1. Farm Aid Concert Heading to Hershey, Pa.

    July 09, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming to Hershey, Pa. in September as the country's small and medium-sized farms face a shifting economic landscape, but board member Dave Matthews sees some hopeful signs in the uncertainty. Matthews, wh ...

  2. Farm Aid Heading to Hershey, PA

    July 09, 2012 7:43 AM EDT HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming to Hershey in September as the country's small and medium-sized farms face a shifting economic landscape, but board member Dave Matthews sees some hopeful signs in the uncerta ...

  3. Diana Krall Returns With Rock-Tinged 'Glad Rag Doll': Listen

    July 02, 2012 12:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diana Krall is getting "Glad" on a journey to the past. For the jazz singer's '20s and '30s-inspired "Glad Rag Doll," she teamed with producer T Bone Burnett (John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson), making what the singer ...

  4. Sony Music Entertainment Appoints Adam Block As President, Legacy Recordings

    June 26, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment named Adam Block as president, Legacy Recordings today, a promotion from his previous position as EVP and general manager of the imprint. He will report to Richard Story, president of Commercial Music Group, Sony Music Ent ...

  5. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Backbeat: Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, John Hogan, More at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson signs autographs for fans during the Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Country Music Summit for 2012 ended with a cocktail party and performances by some of Nashville's upcoming stars, Maggie Rose, Andy Gibson, Kate Ar ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. The Son Also Rises

    June 06, 2012 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 Asong on Willie Nelson's superb new album "Heroes," "No Place to Fly," was written by his son, Lukas Nelson, and it contains the lyric, "The road is like a river that sings when I'm alone/I'm sitting beside a wi ...

  11. Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

    June 06, 2012 9:12 AM EDT When Willie Nelson left Nashville for Austin in 1972, he wasn't exactly sure what direction the move would take him. What he did know was that he was dissatisfied with the music he was making in Nashville, and he was spending a lot of time in ...

  12. Willie Nelson Talks Songwriting, Snoop Dogg and Family at Billboard Summit in Nashville

    June 05, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Willie Nelson with interviewer Ray Waddell at Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Seto) You don't even have to know about Willie Nelson's history to know that he's got stories. Anyone who wr ...

  13. Nashville Knowledge: Billboard Country Music Summit To Examine Genre's Wild Success

    May 29, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Willie Nelson will do a live Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: David McClister) Nashville may be known as Music City, but it's also "music business city," and that is singularly true for the country genre. Sophi ...

  14. Country Countdown: Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs to No. 1

    May 24, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Also, Willie Nelson's 'Heroes' Bows at No. 18 on Billboard 200 Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs , as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" rises 3-1 in i ...

  15. Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs To No. 1; Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson Debut on Country Charts

    May 24, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs, as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" (MCA Nashville) rises 3-1 in its 33rd chart week. Meanwhile new songs by Kenny Chesney and ...

  16. Compelling Q&As At The Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 23, 2012 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 Insights Await From Nelson, Yoakam, Light Willie Nelson is inarguably one of the most important figures in the history of country music, but his sphere of influence in the worlds of songwriting, musicianship, interpretation, recording, touring and phi ...

  17. Nashville Knowledge

    May 23, 2012 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 Nashville may be known as Music City, but it's also "music business city," and that is singularly true for the country genre. Sophisticated, ever-evolving and remarkably successful, the country music business will be explored from every ...

  18. CMT Awards: Willie Nelson, Band Perry Join Performers

    May 22, 2012 10:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 2012 CMT Music Awards has added some country heroes to its lineup. Willie Nelson, Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry and Hank Williams Jr. are all set to perform at the awards show, Billboard has learned. The new acts will join Kenny Chesney, Lady An ...

  19. Dwight Yoakam Announced For Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Grammy-winning country star Dwight Yoakam, an artist who has transcended the country music genre to become a multi-slash innovator, entrepreneur, will be the Superstar Keynote Q&A at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Summit, set for June 4-5 at ...

  20. CAA's Rob Light to Take Part in Executive Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit at t ...

  21. Pitbull, Ester Dean, Benny Blanco Share Writer Honor At BMI Pop Awards

    May 16, 2012 12:24 PM EDT (L-R): Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations Los Angeles Barbara Cane, BMI Pop Icon Award recipient Carole King, and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant attend the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Wire Image) ...

  22. Vince Gill On Going Indie

    May 09, 2012 7:12 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vince Gill can do whatever he wants. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Country Music Hall of Fame member doesn't have a record deal. He got signed by a label in 1983 and had been on the MCA Records roster sin ...

  23. Somethin' 'Bout Kip Moore as Hit Single Rises, Album Debuts

    April 26, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Interstate 75 from South Georgia to Tennessee can be a long drive. MCA Nashville recording artist Kip Moore knows this for a fact. The singer remembers making that trek from his native Tifton just a few years ago, questioning himself every mile of t ...

  24. Backbeat: Jakob Dylan Plays Farm Aid Event, Says New Wallflowers Album On The Way

    April 24, 2012 2:11 PM EDT Jakob Dylan performed at "An Evening with Farm Aid" in Manhattan and afterward said a new Wallflowers album is due to arrive in September, the band's first set of new songs since 2005. (Photo Copyright: Ebet Roberts) "I was at ...

  25. Chris Ethridge, Flying Burrito Brothers Bassist, Dead at 65

    April 23, 2012 9:33 PM EDT Chris Ethridge, the bass player who lent his musicianship and songwriting to the Flying Burrito Brothers, the International Submarine Band and others, has died at 65, Rolling Stone reports . Ethridge co-founded the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gra ...

