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  1. Web Trends: Johnny Otis, 'Godfather of R&B,' Dies at 90

    January 19, 2012 4:40 PM EST Google Trends: 10. Travis Barker - Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker threatens legal action over leaked nude photographs 12. Merle Haggard - Country singer Merle Haggard is hospitalized with pneumonia and had to cannel the rest of his tour dates. 14 ...

  2. Jay-Z and Beyonce Join the History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 12:17 PM EST Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Miley Cyrus, Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Osbourne, Lisa ...

  3. Blake Shelton Returns to Co-host Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire

    January 10, 2012 9:45 PM EST Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards. The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Veg ...

  4. Backbeat: Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Engaged to Warner Music's Kelli Cashiola

    December 20, 2011 6:32 PM EST Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood with his fiancee, Warner Music Nashville's Kelli Cashiola (photo: Getty Images) L ady Antebellum guitarist Dave Haywood pulled out all the holiday stops to propose to girlfriend Kelli Cashiola on Monday nig ...

  5. State of Indiana Settles With Victims of Sugarland Stage Collapse

    December 19, 2011 9:59 PM EST The state of Indiana has settled with 63 of 65 claimants following the Aug. 13 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, which killed seven Sugarland fans in attendance. Of the $5 million in compensation available to victims, all but $2,000 has be ...

  6. The Year In Country: Country Fans Log On

    December 08, 2011 8:50 AM EST Observers and advertisers have generally viewed country consumers as behind the curve in their consumption of digital media. But after a landmark 2011, it may be time to retire that perception. As of early November, sales of digital country albums ...

  7. Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Win Big at American Country Awards

    December 06, 2011 8:00 AM EST While talking to Billboard.com last week about the American Country Awards, host Trace Adkins was quoted as saying "You're going to get some interesting outcomes, I think." Those turned out to be very prophetic words, as Jason Aldea ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Ricky Skaggs Drummer Found Dead Before South Carolina Show

    November 30, 2011 11:10 AM EST A drummer for Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs was found dead in the band's tour bus before a planned performance at Clemson University. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley says 62-year-old Thomas Roady of Kingston Springs, Tenn., ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. How Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Auto Lubricant Put Neal McCoy Back On The Country Charts

    November 29, 2011 6:00 PM EST After an absence of five-and-a-half years from the Hot Country Songs chart, Texas-born Neal McCoy is No. 55 with a bullet this week with his comeback single, "A-OK," produced by and featuring the vocals of one of country's hottest m ...

  12. Rick Ross, Common, Lupe Fiasco To Honor Grandmaster Flash at Grammy Noms Concert

    November 28, 2011 4:45 PM EST On Wednesday (Nov. 30), a handful of today's hottest rappers will pay tribute to one of hip-hop's most memorable songs, "The Message," at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night.&qu ...

  13. iHeartRadio Festival -- Featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas -- Airing on VH1 Thanksgiving Weekend

    November 17, 2011 11:35 AM EST The two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival put on by Clear Channel Radio last September in Las Vegas will come to TV in the form of a two and a half hour special debuting Thanksgiving weekend on VH-1. The special will premiere on Wednesday November 23 ...

  14. Rihanna, Band Perry & Usher Added to Grammy Concert

    November 16, 2011 2:00 PM EST The star power keeps on growing for the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with the announcement Wednesday (Nov. 16) that Rihanna , The Band Perry and Usher will all be performing. Previously announced acts include Lady Gaga , Sugarland , Ludacris , ...

  15. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Brothers of the Sun' Stadium Tour

    November 14, 2011 9:54 AM EST Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Real Special' Stadium Tour By Ray Waddell Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who famously toured together in the early 2000s, will reunite for the 19-date Brothers of the Sun stadium tour, beginning J ...

  16. Backbeat: Trace Adkins Loves Dogs, So Choosing Waggin' Tails Winner Was Easy

    November 14, 2011 6:33 AM EST Trace Adkins (right of center) and the Waggin' Train jingle contest finalists. Trace Adkins (right) and Waggin' Train contest winner Dewey Longuski. Trace Adkins has loved dogs since he was a kid, so choosing the winner of the Waggin ...

