1. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    May 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 “How lucky are we that we get to be here together?” Martina McBride asked the sold-out crowd on board the Carnival Ecstasy this week, where she was performing the first of two shows in Cozumel, Mexico, as part of the cruise line’s new Carnival Live ...

  2. Mother's Day Lifts U.S. Album Sales For Second Week in a Row

    May 16, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Thanks to Mother's Day (May 11), album sales are up for a second week in a row for the first time since the week ending Dec. 22, 2013. Mother's Day gifting helped spur a 5 percent gain in sales in the week ending May 11 (4.6 million), wh ...

  3. 'Frozen' Spends 10th Week at No. 1 On Billboard 200; Sales Climb Past 2 Million

    April 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Tha ...

  4. Martina McBride, 'Everlasting': Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT 11.178 k 220 7 The country star breaks down her new album -- listen to it here FIRST -- and talks "vivacious" duet with Kelly Clarkson Martina McBride's new album, "Everlasting," is all about memories. A collection of pop and R&am ...

  5. Martina McBride on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    Martina McBride on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    January 27, 2014 11:04 AM EST 0 0 0 Martina McBride on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014 music , Grammys , Grammys 2014 , interview , 2014 , red carpet , Billboard , Awards , Martina McBride , Martina McBride Grammys Grammys Martina McBride ...

  6. Jennifer Hudson Headlining Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    January 22, 2014 7:47 PM EST 0 0 0 Chicago, Foreigner, Daughtry also set to perform during concert series Back when she was a nobody, long before she blasted to stardom on "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson sang on a cruise ship. And on Wednesday, t ...

  7. Martina McBride Returns With Soulful, Self-Released Covers Set ‘Everlasting’

    January 16, 2014 1:12 AM EST When Martina McBride started looking for material for her next album, she turned to the great soul singers Aretha Franklin and Etta James for inspiration. The country singer, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing "Everlasting&quo ...

  8. Vince Gill, Jackson Browne Honor Gregg Allman at Tribute Concert

    January 11, 2014 3:19 PM EST 0 0 0 Zac Brown, Taj Mahal, more also joined festivities at Atlanta's Fox Theatre An all-star lineup of musicians feted Gregg Allman Friday night at a tribute concert heralding the southern rock luminary and the blues rock that influenced many artist ...

  9. Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood Among Newest Cancellations at SeaWorld

    December 14, 2013 6:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery and .38 Special among the only artists left on the bill. SeaWorld continues to come under scrutiny as more and more musicians back out of its Brews, Bands and BBQ concert series amid petitions and protests stemming from ...

  10. Martina McBride Sets 'Everlasting' Album

    December 13, 2013 10:51 AM EST 8 0 1 The country star teams with Don Was for new covers collection, out March 4 Martina McBride is no stranger to covers. Her quickest selling album yet, 2005's "Timeless," was a collection of country music classics including "Love� ...

  11. Anatomy Of A Hit: Tyler Farr’s ‘Redneck Crazy’

    November 01, 2013 3:38 PM EDT Not since Dixie Chicks’ 1999 hit “Goodbye Earl” has a country song been as reviled by mainstream media—yet beloved by country radio and fans—as Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” But while the Chicks’ song stalled at No. 13, Farr’s hit recently ascen ...

  12. Diarmuid Quinn, Former Top Exec at Warner Bros & Reprise, Joins Kobalt Label Services

    September 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT Veteran music biz executive Diarmuid Quinn has joined Kobalt Label Services (KLS) in the role as president, North America. Quinn’s tasks include leading and staffing-up Kobalt’s expanding label services operations in the U.S., signing artists fo ...

  13. New Signings: August Alsina to Def Jam, Windish Agency Wins Bobby Womack, Frankie Rose Goes and Labrinth to Paradigm

    August 23, 2013 4:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters ...

  14. Dave Stewart Partners With Kobalt Label Services on New Album ‘Lucky Numbers’

    August 14, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Veteran British musician and entrepreneur Dave Stewart has teamed with Kobalt Label Services for the global release of his new album “Lucky Numbers,” which is due to arrive Sept. 30 through the artist’s own label Weapons of Mass Entertainment. K ...

  15. Happy Birthday, Billboard's Country Songs Chart!

    January 08, 2013 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 The first incarnation of the survey premiered on Jan. 8, 1944. Billboard's Country Songs chart celebrates its anniversary today, having debuted on this date in 1944. The survey started as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" rankin ...

  16. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  17. Gearing Up For the 2013 Grammys: Emerging Talent; Bumps; Opening Numbers

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Four storylines were in place in the weeks leading up to the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 12, 2012. Adele would be making her first appearance since throat surgery, Bruce Springsteen had a new song, Paul McCartney was MusiCares' Pe ...

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  19. Kate McMahon

    November 28, 2012 6:57 PM EST VP/senior director of marketing, the Messina Group/AEG Live Marketing For Messina Kate McMahon, VP/senior director of marketing for the Messina Group/AEG Live, started 2012 with a bang: working on 10 sold-out George Strait dates promoted by TMG fo ...

  20. Martina McBride Launches 'Cozy' Christmas Tour

    November 27, 2012 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Martina McBride knows a thing or two about Christmas. Released in 1998, her classic holiday set "White Christmas" has sold 1.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and her version of "O Holy Night" has become a standar ...

  21. Chart Highlights: Ke$ha Climbs To No. 1 on Pop Songs

    November 26, 2012 4:55 PM EST 0 0 0 The singer scores her third format leader with 'Die Young,' the lead single from her Dec. 4 album 'Warrior.' Plus, a host of new holiday songs enter AC and Jake Owen's 'One' tops Country Airplay. Chart Highlights o ...

