1. 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, ...

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  3. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

    June 11, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012) Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniab ...

  6. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  7. Jake Owen, Taylor Swift Score Big on Country Charts

    March 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Also: A No. 2 Debut for 'American Idol' Alum Casey James Jake Owen celebrates his second consecutive No. 1 on Country Songs , as "Alone with You" stacks 35.7 million audience impressions (up 2.2 million) during the March 19-25 Ni ...

  8. 'Idol' Star Casey James' 'Undone': First Listen

    March 19, 2012 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hear a tune from James' debut here a day before the album comes out. Casey James' self-titled debut isn't officially out until tomorrow (March 20), but as part of the 'American Idol' alum's "Countdown To Casey Jame ...

  9. Backbeat: Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Gary Overton, More at Country Radio Seminar's Day Two

    February 24, 2012 1:24 PM EST (L-R): Kellie Pickler, Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton, Sara Evans and Headline Country's Storme Warren take in the Sony/BMG Cruise at CRS day two. (Photo: Alan Poizner) Country Radio Seminar attendees had a lot of choices for ...

  10. 615 Spotlight: 'Idol' Star Casey James an 'Impostor' No More

    February 08, 2012 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Casey James has March 20 circled on the calendar -- that's the release date of his self-titled debut album. The Texas native and "American Idol" alum feels that having a record out will make him feel a little more legitimate in the mu ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Reznor, Rahman, Zimmer & More React to Their Oscar Nominations

    January 25, 2011 4:47 PM EST 0 0 0 As the "Academy Award-nominated" descriptor starts to sink in for 2011's newly anointed Oscar nominees , Billboard.com gathered reactions from the following composers and songwriters recognized in the music categories of best original ...

  13. Ask Billboard: Chart Beat Readers' 2010 Favorites

    December 31, 2010 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 This week, it's all about the best of 2010 - my picks and yours. Here are my favorite concerts, albums (and more) of the past 12 months. Please feel free to share your rankings in the comments section below or at askbb@billboard.com (please inc ...

  14. American Idols Live! / July 1, 2010 / Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)

    July 02, 2010 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coming off a ratings-challenged season that faced harsh criticism of its talent and failed to produce a substantial hit for either of its top two finishers, the American Idols Live! Tour 2010 hit the road Thursday night (July 1) with perhaps somethi ...

  15. 'Idol' Top 10 Ready to Make a 'Beautiful Mess' on Tour

    July 01, 2010 6:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Andrew Garcia was not pleased to learn he'd been dubbed the odds-on favorite to be the messiest member of the men's bus by his fellow performers on this year's American Idols Live! tour. "Really?!" he exclaimed to Billboard. ...

  16. Bret Michaels Plans New Tour, Album

    June 04, 2010 8:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 No groupies. No after-parties. No stage diving. These aren't typical doctor's orders, but bandana-clad Poison frontman Bret Michaels is no average patient. Despite suffering several medical maladies over the past two months, the "Cele ...

  17. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crown ...

  18. Ailing Bret Michaels Performs on 'Idol' finale

    May 26, 2010 10:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Though he has suffered from life-threatening health problems in recent weeks, Bret Michaels appeared in fine form on the "American Idol" stage. The ailing 47-year-old rocker and reality TV star sang and played guitar on Wednesday's st ...

  19. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 10:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospect ...

  20. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV (Night 1)

    May 25, 2010 11:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles holds 7,000 people, so there's no way the cameras can capture everything that goes on during an "American Idol" taping. Luckily, Billboard.com was on the inside and can give you the scoop. Her ...

  21. Videos of the Week: Justin Bieber Bumps His Head, Lady Gaga Eats Barbies, Muse Debuts 'Neutron'

    May 21, 2010 6:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 In this week's 10 viral videos that had everyone buzzing: Justin Bieber bumps his head, Lady Gaga takes a bite out of Barbie, Muse debuts its "Neutron Star Collision" from the latest "Twilight" movie, Janelle Monaé busts a m ...

  22. 'Idol' Boots Casey James, Lee DeWyze & Crystal Bowersox Set for Finale

    May 19, 2010 10:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Casey James was eliminated from "American Idol" on Wednesday night (May 18), leaving Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox as the final two contestants standing. DeWyze and Bowersox will face off next Tuesday for the season nine "Idol" ...

  23. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Hallelujah!' The Judges Love Lee DeWyze

    May 18, 2010 9:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's the final three, which means singer's and judges' choice and hometown visits, which always make me a little teary. (Shut up! It's been a long season!) For all the knocks the show has taken this year, I can say in all honesty ...

  24. Crystal Bowersox Gets 'Idol' Homecoming in Ohio

    May 14, 2010 2:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 The last time Crystal Bowersox appeared on stage near her hometown, she was singing to empty bar stools and playing for tips. Those days are over. Thousands lined streets and packed into a square on Friday waiting to see the bluesy, dreadlocked sing ...

  25. Michael Lynche Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 3 Remains

    May 12, 2010 10:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Lynche couldn't be saved by the "American Idol" judges this time. The burly R&B crooner known as Big Mike was eliminated from "Idol" on Wednesday night (May 12), leaving Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey Jam ...

  26. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze Soar on 'Falling Slowly' Duet

    May 12, 2010 12:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 With Oscar winner and R&B crooner Jamie Foxx as their mentor, the "American Idol" top 4 tackled songs from the movies tonight. Sadly, no one picked the awesome "Ghostbusters" theme that was on the list of cleared songs, but t ...

