2012 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 2012.

List of years in country music (table)

Events[edit]

  • February 29Branson, Missouri, a city famous for its country music-oriented tourist attractions, sustained damage from the Leap Day tornadoes. Three of Branson’s 50 plus theaters are extensively damaged.[1]
  • May 11ABC picks up Malibu Country, starring Reba McEntire, to series.[2] The new series debuts in November but is later cancelled in May 2013 after 18 episodes.[3]
  • May 21Scott Borchetta announces the signing of Tim McGraw to Big Machine Records.[4]
  • June 4Sony Music Nashville closes its BNA Records division after 21 years of operation; all its artists and staff are transferred to Columbia Nashville.[5]
  • June 18 — Gail Gellman, manager for Sugarland, confirms that member Jennifer Nettles is expecting a baby in November with husband Justin Miller.[6]
  • AugustRandy Travis is involved in a number of legal incidents, including a drunk driving incident where he was found sitting nude outside his wrecked vehicle and – as police officers were trying to take him into custody – making verbal threats to injure and kill the officers,[7][8] and a domestic disturbance approximately two weeks later.[9]
  • August 14George Jones announces plans for a 60-date farewell tour, titled The Grand Tour, for 2013.[10]
  • August 18Wynonna Judd's husband Scott "Cactus" Moser, who plays drums in both her road band and Highway 101, is involved in a motorcycle crash in South Dakota which results in the amputation of a leg.[11]
  • September 25 – Country legend Loretta Lynn celebrates her 50th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • September 26George Strait announces plans for a farewell tour, titled The Cowboy Rides Away, for 2013 and 2014.[12] Strait revealed he will continue recording and will perform on special occasions.[12]
  • October 11Billboard changes its Hot Country Songs from an airplay-only chart to one that reflects both airplay and music downloads, similarly to the Hot 100. The airplay-only methodology is transferred to a new chart called Country Airplay.[13] As a result of the new methodology, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" – which had previously peaked at No. 13 – rebounds back up the chart and becomes the first No. 1 single under the new methodology. In the process, the song becomes the first to top both the country and Billboard Hot 100 charts since "Amazed" by Lonestar in March 2000 and – with nine weeks at No. 1 – is the longest running chart-topper on the country chart since "Almost Persuaded" by David Houston in 1966. The song also is the longest-running No. 1 country song ever by a female artist, topping Connie Smith's "Once a Day" (which logged eight weeks at No. 1 in 1964–1965).
  • November 1Luken Communications and Jim Owens Entertainment relaunch The Nashville Network (TNN) as a digital broadcast television network.[14]

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts in 2012:

