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Mike Doughty To Release 'Golden Delicious' Feb. 19

11/11/2007 9:30am EST
Mike Doughty
On February 19, 2008, ATO Records will release Golden Delicious, the new album from singer/songwriter Mike Doughty. Doughty and GRAMMY-winning producer Dan Wilson worked with Doughty's touring band to craft a driven, organic sound around his savvy, agile lyrical escapades on Golden Delicious, which was mixed by Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse, No Doubt) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Green Day) -- both also GRAMMY winners. Golden Delicious is the follow-up to Doughty's AAA radio top five album Haughty Melodic (2005), which included the hit "Looking at the ...

Jamie Foxx Performs With Rascal Flatts On 41st CMA Awards, Nov. 7 On ABC; Win An iPod!

10/23/2007 8:30pm EDT
The 41st Annual CMA Awards
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Multi-talented, Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx joins reigning CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year Rascal Flatts for a duet performance during "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Rascal Flatts, who are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, will open "Country Music's Biggest Night™" with the title track from their third consecutive No. 1 album, Still Feels Good. Later in the broadcast, they will perform "She Goes All the Way" with Foxx. The duet w...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 12

10/12/2007 3:00am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Happy Birthday to track star Marion Jones (1975), 80s teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron (1970), Dixie Chick Martie Seidel (1969), X-Men actor Hugh Jackman (1968), actress/singer Susan Anton (1950), and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935).

Pete Yorn Back On the Road for Major US Summer Concert Tour

6/14/2007 10:10am EDT
Pete Yorn
With his new album, Nightcrawler, in stores now, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn will embark on a major North American tour kicking off June 17 at the prestigious Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Yorn's concert schedule will include festival performances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits as well as shared bills with Guster, Crowded House and the Dave Matthews Band (see full itinerary following). Pete Yorn will be performing on the road with his band, Minibar.

Last year, Yorn performed a series of successful shows opening for the Dixie Chicks and, from February-March 2...

Dixie Chicks Win Most Grammy Awards; Full Winners List

2/12/2007 10:37am EST
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at the Grammy Awards, scooping five awards. The country band fought off stiff competition from the likes of Justin Timberlake, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mary J. Blige to win the prizes for album, song and record of the year as well as best country album and best group country performance. Full Winners List Below!

Lead singer, Natalie Maines, said: "I, for the first time in my life, am speechless."

Mary J. Blige, who received eight nominations cried as she accepted her award for best R'n'B album for Breakthrough. She said: "This is the fir...

Take The Stage With The Top-Selling Female Band Of All Time

2/7/2007 1:12pm EST
Dixie Chicks
Shut Up & Sing follows the top selling female band of all-time, the Dixie Chicks, in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-Bush statement at a 2003 concert – from the ensuing backlash to the band’s triumphant return to the top of the charts.

The Dixie Chicks rocked the charts with their infectious energy, musicality and overall charm… and then they rocked the world with a controversial political stance, alienating their fan-base and forcing them into a very different kind of spotlight. Taking the stage on DVD February 20, from Genius Products LLC. and The Weinstein Company, Shut Up &...

Carrie Underwood's 'Some Hearts' Is Certified 5x Platinum

1/12/2007 10:58am EST
Carrie Underwood
Reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood begins the New Year with another incredible accomplishment as her album, Some Hearts, vaults to RIAA Quintuple-Platinum certification for sales of 5 million units. The record-setting milestone earns Carrie the fastest 5x Platinum certification of any female country debut in history.

With this accomplishment, "Some Hearts" has now become the best-selling, single-disc country album by a solo female in the new millennium. "Some Hearts" is also the best-selling, single-disc country album by a solo artist (male or female) in the last...

Pete Yorn To Hit The Road In February

1/9/2007 2:24pm EST
Pete Yorn
With his critically-acclaimed new album, Nightcrawler, in stores now, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn will headline a major North American tour beginning February 6 in Boise, Idaho. The upcoming concert dates mark Yorn's first performances since a set of successful dates opening for the Dixie Chicks earlier this year and his first major concert appearances, with full band, since the release of "Nightcrawler" in August 2006.

Pete Yorn's "The Morning, Day, and Night Tour" itinerary:

Tue, Feb 06, 2007 Boise, ID Big Easy

Thu, Feb 08, 2007 Vancouver, BC Co...

Country Music Sales Remained Steady Last Year

1/8/2007 10:21am EST
Carrie Underwood
Country Music remained steady in 2006 with a modest 0.5% drop in album sales from 2005, according to figures released Jan. 4, 2007, by Nielsen SoundScan. Total all-genre album sales (CD, CS, LP, Digital Albums) for the entire music industry were down 4.9% from 2005.

"2006 was a year that really showcased the depth of Country Music's diversity across all areas of our business, from record sales to tours, movies to books and outstanding media coverage," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer.

