1. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best Country Song & Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:24 AM EST from twang and swing to rock and beyond, the best of the genre's diverse offerings had two things in common: heart and soul b est Country Song "Blown Away" Songwriters: Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Artist: Carrie Underwood From: Blown ...

  2. Bubbling Under: Sam and the Womp's U.K. No. 1 'Bom Bom' Hits Stateside

    December 01, 2012 11:10 AM EST 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: Sam and the Womp, IAmDynamite, the Henningsens and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Sam and ...

  3. Bubbling Under: Sam and the Womp's U.K. No. 1 'Bom Bom' Hits Stateside

    November 30, 2012 6:29 PM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Sam and the Womp, IAmDynamite, the Henningsens and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Sam a ...

  4. Kristen Kelly Adds Debut EP to List of 'Pinch Me' Moments for 2012

    October 30, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kristen Kelly notched her first major exposure to country radio at large during her performance on the General Jackson boat during the Country Radio Seminar this past February. Since then, her debut single, "Ex-Old Man" has made an impact ...

  5. Up And 'Away': Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Airplay Chart

    October 16, 2012 5:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 'Blown Away' rises 2-1 to become her 13th leader on the radio-based chart. Since Carrie Underwood first topped Billboard's radio-based country ranking nearly seven years ago, her contemporaries in the solo female artist category have ...

  6. Single Reviews: Ke$ha, Tegan and Sara, Swedish House Mafia & more

    October 09, 2012 6:25 AM EDT KE$HA Die Young (3:33) Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Benny Blanco Writers: Dr. Luke, B. Blanco, Cirkut, N. Ruess, Ke$ha Publishers: various RCA Records The writing credits on Ke$ha's new single represent a who's who of every hotshot of ...

  7. Kix Brooks Reboots Solo Career With 'New to This Town'

    July 09, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm ready to get it out there," singer tells Billboard of first solo effort since end of duo Brooks & Dunn Kix Brooks finally has a date, but not that kind of date. Arista Nashville recently announced that Brooks' new album, ...

  8. Adele's '21' At 24; Alan Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    June 14, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 2 ...

  9. Country Countdown: Universal Nashville's Mike Dungan Predicted Eric Church's No. 1 Success

    June 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with Chief last summer, then-EMI Nashville/Capitol Nas ...

  10. Alan Jackson Scores Top Debut on Billboard 200, Adele's Back at No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after ...

  11. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Thirty Miles West . The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years wit ...

  12. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    June 01, 2012 3:27 PM EDT In just three months, Las Vegas rock quintet Imagine Dragons has gone from making its first appearance on a Billboard chart to reaching the top 10 on Alternative (No. 8 this week) and Triple A (No. 6) with debut KIDinaKORNER/Interscope single &quo ...

  13. Jason Aldean Leads Country Songs, Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert Crack Top 10

    May 17, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Jason Aldean claims his seventh leader on Country Songs -- his first in almost a year -- as "Fly Over States" (Broken Bow) stacks 37.9 million impressions (up 2.4 million) and steps 2-1 on the audience-ranked chart. He most recently topp ...

  14. Carrie Underwood: Billboard Cover Story

    April 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Few female vocalists in any genre can boast a more stylistically diverse résumé than Carrie Underwood . In the past year alone, she's scored a No. 1 country hit with pal Brad Paisley , partnered with rock icon Steven Tyler for top-rated CMT sho ...

  15. Ronnie Dunn's Solo Move: 'It's Going to Take More Than a Year'

    March 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Ronnie Dunn released "Bleed Red," his solo single for Arista Nashville last year, he faced a unique challenge that no "new" artist had ever faced before. He wasn't just competing with artists such as Kenny Chesney, Carr ...

  16. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  17. Kix Brooks' New Single a 'Freedom of Sorts'

    February 17, 2012 5:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Last year, Ronnie Dunn released his first solo project since Brooks & Dunn walked away on top in the summer of 2010. While Dunn was climbing the charts with "Bleed Red" and "Cost Of Livin," many fans wondered about the solo p ...

