December 30, 2011 - Taylor Swift enjoyed the top grossing country tour of 2011 in North America, selling almost $100 million worth of tickets. She also had the fourth biggest world-wide tour of 2011.
Kenny Chesney had the third biggest tour with Jason Aldean 23rd and Keith Urban 25th.
U2 had the biggest world-wide... »»»
December 29, 2011 - Jo Dee Messina and WD-40 are partnering to give away a CD download of 10 songs by the singer with the purchase of specially-marked products.
The 10-song CD download of hits by Messina will not be available for purchase anywhere else. The songs are available on 12 products across the Spot Shot, 2000... »»»
December 29, 2011 - Wynonna Judd and musician boyfriend Cactus Moser of award-winning country group Highway 101, got engaged on Dec. 24, it was announced today.
Wynonna and Cactus are presently touring together as Wynonna and The Big Noise.
This will be the third marriage for Wynonna, 47. Moser is 54 years old.... »»»
December 28, 2011 - Lady Antebellum will top the Billboard Country Album chart when it is released Thursday with "Own the Night." The trio's latest sold 110,000 units, up 36 percent from the previous week.
The release was the sixth best selling disc in the U.S. for the week ending Dec. 25, down one from the previous week.... »»»
December 27, 2011 - Lee Greenwood will participate in a tribute to 60 of San Antonio's fallen military heroes when he performs the National Anthem and God Bless the USA at the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 29.
The Valero Alamo Bowl will feature the Washington Huskies and the Baylor Bears.... »»»
December 23, 2011 - Great American Country turned to the experts - the fans - to come up with the list of the top music videos of 2011. "Top 50 Videos of 2011," premieres Monday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. eastern.
For several weeks, fans had the opportunity to log on to www.gactv.com and cast their votes for the top music clips... »»»
December 23, 2011 - Taylor Swift released a brand-new song on iTunes overnight, Safe & Sound. Featuring The Civil Wars, the song is the lead single from the companion soundtrack to the upcoming Lionsgate film "The Hunger Games."
Swift penned the song with Joy Williams, John Paul White and producer T Bone Burnett.... »»»
December 22, 2011 - Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker will be among the artists giving free concerts leading up to the Super Bowl in February in Indianapolis.
The concerts will be held between Jan. 27 through Feb. 5 in Super Bowl Village. Bentley performs Jan. 29 along with Will Hoge. No date was set for Rucker.... »»»
December 22, 2011 - Zac Brown band held onto the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 31 with Keep Me In Mind. On the album chart, Lady Antebellum regained the number one spot with "Own the Night."
Lady A took over the top from Scotty McCreery's "Clear as Day which slipped to second.... »»»
December 21, 2011 - Frankie Ballard will appear on late night television on Thursday night.
The Michigan native, who released his debut CD earlier this year, will sing A Buncha Girls on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS at 12:35... »»»
December 21, 2011 - George Jones and Glen Campbell will receive special Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Grammy organization in February, it was announced today.
The Recording Academy, the formal name of the Grammys, also will give Special Merit Awards to the Allman Brothers Band, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Memphis... »»»
December 20, 2011 - All but one claimant in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse disaster reached a settlement with the state.
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Monday that 64 of the 65 claimants accepted settlements totaling $5 million, the maximum allowed by state law. Seven people were killed in August when... »»»
December 20, 2011 - Emmylou Harris will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her membership in the Grand Ole Opry with a special show on Jan. 21, 2012.
Harris' 20-year milestone will be celebrated with performances by the honoree, fellow 20-year Opry veteran Vince Gill; Rodney Crowell, with whom Harris is currently working... »»»
December 20, 2011 - Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is the final member of the trio to get hitched, well almost. He proposed to his girlfriend on Monday, and wedding bells will be ringing, according to People.
Haywood's fiancé is Kelli Cashola, vice president of marketing/brand management for Warner Music Nashville.... »»»
December 19, 2011 - Warren Hellman, founder of the popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and member of The Wronglers, died at 77 in San Francisco on Sunday after battling leukemia.
"Musicians and music lovers have lost a truly good friend," said Jimmie Dale Gilmore, a member of The Wronglers.... »»»
December 19, 2011 - Josh Turner is scheduled to release Time Is Love, the debut single from his yet-to-be-titled fifth MCA Nashville album, tomorrow. The song, written by Tom Shapiro, Tony Martin and Mark Nesler, will go for radio adds on Jan. 9.
"This song grabbed me from the first listen because it has such an... »»»
December 19, 2011 - Trace Adkins and Big & Rich will be on "All American New Year," on Dec. 31 on Fox News.
The show, which airs from 11 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. eastern, will be hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer to ring in 2012 live from Times Square in New York City.
