1. Cledus T. Judd Parodies Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town on 'Parodyziac'

    October 16, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Cledus T. Judd, the Georgia native who has won fans with parodies of songs by acts such as Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Toby Keith, is back at it once again, with "Parodyziac," out today on Warner Brothers. Judd told Billboard that nobody ...

  2. Up And 'Away': Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Airplay Chart

    October 16, 2012 5:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 'Blown Away' rises 2-1 to become her 13th leader on the radio-based chart. Since Carrie Underwood first topped Billboard's radio-based country ranking nearly seven years ago, her contemporaries in the solo female artist category have ...

  3. Luke Bryan Tops American Country Awards Nominees

    October 10, 2012 8:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday ...

  4. WME Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell Talks Strategy, Social, EDM, AEG, More at IEBA Conference

    October 09, 2012 2:06 PM EDT At the International Entertainment Buyers Assn. (IEBA) convention in Nashville Monday, from left: Greg Oswald, co-head, Nashville office, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO, WME; Bill Werde, editorial director, Billbo ...

  5. Loretta Lynn's 50th Year at Opry Toasted by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack

    September 27, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 1960, country newcomer Loretta Lynn and her husband "Mooney" traveled across America on what many country historians call one of the first of what we call 'radio tours' today. One of their destinations was Nashville, where the ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Miranda Lambert Backstage at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012

    Miranda Lambert Backstage at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012

    September 24, 2012 8:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert Backstage at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 IHeartRadio , interview , Miranda Lambert , Miranda Lambert Backstage , Interview , Miranda Lambert Videos Miranda Lambert Backstage Interview Miranda Lambert ...

  8. Backbeat: No Doubt, Green Day, Clear Channel Execs Backstage At IHeartRadio Festival

    September 24, 2012 10:38 AM EDT Members of No Doubt pose with Billboard's Andrew Hampp and their Billboard cover from August 18. "It's sort of the Super Bowl of music," Clear Channel 's programming chief Tom Poleman told Billboard days before the officia ...

  9. iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 Day 1 Highlights

    iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 Day 1 Highlights

    September 22, 2012 8:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 Day 1 Highlights Las Vegas , Lil Wayne , psy , Bon Jovi , Usher , Rihanna , GANGNAM STYLE , Jason Aldean , megan and liz , IHeartRadio Videos Bon Jovi Gwen Stefani Jason Aldean Lil Wayne Miranda Lambert PSY Rihanna Sw ...

  10. iHeartRadio 2012: Bon Jovi's New Music, Gwen Gets Hit On + More Backstage Moments

    September 22, 2012 8:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 iHeartRadio Music Festival's first night was jam-packed with highlights , shared with 13,000 attendees at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel Friday night and potentially dozens of millions of listeners and viewers across various Clear Channel radi ...

  11. No Doubt, Rihanna, Usher, Rock IHeartRadio Fest In Las Vegas on Day One

    September 22, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Kevin Mazur/WireImage "Go ahead and stare / and take a picture please / if you need," Gwen Stefani pleaded several songs into No Doubt's opening set at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Friday night at the MGM Grand. The lyric ...

  12. iHeartRadio 2012: No Doubt, Rihanna, Usher Rock Vegas on Day 1

    September 22, 2012 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Go ahead and stare / and take a picture please / if you need,"and Demi Lovato , on separate occasions, as well as Olympian Ryan Lochte) and a giant onstage wall of photos and tweets posted and updated throughout the night, it was hard to ...

  13. Green Day Smashes Guitars, Storms Off Stage at iHeartRadio

    September 22, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 iHeartRadio 2012 : Photos & More ALL THE BEST LIVE & CANDID PICS • Day 1 Live Recap: No Doubt, Bon Jovi, Rihanna Rattle Las Vegas • Green Day Punks Crowd, Breaks Guitars It seemed like things were running smoothly for the first night of the ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Pistol Annies Bring Nashville to New York for Tour Kickoff

    September 14, 2012 8:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Despite first show jitters, the Pistol Annies didn't let their nerves get the best of them in New York on Thursday night. Their 75-minute Terminal 5 set included many of the tracks off the country trio's debut release "Hell On Heels&q ...