  18. Carrie Underwood Sets Release Date for New Album

    February 02, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood fans, your wait is almost over. The country chart-topper has announced that she will release her much anticipated fourth studio album on Tuesday, May 1. The as yet untitled 19 Recordings / Arista Nashville release will be produced b ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy& ...

  21. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Lead Academy of Country Music Awards Noms

    January 26, 2012 11:58 AM EST Nominations were announced for the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday. Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. Following him in nominations is Jason A ...

  22. Carrie Underwood Performing at Nashville Fashion Show

    January 09, 2012 11:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood is considered to be not only one of the biggest success stories in country music, but also the owner of one of Nashville's biggest hearts. She continues that tradition with a performance at the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show o ...

  23. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

    September 06, 2011 11:07 AM EDT Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with ...

  24. Brad Paisley: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 08, 2011 2:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Brad Paisley and longtime friend/collaborator Chris DuBois wrote "This Is Country Music," they knew they'd penned more than a catchy title track. They had a blueprint. "The song itself is what inspired the album, which is th ...

  25. BACKBEAT: Adam Brand Plays At Denim and Diamonds For KBEQ Event

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arista Nashville recording artist Adam Brand played at Denim & Diamonds in Kansas City, MO on September 29 for a show sponsored by KBEQ, whose taste makers were on hand to enjoy the festivities. Brand is on the radio now with his U.S. debut si ...

  26. That's How Country Boys (And Girls) Roll

    August 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 'GOOD' JOB, JERROD: Billboard's Country Songs chart, to be refreshed, along with all surveys, Thursday on billboard.com, sports several notable feats this week, beginning at the summit. Jerrod Niemann notches his first No. 1, as " ...

  27. Brad Paisley on Nashville Flood: 'I Saw Determination in the Wake of Tragedy'

    May 14, 2010 2:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a special op-ed for Billboard, Brad Paisley shares how he, Taylor Swift, Tim, McGraw, Faith Hill and Vince Gill and other stars are helping Nashville recover from a devastating flood. -- It seemed like it was never going to quit raining. While I ...

  28. Nichols Grabs Third No. 1, First Since 2005

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Up 2.3 million audience impressions, traditional stylist Joe Nichols gets his third No. 1, and first in more than four years, as "Gimmie That Girl" (Show Dog-Universal) advances 3-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs. With 33.9 millio ...

  29. Ask Billboard: Which Carrie Songs To 'Play'?

    April 23, 2010 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'PLAY ON' AND ON Hey Ga ...

  30. Lady A's 'American Honey' Slows No. 1 Turnover On Hot Country Songs

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Up 1.2 million audience impressions in its 17th chart week, Lady Antebellum's "American Honey" (Capitol Nashville) claims a second week atop Hot Country Songs, ending a spate of one-week leaders that began when Billy Currington' ...

  31. Alan Jackson Song Debut: "Where I Belong"

    March 21, 2010 12:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 All cued up for you Alan Jackson fans, we've got the last of our three exclusive first-listen previews of of songs from his new album, "Freight Train." This week, check out "That's Where I Belong," Jackson's mid te ...

  32. Alan Jackson Song Debut: "Every Now And Then"

    March 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 All cued up for you Alan Jackson fans, we've got the second of our three exclusive first-listen previews of of songs from his new album, "Freight Train." This week, check out "Every Now And Then," Jackson's mellow balla ...

  33. Alan Jackson Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Alan Jackson, Title TBD (Arista Nashville) Release Date: Spring 2010 With 16 Country Music Assn. Awards, including three entertainer of the year titles, under his belt, Alan Jackson is still going strong, two decades into his career. For his follow- ...

  34. Carrie Underwood On Track To Top Billboard 200

    November 05, 2009 5:57 PM EST 0 0 0 C arrie Underwood is on track to achieve her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her just-released "Play On" should debut atop the chart next week. Music industry prognosticators suggest the 19/Arista Nashville set could sell over 3 ...

  35. Carrie Underwood Likely To Top Next Week's Billboard 200

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood is on track to achieve her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her recently released album, "Play On," should debut atop the chart next week. Music industry prognosticators suggest the 19/Arista Nashville set coul ...

