1. Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

    November 10, 2010 7:17 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift was named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards, becoming the youngest person to win the award at age 20. The pop sensation also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for "You Belong With Me." She ...

  2. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum Win Early at CMAs

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Miranda Lambert and good friends Lady Antebellum were off to a fast start at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, winning early awards for their hits "The House That Built Me" and "Need You Now." Miranda ...

  3. Loretta Lynn Honored by Kid Rock, Paramore on Tribute Album

    October 22, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Few artists can claim as diverse or loyal a fan base as country music icon Loretta Lynn , as evidenced by the lineup of artists contributing tracks to tribute album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn," due Nov. 9 on Col ...

  4. Gwyneth Paltrow to Sing at CMA Awards

    October 20, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month's Country Music Association Awards - as a performer. She'll sing the title track of her new movie, "Country Strong," and will be joined by Vince Gill . The film hits ...

  5. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead American Music Award Nominations

    October 12, 2010 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 E minem and Lady Antebellum lead the nomination race for the 2010 American Music Awards, both with five nominations. The nominees were announced today (Oct. 12) in Los Angeles by emcees Taio Cruz and Demi Lovato . Eminem's nominations include A ...

  6. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Expected to Lead 2011 Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2010 12:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 The nominees for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards won't officially be revealed until tonight (Dec. 1) at 10pm EST at the Recording Academy's annual nominations special, broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. But we have a prett ...

  7. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Reveals Album Artwork, Bruce Springsteen Crashes Engagement Photo

    September 29, 2010 7:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Reveals Album Cover for "Loud" Rihanna has revealed the album cover artwork for her soon-to-be-released "Loud," unveiling it piece-by-piece on ...

  8. Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow & Miranda Lambert Sing "Coal Miner's Daughter"

    September 10, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Loretta Lynn has been a country star since her first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" reached the top 20 of the Country Songs chart in 1960. But it was her 1970 smash, "Coal Miner's Daughter," that became her most iconic ...

  9. Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' Dethrones Eminem on Hot 100

    September 08, 2010 12:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 K aty Perry posts back-to-back No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Teenage Dream" is set to top the chart when it's released in full tomorrow morning (Sept. 9). The last female artist to post successive No. 1 singles on the chart was ...

  10. Miranda Lambert Makes History With 9 CMA Award Nominations

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert made history Wednesday morning when she was nominated for nine CMA Awards, the most ever for a female country music artist. She'll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton. Lady A earned the s ...

  11. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum Lead CMA Award Nominations

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert leads the first round of CMA Awards nominations with five, followed closely by Lady Antebellum with four and Zac Brown with three. Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins as well as newcomer Easton Corbin have two each. Lambert is competing ...

  12. Sarah McLachlan, Miranda Lambert Among Lilith Highlights

    July 12, 2010 9:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Despite lackluster ticket sales, 11 date cancellations and co-headliner Kelly Clarkson dropping out, Lilith Fair 2010 proved that after a 10-year absence, it's still a viable tour. Brandi Carlile kicked off the main-stage entertainment at the V ...

  13. Sarah McLachlan, Miranda Lambert Among Lilith Highlights

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite lackluster ticket sales, 11 date cancellations and co-headliner Kelly Clarkson dropping out, Lilith Fair 2010 proved that after a 10-year absence, it's still a viable tour. Brandi Carlile kicked off the main-stage entertainment at the ...

  14. Summer Songs Playlist

    July 07, 2010 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article All summer long, we've posted a new weekly, ten-song playlist of tunes from the Hot 100 to listen to get you in the mood for warm weather fun. Now that September's here, it's time to look back on the summer that was with ...

  15. Country, Rock Stars Join For 'Nashville Rising' Benefit

    June 23, 2010 10:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nashville Rising was as much a celebration of Music City as it was a flood-relief benefit concert. Star after star - including surprise visitor Sandra Bullock - professed their love and admiration for the city and its people, who have been praised f ...

  16. Lynyrd Skynyrd Gets Country Tribute From Eric Church, Jamey Johnson

    June 16, 2010 10:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sixteen years after a group of country music's "Skynyrd Frynds" paid tribute to Southern rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd , another batch of artists is doing the same. Randy Houser , Jamey Johnson , Eric Church and Uncle Kracker are among t ...

  17. Blake Shelton Readies Second 'Six Pak'

    June 14, 2010 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Following the award-winning success of "Hillbilly Bone," his first Six Pak, country singer Blake Shelton is excited and a little bit apprehensive as he looks ahead to the Aug. 10 release of a second, as-yet-untitled EP. "I think the s ...

  18. DMB, Phoenix Rise To Cap Bonnaroo 2010

    June 14, 2010 7:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Not to take anything away from the randomized mixtape of bands on hand, but it's hard to imagine leading a story about the fourth and final day of the 2010 edition of Bonnaroo with anything other than the heat; Sunday (June 13) quickly became a ...

  19. Video: Country Summit Stars Get Candid

    June 10, 2010 3:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tennessee is wall-to-wall with special music events this week from the CMT Music Awards to Bonnaroo , and Billboard was part of the action as the genre's stars converged for our Country Summit on June 7 and 8. Our cameras caught up with a numbe ...

  20. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year ...

  21. VIDEO: Blake Shelton Talks The '6-pack,' Miranda Lambert and more

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Blake Shelton talks with Billboard.biz at the Billboard Country Music Summit about his upcoming "6-pack" album, if he'll stick with this format, thoughts on one of Miranda Lambert's biggest hits and more. For mor ...

  22. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CMT Awards host Kid Rock will be a keynote at the upcoming Billboard and Adweek Music & Advertising event, which runs June 15-16 in New York. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it ag ...

  23. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party. "They're just kind of loose and fun, and they're geared that way - to have fun," he ...

