Country music

  1. Country Songwriter Hank Cochran Dead At 74

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold, has died. He was 74. Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hender ...

  2. Hill, McGraw-Led Flood Benefit Raises $2.2 Million

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Rising benefit concert led by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw has raised over $2.2 million for flood victims in middle Tennessee. The total came from sold-out ticket sales, donations and sponsorships. It will be distributed through the Com ...

  3. Country's Biggest Stars Out For CMA Music Festival

    June 11, 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 . Country music’s biggest stars are mostly working for free this week as the CMA Music Festival ...

  4. VIDEO: Blake Shelton Talks The '6-pack,' Miranda Lambert and more

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Blake Shelton talks with Billboard.biz at the Billboard Country Music Summit about his upcoming "6-pack" album, if he'll stick with this format, thoughts on one of Miranda Lambert's biggest hits and more. For mor ...

  5. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CMT Awards host Kid Rock will be a keynote at the upcoming Billboard and Adweek Music & Advertising event, which runs June 15-16 in New York. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it ag ...

  6. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock will be a keynote at the upcoming Billboard and Adweek Music & Advertising event, which runs June 15-16 in New York. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of th ...

  7. PHOTOS: Live At The Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 07, 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 . Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Big Kenny, Gary Allan and the country music biz w ...

  8. Full Coverage: Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country's Biggest Stars Out For CMA Music Festival June 11, 2010 Country music’s biggest stars are mostly working for free this week as the CMA Music Festival has the genre catering heavily to the brand’s ultra-core fans. VIDEO: Digital Strat ...

  9. Gary Allan Joins Billboard Summit

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gary Allan has signed on as a panelist at the inaugural Billboard Country Summit June 7-8 at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Allan joins a group of live-talent executives for “Country Road,” sponsored by Bridgestone Arena and moderated by Billbo ...

  10. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: William Morris Endeavor's Rob Beckham

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Rob Beckham Title: Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Panel: Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? Tues. (June 8) 11:30am – 12:30pm. For more info visit billboardevents.com . Who is the one upcoming country artist to keep an eye on and why ...

  11. Husky, Sherrill Inducted Into Country Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two men who often felt like outsiders in Nashville, even as they took country music to new heights, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday (May 24). Ferlin Husky and Billy Sherrill were responsible for dozens of No. 1 hits and ...

  12. Martina McBride Expected To Sign With Morris Artists Management

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Martina McBride is expected to sign a management deal with Morris Artists Management, with president Clint Higham as responsible manager. Morris Artist Management is affiliated with the Front Line Managment group and Higham also manages Kenny Ches ...

  13. Martina McBride Set For Billboard Country Music Summit Keynote

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping RCA recording artist Martina McBride will be the June 7 keynote Q&A at the first annual Billboard Country Music Summit in Nashville. Billboard senior chart manager Wade Jessen will conduct the Q&A session. The Billboard Count ...

  14. Stars Help Raise Over $1.5 Million For Tenn. Flood Relief

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country music singers Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum joined other entertainment stars Sunday (May 16) in performing and answering phones to help raise more than $1.5 million for flood relief for Tennessee. "If there is a silver ...

  15. Opry House Stripped To Foundation For Repairs

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Grand Ole Opry House has been stripped to its concrete foundation as workers try to repair damage from flooding about two weeks ago. The stage, including a historic six-foot circle of floorboards from the old Ryman Auditorium stage, has been r ...

  16. Aldean, Lady A, Swift And Underwood Lead CMT Noms

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Four of country music's hottest acts lead the nominees for the CMT Music Awards. Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood each received three nominations when finalists were announced Tuesday (May 11). Ten other acts r ...

  17. ACM Awards Show Eyeing A Move To Texas

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Academy of Country Music is eyeing the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for its 2012 awards show, which would make it the first trophy ceremony presented in a venue of that magnitude. The stadium, which is able to accommodate as many a ...