Overall the number of Country albums sold in 2006 was 74.9 million down slightly ...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...

Nielsen Names Most Popular TV Shows, Movies, Music of 2006

12/21/2006 10:13am EST
American Idol
Several Nielsen media tracking businesses just released a year-end look at the most popular media trends among Americans during 2006. This is the first time the Nielsen companies have released a compilation of "Top 10's" for the Nielsen brands. Following is a sampling of Nielsen's results:

Top 10 TV Programs - Regularly Scheduled - 2006

1 American Idol-Tuesday FOX

2 American Idol-Wednesday FOX

3 Dancing With The Stars ABC

4 CSI CBS ...

Mary J. Blige Leads Grammy Nominations

12/7/2006 1:20pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige tops the Grammy nominations list with eight; while Red Hot Chili Peppers garner six; James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, and John Williams each earn five nods. Beyoncé, Bryan-Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton, T.I. and Justin Timberlake receive four each.

Nominations for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, new up-and-comers were nominated alongside established artists and a diverse array of producers and other creative professionals garnered...

Celebs Dress in Black in Tribute to Johnny Cash in New Video

11/9/2006 3:01pm EST
Johnny Cash
An all-star list of artists and icons pay tribute to the late Johnny Cash in the new video for "God's Gonna Cut You Down." "God's Gonna Cut You Down" is the first video from Cash's gold- certified album American V: A Hundred Highways, which was released July 4 on American Recordings/Lost Highway.

There are 36 cameos throughout the black & white video, including Iggy Pop, Bono, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Keith Richards, Johnny Depp, Dixie Chicks, Terrence Howard, Patti Smith, Dennis Hopper and Chris Rock. Each artist is dressed in black to honor Cash. The video exudes a vast pantheon of ...

Gwen Stefani To Perform at American Music Awards

11/1/2006 10:30am EST
Gwen Stefani
Multi platinum singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani will light up the "2006 American Music Awards" with the debut performance of her new single, "Wind It Up," from her much anticipated second solo album, "The Sweet Escape."

Stefani, known for her energetic, heart pumping live performances, will debut the single on the telecast live, Tuesday, Nov. 21, (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. The show, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will emanate from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.

Stefani joins previously announced performers Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige,...

Shut Up And Listen: Dixie Chicks' "Taking The Long Way" Is The Must-See Tour Of The Decade; Win Tickets!

10/31/2006 5:21pm EST
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks have recently received a great deal of publicity regarding their political statements - so much so that it spawned the recently released "Shut Up and Sing" documentary.

The political hoopla has overshadowed the Dixie Chicks music. Country music stations have refused to play their record. Who's to blame? Was Natalie right? Should artists speak out? Who cares?

Politics aside, the fact of the matter is the Dixie Chicks are not only the biggest female band in history, but one of the biggest BANDS in history...period. They have sold more than 30 million CDs and well ov...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 12

10/12/2006 3:00am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Happy Birthday to track star Marion Jones (1975), 80s teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron (1970), Dixie Chick Martie Seidel (1969), X-Men actor Hugh Jackman (1968), actress/singer Susan Anton (1950), and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935).

Dixie Chicks, Pussycat Dolls & Nelly Furtado To Perform at American Music Awards

10/10/2006 11:57am EDT
Dixie Chicks
The multi-platinum Dixie Chicks, the highest selling female group in any genre, will take a break from their Accidents & Accusations tour to perform on the "2006 American Music Awards," airing live Tuesday, November 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.

In addition, the Pussycat Dolls and Nelly Furtado will also join the lineup, giving electrifying live performances. The show, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will emanate from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Pete Yorn Headlines The South In Support Of Latest Album, "Nightcrawler"

10/6/2006 10:41am EDT
Pete Yorn
For Nightcrawler, his first new studio album in three years, rocker Pete Yorn explores, and brings full circle, the day-for-life metaphor (morning-day-night) which began with his RIAA gold-certified debut album, musicforthemorningafter, in 2001 and continued through 2003's Day I Forgot. "This new record is not so much for the night," says Pete, "but for a later period in my life. The perspective I have comes from having lived more and experienced more."

Nightcrawler, which premieres a dozen brand-new songs, is perhaps the most musically complex and fully realized album of Pete's caree...

"James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute" DVD To Be Released On October 3

9/28/2006 11:52am EDT
James Taylor
During the 2006 Grammy week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts. The amazing lineup featured Taylor's friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening - from The Dixie Chicks performing "Shower the People" and Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow jo...

"Tony Bennett – Duets: An American Classic" In Stores Sept. 26; Preview Some Of It Here

9/18/2006 12:54pm EDT
Tony Bennett
Treasured jazz singer, Tony Bennett has continued to win over new generations of fans with his classic style every decade since he released his first record in the mid 1950s. After more than 60 releases in his career, his music has never gone out of style.