  24. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock will be a keynote at the upcoming Billboard and Adweek Music & Advertising event, which runs June 15-16 in New York. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of th ...

  25. Chart Beat Tuesday: Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias

    June 01, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 BIG 'HOUSE': Miranda Lambert celebrates her first No. 1 on Country Songs, as "The House That Built Me" rises 2-1. Lambert had previously peaked as high as the runner-up spot with her prior single, "White Liar." (All cha ...

  26. Dierks Bentley: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Up on the Ridge" (Capitol Records Nashville, June 8) For his sixth album, Dierks Bentley shifted away from his straight-ahead country sound and committed to his longtime interest in bluegrass. While the experimental nature of "Up on ...

  27. McGraw, Paisley, Zac Brown Band To Perform At CMTs

    May 18, 2010 12:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 There will be plenty of testosterone on stage at the CMT Awards next month. Tim McGraw , Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band are now confirmed to perform. And Kid Rock won't just be hosting the show, he'll be performing, too. They join previou ...

  28. Ke$ha, Jack White Among Hometown Artists Pitching In For Nashville

    May 10, 2010 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nashville may be the country music capital of the world, but at a time when its struggling to rebuild from devastating floods, its billing as Music City has never been as fitting. Recording artists from all genres who call Nashville home are respond ...

  29. Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Among Country Stars Set For Nashville Benefit

    May 10, 2010 11:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 T im McGraw , Faith Hill , Toby Keith , Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are among the artists who will perform at a benefit to assist victims of the middle Tennessee flooding. The concert was organized by McGraw, Hill, and Coran Capshaw at Red Lig ...

  30. Hot 100 Movers & Shakers: B.o.B, Madonna, Miranda Lambert and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A snapshot look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week’s Billboard Hot 100. -- B.o.B : B.o.B leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week and sends a second song into the chart's top 10. The rapper's first single, "Nothin ...

  31. Nichols Grabs Third No. 1, First Since 2005

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Up 2.3 million audience impressions, traditional stylist Joe Nichols gets his third No. 1, and first in more than four years, as "Gimmie That Girl" (Show Dog-Universal) advances 3-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs. With 33.9 millio ...

  32. Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum Nab Big ACM Awards

    April 19, 2010 10:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Carrie Underwood took the gamble and tried out for "American Idol," she never imagined a night - or year - quite like this one. Underwood made history Sunday night (Apr. 18) by becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year t ...

  33. Lady Antebellum Wins Five ACM Awards, Underwood Repeats Entertainer of the Year Win

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Top-selling trio Lady Antebellum were the dominant winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, grabbing five trophies, including song and single record of the year for crossover hit Need You Now, while also snapping Rascal Flatts ...

  34. Ask Billboard: Will Young, Miranda Lambert & More

    April 16, 2010 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HOME SWEET HOME Hi Gary, Wouldn&# ...

  35. William Morris Endeavor Acquires Joey Lee's 360 Artist Agency

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) has beefed up its country music roster with the acquisition of Joey Lee's 360 Artist Agency. The deal brings such country acts as Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack and Clay Walker, among others, into ...

  36. Aldean, Lady A, Sugarland Lead CMT Nominations

    April 05, 2010 2:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ason Aldean , Lady Antebellum and Sugarland each are up for four CMT Music Awards. Six other country music acts received three nominations apiece. CMT announced eight nominees in most categories Monday and fans can vote at the network's Web s ...

  37. Rihanna's Hot 100 Reign Extends to Three Weeks; Train Arrives at New Peak

    April 01, 2010 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 R ihanna maintains her lead billing on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "Rude Boy," the third single from her latest album "Rated R." "Rude" also moves to the No. 1 slot on the Radio Songs chart, her fourth l ...

  38. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum . Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Mirand ...

  39. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum. Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Miran ...

  40. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Guns N' Roses, Tiesto, Nick Jonas

    February 04, 2010 11:41 AM EST 0 0 0 Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Paisley tops the latest Hot Tours rankings with $2.2 million in box office grosses from his American Saturday Night Tour, currently on the road in the U.S. All four shows reported during the past week were ...

  41. Norah Jones, Heart, Loretta Lynn Added To Lilith Fair Lineup

    January 21, 2010 4:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Norah Jones , Heart , Loretta Lynn , Gossip and Cat Power are among the top female artists who have just been added to the lineup for Lilith Fair 2010, organizers announced today (Jan. 21). The revived touring music festival also added 15 more citie ...

  42. Blake Shelton "Hillbilly Bone" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Blake Shelton, "Hillbilly Bone" (Warner Bros.) Release Date: March 2, 2010 Blake Shelton 's raucous duet with Trace Adkins , "Hillbilly Bone," is proving a strong lead-in for Shelton's new project. "I honestly feel ...

  43. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Colbie Caillat, Sade

    December 10, 2009 5:29 PM EST 0 0 0 'LAST'-ING IMPRESSIONS: Although it has become a modern-day holiday standard - it ranks at No. 13 on this week's Holiday Songs chart, between carols by Paul McCartney and Gene Autry - Wham! 's "Last Christmas" never cha ...

  44. Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige To Headline 2010 Lilith Tour

    December 10, 2009 1:21 PM EST 0 0 0 S arah McLachlan will headline the main stage at Lilith 2010, the reborn touring music festival which highlights women in music that she co-founded in the 1997. Among the artists joining Mclachlan on the road will be Mary J. Blige , Sheryl Crow , Er ...

  45. Chart Beat Thursday: Multi-Format Diva Domination

    November 12, 2009 5:31 PM EST 0 0 0 CARRIE: Carrie Underwood 's third album "Play On" opens atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums. The set is her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following 2007's "Carnival Ride." Her first release, "Some Hearts ...

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