Country music

  1. Strait, Paisley, Chesney, Sugarland, Underwood Take Top CMA Honors

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite standout performances by the Eagles and Kid Rock (with Lil Wayne in tow), the night belonged to traditionalists as George Strait and Brad Paisley came away the big winners at the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards, held tonight ( ...

  2. John Williamson Up For Six Golden Guitars

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran John Williamson and the ARIA-winning husband and wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are among the best-placed nominees leading in to the 37th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, details for which were revealed today (Nov. 12) ...

  3. Beathard, Swift, Hank Jr., Sony ATV Big Winners At BMI Country Awards

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Casey Beathard, Taylor Swift, Hank Williams, Jr., and publisher Sony/ATV were the big winners at the 56th Annual BMI Country Awards, which were held Tuesday night (Nov. 11) at the performing rights organization's Music Row offices in Nashvill ...

  4. Reba McEntire Signs With Valory Music

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville and signed with the Valory Music Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move reunites 2007 Billboard Woman of the Year McEntire with Scott Borchetta, now p ...

  5. Kidman, Jackman Join CMA Line-up

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman will present an award together during the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards, which airs live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC. The two internationally kno ...

  6. Bright Named To Word Post

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran producer and music publishing executive Mark Bright has been named president and CEO of Word Entertainment. He succeeds Jim Van Hook, who decided to retire after more than 30 years in the faith-based music industry. Bright will oversee Nas ...

  7. Sugarland's Nettles Launches 'Common Thread'

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, the Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers and singer/songwriter Amos Lee will team for a series of concerts titled "Common Thread," which is billed as "an exciting musical event compri ...

  8. Stagecoach Snags Kid Rock, Reba, Paisley, Chesney

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kid Rock, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney will headline the third Stagecoach Country Music Festival, to be held April 25-26 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Tickets for the event, which is produced by Goldenvoice, the Messina Gr ...

  9. Miley, Billy Ray To Appear On “Good Morning America,” CMA Awards

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Miley Cyrus, star of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," and her father, television co-star and duet partner Billy Ray Cyrus, will perform on ABC’s "Good Morning America” on Wednesday, Nov. 12. They are also scheduled to present ...

  10. McEntire To Host ACM Awards For 11th Time

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Reba McEntire will host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 11th time in 2009. The 44th annual show will take place April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air on CBS. Meanwhile, an event honoring Geor ...

  11. Queen + Paul Rodgers 'Rocks' Virtual World

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood Records and Universal Music have called upon Vivaty to create a virtual world listening party for the new Queen + Paul Rodgers album "The Cosmos Rocks." The company, which specializes in creating social virtual scenes, has buil ...

  12. Witherspoon To Present At CMA Awards

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Actress Reese Witherspoon, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk The Line," is the first presenter announced for the 42nd Annual CMA Awards. Meanwhile, nominees Rodney Atkins and Kellie Pickler have been ...

  13. Andrews First Artist For Carolwood Records

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jessica Andrews, who first broke on the country scene as a 15-year-old in 1999, is the first artist signed to recently launched Carolwood Records, a sister imprint to Nashville's Lyric Street Records. Andrews, who previously recorded for the ...

  14. Kenny Chesney Gets 'Lucky' At No. 1

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney ropes his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lucky Old Sun" bows atop the list with 176,000. Over on Top Country Albums, it's the singer's eighth chart-topper . . . Last week's No. 1, T.I.'s &quo ...

  15. Skaggs, CrossCountry The Band, Isaacs Lead Pack At ICM Awards

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "We can't hide it under a bushel! An organization like this is a great way to do what you do and take it out into the world," Ricky Skaggs says of country artists being recognized for sharing their faith at the 14th annual Inspirati ...

  16. Eagles, Kid Rock, Wailers Added To CMA Lineup

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who still refers to the genre as "country and western" will get a surprise when they tune in to the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 12. The Eagles, Kid Rock, the Wailers, Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum join the ...