Songs Airplay Single Artist Reference
1 5-1-5-0 Dierks Bentley [15]
17 58 All Too Well Taylor Swift [16]
1 All Your Life The Band Perry [17]
1 Alone with You Jake Owen [18]
1 Angel Eyes Love and Theft [19]
17 Bait a Hook Justin Moore [20]
1 Banjo Rascal Flatts [21]
7 3 Beer Money Kip Moore [22]
6 Beers Ago Toby Keith
5 Better Than I Used to Be Tim McGraw [23]
2 1 Blown Away Carrie Underwood [24]
1 Come Over Kenny Chesney [25]
8 4 Come Wake Me Up Rascal Flatts [26]
2 2 Cowboys and Angels Dustin Lynch [27]
10 5 Creepin' Eric Church
1 1 Cruise Florida Georgia Line [28]
2 Dancin' Away with My Heart Lady Antebellum [29]
14 5 Did It for the Girl Greg Bates [30]
1 Drink in My Hand Eric Church [31]
1 Drink on It Blake Shelton [32]
1 Drunk on You Luke Bryan [33]
17 10 El Cerrito Place Kenny Chesney [34]
1 Even If It Breaks Your Heart Eli Young Band [35]
7 3 Fastest Girl in Town Miranda Lambert
11 Feel Like a Rock Star Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw [36]
1 Fly Over States Jason Aldean [37]
6 For You Keith Urban [38]
15 Glass Thompson Square [39]
1 Good Girl Carrie Underwood [40]
12 Got My Country On Chris Cagle [41]
4 1 Hard to Love Lee Brice [42]
1 Home Dierks Bentley [43]
19 Home Sweet Home The Farm
13 I Almost Do Taylor Swift [44]
1 I Don't Want This Night to End Luke Bryan [45]
18 17 I Like Girls That Drink Beer Toby Keith [46]
4 I'm Gonna Love You Through It Martina McBride [47]
3 1 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Luke Bryan [48]
2 (Kissed You) Good Night Gloriana [49]
1 Let It Rain David Nail featuring Sarah Buxton [50]
3 Love's Gonna Make It Alright George Strait
7 5 Lovin' You Is Fun Easton Corbin [51]
2 No Hurry Zac Brown Band
7 1 The One That Got Away Jake Owen [52]
1 Ours Taylor Swift [53]
1 Over Blake Shelton [54]
1 Over You Miranda Lambert
3 Over You Cassadee Pope
1 Pontoon Little Big Town [55]
6 Postcard from Paris The Band Perry [56]
1 Reality Kenny Chesney [57]
9 Red Solo Cup Toby Keith [58]
17 17 Shinin' on Me Jerrod Niemann [59]
1 Somethin' 'Bout a Truck Kip Moore [60]
15 Something to Do with My Hands Thomas Rhett [61]
1 Springsteen Eric Church
14 Storm Warning Hunter Hayes [62]
4 Stupid Boy Cassadee Pope
1 1 Take a Little Ride Jason Aldean [63]
16 That's Why I Pray Big & Rich
13 This Ole Boy Craig Morgan [64]
2 Time Is Love Josh Turner [65]
17 The Trouble with Girls Scotty McCreery [66]
11 10 Truck Yeah Tim McGraw [67]
24 17 True Believers Darius Rucker
1 1 Wanted Hunter Hayes
20 Wanted You More Lady Antebellum [68]
1 13 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift [69]
8 Where I Come From Montgomery Gentry
3 3 Why Ya Wanna Jana Kramer [70]
11 The Wind Zac Brown Band
1 A Woman Like You Lee Brice [71]
1 You Chris Young
1 You Don't Know Her Like I Do Brantley Gilbert [72]
1 You Gonna Fly Keith Urban [73]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed within the Top 50 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2012:

