1. Billboard Power 100: Scott Borchetta

    January 26, 2012 10:30 PM EST No. 54 Scott Borchetta President/CEO Big Machine Label Group Twitter: @bigmachine Tennessee Titan... When Nashville record executive Scott Borchetta decided in 2005 to strike out on his own, few probably imagined that his fledgling Big Machine Rec ...

  2. This Week in Billboard History: Van Halen Breaks Up; VH1 Launches; Monte Lipman Named Universal Prez

    January 10, 2012 9:58 AM EST VH1 Logo Launch Tape on Vimeo . 1985: VH-1 'Optimistically Introduced' A page one Billboard story with the headline "MTV'S VH-1 Opens on An Optimistic Note" reports that MTV Networks' second 24-hour cable music servic ...

  3. Morning Heds: Bon Iver's Label, David Foster Starts At Verve, Mog To Stream In Subarus

    January 10, 2012 7:05 AM EST Bon Iver Establishes New Record Label Music Feeds Justin Vernon, the man behind one of the most successful Indie projects, Bon Iver, has launched his own record label. The label, called Chigliak Records, is an offshoot of his current label Jagjaag ...

  4. Country Music's Top 10 Albums of 2011

    December 28, 2011 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Last week The 615 listed our top country music singles of 2011 , from Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" to Kenny Chesney's " You and Tequila." Now, it's time to recognize achievements in that beleagu ...

  5. Scott Borchetta of Big Machine on Racecar Driver Dan Wheldon's Death

    October 18, 2011 9:06 AM EDT Many in the sports industry are still in shock from the Sunday death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The tragic accident also touched the world of Country Music, as well. The Big Machine Label Group ...

  6. Martina McBride Goes for 'Organic and Rootsy' on 11th Album

    October 06, 2011 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Martina McBride releases her eleventh studio album (appropriately titled "Eleven") on Oct. 11, it will mark her very first project for Republic Nashville -- after a very successful run with RCA. Releasing her first album, "The Ti ...

  7. Rascal Flatts Talk Opry Honor & Natasha Bedingfield Duet

    October 05, 2011 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's a historic week in the career of Rascal Flatts . The trio of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney will join the cast of the Grand Ole Opry this weekend during the show's 86th birthday celebration in Music City. DeMarcus says t ...

  8. Scott Borchetta Talks Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift @ iHeartRadio Fest (Video)

    September 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While artists like Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas grabbed the headlines, country music played a key part of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, which featured performances by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts last w ...

  9. Country's 10 Most Anticipated Fall Albums

    September 09, 2011 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 From three members of the Country Music Hall of Fame to the current CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, there's a ton of reasons to be excited about this fall when it comes to music. A week-by-week look, starting with George Strait and including h ...

  10. The Band Perry Is Ready for Its CMA Awards Debut

    November 09, 2010 2:39 PM EST 0 0 0 A year ago, the Band Perry watched the Country Music Association Awards from the nearby Comfort Inn & Suites, Room 211. "We were eating a pizza so there was nothing too bad about it," singer Kimberly Perry joked. Fast forward to this y ...

  11. What Taylor Swift's Million-Selling Album Means for Music

    November 05, 2010 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The extraordinary first-week sales for Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" have struck at the heart of ironclad assumptions that had risen among beleaguered recording industry executives. No way an album could still sell a million U.S. units ...

  12. B.A.D. Management Launches With Front Line

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff has joined with Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta and Virginia Davis, manager of Jewel, to create B.A.D. Management. “Virginia has shown natural intuition as a successful artist manager, and she was the only person we consider ...

  13. Taylor Swift's Ex-Manager Suing Over Contract Dispute

    October 08, 2010 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Did Taylor Swift 's father conspire to cheat her former manager out of millions of dollars earned by launching the Grammy-winning country star? That's the question before a federal judge in New York in a case brought by Dan Dymtrow, a musi ...

  14. Rascal Flatts to Release 'Nothing Like This' on Big Machine

    July 29, 2010 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rascal Flatts have announced their signing to Big Machine Records for the release of forthcoming album "Nothing Like This". "Why Wait," the album's first single, was serviced to radio today to precede the November 16 release ...

  15. Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban Help Tenn. Flood Relief

    May 17, 2010 8:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country music singers Brad Paisley , Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum joined other entertainment stars Sunday (May 16) in performing and answering phones to help raise more than $1.5 million for flood relief for Tennessee. "If there is a silver ...

  16. Kelly Clarkson Fires Back At Taylor Swift

    February 04, 2010 5:54 PM EST 0 0 0 K elly Clarkson posted a blog entry on Thursday (Feb. 4) in response to Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta, who defended his artist Taylor Swift's off-key performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards by taking a swipe at singers who never mi ...

  17. Label Chief Defends Taylor Swift's Grammy Performance

    February 04, 2010 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 The head of Taylor Swift 's record label is fired up and defending his superstar against critical comments about her Grammy-night performance. "She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to (her fans), and they speak directly ...

  18. Jimmy Wayne Pulls Himself Up By His (Cowboy) Bootstraps

    November 17, 2009 1:52 PM EST 0 0 0 The bright lights and roaring crowds of New York's Madison Square Garden are a long way from the juvenile detention centers of North Carolina where Jimmy Wayne spent parts of his youth. With a new single, a cover of the Hall & Oates classic ...