  17. EverGreen Acquires Sidney Lawrence Catalog

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EverGreen Copyrights has acquired the Sidney Lawrence back catalog from veteran bluegrass songwriter/performer Sidney Cox. As part of the deal, EverGreen will administer the songs and additionally signed Cox to a publishing deal for new works goin ...

  18. Taylor Swift Lines Up 2009 Trek

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT TMG/AEG Live will produce the upcoming Taylor Swift tour, set to begin in early 2009 and hit secondary markets, Billboard.biz has learned. While Swift has performed headlining shows, it's her first tour as a headliner. Houston-based TMG/AEG L ...

  19. ASCAP Honors McEntire, Jackson, Berg

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country's top songwriters and music publishers were honored tonight (Oct. 13) as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) celebrated those who wrote the most performed country songs of the past year. The 46th annual A ...

  20. Dailey & Vincent Win Big At Bluegrass Music Awards

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New duo Dailey & Vincent dominated the 19th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, which were held last night (Oct. 2) at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent took home an unprecedented seven awards ...

  21. Lambert Debuts Video On Radio Web Sites

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Miranda Lambert premiered the video for her latest single, "More Like Her," exclusively online for 48 hours on country radio station Web sites. The online run began Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 3 on Web sites controlled by v ...

  22. Vause Rises At BNA Records

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BNA Records senior director of media Wes Vause has been named to the newly created position of VP of media for the label. He continues to report to Allen Brown, VP of media for parent Sony BMG Nashville. The eight year company veteran will continu ...

  23. Paisley, Underwood To Co-Host CMA Awards

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reigning Country Music Association male and female vocalists of the year Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 12. In addition to their hosting duties, Paisley and Underwood will also perform. Previously ...

  24. Chesney, Strait, Sugarland Among CMA Performers

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are the first performers announced for the the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, which will be held Nov. 12 in Nash ...

  25. CMA Endows ‘Words & Music’

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association has endowed a $1 million gift to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music” program. “Words & Music,” one of eight educational programs that the museum currently offers to area schools, is des ...

  26. Morgan To Join Grand Ole Opry

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Craig Morgan has been invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The invitation came from Opry member John Conlee, who surprised Morgan at a special concert for U.S. troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. (Morgan w ...

  27. Nashville Music Industry To Build Senior Community

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville music industry has announced that it will build a $95 million continuing-care senior living community to be located in historic Franklin, Tenn. The Crescendo at Westhaven, the first senior living community to be owned by the music in ...

  28. Hank Jr. To Receive BMI Honor

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hank Williams Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization’s 56th annual Country Awards, which take place Nov. 11 at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizes the pa ...

  29. McEntire To Receive ASCAP Honor

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country singer Reba McEntire, who was named Billboard’s woman of the year in 2007, will be honored with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award during the 46th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards ceremony, set for Oct. 13 at Nashville's legenda ...

  30. Opry Star Charlie Walker Dies

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker died this morning (Sept.12) in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, Tenn. Walker, 81, had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Connie, as well as 10 children: Ronnie, Cindy, A ...

  31. Chesney, Strait, Sugarland Lead CMA Noms

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, while George Strait and duo Sugarland each nabbed five nominations with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles picking up a sixth for song of ...

  32. Sony Expands Karaoke Game To Country Music

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Computer Entertainment America will release a country version of its long-running karaoke video game franchise SingStar in October. Previous U.S. versions of the game have covered genres ranging from pop, rock and children's music while ...

  33. Doc Walker Wins Big At CCMAs

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian group Doc Walker cleaned up during the broadcast portion of the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards in Winnipeg tonight, taking home the top prize for single, album, group and video. The band—made up of singer Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasy ...

  34. Jessica Simpson To Make Opry Debut

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pop star turned country hopeful Jessica Simpson will make her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, Sept. 6. The segment, which will also include performances from legend Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless and newcomer Crystal Shawanda, will be televised on ...

  35. Hiatt, Berg, Shapiro Head To Hall Of Fame

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hit writers Matraca Berg ("Strawberry Wine") and Tom Shapiro ("Wink") and musical trailblazer John Hiatt will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) this fall. The formal induction will come at the 39t ...

