1. Jason Aldean Warms Up Indy 500, Talks Firestone Deal and New Album at Pre-Race Concert

    May 25, 2014 2:50 PM EDT “It’s hard not to have fun when you’re in the infield of a race track,” Jason Aldean said addressing the sold-out crowd of 41,000 screaming fans on Saturday night (May 24) at the inaugural Firestone Legends Day Concert on the eve of the 98th Indy ...

  2. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry f ...

  3. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  4. Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List

    May 18, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with 7 trophies on the night including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Other winners include Imagine Dragons with five, and Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. each scoring four ...

  5. Despite His Label's Demise, Craig Campbell is Keeping His Single Comin'

    May 15, 2014 5:01 PM EDT On May 6, Craig Campbell performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared excitement with the audience that his single, “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” was No. 11 on the Country Airplay chart and poised to become his first top 10 hit. Two days later news bro ...

  6. Ross On Radio: Did Cumulus Just Fragment Country Radio?

    May 14, 2014 6:00 PM EDT "Nash Icons" Will Play New Product By Classic Acts The most significant thing about Cumulus' announcement this morning of a second national country radio brand, the gold-based "Nash Icons," was the intent to "provide ...

  7. Shakira To Perform at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Shakira is the latest superstar confirmed to perform at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! ?• Video:   Top BBMA Performances ?• GIFs: ? See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable ...

  8. Veteran Country Music Agent Kevin Neal Joins WME as Partner

    May 12, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Veteran country music agent Kevin Neal, who for the better part of 30 years has called Buddy Lee Attractions his home, has joined WME as a partner. He brings with him acts such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Parmalee. Related ...

  9. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood to Debut Duet on Billboard Music Awards

    May 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, two of the most dynamic women in country music, will performersat the 2014 Billboard Music Awards , being held Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now ...

  10. How Keith Whitley's Conflicted Legacy Spawned an 'Authentic' Country Revival

    May 06, 2014 1:02 PM EDT When NBC launched the current season of The Voice on Feb. 24, one of the stunners was a performance of “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The singer was Jake Worthington, a Texan who got three of the four coaches to turn their chairs around and compete to n ...

  11. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Heading Toward 13th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 02, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack, which has racked up 12 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, seems likely to spend a 13th week at No. 1 on the tally. The album could sell another 90,000 to 100,000 copies in the tracking ...

  12. Country Music’s Most Voracious Youth Market? You Might Be Surprised

    April 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT As country music’s audience skews younger than at any time in its history, what city has the genre’s most fervent 20-something fans? The obvious choices might include Nashville, recognized as country’s business center; Dallas, a stronghold in the ...

  13. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Flying Towards 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 25, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack will likely continue its lengthy run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. According to industry sources, the album could sell around 100,000 copies in the week ending April 27, which should secure its 12 ...

  14. My First 'American Idol': An Intern's Tale

    April 24, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The stage may be smaller in person, but the talent -- especially at the judges' table -- feels much bigger. I might not fit into what is now the stereotypical "American Idol" fangirl demographic, but growing up on the show that chan ...

  15. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ dow ...

  16. 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, ...

  17. ACM Sells Out 2015 Events, Moves 70k Tickets in 18 Minutes

    April 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music Awards, which held its 49th annual show this past April 6th, has already sold out its tickets to next year's events -- ACM Party For a Cause, a two-day event, and the ACM Awards, scheduled for April 17-18 and Apri ...

  18. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September releas ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Win Big at ACM Awards

    April 06, 2014 11:20 PM EDT It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the ...

  21. ACMs Exec Producer R.A. Clark on Jay Brown Getting Shakira; Blake vs. Luke; Merle Haggard Tribute (Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 5:38 PM EDT ACM Awards executive producer R.A. Clark has been at this a long time -- 15 years and counting. The producer (and son of the late Dick Clark) helped put the show’s deep roots in the country music traditions of the west -- and the Bakersfield and H ...

  22. Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves to Team for 'CMT Crossroads' Airing June 13 (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The “CMT Crossroads” concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT. The intimate performance will tape in Los Angele ...

  23. Milestone Award Finalists Announced for 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    April 01, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood are the six Milestone Award finalists at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, to be held May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. VOTE FOR THE MILESTO ...

