1. The Weeknd, Ariana Grande Caught in Crossfire as Canadian Broadcaster Accuses Label of Favoritism

    November 07, 2015 8:30 PM EST A dustup between one of Canada’s biggest telecommunications companies and U.S. label Republic Records ended quickly with no damage to artists caught in the fray -- including  The Weeknd and Ariana Grande .  A letter titled “URGENT LETTER TO CAN ...

  2. iHeartMedia Revenue Up 2 Percent in Third Quarter

    November 06, 2015 12:52 PM EST iHeartMedia revenue grew 2 percent to $847 million in the third quarter, according to the company's earnings released Thursday. Operating income before depreciation and amortization of non-cash charges, the company's preferred measure of ...

  3. First Listen: Radio Disney Country Knocks Down Format's Traditional Walls

    November 05, 2015 11:52 AM EST Radio Disney Country was one of those radio station ideas that instantly made sense from the moment it was announced to Billboard in June . Let mainstream country stations dither on whether country's youth movement is desirable or sustainable ...

  4. BMI Country Awards Honor Icon Mac Davis, 'Monster Songwriter' Rodney Clawson

    November 04, 2015 10:30 AM EST Luke Bryan gave his best Elvis Presley imitation -- complete with frenetic legs and hydraulic shoulders -- on "A Little Less Conversation." Rascal Flatts applied big three-part harmony and vintage electric keyboard on "Baby, Don ...

  5. Feds Investigate Radio Broadcaster Over Alleged Chinese Ownership

    November 03, 2015 1:06 PM EST Federal regulators are investigating a U.S. radio broadcasting company that is reportedly majority-owned by a unit of a Chinese government broadcaster. A spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission confirmed Tuesday that the agency will op ...

  6. How CMA Singles of the Year Endure At Country Radio, Or Don't

    November 03, 2015 12:07 PM EST A brand-new single of the year winner will be crowned on the Nov. 4 Country Music Assn. Awards, but what kind of shelf life will that song have at radio after its win? To help answer that question we took a look at the durability of CMA singles of ...

  7. Country Radio Shares 'Killer' Halloween Promotions

    October 28, 2015 3:15 PM EDT With just days to go until Halloween, radio stations nationwide are gearing up for the fun promotions and events that go along with the haunted holiday. We reached out to some prominent country radio broadcasters to hear ghostly tales of some of t ...

  8. Nashville Notes: Reba McEntire to Honor Songwriter Richard Leigh; Radio Disney Country Sets Launch

    October 28, 2015 12:56 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES Jamey Johnson ,  Rosanne Cash ,  Alison Krauss  and Mavericks vocalist  Raul Malo  are among th ...

  9. Veteran Programmer John Thomas Returns to Country Radio Cancer-Free and With a Renewed Focus

    October 23, 2015 5:55 PM EDT Just eight months ago, a doctor told John Thomas to prepare his family for the possibility he might die. Thomas, a veteran radio programmer who had stepped away from broadcasting to work for the company that runs Toby Keith ’s bar and restaurant c ...

  10. SiriusXM Reports Strong Q3 Subscriber Growth

    October 22, 2015 8:43 AM EDT Satellite radio giant SiriusXM Radio, controlled by John Malone 's Liberty Media, on Thursday reported stronger-than-expected subscriber growth in its third quarter and raised its full-year subscriber guidance. Quarterly net subscriber additi ...

  11. Country Music DJ Hall of Famer Laurie DeYoung Reflects on 30 Years at Baltimore's WPOC

    October 16, 2015 5:00 PM EDT Laurie DeYoung admits she has never been much of a self-promoter, a surprising trait for a morning radio air personality. "Every boss I've ever had always has to remind me to say my name [on the air]," she says. "I'm just ...

  12. Jaime Jimenez Out of Univision Radio

    October 14, 2015 7:32 PM EDT A little less than four months after being appointed EVP of Univision Local Media, with oversight of Univision Radio content, Jaime Jimenez has left the company. A replacement has yet to be announced. Jimenez was appointed to his new post in late ...

  13. Nashville Notes: Scotty McCreery Pens First Book; Ashley Campbell Signs With Dot

    October 14, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. The Judds are making the most of their nine-date, Girls Night Out mini-residency at the Venetian Las Vegas. Foll ...