  27. 'American Idol' Cuts Aaron Kelly, Lady Gaga Performs 'Alejandro'

    May 05, 2010 10:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shooting for the moon didn't turn out so well for "American Idol" finalist Aaron Kelly, who was eliminated from the singing competition on Wednesday (May 5), leaving Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, and Michael Lynche as the ...

  28. 'American Idol' Recap: Clouds Gather For Casey James After "Blue Skies"

    May 04, 2010 9:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 I'm looking forward to Frank Sinatra night -- not just because it's mentored by the awesome Harry Connick Jr. , but because the retro/big band theme nights generally give someone unexpected a chance to shine. (Howdy, Kelly Clarkson !) I al ...

  29. Siobhan Magnus Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 28, 2010 11:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Siobhan Magnus' "American Idol" journey ended Wednesday night (Apr. 28), leaving frontrunner Crystal Bowersox as the only female contestant remaning in the top five. SEE PHOTOS OF SIOBHAN MAGNUS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL' "An i ...

  30. 'American Idols Live! 2010' Tour Dates Announced

    April 28, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 By the time the tour kicks off this summer, one of the 10 "American Idol" finalists will have been crowned the winner, but the entire bunch will hit the road on the "American Idols Live! 2010" tour, it was announced today (Apr. 2 ...

  31. 'American Idol' Recap: Big Mike Shines on Shania Twain Night

    April 28, 2010 1:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 S hania Twain returns as a mentor and specifically to console me that John Park chose such a woofy group of songs in the early rounds, thereby hastening his exit. The Top 6 will perform Shania's catalogue in a twist on country night, presenting ...

  32. Elton John, Black Eyed Peas Perform on Star-Studded 'Idol Gives Back

    April 22, 2010 9:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 E lton John , Alici a Keys , Carrie Underwood , the Black Eyed Peas and other music stars took the stage for Wednesday night's "Idol Gives Back" (Apr. 21), a fund-raising special benefiting children's, hunger and health charities ...

  33. Tim Urban Eliminated on 'Idol Gives Back' Night

    April 21, 2010 10:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tim Urban is "Teflon Tim" no longer, as the "American Idol" hopeful was eliminated during Wednesday night's star-studded, "Idol Gives Back" charity episode (Apr. 21). "We'll miss you buddy," host Rya ...

  34. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze Inspire; The Rest Backfire

    April 20, 2010 7:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's "Idol Gives Back" week, and it appears as though they're going to do the bootings this week as part of the ginormo charity extravaganza Wednesday night. Because there's nothing like comparing heart-rending scenes of act ...

  35. 'Idol' Eliminates Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens As Lambert Performs

    April 15, 2010 9:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Andrew Garcia didn't have to sweat his fate long on Wednesday's "American Idol" when he was voted off the top-rated singing competition just 15 minutes into the live television broadcast. In a double elimination that capped the c ...

  36. 'American Idol' Eliminates Didi Benami, Top 9 To Perform Lennon & McCartney Hits

    March 31, 2010 10:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Didi Benami has a reason to be brokenhearted on "American Idol." The 23-year-old waitress from Los Angeles was eliminated from the ninth season of the Fox singing competition Wednesday. Benami, who was panned for her overdramatic rendition ...

  37. 'American Idol' Recap: Lee Dewyze Rocks Out, Tim Urban Makes Simon Cowell Give Up

    March 31, 2010 8:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Here we are with the "American Idol" Top 10 - the few, the happy few, the band of brothers (and ladies) - destined to be part of the cultural chatter at least through the AI tour this summer. What a long, strange trip it's been - and ...

  38. 'American Idol' Recap: Idols Take on Billboard No. 1s

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Wooo! Billboard No. 1s is the theme this week! The "AI" behind-the-scenes people have been running around our offices this week -- alas, no Miley Cyrus sightings, though. Let's get to it. Oh wait, let's get to it after 10 minutes ...

  39. Lacey Brown First to Go on 'American Idol'

    March 17, 2010 10:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lacey Brown is down and out on "American Idol." The 24-year-old event coordinator from Amarillo, Texas, was the first finalist eliminated from the ninth season of the Fox singing competition Wednesday. Brown, who turned in a lackluster ren ...

  40. 'American Idol' Recap: Aaron Kelly Brings It With the Rolling Stones' 'Angie'

    March 16, 2010 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 First off, let me get my predictions out of the way before the show starts so you can come back and cheer me or mock me afterwards. If you want to see my psychic link with Simon Cowell informed opinions on how the remaining "Idol" contesta ...

  41. 'American Idol' Reveals Surprising Top 12 Results

    March 11, 2010 9:52 PM EST 0 0 0 As "American Idol" prepared to unveil its top 12 finalists, host Ryan Seacrest warned viewers, "We could be in for a surprise or two." He should have said three or four. Lilly Scott, Alex Lambert, Katelyn Epperly and Todrick Hall ...

  42. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Love' Is The Answer For Todrick Hall

    March 10, 2010 8:19 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. --- I have to say, the song spoilers that leaked this afternoon made me super excited for to ...

  43. 'American Idol' Recap: Tim Urban Mounts A Comeback

    March 02, 2010 11:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- Ryan Seacrest begins the evening on a weird note, mentioning Crystal Bowersox's inab ...

  44. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM EST 0 0 0 Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was g ...

  45. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 18, 2010 8:20 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" revealed the remaining 17 of its top 24 season nine contestants on Wednesday night (Feb. 17), following the previous night's unveiling of the first seven finalists and capping off over a month of audition rounds. One b ...

  46. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" revealed the remaining 17 of its top 24 season nine contestants on Wednesday night (Feb. 17), following the previous night's unveiling of the first seven finalists and capping off over a month of audition rounds. O ...