Country music

  1. Backbeat: Donna Caldwell's Hollywood Meets Nashville Party at LaBella Mansion With Hollywood Yates, Annie Moses Band, Others

    June 05, 2012 11:50 AM EDT The Hollywood to Nashville Event Crew: Party founder, Donna Caldwell of Songs by Accident (seated far left on the couch), flanked by publicist Melanie Knupp (to her left); on Caldwell's right: Brian Roquemore, publicist; Annie Marie Panthier; ...

  2. CAA's Rob Light Says 'Touring Without Perspective Is Recipe For Disaster' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Rob Light from CAA speaks to Billboard's Ray Waddell at the Billboard Country Music Summit Monday. (Photo: Michael Seto) Possessing a cautious optimism forged by years of experience, Creative Artist Agency partner/managing director Rob Light ...

  3. Kenny Chesney Extends Sony Music Nashville Deal, Will Get Own Imprint Blue Chair Records

    June 04, 2012 6:20 PM EDT Chesney extends label deal (L-R): Jess L. Rosen, Esq. (Greenberg Traurig, LLP), Gary Overton (Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO), Kenny Chesney, Clint Higham (President Morris Artists Management), and Dale Morris (CEO Morris Artists Manageme ...

  4. Backbeat: CMA Week Kicks Off With Party at AristoMedia's Jeff Walker's House

    June 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT (L-R): CMA Close Up editor Bob Doerschuk, Australian artist Craig Morrison, host/AristoMedia CEO Jeff Walker and publicist Judy Mayes at party at Walker's home in Nashville welcoming international artists and executives. (Photo: Deborah Evans ...

  5. Backbeat: Americana Music Award Noms With John C. Reilly, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynn

    June 01, 2012 12:52 PM EDT (L-R): Amy Reitnouer, Editor in Chief, The Bluegrass Situation; Jed Hilly, AMA Executive Director; and Michelle Aquilato, marketing director, AMA, pose at the Americana Music Association's Awards nomination event. (Photo: Ryan J. Downey) John ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Dwight Yoakam Announced For Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Grammy-winning country star Dwight Yoakam, an artist who has transcended the country music genre to become a multi-slash innovator, entrepreneur, will be the Superstar Keynote Q&A at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Summit, set for June 4-5 at ...

  9. Tim McGraw Signs With Big Machine Records

    May 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT (Photo: Danny Clinch) There are a lot of places in Music City to come together on a deal. It could be a boardroom, an attorney's office, or even the posh Palm Restaurant downtown. For Tim McGraw and Scott Borchetta, who announced Tim's s ...

  10. Doug Dillard, Banjo Great Who Crossed Genres, Dies at 75

    May 17, 2012 2:05 PM EDT The bluegrass, folk and country rock worlds are in mourning today with the death of banjo player Doug Dillard at the age of 75. A spokesman told AOL's country blog, The Boot, that Dillard died Wednesday in Nashville following a lengthy illnes ...

  11. Shooter Jennings, AEG and Paradigm Execs to Talk Touring at Billboard Country Music Summit Panels

    May 16, 2012 7:00 AM EDT A pair of sessions will examine the role of touring in the country music business at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, June 4-5 at the newly-renovated Cannery Ballroom in Nashville. The Summit is presented in association with the Coun ...

  12. Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood to Perform at CMT Awards

    May 14, 2012 12:04 PM EDT The CMT Awards today announced some of the country music superstars set to perform on the awards show in Nashville June 6. Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted to Perform at Billboard Music Awards The 3rd Annual Billboard Country Mus ...

  13. Billboard Country Summit to Wrap With Radio Block

    May 11, 2012 1:30 PM EDT The vital role of radio in country music will be addressed in the closing sessions of the Billboard Country Summit through "On Air: the Radio Block," sponsored by Sony Music Nashville with two sessions that take a hard look at issues fac ...

  14. Vince Gill On Going Indie

    May 09, 2012 7:12 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vince Gill can do whatever he wants. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Country Music Hall of Fame member doesn't have a record deal. He got signed by a label in 1983 and had been on the MCA Records roster sin ...

  15. Lady Antebellum Teams With Lipton Tea & Honey For New TV Spot

    May 08, 2012 9:42 PM EDT Nicki Minaj isn't the only musician to star in a major ad for PepsiCo this week. Lady Antebellum debuted new 30-second TV spots for Lipton Tea & Honey and Lipton 100% Natural, a new product created in partnership by Pepsi and Unilever.In ...

  16. Kenny Roberts, Famed Singing Cowboy Yodeler, Dies

    April 30, 2012 4:03 PM EDT Famed singing cowboy yodeler, Kenny Roberts died yesterday at his home in Athol, Mass. He was 85. A noted country music performer for more than 65 years, Roberts was known as "America's King of the Yodelers" for his trademark perfor ...

