Incredibly, Eric Church is the first core country artist since 1967 to have a Billboard 200 No. 1 album without having previously earned a top five single on Country Songs. Experts, including radio execs and Capitol/EMI Nashville president Mike Dungan, explore why.
The opening cocktail reception for the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit was slightly different from similar events, where industry VIPs and newcomers rub shoulders and exchange business cards: Monday night’s session offered round-table discussions hosted by industry veterans who offered their opinions and expertise to peers and newcomers alike.
An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum. Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday.