Country music

  1. 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 ...

  2. Eric Church Overtakes Kelly Rowland to Rule Billboard 200

    August 05, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Eric Church picked up his first No. 1 this week when third album Chief debuted atop both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts. But a recent show at Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyo., provided a reality check. "I stepped off the bus ...

  3. Adele Planning To Record Country, Bluegrass Music

    August 05, 2011 7:07 AM EDT British singing sensation Adele may have rescheduled most of her American summer tour because of laryngitis, but the artist did manage to pick up some U.S. influences during the short time she spent singing across the pond. And now she says she pl ...

  4. How Did Eric Church Get a No. 1 Album Without Any Hit Singles? Experts Weigh In

    August 04, 2011 5:55 PM EDT It's fair to say that Eric Church's debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Chief" this week was a little surprising, based on his good-but-not great chart history. The self-defined "bad boy" earned his first ...

  5. National Folk Festival Coming to Nashville

    August 03, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos. But it has music. Lots of it. The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend, caps off several months of major events held here that validate ...

  6. Despite Taylor, Shania, Reba, Carrie, Country Radio Is Where the Girls Aren't

    July 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT To paraphrase George Strait's No. 5-peaking Hot Country Songs hit from 1992, when it comes to the current state of country radio, female artists are about as gone as a girl can get. For a second consecutive week, no songs by women billed as l ...

  7. Johnny Reid Leads 2011 Canadian Country Music Award Nominations

    July 28, 2011 6:30 AM EDT Johnny Reid, who last year sold more albums in Canada than Michael Buble, leads all 2011 Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) nominees with a six nods, it was announced today, July 27. The awards show, celebrating the best in Canadian country music ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. CMA Music Fest Generates a Record $30 Million for Nashville

    June 23, 2011 5:37 PM EDT The 40th annual CMA Music Festival generated approximately $30 million in direct visitor spending for the city of Nashville, according to a press release from the organization. The figure was up from $24 million last year, and $15.5 million in 200 ...

  10. Nashville Music Council Seeks to Leverage City's Vast Music Resources

    June 23, 2011 8:01 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Music City cleaned up at the Grammys. Its artists have topped the charts in multiple genres over the last few years. It's increasingly the destination for A-list entertainers looking for a new home. And Rolling Stone recent ...

  11. Does Shania Twain Single's Big Debut Mean Long-Term Success? Radio Programmer Weigh In

    June 20, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The latest stop on Shania Twain's multi-media comeback blitz: Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The star singer/songwriter ends a six-year hiatus from the survey, as "Today Is Your Day" blasts in as the list's highest d ...

  12. Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Drake, Chaka Khan Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Garth Brooks (left) and Billy Joel teamed up for "Shameless" at the annual Songwriter Hall of Fame ceremony (Photo: Getty) NEW YORK -- The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony always makes for a remarkable evening. It's an unusu ...

  13. Alabama, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow Help Bama Rising Raise Over $2 Million For Tornado Benefit

    June 15, 2011 4:17 PM EDT Bama Rising Bunch: (Back row, L-R) Bo Bice; Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town; J.D. Nicholas, Walter Orange, and William King of The Commodores; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Williams, Eddie Montg ...

  14. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Close Out CMA Fest

    June 13, 2011 9:53 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Special guests and sing-a-longs helped enhance the Country Music Association Music Festival fan experience at LP Field. Taylor Swift closed out the fourth and final night of concerts Sunday with an energetic set that included ca ...

  15. Video: Keith Urban Treats 500 Fans, Execs to 'Get Closer' Tour Rehearsal

    June 10, 2011 3:05 PM EDT "We got a week to get it right - no pressure." Keith Urban struck a deadpan tone after a hitch Thursday at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium at an exclusive show -- well, not a show, really. He opened a rehearsal for his "Get Cl ...