The live program also includes the cast of the Tony... »»»
December 15, 2011 - Martina McBride will have a greatest hits package out in January with three new songs through her old label, RCA Records Nashville.
"Hits and More" will be out Jan. 17. The music is a career-spanning collection of songs, which includes four number 1 singles, 10 top-5's and 2 top-10's.
Songs on the disc are:
December 15, 2011 - Rucker said he's been working on his third country album, the follow-up to 2010's "Charleston, SC 1966."
"We'll start recording in January," he told cbsnews.com earlier this week. "It will be out next year."
While Rucker's country career has taken over with five number one country songs to his... »»»
December 15, 2011 - Zac Brown Band has another number 1 song on its hands as Keep In Mind is at the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 24. Scott McCreery moved back to first on the Country Albums Chart with "Clear As Day," switching spots with Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night," which fell to second.... »»»
December 15, 2011 - Rodney Atkins filed for divorce with his attorney denying Thursday that the singer assaulted his wife last month.
Atkins was arrested Nov. 21 and charged with domestic assault, according to an Associated Press story. His wife, Tammy Jo Atkins, told police that "after a night of heavy drinking he... »»»
December 14, 2011 - Faith Hill will perform at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 on CBS.
The People's Choice Awards claims to be the only major awards show where fans determine the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and television.
Hill's new single, Come Home,... »»»
December 14, 2011 - Exile has joined voices with Trace Adkins for a new recording of Exile's 1978 megahit, Kiss You All Over.
Fans can watch as it happens in the recording studio on Great American Country's Hit Exchange, Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
"Nobody had a bigger hit in the late '70s than... »»»
December 14, 2011 - Kid Rock announced today that he purchased 1,200 $25 Meijer gift cards that he plans to distribute throughout Detroit as a Christmas present to people in need in his hometown.
The gift cards, which will be distributed through local radio stations in the area, will be good for redemption at any local Meijer store.... »»»
December 14, 2011 - Billie Jo Spears, who had success in the 1970's and went number 1 with Blanket on the Ground, died at 73 at her home in Vidor, Texas.
Spears had 5 songs reach the top-10 of the country music charts between 1969 and 1977. During the height of Spear's career, the sound was veering towards a pop sound, countrypolitan.... »»»
December 13, 2011 - The Eli Young Band's big hit, Crazy Girl, was the number 1 country song of the year, according to Billboard, based on 2011 audience impressions.
Last month, the song topped both Country Radio Charts and the digital single certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million after selling more than... »»»
December 13, 2011 - The Country Music Association pledged $10 million to Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here, the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's expansion.
The plan is to increase from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet.... »»»
December 13, 2011 - Craig Campbell will visit the Big Apple next weekend as he is set to make his national TV debut on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends WEEKEND on Saturday, Dec. 17, where he'll perform the holiday standard I'll Be Home For Christmas.
The show airs live every weekend from 6-10 a.m. Eastern on Fox News.... »»»
December 13, 2011 - The Grand Ole Opry performance this past Saturday marked the debut of resophonic guitarist Brent Burke at the Opry and his first official appearance as a member of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.
Vincent and band performed on Friday night in Wickenburg, Ariz. to a sold-out show with Gene Watson and flew... »»»
December 12, 2011 - Riders In The Sky lead singer/musician Woody Paul and bluegrasser Kenny Baker were selected as 2012 inductees into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame.
The induction gala will take place on Saturday, April 14 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. Riders In The Sky will be taking center stage as... »»»
December 12, 2011 - Wynonna Judd added her name to the list of artists and celebrities speaking out in support of freedom of expression through the 1 for All campaign.
Judd will participate in Free to Tweet, a daylong online celebration of First Amendment rights on Dec. 15, Bill of Rights Day. During the tweetathon, all... »»»
December 12, 2011 - Brad Paisley just recorded a new song, Hard Life, to raise money for charity.
The song was penned by Paisley's friend, 23-year-old Joe Kindregan from Springfield, Va., who has A-T (ataxia-telangiectasia), a rare, fatal genetic disease that combines symptoms of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy,... »»»
December 12, 2011 - Lady Antebellum will release Dancin' Away With My Heart from "Own the Night" to country radio for airplay today.
"This song is definitely about looking back on a really special night that you shared with someone, but I also think there's a timelessness about it," said Hillary Scott.... »»»
December 9, 2011 - Taylor Swift was the number 1 country artist of 2011, Billboard announced today.
Swift enjoyed a big year with many hit singles and the Speak Now tour, which concluded last month.
The rankings are based on album sales, airplay, track download sales, touring revenue, ringtone sales ..and more.... »»»
December 9, 2011 - The 20th anniversary of the Wisconsin edition of Country Thunder will feature Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Toby Keith as headliners at the July 19-22 festival.
