Country music

  1. Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift To Perform At CMA Awards

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 43rd annual Country Music Association awards will offer fans one of the last chances to see Brooks & Dunn before they split next year. The popular duo joins a star-studded lineup, including all five entertainer of the year nominees, schedu ...

  2. Tyminski Wins Top Bluegrass Awards

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dan Tyminski won two top awards Thursday night at the 20th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, including male vocalist of the year for the fourth time. The duo Dailey & Vincent won best entertainer for the second straight year and com ...

  3. Fourth Next Big Nashville Fest Set For October

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Proving there’s more to Nashville than country music, the fourth annual Next Big Nashville Music Festival and Conference runs October 7-10 and expands upon the growth of the previous years. Industry panels, which are set on topics ranging from dir ...

  4. Toby Keith Voted Songwriter/Artist Of The Decade

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country music star Toby Keith has been voted songwriter/artist of the decade by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Keith will be honored Oct. 18 for his hits "Courtesy of the Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)," & ...

  5. Johnny Reid Wins 5 CCMA Awards

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ontario singer Johnny Reid took five awards, including male artist of the year, at the Canadian Country Music Association awards in Vancouver last night (Sept. 13). Reid's other wins included video of the year, fans' choice award, songwr ...

  6. Brad Paisley Leads CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to ...

  7. Wynette To Join Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The late Tammy Wynette will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony on Oct. 18. Wynette, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who died in 1998, co-wrote her signature song "Stand By Your Man" an ...

  8. 'Idol' Finalist Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It took him a bit longer than his fellow contestants, but "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey has landed a record deal. The 29-year-old Wisconsin native -- who finished third on the show behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert -- has inked ...

  9. Chesney, Swift, Sugarland To Appear On ABC special

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Highlights of this summer's CMA Music Festival will air Monday (Aug. 31) on ABC, with performances by Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Reba McEntire, Kid Rock and many more. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night ...

  10. Paisley, Underwood Return As Hosts Of CMA Awards

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return as co-hosts of the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville this fall. The CMA said that both singers possess the humor and timing needed to host the three-hour show, which airs live on ABC Nov. 1 ...

  11. Brooks & Dunn Call It Quits After 20 Years

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn are done. The best-selling country duo posted a message on its Web site Monday saying they've agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. "This ride has been everything and more than we ...

  12. 1 Dead, 75 Injured In Canada Stage Collapse

    August 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers on Sunday canceled the closing day of a country music festival in central Alberta a day after a fierce thunderstorm caused an outdoor stage to collapse, killing one person and injuring about 75 others. Thousands of fans were camped out ...

  13. Johnny Reid Leads Canadian Country Music Nods

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Reid leads with six nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, while George Canyon followed up with five nods for the show, which is scheduled for Sept. 13 in Vancouver. Reid nominations include single of the year, album ...

  14. Kathy Mattea, Hot Rize To Host 20th IBMA Show

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Kathy Mattea and bluegrass band Hot Rize will co-host the 20th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) on Thursday, October 1, at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. "Kathy Mattea and Hot Rize are a perfect fit as our ...

  15. Martina McBride Preps American Tour With Rare U.K., Irish Dates

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country mainstay Martina McBride is preparing for her first concerts in the United Kingdom and Ireland for some 15 years. The star tells Billboard.biz that the dates will pave the way for a yet-to-be-announced American tour in November. McBride, w ...

  16. The Billboard Q&A: Scott Borchetta

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Scott Borchetta signed then-15-year-old Taylor Swift to his fledgling Big Machine Records label in 2005, the former DreamWorks Nashville executive ignored the prevailing view that teen acts don't work in the adult-oriented country format ...

  17. Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley Win Big AT CMT Awards

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift opened the Country Music Television awards with a skit about living out her dreams. The 19-year-old country and pop sensation went a long way toward doing just that by winning video of the year and female video of the year for "L ...

