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  1. Elvis' New 'Owners' Mulling Graceland Upgrades, Entrance Into Luxury Market

    November 26, 2013 11:35 AM EST An executive with the company that purchased Elvis Presley's intellectual property says it is discussing ways to expand the late rock and roll icon's brand and upgrades to the Graceland tourist attraction. Nick Woodhouse, president and c ...

  2. Frank Sinatra Enterprises, Jack Daniel's Team For 'Sinatra Select' Whiskey

    December 12, 2012 4:00 PM EST On what would have been Frank Sinatra's 97th birthday, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and Frank Sinatra Enterprises unveiled the first "Sinatra Experience," an interactive tasting and listening experience at Las Vegas' Mc ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall opens doors to sponsors

    October 19, 2012 1:48 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, brought to you by Steve's Auto Shack? Such naming-rights deals, normally reserved for sports arenas, could soon be coming to some of the music industry's best-known institutions. Creative Artists Agency ...

  6. Exclusive: Rock Hall, Grand Ole Opry Seek Brand Partners In New CAA Pact

    October 19, 2012 1:18 PM EDT Below is an exclusive story from this week's BIllboard on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium reaching branding deals with Creative Artists Agency that could change the way these music institutions conduct busi ...

  7. What Does Nashville's Music Community Think of 'Nashville'? Jason Aldean, Bob Doyle, More Weigh In

    October 17, 2012 8:05 AM EDT ABC Despite positive advance reviews and strong names attached to it, the premiere of the ABC series "Nashville" last week was greeted with a fair amount of trepidation by many in the city's music community. After all, the show has ...

  8. Big Machine Records To Release Music From ABC's 'Nashville' Series (Exclusive)

    October 02, 2012 8:45 PM EDT Big Machine Records will release the music from ABC's new series "Nashville," starting with three songs after the show premieres Oct. 10. "If I Didn't Know Better," written by the Civil Wars' John Paul White and ...

  9. Robert F.X. Sillerman's Empire State of Mind

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT After conquering both radio and live music, Robert F.X. Sillerman now has $1 billion to spend and his sights set on electronic dance music's explosive live space. Bob Sillerman is laying on a black marble countertop, against a black brocade w ...

  10. Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum To Announce CMA Awards Noms in NYC

    August 21, 2012 2:52 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Country Music Association Awards will be bringing a little twang to the big city when nominations are announced next month. Country superstars Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum plan to reveal nominees in five categories ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Lisa Marie Presley to Debut Collaboration With Elvis Tonight in Memphis

    August 16, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Lisa Marie Presley has planned a special treat for fans of her father. In honor of the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, she will debut a new collaboration with the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Thursday night's tribute con ...

  13. Bonnaroo Still Looks to Improve Fan Experience for 2013

    June 13, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Just as thousands of eager music fans started streaming into the enormous Manchester, Tenn., site for Bonnaroo on June 7, the wildly popular event sold off the very last of its 80,000 tickets. Obviously, the capacity crowd was viewed as a great ac ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. How Priscilla Presley Turned Elvis' Graceland Into Big Business 30 Years Ago

    June 13, 2012 7:47 AM EDT The Graceland website homepage MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making b ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Keith Urban Joins Grand Ole Opry

    April 23, 2012 2:58 PM EDT (Photo: Chris Hollo) This past weekend, one of country music's most exclusive clubs added one more name to the list with the induction of Keith Urban into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday. After performing his hits "Days Go By&quo ...

  19. Keith Urban Gets Surprise Invite To Join Grand Ole Opry

    April 11, 2012 3:56 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Keith Urban was slyly dropping hints about the surprises he had in store at the All For The Hall benefit concert this week, but little did he know the night's biggest surprise was aimed at him. Vince Gill and members ...

  20. Paul Simon Documentary 'Under African Skies' Wins SXSW Audience Award

    March 18, 2012 1:34 PM EDT Joe Berlinger's documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after the recording of Graceland won the SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category. "Under African Skies" is the only music film to win a ...

  21. Sean Parker, Al Gore Deliver SXSWi Talk On Power of Tech and Democracy -- Online and Off

    March 13, 2012 9:06 AM EDT Sean Parker and Al Gore took the stage at the SXSWi keynote speech to express one main point: "Democracy no longer works to serves the best interests of the people in this country," Gore said. The two believe that the people have the pow ...

  22. Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced: Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 14, 2012 12:26 PM EST Radiohead, Phish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the reunited Beach Boys will head to Manchester, Tenn. this June for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, ...

  23. Lisa Marie Presley Considering Elvis Film

    February 01, 2012 7:51 PM EST Over the years, Lisa Marie Presley has become dissatisfied with movies chronicling her father's life, so she just might make a film about the rock 'n' roll icon. The daughter of Elvis Presley said she has been in talks about a movie ...

  24. Sundance 2012: 'Under African Skies' Chronicles Paul Simon's 'Graceland'

    January 23, 2012 7:45 AM EST PARK CITY - A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album "Graceland" coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release, Joe Berlinger's "Under African Skies" makes ...