  17. Backbeat: Dean Brody Releases New Country Album, Works Retail Deal With Fossil Canada

    April 30, 2012 1:01 PM EDT Dean Brody performed three songs at his exclusive album release party for Dirt . (Photo: Barry Roden) Canadian girls - and guys - gathered at Fossil Canada 's downtown Toronto showroom for a private album release celebration for singer-songwr ...

  18. Chris Ethridge, Flying Burrito Brothers Bassist, Dead at 65

    April 23, 2012 9:33 PM EDT Chris Ethridge, the bass player who lent his musicianship and songwriting to the Flying Burrito Brothers, the International Submarine Band and others, has died at 65, Rolling Stone reports . Ethridge co-founded the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gra ...

  19. Keith Urban Joins Grand Ole Opry

    April 23, 2012 2:58 PM EDT (Photo: Chris Hollo) This past weekend, one of country music's most exclusive clubs added one more name to the list with the induction of Keith Urban into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday. After performing his hits "Days Go By&quo ...

  20. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead CMT Nominations

    April 23, 2012 1:27 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift atop the list, look no further than the CMT Music Awards nominations for proof country music's new favorite color is blonde. Underwood earned five nominations, L ...

  21. Blake Shelton Nails Sixth Straight No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 19, 2012 2:01 PM EDT As "Drink on It" advances 2-1, Blake Shelton achieves his sixth straight leader -- his 11th overall -- on Country Songs, where he takes sole possession of second place among all artists with active No. 1 streaks. Zac Brown Band tops that ...

  22. Sugarland Tour Manager May Be Key To Stage Collapse Lawsuits

    April 16, 2012 7:18 PM EDT MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- The tour manager who was widely credited with saving the lives of country duo Sugarland before a deadly stage collapse at last summer's Indiana State Fair has become a central focus of lawyers seeking millions in damages ...

  23. Backbeat: Blake Shelton Passes 1 Million Twitter Followers, Gets Cake

    April 13, 2012 11:31 AM EDT The Blake Cake: Blake Shelton's cake that he received for hitting the 1 million followers mark on Twitter. (Photo: Warner Nashville) Blake Shelton 's career is on a sharp, upward trajectory, what with his current role as a coach on NBC&# ...

  24. Tim McGraw Cracks Top 10, Lee Brice Scores First No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 13, 2012 6:45 AM EDT (Getty Images) Tim McGraw has competed 46 times in the top 10 on Country Songs, and nearly made it a two-fer this week, as his current solo single "Better Than I Used to Be" enters the upper tier (11-10), and a new duet with Kenny Chesne ...

  25. Keith Urban Gets Surprise Invite To Join Grand Ole Opry

    April 11, 2012 3:56 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Keith Urban was slyly dropping hints about the surprises he had in store at the All For The Hall benefit concert this week, but little did he know the night's biggest surprise was aimed at him. Vince Gill and members ...

  26. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson, one of the most importantand influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Assn. Nelson will be inte ...

  27. Backbeat: Rascal Flatts' 'Changed' Doc Premiere, With Scott Borchetta, Barry Weiss, More

    April 09, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Rascal Flatts themselves, (L-R) Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney attend the 'Changed' movie premiere in Times Sqaure. (Getty Images) Superstar country music trio Rascal Flatts , in conjunction with AEG Live and NCM Fathom , h ...

  28. Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

    April 03, 2012 2:01 PM EDT From left: Musicians Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and TV personality Lee Lakosky participate in the NRA Country ACM Celebrity Shoot Hosted By Blake Shelton at the Desert Hills Shooting Club in South Boulder City, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Gett ...

  29. Web Trends: Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert Win Big at Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 02, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Google Trends: 2. acm awards 2012 - Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosted last night's Academy of Country Music Awards, with Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift winning big. 4. country music awards - The Academy of Country Music Awards were hel ...

  30. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 02, 2012 6:32 AM EDT Kiss with Lady Antebellum at Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards. (Getty Images) The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple ...

  31. Country Star George Jones Remains Hospitalized

    March 30, 2012 9:46 PM EDT A publicist for country star George Jones is knocking down a rumor that he is suffering from pneumonia. Kirt Webster said Friday night that Jones remains hospitalized in Nashville with an upper respiratory infection. He is receiving antibiotics an ...

  32. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win?

    March 29, 2012 6:20 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this Sunday, April 1 with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosting on CBS. This year's categories look to be more competitive than ever. Who has the inside track? We take a look at t ...

