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  1. 'Cowboy' Jack Clement, Country Music Hall of Famer, Dies Aged 82 (Updated)

    August 08, 2013 1:30 PM EDT "He became a giant figure in the business, establishing his own publishing company and recording studio" In a town where individuality might often be looked at as the exception rather than the rule, "Cowboy" Jack Clement was ...

  2. Doctors: Singer Randy Travis Awake After Stroke

    July 16, 2013 11:31 AM EDT Country music star Randy Travis was awake and interacting with his family and friends Monday as he recovers from surgery following a stroke, his doctors said. In a news release and video from the Texas hospital where the 54-year-old singer is ...

  3. Chet Flippo on 'The Genre-Bustin’ Rise of Insurgent Country' (From The Billboard Archives)

    June 19, 2013 5:46 PM EDT With the passing of longtime music writer Chet Flippo , Billboard’s Nashville Bureau Chief from 1995 to 2000, we went back to our archives to read his voluminous music writings. Here we discovered a perfect example of Chet's shining long-fo ...

  4. CMA Fest: HGTV's Lodge Draws Big Crowds, Big Bands for Intimate Shows

    June 10, 2013 6:21 PM EDT Nelly didn't make it to join Florida Georgia Line at the HGTV Lodge in Nashville to perform "Cruise," their massive cross-genre hit sitting at number five this week on the Billboard Hot 100, but plenty of other stars were there ...

  5. Florida Georgia Line's Journey – From the Backstreets of CMA Week to Headlining LP Field

    June 10, 2013 11:43 AM EDT When Florida Georgia Line prepared to play the BMI Tailgate Stage outside Nashville's LP Field at the CMA Music Festival in June 2012, the duo could hear Hunter Hayes doing soundcheck for his performance on the main stage inside the stadium ...

  6. Gov't Mule Signs to Blue Note, New Record Due in September

    June 10, 2013 11:11 AM EDT Blues/rock powerhouse Gov’t Mule has signed to Blue Note Records and will release Shout! , the group’s first studio album in four years, on Sept. 24. The album will include a special bonus CD that includes the 11 tracks from the album in differe ...

  7. Backbeat: Marty Stuart Welcomes New Talent and Veteran Performers to His 12th-Annual Late Night Jam

    June 06, 2013 3:48 PM EDT “I believe in the youngsters,” Marty Stuart , the singer, songwriter and organizer of Wednesday night's 12th-annual "Late Night Jam," told Billboard.biz. “I was thinking back over the guest list today, and it’s kind of staggeri ...

  8. 'Johnny Cash Forever' Stamp Released, Coinciding with Cash Museum Grand Opening

    June 05, 2013 5:06 PM EDT   Dozens of Johnny Cash fans lined up early this morning in Nashville to be the first to own the new "Johnny Cash Forever" U.S. Postage stamp.   The first-day-of-issue-ceremony was timed for the start of the CMA Music Festival, and th ...

  9. Backbeat: Carrie Underwood's Country Museum Hall Exhibit Opening With Gary Overton, Jeff Gregg, Fierce Gowns

    June 05, 2013 4:51 PM EDT As the crush of CMA Music Fest activities gets in full swing, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a reception last night (6/4) to launch “Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour” exhibition which opens to the public today and runs th ...

  10. Backbeat: Annual Hollywood Meets Nashville Party Benefits Oklahoma, Kicks Off CMA Music Fest Week

    June 04, 2013 12:53 PM EDT Representatives from Nashville’s film and music community gathered together Monday night (June 3) for the annual Hollywood Meets Nashville party, held each year at the start of the CMA Music Festival week. The purpose of the party, as explaine ...

  11. Backbeat: Creative Artist Agency's Unofficial CMA Week Kickoff BBQ Brings Out Hunter Hayes, More

    June 04, 2013 11:24 AM EDT The 21st Annual CAA BBQ was packed last night at Creative Artist Agency’s downtown Nashville offices, serving as an unofficial kickoff of CMA Music Festival week. A big pile of school supplies were donated, as usual, for the Pencil Foundation. ...

  12. APA Names Former WME Partner Steve Hauser Senior VP

    May 30, 2013 4:56 PM EDT APA has appointed former WME partner Steve Hauser as senior VP. Hauser -- who brings with him such clients as Darius Rucker, the Charlie Daniels Band, Clint Black and Chris Cagle -- will focus on building APA’s Nashville roster. "I am beyon ...

  13. Sony/ATV Moving Nashville Admin Offices Downtown, Adding 50-60 Jobs

    May 21, 2013 12:41 PM EDT Music publisher Sony/ATV is moving its administrative offices from Nashville's famed Music Row to new offices downtown. Company and state officials announced the move Tuesday, saying Sony will expand its global administration offices, addin ...

