1. Nashville Knowledge: Billboard Country Music Summit To Examine Genre's Wild Success

    May 29, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Willie Nelson will do a live Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: David McClister) Nashville may be known as Music City, but it's also "music business city," and that is singularly true for the country genre. Sophi ...

  2. Summer Music Preview: Showstopping Tours

    May 24, 2012 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 Miranda Lambert tour: On Fire Booking Agent: Joey Lee, ­William Morris Endeavor Dates: June 1-Sept. 7 Country has developed a wealth of new headliners during the past decade. But most of these newer acts are either male (Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric ...

  3. Summer Music Preview: Concert Biz Comeback

    May 23, 2012 10:45 PM EDT 0 0 Whether you're a stakeholder in the touring industry or just an enthusiastic concert fan, the list of acts touring in 2012 looks very good on paper. Ultimately, however, the only paper that matters on the business end of things is the green stuff ...

  4. Bands & Brands Hit CMA Fest

    May 23, 2012 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 For four decades, the Country Music Assn. Music Festival has attracted fans annually to Nashville with the promise of an overload of music and the chance to interact one-on-one with the artists who make it. In turn, the CMA's biggest attraction t ...

  5. Nashville Knowledge

    May 23, 2012 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 Nashville may be known as Music City, but it's also "music business city," and that is singularly true for the country genre. Sophisticated, ever-evolving and remarkably successful, the country music business will be explored from every ...

  6. Columbia, Interscope, Universal Republic Artists Top Billboard Music Award Winners List

    May 21, 2012 12:00 AM EDT The label competition to rack up wins at the Billboard Music Award Show tonight turned out to be a two-horse race between Sony Music Entertainment and the Universal Music Group. Check Out All Our Coverage of the Billboard Music Awards Right Here S ...

  7. Adele Tops Billboard Music Awards, Hot Performances By Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Stevie Wonder, More

    May 20, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Pat Houston (left) with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina who accepted the Billboard Millennium award for her mother following an emotional tribute by Jordin Sparks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) Adele ha ...

  8. Billboard Music Awards: The Winners List

    May 20, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Adele was the biggest winner at tonight's Billboard Music Awards, taking home twelve trophies off the strength of her Grammy-winning album 21 and singles such as the chart-topping "Rolling in the Deep." LMFAO were the second top win ...

  9. Kelly Clarkson to Premiere 'Dark Side' at BBMAs, Talks 'Duets'

    May 18, 2012 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 K elly Clarkson will premiere her new single "Dark Side" at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday in a mashup with "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." The singer, now 10 years and five albums removed from her season one victory ...

  10. Live Nation Ticket Sales Up 25% YTD; Diverse Touring Line-Up Drives Numbers, $4 Beers Await Fans

    May 18, 2012 4:15 PM EDT With a lineup of tours that touches on virtually every genre and musical scene, Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and amphitheater operator, seems to be on a path to continue the rebound of 2011, after suffering the brunt of an overal ...

  11. Country Countdown: Jason Aldean Hits No. 1 With 'Fly Over States'

    May 17, 2012 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Luke Bryan Achieves His Eighth Top 10 With 'Drunk on You' Jason Aldean claims his seventh leader on Country Songs -- his first in almost a year -- as "Fly Over States" stacks 37.9 million impressions (up 2.4 million) and steps 2- ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Bubbling Under: Cher Lloyd 'Back' for the First Time

    May 11, 2012 1:15 PM EDT The fertile waters of the U.K. reality TV show "X Factor" show have already given the Billboard charts Leona Lewis and, more recently, One Direction. Now the program has sent over 18-year-old Cher Lloyd, who finished fourth in the 2011 s ...

  14. Bubbling Under: Cher Lloyd 'Back' for the First Time

    May 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Cher Lloyd, Callaghan, Leah LaBelle and Andy Gibson. The fertile waters of the U.K. ...

  15. Thomas Rhett's Not-So-Idle 'Hands' Rises Country Chart

    May 08, 2012 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Talks Scoring a Writing Credit for Jason Aldean, Working Songs With His Dad Rhett Atkins Things are moving very fast in the world of Thomas Rhett these days. The Georgia native is watching as his debut single, "Something To Do With My Hands,&qu ...

  16. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead CMT Nominations

    April 23, 2012 1:27 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift atop the list, look no further than the CMT Music Awards nominations for proof country music's new favorite color is blonde. Underwood earned five nominations, L ...

  17. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift wi ...

  18. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  19. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson, one of the most importantand influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Assn. Nelson will be inte ...

  20. Carrie Underwood Enters Top 10 on Country Chart

    April 06, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jake Owen Has Top Song, While Lionel Richie Scores Biggest Country Album Debut in a Year Jake Owen claims a second week atop Country Songs with "Alone with You," which improves 688,000 audience impressions for a total of 37 million during ...

  21. Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Hot Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star," on Sunday's (April 1) CBS telecast of the 47th Annual Academy of Country ...

  22. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pairing of country superstars could lead to just the second top 10 start in the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era. In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a ne ...

  23. Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

    April 03, 2012 2:01 PM EDT From left: Musicians Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and TV personality Lee Lakosky participate in the NRA Country ACM Celebrity Shoot Hosted By Blake Shelton at the Desert Hills Shooting Club in South Boulder City, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Gett ...

  24. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 02, 2012 6:32 AM EDT Kiss with Lady Antebellum at Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards. (Getty Images) The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple ...

  25. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 01, 2012 11:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple of surprises. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum repeated wins in the Entertainer, ...