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
3 3 Pears Dwight Yoakam Warner Bros. Nashville September 18 [74]
2 100 Proof Kellie Pickler BNA/19 January 24 [75]
8 Act of Valor: The Album Various Artists Relativity Music Group February 21 [76]
2 All Over the Road Easton Corbin Mercury Nashville September 18 [77]
6 Back in the Saddle Chris Cagle Bigger Picture June 26 [78]
1 Blown Away Carrie Underwood Arista Nashville/19 May 1 [79]
4 Carry Me Back Old Crow Medicine Show ATO July 17 [80]
2 Casey James Casey James BNA/19 March 20 [81]
1 Changed Rascal Flatts Big Machine April 3 [82]
2 Cheers, It's Christmas Blake Shelton Warner Bros. Nashville October 2 [83]
2 Christmas with Scotty McCreery Scotty McCreery 19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville October 16 [84]
1 Declaration of Independence Colt Ford Average Joe's August 7 [85]
1 Dustin Lynch Dustin Lynch Broken Bow August 21
9 Edens Edge Edens Edge Big Machine June 12 [86]
1 Emotional Traffic Tim McGraw Curb January 24 [87]
2 Endless Summer (EP) Jake Owen RCA Nashville September 25
10 Family Man Shooter Jennings eOne Entertainment March 13 [88]
9 For the Good Times The Little Willies Milking Bull January 10 [89]
9 Free the Music Jerrod Niemann Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville October 2 [90]
9 The Given Wade Bowen BNA May 29
2 Hard 2 Love Lee Brice Curb April 24 [91]
1 Here's to the Good Times Florida Georgia Line Republic Nashville December 4 [92]
4 Heroes Willie Nelson Legacy May 15 [93]
4 Hillbilly Jedi Big & Rich Warner Bros. Nashville September 18 [94]
1 Home Dierks Bentley Capitol Nashville February 7 [95]
3 Hope on the Rocks Toby Keith Show Dog-Universal Music October 30 [96]
5 Jana Kramer Jana Kramer Elektra Nashville June 5 [97]
7 Live Across America Josh Turner MCA Nashville/Cracker Barrel August 27
3 Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran Jamey Johnson Mercury Nashville October 16 [98]
4 Love and Theft Love and Theft RCA Nashville July 24 [99]
3 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1 Various Artists Big Machine December 11 [100]
10 New to This Town Kix Brooks Arista Nashville September 11 [101]
1 Night Train Jason Aldean Broken Bow October 16 [102]
4 Now That's What I Call Country Volume 5 Various Artists Universal Music June 12
4 Old School New Rules Hank Williams, Jr. Blaster July 10 [103]
2 On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum Capitol Nashville October 22 [104]
6 Opus Collection Johnny Cash Starbucks May 29
1 Punching Bag Josh Turner MCA Nashville June 12 [105]
9 Real Good Time Aaron Watson Big Label October 9 [106]
1 Red Taylor Swift Big Machine October 22 [107]
9 Release Me Lyle Lovett Curb February 28 [108]
7 The Road Aaron Lewis Blaster November 13 [109]
5 Small Town Family Dream Josh Abbott Band Pretty Damn Tough April 24
2 Spring Break 4...Suntan City (EP) Luke Bryan Capitol Nashville March 6
1 Thirty Miles West Alan Jackson ACR/EMI Nashville June 5 [110]
5 This Ole Boy Craig Morgan Black River February 28 [111]
2 A Thousand Miles Left Behind Gloriana Emblem/Reprise/Warner Bros. July 31
7 Tomorrowland Ryan Bingham Axster Bingham September 18 [112]
1 Tornado Little Big Town Capitol Nashville September 11 [113]
1 Tuskegee Lionel Richie Mercury Nashville March 27 [114]
1 Uncaged Zac Brown Band Atlantic/Southern Ground July 10
3 Up All Night Kip Moore MCA Nashville April 24 [115]
1 Welcome to the Fishbowl Kenny Chesney Blue Chair/Columbia June 19 [116]
8 The Whippoorwill Blackberry Smoke Southern Ground August 14 [117]

