1. Billboard Cover: Blake Shelton on Heartache, Falling In Love Again and Starting Over After Being in the 'Middle of Hell'

    July 28, 2016 9:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Nashville’s clown prince Blake Shelton is sorting through the fallout from his divorce from Miranda Lambert and new romance with Gwen Stefani, he feels like he’s starting from square one. "It's a stupid song," Blake Shelton says wi ...

  2. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's ...

  3. Big D & Bubba, Others Learn From Their Mistakes While Blazing Podcasting Trail

    June 29, 2016 12:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Even before the 2014 runaway success of Serial , the business of podcasting has been on a hot streak. Radio personalities, artists and others are increasingly joining the trend, hosting a colorful array of podcasts that are often quite different fro ...

  4. Warner Music Nashville Chairman/CEO John Esposito on Making It in Nashville as an Outsider and Blake Shelton Being the Ultimate Team Player

    May 27, 2016 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The man Blake Shelton calls "boss" on his new post, success, righting the Warner ship and making it in Nashville as an outsider. As the captain of Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito has sworn a loyalty oath to Music City, but a wall in ...

  5. Warner Music Nashville's John Esposito Honored, Brett Eldredge Covers Sinatra at Music Biz 2016

    May 17, 2016 2:36 PM EDT Newly promoted  Warner Music Nashville chairman/CEO  John Esposito was honored and hit-making country star  Brett Eldredge performed a rousing set at this morning’s Awards Breakfast for the Music Biz 2016 convention, held in Nashville. Esposito cal ...

  6. How Blake Shelton Navigates The Terrain Between The CMAs and 'The Voice'

    September 17, 2013 12:28 PM EDT It’s no secret that country artists campaign during awards season. Or that the biggest cluster of potential Country Music Assn. votes reside in Nashville, the business center for the genre. Still, Blake Shelton certainly didn’t orchestrate all o ...

  7. Backbeat: Warner Nashville's ACM Party Draws New Talent – RaeLynn, Angie Johnson – and Top Managers to MGM Grand

    April 08, 2013 11:36 AM EDT The buzz of Hunter Hayes rightfully permeated the Warner Nashville party held outdoors at the MGM Grand after the ACM Awards concluded. Warner Nashville president John Esposito was thrilled to hear that Hayes had been hanging out with Stevie W ...

  8. Backbeat: Warner Music Nashville Team Celebrates CMA Wins With Faith Hill, John Esposito, More

    November 02, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The mood was definitely celebratory at Warner Music Nashville 's post- CMA Awards bash held at the company's headquarters on Music Row . The evening's big winner was Blake Shelton , who took home trophies for entertainer and male vo ...

  9. Gloriana Transforms Into Trio With Chart Success

    July 26, 2012 5:35 PM EDT With the current chart success of Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it's a good time to be a country group. Now, Gloriana can be added to that list. As its latest single, "(Kissed You) Good Night," ...

  10. Dwight Yoakam Says Beck Collab Has Creedence Feel

    June 06, 2012 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dwight Yoakam hasn't released an all-new studio album since 2005's "Blame the Vain", but that will change this fall with his return to Warner Music. The trad-country master spoke about the still-untitled effort, which will includ ...

  11. Dwight Yoakam Talks Return to Warner, Working With Beck at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam speaks to Billboard's Tom Roland during his Keynote Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) 1986 saw the release of one country music's most acclaimed albums ever -- Dwight Yoakam's Guitars ...

  12. Kenny Rogers Signs With Warner Bros.

    May 10, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Bros. Records and Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967. Rogers broke ...

  13. Kenny Rogers Signs Long-Term Deal With Warner Bros.

    May 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967. Rogers broke the news Wednesday nigh ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Exclusive: Blake Shelton Re-Ups with Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 8:54 AM EDT Blake Shelton, the Country Music Association.'s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, has re-signed with Warner Music Nashville, Billboard.Biz has learned exclusively. "I couldn't imagine going anywhere else, especially with the team ...

  16. Dwight Yoakam Returns to Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Dwight Yoakam has returned to Warner Music Nashville -- his first major-label home -- after a decade elsewhere. Yoakam debuted on the Top Country Albums chart in 1986 with "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc," which spent two weeks at No. 1. ...

  17. Record Company or 'Entertainment Company'? Labels Grapple With the Future at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 10:47 AM EDT Label Heads: Michael Powers, Partner, Bigger Picture Group ; Tom Baldrica, President, Average Joe's Entertainment; John Allen, Vice President, Bug Music; John Esposito, President, Warner Music Nashville; Glenn Peoples, Senior Editorial Analys ...

  18. Kenny Chesney to Sit for Q&A at Billboard Country Summit

    April 19, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country superstar Kenny Chesney will sit down for a candid Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). The event, set to take place in Nashville on June 6-7 at the Re ...

  19. Jbara To Lead WEA, WMG Launches Nashville Division

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Mike Jbara was promoted to president and CEO WEA Corp., the U.S. sales and retail marketing company of Warner Music Group. Jbara replaces John Esposito , who has been named president of Warner Music Nashville, a newly launched division which was annou ...

  20. WEA Cuts 70 Staffers

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT WEA is cutting 70 staffers serving the traditional brick-and-mortar marketplace, as part of Warner Music Group's ongoing transition to become more digitally focused . Some of those cuts will eventually be replaced by new hires working in the ...

  21. Warner Forms Independent Label Group

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Todd Moscowitz named ILG president. The Warner Music Group has created the Independent Label Group to oversee the company’s indie label endeavors. Todd Moscowitz has been named ILG's president. Moscowitz, who joined WMG in 2004 as president o ...

  22. WEA Reorganizes U.S. Units

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST In the wake of the departure of WEA executive VP of sales and marketing John Madison, WEA Corp. has been reorganized into four distinct units, with some of its top executives promoted and given new re In the wake of the departure of WEA executive ...