The line up is:
5:30-6:30 p.m. The Farm
9-10:30 p.m. Big & Rich
4-5 p.m. Wade Bowen
5:30-6:30 p.m.... »»»
December 8, 2011 - John Lincoln Wright, a mainstay of the Boston country scene, died Dec. 3.
Wright was a member of rock band Beacon Street Union, which released several major label albums in the Sixties. The band was comprised mainly of students from Boston College, which Wright attended. He then went the country route,... »»»
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December 8, 2011 - Lady Antebellum scored a chart double. The band jumped from fourth to first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 17 with "Own the Night." The trio held onto the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart with We Owned the Night.
Scotty McCreery fell to second on the album chart.... »»»
December 8, 2011 - Tim McGraw is giving his fans a present today, a free download of Christmas All Over The World, his first song since winning a court victory last week freeing him to leave Curb Records.
The song, which he recently co-produced with Byron Gallimore at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, is a celebration of... »»»
December 8, 2011 - Zac Brown Band's sold-out Red Rocks shows this past September drew 20,000 fans at the Colorado amphitheatre, and on Saturday, Dec. 10, CMT will premiere a 5-song "Zac Brown Band - Live at Red Rocks" special including the debut of a brand new unreleased song Sweet Annie.
The special - at 10:30am... »»»
December 7, 2011 - Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" is the only country CD in the top 10. The trio's release jumped from 22nd to 10 on the overall Top 200 chart with sales of 48,000, up 3 percent.
Michael Buble's "Christmas" is the top selling disc with 293,000 units sold last week.... »»»
December 7, 2011 - Tanya Tucker is getting into the holiday spirit by releasing Merry Christmas Wherever You Are.
Tucker said, "With so many troops deployed overseas and with the economy being such that people are having to relocate to find work, recording this track was a very personal and emotional experience.... »»»
December 7, 2011 - Hank Williams Jr. capped the four-year run of the exhibition "Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy" just as he opened it: with a solo acoustic performance spiked with personal memories. The sold-out Dec. 6 concert, a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, raised $75,000.... »»»
December 7, 2011 - Barbara Orbison, 61, the widow of Roy Orbison, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer 23 years to the day that her husband died.
Orbison managed her late husband's business and music affairs after his death in Nashville. She leaves three children.
The two met at a concert in Leeds, England in 1968 when... »»»
December 7, 2011 - Kenny Chesney's 2012 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour with Tim McGraw is already breaking records. By the end of last Saturday, Chesney sold more tickets for the first eight available shows than on any of his previous initial on-sales. Nearly 275,000 tickets were sold for the tour with eight more shows on sale this weekend.... »»»
December 7, 2011 - The Scud Mountain Boys, who disbanded in 1997, will add two shows to their reunion shows this winter.
The Scuds added a Feb. 17 show in Hoboken, N.J. and Feb. 25 in Toronto. The group will play several east coast shows in January and February 2012. Stephen Desaulniers, Joe Pernice, Tom Shea and Bruce... »»»
December 6, 2011 - Jason Aldean and The Band Perry joined the performance lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music Festival.
The event will be in downtown Nashville from Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2012.
Five-time CMA Award winner Carrie Underwood was previously announced as performing at the nightly shows.... »»»
December 6, 2011 - If you liked last night's American Country Awards show last night enough, you can tune in again to watch it, but be forewarned - the results will remain the same.
The second annual American Country Awards will re-air Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. Eastern on Great American Country.... »»»
December 6, 2011 - After signing a record deal with Entertainment One Music Group earlier this fall, former American Idol finalist Bucky Covington is now releasing his first single, I Wanna Be That Feeling.
The song, written by Jimmy Yeary and Ben Hayslip, explores the excitement of young love. The song, Covington's... »»»
December 5, 2011 - Jason Aldean took the most awards of the night with six and the biggest honor, Artist of the Year, along with Album of the Year for "My Kinda Party" at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas.
"It's been a helluva year," said Aldean in thanking the crowd for the album award.
Aldean also won Album of... »»»
December 5, 2011 - Drive-By Truckers bassist Shonna Tucker announced today she is leaving the band, although she gave no reason for her departure. She also did not indicate any future plans.
Tucker has been on tour with DBT promoting their new disc, "Go Go Boots." She started playing with the band in 2004 on "The Dirty South" CD.... »»»
December 5, 2011 - Mindy McCready left court a "happy girl" in Arkansas on Monday in a case involving her five-year-son Zander.
"I can't talk about, but I'll tell you I'm a happy girl," she told television cameras after leaving the Arkansas court. "I love Judge (Lee) Harrod. I tell you that. He's a good man.... »»»
December 5, 2011 - Lauren Alaina will go on her first official country tour with fellow Georgia natives Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan for Aldean's 2012 "My Kinda Party" Arena Tour.
