Country Music

  1. New Year's Eve Without Dick Clark: Ryan Seacrest, 'Rockin' Eve' Execs Reflect

    December 31, 2012 11:20 AM EST Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 (Photo: Getty Images) (Fred Bronson is a long-time Billboard contributor who has written for Dick Clark Productions for an even longer time. He writes for the American Music Award ...

  2. Kix Brooks Walks Alone

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Kix Brooks strikes out solo with 'New to This Town'. After 20 years as half of veteran hitmaking duo Brooks & Dunn alongside Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks is returning to solo status with the Sept. 11 release of "New to This Town" ...

  3. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Award Nominations

    September 05, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Eric Church grabbed five nominations for this year's CMA Awards -- including nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief , and three nominations for hit song "Springsteen -- to lead all artists, with husband and wife ...

  4. Twitter 140: Page 6

    July 26, 2012 5:45 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Perez Hilton Blogger, PerezHilton.com @PerezHilton To get the full, MS Paint-enhanced effect of Perez Hilton's celebrity rumors and tabloid commentary, his long-running site is the place to start. But for a ...

  5. Country Star Kitty Wells:1919-2012

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT The county music community lost one of its most beloved pioneers with the death of Kitty Wells. Known as the "Queen of Country Music," Wells, 92, died of complications from a stroke at her Nashville home on July 16. "In my lifetime ...

  6. Kitty Wells, Legendary Country Singer, Dead at 92

    July 16, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Before Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain or Taylor Swift, there was Kitty Wells, better known as the "Queen of Country Music." Wells, who died at her Nashville-area home Monday morning at the age of 92, enjoyed a career that ran t ...

  7. Academy of Country Music Donates $2.5 Million to Country Music Hall of Fame

    July 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Academy of Country Music is donating $2.5 million to help expand the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The pledge is going to the Hall's capital campaign to fund the expansion. The Hall is more than doubling i ...

  8. Donna Hilley, Former Sony ATV Nashville CEO, Dead at 65

    June 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Donna Hilley, who spent 31 years at Sony/ATV Nashville -- eventually becoming the company's president and CEO -- and was one of the most prominent female publishing executives in country music, died Wednesday [June 20] of an extended illness. ...

  9. Backbeat: CMA Fest Attracts Over 70,000; Blake Shelton, Gary Overton, WME Execs Hang in Press Room

    June 12, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Blake Shelton makes a point during the press conference prior to his performance at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. (Photo: Vernell Hackett) Milder weather and expanded seating at LP Field for the night shows brought in more fans to the CMA Music ...

  10. Backbeat: WSM-AM Co-Sponsors Durango Stage With Gene Watson, Billy Dean at CMA Fest

    June 11, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Gene Watson performs at the WSM-sponsored Durango Acoustic Corner at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. (Photo: Robin Roberts Ladisa) Many radio stations were in Music City over the past few days doing live radio broadcasts from the CMA Music Fe ...

  11. CMA Fest: Eric Church, Faith Hill Perform; Softball With Carrie Underwood; TNT Revives 'Dallas'

    June 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The CMA Music Festival continued at a frentic pace on Saturday, with music seemingly at every turn along the way in a very crowded downtown Nashville. At the Riverfront Stage, Big Machine recording trio Eden's Edge -- set to release their deb ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Thompson Square on the Making of Hit Song 'Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Thompson Square tells the story behind their breakout hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?" at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) There's an old saying in Nashville that "it all begins with a song" and ...

  14. Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies In NC Hospital At 89

    May 29, 2012 8:23 PM EDT Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and ...

  15. Nashville Knowledge: Billboard Country Music Summit To Examine Genre's Wild Success

    May 29, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Willie Nelson will do a live Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: David McClister) Nashville may be known as Music City, but it's also "music business city," and that is singularly true for the country genre. Sophi ...

  16. Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs To No. 1; Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson Debut on Country Charts

    May 24, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs, as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" (MCA Nashville) rises 3-1 in its 33rd chart week. Meanwhile new songs by Kenny Chesney and ...

  17. CAA's Rob Light to Take Part in Executive Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit at t ...

  18. Bruce Springsteen's Enduring Effect on the Country Charts Influences Two Top 10 Singles

    May 08, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss. He's just taken on a different context. Bruce Springsteen, the most prominent rocker of the 1980s, is now a symbolic fencepost in modern country. If there's any doubt how much the New Jersey singe ...

  19. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert to Kick Off New Watershed Festival This August

    April 27, 2012 10:52 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and promoter Brian O'Connell are leading the charge for a new country festival where the music and atmosphere will rival the serene, natural beauty of the landscape. Watershed Music Festival will take place August 3, ...

  20. Dick Clark Timeline: His Life & Business

    April 20, 2012 2:27 PM EDT NOV. 30, 1929 Richard Wagstaff Clark is born in Bronxville, N.Y. His father was a salesman and, later, the manager of a radio station in Utica, N.Y. 1947 Works as an office boy and then as an announcer at the station his father managed, WRUN. 1952 ...

