Nashville

  1. All-Female Bands Shaping Up as the Next Hot Trend in Country Music

    April 07, 2016 2:51 PM EDT Looking for the next emerging trend in country music? We have two words for you: girl groups. A slew of all-female trios and quartets are in various stages of development in Nashville, including Runaway June , which has already landed a label deal ...

  2. Music Health Alliance Puts Bandage on Industry Wallets in Nashville: 'What We Do Is Not Sexy, But It's So Needed'

    November 18, 2015 10:48 AM EST When Chris Stapleton won three Country Music Association Awards and got tongues wagging about his electrifying performance with Justin Timberlake , much of Nashville's music industry was excited -- a talented guy was getting his due, and it m ...

  3. Nashville Briefs: Warner/Chappell Snags 'Drink to That All Night' Songwriter; Cumulus Radio Launches New Country Countdown Show

    April 22, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Billboard's Tom Roland rounds-up all the big moves and shakes happening in Nashville and the wide world of country music radio. Songwriter Lance Miller signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music . His credits include Jerrod Niemann & ...

  4. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own imprint, Gwendolyn Recor ...

  5. Garth Brooks to Finally Go Digital at 'a Stupid Price'

    July 10, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Besides the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville  to release his new album, the big news from the country superstar's press conference for music ret ...

  6. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT 7 2.586 k 32 2 Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of retirement and looking to reclaim the top dog title for the curr ...

  7. What Taylor Swift Failed to Mention In Her Poptimist Op-Ed

    July 09, 2014 1:47 PM EDT It's not every day a music superstar pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and covers a variety of topics in nearly 1,200 words. At a time many artists fret the industry is crumbling, Swift's piece brims with optimism. Taylor Swift ...

  8. Spirit Music Group Aquires Nashville-Based Cal IV Entertainment

    July 08, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has acquired Cal IV Entertainment, a Nashville-based indie music publisher, production and artist management company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move gives Spirit Music a presence in Nashville and will see Cal IV ...

  9. Vanderbilt Buys Sony Music Nashville Headquarters (Report)

    July 03, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Officials with Vanderbilt University say the school has purchased the Sony Music Nashville building on Music Row in Nashville, near Vandy's campus.  Vanderbilt officials say administrative staff who work in leased office space surrounding cam ...

  10. For Actors Who Want To Sing, Country Airplay Is Difficult To Obtain

    June 29, 2014 10:46 AM EDT The country format has seen an influx in recent years of artists who gained fame for their acting work, then turned their attention to a music career. With one notable exception, they’ve largely found the doors at country radio closed tight, despi ...

  11. Cindy Mabe Named UMG Nashville President

    June 12, 2014 7:44 PM EDT One of the top marketing executives in country music has added presidential stripes to her impressive résumé. Cindy Mabe has been promoted to president of Universal Music Group Nashville, which consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Na ...

  12. Del Bryant, Music's Royal Son, Looks Back Ahead of His Retirement

    June 09, 2014 2:45 PM EDT His mom and dad wrote The Everly Brothers' classics, but Del Bryant built his own legacy among songwriters at BMI. This is an extended version of an article first published in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . It's one thing to ...

  13. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:42 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming f ...

  14. Dave Grohl Talks Risky Foo Fighters Album, HBO Project, More

    May 26, 2014 9:09 AM EDT If Dave Grohl is gunning for the title of rock's top overachiever, he is well on his way. Since forming Foo Fighters in 1995, he has churned out seven albums that have sold a combined 11.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan; he ...

  15. Kevin Neal on Leaving Buddy Lee for WME: ‘Time To Move On’

    May 15, 2014 11:25 AM EDT Kevin Neal’s resignation as president of venerable independent Nashville booking agency Buddy Lee Attractions to become a partner at William Morris Endeavor’ s Nashville office may have occurred at "hyper speed," as Neal puts it, but ne ...

  16. Big Machine, Cumulus Partner on New Nash Label, Events Business (Updated)

    May 14, 2014 9:10 AM EDT Radio giant Cumulus Media and country house Big Machine Label Group have announced a partnership around the Cumulus-borne brand Nash. The companies will launch a new record label Nash Icons and live events business. All 68 Cumulus-owned Country st ...

  17. America's Largest Record Plant Expands Thanks to Vinyl Boom – But It's Never Been in Trouble (Q&A)

    May 07, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Vinyl obviously isn't going anywhere any time soon... but did it ever? United Record Pressing, the busiest vinyl pressing company on the globe (and the very same that recently helped Jack White break a world record ) is expanding. The Nash ...

  18. How Keith Whitley's Conflicted Legacy Spawned an 'Authentic' Country Revival

    May 06, 2014 1:02 PM EDT When NBC launched the current season of The Voice on Feb. 24, one of the stunners was a performance of “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The singer was Jake Worthington, a Texan who got three of the four coaches to turn their chairs around and compete to n ...

