1. Billboard.com's 10 Best Country Albums of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 16, 2015 11:20 AM EST In an era where some people bemoaned the lack of great music in the country format, 2015 really seemed to feature a resurgence of quality -- with the top four albums on this list feeling like obvious choices on anyone’s list. But it's not just the critical darlings you expect that ranked…

  2. Set Your Secrets Ablaze With Ashley Monroe in Her New 'Bombshell' Video

    November 17, 2015 4:52 PM EST Hurry up and listen to Ashley Monroe’s The Blade . It’s sure to show up on plenty of best-of-2015 lists, and we think it’s one of the best country albums we’ve heard this year. On Tuesday (Nov. 17), Monroe shared a touching music video for “Bombshell,” a lush, sentimental ballad from the…

  3. Ashley Monroe Kicks Off 'The Blade' Tour In New York City: Live Review

    October 28, 2015 8:08 PM EDT The country singer Ashley Monroe offered a caveat near the beginning of her show Tuesday night at the Bowery Ballroom. “I usually write a lot of sad, depressing records,” she declared. But the performance, the first stop on a tour in support of a new album titled The Blade , was undeniably…

  4. Watch Don Henley Perform 'Praying for Rain' on 'Austin City Limits': Exclusive

    October 23, 2015 4:34 PM EDT His episode premieres Saturday. Don Henley released his fifth solo album, Cass County , in September. The Eagles singer's first-ever country album hit No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums and Top Album Sales charts.  Going with this new Southern theme, Henley stopped by the PBS…

  5. Alan Jackson Tops Country Albums Chart for a 14th Time; Critical Darling Ashley Monroe at No. 2

    August 04, 2015 12:58 PM EDT Alan Jackson achieves his 14th No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated Aug. 15) with Angels and Alcohol . The album rises 2-1 despite a 59 percent second-week drop to 18,000 units in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music. The set missed debuting in the top…

  6. Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Trade Tweets

    July 24, 2015 4:19 PM EDT Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert may be getting divorced, but they're keeping it positive, tweeting back and forth with each other Friday afternoon (July 24) -- first to promote Ashley Monroe 's new album and then to laugh off all the rumors circulating in the tabloids about them.…

  7. Miranda Lambert Performs at Small Club Two Days After Announcing Divorce

    July 23, 2015 12:06 AM EDT Country star Miranda Lambert jumped on stage and sang at a small club in Nashville, Tennessee, two days after announcing her divorce from husband Blake Shelton . The Grammy-winning singer was all smiles on Wednesday night as she joined her friend and singer Ashley Monroe in singing, "…

  8. Country Singer Ashley Monroe Goes Adult Contemporary With ‘The Blade’: Album Review

    July 21, 2015 1:00 PM EDT No song has endeared Ashley Monroe more to critics -- especially those with a disdain for contemporary country -- than "Weed Instead of Roses," an irreverent honky-tonk about chemically enhancing a stale sex life. Songs like this have led many to champion her as an Authentic Country…

  9. Ashley Monroe Streams New Album 'The Blade' One Week Early: Listen

    July 16, 2015 9:28 PM EDT Ashley Monroe has given fans a chance to hear her full album a full week early on NPR's First Listen . The country singer's second album,  The Blade , will be released on July 24 and features first single "On to Something Good." Monroe told  Billboard  that it's often…

  10. Blake Shelton Tops Billboard's Country Airplay Chart for the 20th Time

    June 30, 2015 10:36 AM EDT Blake Shelton steps to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 11) as "Sangria" (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) rises 2-1. The coronation marks Shelton's record-extending 15th consecutive No. 1 on the chart (counting only non-seasonal,…

  11. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's First Post-Baby Appearance and More Surprises in…

  12. What Happened to Women In Country? An Investigation Using Year-End Billboard Charts

    June 08, 2015 4:15 PM EDT New York Magazine , Entertainment Weekly , and Rolling Stone Country called it "Country Music's Women Problem." The New York Times used more incendiary language -- "Country's war on women." At this point, it's a common refrain: there is a serious gender…

  13. What Will Be the Country Song of Summer? Vote Now

    June 01, 2015 11:00 AM EDT What defines the Song of Summer? To find the answer, Billboard annually ranks its all-genre Songs of the Summer based on a combination of radio airplay, sales data and streaming activity. R&B and mainstream pop usually reign supreme -- in 2014, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” took top honors, and…

  14. Ashley Monroe on Her First 'Happy' Single: 'Who Would Have Thought It?'

    March 16, 2015 5:17 PM EDT 'On to Something Good' is the first single from Monroe's upcoming sophomore album. The sound of "On to Something Good," the brand-new single from acclaimed singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe , might just take some listeners by surprise. Known for her emotional and…

  15. Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' Shines Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 11, 2014 2:35 PM EST He extends his active streak of No. 1s to 13. Blake Shelton boasts the longest active No. 1 streak on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, and he adds yet another leader on this week's chart (dated Nov. 22), as "Neon Light" rises 2-1 to become his 13th…

  16. Rachel Holder Embraces 'Lord Help Me' Single, Courtesy of a Famous Trio

    August 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Katrina Elam, Ashley Monroe and Carrie Underwood co-wrote the Curb artist's rocking new single Curb recording artist Rachel Holder -- who made an appearance in the 615 Spotlight in 2012 -- has a new single out entitled "Lord Help Me." The release is noteworthy for several…

  17. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias' 'Night' Dawns On Pop Songs

    July 29, 2013 7:40 PM EDT Iglesias posts his second-highest Pop Songs debut, as 'Turn the Night Up' charges in at No. 30. Plus, new No. 1s for Cher, Randy Houser and Hezekiah Walker Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  18. Pistol Annies Give Birth to 'Annie Up': Our Happy Hour Q&A With Country's Hottest Mavericks

    April 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT It's happy hour at the Timothy Demonbreun House, a dignified Nashville mansion with historical significance, and as Pistol Annies knock back a couple after a long media day for new album "Annie Up," the ladies are very much enjoying each others' company as they…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Ashley Monroe's 'Like a Rose'

    January 25, 2013 2:40 AM EST For a Pistol Annie's sophomore album, the timing is just right Every so often, an album by a female vocalist comes around that makes a truly lasting impact. Emmylou Harris's "Roses In The Snow," Reba McEntire's "Whoever's In New England" or Lee Ann…

  20. Tim McGraw Adds 'One' More Country Airplay Top 10, Blake Shelton Bounds On Country Songs

    January 17, 2013 4:05 PM EST Meanwhile, Train's "Bruises" with Ashley Monroe enters top 50. Tim McGraw notches his 48th top 10 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "One of Those Nights" lifts 12-9. McGraw first reached the bracket the week of March 26, 1994, with "…

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