  21. Backbeat: Faith Hill, Eli Young Band, David Nail Rock CRS 2012's Final Day

    February 25, 2012 3:47 PM EST The 2012 CRS New Faces line-up. The final day of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2012 featured a variety of panels and events and capped by the annual New Faces Show, which showcased young artists trying to make themselves known at radio. The morning ...

  22. Morning Heds: Facebook Wants Vevo, Wikipedia's SOPA Traffic Surge, Simon Cowell Calls Self 'Too Cocky'

    January 20, 2012 7:10 AM EST Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host CNET Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET. D ...

  23. UK's International Festival of Country Music Adds Charley Pride, Asleep at the Wheel

    December 09, 2011 12:47 PM EST The International Festival of Country Music, which will return to U.K. stages in February, has announced the addition of Charley Pride and Asleep At The Wheel to the Wembley Arena bill. Pride, now 73, will play only the Wembley show Feb. 26, but A ...

  24. Small But Mighty

    December 01, 2011 4:20 AM EST The Top Independent Artist Nominees 4 Nominations Bon Iver Nominations: record of the year ("Holocene"), song of the year ("Holocene"), best new artist, best alternative music album (Bon Iver) Jagjaguwar In perhaps the most sur ...

  25. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  26. Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip, Allen Shamblin Win Big at ASCAP Country Music Awards

    November 07, 2011 8:46 AM EST Brad Paisley's hit "Anything Like Me" was written to celebrate a son whose arrival led a man to contemplate the progression of his life. Paisley saw his own life's progression on display again Nov. 6 when he walked off with two ...

  27. Scott Borchetta of Big Machine on Racecar Driver Dan Wheldon's Death

    October 18, 2011 9:06 AM EDT Many in the sports industry are still in shock from the Sunday death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The tragic accident also touched the world of Country Music, as well. The Big Machine Label Group ...

  28. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Thompson Square Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 12:33 PM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newco ...

  29. Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

    October 11, 2011 3:51 PM EDT In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, & ...

  30. Rising Country Stars Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Shake-Up CMA Nominations

    September 06, 2011 5:00 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After a decade toiling away at the microphone without much recognition, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton are breaking through in a big way. Two of country's leading men nabbed their first Country Music Association Award ...

  31. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

    September 06, 2011 11:07 AM EDT Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with ...

  32. How Miranda Lambert's Chart-Topping Pistol Annies Defied Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 8:17 AM EDT Amid significant roster and personnel restructuring at Sony Music Nashville last week, Miranda Lambert has been reassigned from Columbia to RCA, a detail that seems small in light of her historic No. 1 debut on Billboard's Top Country Albums ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. BACKBEAT: Here's What You Missed on Day 1 of Billboard's Touring Conference and Awards

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , presented by ShowClix and in association with Music Networx, is taking place in NYC on November 3rd and 4th. This two-day event features informative panels, controversial discussions, inva ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. VIDEO: Branding + Sponsorship Strategies From MAC President Marcie Allen

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MAC Presents president Marcie Allen was one of the panelists featured on the Marketing & Branding for Country Music panel at this week's Billboard Country Music Summit in Nashville. In this after-panel interview, Allen gives straight talk ...

  42. @Billboard Country Summit: Country Touring As Good As Ever

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard Country Music Summit, click here . For full coverage of the BCMS, click here . If you left early during the "Country Road" touring panel on the first day of the B ...

  43. MGMT's Top Debut On Billboard 200; Bieber Holds At No. 1

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a third nonconsecutive week with 92,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . MGMT's second album, "Congratulations," is the tally's highest d ...

  44. Billboard, CMA To Launch Country Music Summit

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard will hold its first-ever Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville on June 7-8. The event will feature two days of panel sessions, roundtable discussions and keynote interviews. I ...

  45. Country Music Hitmaker Carl Smith Dies At 82

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seminal ‘50s honky tonk stylist and Country Music Hall of Fame member Carl Smith, 82, died Saturday, January 16 at his home near Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. The specific cause of death was not made public. Smith was widely regarded as one of ...

  46. Rascal Flatts To Receive Humanitarian Award

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts will be honored as the 2008 recipient of the Academy of Country Music/the Home Depot Humanitarian Award during the 43rd Annual ACM Awards, which take place May 18 in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Are ...

  47. Huff Named Top Producer By ACM

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Academy of Country Music has released the winners of awards that will be presented before the live award show telecast on May 15. The off-camera winners are Dann Huff (producer of the year); Steve Marcantonio (audio engineer of the year); Glen ...

  48. Schnur Joins CMA Board

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran music executive Steve Schnur has been named to the Country Music Association board of directors. Schnur, who began his career at MTV and has held executive positions at Warner Music Group, EMI and BMG, currently serves as worldwide executi ...

  49. Chesney And Friends To Reveal ACM Noms

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations will be revealed March 5 by reigning Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year Kenny Chesney and upcoming tourmates Sugarland and Pat Green, as well as CBS-TV "The Early Show& ...

  50. Cracker Barrel Announces 'Songs Of The Year'

    August 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT CD to feature Adkins, Yearwood, Lonestar. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant and gift shop chain, will unveil later today its latest exclusive CD venture, the "Songs of the Year" collection. Since creat ...

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