  19. Gary Haber, 68, Entertainment Industry Business Manager, CPA

    April 09, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Gary Haber, an entertainment industry business manager and CPA who divided his time between Los Angeles and Nashville died April 7 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 68. Founder and president of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference ...

  20. Will Music Save 'Nashville'?

    April 09, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The struggling drama has an imminent three-city concert tour and fourth soundtrack as ABC hopes to convert listeners into viewers. It’s a toss-up whether "Nashville" will return to Nashville. Just two months ago, the hourlong soap set in ...

  21. African American Music Museum on Track to Be Built in Nashville

    April 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Construction on the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville could start as early as next year. Project leaders told The Tennessean the construction will be one component of a larger redevelopment on the site of the old Nashville Con ...

  22. Jack White to Create World's Fastest Released Record for Record Store Day

    April 03, 2014 6:17 PM EDT Jack White will attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-ever released record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind to mark Record Store Day, April 19. The indefatigable promoter, who once released a record by drop ...

  23. Scott Borchetta, Chris Stacey on the Relaunch of Dot Records, Big Machine's Latest Imprint

    March 24, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Chris Stacey, former senior VP of promotion for Warner Nashville, set up shop at his new office down the street on Music Row last Friday -- as head of the revamped Dot Records, inside Big Machine’s global headquarters. As the first executive to ...

  24. Former Stealing Angels Twins Transition from Stage to Behind the Curtains as Promoters

    March 17, 2014 4:59 PM EDT In the seven years they spent trying to launch their band, the members of country trio Stealing Angels developed some solid relationships with radio programmers. So when the group’s Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Wayne were looking to make a caree ...

  25. Inside the Ears of SiriusXM Country Programmer John Marks

    March 17, 2014 4:49 PM EDT When country record label execs tell the tales of how their songs became hits, two words are nearly always part of the story: John Marks. SiriusXM’s senior director of country programming is not only thought to have some of the best ears in the bu ...

  26. Neil Young's Agenda: Jack White Project, Second Book, 'Full-Blown Orchestra' Album

    March 12, 2014 5:10 PM EDT After a successful launch for his PonoMusic service and player this week from South By Southwest -- doubling its Kickstarter launch goal for player pre-orders in less than 24 hours -- Neil Young is readying for the release of some other new proje ...

  27. WME Partnering for Six Country Festivals

    February 20, 2014 9:52 AM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, a founding partner in Lollapalooza, is building its portfolio in the festival sector with investment in six new strategic alliances in the country music fest space, Billboard.biz has learned. Much of WME’s a ...

  28. 'The Ellis Island of Music Row': ASCAP Nashville's Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan on 100 Years (Q&A)

    February 11, 2014 4:28 PM EST Brad Paisley owes a big piece of his bank account to the vision of Victor Herbert. Herbert was a symphony conductor who lobbied Congress to have the copyright laws strengthened in 1909, only to wander into a restaurant and hear one of his songs be ...

  29. Country Executives on the Lack Of Female Artists at Radio

    February 06, 2014 4:27 PM EST With evidence continuing to mount that Nashville has a shortage of successful female artists right now, you might expect that Music Row has a corresponding lack of females in the executive ranks. You'd be wrong. While it's true that fewe ...

  30. William Morris Endeavor Launches Christian Music Division in Nashville

    January 23, 2014 2:23 PM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has announced that it will launch a new Christian music division based in the talent firm’s Nashville office.  WME’s Christian division will be headed up 20-year music industry veteran Mike Snider, who previou ...

  31. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley: Judge Allows Lawsuit Claiming They Stole Song

    December 04, 2013 4:06 AM EST Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are suddenly facing a very serious lawsuit after a federal judge in Nashville refused on Tuesday to dismiss a songwriter's claim of having her song stolen to create the duo's pla ...

  32. Jack White's Third Man Records Thanksgiving Turkey Drive: Donate, Get a 7" Single

    November 17, 2013 9:26 AM EST Jack White and Third Man Records are getting into the holiday spirit this Thanksgiving. The record label has teamed with the Nashville Rescue Mission to hold a turkey drive this month. According to a post on Third Man's website, White and c ...

  33. Anatomy of a Hit: Craig Campbell’s ‘Outta My Head’

    November 15, 2013 1:04 PM EST A single’s chart history is measured in weeks and milestones, but never in beards. So when Craig Campbell’s “Outta My Head” began what ultimately became a marathon journey up the Country Airplay chart, it was funny -- at first -- when one of the ...

  34. Deborah Evans Price Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 08, 2013 1:06 AM EST Acclaimed freelance journalist and author Deborah Evans Price has been feted with the 2013 Country Music Assn (CMA) Media Achievement Award.  A long-time contributor to Billboard Magazine, Price received the accolade during the 47th Annual CMA A ...