  18. Flood Update: A Check On Nashville's Venues

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sally Williams, GM of the Ryman, says that famed venue is unscathed, and a sold out Goo Goo Dolls show was moved from Sunday to last night. “We didn't have a full house, but the enthusiasm of the folks that were there was inspiring,” Williams ...

  19. Nichols Grabs Third No. 1, First Since 2005

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Up 2.3 million audience impressions, traditional stylist Joe Nichols gets his third No. 1, and first in more than four years, as "Gimmie That Girl" (Show Dog-Universal) advances 3-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs. With 33.9 millio ...

  20. ACMs Too Interactive?

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The April 19 Academy of Country Music Awards will go down in history books as the year that (a) Carrie Underwood became the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice, (b) Lady Antebellum ended Rascal Flatts' seven-year run as top vocal ...

  21. Lady Antebellum Wins Five ACM Awards, Underwood Repeats Entertainer of the Year Win

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Top-selling trio Lady Antebellum were the dominant winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, grabbing five trophies, including song and single record of the year for crossover hit Need You Now, while also snapping Rascal Flatts ...

  22. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift In ACM Spotlight

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With all due respect to the leading men of country, this year's Academy of Country Music Awards looks like it's going to the gals. Carrie Underwood can make history as the first woman to win two entertainer of the year awards when the st ...

  23. Country Briefs: Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jewel and More

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- With his H2O world tour set to sail May 21, Brad Paisley anchors this year’s AquaPalooza Signature Event in Lake Travis near Austin. Sea Ray Boats, which is co-sponsoring his tour, booked the 2010 water show for July 10. An estimated 35,000 peo ...

  24. ACM Awards Don't Just Stay In Vegas

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air April 18 from Las Vegas on CBS, but the ceremony is merely the biggest piece in a massive scheduling puzzle. Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Billy Currington and John Fogerty are among the lat ...

  25. Indie Publisher Ole Acquires Nashville's Blacktop Group

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadian independent music public ole has announced the acquisition of the publishing catalog of Nashville's Blacktop Music Group. The catalog contains approximately 4,000 songs from the likes of writers Marty Dodson, Jimmy Yeary, Gary Lloyd, ...

  26. Aldean, Lady A, Sugarland Lead CMT Nominations

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Sugarland each are up for four CMT Music Awards. Six other country music acts received three nominations apiece. CMT announced eight nominees in most categories Monday and fans can vote at the network's Web s ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Country Music Impresario Johnnie High Dead At 80

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Johnnie High, a north Texas country music showman who gave such performers as LeAnn Rimes and Boxcar Willie their early exposure, has died at the age of 80. High's daughter, Luanne Dorman, says her father died Wednesday after battling heart d ...

  29. @SXSW: Music Fest Kicks Off With All-Star Country-Blues Jam

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A day before its official start, this year's music portion of the South By Southwest festival got rolling on Tuesday (March 16) with an all-star country-rock and blues bash at La Zona Rosa celebrating Asleep at the Wheel leader and Texas musi ...

  30. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum. Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Miran ...

  31. Country Music Hall Of Fame 2010 Inductees

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four men who helped push country music to new audiences will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Producer Billy Sherrill, crossover pioneers Ferlin Husky and Jimmy Dean, and top-selling singer Don Williams will be inducted into the Ha ...

  32. Kenny Rogers To Mark 50 Years In Music On TV

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Country music veteran Kenny Rogers is marking 50 years in the music business with a star-studded TV special. "Pretty courageous, isn't it?" Rogers, 71, said in a phone interview, laughing. "The whole idea is to get together wit ...

  33. Grammys Preview: Who Will The Post-Grammys Sales Winners Be?

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Grammy Awards provide a major sales boost to a handful of artists each year and the big winners can typically expect five to eight weeks of heightened sales after the show’s broadcast. The artists who benefit the most? It’s always mix of award ...