  17. 'The Voice' Premieres, Favoring Youth Over the Sentimental

    September 11, 2012 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 A youth movement permeated the premiere of season three of "The Voice." No hard-luck stories, no 40-somethings hoping for one last chance, no broken dreams, just singers in their ascendancy -- even the Scottish performer in his mid-30s had ...

  18. Made In America: Did it Work?

    September 11, 2012 11:36 AM EDT The "Made In America: Did It Work?" story below examines the festival's attendance, sponsors, partnerships, marketing, bookings and branding towards determining if the eventwas a success or not and is from this week's edition o ...

  19. Taylor Swift, Dean Brody Take Home Canadian Country Music Association Honors

    September 10, 2012 10:33 AM EDT While Toronto has been buzzing with the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and music stars from Selena Gomez to Rob Zombie and Natalie Maines descending on the city to help promote certain films, two provinces west in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ...

  20. Venues Raising Their Profile

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT ArenaNetwork, Venue Coaltion help venues get on agents, promoters and artist managers' radar. There's some good news for the North American arena business. "The volume of things we're working on has never been greater," Ve ...

  21. Made In America: Did It Work?

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Sorting the numbers on the new Jay-Z fest Budweiser Made in America had a lot of elements of a blockbuster: a curated lineup and headlining set from Jay-Z, promotion from Live Nation, live streams from YouTube and Pandora and a title sponsorship f ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger, Jay-Z & Beyonce, Skrillex & Ellie: Music's Top 10 Couples

    August 22, 2012 5:22 PM EDT Pop songstress Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger (i.e. "Chavril") yesterday (Aug. 21) announced their engagement, joining the ranks of celebrity music couples like Jay-Z and Beyonce, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, Blake ...

  26. After Lady Antebellum and Band Perry, Who Will Be Next Country Stars to Emerge From State/County Fair Circuit?

    August 21, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Mockingbird Sun Lady Antebellum did it. The Band Perry did it. Now Mockingbird Sun hopes it can repeat the process. The band, represented by the Paradigm booking agency and HK Management but not yet signed to a label, played what could be a predic ...

  27. 40 Under 40: Arturo Buenahora Jr.

    August 02, 2012 2:42 PM EDT Arturo Buenahora Jr. GM, Creative, Olé Website: MajorlyIndie.com Swift Hit Spotter Arturo Buenahora Jr., 39, knows a good thing when he hears it. He signed a young Pennsylvania newcomer named Taylor Swift to her first publishing deal; was responsi ...

  28. Gloriana Rocks Nashville Summer Beats Concert

    July 31, 2012 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Series landed in Music City on Monday with a rollicking, hip-shaking set courtesy of country upstarts Gloriana . The event, held at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom, served as a showcase of some of th ...

  29. Rob Thomas Joins 'The Voice' to Mentor Team Cee Lo

    July 25, 2012 9:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rob Thomas is the latest singer to join "The Voice" as a mentor. The crooner will assist Cee Lo Green 's team when the show returns for its third season this fall, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. "I'm really excited to ...

  30. Win Watershed Music Festival Tickets

    July 24, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Watershed Music Festival is shaping up to be one of summer's biggest parties, with a lineup that is one of the strongest of any of the country music festivals around. Taking place August 3-5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. ...

  31. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  32. Johnny Reid Leads Canadian Country Music Awards; Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean to Perform

    July 20, 2012 12:52 PM EDT The 30th annual Canadian Country Music Awards nominations were announced yesterday with Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford and Jason Blaine leading the pack. The awards will be handed out on Sept. 9 which cap-off Canada's Country Music Wee ...

  33. Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble Added to 'The Voice' as Advisors

    July 20, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Mary J. Blige and Michael Buble will find their voices as advisors on NBC's The Voice in the upcoming Fall season. Powerhouse R&B singer Blige has signed on as an advising mentor for Adam Levine's team, Blige's rep confirmed. Ma ...

  34. Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige Join 'The Voice' as Advisors

    July 20, 2012 8:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige and Michael Buble will find their voices as advisors on NBC's The Voice in the upcoming Fall season. Powerhouse R&B singer Blige has signed on as an advising mentor for Adam Levine 's team, Blige's rep confirmed to T ...