  26. Chris Ethridge, Flying Burrito Brothers Bassist, Dead at 65

    April 23, 2012 9:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ex-Burrito Brother Chris Hillman: "He was a joy to know" Chris Ethridge, the bass player who lent his musicianship and songwriting to country-rock pioneers the Flying Burrito Brothers , the International Submarine Band and others, has died ...

  27. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Willie Nelson, one of the most important and influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Association. Nelson will b ...

  28. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson, one of the most importantand influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Assn. Nelson will be inte ...

  29. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  30. Pitbull, Songwriters, Publishers Honored At BMI Latin Awards In Las Vegas

    March 31, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Entertainer Pitbull received the BMI President's Award and top industry songwriters and publishers were also recognized at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards at the Encore Las Vegas on March 30. Pitbull, known for his energetic musical an ...

  31. Friday Flashback: Remembering Cindy Walker

    March 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the lone exception of Dolly Parton, it could be said that Cindy Walker was possibly the finest female songwriter in the history of country music. One of the more prolific writers in the format's history, she composed such classics as " ...

  32. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  33. Video Q&A: Lionel Richie's 'Journey' to 'Tuskegee'

    March 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Backstage at his Billboard SXSW gig, Richie chats about the show and new album. • PHOTOS: Lionel, Friends + SXSW • Lionel Leads Billboard Showcase • Billboard's SXSW Survival Guide The Latest News From SXSW "I had so much fun!," Lione ...

  34. Stephanie Urbina Jones Doesn't Mess With 'Troubadour Texas'

    March 09, 2012 5:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Television has always been a component that can really help drive an artists' career. Nobody is finding out just how vital the two can be more than Stephanie Urbina Jones. After pursuing her dreams for over a decade, it appears the San Antonio ...

  35. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  36. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Interest In Billie Holliday Catalog, Downtown Signs Admin Deal With MRI

    February 16, 2012 6:26 PM EST Bicycle Music Acquires Interest in Billie Holliday Catalog The Bicycle Music Company has acquired a substantial interest in Billie Holiday publishing catalog as well as her master recordings, name, likeness and image rights. As a songwriter, Billi ...

  37. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicia ...

  38. Paul McCartney Gets Tribute Album, Walk of Fame Star

    February 09, 2012 7:38 PM EST 0 0 0 Prepare for Paul McCartney mania in 2012 as the beloved Beatle turns 70 in June. On deck much sooner: a new solo album, "Kisses on the Bottom," released Feb. 7 by Hear Music/Concord, as well as a fully endorsed tribute record featuring cov ...

  39. Super Bowl Goes Organic Thanks To Farm Aid

    February 03, 2012 8:41 PM EST Concessions at the Super Bowl Sunday, for the first time, will serve organic food, sourced through Farm Aid, the music-industry-backed group that supports American farmers. The chili on offer at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis "will be the ...

  40. Pitbull To Receive BMI President's Award

    February 01, 2012 7:52 AM EST Pitbull, a permanent force on the Billboard charts in the past 24 months, will be honored with BMI's President's Award at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards taking place March 30 at the Encore Wynn Las Vegas. The awards will honor th ...

  41. Willie Nelson Plays Kucinich Fundraiser in Ohio

    January 30, 2012 8:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Country music icon Willie Nelson has come to Ohio to sing out in support of an old friend , U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Nelson performed a sold-out benefit for the congressman on Sunday in Lorain, about 25 miles west of Cleveland. The star previously ...

  42. Billboard Power 100: Joel Katz

    January 27, 2012 12:00 AM EST No. 38 Joel Katz Chairman Media, Entertainment and Media Group Twitter: @GT_Law Top Gun… When U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers created a music category last year, the first winner was the Greenberg Traurig division chaired by Joel Katz. But ...

  43. Surviving Cast Members Salute 'Hee Haw'

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 It was June 15, 1969. Man was still a month away from landing on the moon. The country was still heavily entrenched in the Vietnam War. And, if you were watching CBS Television that night, you saw a new series called "Hee Haw." Though the ...

  44. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 28, 2011 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 From the arrival of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" to the "Glee" cast's toppling of a King (of Rock & Roll) to Katy Perry matching an achievement by another King (of Pop), 2011 brought several notable chart records. T ...

  45. Willie Nelson Bassist Dan 'Bee' Spears Dies at 62

    December 12, 2011 10:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Country Legend Says Longtime Band Member Died of Exposure Dan "Bee" Spears, the longtime bassist in Willie Nelson 's family band, died Thursday (Dec. 8) after falling outside his Nashville home, the legendary country singer announced ...

  46. Friday Flashback: A Rare Kind of Hit for Dolly Parton

    December 09, 2011 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The music business is famous for many things, and irony is often among them. Hank Williams -- long regarded as THE singer-songwriter in country music -- did not write the song that became his breakthrough, "Lovesick Blues." Willie Nelson h ...

  47. Farm Aid: Making a Difference Since 1985

    November 29, 2011 8:02 AM EST With Music Business Support, Farm Aid's Main Players: Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson Leave Impact This is what the music business has long known about Farm Aid: On one day, each year, since 1985, Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nel ...

  48. Kid Rock Leads Bash for Legendary Nashville Club

    November 17, 2011 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 It's going to be a big rockin' time in Nashville next Wednesday (Nov. 23) as Kid Rock, one of country music's biggest ambassadors, will be turning Music City's Broadway into a party zone! In conjunction with the singer's con ...

  49. Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin Pay Tribute to Guy Clark

    November 14, 2011 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 He's one of the most revered writers to ever roam Music City, and the cream of the musical crop will be paying tribute to the great Guy Clark with the release of "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark." "Guy's song ...

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