1. Diversity of Country Sound on View at CMT Awards

    June 08, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift joined Shania Twain for their own version of "Thelma & Louise." Justin Bieber induced tears from teenagers as he walked the red carpet with Rascal Flatts. And Hines Ward wore cowboy boots. The CMT Music Awards kicked off ...

  2. New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Country fans have generally been thought to be rural, less educated, less technically savvy and a lower earning group of people than the general public. But new research from MRI and independent research by the CMA indicates that the new demograph ...

  3. Sugarland Reunites Tornado-Affected Joplin Family for CMT Awards: Video

    June 08, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Sugarland will sing an emotional version of their song "Stand Up" tonight on the CMT Awards - and the song will have a special meaning for the Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., whose home was devastated by a tornado last month. Tiffan ...

  4. Video: Kenny Chesney Talks Touring, Music, and Keeping Fans Happy at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 4:40 PM EDT BBCMS Superstar Q&A: Billboard's Ray Waddell (left) interviewing country star Kenny Chesney who, in addition to selling more than a million concert tickets, once worked for a telemarketing company. (Photo: Beth Gwinn) It's hard to be ...

  5. Shania Twain to Play Residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

    June 08, 2011 3:58 PM EDT 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. Twain, currently starring in a reality series on the Oprah Winfrey N ...

  6. Kellie Pickler Closes Billboard Summit With Rousing Performance

    June 08, 2011 12:42 PM EDT Kellie Pickler at the Billboard Country Music Summit's closing reception Tuesday night (photo: Beth Gwinn) The two-day Billboard Country Music Summit , held in Nashville this week, ended with a rousing performance by Kellie Pickler at Tuesday ...

  7. Nashville Publishers Say a Hit Is Still a Hit, But Album Cuts Alone Won't Cut It

    June 08, 2011 10:05 AM EDT In Synch (from left): Chris Dubois, Partner, Sea Gayle Music; Jody Williams, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, BMI; Carla Wallace, Co-Owner/VP Creative, Big Yellow Dog Music; David Ross, Publisher, Music Row Publications; John Barker, Fou ...

  8. Radio Panel Attributes Success To 'Difficult Times' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 9:39 AM EDT Radio Panel (from left): Skip Bishop, Senior VP/Promotion, Sony Music Nashville; Jon Anthony, Program Director, WSIX Nashville; Jan Jeffries, Senior Vice President, Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc.; Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Radio Networks; Ste ...

  9. Country Gigs in Croatia? Panel Explores International Opportunities at Billboard Country Summit

    June 07, 2011 5:44 PM EDT International touring for U.S. country artists is as close as crossing the border into Canada or as exotic as performing in Croatia. Either way, the performers are in a win/win situation because they are adding to their fan base and expanding thei ...

  10. Keith Urban Honors Tommy Emmanuel at CMA Global Artist Party During Billboard Summit

    June 07, 2011 3:11 PM EDT The performers at the Chevrolet presents CMA Global Artist Party on Monday, June 6 at The Stage on Broadway in Nashville during the 2011 Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Karen Hicks/CMA) After a long, productive day at the Billboard Country ...

  11. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban: Photo Gallery From Day One of the BB Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2011 3:08 PM EDT The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in Nashville kicked off its first day in high style with luminescent country stars (including Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Charlie Daniels), music industry reps from across the count ...

  12. Video: Carrie Underwood Talks Scotty McCreery, the Opry, New Album at Billboard's Country Music Summit Q&A

    June 07, 2011 11:45 AM EDT The Hot Seat: Carrie Underwood (right) interviewed by Billboard's Wade Jessen at the Country Music Summit (Photo: Beth Gwinn) From her beginnings as an American Idol champ to her multi-platinum country success to her recent foray into acting, ...

  13. Execs Talk Turkey About Touring, Media, Stars at Billboard Country Summit Round Tables

    June 07, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Finger Licking Good: The Sponsorship Round Table hosted by by Marcie Allen, President, Mac Presents and Stacey Portnoy, Regional Marketing Manager, Samsung (Photo: Beth Gwinn) >The opening cocktail reception for the second annual Billboard ...

  14. Video: Jason Aldean and His Team Describe Their Long Road to Success at Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Jason Aldean (center) with Andrew P. Kintz, CFP, Managing Director, SunTrust Bank (left) and Billboard's Ray Waddell (right) at the Keynote Artist Development Case Study panel (Photo: Beth Gwinn) As exhaustively detailed in the cover story of ...

  15. CMT Music Awards Winners List

    June 04, 2011 12:43 AM EDT Winners of the 2011 CMT Music Awards : Video of the year: Taylor Swift, "Mine." Male video of the year: Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." Female video of the year: Miranda Lambert, "The House That Bui ...

