1. Murray Exits CMA

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country Music Association VP of strategic marketing Rick Murray will exit the trade organization on Aug. 31 to pursue other interests. "After nearly 13 years, it is time for me to move on to another project," Murray said in a prepared st ...

  2. Sugarland To Headline CMT Tour

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rising country duo Sugarland will headline CMT’s sixth annual fall tour, which kicks off Sept. 27 in Charleston, S.C. “CMT On Tour 2007: Sugarland Change for Change” will also feature Little Big Town and Jake Owen. The tour, executive-produced by ...

  3. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Top IBMA Noms

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Family band Cherryholmes, the Grascals, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage are this year’s nominees for top entertainer honors at the 2007 International Blueg ...

  4. Brooks Return On The Cards

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has concluded his exclusive arrangement with Wal-Mart and will once again make his works available through all retail channels, Billboard.biz has learned. The country star is also understood to be prepping a slate of releases. Accordi ...

  5. Gill, Tillis, Emery To Join Country Hall of Fame

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country stars Vince Gill and Mel Tillis as well as DJ and television host Ralph Emery are set to be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The invitation-only induction ceremony takes place in October at the Country Music Hall of Fa ...

  6. Canyon, Yellowbird Top Nominees For CCMA Awards

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT George Canyon and Shane Yellowbird lead the nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards with five apiece. Paul Brandt, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Brad Johner and Carolyn Dawn Johnson garnered four nominations each. Canyon's fiv ...

  7. Rascal Flatts Releases 'Revolution'

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts will release their recording of the Beatles' "Revolution" as an iTunes exclusive download today. The song is featured in the Universal Studios film "Evan Almighty." "Revolution" was co-produced by R ...

  8. Wreckers To Go Solo

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, aka the Wreckers, will be putting their work as a duo on hold later this year to pursue solo projects. In 2004, Branch took a break from her successful solo career to team with friend and touring backup singer Har ...

  9. Memphis Mourns 'Wild Bill' Storey

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Funeral services were held in Memphis on Friday, July 27, for Willie "Wild Bill" Storey, 88, owner of popular Memphis blues club Wild Bill's. Storey died of cancer June 22 at his home. Storey and his wife Lerline opened Wild Bill� ...

  10. Clague To Exit RPM Management

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clague Wright, senior VP of RPM Management, will be exiting in mid-August to pursue other opportunities. Wright, whose career began with Tim McGraw in 1992 and with RPM upon its inception in 1997, was responsible for McGraw's creative, ...

  11. Top Warner Brothers Nashville Exec Exits

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While there's no official word from the label, Billboard.biz has learned that Warner Bros. Nashville chief creative officer Paul Worley has exited after five years. The former head of A&R at Sony Nashville, Worley joined the label in July ...

  12. Nelson To Become BMI Icon

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The legendary Willie Nelson will be honored as a "BMI Icon" at the performing right organization's 55th annual Country Awards this fall. The invitation-only gala, which will recognize the past year's most performed BMI country ...

  13. IBMA World of Bluegrass Set

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass -- which includes the industry's annual business conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards and Bluegrass Fan Fest -- will take place Oct. 1-7 at the Nas ...

  14. Fox Docu-Soap To Spotlight Nashville Biz

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Nashville," a new 'docu-soap,' as producers are calling it, will debut on Fox this fall. The show, which is was created by Go Go Luckey Productions and will be executive produced by Julie and Gary Auerbach (MTV's "La ...

  15. Frank Exits Yahoo!, Joins CMT As Senior VP

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo! Music VP of music programming and label relations Jay Frank will join CMT in the newly created role of senior VP of music strategy in August. Frank, who will report to CMT executive VP/GM Brian Philips, will oversee CMT's music and tal ...

  16. ACM Taps Lee, Primero

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Academy of Country Music has appointed Lisa Lee and Brooke Primero to lead its newly created in-house marketing, publicity and creative team. Both will be based in Encino, Calif., and report directly to ACM executive director, Bob Romero. Lee ...

  17. CMA Awards Set

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 41st annual Country Music Association Awards will be held Nov. 7 and air on ABC. While it hasn't been confirmed by the CMA, it's believed that the show will again originate from the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville. In related new ...

