1. Country Throwdown Returns With Willie Nelson

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Country Throwdown tour, this year branded as Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown, returns with confirmed acts Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. 4fini Productions, ...

  2. The Pretenders & Faith Hill Team up for Live 'CMT Crossroads' During Super Bowl Fan Jam

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Pretenders and Faith Hill are teaming up for live episode of "CMT Crossroads." The show will take place during the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam on Feb. 5 from Grand Prairie, Texas, the night before the Super Bowl. This will be just t ...

  3. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire Co-Hosting Country Music Awards

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Country singer Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire as co-hosts of the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which takes place Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will be broadcast live from MGM's Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will ai ...

  4. Carrie Underwood Top Winner At American Country Awards

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST When it comes to Las Vegas, Carrie Underwood is a sure bet. Underwood won her second country music artist of the year award of 2010 in Sin City on Monday night (Dec. 7). She earned it at the inaugural American Country Awards about eight months aft ...

  5. Taylor Swift Sells Out First Tour Dates In Minutes

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Venue owners coast-to-coast are cheering as the first dates for Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" tour go on sale. The country star sold out two shows at L.A.'s Staples Center in two minutes, while her June 25 stop at Gillette Stadium ...

  6. Country Music Video Network Keeps Growing

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Country Network (TCN), a music video television network based in the country music mecca, said it will expand to nearly three dozen cities by the first quarter of 2011. TCN, which bills itself as "all country music, all the time," sa ...

  7. Cash among 4 Chosen For Gospel Music Hall Of Fame

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The late Johnny Cash is among four new inductees into the GMA Gospel Hall of Fame. DeGarmo & Key, the Golden Gate Quartet and Bill "Hoss" Allen also will be inducted on Jan. 24 in Hendersonville, Tenn. Cash was raised on gospel music ...

  8. Sugarland Settles Founder's $14 Million Lawsuit

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The two members of the country duo Sugarland avoided a nasty public trial with group's founding member, settling a lawsuit over claims that she was owed an estimated $14 million of the band's profits after she left to pursue a solo caree ...

  9. CMA Awards Slip In Ratings

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 44th annual CMA Awards was the most watched show during primetime on Nov. 10, but with an average of 16.4 million viewers for the three-hour program, it was down 4% from the 17.1 million viewers who watched in 2009. According to Tvbythenumbers ...

  10. Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Live Country Debut at CMA Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST While Gywneth Paltrow might have spent her formative years on New York's upper east side, the actress proved she can go country strong at the CMA Awards in Nashville Wednesday night. The Shakespeare in Love star made her live-singing country ...

  11. CMA Awards 2010: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Not all of the excitement at the 2010 CMA Awards happened on the stage. Here's 10 memorable moments that you didn't see on TV: 1. Neither Miranda Lambert nor Blake Shelton had ever won a CMA award prior to 2010, but all that changed befo ...

  12. Brad Paisley Wins Entertainer of the Year at Country Music Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Country Music Association Awards were Miranda Lambert's and Blake Shelton's party, but Brad Paisley crashed the festivities. Lambert won three awards, including album of the year, on her 27th birthday and her fiance Shelton grabbed t ...

  13. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum Win Early at CMAs

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Miranda Lambert and good friends Lady Antebellum were off to a fast start at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, winning early awards for their hits "The House That Built Me" and "Need You Now." Miranda ...

  14. Taylor Swift, Sony/ATV Among Big Winners At BMI Country Awards

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift became the youngest person ever to win the BMI country songwriter of the year crown and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville earned its ninth consecutive BMI country publisher of the year title on Tuesday night at the 58th annual BMI C ...

  15. Taylor Swift’s 'Speak Now' Sets Market Share Record

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its first week of release, Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” accounted for nearly one in five album purchases. In selling 1,047,000 units during a week with 5.8 million album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, “Speak Now” represented 18% of all al ...

  16. Gwyneth Paltrow Talks 'Country Strong' At Premiere

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gwyneth Paltrow learned to play guitar and immersed herself in country music to pull off her latest role. Paltrow told the Associated Press at the world premiere of "Country Strong" on Monday (Nov. 8) in Nashville, Tenn., that she wanted ...

  17. Taylor Swift Smells Sweet Success

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Know what success smells like? You will, when a new fragrance from Taylor Swift – who has the No. 1 album in the country at the moment – bows in fall 2011. Cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden last week that it has signed an exclusive global license ...

