1. Cyndi Lauper Explains 'Detour' Into Country Music: 'I Don't Want to Be Stopped, I Want to Keep Growing'

    May 18, 2016 2:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just to clear the air, Cyndi Lauper is not the latest in a long string of pop stars attempting to “go country.” Her new release, Detour , an album full of classic country song covers, is less an indicator of the veteran pop star’s desire to change g ...

  2. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Alive and Circlin' At 50 Years

    March 11, 2016 1:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Jackson Browne, Vince Gill help the influential band celebrate in an upcoming PBS special. It’s rare that a solo artist can extend a career 50 years. Even harder for a band to make it that long without imploding over creative differences, leadership ...

  3. Grammys 2016: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

    February 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Two Billboard critics survey the field, from Lamar vs. Swift to Dylan vs. Manilow, with a wary eye on the "Beck factor." Jody Rosen Is this Kendrick Lamar 's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­nomi ...

  4. Scotty McCreery Chooses His Top 5 Country Ballads of All Time

    November 12, 2015 10:06 AM EST 0 0 0 Since winning the 10th season of American Idol in 2011, North Carolina native Scotty McCreery has established himself as one of country music’s most talented young traditionalists. With his debut album, Clear As Day , McCreery made history as the fi ...

  5. How CMA Singles of the Year Endure At Country Radio, Or Don't

    November 03, 2015 12:07 PM EST 0 0 0 A brand-new single of the year winner will be crowned on the Nov. 4 Country Music Assn. Awards, but what kind of shelf life will that song have at radio after its win? To help answer that question we took a look at the durability of CMA singles of t ...

  6. Ann Wilson Sizzles on Solo Dates, Continues with Heart

    October 28, 2015 5:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ann Wilson is leading a double life these days and she’s enjoying it immensely. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is still touring with Heart , but this fall has also been performing solo in support of her new EP The Ann Wilson Thing! #1 . “It's ...

  7. Watch Taylor Swift and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Sing 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' in Nashville

    September 26, 2015 11:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift turned to legendary rock star Steven Tyler of Aerosmith for assistance during her visit to Nashville on Friday, Sept. 25. Ryan Adams' Version of Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart Tyler j ...

  8. Baby Animals' Suze DeMarchi Covers Adele, The Clash on New Solo Album 'Home'

    July 24, 2015 2:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the natural course of events, all baby animals grow up and go out on their own. With a new solo album in the bank, Suze DeMarchi is simply doing what nature intended. The Australian rock goddess has released  Home , a project created outside the ...

  9. Grammys 2015: Beck's Win Is a Win for Adult Alternative Radio, Too

    February 10, 2015 9:05 AM EST 2.225 k 144 1 While the mainstream catches up on 'Morning Phase,' the niche radio format championed the Grammy-winning set early on, marking the latest example of its importance as a tastemaker. Who is Beck? A fair portion of music fans might be ...

  10. Woman Who Impersonated Alison Krauss Returned to Court

    November 19, 2014 9:18 PM EST A woman who admitted she impersonated singer Alison Krauss to swindle money from a 75-year-old Fayetteville man has been returned to Arkansas after being arrested in New Mexico. KHOG reports that Peggy Sue Evers pleaded not guilty to a failure to ...

  11. Nashville Songwriter Paul Craft Dies at 76: Report

    October 19, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76. The Tennessean reported that Craft died Saturday at a Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health." Craft penned the words to songs mad ...

  12. Cher Claims Top Spot on Hot Tours with $15.5M in Revenue

    May 29, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Cher takes her Dressed to Kill tour to No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue reported from the legendary entertainer’s ongoing North American trek. Sold out performances from April 23 through May 17 are i ...

  13. OneRepublic Extends Summer Tour, Talks 'Counting Stars' Success

    February 07, 2014 9:06 AM EST "We'll probably introduce a song or two from stuff we're working on for the next album," Ryan Tedder says of tour plans. "We're trying to raise the bar" When OneRepublic announced an early summer 2014 tour behin ...

  14. Kelly Clarkson, 'Duck Dynasty' Christmas Albums Set for Top 10

    November 01, 2013 8:57 PM EDT New Christmas albums from Kelly Clarkson and the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty" are on course for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Clarkson's new "Wrapped In Red," which is her first holiday effort, may sell around ...

  15. 'Duck Dynasty' Family Releasing a Christmas Album

    October 25, 2013 9:47 PM EDT The Robertsons, the Louisiana family whose stranglehold on the duck call business earned it a popular A&E reality show called "Duck Dynasty," is focusing its sights on a new entertainment medium this holiday season: music. "Duck ...

  16. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was ...

  17. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was fu ...

  18. Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    January 03, 2013 10:55 AM EST 1 0 0 As forecasted last week, Taylor Swift 's "Red" album spends a seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In the sales week ending Dec. 30, 2012 -- the final frame of the year -- the Big Machine Records album sold ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

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  22. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the majo ...

  23. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (Dec. 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major ...

  24. Concord Music Being Shopped to Private-Equity Firms, Not Strategic Suitors

    December 05, 2012 8:27 PM EST Reports that the Concord Music Group is up for sale are true, knowledgeable sources say. But there is one key factor that appears to have been overlooked thus far: management is controlling the company's sale process so far. Consequently, Con ...

  25. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Rolls To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 24, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The country star motors to his first No. 1, while two other country males, Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson, also net top five debuts. As forecast last week , Jason Aldean's "Night Train" chugs to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb Pair Up on New Album

    September 26, 2012 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Unlikely Duo Sing 'Soldier's Son,' Off Bluegrass Icon's 'Music to My Ears' Not too long before Bill Monroe passed away in September 1996, Ricky Skaggs made the "Father of Bluegrass" a promise -- that he, along ...

