It's a busy time in the life and career of 17-year-old singer Rachel Farley. The Georgia native is watching as her debut single, "Ain't Easy," continues to gain attention, currently at No. 43 on the Country Airplay chart.
For reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton, the title of his new album -- "Based On A True Story" -- is about as realistic as it gets. The album, which is in stores today, is full of songs that the singer can identify with first hand.
Billboard is excited to bring you a sneak peek of "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat," the new album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Amy Speace. On "The Fortunate Ones" (getting its streaming premiere right here), Speace recruited the help of Mary Gauthier, in it they sing of keeping the "monsters at bay."
Billboard caught up with Paul Jolley who revealed his post-"American Idol" plans of continuing to pursue a career as a country/pop vocalist (no straight pop!), his thoughts on the judges being so hard on him, and his plans for returning home and eating "anything but a salad."
When it comes to country comedy, Ray Stevens is one of the giants of the sub-genre. The veteran entertainer has just launched a new chapter in that legendary career with the debut of "Ray-ality TV." The show is a crucial piece of the relaunch of The Nashville Network cable channel. Stevens says that once the decision to bring TNN back to life was made, his phone rang.
The Band Perry draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 23 on Hot Country Songs with "Done.," the second single from "Pioneer," the sibling trio's sophomore album, due April 2. The threesome debuted higher just once, when the album's lead single "Better Dig Two" opened at No. 9 last November on its way to two weeks at No. 1 last month.
Brett Eldredge is happy to have new music out on the radio these days, as the Illinois native is watching his current single, the infectious "Don't Ya" work Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart to No. 47. "It feels amazing," he tells us.
George Strait and Garth Brooks, arguably the most influential male country singers of the last 30 years, will perform together for the first time in a tribute to the late Dick Clark at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards.
This year marks five decades of performing for the group Exile, and Saturday night's show at the Franklin Theatre underscored not only the success the group has enjoyed on the charts over the years, but also the bond between them and their loyal legion of fans, who sang the lyrics back to the band all performance long.