  16. Billboard Country Music Summit Kicks Off Monday

    June 03, 2011 1:13 PM EDT The goal of the Billboard Country Music Summit , taking place Monday and Tuesday and produced in association with the Country Music Association , is simple: to bring together key stakeholders in the country music industry to discuss the most impor ...

  17. Global Showcases Help Kick-Off Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 02, 2011 2:41 PM EDT Eighteen Country artists representing five different countries were announced for this year's annual Global Events showcases, set for June 6-7 and coinciding with the Billboard/CMA Country Music Summit , which kicks off CMA Music Festival wee ...

  18. Donna Hughes Named Capitol-EMI Nashville's Nat'l Director of Radio Syndication

    June 02, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Donna Hughes will join Capitol/EMI Records Nashville as National Director of Radio Syndication starting June 15. In her new position, Hughes' responsibilities will include national syndication, major contests and special events and coordinati ...

  19. Kellie Pickler to Perform at Billboard Country Music Summit's Closing Party

    May 26, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kellie Pickler, who has enjoyed great success as a BNA/Sony Music Nashville recording artist since her stint as an "American Idol" finalist, will perform at the Billboard Country Music Summit 's closing party on Tuesday, June 7 in N ...

  20. Better Know a Panelist: Julie Talbott of Premiere Radio @ BB Country Music Summit

    May 26, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Julie Talbott is president, content and affiliate relations, for Premiere Radio Networks, a position she has held sine 2009. Talbott leads the operation of Premiere's 90 radio programs and services, and more than 5,000 radio affiliations, whi ...

  21. Better Know a Panelist, Country Music Summit Edition: Average Joe's Tom Baldrica

    May 25, 2011 6:29 PM EDT http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/news/e3i5094e406e415c280ce0f5588547553db was brilliant. BB: What is the most hopeful or positive development you've seen for the music ...

  22. Better Know a Panelist: NS2's Darrin Lashinsky on Country Music Summit's 'Touring Saturation' Panel

    May 24, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Third generation concert promoter Darin Lashinsky left a senior VP post at Outback Concerts last year to launch Nashville-based independent concert promotion company National Shows 2 (NS2) active in several genres, including country. At the Billbo ...

  23. Alabama Returns To Hot Country Songs Summit After 17 Years

    May 24, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Alabama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama last ruled Hot Country Songs with "Reckless" the week of No ...

  24. John Rich, Country Singer, Wins 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    May 23, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NEW YORK - Country singer John Rich went all the way on "The Celebrity Apprentice," claiming victory and $250,000 for charity. He was up against actress Marlee Matlin on Sunday's finale of the NBC reality show. Host Donald Trump sai ...

  25. Better Know a Panelist, Billboard Country Music Summit Edition: Topspin's Ian Rogers

    May 18, 2011 4:58 PM EDT is a large and healthy niche. BB.biz: Is the relationship and level of cooperation between the various ...

  26. Curb Records Files Breach-of-Contract Suit Against Tim McGraw

    May 17, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Curb Records on Friday filed a breach-of-contract suit in Davidson County Chancery Court against Tim McGraw in relation to McGraw's recording agreement with the label. At issue is what's referred to as the 12 masters for the "Emotio ...

  27. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Others Urge Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The ...

  28. Lady Antebellum Plants 'Kiss' on Hot Country Songs Chart

    May 09, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Lady Antebellum logs its highest debut among its 15 career entries on Billboard's Hot Country Songs radio airplay chart, as "Just a Kiss" soars in at No. 28. The song opens with a first-week audience of 6 million on 85 stations, acc ...

  29. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum to Headline Tornado-Relief Concert

    May 06, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Country music stars Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and the band Lady Antebellum are to hold a concert to raise funds for victims of storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama and nearby states, organizers said on Thursday. Country Music ...

  30. Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean Among First CMT Awards Performers

    May 03, 2011 10:09 PM EDT Country star Jason Aldean is not only the top nominee at this year's CMT Music Awards, he'll also be performing. Fellow nominees Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland are also among the first performers announced for ...

  31. Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton to Host Tornado Relief Concert in Oklahoma on May 26

    April 28, 2011 1:18 PM EDT This week's tornado disaster in Oklahoma hit unusually close to home for country stars Reba and Blake Shelton. For the Oklahoma natives, the news of Atoka County's recent tornado disaster prompted the stars to reach out to the affected a ...

  32. Jason Aldean Leads CMT Music Awards Nominations

    April 27, 2011 12:08 PM EDT The party just keeps rolling for country music star Jason Aldean . Long left out of major award consideration, Aldean's recent tear continued Wednesday morning when he received a leading four 2011 CMT Music Awards nominations. The singer' ...

  33. Hazel Dickens, bluegrass performer, dies at 75

    April 24, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Hazel Dickens, a folk singer and bluegrass musician who advocated for coal miners, has died at age 75. Dickens died Friday morning at a Washington hospice of complications from pneumonia. Her death was confirmed by Ken Irwin, a founder of Rounder ...