  36. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to c ...

  37. Carrie Underwood Rushes New Single 'Cowboy Casanova' After Unauthorized Leak

    September 03, 2009 3:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 An unfinished version of "Cowboy Casanova," the lead single from Carrie Underwood 's third studio album, "Play On," leaked online Wednesday (Sept. 2). The song's premature unveiling prompted Underwood to rush out an off ...

  38. Brooks & Dunn To Split In 2010

    August 11, 2009 10:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brooks & Dunn are done. Best-selling country duo Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their Web site Monday saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. "This ride has been everything an ...

  39. Bishop Named Promotion VP At Sony Music Nashville

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Skip Bishop has been named VP of promotion at Sony Music Nashville, a newly created position. Bishop was most recently VP of national promotion for the label group's Arista Nashville imprint. Bishop will retain those duties while adding promotion ...

  40. Michael Jackson On Track For More Billboard Charts Records

    July 03, 2009 12:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 After his record-breaking chart week, the late Michael Jackson will continue to shake up the charts next week, too. According to SoundScan's Building Chart data, more than 110,000 Jackson albums were purchased during the first two days of the n ...

  41. Brad Paisley Previews His "American Saturday Night" Album, Tour

    June 04, 2009 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 “No one can make the album they made 10 years ago with a straight face,” Brad Paisley muses. The singer/songwriter/guitar slinger is siitting in Blackbird Studios, a state of the art Nashville facility owned by Martina McBride and her husband, and p ...

  42. Chart Beat: Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Kris Allen

    May 27, 2009 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 PERFECT 'T(H)EN': Brad Paisley becomes one of just five acts in the 65-year history of Hot Country Songs to collect 10 consecutive No. 1s (excluding unpromoted album cuts and holiday songs), as "Then," his 14th career leader, ris ...

  43. 'Twilight' Bumps AC/DC From Atop Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 11:57 AM EST 0 0 0 <br /> The soundtrack to "Twilight" starts atop The Billboard 200 this week, becoming the third soundtrack No. 1 soundtrack this year after "Juno" and "Mamma Mia!" The Chop Shop/Atlantic set moved 165,000 copies i ...

  44. 'Twilight' Bumps AC/DC From Atop Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The soundtrack to "Twilight" starts atop The Billboard 200 this week, becoming the third No. 1 soundtrack this year after "Juno" and "Mamma Mia!" The Chop Shop/Atlantic set moved 165,000 copies in the The soundtrack to ...

  45. Alan Jackson Not Rushing Next Album

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With his 15th studio album, "Good Time," still spewing out hits -- the latest is the top 20 "Country Boy" -- Alan Jackson says he's not necessarily in a hurry to start working on the next one. With his 15th studio album, &qu ...

  46. This Day in Music

    September 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The search for Supernova's frontman comes to an end as punk rocker Lukas Rossi is named the winning vocalist of the CBS reality show "Rock Star: Supernova." 2006 - The search for Supernova's frontman comes to an end as pun ...

  47. 'Idol' Finalist Kristi Lee Cook Inks Record Deal

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Season seven "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook has signed with 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. The Oregon native, who is preparing for the American Idols Live! Tour 2008, will team with songwri Season seven "American Idol" ...

  48. 'Idol' Finalist Cook Signs With Arista Nashville

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Season seven "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook has signed with 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. The Oregonian, who is preparing for the American Idols Live! Tour 2008, will team with songwriter/producer Brett James (Jessica Simpson ...

  49. This Day in Music

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - -Brad Paisley wins three of the evening's top awards at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. His "Time Well Wasted" (Arista Nashville) is named album of the year, and he also wins the vi 2006 - -Brad Paisley wins three of ...

  50. Frasher Segues To BNA As VP

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arista Nashville director of national promotion Bryan Frasher segues to Sony BMG Nashville sister label BNA Records as VP of promotion. He replaces Rick Moxley, who exited the label on April 16. Frasher, who has been with Arista since 2004 and dir ...

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