Darius Rucker

  1. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Ke ...

  2. Demi Lovato Tops Hot Tours with $3M from South American Trek

    May 09, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Demi Lovato heads the list of touring artists in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from the South American leg of her Neon Lights tour. A North American trek kicked off the tour, beginning on Feb. 9 in Vancouver and hitting ...

  3. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label home, Republic Nashville, to new heights. YEAR-END CHARTS:  Top Country Art ...

  4. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 10, 2013 11:02 AM EDT Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist in country music last year, and it was no surprise that the singer likewise enjoyed a big morning on Tuesday, as nominations were announced for the 47th Annual Country Music Ass ...

  5. Darius Rucker Signs with CAA

    July 22, 2013 4:02 PM EDT Darius Rucker, the '90s alt-rock leader of Hootie and the Blowfish who has become a massive success story in the world of country music, has signed with CAA, it was announced today in a statement from the agency. CAA will represent Rucker & ...

  6. Bonnaroo Backbeat: Jack Johnson Talks Filling In For Mumford, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos on Maintaining His Falsetto

    June 14, 2013 8:32 PM EDT Jack Johnson was still a few hours away from Manchester, Tenn., to play a surprise set at Bonnaroo with his Brushfire Records act ALO on Thursday night (June 13) when he got the call. Mumford & Sons had just canceled their headlining Saturda ...

  7. Big Time Rush, 'Man of Steel' Soundtrack Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 14, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Time Rush's new "24/Seven" album could sell around 45,000 copies by ...

  8. Daft Punk Scores Second Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 05, 2013 11:04 AM EDT Daft Punk's Random Access Memories holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, as the set shifts another 93,000, copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's down 73% in its second week, a not alarming sophomore frame decline ...

  9. Alice in Chains, Little Mix and John Fogerty Bound For Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 31, 2013 8:22 PM EDT Rock band Alice in Chains is set for its highest charting album since 1995 as "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" might start in the No. 2 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album might sell around 6 ...

  10. Chart Moves: The Doors' Sales Surge, 'Fast 6' Soundtrack Drives In, David Crowder Band's Latest Top 10

    May 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Daft Punk barged in at No. 1 with "Random Access Memories," selling 339,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It led a debut-filled top four, where Darius Rucker, the ...

  11. Blake Shelton's Oklahoma Tornado Benefit Concert Raises $6 Million

    May 31, 2013 6:50 AM EDT Organizers of a televised benefit concert say they raised more than $6 million in pledges and ticket sales to help people in Oklahoma trying to recover after a deadly tornado last week. A spokeswoman for the United Way of Central Oklahoma report ...

  12. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, More Support Oklahoma at Tornado Benefit Concert

    May 29, 2013 10:40 PM EDT "Everyday people are the ones who are making miracles / And it's beautiful," Reba McEntire sings on the chorus of "Everyday People," her 2007 duet with Carole King. On Wednesday night (May 29), as McEntire performed th ...

  13. Daft Punk Leads Debut-Filled Top Four On Billboard 200

    May 29, 2013 11:01 AM EDT Led by Daft Punk at No. 1, the entire top four on the Billboard 200 are debuts this week. The dance/electronic duo’s new Random Access Memories launches at atop the tally with 339,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As reported last nigh ...

  14. The National, Darius Rucker Heading for Top 3 Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 24, 2013 4:58 PM EDT Rock band the National is aiming for its best sales week ever -- and perhaps highest-charting album -- with its new  Trouble Will Find Me album. The set should arrive at No. 2 on next week's Billboard 200 chart, with perhaps 70,000 sold -- ...

  15. Chart Moves: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Set R&B/Hop-Hop Record; Darius Rucker Rolls To Country Summit

    April 04, 2013 6:51 PM EDT As previously reported , Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, logs a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Imagine Dragons ("Radioactive") and Ariana Grande ("The Way") stor ...

  16. Country Radio Seminar Closes Day One at Grand Ole Opry with Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town

    February 28, 2013 10:31 AM EST In the 87-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, the show has only gone on the road on a few occasions, with Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center being among the exceptions for the historic WSM-AM radio show, which broadcasts every Friday and Saturda ...

  17. Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management

    January 22, 2013 6:43 PM EST Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients. Best know ...

  18. Carla Wallace

    November 28, 2012 6:50 PM EST Co-owner/GM, Big Yellow Dog Music Hits With Bite It has been a huge year for Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/GM Carla Wallace. The independent publishing company has enjoyed a hot streak of country hits, including "Drunk on You," which top ...

  19. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  20. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Award Nominations

    September 05, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Eric Church grabbed five nominations for this year's CMA Awards -- including nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief , and three nominations for hit song "Springsteen -- to lead all artists, with husband and wife ...

  21. Colt Ford, Joss Stone, and Sixpence None the Richer

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT COLT FORD "Declaration of Independence" Producers: various Average Joe's Entertainment Release Date: Aug. 7 This Athens, Ga.-based songwriter got a huge boost last year when two songs he co-wrote topped Billboard's Hot Country ...