  24. Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win 2014 Juno Awards

    March 30, 2014 3:33 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates  Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 award ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. George Strait Rides Away From the Center of His Industry

    March 25, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Technology plays an enormous role in what entertainment succeeds at any given time. When recordings evolved from an experimental novelty to a mature business during the 20th century, both sound and visual recordings changed to accommodate those ad ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips Among Record Store Day 2014 In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to do in-store appearances on Records Store Day, April 19. Related Articles Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings ...

  29. Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings (Full List)

    March 20, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Related Articles Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A) Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings (Full List) Bruce Springsteen Live Tribute DVD, Record Store Day EP Coming Soo ...

  30. How the Bluebird Cafe Is Dealing With Its 'Nashville' Star Turn

    March 19, 2014 5:01 PM EDT When ASCAP hosted its monthly songwriters-in-the-round showcase on March 5 at the Bluebird Cafe, about 20 people huddled in the cold outside the venue, hoping a seat might open up for them. Related Articles Bluebird Café To Change Hands Big Machin ...

  31. Former Stealing Angels Twins Transition from Stage to Behind the Curtains as Promoters

    March 17, 2014 4:59 PM EDT In the seven years they spent trying to launch their band, the members of country trio Stealing Angels developed some solid relationships with radio programmers. So when the group’s Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Wayne were looking to make a caree ...

  32. Inside the Ears of SiriusXM Country Programmer John Marks

    March 17, 2014 4:49 PM EDT When country record label execs tell the tales of how their songs became hits, two words are nearly always part of the story: John Marks. SiriusXM’s senior director of country programming is not only thought to have some of the best ears in the bu ...

  33. 'Frozen' vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 6:59 PM EDT There may be a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Frozen" soundtrack could bring a wintry chill back to No. 1, though Luke Bryan's "Spring Break 6… Like We Ain't Ever" EP is als ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Chart Moves: Thirty Seconds to Mars Makes Post-Oscar Gain, Von Trapp Singers Debut on Billboard 200

    March 14, 2014 10:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Rick Ross claimed his fifth No. 1 album , while Pharrell Williams bowed at No. 2 with his second album, "G I R L." Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers. Let's tak ...

  37. Bruce Springsteen Top Hot Tours, Grossing $12.1M from Final Australian Dates

    March 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 on Hot Tours for the third time in 2014 with ticket sales reported from his swing through Australia and New Zealand during February and March. The High Hopes tour played in seven cities during its Oceania leg that wrappe ...

  38. 'Frozen' Flirting With Return to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 12, 2014 8:12 PM EDT The soundtrack to "Frozen" is flirting with a return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album could sell between 80,000 and 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 16, according to industry sources. That co ...

  39. 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, ...

  40. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    March 07, 2014 7:54 PM EST "Glee" star Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking w ...

  41. George Strait, Dolly Parton Lead Hot Tours Chart with $59.5M and $3.7M

    March 07, 2014 7:12 PM EST Veteran superstars George Strait and Dolly Parton dominate the weekly Hot Tours ranking, lassoing the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Strait leads the list with ticket sales reported from two major U.S. markets during the final leg of his Co ...

  42. SXSW Executive Strategies - Tom Windish: 'We Have 121 Artists This Year'

    March 06, 2014 8:53 PM EST Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive's Director, on Geek Growing Pains and Massive Success Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In Has SXSW Jumped the Shark? South By Southwest, which kicks off tomor ...

  43. Chart Moves: Jake Bugg's 'American Idol' Performance Leads to 551% Sales Gain, Celtic Woman Collects 10th No. 1

    March 06, 2014 8:33 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, ScHoolboy Q nabbed his first No. 1 with "Oxymoron," while the top 10 welcomed a total of six debuts. That's the most arrivals in the top 10 since last November. Outside the very busy top ...

  44. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  45. Chart Moves: Metallica's Best-Selling Black Album Approaches 16 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:19 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to "Frozen" returned to No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week, marking the longest run at No. 1 for a soundtrack since 1998. The highest debut this week was owned by Cole Swinde ...

  46. Romeo Santos, Kid Cudi Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 28, 2014 8:01 PM EST The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo Santos, Beck and Dierks Bentley. ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" seems set for a No. 1 debut, perha ...

  47. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 4:50 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; ...

  48. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 6:59 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to i ...

  49. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  50. It’s a Mistake for Tech to Ignore Country Music Fans (Guest Post)

    February 25, 2014 12:42 PM EST Matthew Siegel Leslie Fram Leslie Fram is CMT's SVP of music strategy and Matthew Siegel is Viacom Music Group's VP of music strategy. Here they write about what they say is a "missed opportunity" by the tech industry to activ ...

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