  35. CW Network To Kick-Off Fall Season With Exclusive iHeartRadio Music Fest Broadcast

    July 18, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The CW television network today announced it will kick off its 2012 Fall season with an exclusive broadcast of Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival on Oct. 1. The two-day concert, which takes place Sept 21-22 at the MGM Grand in Las Veg ...

  36. iHeartRadio Music Fest Sells Out in Less Than Ten Minutes...Again

    July 16, 2012 4:00 PM EDT iHeartRadio is two for two for sold out music festivals selling all of the tickets for its 2012 show in just eight minutes on Saturday (July 14). Their inaugural show last year sold out in less than 10 minutes. For the Sept. 21 and 22 show at the ...

  37. iHeartRadio Festival Returns With Headliners Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Usher

    July 09, 2012 10:51 AM EDT Clear Channel's inaugural two-day dance through Las Vegas last year was dubbed "the biggest live music event in radio history," and they're bringing back the moniker again this year, with headliners that span the breadth of pop ...

  38. Coachella Grosses More Than $47 Million

    June 20, 2012 11:24 AM EDT From left at Stagecoach; Brad Paisley manager Bill Simmons, Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett, Paisley, Goldenvoice talent coordinator Stacy Vee, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agents Steve Hauser and Rob Beckham. The numbers are final ...

  39. Country Countdown: Carrie Underwood Scores 12th No. 1

    June 07, 2012 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Underwood claims her 12th No. 1 on Country Songs, while spending a fifth week atop Country Albums. C arrie Underwood claims her 12th No. 1 on Country Songs , as "Good Girl" gains 2.6 million audience impressions and flies 4-1. It's he ...

  40. Carrie Underwood Wins Top Prize at CMT Music Awards

    June 07, 2012 7:56 AM EDT The CMT Music Awards proved to have something for everyone, with 80s rockers to the Presidential candidates getting air time during Wednesday night's telecast. Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the show had enough to keep fans -- at home ...

  41. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood Wins Top Video Prize

    June 07, 2012 1:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 The CMT Music Awards proved to have something for everyone, with 80s rockers to the Presidential candidates getting air time during Wednesday night's telecast. Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the show had enough to keep fans -- at home a ...

  42. Billboard Country Music Summit Round Table Gallery With Execs From Sony-ATV, CAA, TicketMob, Others

    June 05, 2012 2:45 PM EDT The Publishing Roundtable, with Troy Tomlinson, President & CEO Sony ATV Music -Nashville; Wade Jessen, Senior Chart Manager/Nashville, Billboard; Jim Beavers, Songwriter, Bob Dipiero, songwriter (Photo: Michael Seto) One of Billboard's a ...

  43. Hank Williams, Jr. to Pay Tribute to His Dad at CMT Awards

    June 04, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 CMT Music Awards Producer John Hamlin Talks Show Surprises, Women of Country + More We're fast approaching one of the biggest nights in country music with the 2012 CMT Music Awards -- a highlight of CMA Music Festival week. The show, airing Wed ...

  44. Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood Among Presenters for CMT Music Awards

    June 04, 2012 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hollywood and Nashville will come together this summer for the 11th annual CMT Music Awards, hosted this year by country superstar Toby Keith and House of Lies actress Kristen Bell. A wide array of stars will be on hand for the June 6 ceremony, incl ...

  45. Backbeat: CMA Week Kicks Off With Party at AristoMedia's Jeff Walker's House

    June 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT (L-R): CMA Close Up editor Bob Doerschuk, Australian artist Craig Morrison, host/AristoMedia CEO Jeff Walker and publicist Judy Mayes at party at Walker's home in Nashville welcoming international artists and executives. (Photo: Deborah Evans ...

  46. Country Countdown: Big & Rich Make History With 'That's Why I Pray'

    May 31, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Big & Rich post the highest debut by a duo in the Nielsen BDS era, as "That's Why I Pray" opens with the Hot Shot Debut, Most Increased Audience and Breaker triple crown on Country Songs. In the 22-plus years since Billboard and ...

  47. Country Countdown: Big & Rich Make History With 'That's Why I Pray'

    May 31, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 B ig & Rich post the highest debut by a duo in the Nielsen BDS era, as "That's Why I Pray" opens at No. 24 with the Hot Shot Debut, Most Increased Audience and Breaker triple crown on Country Songs . In the 22-plus years since Bil ...

  48. 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 ...

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