  19. Taylor Swift To Re-Release 'Fearless' With New Songs

    September 10, 2009 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 T aylor Swift will release an expanded version of her chart-topping album, "Fearless," with six new songs, her label announced today (Sept. 10). Entitled "Fearless Platinum Edition," the CD/DVD is due on Big Machine Records Oct. ...

  20. The Billboard Q&A: Scott Borchetta

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Scott Borchetta signed then-15-year-old Taylor Swift to his fledgling Big Machine Records label in 2005, the former DreamWorks Nashville executive ignored the prevailing view that teen acts don't work in the adult-oriented country format ...

  21. Universal Republic, Big Machine Team For Nashville Label

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Republic and Big Machine Records have teamed for a new Nashville imprint dubbed Republic Nashville. The imprint will be stationed on Music Row and will use the combined resources of Big Machine Universal Republic. Big Machine and Univers ...

  22. Taylor Swift Plots First Headlining Tour

    January 30, 2009 11:32 AM EST 0 0 0 As expected, Taylor Swift will embark on her first headlining tour this spring, beginning April 23 in Evansville, Ind. The 52-city trek will feature "multiple costume changes" and a stage with a "fairy-tale castle," according to ...

  23. Reba McEntire Signs With Valory Music

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville and signed with the Valory Music Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. McEntire's debut single on Valory will s Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended h ...

  24. Reba McEntire Signs With Valory Music

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville and signed with the Valory Music Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move reunites 2007 Billboard Woman of the Year McEntire with Scott Borchetta, now p ...

  25. A&R Vet Jones Joins Big Machine, Valory

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Allison Jones, a veteran A&R presence on Music Row, has joined Big Machine Records and Valory Music as VP of A&R for both labels. She most recently served in a similar position with Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville. The move marks a re ...

  26. 'Clear' As a Jewel

    June 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "I've been wanting to do this record my whole career," says Jewel of the country-leaning "Perfectly Clear," due this week via Valory Music Group. "I've been wanting to do this record my whole career," says Jew ...

  27. A Middle Ground For Performance Royalties?

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A pair of recording artists voiced centrist positions on the issue of proposed performance royalties for terrestrial radio stations March 7 at the Country Radio Seminar. John Rich, of duo Big & Rich, appeared to favor radio paying a sound reco ...

  28. Exclusive: Jewel Goes Country With New Label

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter Jewel has a new label and a new genre to boot. The artist has signed a multi-album deal with newly launched Nashville-based independent Valory Music Company and will pursue success o Singer/songwriter Jewel has a new label and a ne ...

  29. Exclusive: Jewel Signs With New Nashville Label Valory

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Scott Borchetta, the president and CEO for Nashville-based independent Big Machine Records, is launching a second imprint, the Valory Music Company, and has signed Jewel to a multi-album deal. The label's name is a variation on June Carter Ca ...

  30. Garth Brooks Is Back With 'Ultimate Hits'

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Garth Brooks on Saturday confirmed what Billboard.com first reported on Aug. 10 -- that he will release "The Ultimate Hits," a 34-track, two-CD greatest hits retrospective with four new songs, and a D Garth Brooks on Saturday confirmed wha ...

  31. Yearwood Signs With Big Machine

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After 16 years with MCA Nashville, country star Trisha Yearwood is signing with Nashville independent Big Machine Records, making her the most historically successful artist on the year-and-a-half old label. Big Machine founder, president and CEO ...

  32. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST It was not that long ago that the words "independent label" were generally construed to mean "a quick way for an aspiring artist to be bilked out of their life savings by disreputable operators." H Times have changed. Independe ...

  33. Rich To Grease Big Machine's Sales Efforts

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST She joins as VP of sales and marketing. Universal Music Group Nashville VP of sales Kelly Keiber Rich joins Big Machine Records in the newly created position of VP of sales and marketing. She will be based in the company's Nashville office. P ...

  34. Show Dog And Big Machine Split

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Comes six months after launch as sister labels.. Six months after a splashy launch touting their synergy as sister labels, Big Machine Records and Show Dog Nashville have quietly split. Both labels remain fully functional but are no longer affilia ...

  35. New, Veteran Country Acts Land Deals

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record deals for country artists both new and established. The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record ...

  36. Exclusive: Toby Keith Reveals Label, Film Plans

    August 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Using the slogan "The only thing we take seriously is the music," country superstar Toby Keith and veteran Nashville record executive Scott Borchetta will kick off their new joint label venture Sept. Using the slogan "The only thing w ...

  37. Exclusive: Toby Keith Reveals Label, Film Plans

    August 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Using the slogan "The only thing we take seriously is the music," country superstar Toby Keith and veteran Nashville record executive Scott Borchetta will kick off their new joint label venture on Sep Using the slogan "The only thin ...

  38. Capitol's Catino Heads To Universal Nashville

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Veteran to replace Scott Borchetta. Veteran to replace Scott Borchetta. News Scott Borchetta ...

  39. Borchetta Exits Universal Nashville

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Veteran was senior VP. In a surprising move, Scott Borchetta is out as Universal Music Group Nashville senior VP of promotion and artist development. "I've had a burning desire to run my own record label for quite some time now," Bo ...

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