  14. Behind La X's 'War of the Worlds'-Esque Scheme

    October 07, 2015 6:59 PM EDT For 12 hours between the evening of Oct. 5 and the morning of Oct. 6, La X 103.9 FM, a popular top 40 radio station in Bogota, Colombia, almost completely interrupted its programming. Instead of playing the all-English hits it’s built its loyal au ...

  15. Tampa Radio Host Bubba the Love Sponge Admits to Attempted Ratings Tampering

    October 06, 2015 3:53 PM EDT A Tampa-based radio host has admitted that he attempted to tamper with ratings by trying to influence the listening habits of a person participating in a Nielsen survey. Bubba The Love Sponge Clem said during a news conference Tuesday that he was ...

  16. Miss Info Announces Exit from Hot 97: Exclusive

    October 05, 2015 1:00 PM EDT After 10 years with New York's respected hip-hop station Hot 97, Miss Info (born Minya Oh) has announced she will be leaving the station. Miss Info will be focusing on her website, MissInfo.tv and a book on parenting. "2015 has been such ...

  17. Copyright Judges Approve Public Radio Pay to SoundExchange

    October 05, 2015 12:46 PM EDT The three judges who make up the Copyright Royalty Board have approved the settlement between the SoundExchange and the public radio networks. As a result of that settlement, NPR, American Public Media, Public Radio International, Public Radio Exc ...

  18. NAB Marconi Radio Award Winners Announced

    October 02, 2015 12:58 PM EDT Radio stations from Tampa to Seattle were among winners at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards on Thursday night in Atlanta. Established in 1989, this year’s event was hosted by radio personality Rickey S ...

  19. Westwood One Signs Multi-Year Extension With Nielsen BDSradio

    October 01, 2015 9:44 AM EDT Westwood One will continue to use Nielsen BDSradio for measuring streaming, airplay and sales data across its Cumulus stations and syndicated programming. The company announced the multi-year extension with Nielsen this week. Charles Steinhauer , ...

  20. BBC Radio 1 Leader Ben Cooper Talks Beats 1, Losing Zane Lowe to Apple, Why the Beeb Needs to Stream

    September 30, 2015 6:04 PM EDT Taking place at the British Library in London, the final day of the Radio Festival 2015 conference saw BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra controller Ben Cooper reunited with his former employee, New Zealand-born DJ Zane Lowe , for an illuminating discuss ...

  21. Lew Dickey To Step Down As Cumulus Chairman

    September 29, 2015 4:46 PM EDT Cumulus announced today that Mary G. Berner has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company, with founder/CEO Lew Dickey moving to vice chairman and continuing as a director of the company. The move follows a tumultuous few months for Cumulu ...

  22. Country Radio Remains Wary of Acts From TV Talent Shows: Are Its Fears Justified?

    September 28, 2015 8:12 AM EDT Despite — or perhaps because of — the large number of artists that have been channeled into the country format by way of reality TV talent competitions — country radio has long had a fractious relationship with the genre. For every built-to-last s ...

  23. What's Behind the Drought of Current Latina Superstars?

    September 24, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Latin music has long been dominated by male artists, and, oddly, during the past few years their sway has increased. There hasn't been a single female voice on Billboard 's Hot Latin Songs chart for the past 21 weeks, and no female lead ...

  24. NMPA Head Says 'Free' May Work for Pandora But is Devastating to Songwriters: Op-Ed

    September 24, 2015 12:10 PM EDT In his editorial  in Billboard  on Wednesday, Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews writes that this is a transformative period in the music industry. On this we agree. Unfortunately Pandora is transforming the industry into a place where songwriters have n ...

  25. Nashville Notes: Eric Paslay Backs the Pope; Maddie & Tae Promote Healthy Hearing

    September 22, 2015 2:00 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES There were plenty of events on the concert circuit during the weekend that were held on stages ...

  26. Nashville Notes: Jordin Sparks Goes Country; Ricky Skaggs to Be Honored; Fargo Station Makes Switch

    August 05, 2015 3:00 PM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES The fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival will weave at least three country artists into its ...

