Photo credit: James Minchin III

Photo credit: James Minchin III

The 2013 Billboard Music Award Nominations were announced this morning and country music is well represented.  Taylor Swift picks up 11 nominations between the country categories and all-genre categories, and Jason Aldean secures 3 nominations, including Top Male Artist in the all-genre category. Country Newcomers Florida Georgia Line also pick up a Billboard Music Award Nomination for Top Country Song with their hit single “Cruise.” See a complete list of country artist nominations below. 


Nominees for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards have been announced & Country Music is once again recognized in the all-genres categories.  Country Newcomer and ACM New Artist of the Year Scotty McCreery is nominated for Top New Artist! Lady Antebellum is also nominated in Top Duo/Group category, while Taylor Swift receives a nomination for Top Touring Artist.  Carrie Underwood is set to perform on 2012 Billboard Music Awards which takes place on May 20 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.  The awards will be televised Live on ABC at 8pm EST. 

Top New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster The People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Duo/Group:
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

Top Touring Artist:
Bon Jovi
Taylor Swift
Take That
Roger Waters

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party”
The Band Perry “The Band Perry”
Luke Bryan “Tailgates & Tanlines’
Lady Antebellum “We Own The Night”
Scotty McCreery “Clear As Day”

Top Country Song:
Jason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem”
Luke Bryan “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”
Eli Young Band “Crazy Girl”
Lady Antebellum “Just A Kiss”
Blake Shelton “Honey Bee”

For a full list of nominees, please click HERE.


Billboard has compiled their list for top 40 Money Makers of 2012.  Country Music Artists have made a significant presence on this list with 11 artists coming in on the top 40 list.  To see how the Money Markes list was formulated, please click HERE.  See where your favorites ended up on their list! 

#1 Taylor Swift – $35,715,902
#2 Kenny Chesney – $29,837,103
#9 Jason Aldean – $13,409,011
#15 Toby Keith – $10,413,127
#18 Rascal Flatts – $9,639,270
#19 Tim McGraw – $9,335,258
#21 Brad Paisley – $8,602,374
#26 Lady Antebellum – $6,676,450
#27 Keith Urban – $6,579,695
#28 Zac Brown Band – $6,481,564
#34 Sugarland – $5,632,406

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Kenny Chesney’s highly anticipated concert announcement was revealed this morning. As reported last week, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw are set to hit the road together this summer for the Brothers of the Sun Tour.  While Chesney typically does a full summer of stadium & arena shows, this year he downsizing his number of tour stops significantly.  At this time only 19 tour stops are scheduled, all of which are stadiums, ranging from Angel Stadium in Los Angeles, to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

Of the tour schedule, Kenny tells Billboard “I think we’re going to do the shows we do with Tim and that’s gonna be it,” says Chesney. “I’m going to work on other things, other projects, and I’m constantly working on the record, though I’m not sure when that’s coming. We may go overseas-maybe. But as far as the States, the shows I’m doing with Tim are the only ones we’re gonna do.”

McGraw also conveyed to Billboard his plans as well.  “I’ll probably do a few [live] things, but not a whole lot,” he says. “That will be a lot of people we’ll be in front of every night [on the Brothers tour]. Some of those places, we’ll probably end up doing two or three nights. And who knows, places we get to stay for a couple of nights, Kenny and I may pop up at a few honky tonks while we’re out there.”

While the set up is to be similar to last year’s Goin’ Coastal tour with Zac Brown Band, where each act does their own set and then join together for an encore, Chesney indicates that they are going to try to change it up each night.  “Technically I am closing, but Tim and I are going to give the fans their money’s worth,” Chesney says. “If I was being correct about it, I’d say me and Tim are closing. We’re going to try and change it up every night, have as much fun as we possibly can.”

This tour will definitely rock the summer concert season, even Chesney thinks so.  “I think it’s going to be one of the best tours in the world next summer, not just in country music. With Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Jake Owen, it’s going to be a fun night of music. I’m glad I’m on stage, but I wish I could be in the audience too.”

To read the full article from Billboard, please click HERE.  For the official Brothers of the Sun 2012 Summer Tour Announcement & list of tour dates, please click HERE.

For all things Chesney, please visit his official website  And to keep up with Tim, please visit his official site


Jason Aldean Billboard Touring Award - Photo Credit Billboard_Michael Seto -

Photo Credit - Billboard/Michael Seto

Multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean scored the “Breakthrough Award” at the Billboard Touring Awards last night at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel, beating out pop sensations Katy Perry and Rhianna.  The award is based on ticket sales and data from Billboard Boxscore’s top tour recap, going to the highest grossing artist who cracks that list for the first time in his or her career.  Previous winners include Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.   

 “This has been an incredible week for us,” said Aldean.  “I got my first-ever CMA Awards on Wednesday, and now to win something based on touring – that’s what it’s all about for me.  I’m really proud of our live show, so to be honored for it is pretty special.  Makes me want to get out there and do it even bigger and better next year!”  

The “Breakthrough Award” recognizes Aldean’s MY KINDA PARTY TOUR, which sold out more than 50 arenas and amphitheatres across the nation this year and smashed several venue attendance records.  The 2012 leg of the MY KINDA PARTY TOUR will pick up Jan. 20 in Greenville, SC.

Additionally, Aldean took home his first two CMA trophies this week for “Album of the Year” for MY KINDA PARTY and “Musical Event of the Year” for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” feat. Kelly Clarkson.  He is also up for Male Country Artist and Country Album at the Nov. 20 American Music Awards, is tied for the most nominations at the Dec. American Country Awards with eight and is one of five CMT Artists of the Year honorees for the second consecutive year.

For more information on Aldean, please visit his official site