1. It's Official: Mike Dungan Appointed Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville

    February 29, 2012 12:42 PM EST As Billboard.biz exclusively reported last week, Mike Dungan -- no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- has been appointed chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville Entertainment, the company announced in a statement ...

  2. Mike Dungan Leaving Capitol Nashville for Universal

    February 23, 2012 5:54 PM EST Multiple sources tell Billboard.biz that Capitol's President/CEO Mike Dungan - no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- will soon be moving over to Universal Nashville. Sources close to the deal confirmed the move, and ...

  3. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. David Nail Is On a Roll: Cardinals Win & a Big New Album Coming

    November 03, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 MCA recording artist David Nail has a lot to be happy about these days. First of all, his beloved St. Louis Cardinals shocked the baseball world by winning the World Series -- the Missouri native was there for the euphoric moment, earlier performing ...

  6. Business Matters: BMG Wants EMI's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Covets EMI Group's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing -- BMG Rights Management is interested in EMI Group's recorded music back catalog rather than its publishing division, BMG Rights CEO Hartwig Masuch told MusicWeek . "Inte ...

  7. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber's Water Balloon Skirmish, Fantasia Cracks Aspirin Joke

    September 10, 2010 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber's Water Balloon Skirmish Justin Bieber had a brief run-in with the law on Sunday (Sept. 9) before taking the stage at a Maryland state fair. The pop st ...

  8. Owen Rises At UMG Nashville

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Jason Owen, senior VP of artist media relations and creative services for MCA and Mercury Nashville, rises to senior VP of artist development and marketing for those labels. Owen reports to Universal Music Nashville chairman Luke Lewis. In addition to ...

  9. UMGN Chief Luke Lewis Signs New Deal

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST 0 0 Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman and CEO Luke Lewis has signed a new, multi-year deal, Billboard.biz has learned. UMGN was Billboard's Top Country Album Label in 2008 and its MCA Nashville was the Top Country Album Imprint. On the ...

  10. The Billboard Q&A: Ryan Adams

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ryan Adams' music is often overshadowed by his eccentric behavior and the pure volume of his recorded output. But on "Cardinology," released Oct. 28 via Lost Highway, his songs are the real story, not Ryan Adams' music is often o ...

  11. Sugarland: Triple Threat

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Exactly!" Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles exclaims when asked if "Beyoncé to Bill Anderson" is a fair assessment of the duo's music. "Exactly!" Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles exclaims when asked if ...

  12. UMGN Shuffles Execs

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville co-chairman James Stroud has exited the company while co-chairman Luke Lewis has signed a contract extension. According to a Universal Music Group spokesman, Stroud decided not to renew his contract and will focus o ...

  13. UMGN Ups Wright To VP

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville senior director of A&R Brian Wright rises to the position of VP of A&R for the label group. He will report to chairman Luke Lewis. Wright has been with the company for over six years and has worked with Suga ...

  14. Four For The Price Of One

    October 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Usually when an artist releases a multiple-CD collection, it is a boxed set of greatest hits with maybe a few previously unreleased tunes thrown in. Usually when an artist releases a multiple-CD collection, it is a boxed set of greatest hits with ma ...

  15. After Four-Disc Set, All Gill Has Left To Try Is Polka

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Years ago, Vince Gill remembers, he went to his record company and proposed the idea of doing "a box set of all new music. Everybody said 'We don't think that's a good idea.' Okay. But it's always bee Years ago, Vince G ...

  16. Hot Product

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Willie Nelson Country Kitchen Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson will release the set, "Countryman," this week via Lost Highway. The album finds the outlaw country icon covering J ...

  17. Willie Readies Reggae Riddims

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson's "Countryman" will see release this summer by Lost Highway. Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses regga ...

  18. Toby Keith Weighing Label Options

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Whether he's serious or simply negotiating in public, Toby Keith surprised attendees at last week's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville by stating that he might leave DreamWorks Records, with whom he's Whether he's serious or simp ...

  19. UMG Nash Finalizes DreamWorks Merger

    May 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT DreamWorks Records' Nashville operation has been merged into Universal Music Group Nashville. The move follows Universal Music Group's <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/business_financ DreamWorks Records' Nas ...

  20. Adams Takes On 'Rock,' 'Love'

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acclaimed alt-country band, Whiskeytown, fans and critics alike have adored pretty much everything he has put out -- no matter how far it found him strayin In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acc ...

  21. Adams Readies Avalanche Of Material

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A veritable avalanche of material from singer/songwriter Ryan Adams is slated for release over the next few months. And, as Adams paints it, it all comes as a result of disagreements he had with his l A veritable avalanche of material from singer/so ...

  22. Gary Allan Couldn't 'Care' Less About Chart Success

    October 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Although he's from Orange County, Gary Allan isn't your typical blue-eyed surfer from Southern California. This wave rider has a top-5 single on the country charts, and instead of sunglasses, ...

  23. Artists, Industry React To Cash's Death

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members of the music industry expressed deep sadness. As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members ...

  24. The 'Great' Journey Of Willie Nelson

    December 17, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Upon a casual listen, Willie Nelson's forthcoming Lost Highway album, "The Great Divide," sounds like it could be pages ripped from the Red-Headed Stranger's road-worn journal. Themes of passionate re Upon a casual listen, Willie ...

  25. Ryan Adams Mines For 'Gold'

    August 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It may come as a surprise even to most fans that Ryan Adams' brand of barroom rock and misty-eyed balladry owes as much to the less-hip corners of rock culture (such as Slayer) as it does to such icon Spend enough time with lauded singer/songwr ...

  26. 'Newcomer' Jamie O'Neal's Happy On Top

    August 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "It feels great," says country artist Jamie O'Neal of scoring a No. 1 country single in the song "When I Think About Angels," from her debut Mercury solo album "Shiver." "I wasn't expecting it at all. It& ...

  27. Actor Billy Bob Thornton Channels 'Private Radio'

    August 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton has one request: Listen to his Lost Highway debut, "Private Radio," with open ears and an open mind. "I'm not saying you have to like [the record]," he says. "I Academy Award winn ...

  28. Robert Earl Keen Hopes New Disc Will Defy 'Gravity'

    July 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Already a monster act in his home state of Texas, singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen is making serious inroads in many other markets. Hopes are that Keen's new Lost Highway release, "Gravitational For Already a monster act in his home stat ...

  29. Whiskeytown On Lost Highway

    April 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Ugh," Whiskeytown's Mike Daly mutters, as he begins to describe the two-year delay in the release of the alt-country band's third full-length album, "Pneumonia. "It was like waiting in a really "Ugh," Whiskey ...

  30. Whiskeytown On Lost Highway

    April 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Ugh," Whiskeytown's Mike Daly mutters, as he begins to describe the two-year delay in the release of the alt-country band's third full-length album, "Pneumonia. "It was like waiting in a really long "Ugh," Wh ...