1. 40 Under 40: Laura Hutfless

    August 02, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Laura Hutfless Music Sponsorship Agent, Creative Artists Agency Website: CAA.com Twitter: @Lehnash Fluent In Music And Sports As music outpaces sports as 2012's fastest-growing sponsorship category (according to marketing analytics firm PQ Me ...

  2. Jason Aldean Soars With Successful New Single

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Jason Aldean's new Broken Bow Records single, "Take a Little Ride," bows at No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs list, marking his highest debut on the chart and achieving the best-selling first week for a single by a male country solo a ...

  3. Country Countdown: Jason Aldean Begins Fast 'Ride' Up Charts

    July 26, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley Scores 10th Country Songs No. 1 as Old Crow Medicine Show Pings Album Chart Jason Aldean 's "Take a Little Ride" roars onto Country Songs as the artist's career-high start at No. 19, and sets a new first ...

  4. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  5. Scotty McCreery: Album No. 2 Won't Get Too 'Sappy'

    June 21, 2012 5:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 After getting his high school sheepskin and a new CMT Music Award (or USA Breakthrough Video of the Year), Scotty McCreery is happy to be able to turn music into his sole and full-time pursuit. "Oh, of course -- this what I want to do for the r ...

  6. Album Reviews: Don Williams, Josh Turner, Usher

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT DON WILLIAMS And So It Goes Producers: Garth Fundis, Don Williams Sugar Hill Records Release Date: June 19 It's been a few years since the "Gentle Giant" has graced us with new music. But Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams ret ...

  7. Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

    June 11, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012) Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniab ...

  8. CMA Fest: Eric Church, Faith Hill Perform; Softball With Carrie Underwood; TNT Revives 'Dallas'

    June 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The CMA Music Festival continued at a frentic pace on Saturday, with music seemingly at every turn along the way in a very crowded downtown Nashville. At the Riverfront Stage, Big Machine recording trio Eden's Edge -- set to release their deb ...

  9. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  10. 'American Idol' Song 'Home' Is Where The Cash Is

    June 07, 2012 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 Two days before Phillip Phillips sang "Home" on the "American Idol" 11th-season finale, one of the song's writers had heard some rumblings, but he still wasn't sure his work would get massive exposure. "I didn't ...

  11. Scotty McCreery Adds High School Diploma to CMT Honor

    June 07, 2012 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scotty McCreery already had an honor in hand by the time he received his diploma from North Carolina's Garner High School. The 2011 "American Idol" winner took home breakthrough video of the year from the CMT Music Awards for "Th ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Phillip Phillips Storms Hot 100's Top 10, Gotye Has Year's Longest-Running No. 1

    May 30, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Newly-crowned "American Idol" champion Phillip Phillips is the first artist to send a coronation single into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in four years, as his "Home" blasts onto the chart at No. 10. Phillip Phillips ...

  16. Adam Lambert: A Gay 'Idol' Hits No. 1

    May 23, 2012 10:05 PM EDT 0 0 For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week's l ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Adam Lambert Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Trespassing'

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold, traccording to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week� ...

  19. Toby Keith & Kristen Bell to Host CMT Awards

    May 21, 2012 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's CMT Music Awards will be hosted by country star Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell when it airs June 6 from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. "Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CM ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Exclusive: Beach Boys Get a 'ZinePak for 50th Anniversary

    April 20, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first recorded fruit from this year's Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion is coming May 1. A newly recorded version of the group's 1968 hit "Do It Again" will be featured on a disc that accompanies The Beach Boys 50th Anniver ...

  23. Adele, Rihanna, Lil Wayne Lead 2012 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

    April 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Adele , LMFAO , Rihanna , Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will take place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand and be broadcast live Sunday May 20, 8/7c on ABC. CHECK OUT OUR NEW BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS W ...

  24. Adele, Rihanna, Lil Wayne Lead 2012 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

    April 19, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on May 20. See The Complete List of Finalists Here Adele takes the lead as a finalist ...

  25. Carrie Underwood Enters Top 10 on Country Chart

    April 06, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jake Owen Has Top Song, While Lionel Richie Scores Biggest Country Album Debut in a Year Jake Owen claims a second week atop Country Songs with "Alone with You," which improves 688,000 audience impressions for a total of 37 million during ...

  26. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Rolling' Hits New High, Pitbull's 'Men in Black III' Track Bows

    April 05, 2012 10:13 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" roars in at No. 2 with 521,000 downloads ...

  27. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 02, 2012 6:32 AM EDT Kiss with Lady Antebellum at Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards. (Getty Images) The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple ...

  28. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 01, 2012 11:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple of surprises. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum repeated wins in the Entertainer, ...

