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  1. Scott Borchetta, Big Machine CEO, on AMAs, Taylor Swift's New Songs, 'Nashville's Surprise Success Abroad (Video)

    November 25, 2013 1:35 PM EST Billboard caught up with Big Machine Label Group president and CEO backstage at this year's American Music Awards. Here the label exec discussed Taylor Swift's AMA wins, her growing international fanbase and how she is "on fire" ...

  2. Hurricane Sandy Makes Its Mark on CMA Week

    November 02, 2012 7:39 PM EDT Hurricane Sandy left its mark on Nashville during a week filled with awards dinners and the annual CMA Awards. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. FutureSound will feature keynotes from the top min ...

  3. Grammy's Nominations Concert Heading to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 8:45 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone ...

  4. Business Matters: Pandora Adds 400,000 Listeners in July

    August 06, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Pandora Adds 400,000 In July Pandora increased its monthly active users to 54.9 million in July from 54.5 million in June. Listener hours increased to 1.12 billion -- up 76% year-over-year -- from 1.08 billion. Perhaps most importantly, Pandora re ...

  5. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  6. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  7. Backbeat: CMA Fest Attracts Over 70,000; Blake Shelton, Gary Overton, WME Execs Hang in Press Room

    June 12, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Blake Shelton makes a point during the press conference prior to his performance at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. (Photo: Vernell Hackett) Milder weather and expanded seating at LP Field for the night shows brought in more fans to the CMA Music ...

  8. Backbeat: WSM-AM Co-Sponsors Durango Stage With Gene Watson, Billy Dean at CMA Fest

    June 11, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Gene Watson performs at the WSM-sponsored Durango Acoustic Corner at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. (Photo: Robin Roberts Ladisa) Many radio stations were in Music City over the past few days doing live radio broadcasts from the CMA Music Fe ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Backbeat: What Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney All Share At Country Radio Seminar

    February 24, 2012 4:00 PM EST (L-R): Capitol Nashville COO Tom Becci; Capitol Nashville SVP Marketing Cindy Mabe; Capitol/EMI Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan; Alan Jackson; Capitol/EMI Nashville SVP Promotion Steve Hodges; EMI Nashville VP Promotion Angela Lange and ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Gary Overton

    January 26, 2012 11:33 PM EST No. 98 Gary Overton Chairman/CEO Sony Music Nashville Twitter: @SonyNashville Small Town, Big Business... Following the dynamic Joe Galante as chairman/CEO at Sony Music Nashville was no small task for Gary Overton, who arrived at the company afte ...

  12. Grammy Foundation To Expand Grammy Camp To Nashville

    December 23, 2011 10:15 AM EST The Grammy Foundation today announced that it will be bringing back its summer Grammy Camp program to both Los Angeles, where it has been held for the past seven years, and New York, where it debuted last summer, and will this year expand to inclu ...

  13. Backbeat: Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Engaged to Warner Music's Kelli Cashiola

    December 20, 2011 6:32 PM EST Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood with his fiancee, Warner Music Nashville's Kelli Cashiola (photo: Getty Images) L ady Antebellum guitarist Dave Haywood pulled out all the holiday stops to propose to girlfriend Kelli Cashiola on Monday nig ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Photos: Billboard Pro, Topspin and RootMusic Host Parties in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville

    June 28, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Billboard Digital General Manager George White, RootMusic founder J Sider and Topspin CEO Ian Rogers in NYC (Photo: Jan Ferrer) In the past few weeks, the three up-and-coming musician-servicing sites -- Billboard Pro, Topspin Media and RootMusic - ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. CAA Expands Its Nashville Office

    June 08, 2011 6:43 AM EDT Creative Artists Agency announced a move from its current offices in Nashville's West End to downtown Tuesday. The talent agency will be relocating its 65-person staff into the 23,000 square-foot top floor of the city's SunTrust Plaza af ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Alan Jackson Signs With Capitol/EMI Nashville Records

    March 23, 2011 2:17 PM EDT Country music star Alan Jackson has signed with Capitol Records/EMI Nashville, the label announced today. Jackson's new music will be released as a joint venture between Capitol/EMI Records Nashville and Alan's Country Records, which Jac ...

  21. Country Fans Are Wealthier And More Technologically Savvy Than Expected, Survey Says

    March 04, 2011 11:09 AM EST The music industry and America's mainstream media have long underestimated the country music fan. Apparently, Nashville and country radio programmers do, too. A dual survey of core country consumers' habits and the country industry' ...

  22. Garth Brooks Prepares for Nine-Show Run in Nashville

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST As he prepared to kick off his first of nine sold out shows tonight (Dec. 16) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, which will benefit Middle Tennessee's flood relief efforts, Garth Brooks praised the city's resilience and thanked the c ...

