1. Backbeat: Marty Stuart Welcomes New Talent and Veteran Performers to His 12th-Annual Late Night Jam

    June 06, 2013 3:48 PM EDT “I believe in the youngsters,” Marty Stuart , the singer, songwriter and organizer of Wednesday night's 12th-annual "Late Night Jam," told Billboard.biz. “I was thinking back over the guest list today, and it’s kind of staggeri ...

  2. George Jones Remembered by Bobby Braddock, Norro Wilson, Tony Brown, More From Nashville Community

    April 27, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Nashville’s creative community is mourning the death of George Jones , who many contend was country music’s greatest singer, on Friday at the age of 81. Billboard.biz caught up with several songwriters and others who worked with him over his s ...

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  4. Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip Win Big at ASCAP Country Awards

    October 30, 2012 3:21 PM EDT From left; ASCAP's Randy Grimmett, Cal IV's Daniel Hill, songwriter Terry Sawchuk, songwriter Eric Paslay, Cal IV's Natalie Harker and Billy Lynn, ASCAP's Michael Martin. Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwrite ...

  5. Kristen Kelly Adds Debut EP to List of 'Pinch Me' Moments for 2012

    October 30, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kristen Kelly notched her first major exposure to country radio at large during her performance on the General Jackson boat during the Country Radio Seminar this past February. Since then, her debut single, "Ex-Old Man" has made an impact ...

  6. The Beat 8/08: Christina Aguilera helps Special Olympics, Drake's Aaliyah song

    The Beat 8/08: Christina Aguilera helps Special Olympics, Drake's Aaliyah song

    August 08, 2012 4:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 8/08: Christina Aguilera and others sign up to help Special Olympics, Drake upsets with new Aaliyah song post to his blog jonathan brooks , A Very Special Christmas , Dave Mathews , drake , featuredVideo1 , Marvin Hamlisch , Billboard , Jud ...

  7. 615 Spotlight: Kristen Kelly Has 'Ex' Factor

    July 11, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the most buzzed-about moments during the Sony Music Cruise aboard the General Jackson during the 2012 Country Radio Seminar earlier this year was the debut of Kristen Kelly. Since then, the Texas native has continued to generate a lot of atte ...

  8. Heidi Newfield Starts New Chapter With 'So Good'

    June 19, 2012 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Though most know her from her high-energy hits during her days as a member of Trick Pony, Heidi Newfield is one of the most distinctive vocalists in country music. That can be heard on such deep catalog Pony moments as "Stay In This Moment" ...

  9. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    June 01, 2012 3:27 PM EDT In just three months, Las Vegas rock quintet Imagine Dragons has gone from making its first appearance on a Billboard chart to reaching the top 10 on Alternative (No. 8 this week) and Triple A (No. 6) with debut KIDinaKORNER/Interscope single &quo ...

  10. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    May 25, 2012 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Imagine Dragons, Wolf Gang, Kristen Kelly and Kevin McCall. In just three months, La ...

  11. Mark Collie Shoots for 'Honest and Real' on Prison Album

    May 10, 2012 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sometimes, artists will refer to an album project as being a "long time in the making." For Mark Collie's latest album, "Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary," that expression proves true. "Alive" dates back ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Vince Gill on Career, Album & 'Criminal' Trend in Music Biz

    October 14, 2011 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nashville Gives Vince Gill a Big Hug... and a Bobblehead He's one of the most loved personalities in Music City, and many of Nashville's finest turned out at Bridgestone Arena yesterday to celebrate the career and accomplishments of MCA Na ...

  15. Jake Owen Finds His Footing With 'Barefoot and Blue Jean Night'

    August 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With an opening slot on Keith Urban's Get Closer tour and a hot single in hand, Jake Owen is well-primed for the Aug. 29 release of his third RCA album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," out today (Aug. 30). Keith Urban Says 'Get Close ...

  16. Sara Evans Returns 'Stronger' On First Album in Six Years

    March 07, 2011 7:03 AM EST 0 0 0 In 2005, Missouri-born singer/songwriter Sara Evans was on a roll. Her album "Real Fine Place" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and the single "A Real Fine Place to Start" became her fourth No. 1. In the spr ...

  17. Strait, Paisley, Chesney, Underwood Take Top CMA Honors

    November 13, 2008 2:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Despite standout performances by the Eagles and Kid Rock (with Lil Wayne in tow), the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards belonged to traditionalists, with George Strait and Brad Paisley coming away the big winners last night (Nov. 12) at t ...

  18. Strait, Paisley, Chesney, Underwood Take Top CMA Honors

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Despite standout performances by the Eagles and Kid Rock (with Lil Wayne in tow), the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards belonged to traditionalists, with George Strait and Brad Paisley comi Despite standout performances by the Eagles and ...

  19. Dark And Crazy

    October 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radio, Lee Ann Womack is back with "Call Me Crazy," due this week via MCA Nashville. Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radi ...

  20. Chesney, Underwood, Paisley Lead Winners At CMAs

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Kenny Chesney took home entertainer of the year honors while Arista Nashville labelmates Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley each won two crystal trophies at the 41st annual Country Music Association Aw Kenny Chesney took home entertainer of the year ...

  21. Brooks & Dunn Check Into 'Cowboy Town'

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn will return Oct. 2 with its new Arista Nashville studio album, "Cowboy Town." First single "Proud of the House We Built" is already No. 17 on Billboard's Hot Co Superstar country duo B ...