  18. Martina McBride Signs With Republic Nashville

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Martina McBride has signed with Republic Nashville after an 18-year run with RCA Nashville. McBride will be heading to the studio in December with a new music release expected in early 2011. McBride, Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Bor ...

  19. 5 Factors That Set Up Taylor Swift's Blockbuster Week

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The million-plus first-week sales of Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now" benefited from a combination of savvy planning and media exposure. Here are five things that helped. 1. Going Away For A While As sales of her second album " ...

  20. It's Official: Taylor Swift Cracks 1 Million With 'Speak Now'

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's new album, "Speak Now," spoke loud and clear last week, as it will debut at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart with a whopping 1,047,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sa ...

  21. VIDEO: Music + Sports, Big Kenny Talks Songwriting For ESPN

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country force Big Kenny took part in the "How To: Get Your Music In Sports Campaigns" panel at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and Music Conference and discussed working with ESPN, the Pittsburgh Steelers and more. Watch above. For ...

  22. Taylor Swift Aiming For Biggest Sales Week Since 2005

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A week ago, it seemed as if Taylor Swift's third studio album, "Speak Now," released Oct. 25, was on its way to selling at least 800,000 to 900,000 copies sold in its first week . But 1 million copies? Possible, but not a done deal. ...

  23. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Tammy Genovese, Pandora and more

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Much Could Terra Firma Be Awarded In Lawsuit? -- The Wall Street Journal humorously downplays the impact of huge – but reduced – potential damages in Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup. L ...

  24. BACKBEAT: Lady Antebellum And Amos Lee Perform For Musicians On Call Benefit Concert

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum and singer/songwriter Amos Lee performed as part of the sixth annual benefit concert for Musicians On Call at New York’s City Winery on Oct. 13. Musicians on Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hundreds of thousa ...

  25. Sugarland Tops Kings of Leon on Billboard 200

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country duo Sugarland swoops in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with its third topper, "The Incredible Machine." The set sold 203,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating out the No. 2 arrival of Kings of ...

  26. Business Matters: How To Handle Amazon Sale Prices

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Asthmatic Kitty: Don't Feel Guilty About Amazon Prices -- Recall when the Asthmatic Kitty label criticized Amazon.com's sale prices for devaluing music? The label's head of A&R, ...

  27. BACKBEAT: Darius Rucker, Keith Urban And More Perform For Capitol's Third Annual Street Party

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thousands of fans and Nashville taste makers packed Demonbreun Street near Music Row in Nashville on October 13 for the third annual “Capitol Street Party.” PHOTOS: ANN-MARIE HENSLEY The free and open to the public music event offered up performan ...

  28. BACKBEAT: Nashville Toasts Its Greats During The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame joined together to toast Nashville's songwriting giants during the 40th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Inductio ...

  29. BACKBEAT: Adam Brand Plays At Denim and Diamonds For KBEQ Event

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arista Nashville recording artist Adam Brand played at Denim & Diamonds in Kansas City, MO on September 29 for a show sponsored by KBEQ, whose taste makers were on hand to enjoy the festivities. Brand is on the radio now with his U.S. debut si ...

  30. Gwyneth Paltrow to Sing at CMA Awards

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month's Country Music Association Awards - as a performer. She'll sing the title track of her new movie, "Country Strong," and will be joined by Vince Gill. The film hits ...

  31. B.A.D. Management Launches With Front Line

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff has joined with Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta and Virginia Davis, manager of Jewel, to create B.A.D. Management. “Virginia has shown natural intuition as a successful artist manager, and she was the only person we consider ...

  32. Lady Antebellum, Easton Corbin Lead ACM Nominations

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum and newcomer Easton Corbin lead the field for the inaugural American Country Awards with seven nominations apiece. Carrie Underwood is next with six nominations and Josh Turner has five. Country music's newest awards show debu ...

  33. Keith Urban Teams With Target

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Keith Urban releases his sixth studio album "Get Closer" on Nov. 16, he won't only get closer with his fans but he'll snuggle up with Target as well. The Grammy-winning country singer will release a deluxe version of the a ...

  34. Toby Keith's 'Gun' Fires At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One country superstar follows another as Toby Keith replaces Kenny Chesney atop the Billboard 200 with "Bullets in the Gun" selling 71,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey&qu ...