  17. At Warner Music Nashville's Post CMA Awards Party, Blake Shelton, Lady A, John Esposito Revel Until The Wee Hours

    November 10, 2011 3:26 PM EST From left: Starstruck Management Group's Brandon Blackstock, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, John Oates, Warner Music Nashville President & CEO, John Esposito, Red Light Management's Will Botwin, Starstruck Management Group� ...

  18. Miranda Lambert Makes 'Record' Start on Country Charts As First Four Albums Debut At No. 1

    November 10, 2011 2:00 PM EST When it comes to Billboard chart history, Miranda Lambert couldn't have picked a better title for her latest album, "Four the Record." The singer becomes the only artist in the almost 48-year history of Billboard's Top Country ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Taylor Swift, The Band Perry Win Big at 2011 CMA Awards

    November 09, 2011 11:56 PM EST It was a mix of old favorites and new blood at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, as many acts on the show claimed their first trophies. The first award of the night was proof of this, as Republic Nashville's The Band Perry, th ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. BMI Country Awards Honor 'Peach Pickers' Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins; Bobby Braddock, Sony/ATV

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST The night's big honorees gather for a photo at the 2011 BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Pictured are (l-r): Songwriter of the Year Rhett Akins, 2011 BMI Icon Bobby Braddock, and Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson. (Photo by Jason Kempin/ ...

  23. Aldean, Chesney, Paisley, Shelton or Urban: Who Will Win CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award?

    November 08, 2011 4:09 PM EST The male vocalist category at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards is stacked with titans of (the music) industry, but only one guy can win it. To get you ready for the big show (Wednesday night at 8/7c) The 615 is offering our pick, a ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Keith Urban to Undergo Throat Surgery

    November 03, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Keith Urban will undergo a minor throat surgery later this month to remove a polyp from his vocal chords, it was announced on Thursday. The out-patient procedure will require the Australian country star to spend an undetermined amount of time on v ...

  27. Ricky Skaggs Wins Big at 2011 Inspirational Country Music Awards

    October 31, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Faith, family and country music were celebrated Friday night (Oct. 28) at the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky Skaggs was the evening's top winner, claiming the Enter ...

  28. Americana Music Awards: Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons Honored

    October 14, 2011 12:16 PM EDT While historically Robert Plant and Nashville might not go hand in hand with each other, the legendary Led Zeppelin front man and Music City were pretty good for each other Thursday night (Oct. 13), as he picked up a top album nod at the 10th Annu ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Karen O Covers Classic Country Song For Chipotle Ad (Watch)

    October 13, 2011 6:20 AM EDT Giant-burrito-peddling fast-food chain Chipotle, which eschews most advertising, appears to have settled, for the moment at least, on a content strategy: Wrapping up healthful, anti-industrial-farming propaganda in lightly branded music videos tha ...

  31. Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    October 11, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Taylor Swift, the biggest selling album artist over the past 12 months, is Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year. Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to ...

  32. Boxcars, Gibson Brothers, Steve Martin Win Big at International Bluegrass Awards

    September 30, 2011 9:20 AM EDT The Boxcars, The Gibson Brothers and Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers were the top winners at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Assn. (IBMA) Awards, held last night at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. "It was incredib ...

  33. Johnny Wright, Country Music Pioneer, Kitty Wells' Husband, Dead at 97

    September 28, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Johnny Wright, a country music pioneer who had hits as a singer in the duo Johnnie and Jack and guided the career of his wife, Kitty Wells, died early Tuesday. He was 97. Close family friend Eddie Stubbs said Wright died of ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Dwight Yoakam Returns to Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Dwight Yoakam has returned to Warner Music Nashville -- his first major-label home -- after a decade elsewhere. Yoakam debuted on the Top Country Albums chart in 1986 with "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc," which spent two weeks at No. 1. ...