  26. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win?

    March 29, 2012 6:20 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this Sunday, April 1 with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosting on CBS. This year's categories look to be more competitive than ever. Who has the inside track? We take a look at t ...

  27. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win?

    March 29, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this Sunday, April 1 with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosting on CBS. This year's categories look to be more competitive than ever. Who has the inside track? We take a look at the ...

  28. Goldenvoice Buys Acreage of Coachella Festival Site

    March 25, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Goldenvoice, promoter of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, last week completed the purchase of 280 acres of land comprised of Eldorado Polo Club, Triangle Bar Farms, Fish Creek and Ambassador Gle ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Kenny Rogers to Join Lionel Richie at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 14, 2012 11:33 AM EDT When Lionel Richie hits the stage at Billboard's annual showcase at South By Southwest tonight, he'll be joined by Kenny Rogers, a man he calls his "mentor" and "the most important person" in the launching of the seco ...

  31. Kenny Rogers to Join Lionel Richie at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 14, 2012 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Old Friends Will Play 'Lady' at Richie's SXSW Debut When Lionel Richie hits the stage at Billboard's annual showcase at South By Southwest tonight, he'll be joined by Kenny Rogers , a man he calls his "mentor" and ...

  32. Tracy Lawrence on 'Chasing Skirts' Days With Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw

    March 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Tracy Lawrence's first number one record -- "Sticks and Stones." The singer admits that he takes a lot of pride in looking back at his first trip to the top. "It's real exciting l ...

  33. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  34. Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery Added to CMA Festival Lineup

    March 08, 2012 4:55 PM EST 0 0 0 The 2012 CMA Music Festival is shaping up to be one of the biggest that Nashville has ever seen. And, the party keeps getting bigger. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake S ...

  35. Lionel Richie to Headline Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Icon Tops Austin Bill That Includes The-Dream, Polica, Wallpaper. & More Hello, Austin. We have what you're looking for. Lionel Richie , whose timeless hits include "Easy and "Endless Love," will headline Billboard 's an ...

  36. Lionel Richie to Headline Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST Hello, Austin. We have what you're looking for. Lionel Richie, whose timeless hits include "Easy and "Endless Love," will headline Billboard's annual showcase at South by Southwest's Music Festival on March 14 at Aust ...

  37. Backbeat: Faith Hill, Eli Young Band, David Nail Rock CRS 2012's Final Day

    February 25, 2012 3:47 PM EST The 2012 CRS New Faces line-up. The final day of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2012 featured a variety of panels and events and capped by the annual New Faces Show, which showcased young artists trying to make themselves known at radio. The morning ...

  38. Lady Antebellum Already Working on 'Night' Follow-Up

    February 23, 2012 4:55 PM EST 0 0 0 The shine is still bright on Lady Antebellum 's Grammy Award for Best Country Album for 2011's "Own the Night," but the trio is already at work on its follow-up even as it tours to support its third album. "We probably have ...

  39. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' Starts on Pop Songs

    February 20, 2012 3:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Kelly Clarkson, Gotye and Keith Urban concurrently celebrate new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our ...

  40. Grammy Gains: 20 Albums Shoot Up Billboard 200

    February 15, 2012 7:20 PM EST 0 0 0 While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day as the Grammy Awards -- the Billboard 200 chart still gets shaken up by the annual ceremony. Though next week's list will see a ...

  41. Grammy Sales Bumps: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay Among 20 Grammy-Related Titles in Top 50

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM EST Justin Vernon of Bon Iver whose two Grammy nodes helped his album sell 12,000 units, up 105% from the week before. (Getty Images) While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day ...

  42. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  43. Country Music's Very Good Grammy Night

    February 13, 2012 4:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Emotion reigned supreme at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, from the dramatic return and triumph of Adele to Jennifer Hudson's stunning tribute to Whitney Houston. Nashville was well represented as well, with some of the biggest stars in country mu ...

  44. Who Will Get Big Grammy Sales Bumps? Adele? Civil Wars? Bruno Mars? Retailers Weigh In

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As the music industry convenes on Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, merchants across America are gearing up for the sales boost that the show always brings. The only question is: Which winners and performers will see the biggest b ...

  45. Brantley Gilbert Soaks Up ACM Nomination: 'Feels Great'

    February 10, 2012 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Yesterday was a big day for Brantley Gilbert. The singer received the news that he -- along with Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery -- was a nominee for the ACM Top New Artist award. "It feels great," he told Billboard. "I couldn't ...

  46. Grammys 2012: Country Music Getting the Cold Shoulder?

    February 10, 2012 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Lady Antebellum landed an unexpected knockout of Eminem and took the night with five Grammys last year, including record and song of the year for "Need You Now." Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band broke through in the general categories the y ...

  47. Beach Boys Reunion Begins at Grammys, With Foster the People & Maroon 5

    February 08, 2012 5:53 PM EST The surviving members of The Beach Boys will perform together for the first time in more than 20 years at Sunday's Grammy Awards (Feb. 12) in a joint appearance with sun-drenched nominees Foster the People and Maroon 5, it was announced on We ...

  48. Foo Fighters, Lil Wayne, David Guetta, Deadmau5 & Chris Brown to Lead Dance Music Tribute at Grammys

    February 07, 2012 4:04 PM EST For the sake of the Grammys, Dave Grohl is squelching his beef with electronic music. The Foo Fighters, who have been known to diss computer-made tracks and their creators during their live shows, will participate in a "special performance hi ...

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