1. 'Alabama & Friends' Tribute to Feature Luke Bryan, Toby Keith & More (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2013 9:15 PM EDT Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney are among the artists paying tribute to Alabama on the legendary country group’s “Alabama & Friends.” The album, which will feature members of Alabama duetting with the acts on some of ...

  2. Backbeat: Show Dog Universal Music Shows Off Its New Crop of Talent During ACMs

    April 08, 2013 10:36 AM EDT Show Dog Universal Music, the independent label founded by Toby Keith in 2005 and which merged with Universal Records South in 2007, hosted its 3rd annual brunch at the ACMs today in Las Vegas. Held at Craftsteak at the MGM Grand, the event dr ...

  3. Gary Allan Offers Free Song With Sandy Donation

    December 04, 2012 9:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Many people in the northeast section of the United States have been affected by the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, and those events have moved country star Gary Allan beyond words - so he's trying to help with his music - and video. The clip ...

  4. 615 Spotlight: JT Hodges Ready to Launch Debut Album

    August 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 JT Hodges is enjoying life right now -- as well he should. The performer is less than a week away from the release of his self-titled debut for Show Dog -- Universal. It's a release that has a lot of people excited for its' diverse collect ...

  5. Trace Adkins Readies 'Proud To Be Here' In Wake of Home Fire

    August 01, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although Trace Adkins' new album, "Proud to be Here," arrives Aug. 2 through Show Dog Universal, the Louisiana-born singer has other things on his mind. "It's really been hard," says Adkins, whose Brentwood, Tenn. home ...

  6. Josh Turner Debuts on Country Chart With 'Haywire' Album

    February 22, 2010 4:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Fueled by national TV guest spots, a hit video and a No. 1 single with "Why Don't We Just Dance?," MCA Nashville's Josh Turner debuts on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at No. 2 and on the Billboard 200 at No. 5 with hi ...

  7. Vern Gosdin, Country Music's 'The Voice,' Dies At 74

    April 30, 2009 8:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country singer/songwriter Vern Gosdin, known as "The Voice" for his distinctive tone and heart-wrenching way with a lyric, died Monday night in Nashville following a recent stroke. He was 74. Born in Woodland, Alabama, Gosdin's singin ...

  8. Buenahora Finds New Home At Universal South

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Capitol Records Nashville senior director of A&R Arthur Buenahora, Jr. joins Universal Records South as VP of A&R. He will report to label president Mark Wright. Buenahora began his career in 1997 at the ground level at Sony/ATV/Tree Publi ...

  9. Wilson Just 'One Of The Boys' On New CD

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country star Gretchen Wilson has set a May 15 release date for her third album, "One of the Boys," which will be released by Columbia in the wake Epic Nashville's closure last year. Wilson co-produced Country star Gretchen Wilson has ...

  10. Fletcher Named Senior VP At Uni South

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Van Fletcher has re-signed with Universal Records South and assumes the role of senior VP of sales and operations for the label. Fletcher reports to Mark Wright, president of Uni South and Fletcher Foster, the label's senior VP/GM. Prior to j ...

  11. DuBois, Brown To Exit Uni South; Wright Steps In

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Departing execs to assist with transition period. Universal South Records co-founders Tim DuBois and Tony Brown will soon step down and be replaced by veteran producer, songwriter and label executive Mark Wright, who will hold the title of preside ...

  12. Montgomery Gentry Embraces 'Change' On New CD

    August 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country duo Montgomery Gentry will unveil its fifth studio album, "Some People Change," Oct. 24 via Columbia. The title cut is No. 29 in its sixth week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Country duo Montgomery Gentry will unveil ...

  13. 41st Academy of Country Music Awards - Final Nominees

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 in Las Vegas. Below are the final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a ce ...

  14. Hot Product

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gretchen Wilson Country Crooner On her new album, Gretchen Wilson sings about being "on the stool side of the bar these days, buying everyone a round." Like much of the Epic album, "All Jacked Up," that lyric is an autobiographic ...

  15. Gretchen 'All Jacked Up' On New Album

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen Wilson spent the better part of January and February recording material for her sophomore album. The result is t Knowing she had substantial touring commitments ...

  16. 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees Here are the nominees for the 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 17 in Las Vegas: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR BROOKS & DUNN KENNY CHESNEY TOBY KEITH TIM McGRAW KEITH URBAN TOP MAL ...

  17. Van Zant Brothers Go Country

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant are teaming up to record a country album for Sony's Columbia Records Nashville label. Brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant are teaming up to record a country album for Sony's Columbia Records Nashville la ...

  18. Brooks & Dunn Pen New Songs For 'Greatest II'

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brooks & Dunn have recorded three new songs for their second best-of compilation, "The Greatest Hits Collection II." Brooks & Dunn have recorded three new songs for their second best-of compilation, "The Greatest Hits Collecti ...

  19. Breaking & Entering

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Lacuna Coil, James Otto, Venus Hum. ITALIAN IMPORTS: Lacuna Coil launched a U.S. tour this week, about a year after the Italian metal act released its third album, ...

  20. Breaking & Entering

    August 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Sarai, Billy Talent and Josh Turner. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. ONE OF THE LADIES: The succ ...

  21. Springsteen Covers Set To Fight Parkinson's, Sarcoma

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Elvis Costello, Joe Ely, Graham Parker, Pete Yorn, and Billy Bragg are among the artists who have contributed tracks to "Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen." The two-disc covers collection w Elvis Costello, Joe Ely, Graham Parker ...

  22. Patsy Cline Tribute, TV Special Take Shape

    August 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country legend Patsy Cline's musical influence continues its ride almost 40 years after her death. A tribute album featuring such artists Norah Jones and Diana Krall is in the works, and a remastered Country legend Patsy Cline's musical in ...

  23. On 'Forgive,' Howard Makes Musical Strides

    July 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Powered by proven commercial clout as a songwriter, powerhouse vocal chops, and an ear-grabbing leadoff single, Rebecca Lynn Howard could be poised to break big with "Forgive," her second rele ...

  24. Chase the Sun

    June 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 MCA newcomer Shannon Lawson impresses out of the gate, powered by notable musicianship and sturdy vocals and songwriting chops. MCA newcomer Shannon Lawson impresses out of the gate, powered by notable musicianship and sturdy vocals and songwriting ...

  25. Shannon Lawson Ready For His Place In The 'Sun'

    May 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rarely, if ever, does a new artist emerge on a country label with a more diverse musical resume than Shannon Lawson. Like nearly all Kentucky-born musicians, Lawson cut his teeth on bluegrass music, p Rarely, if ever, does a new artist emerge on a c ...

  26. Keith, Brooks & Dunn Lead ACM Nominees

    March 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With six nominations each, Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith are the top contenders for the 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Both acts are nominated in the entertainer of the year cat With six nominations each, Brooks & Dunn and ...

  27. Sara Evans Leads CMA Awards Nominees

    August 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With nominations in five categories, RCA artist Sara Evans leads the contenders for the 35th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Other multiple nominees include Brooks & Dunn and Alan J With nominations in five categories, RCA artist ...

  28. Yearwood Goes All 'Out'

    May 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Trisha Yearwood knows that lightning doesn't strike twice. So after she released the MCA Nashville album "Real Live Woman" in March 2000, Yearwood says, she "didn't know what to do" as a follow-up. Af Trisha Yearwood kn ...