  22. Kid Rock: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 12, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Long a holdout from iTunes, the Cowboy is finally taking a bite of the Apple with his new album, "Rebel Soul." "I've always said that there was going to be a day that we were on iTunes." It's Halloween, and Kid Rock is ...

  23. Election Night 2012: Stars React to Obama's Win on Twitter

    November 07, 2012 6:45 AM EST 0 0 0 President Barack Obama was elected to a second term on Tuesday night, edging Governor Mitt Romney by holding on to most of the hard-fought swing states that swept him into office in 2008. Throughout the day, celebs were taking to Twitter to voice th ...

  24. CMA Awards 2012 Predictions: Female Vocalist

    November 01, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 On Tuesday, we took a look at the Male Vocalist category in tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. The list of ladies competing for the Female Vocalist crown is no less thrilling, though maybe a little more easier to pick this ...

  25. Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip Win Big at ASCAP Country Awards

    October 30, 2012 3:21 PM EDT From left; ASCAP's Randy Grimmett, Cal IV's Daniel Hill, songwriter Terry Sawchuk, songwriter Eric Paslay, Cal IV's Natalie Harker and Billy Lynn, ASCAP's Michael Martin. Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwrite ...

  26. John McBride, Clarence Spalding, Ryman And Paradigm Execs, More Honored At IEBA/CMA Touring Awards

    October 10, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Martina McBride accepted the CMA's SRO Award for Front of House Engineer for her husband, John McBride, who was in the studio and unable to attend the awards. At left are awards presenters Kix Brooks, left, and CMA CEO Steve Moore. (Photo: Ri ...

  27. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Band Perry Added To CMA Awards Lineup

    October 08, 2012 10:27 AM EDT Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and the Band Perry have joined the roster of performers at the 46th Annual CMA Awards on November 1. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Sa ...

  28. Lady Antebellum Reach Live Milestone, Talk Next Album & Meeting Springsteen

    October 01, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lady Antebellum has been a force on the charts since their 2008 debut single "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," but according to the trio's Charles Kelley, 2012 was definitely a year where they felt that they took their career to th ...

  29. George Strait Announces His Final Tour

    September 26, 2012 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "It's been a hard decision for me to make, but ... I've decided I'm not going to tour anymore after the next two years" The past few weeks have seen a lot of speculation concerning today's George Strait press conference ...

  30. George Strait's Next Tour To Be His Last 'Structured' Outing: 'The Road Warrior Days Are Over'

    September 26, 2012 3:40 PM EDT George Strait is leaving the concert trail. The iconic country star announced plans for his last formal tour, the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, during a press conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The tour, featuring opening ...

  31. Bubbling Under: Musgraves Makes 'Merry' On Country Songs

    September 21, 2012 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kacey Musgraves, Krewella and Blondfire KACEY MUSGRAVES Kacey Musgraves gains momentu ...

  32. Bubbling Under: Kacey Musgraves, Krewella, Blondfire, and Shane Dawson

    September 20, 2012 5:25 PM EDT >>>MUSGRAVES' 'MERRY' DEBUT Kacey Musgraves gains momentum with a 42-38 jump on Hot Country Songs with debut single "Merry Go 'Round" (Mercury). As a songwriter, the Texas native has placed cuts o ...

  33. Eric Church Thanks 'Pretty Special' Fans For Surprise CMA Nominations

    September 05, 2012 8:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 No one was more surprised by Eric Church 's leading five Country Music Awards nominations than the rising star from North Carolina. He didn't even know they were happening. "The funny part of the story is I've been on vacation th ...

  34. Singer-Songwriter Joe South Dies at 72

    September 05, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Joe South, who wrote the 1971 country-pop hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" for Lynn Anderson, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Flowery Branch, Ga. He was 72. South had a big hit of his own with ...

  35. Singer-Songwriter Joe South Dies at 72

    September 05, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Joe South, who wrote the 1971 country-pop hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" for Lynn Anderson, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Flowery Branch, Ga. He was 72. South had a big hit of his own with ...

  36. CMA Awards: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominations

    September 05, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 The nominations for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced Wednesday morning (September 5), and more than any year in recent memory, a changing of the guard was reflected in the finalists. There was no mention of George Stra ...

  37. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Award Nominations

    September 05, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Eric Church grabbed five nominations for this year's CMA Awards -- including nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief , and three nominations for hit song "Springsteen -- to lead all artists, with husband and wife ...

  38. Bubbling Under: Tim McMorris' Sam Adams Synch 'Overwhelms'

    July 20, 2012 9:47 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Tim McMorris, Ross Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen and DJ Alex Sensation Tim McMorris If you ...

  39. Bubbling Under: Cheers to Sam Adams Pitchman Tim McMorris

    July 20, 2012 9:05 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: Tim McMorris, Ross Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen and DJ Alex Sensation Tim McMorris If you& ...

  40. Food drives and Anti-Poverty Charities Still a Priority for Musicians

    June 14, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 Country juggernaut Big Machine Label Group may have signed a groundbreaking performance royalty pact with Clear Channel, but the music company struck a different kind of partnership with General Mills that has even greater potential for doing good. Th ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. CAA's Rob Light to Take Part in Executive Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit at t ...

  44. Martina McBride to Sing National Anthem at Indy 500

    May 09, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country singer Martina McBride will sing the national anthem at the May 27 Indianapolis 500. McBride's website announced her selection Wednesday. The Grammy-winning singer is a four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Lionel Richie on Track to Top Billboard 200

    April 16, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 L ionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his "Tuskegee" album is on track to hit No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 chart. It would mark his third chart-topping album -- and his first since 1986's &qu ...

  48. Lionel Richie Rides CBS Special to Likely No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Lionel Richie (right) with Kenny Chesney performing together at the "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert," which aired on CBS this past Friday. Lionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his ...

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