CMA Awards open with epic performance celebrating women in country music

Hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton led the historic number, which also featured Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, the Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker, and Gretchen Wilson.

Outside Lands’ CEO Sees the Post-Crisis Music Industry as an Opportunity

Then the issue of a lot of the bigger tours play in the fall. What seems to be happening right now is a lot of people are just waiting until 2021. Two or three weeks ago, it looked like the fall was just going to be absolutely crazy, that everything in the spring was just […]

How the ACM Parlayed Its Postponed Awards Show into an Uplifting New Special

Most of Nashville’s country music community should have been in Las Vegas by now. The 55th ACM Awards were to be held Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with trophies handed out, nominees performing, and 12 million or so viewers tuning in to CBS’s three-hour live broadcast. But like many other seemingly untouchable tentpoles […]

Country duo ‘Big & Rich’ to perform their coronavirus PSA ‘Stay Home’ live

“We had just gotten a note from the [Tennessee] governor’s office wanting us all to do PSAs for him telling everybody to stay home,” he said. ”I’m reading this note as I’m walking from my studio into the house [and] all the sudden my phone rings. And there’s John on the phone going, ‘Listen to this.’ And he had just basically […]

Executive Turntable: UK Music Appoints New Chair, BMGPM Names Sony/ATV Vet as Co-Head

“Rajat has made PPL into a data oriented, transparent and professional organization and I now look forward to continuing the momentum built in the last 2 years with the help of a highly talented team of employees and efficient systems, a combination that offers immense potential for growth,” said Aayeer in a statement. “I look […]

Joe Wicks plays catch with daughter Indie, 2, and hilariously pranks wife Rosie in sweet video as he celebrates another morning’s PE class

‘I’ve had international PR in New Zealand, Australia. I’ve even got an interview with Japanese TV, like this really has gone global and that’s because everybody’s sharing it and everyone’s so supportive and passionate because they want their kids exercising during this time.’

Elvis Presley: The return of the King

The wilder side of rock’n’roll, represented by Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, may have lost its edge, and the death in a car crash of Eddie Cochran, following that of Holly, represented a costly loss, but pop music neither stood still or regressed while Presley was out of action. As he re-emerged, Leiber and […]

Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away

With the exception of 1977’s Menagerie (which contains the funky classic “Lovely Day”), none of the Columbia albums reached the Top 40. Withers’ 1980 hit “Just the Two of Us” was a duet with Grover Washington Jr. on Elektra – “That was a ‘kiss my ass’ song to Columbia,” says Withers. The low point came […]

Simon Rattle’s return to LSO marred by squabble over new London concert hall

Among groups gathering to fight the recommended site are those worried about an expensive new facility that might come to be dominated by just one London orchestra and those who think the City of London is the wrong place to attract new audiences. Timothy Walker, chief executive and artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, […]

John Prine: The Secrets Behind His Classic Songs

“Souvenirs” (1972) I really looked up to my brother Doug. There was a carnival once, and I was a really small kid, and, and he got lost in the crowd. My parents thought that he’d been kidnapped or something, so they were frantic, looking for him, and the police at the carnival were looking for […]