  36. Singer-actor Jerry Reed Dies

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died of complications from emphysema at 71. His longtime booking agent, Carrie Moore-Reed, no relation to the star, said Reed ...

  37. Inside Little Big Town's Move From Major To Indie And Back Again

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A year after country group Little Big Town released its third album, "A Place to Land," via Nashville-based independent Equity Music Group, it will be rereleased—with four additional cuts and new artwork—Oct. 14 on Capitol Nashville. &qu ...

  38. Crow, Matthews Rock Democratic Convention

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singing at the Democratic convention, Sheryl Crow dedicated her song "Strong Enough" to Barack Obama and then added a twist to the lyrics for the occasion. "Are you strong enough to be my man, or my president?" Crow sang to her ...

  39. Cash To Rich: Use Of Father's Name Is 'Appalling'

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rosanne Cash is tired of people using her late father's name to further their own political agenda. "It is appalling to me that people still want to invoke my father's name, five years after his death, to ascribe beliefs, ideals, va ...

  40. Koch, Charlie Daniels Renew Deal

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Koch Records has renewed a catalog label services deal with Charlie Daniels and his label, Blue Hat Records. The new five-year, worldwide deal includes more than 10 of Daniels' catalog titles. Releases covered under the deal include “Songs Fr ...

  41. Dailey & Vincent Lead IBMA Nominees

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dailey & Vincent, the duo who burst onto the bluegrass scene just last year after years in supporting roles for other artists, lead all comers with 10 nominations for the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be held Oct. 2 ...

  42. Pickler, Brandt, Bamford Join CCMA Line-up

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kellie Pickler and multiple Canadian Country Music Association Award nominees Paul Brandt and Gord Bamford join the line-up of performers on the CCMA Awards Sept. 8 in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, multiple CCMA Award winner Michelle Wright and legendary s ...

  43. Simon Segues To Stroudavarious

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Derek Simon, who as previously reported is exiting Equity Music Group after serving as GM and interim president, joins recently launched Stroudavarious Records as VP of marketing and artist development. After working in New ...

  44. Cash 'Folsom Prison' Box Set To Feature Unreleased Material

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new three-disc CD/DVD box set that features unreleased material from Johnny Cash's legendary 1968 concerts at Folsom State Prison in California will be released Oct. 14 via Columbia/Legacy. Disc one of the forthcoming "Johnny Cash At F ...

  45. Rascal Flatts, Swift To Announce CMA Nominees

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift will announce final nominees for the 2008 CMA Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from ABC's "Good Morning America" studios in New York. Meanwhile, rising stars Lady Antebellum and James Otto will join CMT& ...

  46. Former Sugarland Member Sues Remaining Members

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kristen Hall, who exited Sugarland in late 2005, is suing remaining members Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles for $1.5 million. According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on July 29, Hall was to get a cut of the group's p ...

  47. Wipperman Claims Presidency At Equity

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music Row veteran Tim Wipperman, who has served as chief creative officer since 2004, has been named president of Nashville-based independent Equity Music Group. Wipperman, who spent 29 years at Warner/Chappell Music, assumes the role from exiting ...

  48. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Tom Joyner, Johnny Cash, Living Legends

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Jennifer Hudson and Al Green will headline concerts for the 2008 Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Among other performers set for the Labor Day weekend event at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center are Eri ...

  49. ACM To Fete Honorees, Off-Camera Winners At Special Event

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the first time ever, the Academy of Country Music will officially fete its special honorees and off-camera winners from the annual ACM Awards at a separate event. Martina McBride will host the first official Academy of Country Music Honors on ...

  50. Aussie Country Pioneer Reg Lindsay Dies

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the founding fathers of Australian country music, Reg Lindsay, has died aged 79 after a long illness in Newcastle, in New South Wales. Lindsay died yesterday (Aug. 5) after a long period of ill health. He had been hospitalised since 2003 af ...

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