  16. Expanded 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Soundtrack Arriving Aug. 16

    June 09, 2011 8:47 PM EDT An expanded edition of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," the biggest-selling soundtrack of the last decade, will be released Aug. 16. A two-CD set from UMe, the deluxe edition includes 13 songs recorded during original sessions for the film ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum Win Big, Shania Twain Slips at 2011 CMT Music Awards

    June 09, 2011 7:25 AM EDT Ludacris. Jason Aldean. A full arena on its feet waving its hands in the air. The close of the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night was one of the most telling moments in the two-and-a-half-hour show as a veteran rapper joined one of country's bo ...

  19. Willie Nelson to Pay $500 Fine For Marijuana Possession

    June 09, 2011 6:45 AM EDT SAN ANTONIO - When Willie Nelson is on the road again, he will be traveling without a Texas drug charge hanging over his head. A West Texas prosecutor said on Wednesday that the legendary singer and songwriter has pleaded no contest to a misdemean ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Diversity of Country Sound on View at CMT Awards

    June 08, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift joined Shania Twain for their own version of "Thelma & Louise." Justin Bieber induced tears from teenagers as he walked the red carpet with Rascal Flatts. And Hines Ward wore cowboy boots. The CMT Music Awards kicked off ...

  22. Sugarland Reunites Tornado-Affected Joplin Family for CMT Awards: Video

    June 08, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Sugarland will sing an emotional version of their song "Stand Up" tonight on the CMT Awards - and the song will have a special meaning for the Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., whose home was devastated by a tornado last month. Tiffan ...

  23. Video: Kenny Chesney Talks Touring, Music, and Keeping Fans Happy at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 4:40 PM EDT BBCMS Superstar Q&A: Billboard's Ray Waddell (left) interviewing country star Kenny Chesney who, in addition to selling more than a million concert tickets, once worked for a telemarketing company. (Photo: Beth Gwinn) It's hard to be ...

  24. Radio Panel Attributes Success To 'Difficult Times' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 9:39 AM EDT Radio Panel (from left): Skip Bishop, Senior VP/Promotion, Sony Music Nashville; Jon Anthony, Program Director, WSIX Nashville; Jan Jeffries, Senior Vice President, Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc.; Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Radio Networks; Ste ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Keith Urban Honors Tommy Emmanuel at CMA Global Artist Party During Billboard Summit

    June 07, 2011 3:11 PM EDT The performers at the Chevrolet presents CMA Global Artist Party on Monday, June 6 at The Stage on Broadway in Nashville during the 2011 Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Karen Hicks/CMA) After a long, productive day at the Billboard Country ...

  27. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban: Photo Gallery From Day One of the BB Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2011 3:08 PM EDT The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in Nashville kicked off its first day in high style with luminescent country stars (including Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Charlie Daniels), music industry reps from across the count ...

  28. Video: Carrie Underwood Talks Scotty McCreery, the Opry, New Album at Billboard's Country Music Summit Q&A

    June 07, 2011 11:45 AM EDT The Hot Seat: Carrie Underwood (right) interviewed by Billboard's Wade Jessen at the Country Music Summit (Photo: Beth Gwinn) From her beginnings as an American Idol champ to her multi-platinum country success to her recent foray into acting, ...

  29. Billboard Country Music Summit Explores Ways Songwriters Can Thrive in the Digital Age

    June 06, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Digital Domain: Moderator: Tom Roland, Billboard: Barton Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Assn. International (NSAI); Rhett Akins, Songwriter and Artist; and Artist Linda Edell Howard, Entertainment Lawyer, Adams and Reese ...

  30. 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' ...

  31. CMT Music Awards Winners List

    June 04, 2011 12:43 AM EDT Winners of the 2011 CMT Music Awards : Video of the year: Taylor Swift, "Mine." Male video of the year: Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." Female video of the year: Miranda Lambert, "The House That Bui ...

  32. Global Showcases Help Kick-Off Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 02, 2011 2:41 PM EDT Eighteen Country artists representing five different countries were announced for this year's annual Global Events showcases, set for June 6-7 and coinciding with the Billboard/CMA Country Music Summit , which kicks off CMA Music Festival wee ...