  34. Troy Cassar-Daley Hits Six At Oz Country Awards

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australian singer/songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley was the big winner at the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards, collecting no fewer than six trophies. Organized by the Country Music Assn. of Australia (CMAA), the annual "Golden Guitar" awards g ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Toby Keith Merges Label With Universal, Signs Adkins

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Toby Keith merged his Show Dog Nashville with Universal Records South and celebrated by signing a new artist to the label — Trace Adkins. Adkins made a surprise entrance at Wednesday's press conference to announce the Show Dog-Universal Music ...

  37. Alan Jackson's 'Train' Coming March 30

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Country star Alan Jackson's new album "Freight Train" (Sony Music Nashville) is set for release March 30. The 12-song album was produced by longtime collaborator Keith Stegall and features eight songs with Jackson's writing cre ...

  38. 2 of 3 Dixie Chicks Returning With New Music

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two members of the Dixie Chicks - minus lead singer Natalie Maines - are preparing to release a new album this year. According to CMT.com, sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison are working on a project to be released on Columbia Records. Howeve ...

  39. Ole, Chris Wallin Sign Deal

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ole, the Toronto-based independent music publisher, has concluded a catalogue acquisition and multi-year, worldwide, co-publishing deal with hit songwriter, Chris Wallin. The catalog includes hits such Wallin penned songs as Toby Keith's &quo ...

  40. Jack Cooke, Bandmate of Ralph Stanley, Dead At 72

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST A longtime bluegrass bass player and singer with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys has died. Jack Cooke was 72. According to a press release Wednesday from Morris Public Relations, Cooke died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown of Norton, Va. ...

  41. Wynonna, Naomi Reuniting The Judds In 2010

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Wynonna says that the Judds -- she and her mother, Naomi -- are up for "everything" in 2010, when she tells Billboard.biz that the duo will work in some capacity. "We are 'in talks,' so there's nothing that's bee ...

  42. Taylor Swift Boosts Ratings For CMA Awards

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's clean sweep of the Country Music Assn. (CMA) Awards helped the broadcast reach its biggest audience in four years, according to preliminary figures. The three-hour show averaged 16.8 million viewers for ABC on Wednesday, up fro ...

  43. Keith Urban Snags 4 CMAA Nominations

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST International Australian country singer Keith Urban plays second fiddle to New South Wales-based part indigenous singer songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley in the finalists of the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards. When the nominees were announced in Sydney ...

  44. Taylor Swift Makes CMA history

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST It's been Taylor Swift's year, and Wednesday was her night as she became the youngest person and the first solo female act in a decade to win the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award. Swift won all four awards f ...

  45. Powell Tops SESAC Awards

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Monty Powell was the big winner at Monday night’s SESAC’s 2009 Nashville Music Awards as he took home the songwriter of the year award. Powell was also the recipient of song of the year for “Sweet Thing,” a No. 1 hit for Keith Urban. Powell earned ...

  46. Paisley Focused On Duties, Not Noms At CMA Awards

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley is up for seven trophies at Wednesday's (Nov. 11) Country Music Association Awards, but his duties as co-host with Carrie Underwood and performer will keep his attention elsewhere. He welcomes all distractions. "It's a ...

  47. Taylor Swift Wins BMI Award For Top Song

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift started what could be an interesting week with her second straight song of the year award at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, where Kris Kristofferson was honored as an icon. Swift won for her song "Love Story" at the ce ...

  48. Carolwood Records Shutters

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The year-old Carolwood Records venture has closed and staffers Dave Collins, Trudie Daniell, and Stephanie Keshe, will exit the company according to a release from Lyric Street/Carolwood Records president Randy Goodman. Carolwood senior promotion ...

  49. Cracker Barrel To Offer Alan Jackson Collection

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will offer the Alan Jackson Collection, a 40-plus piece assortment of lifestyle items created in conjunction with Jackson, beginning Nov. 2. The collection features menswear and womenswear, food items, collectibles ...

  50. Tammy Wynette Gets Posthumous Honor

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted hit songwriters Kye Fleming and Mark D. Sanders and late country music icon Tammy Wynette during the organization's 39th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, held Oct. 19 at ...

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