf, owner of the just-opened City Winery , says he feels his establishment will offer fans a unique opportunity when watching live entert ...

  27. Motley Crue Tribute Set for Rocking Debut on Billboard 200

    August 22, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Paging all "Girls, Girls, Girls!" The new Motley Crue tribute album is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Vince Neil Talks Motley Crue Country Tribute Album Industry forecasters suggest Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mot ...

  28. UMG Nashville's New President Cindy Mabe on the 'Old Guard' and Modern Challenges of Music City

    June 27, 2014 3:22 PM EDT After designing successful marketing campaigns for numerous top-tier country stars and helping oversee the tricky merger of the Nashville operations of EMI and Universal Music Group in 2012, record industry veteran Cindy Mabe was rewarded earlier ...

  29. Toby Keith's Bar in Syracuse Owes $250,000 in Taxes

    June 17, 2014 9:32 AM EDT The New York location of country music star Toby Keith's chain of restaurants owes more than a quarter-million dollars in sales taxes to the state. ACM Awards Lineup: Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks Added Toby Keith ...

  30. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose ...

  31. Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, Late Hank Cochran Inducted Into Country Hall of Fame

    April 23, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman and the late Hank Cochran are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The 2014 induction class was introduced by Kix Brooks during a news conference Tuesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The ...

  32. Dee Jay Silver Brings the Country Remixes You Didn't Know You Wanted

    April 16, 2014 4:42 PM EDT It’s hard to put a handle on exactly what Dee Jay Silver does for a living. A popular club DJ-remixer-producer for more than a decade, he now spends much of his life on tour, where he’s worked as a support act for Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and, ...

  33. CBS Dominant in TV Ratings With ACM Awards, 'How I Met Your Mother' Finale

    April 08, 2014 7:18 PM EDT A country music awards show, a series finale and the network's usually sturdy regular schedule led CBS to a dominant performance in the weekly television ratings competition. Fourteen of the 20 most-watched programs last week were on CBS, the ...

  34. 'Nashville' Cast Members Going on Tour

    March 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT More than a year after word first leaked that the stars of country music drama "Nashville" would hit the road, ABC has made it official.   The network on Monday announced that stars Charles Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonatha ...

  35. Shakira and Blake Shelton to Duet at ACMs, Band Perry to Open

    March 31, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The Band Perry will open Sunday's ACM Awards, Shakira and Blake Shelton will perform "Medicine," and George Strait will make an announcement about the show's 50th anniversary celebration on the CBS telecast from Las Vegas. Chan ...

  36. Z104 PD Deb Turpin Celebrating 25 Years at ‘Chance Of A Lifetime’ Job

    March 28, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Not many radio PDs can say they’ve been at one station for 25 years. Even fewer can say they got their start at that station mowing the lawn. Former Stealing Angels Twins Transition from Stage to Behind the Curtains as Promoters Both of those thin ...

  37. Frankie Ballard Took A ‘Helluva’ Ride To The Top Of The Chart

    March 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT There’s a line in Frankie Ballard’s first hit that really resonates with him: “Bad times make the good times better.” Celebrating his first No. 1 this week on the Country Airplay chart with “Helluva Life,” the Battle Creek, Mich., native can’t hel ...

  38. After Digital Success, Country Singer Brantley Gilbert Ascends at Radio as 'Bottoms Up' Tops Charts

    March 14, 2014 2:03 PM EDT At a listener event at KJUG Visalia, Calif., on March 3, a woman asked Brantley Gilbert to sign her arm. She then proceeded straight to the local tattoo parlor to turn his autograph into a permanent testament of her devotion. Brantley Gilbert Hits ...

  39. Live Nation's Watershed Fest Goes Clean In Minutes

    March 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The Watershed Music Festival at the Gorge in George, Wash., sold out within 10 minutes of on-sale yesterday.  Over 25,000 three day passes were sold for the third annual music and camping festival on August 1-3 with a lineup of Tim McGraw, Lady An ...

  40. Changing Qualifications for ACM's 'New Artist' Award Confuse Nominees, Observers

    March 13, 2014 4:17 PM EDT As Academy of Country Music members began filling out their final ballots on March 10 on the first day of voting for the 49th annual show, perhaps no category better illustrated the current hurdles for the country music business than new artist o ...

  41. Howdy, NYC?: Live Nation's Rumored Festival Would Highlight Country Music

    March 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Country music is surpassing pop, rock and EDM as the fastest-growing genre in the booming festival space. Live Nation's 'Epic' 2013 Earnings Broken Down With its wealth of headliners and full supply of developing acts, country is, ...

  42. Country's Super-Sized Stars Downsize for European Success

    February 24, 2014 4:56 PM EST Eric Church’s The Outsiders is the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending Feb. 16, but when he picks up a beer to celebrate, it may be a locally brewed Guinness. That’s because he’ll be in Dublin, the first of a 12-show European tour start ...

  43. Country's Super-Sized Stars Downsize to Pursue European Success

    February 24, 2014 4:02 PM EST Eric Church’s "The Outsiders" is the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending Feb. 16, but when he picks up a beer to celebrate, it may be a locally brewed Guinness. That’s because he’ll be in Dublin, the first of a 12-show Europea ...

  44. Miranda Lambert Finds Emotional Losses Among Technology's Gains

    February 21, 2014 2:39 PM EST As Miranda Lambert worked through a session at Nashville’s Sound Stage a few months ago, she periodically stopped to text messages with cartoony emoticons to songwriter Natalie Hemby (“Pontoon,” “White Liar”), providing clues about the titles she ...

  45. All For the Hall Fundraiser Returns To L.A.; Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Heart Among Performers

    February 20, 2014 4:09 PM EST For the first time in almost three years, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All for the Hall fundraiser will return to Los Angeles. The annual event will take place on March 4 at Club Nokia located within AEG’s downtown L.A. Live complex ...

  46. Trisha Yearwood Touring ‘Just Because,' Writing Third Cookbook, and Recording New Album

    February 18, 2014 12:02 PM EST In the past few years, Trisha Yearwood’s career has expanded from Grammy winning country chanteuse to best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” but when a fan recently posed the question ...

  47. CRS Week: The Gulch Offers 'Knock Your Socks Off' Alternative to Standard Power Meal

    February 18, 2014 11:26 AM EST Those attending the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville (Feb. 19-21) have 12 good reasons to venture beyond the convention center. The Gulch, a former tangle of abandoned rail yards, is close enough to Music Row to make it a cool alternative ...

  48. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  49. Silver Lining: 25 Years Of Country Cares For St. Jude Kids

    January 24, 2014 1:36 AM EST There’s no greater testament to the power of radio to make a positive difference in the world than the half-billion dollars country stations have raised in the last 25 years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last week in Memphis, many of ...

  50. Anatomy Of A Hit: Parmalee’s No. 1 ‘Carolina’

    January 21, 2014 2:01 PM EST Chris Loss vividly remembers watching Parmalee perform on the Grand Ole Opry last summer and having a knot in his stomach. As VP of promotion for Stoney Creek Records, Loss and his team had been working Parmalee’s second single, “Carolina,” hard f ...

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