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
38 10 Great Songs Trace Adkins Capitol Nashville April 3 [118]
17 47th Annual Academy of
Country Music Awards 'ZinePak
Various Artists ZinePak LLC/Walmart March 20 [119]
16 190 Proof The Lacs Average Joe's April 3 [120]
19 Adventus The Departed Underground Sound November 13 [121]
40 AM Country Heaven Jason Eady Jason Eady April 10
32 Amazing Grace Kenny Rogers Gaither Music Group October 9
12 American Idol: Season 11: Highlights (EP) Skylar Laine 19 Recordings July 3
20 And So It Goes Don Williams Sugar Hill June 19 [122]
16 Ashes and Roses Mary Chapin Carpenter Zoë June 12 [123]
29 Back Home Again: Gospel Favorites The Oak Ridge Boys Spring Hill May 22 [124]
31 Beer for Breakfast JB and the Moonshine Band Average Joe's March 6 [125]
23 Best Of: All My Rowdy Friends Hank Williams, Jr. Curb March 27
38 Change My Mind Billy Ray Cyrus Blue Cadillac October 23 [126]
50 Christmas Time's A-Coming The Oak Ridge Boys Gaither Music Group September 25
32 The Classic Christmas Album John Denver RCA October 2 [127]
27 The Classic Christmas Album Willie Nelson Columbia October 2
16 The Classic Christmas Album Elvis Presley RCA October 2 [128]
20 Clear as Day/Christmas with Scotty McCreery Scotty McCreery 19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville October 30
12 Country & Cold Cans (EP) Dierks Bentley Capitol Nashville August 21
44 Country Christmas: 10 Great Songs Various Artists Capitol Nashville September 25 [129]
40 Country: The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers Sony Music November 27
35 Country: George Jones George Jones Sony Music November 27
48 Dandelion Bart Crow Smith Music Group September 18
48 Dirt Road Communion Chase Rice Dack Janiel's March 20
20 The Essential Alan Jackson Alan Jackson Arista Nashville April 17 [130]
14 Famous for Killing Each Other: Music
from and Inspired by Hatfields & McCoys
Kevin Costner and Modern West Madison Gate May 22
35 The Farm The Farm All In/Elektra Nashville July 17
14 Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings Waylon Jennings Saguaro Road September 25 [131]
30 Good Guys Bucky Covington eOne Music September 11 [132]
14 Goodbye Normal Street Turnpike Troubadours Bossier City May 8 [133]
35 The Great Lost Hits George Jones Time–Life April 24
28 The Greatest: The Number Ones Johnny Cash Legacy August 7 [134]
24 His and Hers Joey + Rory Vangard/Sugar Hill July 31 [135]
11 Hits and More Martina McBride RCA Nashville January 17 [136]
27 I Am an Elvis Fan Elvis Presley RCA July 31
20 Icon Gary Allan MCA Nashville March 6
18 It'z Just What We Do Florida Georgia Line Big Loud Mountain May 15 [137]
23 JT Hodges JT Hodges Show Dog-Universal Music August 21 [138]
32 KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell Various Artists Vanguard June 5 [139]
42 Lawless Soundtrack Various Artists Sony Music August 28
25 Little Victories Chris Knight Drifter's Church September 11 [140]
30 Live (EP) Hunter Hayes Atlantic Nashville October 16
16 Long Gone Daddy Hank Williams III Curb April 17 [141]
33 Midnight Special Uncle Kracker Sugar Hill November 20 [142]
23 Mud Digger: Volume 3 Various Artists Average Joe's June 12
34 The Music Inside: A Collaboration
Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume Two
Various Artists Average Joe's February 7
41 Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down Marty Stuart Sugar Hill April 24
49 Nobody in Nashville Logan Mize Big Yellow Dog March 13
13 NOW That's What I Call Country Ballads Various Artists EMI January 24
48 The Odessa Tapes The Flatlanders New West August 28 [143]
50 Original Album Series Blake Shelton Warner Bros. Nashville September 25 [144]
19 Playlist: The Very Best of Alan Jackson Alan Jackson Legacy October 9 [145]
18 Playlist: The Very Best of Montgomery Gentry Montgomery Gentry Legacy January 31
30 Red Wings and Six Strings Frank Foster Frank Foster September 4
38 Science of Flight Dirty River Boys DRB Music September 11 [146]
42 Shake It Down Six Market Blvd. 6mb May 22
15 Songs We Wish We'd Written II Pat Green Sugar Hill May 8
41 The Soul of Truth: Bootleg Vol. IV Johnny Cash Legacy April 3
47 Suited Up and Ready (EP) The Mavericks Valory Music Group May 29
37 Sunday Mornin' Singin' Rhonda Vincent Upper Management July 10
39 Surrender Roger Creager Thirty Tigers January 17 [147]
48 That's Why I Pray (EP) Big & Rich Warner Bros. Nashville June 26
45 Them Idiots: Whirled Tour Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy
and Larry the Cable Guy
Warner Bros. Nashville March 13
24 Thomas Rhett (EP) Thomas Rhett Valory Music Group August 28
38 The Time Jumpers The Time Jumpers Rounder September 11 [148]
38 We Walk the Line: A Celebration
of the Music of Johnny Cash
Various Artists Legacy August 7 [149]
35 Wreck & Ruin Kasey Chambers
and Shane Nicholson
Sugar Hill October 23

Deaths[edit]

Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

American Country Awards[edit]

(presented December 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

Academy of Country Music[edit]

(presented April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

ACM Honors

Americana Music Honors & Awards[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

(presented November 18 in Los Angeles)

ARIA Awards[edit]

(presented in Sydney on November 29, 2012)

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

(presented September 9 in Saskatoon)

Country Music Association[edit]

(presented November 1 in Nashville)

CMT Music Awards[edit]

(presented June 6 in Nashville)

Grammy Awards[edit]

(presented February 10, 2013)

Juno Awards[edit]

(presented April 21, 2013 in Regina)

See also[edit]

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