  14. Third Man Records Announces Sun Records Partnership, Reissuing Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas, Prisonaires

    May 14, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Third Man Records, the Nashville-based label and vinyl manufactory founded by Jack White, announced today a partnership with another Nashville-based label, Sun Records, in order to reissue the iconic label's vast catalog of classic, influen ...

  15. Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Announced, to Air Sep. 18 on AXS TV

    May 14, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdal ...

  16. George Jones' Final Concert Reimagined As Tribute: Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, More to Perform

    May 07, 2013 2:14 PM EDT Perhaps it’s only fitting that George Jones, once nicknamed “No Show Jones,” won’t be physically present at what was to be his final concert.   But thanks to a few of his friends and fellow artists, the show will go on. George Jones Funeral: Bra ...

  17. George Jones Memorial Evokes Tears, Tributes From Fans and Friends

    May 02, 2013 5:38 PM EDT In the lyrics of George Jones' signature song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," a wreath is placed upon the door of a heartbroken man at a funeral. And when Jones' time came, they placed not just a wreath but a gargantuan spray ...

  18. George Jones Funeral: Brad Paisely, Wynonna Judd, Kid Rock, Laura Bush, More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 12:17 PM EDT George Jones   performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funer ...

  19. Music City Mourns Country Legend George Jones

    May 02, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Thousands of fans who had been waiting in line since the wee hours joined some of country's biggest stars Thursday to pay their respects to George Jones at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. An overflow crowd began lining up at 3 a.m. t ...

  20. Del Bryant, BMI President and CEO, Announces Retirement

    May 01, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Del Bryant, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) President and Chief Executive Officer, today announced his decision to retire in June 2014, starting an orderly leadership transition over the next 14 months. Bryant’s decision to retire comes after workin ...

  21. Country Music Marathon, First Big U.S. Race Since Boston, Brings Tens of Thousands (and Millions) to Nashville

    April 29, 2013 10:54 AM EDT While “Boston Strong” was everywhere for Saturday’s St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville -- the first major race in the U.S. since the Boston Marathon was curtailed following the bombing -- there’s nothing like American flags and lots of ...

  22. Grand Ole Opry To Hold Public Funeral For George Jones

    April 29, 2013 6:38 AM EDT A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81. Brad Paisley, Mel Tillis and Other Grand Ole Opry Stars Honor George Jones Publicist Kirt Webster ...

  23. Brad Paisley, Mel Tillis and Other Grand Ole Opry Stars Honor George Jones

    April 28, 2013 1:47 AM EDT Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones, who died April 26 at the age of 81, last played the Grand Ole Opry in 2011, but he was fondly remembered by stars of the venerable institution on the night of his death. Opry ...

  24. George Jones Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:23 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones enter ...

  25. Lindsay Walleman of Warner Music Nashville Dead at 28

    April 09, 2013 5:58 PM EDT Lindsay Walleman of Warner Nashville died after a battle with cancer this morning. A note from the Warner Nashville team is below. This Facebook page is a touching, although very sad, document of her struggle with her illness. Our deepest condo ...

  26. Jason Aldean, Songwriters Ben Hayslip David Lee Murphy Celebrate 'The Only Way I Know' No. 1 with ASCAP

    March 06, 2013 6:10 PM EST Songwriters David Lee Murphy and Ben Hayslip were hoping for a Jason Aldean cut when they wrote "The Only Way I Know." Little did they know they would get a triple cut, because when Aldean hard the song he knew it was exactly the tune ...

  27. Country Radio Seminar: Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies and REO Speedwagon Rock the Boat

    March 01, 2013 2:05 PM EST Above, L-R: Ashley Monroe, Pistol Annies; Kelly Clarkson; Angaleena Presley, Pistol Annies; Miranda Lambert The General Jackson river boat was rockin’ last night as Brad Paisley welcomed surprise guests REO Speedwagon on Sony Music Nashville’s 27t ...

  28. Country Radio Seminar: Lady Antebellum Plays Intimate Show for the Industry

    March 01, 2013 12:45 PM EST What better time to spotlight country music’s hottest acts than when you have more than 2,000 radio professionals in town? That was the case last night in Nashville, with a long line of options for those in town for the Country Radio Seminar. Some ...

  29. Cumulus' Lew Dickey Explains Why NYC's New NASH-FM 'Is Good for Nashville' at CRS

    February 28, 2013 3:08 PM EST New York’s new Cumulus-owned station, Nash FM, is far more than a local radio signal now capitalizing on the popularity of hot, youth-leaning country music. Radio stations across the U.S. will have opportunities to affiliate with Nash as Cumulus b ...

  30. Country Radio Seminar: Can Radio Capture Country Music's Unique, Emotional Connection with Listeners?

    February 28, 2013 1:41 PM EST Country music listeners connect deeply and emotionally with the songs they hear on country radio, but these listeners don’t always connect as deeply and emotionally with the radio stations that play them. This disconnect is one of the highlights o ...