  36. Backbeat: George Jones Turns 80 With Star-Studded Nashville Bash

    September 20, 2011 6:15 AM EDT Nancy Jones, George Jones and singer/songwriter Travis Tritt celebrate at George Jones' 80th birthday party at Rippy's Bar & Grill on Sept. 13, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images) A packed house of artists, ...

  37. Backbeat: The Gourds Celebrate Vanguard Records Debut Album At L.A. Release Party

    September 16, 2011 12:53 AM EDT "This is the biggest night of our career," Gourds accordionist/keyboardist Claude Bernard joked early on during the alt-country band's album release party at Los Angeles' Echo on Sept. 13. But the ear-to-ear smiles on concertgo ...

  38. Last Call With Carson Daly Kicks Off With Greek Theatre Shows; David Guetta, Game, Kreayshawn To Guest

    September 15, 2011 2:31 PM EDT NBC's music-oriented talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" will kick off its 11th season on Sept. 20 with performances filmed this summer at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Performances from last week's concert headlined by Thiever ...

  39. Backbeat: Lady Antebellum Celebrates 'Own the Night' LP Release with Fan Club Show in NYC

    September 14, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum celebrated Tuesday's release of their third studio album, "Own the Night," with an intimate performance that night for fan club members, EMI execs and industry VIPs at New York's Irving Plaza ...

  40. Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Terri Clark Big Winners at 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards

    September 14, 2011 1:24 PM EDT Toronto has been abuzz with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which ends Sept. 18, but over the weekend a 45-minute drive west in Hamilton, ON, the Canadian country music industry was having a hoot for the four-day Canadian Country Mu ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. George Strait Scores 84th Hot Country Songs Top 10 With 'Here for a Good Time'

    September 05, 2011 1:44 PM EDT George Strait climbs closer to Eddy Arnold's record for most top 10s in the 67-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Here for a Good Time" rises 11-9. The song is Strait's 84th top 10 on the tally, a sum ...

  45. Kenny Cheseney Reschedules Concert In Advance of Hurricane Irene

    August 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT A Kenny Chesney concert scheduled for this weekend in New England has been rescheduled for safety reasons. Chesney was to perform Sunday at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium but will instead appear at the same venue on Friday. The U.S. National Hurr ...

  46. Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks To Be Inducted Into Nashville's Songwriters Hall of Fame

    August 22, 2011 5:09 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country superstars Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks are among the newest inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. They join Allen Shamblin, John Bettis and Thom Schuyler as the 2011 inductees. Jackson has written o ...

  47. No Janet Jackson at Indiana State Fair, Maroon 5 Plan Benefit Show

    August 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT There will be no Janet Jackson or Lady Antebellum concerts at the Indiana State Fair this week. Fair officials announced Monday that both have been canceled in the wake of the tragedy at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand on Saturday, when a hulk of s ...

  48. Sugarland Concert Stage Collapse: An Eyewitness Report

    August 14, 2011 7:10 PM EDT Moments before winds estimated at 60 to 70 mph knocked over the stage framework and lighting rig at the Indiana State Fair , award-winning country duo Sugarland were getting ready to perform their headlining set and holding their traditional pre-s ...

  49. Eric Church, Zac Brown Bringing 'Authentic Country' to Charts -- Will Others Follow?

    August 09, 2011 12:45 PM EDT A thoughtful look at Billboard's country charts might suggest there's a storm brewing. On the Country Songs chart dated Aug. 13, Zac Brown Band earned its sixth straight No. 1 single -- a feat no group has accomplished since Restless Hea ...

  50. Marshall Grant, Longtime Johnny Cash Bandmember, Dead at 83

    August 08, 2011 4:32 PM EDT Marshall Grant, a longtime member of Johnny Cash's original backing band, The Tennessee Two, died in Arkansas after falling ill after rehearsing for a concert to raise funds for the restoration of Cash's boyhood home. He was 83. Memorial ...

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