Latest Country music News

Still working '9 to 5,' Dolly Parton marks 50 years at Opry

Oct. 13, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country superstar Dolly Parton is still working "9 to 5," and doing what she loves as she celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. The 73-year-old actress, singer and songwriter, who first played the Opry when she was just a teenager, played the longstanding radio...

Review: Chris Knight snarls out an album that fits the times

Oct. 11, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

Chris Knight, "Almost Daylight" (Thirty Tigers) In his first release in more than seven years, Kentucky-born country rocker Chris Knight has snarled out an album that's gruff, uncompromising and perfect for the times. "Almost Daylight" rails against hardship, misfortune and phoniness, set against a musical...

Good Grief: Owners of Charlie Brown song sue Dollywood

Oct. 10, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The copyright owners of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" theme song have sued Dollywood in federal court for copyright infringement. News outlets report the complaint says the East Tennessee theme park named for country star Dolly Parton has used the song without permission in live...

Man accused of defrauding clients via fake celebrity charity

Oct. 9, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There may be some bad blood between a former New Hampshire financial adviser and clients he's accused of defrauding via a fake charity he claimed involved singer Taylor Swift. The state bureau of securities regulation recently obtained a temporary court order freezing the assets of...

Despite fall, former President Carter helps build home

Oct. 7, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With a bandage above his left eye and a large, red welt below it, former President Jimmy Carter was greeted by a cheering crowd Monday morning as he prepared to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Nashville. Carter fell at home on Sunday, requiring 14 stiches, but he did...

Garth Brooks to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Oct. 2, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music superstar Garth Brooks, whose hits include "Friends in Low Places," ''The Thunder Rolls" and "The Dance," will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in March 2020. The Library of Congress said Wednesday the 57-year-old Grammy winner is the...

T-Pain relishes in new success following 'Masked Singer' win

Oct. 2, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Pain is not a fan of early mornings, but it's the price you pay when traveling the country to highlight entrepreneurs and startup companies. "It's a lot of non-rapper hours," the two-time Grammy winner said with a laugh. The singer-rapper, who are born Faheem Rasheed Najm, is the host of...

busbee, songwriter behind country and pop hits, dead at 43

Sep. 30, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-nominated songwriter-producer busbee, who co-wrote Maren Morris' breakout hit "My Church" and also crafted songs for Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pink, Shakira and Florida Georgia Line, has died. He was 43. Warner Records confirmed his death in a statement released Sunday...

Ready for some hockey? Green Day song may be new NHL anthem

Sep. 30, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

The NHL could be on the way to its version of "Are You Ready For Some Football?" The league is announcing a two-year partnership with Green Day that includes an opening song for NBC Sports' "Wednesday Night Hockey." The song, "Ready, Fire, Aim" isn't custom-made for the NHL and will be on Green Day's next album,...

Taylor Swift, Lizzo, BTS to perform on Jingle Ball tour

Sep. 27, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and BTS are set to perform on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour this holiday season. IHeartMedia announced Friday that the 12-city tour kicks off Dec. 1 in Tampa, Florida. The lineup, which varies by city, also includes Lil Nas X, Sam Smith, Camila Cabello,...