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Black singers have historic week on country music charts

Nov. 21, 2018 1:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmie Allen has made history as the first black artist to have his debut single reach No. 1 on country radio, and it happened on the same week Kane Brown, who is black and white, has the top country and pop album in the U.S. Allen said he cried when he got the news his song, "Best Shot,"...

Children end effort to contest Glen Campbell's wills

Nov. 21, 2018 10:11 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three of country singer Glen Campbell's children have dropped their fight to contest the validity of two wills that exclude them from any inheritance. The Tennessean reported the siblings agreed on Monday to dismiss their complaint. A legal filing in Davidson County Probate Court...

Get in the holiday mood with Diana Ross, John Legend, more

Nov. 20, 2018 5:57 PM EST

Here's a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. ______ Diana Ross, "Wonderful Christmas Time" (UMe/Ross Records) Are you in the mood for jolly, singalong Christmas music? Diana Ross has you covered. Looking for something more serene, with religious tones? Diana Ross has you covered. Or are...

Memorial service set for 'Hee Haw' host, guitarist Roy Clark

Nov. 19, 2018 12:58 PM EST

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — A public memorial service is planned in Oklahoma for singer-guitarist Roy Clark, who headlined the TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century. A "celebration of life" service will be held Wednesday at Rhema Bible Church in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. Clark was 85 when...

Musician Jeff Tweedy displays sense of humor in his memoir

Nov. 19, 2018 12:21 PM EST

"Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)" (Dutton), by Jeff Tweedy In his memoir, "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)," Jeff Tweedy, frontman of the American rock band Wilco, displays a sense of humor that his audiences will know well from his onstage banter. His lyrics can be serious or lighthearted, melancholy or hopeful, and...

Scott's first Bayou Stock festival brings country music home

Nov. 16, 2018 11:37 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — County music artist Dylan Scott has been around the music his whole life and that's where he got the idea for his inaugural Bayou Stock music festival. Growing up in Bastrop, Louisiana, Scott learned to sing and play guitar from his dad — a former guitar player for country legends...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Nov. 15, 2018 4:39 PM EST

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of November 14, 2018: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1....

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

Nov. 15, 2018 4:07 PM EST

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from...

Chris Stapleton wins big at CMAs, Keith Urban nabs top prize

Nov. 15, 2018 10:51 AM EST

Chris Stapleton won the most awards at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards and had the show's best performance, almost capping a perfect night. That was until Keith Urban surprisingly won the top prize — entertainer of the year — moments before the three-hour show wrapped Wednesday night....

List of winners at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards

Nov. 14, 2018 11:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Complete list of winners from the 2018 Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. — Entertainer of the year: Keith Urban — Female vocalist of the year: Carrie Underwood — Male vocalist of the year:...