  28. Bubbling Under: Musgraves Makes 'Merry' On Country Songs

    September 21, 2012 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kacey Musgraves, Krewella and Blondfire KACEY MUSGRAVES Kacey Musgraves gains momentu ...

  29. Kathy Mattea Strips Away Old Habits on 'Calling Me Home'

    September 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "For me, it was stripping off a layer of my habitual way of singing," Mattea tells us. "It was a little bit like being naked" Kathy Mattea 's last album, 2008's "Coal," topped the Bluegrass Albums chart and ea ...

  30. Alison Krauss, Russell Moore Lead Bluegrass Nominations

    August 17, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Many of the top stars in bluegrass music were in attendance Wednesday at Nashville's Loveless Barn as the nominations were announced for the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. Figuring prominently in the mix were Russell Moore ...

  31. Morning Fix: 'Jay-Z's Nets,' Cooking Vinyl's New Rock Label, Sir Paul on Pussy Riot, Elvis

    August 16, 2012 8:48 AM EDT No, Jay-Z Is Not The Brooklyn Nets Majority Owner From the outside looking in at all of his contributions to the new Brooklyn Nets franchise - from lobbying for the new arena to designing the team logo -- one would think Jay-Z would own more than ...

  32. Joey + Rory Launch TV Series, New Album

    July 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the recent launch of "The Joey + Rory Show" on cable/satellite TV channel RFD-TV, the country couple of the same name has found a highly productive way to mix business and pleasure. Filmed on its farm in Pottsville, Tenn., the series ...

  33. Joey+Rory Launch TV Series, Country Album

    July 26, 2012 2:05 PM EDT With the recent launch of "The Joey + Rory Show" on cable/satellite TV channel RFD-TV, the country couple of the same name has found a highly productive way to mix business and pleasure. Filmed on its farm in Pottsville, Tenn., the serie ...

  34. Jerry Douglas Picks Up Mumford & Sons, Eric Clapton for 'Traveler'

    July 17, 2012 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you pick up a copy of "Traveler," the new album from veteran instrumentalist Jerry Douglas, you might be surprised to hear the legendary dobro player sing lead, as he does on the opening track, "On A Monday." It's a never ...

  35. A Song To Woody, And Others

    June 06, 2012 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 Here is a look at the honorees who will be recognized at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala on June 14 in New York.Woody Guthrie: Pioneer Award When two of America's greatest songwriters, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, gathered in ...

  36. Five Decades Of Grammy Hits

    June 06, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 Even by the exalted standards he shares with other high-achieving record makers, Al Schmitt has a stunningly diverse discography. In a career spanning five decades, Schmitt has worked with such icons as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Sam C ...

  37. Robert Plant's Band of Joy Concert Gets July 10 DVD Release

    May 31, 2012 7:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 DVD and Blu Ray Will Include Three Led Zeppelin Songs Not Seen in Initial 'Live from the Artists Den' Broadcast The concert Robert Plant and the Band of Joy filmed at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium for the TV live series "Ar ...

  38. Exclusive: Universal Opens Door for Robert Plant and Artists Den

    May 30, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Artists Den to release the public television show's episode featuring Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. It is the first time UMG and the show have worked together and Univers ...

  39. Country Spotlight: Jackson's Action

    May 24, 2012 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 It's 8:30 on a Monday morning as Alan Jackson settles his 6-foot-4-inch frame into a chair in his manager's office. Even though, like most musicians, he often plays late into the night, he's usually an early riser. "I'm always ...

  40. Summer Music Preview: Countrywide

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 Edens Edge Album title: Edens Edge Label: Big Machine Records Management: Virginia Davis, B.A.D. Release date: June 12 Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta offered Edens Edge a deal after seeing the band perform at the annual Nashvill ...

  41. Ricky Skaggs Calls 30 Years With Opry a 'Precious Gift'

    May 16, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been 30 years since the legendary Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb made a young Kentucky musician's dream come true by inducting him into the Grand Ole Opry. Ricky Skaggs shared the memory on stage last night during a special Opry show ce ...

  42. Eagles, Alison Krauss, Mulatu Astatke Receive Berklee College Doctor of Music Degrees

    March 30, 2012 11:37 AM EDT For 41 years, Berklee College of Music has been presenting honorary doctorate in music degrees to influential figures in the music industry. This year's honorees are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles, 27-time Grammy winner Alison Krauss ...

  43. Indie Labels Win 34 Grammys, Says A2IM

    February 14, 2012 7:30 AM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, whose sophomore self-titled album on the Jagjaguwar label, biting one of his two 2012 Grammy awards won for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. (Getty) Led by Bon Iver's two Grammy wins, the American Ass ...

  44. Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night at Grammys 2012

    February 12, 2012 11:47 PM EST Adele won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for including Album, Song and Record of the Year. (Getty Images) Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at t ...

  45. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicia ...

  46. Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Foo Fighters to Perform @ MusiCares Grammy Week Event

    February 01, 2012 1:46 PM EST When Paul McCartney is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week next Friday night, he'll be the biggest name in an otherwise stellar lineup of performers. In addition to a special McCartney performance to highlight the n ...

  47. The Collective Hires Genevieve Jewell To Run New Nashville Office

    January 25, 2012 8:38 PM EST Los Angeles-based entertainment management and production company the Collective has opened its first regional office in Nashville, headed by artist manager Genevieve Jewell. Joining her at the company as a management client is Tyler Bryant & ...

  48. 12 No. 12 Country Hits for 2012

    January 17, 2012 7:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain cherished and notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking R&B/hip-hop hits, includ ...

  49. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field. In the Best Country Solo Performance slot,| SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED "I'm flying pretty high right now," Aldean ...

  50. White House Going Country: Lauren Alaina, Band Perry to Perform

    November 17, 2011 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performin ...

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