  27. Apple Could Launch Five More Beats Radio Stations, According to Report

    August 05, 2015 10:45 AM EDT Apple is exploring the idea of adding five additional Beats radio stations to Apple Music, and according to a new report, the Cupertino company already has the licensing agreements to move forward. Sources with “knowledge of the situation” told Th ...

  28. SiriusXM Settles With Unpaid Interns for $1.3 Million

    August 05, 2015 9:00 AM EDT SiriusXM has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought on by former interns at the satellite radio giant. In court papers filed Monday in a Manhattan federal court, Sirius agreed to pay about $1.3 million over complaints it violated U.S. lab ...

  29. Garth Brooks Tops Forbes' Country Earners List

    July 30, 2015 12:50 PM EDT Garth Brooks has been crowned the king of  Forbes ’ annual “Country Cash Kings” list, following the icon’s first tour in over a decade. According to their calculations, Brooks has earned $90 million since last June, a record tally for a country ac ...

  30. Nashville Notes: Nitty Gritty Tribute Planned; BMG Signs 'Drinkin'' Buddies; Taylor Swift Mashup Artist Gets Warner/Chappell Deal

    July 29, 2015 10:56 AM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. NEWS & NOTES News from the road: Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean sold a reported 54,000 tickets as the Rose B ...

  31. What The Hey!? Kelsea Ballerini 
Calls 'Dibs' On a Three-Letter Word

    July 29, 2015 9:25 AM EDT Kelsea Ballerini is putting a whole new spin on that old adage about making hay while the sun shines. She sings “Oh, hey” at the start of the first and second verses in her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” and in her follow-up — “Dibs,” r ...

  32. SiriusXM Reports Subscriber & Revenue Growth, Touts Stronger Music Industry Ties

    July 28, 2015 9:50 AM EDT Satellite radio giant SiriusXM Radio, controlled by John Malone 's Liberty Media, on Tuesday reported stronger-than-expected subscriber growth in its second quarter and raised its full-year guidance. Quarterly earnings hit $103 million, inclu ...

  33. Cumulus Seeks Artist for New Label NASH Next

    July 27, 2015 10:01 AM EDT Cumulus Media's NASH brand of country music programming is busy these days. Cumulus, which owns over 60 NASH and NASH Icon radio stations, is in the midst of its inaugural round of NASH Next , an American Idol -style online competition in whi ...

  34. Radio: Smokey Rivers Reflects On 20 Years at Dallas' The Wolf (And The Next 20 Too)

    July 24, 2015 9:35 AM EDT "I have the perfect-sized head that will fit into just about any hat." That's Smokey Rivers ' theory behind his longevity at KPLX (99.5 The Wolf) Dallas, where he celebrated his 20th anniversary earlier this month. "Over t ...

  35. SESAC Settles Antitrust Suit Brought By Commercial Radio Group

    July 24, 2015 8:34 AM EDT Performing rights organization SESAC has settled the antitrust litigation brought against it by the Radio Music Licensing Committee, the commercial radio industry group which alleged that the PRO violated provisions (specifically, sections one and ...

  36. Jason Aldean 'Looks Good' at No. 1 on Country Radio; Brantley Gilbert Gives An 'Amen'

    July 21, 2015 12:15 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's "Tonight Looks Good on You" jumps 2-1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 1). His 14th No. 1 score on the list increases by 4 percent to 50.2 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Musi ...

  37. What Makes the Ultimate Song of Summer? A Radio Programming Guru Gives the Lowdown

    July 21, 2015 12:00 PM EDT No one can influence the Song of the Summer quite like iHeartMedia national programming chief Tom Poleman, 50, whose 850 radio stations are influential enough to create the next Katy Perry or to anoint Demi Lovato’s next single. What elements comp ...

  38. CBS Radio Restructures Leadership, Adding Scott Herman as COO

    July 20, 2015 1:40 PM EDT CBS Radio has announced a restructuring of its management team following last week’s round of layoffs . As part of the shakeup, executive vp of operations and New York market manager Scott Herman has been promoted to chief operating officer, effec ...