  35. Country Labels Revive Two Forgotten Arts: Artist Development—And Patience

    November 07, 2013 8:20 PM EST There are still periodic examples of record companies going one and done with an artist—as in, dropping them from the roster after just one failed single. But country music labels notably appear to more often to be playing the long game of late, ...

  36. A Look Back at Key Milestones at the CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 8:46 AM EST Here's a look at some key moments in the history of the Country Music Association Awards, which honor the best of the country music (the 47th annual CMAs air on Wednesday night). - 1967 : The first CMA Awards were not televised. It is bille ...

  37. George Strait, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 12:23 AM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the ...

  38. George Strait Wins Entertainer of the Year

    November 06, 2013 11:59 PM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Country Music Association Awards paid tribute to the past, present and future, giving George Strait his third entertainer of the year trophy on Wednesday while also awarding a quartet of 20-somethings who are helping ...

  39. Dean Dillon, Hunter Hayes, Rodney Clawson, Sony/ATV Among BMI's 2013 Country Awards Honorees

    November 06, 2013 3:56 AM EST Songwriter Dean Dillon penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career in Nashville and several of those artists honored him as the newest BMI Icon at the 61st BMI Country Awards in Nashville. BMI Count ...

  40. George Strait, Josh Kear, Warner/Chappell Among ASCAP Country Music Award Honorees

    November 05, 2013 12:56 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4th in the Grand Ballroom at Nashville’s newly opened Music City Center.  ASCAP Country Music Awards -- Photo Gal ...

  41. Keifer Thompson, 'Cruise,' Magic Mustang Among SESAC’s 2013 Nashville Music Awards Winners

    November 04, 2013 10:45 AM EST SESAC, honored the songwriters and music publishers at its annual Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  SESAC's Nashville Music Awards -- Photo Gallery Keifer Thompson, who performs with c ...

  42. Anatomy Of A Hit: Tyler Farr’s ‘Redneck Crazy’

    November 01, 2013 3:38 PM EDT Not since Dixie Chicks’ 1999 hit “Goodbye Earl” has a country song been as reviled by mainstream media—yet beloved by country radio and fans—as Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” But while the Chicks’ song stalled at No. 13, Farr’s hit recently ascen ...

  43. Warner Music Nashville's Virtual Record Player Promotes Blake Shelton at CMAs

    October 31, 2013 11:23 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The folks at Warner Music Nashville are showing they know how to get your attention. And this time of year, it's all about attention, with the County Music Association Awards being presented next week. This includes ...

  44. Why So Few Female Stars In Country Radio? Theories Abound

    October 24, 2013 1:18 PM EDT For a format that primarily targets women, country radio is playing surprisingly few female artists these days. Equally surprising is how few women there are behind the scenes making programming decisions, as detailed here  last week. This week, ...

  45. Backbeat: Kentucky Headhunters, Chris Janson and Jaida Dryer Bring the Noise to the Int'l Entertainment Buyers Assoc.

    October 23, 2013 11:54 AM EDT Performing at the Bobby Roberts Co. showcase at the International Entertainment Buyers Assn. in Nashville today were the Kentucky Headhunters , Chris Janson and Jaida Dreyer . Pictured from left (above) are the HeadHunters’ Greg Martin (who told ...

  46. Country Songwriters Find the Fast Track to Radio in Technology

    October 15, 2013 1:53 PM EDT The great songwriters in country music history had one very basic way to create a song: Sit down with a guitar, a pen and a sheet of paper; find some words or a melody; then frame them with the right chord structure. There were exceptions, of co ...

  47. Taylor Swift Sets Songwriting Record

    October 08, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Taylor Swift has set a record with the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The organization announced Tuesday that it would name Swift as its songwriter/artist of the year. This is her sixth win, beating out five-time winners Vince ...

  48. AC Entertainment Opens Nashville Office

    October 01, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Concert promoter and festival producer AC Entertainment, co-founder and producer of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., has opened a Nashville office.   Nina Miller has been named director and will head up the Nashville ...

  49. Zac Brown, Kacey Musgraves on Confronting Country Music’s Image Problem

    September 19, 2013 3:52 PM EDT 7 1.187 k 71 3 0 Like every genre of music, country has its fans and its detractors. But when those detractors include some of the format’s own hit-making artists, country might well be grappling with an image problem even as it enjoys some of its biggest ...

  50. How Blake Shelton Navigates The Terrain Between The CMAs and 'The Voice'

    September 17, 2013 12:28 PM EDT It’s no secret that country artists campaign during awards season. Or that the biggest cluster of potential Country Music Assn. votes reside in Nashville, the business center for the genre. Still, Blake Shelton certainly didn’t orchestrate all o ...

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