Scotty McCreery becomes the second solo male to debut at No. 1 with his first two non-seasonal sets of original material in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "See You Tonight" arrives at the top with 52,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His rookie album "Clear as Day" opened at No. 1 two years ago.
Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the Girls…" enters at No. 2. He also claims his best Nielsen SoundScan week and highest rank on the tally in 24 years, as the set starts with 43,000 sold.
Veteran country performer Clay Walker is making an appearance at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville on Wednesday, October 30. The occasion is the Fourth Annual Chords Of Hope benefit concert -- one that is for a cause that hits the singer close to home.
Julie Roberts is very excited about her new label affiliation - next Tuesday (October 29), she releases "Good Wine And Bad Decisions," her first album under a new recording agreement with Sun Records. Billboard is excited to present an exclusive stream of the album a week before it officially arrives.
Kip Moore has had an undeniable streak of success as of late, as his string of successes has resulted in a nomination for the New Artist Of The Year prize at the upcoming 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
Cassadee Pope, the third-season winner of NBC's "The Voice," becomes the second rookie female to debut at No. 1 on Top Country Albums this year, as "Frame By Frame" arrives with 43,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After almost five years with no new solo women opening atop the chart, Kacey Musgraves ended the drought in April with "Same Trailer, Different Park," the first such bow since Julianne Hough's self-titled debut (June 7, 2008).
Breakout country duo Florida Georgia Line will rock AEG Live's Best Buy Theater in New York on Nov. 13 when they perform a special anniversary benefit concert celebrating Billboard's 10th Annual Touring Conference & Awards.
Regardless of what happens next in his career, Chase Rice knows that he will be attached to one of the biggest country chart singles in Billboard history – Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise." Rice, one of the co-writers of the song, says that making his initial impact on the business as a tunesmith was very special.