  39. Taylor Swift Tops Ed Sheeran in Nielsen's Mid-Year Report for Canada; Streaming Keeps Growing

    July 20, 2015 10:34 AM EDT Digital album sales are up 10 percent and vinyl LPs up 40 percent in Canada, compared to 2014, according to the 2015 Nielsen Mid-Year Music Canada Report issued Friday. The data, which covers the 6-month period of Dec. 29, 2014 to June 28, 2015, a ...

  40. Perez Hilton Teams With CBS Radio for Multi-Platform Content Partnership

    July 16, 2015 6:37 PM EDT CBS Radio announced Thursday a new partnership with web, TV and radio personality Perez Hilton on a variety of content initiatives, including the launch of an exclusive podcast for CBS' Play.it podcast network. As well, Hilton's Radio Pe ...

  41. New Study Explores Success Rates (Or Lack Thereof) for New Female Country Acts

    July 15, 2015 11:15 AM EDT A new research study offers some startling statistics about the success rate for both male and female artists in country music, along with a few surprises. The research was conducted by Devarati Ghosh , a New York-based political economist and Sta ...

  42. Ryan Seacrest Inks New Mega Deal with iHeartMedia

    July 13, 2015 8:00 AM EDT Ryan Seacrest’s radio reign continues. The entertainment mogul has inked a new, expanded deal with iHeartMedia. Seacrest will remain a key advisor for the company, continuing to work closely with CEO Bob Pittman and president Rich Bressler, and as ...

  43. 90 Years In The Making: Q&A With the Grand Ole Opry's Radio Show Runner Pete Fisher

    June 30, 2015 1:42 PM EDT Come Nov. 28, the Grand Ole Opry will celebrate 90 years on the air at WSM-AM Nashville. Pete Fisher has been the show’s vp/GM for 16 years -- his anniversary was June 28 -- and in that time, the Opry has expanded from two nights a week to additio ...

  44. SiriusXM Radio Host Storme Warren on His 'Strange' Business

    June 25, 2015 3:17 PM EDT Since former SiriusXM programmer Jon Anthony brought him into the fold in the late 2000s, Storme Warren has transitioned nicely from a longtime role as the host of GAC’s Headline Country to the host of the morning show on contemporary country cha ...

  45. Who Makes More -- a Radio-Show Host or an 'SNL' Music Booker? Media Salaries Revealed

    June 19, 2015 3:54 PM EDT WHO MAKES WHAT: Journalists |   Booking Agents | Artist Managers | Music Publishing | Top Earners | Label Execs | Artists, Big & Small  | Radio & TV |  Digital/Streaming  |  Touring * LOCAL MORNING HOST -- They’re on the air for just fou ...

  46. Joel Raab, Radio Whisperer, Explains the Art of His Craft

    June 18, 2015 5:16 PM EDT When the Country Radio Hall of Fame inducts the new class on June 24 in Nashville, the honorees will include Joel Raab , a Long Island native who first heard country on 1,000-watt AM signal WTHE, which also became the first station he worked at as ...

  47. Radio Disney Country to Launch This Fall: Exclusive

    June 12, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Radio Disney announced today (June 12) that it is launching Radio Disney Country. The 24/7 network will feature "chart-bound young artists and today's biggest country hits including Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, T ...

  48. Tyler Farr Brings The Angst To New Single 'Withdrawals'

    June 11, 2015 2:15 PM EDT Robert Palmer was neither the first nor the last artist to view personal relationships as a narcotic. Dan Seals’ "Addicted," Roxy Music’s "Love Is the Drug," Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s "You and Tequila," B.J. Th ...

  49. Billboard Launches 'Billboard Radio China,' Asia's First Billboard-Branded Internet Radio Station

    May 28, 2015 9:33 PM EDT Billboard has launched Billboard Radio China, Asia's first Billboard -branded internet radio station. The new venture is in partnership with media and technology holding company Tork Limited with the intent of becoming the leading music desti ...

  50. Radio Seems To Like Brantley Gilbert Just As He Is

    May 22, 2015 11:23 AM EDT “I like being different,” admits Brantley Gilbert. “The way I look at it is, as long as I know there’s a box, and I’m outside of it, I’m good to go.” While that attitude doesn’t always endear country artists to radio, Gilbert found programmers qui ...

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