Country Music Association

  1. George Strait’s Final Show Sets Billboard Boxscore Attendance Records

    June 16, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Country legend George Strait wrapped up his touring career in style as his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7 shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a U.S. stadium.   104,793 s ...

  2. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose ...

  3. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:42 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming f ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Sarah Trahern Named CEO of Country Music Association

    November 13, 2013 10:37 AM EST Sarah Trahern, former SVP/GM of Scripps Networks Interactive's Great American Country, has been named the new CEO of the Country Music Association, according to a release. She will replace Steve Moore, who suddenly  resigned in July of this ...

  6. A Look Back at Key Milestones at the CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 8:46 AM EST Here's a look at some key moments in the history of the Country Music Association Awards, which honor the best of the country music (the 47th annual CMAs air on Wednesday night). - 1967 : The first CMA Awards were not televised. It is bille ...

  7. George Strait Wins Entertainer of the Year

    November 06, 2013 11:59 PM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Country Music Association Awards paid tribute to the past, present and future, giving George Strait his third entertainer of the year trophy on Wednesday while also awarding a quartet of 20-somethings who are helping ...

  8. Country Music Association Awards 2013 Voter Guide (PDF)

    October 03, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The Country Music Association's 47th annual CMA Awards  -- "Country's Biggest Night"  -- airs tonight, 8/7c Nov. 6 on ABC. This special Country Music Association Awards publication, in PDF form below, was created in partners ...

  9. Backbeat: Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, CMA’s Ed Hardy, Clear Channel’s Julie Talbot Hit 'Country’s Biggest Morning'

    September 10, 2013 3:52 PM EDT Nearly two months before "Country Music's Biggest Night" -- the 47th Annual CMA Awards -- the Country Music Association held what president of the CMA Board of Directors Ed Hardy described as "country's biggest morning&q ...

  10. Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

    August 13, 2013 5:41 PM EDT If you were to look at just his chart statistics as a solo artist, the career of Tompall Glaser might not seem particularly legendary. He only placed eight singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart between 1973 and 1978, with only two ...

  11. Jason Aldean, Songwriters Ben Hayslip David Lee Murphy Celebrate 'The Only Way I Know' No. 1 with ASCAP

    March 06, 2013 6:10 PM EST Songwriters David Lee Murphy and Ben Hayslip were hoping for a Jason Aldean cut when they wrote "The Only Way I Know." Little did they know they would get a triple cut, because when Aldean hard the song he knew it was exactly the tune ...

  12. Country Radio Seminar: Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies and REO Speedwagon Rock the Boat

    March 01, 2013 2:05 PM EST Above, L-R: Ashley Monroe, Pistol Annies; Kelly Clarkson; Angaleena Presley, Pistol Annies; Miranda Lambert The General Jackson river boat was rockin’ last night as Brad Paisley welcomed surprise guests REO Speedwagon on Sony Music Nashville’s 27t ...

  13. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  14. Tim McGraw Sets Feb. Release For First Post-Curb Album

    October 30, 2012 5:05 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tim McGraw has announced a Feb. 5 release date for his first album since leaving Curb Records. "Two Lanes of Freedom" is McGraw's first release since a judge granted him the right to record for Big Machine Re ...

  15. Jason Aldean To Play First Country Concert at Boston's Fenway

    October 18, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox. The July 13 appearance will be the initial stop ...

  16. EMI Music Canada President Deane Cameron Steps Down

    October 11, 2012 12:09 PM EDT EMI Music Canada's long-serving president Deane Cameron stepped down last week after 35 years with the company, 24 at the helm. Cameron, who made history in 1988 when he became the youngest Canadian president of a major record label, has been ...

  17. Taylor Swift, Dean Brody Take Home Canadian Country Music Association Honors

    September 10, 2012 10:33 AM EDT While Toronto has been buzzing with the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and music stars from Selena Gomez to Rob Zombie and Natalie Maines descending on the city to help promote certain films, two provinces west in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ...

  18. Taylor Swift Vs. Carrie Underwood: Who's Country's Chart Queen?

    September 04, 2012 11:55 AM EDT When it comes to which women dominate country music today, it seems most would answer either Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood. But, between them, whose star shines brighter? Let's run some numbers. Take a look and then vote for your favorite ...

  19. Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum To Announce CMA Awards Noms in NYC

    August 21, 2012 2:52 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Country Music Association Awards will be bringing a little twang to the big city when nominations are announced next month. Country superstars Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum plan to reveal nominees in five categories ...

  20. Backbeat: Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, John Hogan, More at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson signs autographs for fans during the Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Country Music Summit for 2012 ended with a cocktail party and performances by some of Nashville's upcoming stars, Maggie Rose, Andy Gibson, Kate Ar ...

  21. Country Music Fans Generally Wealthy, Married, Digitally Engaged, Says CMA

    June 06, 2012 4:55 PM EDT Country music fans are faring well financially, optimistic about the future and engaged with popular digital technologies, according to a survey by the Country Music Association (CMA). Every year the CMA reveals some research findings aimed at hig ...

  22. Kent Earls Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Nashville, Replacing Pat Higdon

    January 30, 2012 2:56 PM EST Kent Earls has been named executive VP/GM of Universal Music Publishing Group, Nashville, the company announced today, filling the void created by the departure of Pat Higdon, who had been president. Earls will report to UMPG president North Ameri ...

