1. Miranda Lambert Finds Emotional Losses Among Technology's Gains

    February 21, 2014 2:39 PM EST As Miranda Lambert worked through a session at Nashville’s Sound Stage a few months ago, she periodically stopped to text messages with cartoony emoticons to songwriter Natalie Hemby (“Pontoon,” “White Liar”), providing clues about the titles she ...

  2. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History On Alternative Songs With 'Invisible'

    February 10, 2014 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The band rewrites the mark for the most entries in the chart's 25-year archives. Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Yandel, and Miranda Lambert returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Fi ...

  3. Country Executives on the Lack Of Female Artists at Radio

    February 06, 2014 4:27 PM EST With evidence continuing to mount that Nashville has a shortage of successful female artists right now, you might expect that Music Row has a corresponding lack of females in the executive ranks. You'd be wrong. While it's true that fewe ...

  4. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  5. Rock Music Finds Winning Tough at GRAMMYs

    January 27, 2014 12:47 AM EST 1 0 0 At the end of Sunday night’s ceremony, host LL Cool J noted that “here at the Grammy Awards, we never stop rockin’.” But you could have fooled us. With a paucity of major category nominations (only Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” for Record of the Ye ...

  6. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Named Year's Least Desirable Neighbors

    December 27, 2013 7:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus also near top of Zillow list of worst neighbors of 2013 Want Kimye as your neighbors? According to a new survey, you're probably one of the only ones. Real estate website Zillow has released the results of its annu ...

  7. CMT's 'Artists of the Year' Special Honors Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line & More

    December 04, 2013 1:54 AM EST 7 0 0 CMT's celebration of country music's top artists of 2013 was a complete dude fest. Whether it was saluting Tim McGraw as a more-relevant-than-ever trailblazer, acknowledging the genre's love-hate relationship with Florida Georgia Line ...

  8. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather tha ...

  9. Chart Moves: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs; Beyonce's 'Bodied' Returns; James Wolpert Hits New 'Voice' High

    November 15, 2013 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week and Lady Gaga debuts at No. 8 with "Dope." Who else is royalty (or at least worthy of mention …) on song charts this week?  -- Keith ...

  10. A Look Back at Key Milestones at the CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 8:46 AM EST Here's a look at some key moments in the history of the Country Music Association Awards, which honor the best of the country music (the 47th annual CMAs air on Wednesday night). - 1967 : The first CMA Awards were not televised. It is bille ...

  11. George Strait, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 12:23 AM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the ...

  12. CMA Awards Preview: Who Will Win Female Vocalist of the Year?

    November 05, 2013 11:17 PM EST In our ongoing look at tomorrow night's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards, we shine the spotlight on a category where some history could be made. Martina McBride and Reba McEntire are the only two ladies to win the Female Vocalist ...

  13. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean Among CMA Awards Performers

    October 08, 2013 4:48 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and most of the major nominees have signed on to perform at the Country Music Association Awards next month. Swift and Aldean were among the first round of performers announced Monday for the Nov. 6 show in Nashville, Te ...

  14. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Returns, Fitz And The Tantrums Rule Rock, Yandel Leads Latin Airplay

    September 30, 2013 5:50 PM EDT Rihanna extends her mark for the most Pop Songs visits, Fitz and the Tantrums take over atop two rock tallies and Yandel leads Latin Airplay, while duo partner Wisin debuts with his own track Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select gro ...

  15. BMI Reports Record Annual Collections, Distributions

    September 23, 2013 8:00 AM EDT BMI reported its highest collections in the year, taking in $944 for the year ended June 30, 2013. That represented a 5% increase over the nearly $899 million collected in the prior year. Moreover, the company paid out royalty distributions of ...

  16. Chart Moves: Robin Thicke Ties R&B/Hip-Hop Mark; Imagine Dragons Return To Hot 100; Arcade Fire Ignites

    September 20, 2013 1:23 PM EDT As previously reported, Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" smashes its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it's her first No. 1. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week? -- Robin Thicke: Wit ...

  17. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Ignites On Country Charts

    September 19, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with "Fuse," which arrives with 98,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth top start on the country tally and his second on the Billboard 200. ...