  18. Williams, Griffin, Avett Brothers Lead AMA Noms

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and the Avett Brothers lead the way with three nominations each for the Americana Music Association's 2007 Honors and Awards, which will be held November 1 in Nashville. The nominations were announced June 17 b ...

  19. Yearwood Joins ACM Ceremony

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Trisha Yearwood, Rhonda Vincent and Ashley Monroe will perform at an Academy of Country Music special awards ceremony honoring Dolly Parton, Don Williams, the late Harlan Howard, the late Waylon Jennings and the late Buck Owens, among others. The ...

  20. Exclusive: Trent Willmon Finds New Home At Compadre

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Trent Willmon, who recorded his first two albums for Columbia Nashville, has signed with Houston-based Compadre Records. Willmon is the first artist signed to the label since it was acquired by Mathew Knowles' Music World Enter ...

  21. No Shortage Of Attitude From Toby Keith On ‘Big Dog Daddy’

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith: “Big Dog Daddy” Producer: Toby Keith Label: Show Dog Nashville Release Date: June 12 Anyone looking for a dose of Keith's famous attitude won't be disappointed on his new release. The thumping title cut finds him channeling J ...

  22. Wortman Exits Warner Nashville

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Nashville senior VP of publicity Jules Wortman has exited the label after five years. There's no word on her replacement. Wortman previously served at the Nashville divisions of Atlantic and MCA and operated her own PR firm. Ken ...

  23. Sony BMG Nashville Apologizes To Radio

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of letter sent by Sony BMG Nashville senior VP of legal and business affairs Katherine E. Woods yesterday, the label has issued an apology to radio for what it calls a "distraction and waste of your valuable time." As previo ...

  24. Sony BMG Nashville 'Demands' Radio Stop Playing Album Cut

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music Row and country radio are buzzing about a cease and desist letter sent to radio by Sony BMG Nashville. The letter, written by Sony BMG Nashville senior VP of legal and business affairs Katherine E. Woods, demands that radio stop playing a Tr ...

  25. Bentley Steps Into Second Life For Live Performance

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dierks Bentley will become the first country star in the four-year history of Second Life to stream a live concert performance to the virtual community's nearly 7 million residents. Other artists who have appeared on Second Life include Suzan ...

  26. Industry Vet Mayne Joins Graham Brothers

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Bill Mayne joins Midland-Odessa, Texas-based Graham Brothers Entertainment as president of its Nashville division, a newly created position. Mayne, who most recently served as VP of promotion at the the now defunct 903 Music ...

  27. 1720 Launches Country Division

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta-based 1720 Entertainment has opened shop in Nashville. The company's country staff includes VP of national promotion Bill Macky, manager of West Coast promotion Jim Malito, manager of mid-America promotion Rosey Fitchpatrick and manag ...

  28. Review: Jason Aldean Delivers Guitar-Driven ‘Relentless’

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jason Aldean: “Relentless” Producer: Michael Knox Broken Bow Release Date: May 29 Jason Aldean and producer Michael Knox set the bar high on Aldean's self-titled, platinum 2005 debut. Thankfully, Aldean's second album delivers as well. & ...

  29. Haggard Teams With Cracker Barrel

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country legend Merle Haggard has released "Working Man's Journey" through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a home-style restaurants and gift shops chain. The collection of 12 previously unreleased recordings is on sale now for $11. ...

  30. McGraw, Skynyrd Saddle Up For Big State Fest

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here earlier this month, Tim McGraw will headline the bill for the first Big State Festival, to be held Oct. 13-14 at the Texas World Speedway in Bryan-College Station. Also confirmed to appear are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lyle Lovett and his Lar ...

  31. Charlie Daniels Renews Koch Deal

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country legend Charlie Daniels and his label Blue Hat Records have re-upped their deal with Koch Records. The deal includes two CD releases and a DVD release. "We are thrilled to be in business with Charlie, David Corlew and Bluehat. They are ...

  32. Underwood Among Big Winners At ACMs

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood continues to be one of the biggest stories in country music by winning three awards at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held tonight (May 15) in Las Vegas. Underwood took home top female honors, album of the year f ...

  33. Review: Wilson Taps Into Soft Side On 'One Of The Boys'

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson: "One of the Boys" Producers: Mark Wright, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson Columbia Nashville Release Date: May 15 As expected, there's plenty of ass-kicking country on Wilson's third album, but it's her softer ...

