1. Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts

    October 29, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he's jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett's natural ease at singing and songwriting. "I feel like I've really had to practice hard to ...

  2. Thomas Rhett's Year Keeps Getting Better With 'It Goes Like This'

    October 25, 2013 1:30 PM EDT It's a pretty safe bet that Thomas Rhett was within earshot of a radio this past weekend, as "American Country Countdown" host Kix Brooks announced the Georgia native as the owner of nation's top country song, in terms of radio ...

  3. Chart Moves: Drake Breaks R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Record; Luke Bryan Reaches Country

    October 18, 2013 4:11 AM EDT As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week. Who else are rulers (rulers …) on other song charts this week?   -- Drake : "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) ...

  4. Keith, Jennings, Nelson: Second-Generation Performers Making Their Own Way In Country Music

    October 11, 2013 3:00 PM EDT If you consider Jon Bon Jovi to be an uncle, you fell asleep every night to the sounds of live music being played in your living room or performed onstage with a parent when you were barely out of training pants, you may have all the makings of ...

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  6. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  7. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  8. Ben Vaughn Named Warner/Chappell's Nashville EVP

    October 25, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has appointed Ben Vaughn - an intern for the company at the beginning of his career - to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of its Nashville office, the company has announced in a statement. Shortly after ...

  9. Backbeat: Gloriana Rocks Billboard-Pepsi Summer Beats Concert With John Huie, Matt Serletic, Scott McGhee, Many More in the House

    July 31, 2012 12:53 PM EDT (L-R): Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert of Gloriana; Warner Music Nashville SVP brand management and sales Peter Strickland; and Gloriana's Mike Gossin with their plaques celebrating the success of "(Kissed You) Good Night." (Photo: Fr ...

  10. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  11. Backbeat: BMI Tailgate Party Features Kristen Kelly, Florida Georgia Line, Pat McLaughlin at CMA Festival

    June 11, 2012 11:53 AM EDT BMI Nashville assistant VP, writer/publisher relations Clay Bradley talks songwriter issues with a willing audience. From left are recording artist Darryl Macquarrie, Big Yellow Dog owner Kerry O'Neil and Bradley. BMI filled one of the few re ...

  12. Bands & Brands Hit CMA Fest

    May 23, 2012 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 For four decades, the Country Music Assn. Music Festival has attracted fans annually to Nashville with the promise of an overload of music and the chance to interact one-on-one with the artists who make it. In turn, the CMA's biggest attraction t ...

  13. Thomas Rhett's Not-So-Idle 'Hands' Rises Country Chart

    May 08, 2012 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Talks Scoring a Writing Credit for Jason Aldean, Working Songs With His Dad Rhett Atkins Things are moving very fast in the world of Thomas Rhett these days. The Georgia native is watching as his debut single, "Something To Do With My Hands,&qu ...

  14. Bubbling Under: Aubrey O'Day Is Having a 'Ball' Solo

    May 04, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 This week, Chart Beat premieres "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up first: Aubrey O'Day, Cazwell, Rhett Akins and Brandon Hines. Former Danity Kane member Aubr ...

  15. Backbeat: Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Gary Overton, More at Country Radio Seminar's Day Two

    February 24, 2012 1:24 PM EST (L-R): Kellie Pickler, Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton, Sara Evans and Headline Country's Storme Warren take in the Sony/BMG Cruise at CRS day two. (Photo: Alan Poizner) Country Radio Seminar attendees had a lot of choices for ...

  16. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy& ...

  17. Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic,' His Final LP of New Material for Curb, Arrives Jan. 24

    January 03, 2012 1:05 PM EST Though it had a volatile end a few weeks ago, the partnership between Tim McGraw and Curb Records definitely qualified as one of Nashville's most successful. On January 24, the label will release "Emotional Traffic," the final McGra ...

  18. Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' Arrives Jan. 24

    January 03, 2012 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Though it had a volatile end a few weeks ago, the partnership between Tim McGraw and Curb Records definitely qualified as one of Nashville's most successful. On January 24, the label will release "Emotional Traffic," the final McGraw ...