  18. NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick To Co-Host American Country Awards

    September 18, 2013 12:05 AM EDT Danica Patrick is crossing back over into entertainment. The NASCAR star is joining country singer Trace Adkins as co-host of the American Country Awards on Dec. 10. Patrick will have an experienced hand to guide her. Adkins has overseen the show ...

  19. How Blake Shelton Navigates The Terrain Between The CMAs and 'The Voice'

    September 17, 2013 12:28 PM EDT It’s no secret that country artists campaign during awards season. Or that the biggest cluster of potential Country Music Assn. votes reside in Nashville, the business center for the genre. Still, Blake Shelton certainly didn’t orchestrate all o ...

  20. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 10, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist in country music last year, and it was no surprise that the singer likewise enjoyed a big morning on Tuesday, as nominations were announced for the 47th Annual Country Music As ...

  21. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 10, 2013 11:02 AM EDT Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist in country music last year, and it was no surprise that the singer likewise enjoyed a big morning on Tuesday, as nominations were announced for the 47th Annual Country Music Ass ...

  22. Cher, Ed Sheeran Join 'The Voice' as Mentors

    September 09, 2013 4:30 PM EDT Weeks ahead of the return of "The Voice," NBC has named the new advisers for the fifth cycle. Cher, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and Miguel have been tapped to help "The Voice" coaches guide their respective teams during the season. ...

  23. Toby Keith to Headline Australia's CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival

    September 02, 2013 12:26 AM EDT Toby Keith is heading Down Under for his first-ever Australian performance. The country superstar will headline the 2014 CMC Rocks the Hunter festival, on a bill that includes compatriots the Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, Craig Campbell, Paul Th ...

  24. Chart Highlights: 'Ooh' She Did It Again ... Britney Spears Debuts On Pop Songs

    June 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Spears' 'Smurfs 2' single blasts onto the radio airplay tally at No. 22. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Demi Lovato, J. Cole, Jake Owen and Marc Anthony Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every ...

  25. P!nk Takes No. 1 Spot on Hot Tours Chart, Grosses $23.6 Million

    June 14, 2013 2:53 PM EDT P!nk takes the No. 1 ranking on the weekly Hot Tours tally with gross and attendance counts reported from the first leg of her Truth About Love Tour that launched earlier this year. The totals represented in this week’s recap come from the tour’ ...

  26. Blake Shelton's Oklahoma Tornado Benefit Concert Raises $6 Million

    May 31, 2013 6:50 AM EDT Organizers of a televised benefit concert say they raised more than $6 million in pledges and ticket sales to help people in Oklahoma trying to recover after a deadly tornado last week. A spokeswoman for the United Way of Central Oklahoma report ...

  27. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, More Support Oklahoma at Tornado Benefit Concert

    May 29, 2013 10:40 PM EDT "Everyday people are the ones who are making miracles / And it's beautiful," Reba McEntire sings on the chorus of "Everyday People," her 2007 duet with Carole King. On Wednesday night (May 29), as McEntire performed th ...

  28. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, More Support Oklahoma at Tornado Benefit Concert

    May 29, 2013 10:40 PM EDT "Everyday people are the ones who are making miracles / And it's beautiful," Reba McEntire sings on the chorus of "Everyday People," her 2007 duet with Carole King. On Wednesday night (May 29), as McEntire performed the s ...

  29. Sheryl Crow Opens Up on Her Country Conversion

    May 29, 2013 12:29 AM EDT For a couple of months now, Sheryl Crow has been loading her two young boys aboard a bus and taking off on a tour of country music radio stations around the country. She's visiting with DJs and programming directors, playing a few songs live, ...

  30. Blake Shelton Sets Oklahoma Relief Concert, Carrie Underwood Donates to Red Cross

    May 24, 2013 7:22 PM EDT In the wake of tragedy in Moore, Okla., Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood are raising funds to help with tornado relief. Shelton, a native of Ada, Okla., has set a date for his “Healing the Heartland” benefit concert, which will be held at th ...

  31. Blake Shelton Organizing NBC Benefit Concert for Tornado Victims

    May 21, 2013 11:59 PM EDT Oklahoma native says concert will "happen very quickly" Blake Shelton and NBC have begun to organize a benefit concert for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado that have left thousands homeless, killed at least 24 people and decimated the ...