  18. Booking Agent Kevin French Joins Paradigm

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bigshot Touring Artists founder/owner Kevin French has joined Paradigm as a music agent. French, who founded Portland, Ore.-based Bigshot, will begin working at Paradigm's New York office on June 15. As part of the move, French will bring his ...

  19. Briefs: Best Buy, Live Nation, CAA

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Over half of consumers surveyed for the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Survey said they have cut down on out-of-home entertainment. Only 20% said they planned on keeping that spending down. In October, 40% of respondents said they would del ...

  20. Universal Republic, Big Machine Team For Nashville Label

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Republic and Big Machine Records have teamed for a new Nashville imprint dubbed Republic Nashville. The imprint will be stationed on Music Row and will use the combined resources of Big Machine Universal Republic. Big Machine and Univers ...

  21. Johnny Cash Remix Set Gets U.K. Release

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An album featuring remixed interpretations of Johnny Cash classics, "Johnny Cash Remixed," will be released in the U.K. June 15 through Edel entertainment's international rock label earMusic. The set was released in the U.S. Oct. 14 ...

  22. Eminem Leads For Second Week With 'Relapse'

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Relapse" easily holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 211,000 in its sophomore frame. Last week it bounded in atop the list with 608,000 . . . The top 10 welcomes new albums from Marilyn Manson, W ...

  23. Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell Join Hall Of Fame

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in an at times emotional ceremony that saluted them for their music as well as their contributions to bringing the genre to a mass audience t ...

  24. GreenLight Adds Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash To Rights Roster

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT GreenLight has been named as the exclusive third-party licensor representing the personality rights of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The move marks the Los Angeles-based intellectual property company's major foray into music. Under terms ...

  25. Bentley, Brooks & Dunn Honored For Overseas Work

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country artists Brooks & Dunn and Dierks Bentley have been honored by the Country Music Association for promoting the genre overseas. Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn) and Bentley won the CMA international artist achievement award ...

  26. Country Music Singer Vern Gosdin Dies In Nashville

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country singer/songwriter Vern Gosdin, known as "The Voice" for his distinctive tone and heart-wrenching way with a lyric, died Monday night (April 27) in Nashville following a recent stroke. He was 74. Born in Woodland, Ala., Gosdin ...

  27. Rascal Flatts Proves 'Unstoppable' On Billboard 200

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Wade Jessen, Gary Trust; Editorial Director: Silvio Pietroluongo Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "U ...

  28. Carrie Underwood Wins Country Music's Top Award

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year at the 44th Academy of Country Music awards, securing her status as country's hottest star on a night that felt like a changing of the guards. Underwood became only the seventh woman in 39 ye ...

  29. Sony/ATV, Granada Developing TV Series

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country songs can sure tell stories. Now the TV production company Granada America wants to make some of those stories into a series of one-hour TV dramas. The film-producing duo of Mark Roberts and Lorena David ("Strangers With Candy," ...

  30. McEntire, McBride Announced For CMA Fest

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, reigning Country Music Association new artist of the year award winner Lady Antebellum, country star Trace Adkins, rising star and "Dancing with the Stars" sensation Julianne Hough and rising star Miranda ...

  31. Hough, Owen, Zac Brown Top ACM New Artists

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Julianne Hough, Jake Owen and Zac Brown Band have been named top new female vocalist, top new male vocalist and top new vocal duo or group, respectively, by the Academy of Country Music. The three winners are now nominees for the top new artist aw ...

  32. Taylor Swift Among ACM Top Album Nominees

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Things just keep getting better for Taylor Swift: Besides having the No. 1 album in the country, she's been nominated for album of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Swift joins George Strait, Jamey Johnson, Carrie Underwood and ...

  33. Judd Returns To 'Can You Duet'

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Naomi Judd will return to the judging panel for the second season of CMT's "Can You Duet," the weekly music competition series from "American Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America. Among last season's contestan ...

  34. Bug Music Pub, Murrah Music Sign Catalog Deal

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bug Music Publishing has acquired a portion of Murrah Music and its associated catalogs, while hiring its founder Roger Murrah as senior VP, overseeing the company's Nashville operation. In addition to directing the overall objectives of Nash ...