"Tony Bennett: Duets / An American Classic" features new versions of Tony's classic songs recorded with such legendary artists such as Barbra Streisand, Bono, The Dixie Chicks, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The album will feature a total of eighteen duets with eighteen of pop’s biggest names.

This newest addition to ...

George W. Bush 'Is An Idiot,' Says Linda Rondstadt

8/14/2006 1:52pm EDT
Linda Rondstadt
Linda Ronstadt has launched a blistering attack on President George W. Bush, declaring she is embarrassed to be from the same country as him. The outspoken star was thrown out of a Las Vegas, Nevada, casino in 2004 after praising Michael Moore for his anti-Bush movie Fahrenheit 9/11.

Two years on she hasn't softened her views, echoing those of country music trio The Dixie Chicks. She says, "The Dixie Chicks said they were embarrassed he was from Texas. I'm embarrassed George Bush is from the United States. He's an idiot. He's enormously incompetent on both the domestic and internation...

Check Out "Waiting On The World To Change," The First Single From John Mayer's "Continuum" album

8/2/2006 5:21pm EDT
John Mayer
From his acclaimed debut 'Room For Squares' in 2001, through 2003's 'Heavier Things,' to his most recent work with the John Mayer Trio, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has sold more than eight million albums and earned three Grammy Awards.

"As a songwriter, the Trio helped me focus on being more raw," he says. "As a guitar player, it helped me get a lot out of my system and get to a point somewhere between the Trio record and Room For Squares - and that's a really good place to be."

Over the past two years, Mayer's put in the time to get to that place. He famously toured an...

Johnny Cash Has First Number One Album in Almost Thirty Years

7/12/2006 4:08pm EDT
Johnny Cash
Country legend Johnny Cash has scored his first US album chart number one in almost 30 years - three years after his death.

Cash recorded "American V: A Hundred Highways" from a wheelchair at his home in Tennessee as he battled blindness and diabetes in his final four months.

And his swan songs have earned Cash his first US chart topper since live album "Johnny Cash At San Quentin" went to number one in 1969.

The new album, which earned a number one debut today with just 88,000 first-week sales, also ends the Dixie Chicks' seven-week reign atop the Billboard Country Albums ch...

New Dixie Chicks Album Is a Global Smash Hit

6/30/2006 11:54am EDT
Dixie Chicks
Four weeks after its release on May 23, Taking The Long Way, the highly-acclaimed new album from the Dixie Chicks, has achieved a platinum (for sales of 1,000,000) certification by the RIAA, bringing the group's career total up to 41 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, including two RIAA Diamond Awards.

The U.S. platinum success of Taking The Long Way has been echoed in similar chart-topping sales figures around the world. Taking The Long Way debuted at #1 (and remained in the top slot for four weeks) in Canada, where it is already 2x platinum, and at #2 in Australia, whe...

The Dixie Chicks Make Billboard History

5/31/2006 11:53am EDT
The Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks have become the first female group to have three albums debut at number one. Taking The Long Way debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart this week, with first week's sales of 525,829.

The Dixie Chicks broke the record they established in 2002 when the group's last studio album, Home, debuted at #1 and made them the first female group ever to have two albums debut at #1. The Dixie Chicks have also become the first female group in chart history to have three studio albums occupy the #1 slot on the Top 200.

“Taking The Long Way” has...

Dixie Chicks To Kick Off Tour in Michigan

5/18/2006 2:06pm EDT
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks just announced plans for their 2006 world tour, The Accidents & Accusations Tour. The North American leg of the tour, whose name comes from a line in "Easy Silence," a song off their highly anticipated album, Taking the Long Way, will kick off July 21 in Detroit, Mich., and will run through early November.

When describing what fans can expect from this year's tour, Natalie Maines says that it will be "more of an old-style rock show, not so much about theatrics and props but just about the music." She also notes, "to rock out, we used to have to pull out a cover tune, ...

Dixie Chicks Talk About Serious Death Threat on '60 Minutes'

5/12/2006 10:28am EDT
The Dixie Chicks
The band who received death threats and whose reputation suffered for disparaging President Bush reveals that one of the threats was so specific and serious it required intense police intervention. The Dixie Chicks tell Steve Kroft about the threat and how it hasn't made them change their style in a 60 Minutes interview to be broadcast Sunday, May 14 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

There had been threats ever since lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience the band was ashamed that the president of the U.S. had come from their home state of Texas. This one, in the summer of 20...

James Taylor To Be Honored As Person of the Year

1/23/2006 2:53pm EST
James Taylor
An exceptional group of legendary music talents will honor multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter James Taylor as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year in a gala tribute on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The evening will laud Taylor for his extraordinary musical achievements and his philanthropic commitment to arts, environmental and humanitarian causes, and will feature a special concert by music luminaries including: India.Arie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, The Dixie Chicks, Dr. John, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Sim...