  32. Alan Jackson To Headline Australia’s CMC Rocks Fest

    May 17, 2013 10:01 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson is heading back Down Under to headline the CMC Rocks North Queensland 2013 festival on Sept. 28. The Reid Park, Townsville site will also play host to the likes of international artists Sara Evans and Corb Lund, and homeg ...

  33. Lady Antebellum Scores Third No. 1 Album, 'Gatsby' Debuts Strong at No. 2

    May 15, 2013 1:54 PM EDT Country trio Lady Antebellum earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as its new Golden debuts with 167,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold slightly better than initially forecast: A week ago, industry sources ...

  34. Ashley Monroe: Pistol Annies Not Aiming for Radio Hits

    May 06, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Ashley Monroe tells Billboard that when she, Miranda Lambert, and Angaleena Presley first came up with the idea for the Pistol Annies, some didn't quite grasp their concept. "When we first had the idea of doing the album (2011's Hel ...

  35. Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Bryan Lead CMT Music Awards Nominations

    May 06, 2013 1:38 PM EDT Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan lead with four nominations apiece at this year's CMT Music Awards. The three artists are nominated in Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year. Church and Bryan are also up for Male Vid ...

  36. Pistol Annies Give Birth to 'Annie Up': Our Happy Hour Q&A With Country's Hottest Mavericks

    April 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT 1.547 k 81 0 0 It's happy hour at the Timothy Demonbreun House, a dignified Nashville mansion with historical significance, and as Pistol Annies knock back a couple after a long media day for new album "Annie Up," the ladies are very much e ...

  37. ACM Awards Give Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and More Big Chart Boosts

    April 10, 2013 11:15 AM EDT While the Academy of Country Music Awards were staged on the final day of the most recent Nielsen SoundScan tracking week (April 7), the show's impact can still be felt all over the latest Billboard charts. The most visible beneficiary of t ...

  38. ACM Awards 2013: 10 Best Moments

    April 08, 2013 7:00 AM EDT All Things ACMs Miranda Lambert Owns the Night Missed It? Watch the 10 Best Moments Stevie & Hunter Heading to the Studio? 8 Backstage Moments What You Didn't See at the ACMs Concert Red Carpet and Show Photos Check Out a Full Winners ...

  39. Miranda Lambert Is Big Winner at ACM Awards, But Luke Bryan Scores Upset

    April 07, 2013 11:33 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards proved to be one fine education in partying, country style. Many of the evening's performances from Las Vegas proved to be very much attitude laden -- and the winners reflected this, with Luke ...

  40. ACM Awards 2013: Who Will Walk Away With Biggest Honors?

    April 05, 2013 3:36 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will host the festivities live over the CBS Television Network. Who will walk away with the evening’s biggest honors? ...

  41. Chart Moves: P!nk Roars, Justin Timberlake’s Post-‘SNL’ Gains; Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Cozy Up

    March 15, 2013 10:43 AM EDT As previously reported, "Harlem Shake," the viral smash from Baauer, logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, re ...

  42. Country Radio Seminar: Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies and REO Speedwagon Rock the Boat

    March 01, 2013 2:05 PM EST Above, L-R: Ashley Monroe, Pistol Annies; Kelly Clarkson; Angaleena Presley, Pistol Annies; Miranda Lambert The General Jackson river boat was rockin’ last night as Brad Paisley welcomed surprise guests REO Speedwagon on Sony Music Nashville’s 27t ...

  43. ACM Awards 2013: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Lead Nominees

    February 13, 2013 11:40 AM EST The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today via a digial press conference. When the final nominations were all tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording ...

  44. ACM Awards 2013: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Lead Nominees

    February 13, 2013 11:09 AM EST The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today via a digial press conference. When the final nominations were all tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording a ...

  45. Live Nation Country to Launch Faster Horses Country Fest in Michigan

    February 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST This field will be full of country music fans in July. Live Nation Country President Brian O'Connell took this photo with his iPhone from what will be the stage area for the Faster Horses Festival in Michigan Live Nation Country president B ...

  46. Miranda Lambert: 2013 Grammys Red Carpet

    Miranda Lambert: 2013 Grammys Red Carpet

    February 11, 2013 9:16 AM EST 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert: 2013 Grammys Red Carpet Grammys 2013 Grammys 2014 Miranda Lambert ...

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