  29. 'American Idol' Recap: Heejun Han Sent Home

    March 30, 2012 9:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Heejun Han brought an unmatched flavor to "American Idol" this season, but entertainment does not always equal overall success. Wednesday night marked the arrival of a more serious Heejun, a foil to the charismatic, lively singer of the pr ...

  30. Hot Tours: George Strait, Rod Stewart, Brad Paisley

    February 24, 2012 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 George Strait is No. 1 in the latest tally of Hot Tours with $5.8 million in ticket sales reported from arenas in six U.S. cities on his 2012 winter tour outing. On the road in support of his latest album "Here For A Good Time" released la ...

  31. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  32. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  33. Hot Tours: Jay-Z & Kanye West, Brad Paisley, Kasabian

    February 02, 2012 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Jay-Z and Kanye West scoring the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tours for the second time this year as the co-headliners reap $5.1 million in box office grosses from their Watch The Throne Tour that played North American markets during the final months of 201 ...

  34. Jimmy Iovine Denies Pitching Reality Show

    January 31, 2012 10:45 AM EST Last year "American Idol," shaking things up for its Simon Cowell-less 10th season, recruited Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to judge alongside series stalwart Randy Jackson. The show also brought in Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope ...

  35. Adele, Prince... and Vanilla Ice? The 20 Albums to Lead the Billboard 200 for 16 Weeks or More

    January 19, 2012 5:12 PM EST As previously reported , Adele's "21" tops the Billboard 200 album chart for a 16th week, marking the survey's longest reign since the "Titanic" soundtrack also led for 16 frames in 1998. Since the chart began appeari ...

  36. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Van Halen, Aretha Franklin

    January 19, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Adele's "21" becomes just the 20th album in the Billboard 200's five-decade-plus history to reign for at least 16 weeks SWEET 16: As previously reported , Adele 's "21" tops the Billboard 200 album chart for a 16th ...

  37. Country Music's Biggest Moments of 2011

    December 29, 2011 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 There have been many memorable moments in the world of country music in 2011. While choosing only ten might be a little difficult, these are moments that really got people talking during the year. More Country: Top Singles | Top Albums | The Year in ...

  38. Holiday Hits: Michael Buble & Adele Heading for 400,000-Plus Sales Weeks

    December 23, 2011 9:01 PM EST 0 0 0 As reported earlier (Dec. 21), Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album should hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth consecutive week -- the seven-day period that ends at the close of business on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 ...

  39. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Hits Fourth Week at No. 1

    December 21, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 To the surprise of no one, recent "Saturday Night Live" guest Michael Buble spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "Christmas," selling 448,000 (down 7%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released two ...

  40. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' On Track to Be 2011's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    December 16, 2011 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 As we reported on Dec. 14, Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album should hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week, so say industry prognosticators. The set could sell another 450,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the t ...

  41. Britney Spears, Adele Rule Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2011

    December 15, 2011 1:20 PM EST 0 0 0 The year's most recognizable pop divas remained the fan favorites in the Billboard.com 2011 Readers' Poll, with Adele, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj scoring the most votes the poll's major categories. Once Billboard.com re ...

  42. Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Shine at American Country Awards

    December 06, 2011 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 While talking to Billboard.com last week about the American Country Awards , host Trace Adkins was quoted as saying "You're going to get some interesting outcomes, I think." Those turned out to be very prophetic words, as Jason Aldean ...

  43. Scotty McCreery, Avril Lavigne Coming to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    November 03, 2011 8:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you like your turkey with a hearty helping of country crooning, you're in luck: "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery is playing the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. The reality champ, who made chart history when his &quo ...

  44. Chris Daughtry to Belt National Anthem at World Series

    October 28, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's taken to the seventh and final game, but the World Series is finally ready to rock a little with the national anthem. "American Idol" alum Chris Daughtry will take Star-Spangled Banner duties before Game 7 Friday between the Texa ...

  45. Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rock band Evanescence returns to the Billboard 200 chart, scoring its second No. 1 album, as its self-titled third set bows with 127,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act, led by singer Amy Lee, last released an album in 2006, when ...

  46. Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Evanescence returns to the Billboard 200, scoring its second No. 1 album, as its self-titled third set bows with 127,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act, led by singer Amy Lee , last released an album in 2006, when & ...

  47. 'American Idol' Stages A Country Comeback

    October 14, 2011 9:49 AM EDT "American Idol" is back. With the arrival of the show's latest winner, Scotty McCreery, at the top of the Billboard 200 this week, he breaks a woeful streak of subpar performances from the series' recent winners. "Clear ...

  48. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcome ...

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