  23. Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown - i.e. 'Rising Stars' - Lead American Country Award Noms

    December 05, 2011 9:00 AM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It didn't all start for The Band Perry at last year's American Country Awards. But the inaugural show gave the sibling trio a significant shove down the path to stardom and the long string of accolades they'v ...

  24. CMT Awards: Hank Jr. Walks Off, as 5 Stars Honored

    November 30, 2011 11:05 AM EST Brad Paisley fully endorses the format of the CMT Artists of the Year celebration. Paisley was one of five country music stars honored Tuesday night during a taping of the second annual event, joining Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum a ...

  25. Taylor Swift's CMA Win Sets Up Multiple Billboard Hot 100 Debuts

    November 14, 2011 8:50 AM EST Taylor Swift, fresh off her win for Entertainer of the Year at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, is set to debut multiple singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week. CMA Awards: Taylor Swift Reclaims Top Prize Swift may see ...

  26. Swift, Aldean, Lambert, Shelton: 2011 Country Music Awards Full Winners List

    November 10, 2011 8:00 AM EST Taylor swift was last night's (Nov. 9) 45th annual Country Music Association Awards' big winner taking home Entertainer of the Year honors and beating out her fellow all-male nominees Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jason Al ...

  27. Jason Aldean and The Band Perry early CMA winners

    November 09, 2011 9:56 PM EST It's Jason Aldean's party at the Country Music Association Awards, but a melancholy song about dying young by rising stars The Band Perry is the early surprise. Country music's biggest night Wednesday started with unexpected appeara ...

  28. Paisley, Swift, Urban, Aldean or Shelton? Breaking Down CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award

    November 08, 2011 7:47 AM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Everyone's got a theory about what goes into winning the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award. Martina McBride thinks it should go to the artist who makes the strongest connection with fans. J ...

  29. Exclusive: Blake Shelton Re-Ups with Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 8:54 AM EDT Blake Shelton, the Country Music Association.'s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, has re-signed with Warner Music Nashville, Billboard.Biz has learned exclusively. "I couldn't imagine going anywhere else, especially with the team ...

  30. Business Matters: Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians

    September 15, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians -- Rock City Club launched Thursday, making it the newest music service aimed at helping independent artists further their careers outside of the traditional music industry infrastruct ...

  31. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley To Co-Host 2011 CMA Awards (Watch Announcement)

    July 11, 2011 2:01 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be back together again in November. They've been picked to host the Country Music Association Awards for a fourth straight year. The 45th annual awards will be aired live Nov. 9 fr ...

  32. Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, on the State of Country: Video

    June 09, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, is a country music industry vet and former promoter. He sat down with Billboard.biz to talk about the state of Country music, its amazing and diverse stable of talent, the many misperceptions abou ...

  33. Kenny Chesney, Kellie Pickler, Mel Tillis, Kristin Chenoweth: Country Music Summit Photo Gallery Day 2

    June 08, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Pressing the Flesh: Country superstar Kenny Chesney surrounded by autograph seekers following his Q&A. (Photo: Beth Gwinn) Kellie Pickler blowing the roof off the Billboard Country Music Summit's closing party. (Photo: Beth Gwinn) Label D ...

  34. Billboard Country Music Summit 2011 Hub

    June 05, 2011 11:21 AM EDT June 8, 2011 | VIDEO Q&A Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, on the State of Country: Video Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, is an industry vet and former promoter. Here he explains the many reasons why he' ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Ron Baird, Influential Nashville Agent, Dead At 60

    February 04, 2011 3:46 PM EST Retired Nashville booking agent Ron Baird, former head of Creative Artists Agency's Nashville office and one of the genre's most successful agents of the 1990s and early 2000s, died in Nashville on February 3, of complications from Parki ...

  42. Kasey Chambers Dominates Australia's Jayco Country Music Awards; Graeme Connors' Win Tainted By Error

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST With four trophies, Australian alt-country star Kasey Chambers was the big winner Saturday night at the 39th annual Jayco Country Music Awards, held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. Chambers won female artist of the year, her song &q ...

  43. Hastings' John Marmaduke To Be Honored At NARM Confab

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST NARM is gearing up for its 2011 annual convention with the announcement that Hastings Entertainment chairman/CEO/president John Marmaduke will receive the trade group's Presidential Award for sustained executive achievement. The award will be ...

  44. Far East Movement's 'G6' Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following a two-week break, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs & Dev, returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for its third cumulative week at No. 1. The song was removed from the perch two weeks ago by Ke$h ...

  45. Chart Moves: Far East Movement, "Glee," Susan Boyle, Josh Groban

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 -- Susan Boyle : The "Britain's Got Talent" contestant turned singing sensation scored her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week as her holiday-themed "The Gift" opened atop the list with 318, ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle Vie For No. 1

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two of music's leading ladies are about to meet again on the charts. Susan Boyle, who finished 2009 with the year's second-biggest selling album according to Nielsen SoundScan, is eyeing the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 next week. Sta ...

  49. NARM, RIAA Giving the Gift of Music Via New Website

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The two-year-old effort to revive the "Give the Gift of Music" campaign paid off. Program originators the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have launched a branded w ...

  50. 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 ...

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