  22. Publishing Briefs: Downtown Goes Country, pigFACTORY Signs Tesla, BMG Looks Global

    June 29, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Downtown Music Publishing moves into country and musical theatre music publishing with the signing of Dave Berg and the songwriting duo of Joe DiPietro and Dave Bryan, who is also the keyboard player for Bon Jovi. Berg, who has received multiple s ...

  23. Carrie Underwood Wins Top Prize at CMT Music Awards

    June 07, 2012 7:56 AM EDT The CMT Music Awards proved to have something for everyone, with 80s rockers to the Presidential candidates getting air time during Wednesday night's telecast. Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the show had enough to keep fans -- at home ...

  24. Life After The Voice: The Future Plans For The Final Four

    May 09, 2012 1:01 PM EDT "It doesn't really matter who wins these things," said Carson Daly on the Red Carpet following the season two finale of The Voice as he discussed the future careers of the show's top four finalists. "We all know they all d ...

  25. Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

    April 03, 2012 2:01 PM EDT From left: Musicians Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and TV personality Lee Lakosky participate in the NRA Country ACM Celebrity Shoot Hosted By Blake Shelton at the Desert Hills Shooting Club in South Boulder City, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Gett ...

  26. It's Official: Mike Dungan Appointed Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville

    February 29, 2012 12:42 PM EST As Billboard.biz exclusively reported last week, Mike Dungan -- no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- has been appointed chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville Entertainment, the company announced in a statement ...

  27. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  28. Billboard Power 100: Mike Dungan

    January 26, 2012 9:27 PM EST No. 85 Mike Dungan President/CEO Capitol Records Nashville Twitter: @CapitolNash Flame Thrower... Mike Dungan has Capitol Nashville on a hot streak. "In an incredibly tough environment, and dragging a totally dysfunctional parent company behi ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. BACKBEAT: Darius Rucker, Keith Urban And More Perform For Capitol's Third Annual Street Party

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thousands of fans and Nashville taste makers packed Demonbreun Street near Music Row in Nashville on October 13 for the third annual “Capitol Street Party.” PHOTOS: ANN-MARIE HENSLEY The free and open to the public music event offered up performan ...

  31. Lil Wayne's 'Human Being' Leaps 16-1 on Billboard 200

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 exclusively from download sales, its CD release pushes it to No. 1 in its third chart week. The set moves from No. 16 to No. 1 with 125,000 sol ...

  32. Discs Drive Lil Wayne's 'Human' 16-1 on Billboard 200

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 exclusively from download sales, its CD release pushes it to No. 1 in its third chart week, selling 125,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Da ...

  33. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out in New York on Nov. 4. The awards - which honor artists, tours, venues, and li ...

  34. Stadium Entertainment Readies CD To Benefit Fisher House

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Previously released tracks by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley will be included on "My Country: Smash Hits," a country music compilati ...

  35. UMPG Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Darius Rucker

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Darius Rucker, who has established a successful solo country music career aside from his Hootie & the Blowfish fame. The deal encompasses all of his ...

  36. VIDEO: Exec Steve Hodges On Keys To Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker's Success

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Capitol/EMI Nashville senior VP of promotion Steve Hodges took part in the a panel discussion about the changing face of country radio at this year's Billboard Country Music Summit. In this after-panel exclusive video, Hodges discusses the ke ...

  37. Bon Jovi Comes Full 'Circle' At No. 1

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi collects its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as the band's new "The Circle" swoops in with 163,000 copies. It's the follow-up to "Lost Highway," which also started atop the list back in 2007 . . . Jus ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Michael Jackson: Still King

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The King of Pop is still the king of the Billboard charts. The Top Comprehensive Albums chart that is, where his "Number Ones" set reigns yet again (114,000). The set has now become the second-biggest-selling album of the year and has Ta ...

  40. Kelly Clarkson Conquers Billboard 200 With Second No. 1 Album

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson bows atop the Billboard 200 with her second No. 1 album, "All I Ever Wanted," shifting 255,000. It's her fourth album overall, but her first chart-topper since her "Thankful" debut in 2003 . . . Other big ar ...

  41. Fray Makes Way With First No. 1 Album

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Fray nabs its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its self-titled album flies in with 179,000. Other top debuts on the chart this week come in the form of Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire," Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' "Lon ...

  42. Metallica Holds At No. 1, Ne-Yo Arrives In Second

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's "Death Magnetic" retains the No. 1 slot for a second week on the Billboard 200 while new arrivals from Ne-Yo, Nelly, Darius Rucker, DJ Khaled and Buckcherry all start in the top 10 . . . In Progress Reports, we've g ...

  43. Hootie Delays Summer Tour

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hootie & the Blowfish is again delaying the start of its summer tour as lead singer Darius Rucker recovers from a staph infection in his left knee. Rucker has undergone three surgeries to clear the infection and is still trying to rehabilitate ...