  34. Kenny Chesney to Sit for Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    April 19, 2011 10:33 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will sit down for a candid Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). The event, set to take place in Nashville on June 6-7 at the ...

  35. Miranda Lambert Developing ABC Family Drama Project

    April 05, 2011 6:55 AM EDT On the heels of her four wins at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, country star Miranda Lambert is developing an hour-long drama show for ABC Family, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The project will be based on Lambert's ch ...

  36. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert Top Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 04, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The young women of country ruled The Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night with Taylor Swift winning the prestigious entertainer of the year award and the night's top nominee, Miranda Lambert, taking home a leading four trophies. Sw ...

  37. Toby Keith To Jason Aldean: New Faces Mingle with Familiar names at ACM Awards

    April 01, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Toby Keith is all about democracy when it comes to The Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award. Keith won that trophy in 2003 and 2004 thanks to a vote of his peers and members of the industry. But if he wins the coveted trop ...

  38. Miranda Lambert On ACM Entertainer of the Year Nomination: 'Surreal'

    April 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Country singer Miranda Lambert has had a great year. Between nabbing Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Assocation Awards and winning her first Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "The House That Built Me,& ...

  39. Taylor Swift Celebrates 20 Million Sales in London; Heads to Las Vegas for ACMs

    March 31, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift ended her European tour on a celebratory note: Not only did she perform in front of thousands of fans, she got an honor for reaching the 20 million mark in worldwide album sales. A giddy Swift was given a plaque commemorating the mile ...

  40. Tim McGraw to Headline SiriusXM 10-Year Anniversary Concert

    March 28, 2011 7:00 AM EDT SiriusXM is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting country music with a Tim McGraw concert - and it is bringing the singer to New York City for a performance. The satellite radio network said Monday that McGraw will headline a special concert at the ...

  41. Carrie Underwood For Superstar Q&A At Billboard's Country Music Summit

    March 22, 2011 12:55 PM EDT Billboard has announced that multi-platinum-selling country artist Carrie Underwood will participate in the Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association. The event, set to ...

  42. Ferlin Husky, Country Music Pioneer, Dead At 85

    March 18, 2011 7:48 AM EDT Ferlin Husky, a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early '60s known for hits like "Wings of a Dove" and "Gone," died Thursday. He was 85. The 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee died at his home, ha ...

  43. Country Fans Are Wealthier And More Technologically Savvy Than Expected, Survey Says

    March 04, 2011 11:09 AM EST The music industry and America's mainstream media have long underestimated the country music fan. Apparently, Nashville and country radio programmers do, too. A dual survey of core country consumers' habits and the country industry' ...

  44. Country Radio Seminar 'Show Me The Money' Panel Paints Tough Financial Picture For New Artists

    March 03, 2011 10:09 AM EST If anyone attending the Country Radio Seminar still doubted the troubles facing the recording business, a presentation of case-study profit-and-loss statements by artist and label representatives cemented the position March 2 during "Show Me ...

  45. Reba McEntire, Bobby Braddock, Jean Shepard Join Country Music Hall Of Fame

    March 01, 2011 11:01 AM EST Reba McEntire (Photo: Getty Images) The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Braddock, Reba McEntire, and Jean Shepard will become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame . McEntire will be inducted in the "Modern ...

  46. Billboard, CMA Reteam For Country Music Summit

    February 19, 2011 9:00 AM EST The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Association (CMA), will take place June 6-7 in Nashville. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as art ...

  47. Dierks Bentley Brings Out Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown, Hayley Williams, More At Pre-Grammy Gig

    February 13, 2011 3:28 PM EST Country music was well represented in Los Angeles Saturday night, where Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley held his second annual foot stomping, guest-heavy pre-Grammy concert extravaganza at the legendary Troubadour. Bentley and his band anchored the ...

  48. W. Va. Country Music Singer Doc Williams Dies

    February 02, 2011 5:55 AM EST Country music singer Doc Williams became a big star in small places through the power of radio. In the years before World War II, his Wheeling, W.Va.-based radio show built him a following in Maine, Vermont and the Canadian provinces -- places whe ...

  49. Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Top ACM Award Nominations

    February 01, 2011 11:24 AM EST Zac Brown leads the nominees for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, announced Tuesday morning, with a total of nine nominations. (Five with his Zac Brown band, and four for being the producer and co-writer of their hit "As She&# ...

  50. Charlie Louvin, Country Music Legend, Dies at 83

    January 26, 2011 12:31 PM EST Charlie Louvin (Photo: Steele Management) Charlie Louvin, half of the Louvin Brothers whose harmonies inspired fellow country and pop singers for decades, has died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Brett Steele, his manager, ...

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