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Morgan Wallen’s Sales Skyrocket After Racial Slur

While the industry sanctions singer, fans download his music

(Newser) - After Morgan Wallen was caught on video using a racial slur, the country music star's professional world seemed to come crashing down. Radio stations quit playing his music , his recording contract was suspended, and the Academy of Country Music announced he won't be part of this year's...

One More Blow for Morgan Wallen After Slur

He'll miss out on the 2021 ACM Awards

(Newser) - Days ago, country star Morgan Wallen was on course for some big wins at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Now, after being caught on camera using a racial slur , he's not even eligible. The academy said Wednesday that Wallen—whose album Dangerous has been the Billboard...

The Blows Are Coming Fast for Morgan Wallen After Racial Slur

Morgan Wallen recorded using racial slur over the weekend

(Newser) - Hundreds of radio stations have dropped one of country music's biggest stars after he was recorded using a racial slur over the weekend, and now his label has suspended him. TMZ has the video, filmed by one of Morgan Wallen's Nashville neighbors, in which the singer arrives home...

Country Singer Kris Kristofferson Hangs Up Guitar for Good

Country Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-winning actor, 84, has officially retired

(Newser) - Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has announced his retirement after five decades and named a manager for his estate. A press release said the 84-year-old actor and singer actually retired last year, and that his son, John, stepped in to oversee his father's business, including special projects and his record...

Singer Was 45 When She Hit With &#39;80&#39;s Ladies&#39;
KT Oslin
Wasn't Wild

KT Oslin Wasn't Wild About Country

Singer was 45 when she launched her career with '80's Ladies'

(Newser) - Country singer KT Oslin, who hit it big with the nostalgic ballad "80's Ladies" and won three Grammy awards, has died. She was 78. Oslin's friend Robert K. Oermann said she died Monday in suburban Nashville, the AP reports. The cause of death was not released. Oermann...

Country&#39;s First Black Superstar Dead at 86
Country's First
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COVID Kills Country's First Black Superstar

Charley Pride was 86

(Newser) - Charley Pride, country music’s first Black star whose rich baritone on such hits as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” helped sell millions of records and made him the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died. He was 86, the AP reports. Pride died...

Once a Carpenter, He Became a Country Music Star
Country Music
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Dementia Dies

Country Music Legend With Dementia Dies

Hal Ketchum, known for hit 'Small Town Saturday Night,' has died at the age of 67

(Newser) - A country music legend is gone. "With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia," Andrea Ketchum, wife of Hal Ketchum, posted on Facebook and his website Tuesday, per CNN . The 67-year-old, who put out his...

Songwriter Behind 'Mr. Bojangles' Has Died

Jerry Jeff Walker was 78

(Newser) - Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song "Mr. Bojangles," has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told the AP . "He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,...

Country Music Star Charlie Daniels Is Dead

'Devil Went Down to Georgia' was his big hit

(Newser) - Sad news in the world of music: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83 of a stroke, reports the Tennessean . Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is best known for his smash hit of 1979, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." But well before...

Lady Antebellum Settles on Its New Name

It's keeping Lady A after a heartfelt conversation with the original Lady A

(Newser) - This is a time of upheaval—but at least there is peace between the Lady As. Country band Lady A, which recently changed its name from Lady Antebellum because of the association with slavery, says it had a very positive meeting with Anita White, the Seattle blues and gospel singer...

Country Group Changes Its Name, Apologizes

Lady Antebellum is now known as Lady A

(Newser) - Fans of the country group Lady Antebellum must take note of a big change: The Grammy-winning trio has changed its name to Lady A, reports Pitchfork . The move is the result of the George Floyd unrest, the band explains in an online post . "When we set out together almost...

Coronavirus Complications Kill Country Singer

Joe Diffie was only 61

(Newser) - Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19, the AP reports. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming...

Kenny Rogers Dead at 81
'The Gambler'
Dead at 81

'The Gambler' Dead at 81

Kenny Rogers dead Friday night of natural causes while under hospice care

(Newser) - Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country, and pop with hits like "Lucille," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream" and embraced his persona as "The Gambler" died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy Springs, Ga....

Garth Brooks' 'Sanders' Shirt Confused Some of His Fans

He was honoring Lions player Barry Sanders

(Newser) - Garth Brooks is a big Sanders fan and he doesn't care who knows it. But when he posted a photo on Instagram of himself wearing the No. 20 jersey of former Lions running back Barry Sanders after a concert Saturday, some fans thought he was supporting a different Sanders...

Country Singer Kills Himself After Child Sex Arrest

Daniel Lee Martin found dead after missing hearing

(Newser) - A country singer facing child sex charges in two states killed himself after missing a court appearance Friday. Daniel Lee Martin, once considered one of country music's rising stars, was first arrested in 2018 in Tennessee, where he was accused of abusing three victims under 13, the Tennessean reports....

Loretta Lynn: They&#39;ve Killed Country Music
Loretta Lynn:
They've Killed
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Loretta Lynn: They've Killed Country Music

But 'I'm here to start feeding it,' says 87-year-old

(Newser) - Country music is dead, according to a legend of the genre. "I think it's dead. I think it's a shame," Loretta Lynn tells fellow country singer Martina McBride on the latter's podcast Vocal Point , per People . "I'm getting mad about it. I am....

Aldean Returns to the Scene of the Crime

The country singer last performed there on a grim night in 2017

(Newser) - It's been two years—and Jason Aldean clearly hasn't forgotten. The country singer played in Las Vegas on Friday night for the first time since the worst mass shooting in US history interrupted his show, People reports. "Tonight's a really special night for us," he...

Country Singer Was Going 102mph Before Deadly Crash

Crash killed Kylie Rae Harris, teen in oncoming vehicle

(Newser) - The cause of the crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris and a 16-year-old girl in New Mexico in September was Kylie Rae Harris, police have confirmed. The Taos County Sheriff's Office says the 30-year-old Texan was drunk and speeding when she hit another vehicle from behind on...

CMAs Were a Big Night for Women Until Surprise Win

Top award went to Brooks, not Underwood

(Newser) - The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music—whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years—until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks. Wednesday night’s show kicked off with a...

Bestselling Country Duo Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Ray Stevens, Jerry Bradley also honored

(Newser) - Bestselling country duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comedian and singer Ray Stevens, and record executive Jerry Bradley joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday evening in a star-filled ceremony full of tributes to their lasting country music legacies. Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs,...

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