1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Hank Jr. Joins CMT Awards Show

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hank Williams Jr. joins the line-up of stars performing at CMT's 2007 Music Awards. As previously reported, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban (performing from Australia), Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, T ...

  12. Capitol Nashville, Yahoo! Partner For Talent Search

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records Nashville has partnered with Yahoo!'s online contest site Bix to launch a country music talent search contest. The contest, "The Road to Nashville," gives aspiring country singers the chance to become the label' ...

  13. Review: Martina McBride's 'Waking Up Laughing'

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Martina McBride: "Waking Up Laughing" Producer: Martina McBride RCA Nashville Release Date: April 3 The first album of original material that McBride has solo produced (she also handled "Timeless," her collection of country cla ...

  14. Country Music Hits Digital Milestone

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country music seems to finally be ready to make a run in the ringtone market. For the first time ever, a country music song received a platinum ringtone certification by the RIAA -- Waylon Jenning's theme from the Dukes of Hazzard. And mobile ...

  15. CMT Awards Adds Presenters

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Barbara Mandrell, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, former professional wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Taylor Swift have been added to the list of presenters at CMT's 2007 Music Awards, which will be he ...

  16. Country Singer Henson Cargill Dies

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Singer Henson Cargill, whose 1968 hit "Skip a Rope" topped the country charts with its understated take on social problems, has died. He was 66. Cargill died Saturday following complications from surgery, Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond ...

  17. Doerschuck Joins CMA Close Up

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music journalist Bob Doerschuk has joined the Country Music Association as editor of its CMA Close Up magazine. He replaces Peter Cronin, who recently exited to partner in a family business. Doerschuk is a former editor of Musician and has ...

  18. Heartland Exits Label

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Heartland is moving from Nashville-based Lofton Creek Records to Texas-based Country Thunder Records. The move was revealed by Lofton Creek president Mike Borchetta and Country Thunder president Herbert Graham, although the terms of the deal were ...

  19. American Profile, Sheridan Square Team

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Publishing Group of America's magazine, American Profile, is teaming with Sheridan Square Entertainment Inc. (SSE) for a series of CDs. The duo is creating an American Profile Presents series that will coincide with the content published ...

  20. Reba Returns To ACM

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Reba McEntire will return as host of the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be held May 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be the ninth time she has hosted the show. McEntire, who has had 48 top 10s on the Bil ...

  21. Billboard Awards Look To Nashville

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Billboard is looking to expand its awards brand to Nashville by creating a Billboard Country Music Awards telecast. Billboard already has successful TV franchises with the "Billboard Music Awards," which honors the top sellers on the yea ...

  22. Lonestar Singer To Pursue Solo Career

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lonestar lead singer Richie McDonald will leave the band at the end of 2007 to pursue a solo career. Additionally, the band has parted ways with BNA Records, their label home since 1995. The band's remaining members -- Dean Sams, Michael Brit ...

  23. Elliot To Handle Arista Nashville Roster

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Marketing veteran Jon Elliot will assume full responsibility for Arista Nashville's artist roster in his redefined role as VP of marketing and artist development for the label. His previous title, VP of marketing and artist development at RCA ...

  24. Willie Nelson Partners To Launch Label

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson has partnered with longtime manager Mark Rothbaum and veteran producer/label exec James Stroud on Pedernales Records. The official announcement is expected Friday (March 16) at the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference. " ...

  25. Kristofferson To Be Honored By CMT

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CMT will honor Kris Kristofferson with its "Johnny Cash Visionary Award" at the 2007 CMT Music Awards on April 16. The award recognizes an artist's extraordinary musical vision, innovative and groundbreaking music, and pioneering in ...

  26. Borman VP Foraker Dies

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Borman Entertainment VP Joni Foraker died March 9 after a long battle with cancer. She was 48. Foraker, who headed the Nashville office of the Los Angeles-based management firm, is survived by her husband Brian and son Jackson. Her 30-year career ...

  27. McGraw, Hill Reprise Soul2Soul

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected, country superstar couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will reprise their Soul2Soul tour on a 33-date summer trek beginning June 6 in Omaha, Neb., and wrapping Aug. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. This year's jaunt includes first-ever Soul2Sou ...

  28. McGraw, Hill Reprise Soul2Soul

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected , country superstar couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will reprise their Soul2Soul tour on a 33-date summer trek beginning June 6 in Omaha, Neb., and wrapping Aug. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. This year's arena jaunt includes first-ever S ...

  29. Vassar Heads South

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Country star Phil Vassar has been released from his Arista Nashville contract and is signing with the newly reorganized Universal Records South. Vassar has scored six top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including two No. 1s, &q ...

  30. George Strait Snags Eight ACM Nominations

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST George Strait, whose first single hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1981, leads all nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. Strait's last ACM win came in ...