The 17-year-old singer/songwriter is supporting her debut album "Wildflower" and current new single Georgia Peaches. The tour kicks off Jan.... »»»
December 5, 2011 - Lady Antebellum's We Owned the Night spends its second week at number one on Billboard's Country Singles chart this week, while simultaneously moving into the top spot on the Mediabase chart.
The song is the trio's sixth career chart-topper and the second consecutive chart topper off their Platinum... »»»
December 5, 2011 - Scotty McCreery's debut album, "Clear As Day," was certified Gold for sales of more than 500,000, it was announced today. The album currently sits at atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, a spot it has held for five weeks since its Oct. 4 release.
"It's huge," McCreery said of going Gold.... »»»
December 5, 2011 - Chris Isaak soon will be hitting the airport circuit - for one show anyway. The singer will perform on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the latest Live from T5 installment at Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and will be available to ticketed customers as part of the airline's... »»»
December 3, 2011 - Mindy McCready's five-year-old son was picked up by authorities in Arkansas on Friday night, several days after being taken by the singer from his grandfather's home in Florida.
McCready was not arrested in Arkansas. She has been in a long-running custody dispute with her mother, who has custody of her son, Zander.... »»»
December 3, 2011 - Curb Records may finally be releasing Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" CD, and now McGraw plans to release his own music as well.
With one court battle against McGraw lost and another one upcoming, Curb Records decided to release the disputed "Emotional Traffic" from the singer on Jan. 17, 2012, The Boot reported.... »»»
December 2, 2011 - Alan Jackson and The Band Perry were added to the Arizona Country Thunder line-up, it was announced Friday.
Jackson is set to close out the 19th annual Arizona Country Thunder festival and will join previously announced headliners Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Big & Rich for the festival taking... »»»
December 2, 2011 - For nearly two decades, Blair Garner has helped launch and further the careers of countless country music stars through his nightly syndicated radio show, "After MidNite."
Now he's releasing a first-ever type of musical compilation, "Beyond the Hits," taking fans beyond the hits they already know.... »»»
December 2, 2011 - Matraca Berg and Deana Carter penned the song a decade ago, You and Tequila sat largely unnoticed until Kenny Chesney wanted it for "Hemingway's Whiskey." Chesney also knew he wanted to have singer Grace Potter duet with him on the song, even though the two had never even met.
It all worked out... »»»
December 2, 2011 - The Band Perry not only received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist this week, but learned that their self-titled debut went Platinum for sales of more than 1 million units.
"We are excited and honored beyond belief. A Grammy nomination is like a gold star from the people you most look up to.... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Mindy McCready risks arrest for refusing to bring her five-year-old son back from Tennessee to Florida, defying a judge's order.
McCready took her son from her father on Wednesday. Reports surfaced that McCready was missing, but that was denied by her brother and others. McCready ended up saying she... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Luke Bryan and former RCA label head Joe Galante were elected to the the Country Music Association Board of Directors earlier this week. They begin working immediately.
CMA Board President Gary Overton, Sony Music Entertainment Nashville Chairman and CEO, now assumes the position of CMA Board... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Brent Anderson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Ryman Auditorium.
"I've dreamed about playing the Opry since I was a kid," said Anderson, who is signed to Sea Gayle Records/Arista. "To get the chance to play it now, especially while the Opry is back home at The... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Lady Antebellum topped the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 10 for We Owned the Night. The song took over the top from Brantley Gilbert's Country Must Be Country Wide, which slipped to fifth. On the album chart, Scott McCreery remained first with "Clear As Day.... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Ronnie Dunn's Cost of Livin' and its portrayal of the human impact of the nation's current economic challenges, found its way to Dr. Phil and The Doctors.
Dunn recently taped episodes of Dr. Phil and The Doctors, both of which will be themed around Cost of Livin'. The episode of The Doctors will air on Dec.... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Vince Gill received a Grammy nomination for his single Threaten Me With Heaven for Best Country Song.
The song was not a hit for Gill, but it had special meaning to him. He co-wrote the song with his wife, Amy Grant, Dillon O'Brian and Will Owsley. Gill is appreciative of the nomination because it... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Jason Aldean snagged his first ever Grammy nominations last night and tied for the most nods of any country artist with three in the categories of Best Country Album for "My Kinda Party," Best Country Solo Performance for Dirt Road Anthem and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for Don't You Wanna Stay"... »»»
December 1, 2011 - Tickets haven't even gone on sale yet, but Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw are adding a second Boston area date to their summer stadium tour.
The Brothers of the Sun Tour tickets go on sale until this Saturday, Dec. 3. Chesney's publicist said, "Demand is already so strong for the first Gillette Stadium... »»»