  22. DuBois, Brown To Exit Uni South; Wright Steps In

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Departing execs to assist with transition period. Universal South Records co-founders Tim DuBois and Tony Brown will soon step down and be replaced by veteran producer, songwriter and label executive Mark Wright, who will hold the title of preside ...

  23. Final 2005 CMA Awards Nominees

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Final nominees for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Below are the final nominees for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The 39th annual event will be held Nov. 15 at New York's Madison Square Garden and broadcast li ...

  24. Hot Product

    August 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brooks & Dunn 'Deluxe' Accommodations After more than a decade reigning as country music's most successful duo, one might think Brooks & Dunn would be concerned about Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry and other twosomes lookin ...

  25. Brooks & Dunn Bump Up New Album

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Borrowing a title Dwight Yoakam used on his sophomore album, Brooks & Dunn are readying the release of their newest set, "Hillbilly Deluxe." Borrowing a title Dwight Yoakam used on his sophomore album, Brooks & Dunn are readying th ...

  26. Brooks & Dunn To Host NYC CMA Awards

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brooks & Dunn have been tapped to host the 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nov. 15 in New York. Brooks & Dunn have been tapped to host the 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nov. 15 in New York . This will ...

  27. Uni South Launches Mgmt Division

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Veteran Dottore to head operation. Nashville-based Universal South Entertainment, the parent company of Universal South Records, has formed the artist management division Universal South Artists (USA). Veteran manager Marc Dottore comes aboard to ...

  28. The Notorious Cherry Bombs

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As country music's most impressive supergroup this side of the Highwaymen, the Notorious Cherry Bombs boast a lineup of Nashville music titans: Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and Tony Brown, along with Ed As country music's most impressive sup ...

  29. ACM Awards Name Pre-Show Winners

    May 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tony Brown, a senior partner at Universal South Records, has been named producer of the year in the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Billy Sherrill was named audio engineer of the year. Th Tony Brown, a senior partner at Universal Sout ...

  30. Country Supergroup Cherry Bombs Reunites

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Cherry Bombs have reunited for a new album, to be released in late summer or early fall from Universal South. The original group included Universal South senior partner Tony Brown, along with Rodn The Cherry Bombs have reunited for a new album ...

  31. Loveless Much At 'Home' With Latest CD

    September 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After a pair of acclaimed acoustic-oriented albums -- 2001's "Mountain Soul" and last year's "Bluegrass & White Snow - A Mountain Christmas" -- Patty Loveless' new ...

  32. Strait Heads Home On 'Honkytonkville'

    June 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 George Strait will on June 10 deliver "Honkytonkville," his 31st release for MCA Records. Bumped up from an originally planned June 24 release, the album marks the first time the country artist has re George Strait will on June 10 deliver ...

  33. Next Big Thing

    February 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Vince Gill's affable, low-key personality may belie his formidable talent, but truth be told, he is one of country music's most impressive triple-threats as a singer/songwriter/musician. Vince Gill's affable, low-key personality may b ...

  34. Hot Product

    February 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Previewing new albums from Vince Gill, John Mayer, Kenny Lattimore/Chante Moore, and more. That 'Thing' He Does After years of working with producer Tony Brown, Vince Gill decided to produce his new MCA album, "Next Big Thing," o ...

  35. 'Next Big Thing' For Gill Is A New Album, Tour

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Vince Gill may be a veteran country artist, but if you believe the title of his forthcoming MCA Nashville album, he's the "Next Big Thing." He'll be hitting the road to support the a ...

  36. Man Murdered At Sean Paul Video Shoot

    December 10, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Shots were fired and one man was killed last night (Dec. 9) during a Toronto-area video shoot for "Get Busy" by Jamaican dance hall artist Sean Paul. Paul, whose single "Gimme the Light" is No. 8 this Shots were fired and one man ...

  37. Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nominations

    August 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nominees for the 36th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Here are the nominees for the 36th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which will be presented at Nov. 6 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and broadcast on CBS. E ...

  38. Shannon Lawson Ready For His Place In The 'Sun'

    May 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rarely, if ever, does a new artist emerge on a country label with a more diverse musical resume than Shannon Lawson. Like nearly all Kentucky-born musicians, Lawson cut his teeth on bluegrass music, p Rarely, if ever, does a new artist emerge on a c ...

  39. George Strait Takes 'The Road Less Traveled'

    November 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 George Strait is in a talkative mood, as he considers the Nov. 6 release of his MCA Nashville album, "The Road Less Traveled." So the obvious opening question for the reticent Strait -- whose represen George Strait is in a talkative mood, ...

  40. Lyle Lovett Preserves His 'Cowboy Man' Days

    October 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Texas singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett's retrospective compilation, "Anthology, Vol. 1: Cowboy Man," which Curb/MCA releases Oct. 23, assembles 13 country songs from his first three albums: "Lyle Lovett, Seventeen years after he bro ...

  41. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stories on the first download-only song to chart on a Billboard chart, and on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. THE FUTURE IS HERE: You may or may not be old enough to remember where you were when the first 45 rpm single charted ...

  42. Stars Gather In Nashville For 'America' Recording

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 60 country and contemporary Christian artists gathered last night (June 19) in a Nashville studio to record "America the Beautiful" under the guidance of producers Tony Brown of MCA Nashvill More than 60 country and contemporary ...