  33. Donna Hughes Named Capitol-EMI Nashville's Nat'l Director of Radio Syndication

    June 02, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Donna Hughes will join Capitol/EMI Records Nashville as National Director of Radio Syndication starting June 15. In her new position, Hughes' responsibilities will include national syndication, major contests and special events and coordinati ...

  34. Kellie Pickler to Perform at Billboard Country Music Summit's Closing Party

    May 26, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kellie Pickler, who has enjoyed great success as a BNA/Sony Music Nashville recording artist since her stint as an "American Idol" finalist, will perform at the Billboard Country Music Summit 's closing party on Tuesday, June 7 in N ...

  35. Better Know a Panelist: Julie Talbott of Premiere Radio @ BB Country Music Summit

    May 26, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Julie Talbott is president, content and affiliate relations, for Premiere Radio Networks, a position she has held sine 2009. Talbott leads the operation of Premiere's 90 radio programs and services, and more than 5,000 radio affiliations, whi ...

  36. Better Know a Panelist, Country Music Summit Edition: Average Joe's Tom Baldrica

    May 25, 2011 6:29 PM EDT http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/news/e3i5094e406e415c280ce0f5588547553db was brilliant. BB: What is the most hopeful or positive development you've seen for the music ...

  37. Better Know a Panelist: NS2's Darrin Lashinsky on Country Music Summit's 'Touring Saturation' Panel

    May 24, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Third generation concert promoter Darin Lashinsky left a senior VP post at Outback Concerts last year to launch Nashville-based independent concert promotion company National Shows 2 (NS2) active in several genres, including country. At the Billbo ...

  38. Alabama Returns To Hot Country Songs Summit After 17 Years

    May 24, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Alabama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama last ruled Hot Country Songs with "Reckless" the week of No ...

  39. Tim McGraw Files Counter Suit Against Curb Records

    May 24, 2011 2:52 PM EDT As expected, Tim McGraw has filed a counter suit against Curb Records in response to the breach of contract suit the label filed May 13 relating to McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" album ( Billboard.biz, May 16 ). McGraw's counter ...

  40. Better Know a Panelist, Billboard Country Music Summit Edition: Topspin's Ian Rogers

    May 18, 2011 4:58 PM EDT is a large and healthy niche. BB.biz: Is the relationship and level of cooperation between the various ...

  41. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Others Urge Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The ...

  42. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum to Headline Tornado-Relief Concert

    May 06, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Country music stars Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and the band Lady Antebellum are to hold a concert to raise funds for victims of storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama and nearby states, organizers said on Thursday. Country Music ...

  43. Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean Among First CMT Awards Performers

    May 03, 2011 10:09 PM EDT Country star Jason Aldean is not only the top nominee at this year's CMT Music Awards, he'll also be performing. Fellow nominees Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland are also among the first performers announced for ...

  44. Jason Aldean Leads CMT Music Awards Nominations

    April 27, 2011 12:08 PM EDT The party just keeps rolling for country music star Jason Aldean . Long left out of major award consideration, Aldean's recent tear continued Wednesday morning when he received a leading four 2011 CMT Music Awards nominations. The singer' ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Songs By Captain Beefheart, Al Green, De La Soul, Others Selected For Library Of Congress

    April 06, 2011 2:45 PM EDT An unauthorized recording of a Mort Sahl stand-up concert, Tammy Wynette's polarizing 1968 hit "Stand by Your Man" and Henry Mancini's theme for 1950s TV detective drama Peter Gunn are among the latest sound recordings to be se ...

  47. Miranda Lambert Developing ABC Family Drama Project

    April 05, 2011 6:55 AM EDT On the heels of her four wins at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, country star Miranda Lambert is developing an hour-long drama show for ABC Family, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The project will be based on Lambert's ch ...

  48. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert Top Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 04, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The young women of country ruled The Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night with Taylor Swift winning the prestigious entertainer of the year award and the night's top nominee, Miranda Lambert, taking home a leading four trophies. Sw ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Miranda Lambert On ACM Entertainer of the Year Nomination: 'Surreal'

    April 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Country singer Miranda Lambert has had a great year. Between nabbing Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Assocation Awards and winning her first Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "The House That Built Me,& ...

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