  23. U2 To Play Nashville For First Time In 29 Years

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After announcing additional dates in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico City and South Africa, Billboard.biz confirms that U2 will take its record-breaking 360 tour to Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium on July 2 of next year, the band's first t ...

  24. BACKBEAT: Nashville Toasts Its Greats During The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame joined together to toast Nashville's songwriting giants during the 40th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Inductio ...

  25. Justin Bieber Contributes To Tenn. Flood Relief

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber is proving he's not the only one in his world. He brought his "My World" tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and donated a portion of every ticket sale to Middle Tennessee flood relief. Promoter AEG Live matched ...

  26. Nashville Music Council Sets Goal Of Being Global Music Capital

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Music Council, a 50-person-strong collection of industry leaders, assembled with Mayor Karl Deal on Tuesday to present its goals for making Nashville a global music capital. "Simply put, Nashville has the potential to be the epi ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Billboard Country Summit Publishing Panel Set

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Last week's flood in downtown Nashville will not deter the Billboard Country Music Summit. A half-dozen elite members of Tennessee's music publishing community - including ASCAP VP/managing executive Tim DuBois and songwriter Brett James ...

  30. Country Stars Set For Nashville Benefit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are among the artists who will perform at a benefit to assist victims of the middle Tennessee flooding. The concert was organized by McGraw, Hill, and Coran Capshaw at Red Light Management ...

  31. Grand Ole Opry Stage Was Under 2 Feet Of Water

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry House stage, where country music stars have performed for decades, was under 2 feet of water after it was hit by flooding that tore through Tennessee. That's according to Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin ...

  32. CMA Music Fest To Donate Proceeds Flood Relief

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association is planning to donate half of its net proceeds from the CMA Music Festival to flood relief. The money will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The other half of the proceeds is annually donated to Metr ...

  33. Flooding Hits Grand Ole Opry

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Due to heavy flooding in middle Tennessee, with the Cumberland River reaching the Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Complex, this week's Grand Ole Opry performances have been moved from the Grand Ole Opry House to other Nashville venues. The Tuesd ...

  34. Overton To Be Named Sony Music Nashville CEO

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Nashville will announce Gary Overton as its new CEO this afternoon, sources tell Billboard.biz. Overton, currently EMI Music Publishing Nashville's executive VP and GM, will replace Joe Galante , who announced yesterday that he is ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. EMI Flips Switch On New Nashville Label

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new Nashville imprint dubbed EMI Records Nashville has launched as a sister-label to Capitol Nashville. Singer/songwriter Troy Olsen is the first artist on the roster. His debut album is slated for release later this year. Angela Lange, most rec ...

  37. Business Matters: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness, EMI, Gretchen Wilson

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In an article at the Times about falling recorded music revenue and its impact on new label signings, the potential of streaming music is briefly discussed. U2 manager Paul McGuinness said "falling CD sales can - hopefully - be made up for ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. CMA Chief Tammy Genovese Resigns

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST County Music Association CEO Tammy Genovese, a 24-year veteran of the organization, has resigned from her position, effective immediately. Genovese is widely regarded in the industry as a resourceful and tenacious advocate for country music and it ...

  40. Business Matters: Qtrax, EMI, MySpace Music, Grand Ole Opry

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax is reported to have hired CLSA, a brokerage firm, to help it raise an additional $50 million . The company, the creator of an ad-supporte ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Nashville's WSM To Debut 'Live From The Loveless'

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country music station WSM 650-AM is bringing "Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Café" to the airwaves. The weekly show will highlight Nashville's rich musical history and harken back to WSM's live music programming heyda ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Paradigm Expands Christian Footprint With Third Coast Deal

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paradigm has acquired Christian music booking agency Third Coast Artists Agency, and will incorporate it into the firm's Nashville office. Third Coast president Mike Snider will bring his entire team and roster into the Paradigm Nashville fol ...

  45. Business Briefs: Live Nation, AEG Live, Twitter, Brite Revolution

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Brite Revolution was profiled by The Tennessean and is worth reading about. The Nashville-based startup, starting with funds in the mid-six figures, offers subscribers downloads, videos, interviews and performance news for $4.99 per month. The ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Sara Evans To Publish Her First Novel

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Sara Evans will publish her debut novel with Nashville-based publisher Thomas Nelson later this year. She has signed a four-book deal with the publisher. The novel is the first in a series and will release in conjunction with a new ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Five Exit Sony Nashville

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST While there's no official word from the label group, Billboard.biz has learned that five employees of Sony Nashville have been laid off. Those affected include RCA Nashville director of media Lori Genes; Columbia Nashville associate director ...

  50. Belmont To Host Country Showcase

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Nashville's Belmont University will host the 2009 Country Showcase on Feb. 21. The 7 p.m. show will be held in the campus' Curb Event Center. The show will include performances ...

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