  31. Country Radio Seminar: Thomas Rhett, Warren Brothers Play BMI's WCRS Live Show

    February 28, 2013 10:46 AM EST Above, Thomas Rhett performs The Nashville Songwriters Association International has a motto: “It All Begins With A Song.” That bond between writer and song was celebrated Wednesday afternoon at the Country Radio Seminar with the annual WCRS Live! ...

  32. Ross on Radio: It’s the Beginning Of ‘Nash’-ional Radio, And The Industry Feels Fine?

    February 27, 2013 10:52 AM EST For nearly two decades, the prospect of nationally programmed radio has been one of the most charged issues in our business. And yet, it has arrived in many ways during the last year -- to little controversy. In the late ’90s and early ’00s, Clea ...

  33. Mindy McCready and the 'Celebrity Rehab' Curse

    February 19, 2013 12:18 PM EST The late country singer, who shot herself on Feb. 17, is the fifth alum of the six-season VH1 series to die after appearing on the show. “These are hardcore, decades-long f----ups and alcoholics who have decimated their careers and their lives. Y ...

  34. Mindy McCready: Nashville Music Biz -- Joe Galante, David Malloy, More -- Remembers 'Stunning' Talent

    February 18, 2013 6:46 PM EST Mindy McCready may have had many problems in the last years of her life, but those in the country music industry who knew her and interacted with her throughout her years in Nashville remember a sweet but strong woman, dedicated to her career, w ...

  35. Backbeat: Billy Joel Dazzles Nashville Audience With Q&A/Concert

    January 31, 2013 1:18 PM EST Above: Billy Joel, left, with his agent of 37 years, Dennis Arfa, president of Artist Group International. “It’s up to them,” said Billy Joe l last night in the wings of Vanderbilt University’s Langford Hal l, gesturing toward the waiting audienc ...

  36. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  37. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  38. Membership Has Its Benefits: Joining the Recording Academy Opens All Kinds of Doors

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Are you thinking of becoming a member of the Recording Academy? Senior VP of member services Nancy Shapiro tells Billboard why joining the Academy is important, what membership offers and new details about the summer 2013 relaunch of the organizat ...

  39. 2013 Grammy Awards: Album Of The Year

    December 21, 2012 11:14 AM EST THE CREME DE LA CREME THESE ARTISTIC STATEMENTS DEFINED THE YEAR IN MUSIC   El Camino The Black Keys Producers : The Black Keys, Danger Mouse Engineers/Mixers: Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst, Kennie Takahashi Mastering Engineer: Brian Lucey Label: None ...

  40. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  41. Chart Moves: 'Nashville' Nets Year's Best Sales Week for TV Soundtrack on Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 8:30 AM EST Billboard 200 On the Billboard 200 albums chart this week , Bruno Mars' second release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived in the No. 2 slot, selling 192,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his 2010 debut ...

  42. The Year In Pop: Adele Repeats as Top Artist, Gotye Scores No. 1 Hot 100 Song

    December 14, 2012 8:23 AM EST After her watershed success in 2011, Adele triumphs again in 2012. She becomes the only act to be both the top artist of the year and have the No. 1 Billboard 200 album ("21") two years in a row. In 2011, she was the first woman to notch ...

  43. The Year In Country: Georgia Rules 2012 With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 8:16 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood, but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts ...

  44. Bruno Mars' 'Unorthodox Jukebox' Aiming for Top 5 Debut on Next Week's Billboard 200

    December 12, 2012 8:11 PM EST Fresh off earning his fourth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, Bruno Mars now has his sights set on the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. "Locked Out of Heaven," the lead single from Mars' second album, "Unorthodox Ju ...

  45. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  46. Rick Ross/ Maybach Music Group Tour Cancelled

    December 08, 2012 6:35 PM EST A rep for Rick Ross confirmed to Billboard.biz today that the remaining dates of the rapper's tour with his Maybach Music Group have been cancelled. The dates include Sunday in Nashville, the 12th in Memphis, 13th in Houston, 15th in Detroit ...

  47. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  48. Grammy Analysis: Youth Rules Nominations; Some High-Profile Snubs

    December 06, 2012 9:02 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele's and Taylor Swift's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of t ...

  49. Mumford & Sons, Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Grammy Nominations 2013

    December 05, 2012 11:25 PM EST There's a rock pileup at the top of the 2013 Grammy Award nominations. The 55th annual ceremony announced its nominees in Nashville on Wednesday night during a primetime concert special, with fun., Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach -- nomin ...

  50. Beka Tischker

    November 30, 2012 9:24 AM EST Producer/writer manager, Advanced Alternative Media (Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg) Supporting the Doctor For Beka Tischker, clients take first priority. Joining Advanced Alternative Media as a manager for producers and writers almost two years ago, T ...

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