  25. Elvis Presley Estate Sued For $130 Million By King's 'Real Daughter'

    November 29, 2011 7:20 PM EST A Swedish woman who for more than two decades has been trying to convince everyone that she's Elvis Presley's real daughter and that Lisa Marie Presley has stolen her identity, has filed a lawsuit against the Presley family claiming more ...

  26. Michael Jackson Tops Forbes' List of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

    October 25, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Michael Jackson has once again topped Forbes' annual list of the year's top-earning deceased celebrities. The iconic pop star, who died June 25, 2009, was estimated to have accumulated $170 million in earnings over the past year. This ma ...

  27. Rick Ross Doesn't Appear at Memphis Show After Suffering Seizure

    October 15, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Hours after suffering a medical episode that forced a Delta Air Lines plane to return to Florida so he could be taken to the hospital, rapper Rick Ross tweeted that he still planned to perform as scheduled in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday evening. &qu ...

  28. Exclusive: Paul Simon Planning 'Graceland' Tour, Box Set

    October 11, 2011 1:43 PM EDT A 25th anniversary tour to celebrate Paul Simon's landmark "Graceland" album next year is in the early planning stages. The tour would coincide with a "Graceland" box set that Sony Legacy will release in the late spring, m ...

  29. Paul Kirby, Nashville Musician Who Played in Walk the West and the Cactus Brothers, Dead at 48

    September 26, 2011 3:20 PM EDT Noted Nashville musician Paul Kirby, who fronted popular outfits Walk The West and the Cactus Brothers, died yesterday of cardiac arrest at his home. He was 48. After singing and playing guitar in a series of hot local bar bands including Rebel Bi ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Second Person Dies at Bonnaroo Festival In Tennessee

    June 13, 2011 9:46 PM EDT MANCHESTER, Tenn. - Officials say a second person has died after attending the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Coffee County Sheriff Stephen M. Graves said Monday 24-year-old Christopher William Yoder of Raleigh, N.C., died o ...

  33. Bonnaroo Co-Producer Ashely Capps Calls Festival's Success an 'Affirmation'

    June 13, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Widespread Panic closed out the 10th anniversary of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., last night, wrapping one of the most successful runs in the event's history. With inspired performances and a logistically smooth ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Tennessee Passes Web Entertainment Theft Bill

    June 01, 2011 4:54 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login -- even with permission -- to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Net ...

  36. Web Trends: Charlie Sheen Dubstep, Bieber Vs. Beethoven Battle Rap, Kim Kardashian's New Song

    March 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 5. Beale Street Music Festival 2011 The lineup for May's Beale Street Music Festival, held in Memphis, has been announced. Included among those performing are B.o.B., Ludacris, the Flaming Lips, Mumford & Sons, Ke$ha and Ce ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. BACKBEAT: SESAC Brings Stellar Acts To Its CMJ 2010 Showcase

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT SESAC held a showcase as part of CMJ's Music Marathon on October 20 at NYC's famed Webster Hall for a crowd of rabid music fans and industry taste makers. The event featured performances from up and coming bands Brahms, Dinowalrus, Young ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Elvis Death Anniversary Marked By Graceland Vigil

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Candles flickered in the balmy night as thousands of Elvis Presley fans filed silently by his grave during a vigil at Graceland, marking 33 years since the American icon died. Elvis admirers from around the world descended on Elvis' former ho ...

  41. Elvis Week Hits Stride As Buyout Talks Heat Up

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the an ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Rock Hall To Mark Anniversary With Elvis Exhibit

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plans to celebrate its 15th birthday with a look back at the year rock's king turned 21. An exhibit of photos taken of Elvis Presley in 1956 by Alfred Wertheimer will open Sept. 13 at the hall. The hall said Tue ...

  44. Dave Matthews Band Wraps 2010 Bonnaroo Music Fest

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ninth Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival wrapped Sunday night with the Dave Matthews Band, and festival producers say it was their best-attended event since 2007. More than 75,000 music fans from across the country and internationally descende ...

  45. Bonnaroo '10 Lights Up Live Online

    June 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's often joked that more people like to claim that they were at Woodstock in 1969 than were actually there. For today's music mega-festivals, such boasting is entirely plausible. The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which begins its ...

  46. Mr. Potato Head Adding An Elvis Version

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Elvis Presley estate has signed a deal for Hasbro Inc. and PPW Toys to release an Elvis version of Mr. Potato Head. Kevin Kern, a spokesman for Presley's Graceland estate, told The Commercial Appeal the new toy is one of 15,000 Elvis-lice ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Martina McBride Expected To Sign With Morris Artists Management

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Martina McBride is expected to sign a management deal with Morris Artists Management, with president Clint Higham as responsible manager. Morris Artist Management is affiliated with the Front Line Managment group and Higham also manages Kenny Ches ...

  49. Martina McBride Set For Billboard Country Music Summit Keynote

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping RCA recording artist Martina McBride will be the June 7 keynote Q&A at the first annual Billboard Country Music Summit in Nashville. Billboard senior chart manager Wade Jessen will conduct the Q&A session. The Billboard Count ...

  50. Opry House Stripped To Foundation For Repairs

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Grand Ole Opry House has been stripped to its concrete foundation as workers try to repair damage from flooding about two weeks ago. The stage, including a historic six-foot circle of floorboards from the old Ryman Auditorium stage, has been r ...

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