  35. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her ...

  36. CMA Donates $2.9 Million For Flood Relief, Music

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association is donating more than $2.9 million to Nashville-area flood relief and music education programs. The record donation comes from the net proceeds of this year's CMA Music Festival held June 10-13 in Nashville. The ...

  37. Kenny Chesney Poised For No. 1

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney seems to be on his way to capturing his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as industry prognosticators suggest his "Hemingway's Whiskey" is aiming to debut atop the chart next week. Those sources say "Whiskey ...

  38. BACKBEAT: The Secret Sisters @Joe's Pub

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Secret Sisters have had a busy year after being discovered in 2009 - quickly signing to Universal Republic and releasing their debut 45, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” with the help of Jack White and his own Third Man Records. On Sept. ...

  39. BACKBEAT: Jim Lauderdale, Webb Wilder, the Carter Brothers, Andrew Combs At SESAC Showcase

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On September 10, SESAC hosted a singer/songwriter showcase during the 11th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, held at Nashville’s Sheraton Hotel, which featured performances by an impressive array of singer/songwriters. Jim Lauderda ...

  40. BACKBEAT: Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum And More All Win Big At ASCAP Country Music Awards

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP hosted its 48th Annual Country Music Awards Sept. 14 at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Big winners of the evening included Alan Jackson ; Dierks Bentley , Songwriter/Artist of the Year; Josh Kear , Country Song of the Yea ...

  41. BACKBEAT: Ryan Bingham, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Jack White and Wanda Jackson At The Americana Music Awards

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ninth annual Americana Music Awards took place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 9 and celebrated a year’s worth of great American roots music. The highlights from the evening included the theme from film Crazy Heart earni ...

  42. Garth Brooks Song Becoming Lifetime movie

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Garth Brooks song is becoming a two-hour Lifetime TV movie. Inspired by the country singer's 1990 No. 1 hit "Unanswered Prayers," Lifetime has cast Samantha Mathis and Eric Close in the lead roles. The film centers on a man (Close ...

  43. BACKBEAT: Rosanne Cash Celebrates New Book with Sam Phillips and Notable Music

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips relaxed following “An Evening With Rosanne Cash: In Conversation with Marc Weingarten.” The event, held at Beverly Hills’ Sabaan Theatre on August 16 was in celebration of the publication of Rosanne’s autobiography “C ...

  44. Reba McEntire Signs With William Morris Endeavor

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed Reba McEntire to its roster, Billboard.biz has learned. A Nashville-based team will oversee bookings, and Rob Beckham (Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley) serves as responsible agent. WME's Beverly Hi ...

  45. BACKBEAT: Carrie Underwood plays the Minnesota State Fair

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood played the Minnesota State Fair on August 31, where she caught up with KEEY (K102)/Minneapolis PD Gregg Swedberg and Swedberg and APD/MD afternoon man JD Greene. Underwood is currently promoting “Mama’s Song,” the latest single fr ...

  46. BACKBEAT: Bo Bice sings American Anthem at season opener for the Tennessee Titans!

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bo Bice sang the national anthem at the home opening game for the Tennessee Titans on August 23, where he also caught up with consultant Joe Patrick (right) and Lofton Creek Records (LCR) President and Artist Consultant Mike Borchetta(left). The A ...

  47. BACKBEAT: Faith Hill and Billy Sherrill at the Country Music Hall of Fame's new Tammy Wynette exhibit

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN hosted a reception for its new exhibition Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music, Presented by Great American Country Television Network on August 19. The exhibit, which runs through J ...

  48. Brooks & Dunn End 20-Year Career At Nashville Show

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first song Brooks & Dunn ever sang together has become their last. The country music duo closed out a 20-year career at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night (Sept. 2) with their 1991 debut single, "Brand New Man," ...

  49. Miranda Lambert Makes History With 9 CMA Award Nominations

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert made history Wednesday morning when she was nominated for nine CMA Awards, the most ever for a female country music artist. She'll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton. Lady A earned the s ...

  50. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum Lead CMA Award Nominations

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert leads the first round of CMA Awards nominations with five, followed closely by Lady Antebellum with four and Zac Brown with three. Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins as well as newcomer Easton Corbin have two each. Lambert is competing ...

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