  19. BMI Country Awards Honor 'Peach Pickers' Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins; Bobby Braddock, Sony/ATV

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST The night's big honorees gather for a photo at the 2011 BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Pictured are (l-r): Songwriter of the Year Rhett Akins, 2011 BMI Icon Bobby Braddock, and Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson. (Photo by Jason Kempin/ ...

  20. Rodney Atkins Counts His Blessings With 'Road' Success

    October 04, 2011 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been three years since Curb recording artist Rodney Atkins has released a new studio album, and he's well aware of this fact. "It's been a long time between albums," Atkins said in an interview for Billboard.com. " ...

  21. Billboard Country Music Summit Explores Ways Songwriters Can Thrive in the Digital Age

    June 06, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Digital Domain: Moderator: Tom Roland, Billboard: Barton Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Assn. International (NSAI); Rhett Akins, Songwriter and Artist; and Artist Linda Edell Howard, Entertainment Lawyer, Adams and Reese ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik B ...

  24. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2006 - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following ...

  25. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controversial founder of the pathfinding Southern rock label Capricorn Records and manager of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, dies of lung cancer at his 2006 - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controve ...

  26. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik B ...

  27. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2006 - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following ...

  28. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controversial founder of the pathfinding Southern rock label Capricorn Records and manager of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, dies of lung cancer at his 2006 - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controve ...

  29. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>Iron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at th 2003 - Iron Butterfly guit ...

  30. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>Babyface is honored by the state of Indiana, which renames a 25-mile stretch of federal highway (Interstate Route 65) as "Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway." In conjunction with the honor 2004 - A segment of Inters ...

  31. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1991 - </b>Punk rock forerunner Johnny Thunders dies of a drug overdose in New Orleans at age 38.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resu ...

  32. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>Iron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at th 2003 - Iron Butterfly guit ...

  33. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>Babyface is honored by the state of Indiana, which renames a 25-mile stretch of federal highway (Interstate Route 65) as "Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway." In conjunction with the honor 2004 - A segment of Inters ...

  34. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resume with an episode of "The Twilight Zone." Simpson stars in a segment of the UPN series as a babysitter who discovers the lif 2003 - Pop singer Jessica ...

  35. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged "air rage" incident during a transatlantic flight in April. Buck, appearing at Isleworth 2001 - Peter Buck, guitari ...

  36. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of hard rock act Metallica, checks himself into an undisclosed rehab facility "to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions." 2001 - James Hetfield, lead singe ...

  37. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Andrea Bocelli is honored for his outstanding contribution to music at the third Classical Brit Awards. 2002 - Andrea Bocelli is honored for his outstanding contribution to music at the third Classical Brit Awards. 1999 - G ...

  38. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged "air rage" incident during a transatlantic flight in April. Buck, appearing at Isleworth 2001 - Peter Buck, guitari ...

  39. Welcome to Porter Hall Tennessee

    March 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Led by singer/songwriters Gary Roadarmel and Molly Conley, Porter Hall Tennessee plays a blend of rockabilly, roadhouse honk, and traditional country, rendered with an appreciation of the hard stuff. Led by singer/songwriters Gary Roadarmel and Moll ...

  40. Friday Night in Dixie

    March 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rhett Akins seemed to sink without a ripple after country's wave crested, and he resurfaces here on Audium's swelling roster with an edgier style that seems to better serve his skills. Rhett Akins seemed to sink without a ripple after coun ...

  41. Country Acts Do Their 'Share' Vs. Substance Abuse

    November 09, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Martina McBride, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Rhett Akins are among a group of country artists who took part in the recording of the feature song for a disc that will benefit drug and alcohol treatment p Martina McBride, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Rhett ...

  42. David Ball Is 'Riding' A Hit, 'Amigo'

    September 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 There's nothing like a hit single to get an artist back in the game. Just ask David Ball as he watches "Riding With Private Malone" cruise up Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, from N There's nothing like a ...