  33. Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

    March 28, 2012 8:37 PM EDT Country legend Earl Scruggs died in a Nashville hospital on Wednesday. He was 88. According to The Associated Press, his son Gary said the musician died of natural causes. The banjo player was a bluegrass icon who brought his distinct three-finger ...

  34. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  35. Civil Wars Postpone European Shows Due to Illness

    March 16, 2012 8:49 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars will postpone a piece of its European tour. A news release Friday morning says the delay in shows from March 26 through April 4 is due to a serious illness in the band's immediate fami ...

  36. Bruce Springsteen Surprises Austin Music Awards: Video

    March 15, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen didn't wait until his scheduled events to get into the swing of things at South By Southwest this week. The New Jersey rocker, who's delivering South By Southwest's keynote speech on Thursday, with an "intimat ...

  37. Garth Brooks Among Three Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

    March 06, 2012 1:20 PM EST Country superstar Garth Brooks, singer Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus "Pig" Robbins are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Billboard Partners With 'Stache, Target for Country Music Mini-Mag The announceme ...

  38. Buck Owens, M83 Among Record Store Day Releases

    March 01, 2012 11:55 AM EST With Record Store Day less than two months away, the details of exclusive releases, re-packaged re-issues and creative collections have started leaking out, with much more to come over the next seven weeks. Maybe the most intriguing of the announc ...

  39. Carrie Underwood Premieres New Single 'Good Girl' at Country Radio Seminar

    February 24, 2012 2:43 PM EST (L-R): Kix Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Kristen Kelly, Sara Evans and Jake Owen perform on the Sony/BMG boat cruise. (Photo: Alan Poizner) Carrie Underwood debuted the new single off her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fourth album "Good Girl" ...

  40. Backbeat: Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Gary Overton, More at Country Radio Seminar's Day Two

    February 24, 2012 1:24 PM EST (L-R): Kellie Pickler, Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton, Sara Evans and Headline Country's Storme Warren take in the Sony/BMG Cruise at CRS day two. (Photo: Alan Poizner) Country Radio Seminar attendees had a lot of choices for ...

  41. Backbeat: Martina McBride, Scott Borchetta, Jimmy Harnen Attend Big Machine Showcase At CRS

    February 23, 2012 5:51 PM EST Featured below from L to R: (back) Jay DeMarcus, Chris Thompson, James Young, Joe Don Rooney, Jon Jones, CMT's Brian Phillips, Cherrill Green, and Dean Berner. (middle) Reid Perry, Kimberly Perry, Sunny Sweeney, Thomas Rhett, Gary Levox, Mike ...

  42. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  43. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  44. Sugarland Attorneys: Injured Ind. Fans Share Blame

    February 21, 2012 8:00 PM EST Attorneys for country duo Sugarland said concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in a stage collapse, drawing a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompting the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the fi ...

  45. Willie Nelson Signs With Legacy Recordings, Promises Five New Albums

    February 01, 2012 12:05 PM EST Seven-time Grammy Award winner and country music icon Willie Nelson has signed a deal with Legacy Records to release archived performances and material from his past catalog as well as new tracks, the label announced today. Legacy, the catalog win ...

  46. Billboard Power 100: Scott Borchetta

    January 26, 2012 10:30 PM EST No. 54 Scott Borchetta President/CEO Big Machine Label Group Twitter: @bigmachine Tennessee Titan... When Nashville record executive Scott Borchetta decided in 2005 to strike out on his own, few probably imagined that his fledgling Big Machine Rec ...

  47. Billboard Power 100: Steve Moore

    January 26, 2012 10:06 PM EST No. 61 Steve Moore CEO Country Music Assn. Twitter: @CountryMusic Music City's Main Man... A longtime fixture on Nashville's live music scene, Steve Moore was appointed CEO of the Country Music Assn. in August 2010. No other style-focuse ...

  48. Billboard Power 100: Mike Dungan

    January 26, 2012 9:27 PM EST No. 85 Mike Dungan President/CEO Capitol Records Nashville Twitter: @CapitolNash Flame Thrower... Mike Dungan has Capitol Nashville on a hot streak. "In an incredibly tough environment, and dragging a totally dysfunctional parent company behi ...

  49. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Lead Academy of Country Music Awards Noms

    January 26, 2012 11:58 AM EST Nominations were announced for the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday. Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. Following him in nominations is Jason A ...

  50. Will Oldham Introduces Bonny Billy Gourmet Coffee Blend

    January 25, 2012 4:32 PM EST Will Oldham's Bonny Billy Blend Kona Rose Coffee available on the Drag City label's website. In an age of seemingly endless possibilities for music merchandising, some items still manage to evoke a sense of wonderment, awe and/or even a ...

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