  34. Hill, McBride, Twain, Legend Join ACM Line-up

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Martina McBride and Big & Rich with special guest John Legend join the performance line-up for the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held May 15 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Shania ...

  35. Yearwood Signs With Big Machine

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After 16 years with MCA Nashville, country star Trisha Yearwood is signing with Nashville independent Big Machine Records, making her the most historically successful artist on the year-and-a-half old label. Big Machine founder, president and CEO ...

  36. Robbins Opens Nashville Label

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New York-based Robbins Entertainment, best known for its pop and dance releases, is expanding into the country market and has opened a Nashville division. Veteran journalist Phyllis Stark joins Robbins Nashville as VP of A&R and will also run ...

  37. McCoy's 903 Music To Shut Down

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music, the Nashville label founded by country artist Neal McCoy in 2005, is closing its doors. "The truth is that after two great years of success due to the hard work of a lot of wonderful people, we flat ran out of money, end of story,& ...

  38. Huff Named Top Producer By ACM

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Academy of Country Music has released the winners of awards that will be presented before the live award show telecast on May 15. The off-camera winners are Dann Huff (producer of the year); Steve Marcantonio (audio engineer of the year); Glen ...

  39. Veteran Broadcaster Irving Waugh Dies

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran broadcaster and television pioneer Irving Cambridge Waugh, Jr., died April 27 following an extended illness. He was 94. Long associated with WSM radio in Nashville, Waugh joined the staff as a newsman and announcer in the 1940s, later join ...

  40. Performers Added to ACM Line-Up

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Josh Turner and Taylor Swift join an already strong line-up of performers at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held May 15 in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gen ...

  41. Country, Gospel Packages Set For Release In New Venture

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT American Profile Presents, a new joint venture, will release its first project on Tuesday, April 24. “Country Gospel Favorites,” which includes songs from Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood and Patsy Cline, among others, will be sold at Wal-Mart and Target ...

  42. Milsap Signs With Erv Woolsey

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary country star Ronnie Milsap has signed with the Erv Woolsey Company for management. He was previously represented by Burt Stein at Gold Mountain Management. Milsap has scored 35 No. 1 songs on the Billboard country airplay charts since co ...

  43. McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Paisley and Underwood Join ACM Line-up

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and rising country stars Rodney Atkins and Miranda Lambert have joined the performance line-up for the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. As previously reported, Brooks & Dunn ...

  44. Underwood Takes Top Honors At CMT Awards

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the 2007 CMT Music Awards, taking home video of the year and female awards for "Before He Cheats." The former award was voted on by fans during the show. Meanwhile, Roman White, who directed the vid ...

  45. Superstars Set For ACM Awards Performances

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country music superstars Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Reba McEntire with special guest Kelly Clarkson and rising stars Sugarland will all perform as part of the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which take place May ...

  46. George Strait Leads ACM Nods

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The moniker "King George" has arguably never been more fitting. George Strait, whose first single hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1981, leads the pack with eight nominations going into next month's Academy of Country Mu ...

  47. Gimme Back My Bullets: John Anderson

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Let'er fly boys. Anywhere," John Anderson says, his favored Remington .20 gauge shotgun at the ready on a windy, unseasonably warm February day at Timberline, the singer/songwriter's backwoods retreat. Seconds earlier, Anderso ...

  48. Johnny Cash's Tennessee House Burns Down

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Tennessee home of late country icon Johnny Cash burned down on Tuesday as renovations were under way for its new owner, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, a local newspaper reported. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived together in the three-st ...

  49. Scorsese, Crowe To Be Part Of Kristofferson Tribute

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, actor Luke Wilson, legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Russell Crowe, Willie Nelson and acclaimed producer Don Was will be part of a tribute to Kris Kristofferson at the 2007 CMT Music Awards. Kristofferson is being ...

  50. McGraw, Gallimore, Mercury Nashville Team On Halfway To Hazard

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mercury Records Nashville and StyleSonic Records, which was formed last year by Tim McGraw and his longtime producer Byron Gallimore, have teamed up on a joint venture for new band Halfway to Hazard. The band will be a Mercury/StyleSonic act with ...

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