  31. Hacker Takes 'Nashville Star' Crown

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Angela Hacker, from the musical hotbed of Muscle Shoals, Ala., beat out her brother Zac and another finalist David St. Romain, from Baton Rouge, La., to win the fifth season of "Nashville Star" last night (March 1) in Nashville. With her ...

  32. Radio Study Quantifies New Music's Audience Impact

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The first major research study presented at Country Radio Seminar, which runs Feb. 28 through March 2 in Nashville, offered insight into the kind of behavioral research programmers will be tapping with the advent of electronic audience measurement ...

  33. Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson To Hit The Road

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Country superstars Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson are teaming for a 30 date co-headlining tour that will run from May through October. The trek kicks off in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 10. Arista Nashville labelmates Jackson, who came on the c ...

  34. Bomar Back In Indie Publishing World

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Former Sony/ATV senior VP Woody Bomar has returned to independent music publishing with the formation of Green Hills Music Group. Established songwriters Bob Regan and Georgia Middleman have signed with the new company. Prior to his eight years at ...

  35. Rascal Flatts Leads CMT Music Award Nominations

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nominations for the 2007 CMT Music Awards were revealed today (Feb. 28) with Rascal Flatts leading the way with three nods. The awards show is set for April 16 in Nashville. Video of the year nominations went to Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Geo ...

  36. Top Execs Exit Category 5

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two top executives have exited Nashville-based independent Category 5 Records. Senior VP/GM Carl Strube and executive VP of promotion Bill Macky are no longer with the year-old label. Strube, a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry, had be ...

  37. Big Machine Partners With iRadio

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based Big Machine Records has agreed to provide content for Motorola's iRadio service, which is available on certain models of that company's cell phones. Big Machine's iRadio channel will feature music from the label' ...

  38. Hilly Joines Americana

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music veteran Jed Hilly will join the Americana Music Association as its executive director on March 1. He replaces Jeff Green, who exited last year. "We pursued Jed for this position because we know that he gets it," AMA president Tamar ...

  39. Keith Flies Solo For 'Big Dog Daddy'

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the first time in his 14-year career, Toby Keith flew solo in the studio -- he is the only producer on "Big Dog Daddy," which will be released on his own Show Dog Nashville on June 12. It is Keith's second album to be released o ...

  40. NSAI Hall of Fame Elects Murrah Chairman

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation board of directors has elected songwriter and publisher Roger Murrah to a second term as chairman. Other officers elected for 2007 include John Van Mol (vice chairman), Wayland Holyfield (vice chai ...

  41. Hillbillies Split With Rust

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Pittsburgh-based country band the PovertyNeck Hillbillies have exited Nashville independent Rust Records, which as previously reported, is undergoing restructuring and is looking for new financial backers. Prior to their relationship with Rust, th ...

  42. Hank Williams, Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd To Hit The Road

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hank Williams, Jr., and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline the Rowdy Frynds arena tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The initial run of shows includes 20 dates, beginning April 11 at the VBCC Arena in Huntsville, Ala. Other ...

  43. Kernaghan, Cole Shine At Oz Country Awards

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST ABC Music/Warner signings Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole were the big winners at the 35th Country Music Awards in Australia's "country capital" of Tamworth, in New South Wales. Organized by the Country Music Assn. of Australia (CMAA), ...

  44. Chesney And Friends To Reveal ACM Noms

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations will be revealed March 5 by reigning Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year Kenny Chesney and upcoming tourmates Sugarland and Pat Green, as well as CBS-TV "The Early Show& ...

  45. Promo Vet Moran Joins Show Dog

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran promotion man Tom Moran joins Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville as VP of promotion. He replaces Denise Roberts who left the company in Sept. 2006 to join Premiere Radio Networks' "After MidNite with Blair Garner" as direc ...

  46. Strickland Rises At WB/Nashville

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Bros. Nashville VP of sales and marketing Peter Strickland has been named senior VP for the department. A 20-plus year Warner and WEA veteran, Strickland has worked with Faith Hill, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Travis Tritt and Jeff Foxwo ...

  47. Quesenberry, Morgan Head To Vector

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Artist manager and music marketer Faith Quesenberry joins Nashville-based Vector management. Concurrently, Quesenberry's management client, Craig Morgan, joins the Vector roster, which already includes Lyle Lovett, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Ad ...

  48. Montgomery Signs With Hallmark Direction

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST John Michael Montgomery has signed with Hallmark Direction Company for management representation. The move marks a return to Hallmark for Montgomery, who was represented by the company from 1992-2000. When he left Hallmark in 2000, Montgomery init ...

  49. Four More Exit UMGN

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST On the heels of Universal Music Group Nashville co-chairman James Stroud's recent departure , four more staff members have exited, including three from the A&R department. No longer with the label group are VP of A&R Allison Jones, ma ...

  50. Crosstown Partners With Producer Huff

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Crosstown Songs has partnered with hit producer Dann Huff to head up the Nashville division for the publisher. Huff and his team will sign country songwriters and introduce Crosstown's international writers to the Nashville market. Huff produ ...

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