  35. Montage Music Group Reorganizes

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based independent label Montage Music Group is being reorganized. Montage, owned by Illinois-based holding company Hedgewood International, is home to Little Texas, Andy Griggs and the Road Hammers, among others. Allen Butler, the former ...

  36. Paisley, Newfield Lead ACM Nominations

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Country superstar Brad Paisley leads the pack of Academy of Country Music Award nominees with six nods, it was announced today during a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. But perhaps the most surpr ...

  37. CMT Brings Back 'Can You Duet'

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST CMT is bringing back its hit 2008 show "Can You Duet", which is produced by FremantleMedia North Amercia, the same company that handles "American Idol." "Can You Duet," which scored the highest rates series premiere e ...

  38. Clark, Mandrell, McCoy Headed To Country Hall

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a medallion ceremony this spring. The announcement was made by the Country Music Assocation at the downtown Nashville HOF today (Feb. 4). Clark, ...

  39. Skaggs To Re-Issue '80s Hit Albums

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs will re-issue his landmark 1980s country albums through his own Skaggs Family Records, Billboard.biz has learned. Through a licensing arrangement with Sony Music, Skaggs will release "Highways & Hea ...

  40. Chambers, Nicholson Sweep CMAA Awards

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Husband-and-wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson were the big winners at Saturday night's Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA), where they converted all five of their nominations. The duo's chart-topping album "Rattlin&# ...

  41. CMT Awards Set For June

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The CMT Music Awards, which honor the best country music videos, will take place June 17. While the location has not yet been revealed, the show will be broadcast live on CMT and CMT.com . Host, venue and ticket information will be announced at a ...

  42. Primary Wave Buys Tennessee Ernie Ford Catalog

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Primary Wave has purchased the publishing interest in the Tennessee Ernie Ford catalog that has reverted to the late singer's estate, Tennessee Ernie Ford Enterprises. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In total, the Primary Wave deal take ...

  43. Urban, Bentley To Perform At Daytona

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Country superstar Keith Urban will perform at the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show at Daytona International Speedway, on Feb. 15. Urban is set to perform three of his eight Billboard No. 1 songs prior to the 51st annual Daytona 500 - the season-opening e ...

  44. Merle Haggard Sues Environmental Group

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Country star Merle Haggard has sued an environmental awareness group, claiming it illegally used his name and likeness to raise money. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Chancery Court against the Green Train, a Nashville-based organization, and it ...

  45. Swift To Appear On 'SNL'

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift, who ended 2008 as the top selling artist with just over 4 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, will kick off 2009 as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Swift will join host Neil Patrick H ...

  46. Nashville Indie Equity To Close Its Doors

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Equity Music Group, the Nashville-based independent label that launched with much hope in 2003 under co-founder and flagship artist Clint Black, is suspending operations. The label is currently home to Black, Laura Bryna, Kevin Fowler, Carolina Ra ...

  47. Bicycle Acquires Majority Interest In Raul Malo Catalog

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Bicycle Music Company has acquired a majority interest in Raul Malo’s Rumbalo music catalog, which includes hits recorded by The Mavericks and Malo’s solo performing and songwriting career. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The catalog inc ...

  48. Foster Signs With Sea Gayle

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hit songwriter Radney Foster has signed with Nashville publisher Sea Gayle Music. The company was founded in 1999 by songwriters Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers and Brad Paisley and has scored 20 No. 1 hits in its first decade. "I have been a fan ...

  49. Broken Bow Partners With Holeshot

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based independent Broken Bow Records has formed a joint venture with the newly-launched Holeshot Records. The label's first signing is singer/songwriter Krista Marie. A native of western New York state, her first single, "Somet ...

  50. Clark, Stacey Exit Nashville Major Labels

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Country star Terri Clark has decided to go the indie label route and has thus exited Sony Nashville's BNA Records. "As you all know, I have been struggling over the past couple of years at trying to find and write songs to finish an albu ...

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