1. Ryan Kinder Chases Risky Business With Soulful Single 'Close'

    February 16, 2017 11:54 AM EST The new country artist draws on Hootie, Kenny Wayne Shepherd in unique single. Most successful people can point to at least one or two moments in their lives that led to their winning stature, and invariably, those moments required them to jump off a proverbial cliff, not knowing how their…

  2. Justin Moore Steps Outside His Comfort Zone With 'Somebody Else Will'

    December 20, 2016 9:41 AM EST Think of it as a yacht-rock song that set sail in Berry Hill, Tenn., and ended up docking back in the same building where its journey began. Justin Moore ’s new single, “Somebody Else Will,” uses the kind of light-soul bassline and haunting chord progressions that marked late-’70s and early-…

  3. 12 Best Country Singles of 2016

    December 14, 2016 5:40 PM EST was definitely a year to remember in Nashville, as some of the best lyrics in quite some time actually gained favor with radio programmers. Whether it be Maren Morris  (country’s “It” girl) or Eric Church singing so profoundly about the impact that music has in our lives, Chris Janson…

  4. Justin Moore Calls Out Concertgoer for Mistreating Woman: 'I'm Gonna Beat the F--- Out of You'

    August 27, 2016 5:01 PM EDT Justin Moore laid down the law at a recent show in Chicago. When he spotted a male audience member allegedly hit a female in the crowd Thursday night (Aug. 25), the country singer paused his live performance and crouched down on the stage to speak to him face-to-face, according to a report by…

  5. Radio Station's 'Worst Interview Ever' Series Lives Up to Its Name

    August 18, 2016 9:04 AM EDT Country artists are routinely interviewed while visiting radio stations and have become accustomed to a certain level of professionalism during those on-air chats with personalities. So imagine the stars’ surprise when they find themselves being grilled on camera by a sweaty, awkward and…

  6. Justin Moore Hopes to 'Hang With the Young Cats' by Updating His Sound on 'Kinda Don't Care'

    August 17, 2016 7:53 PM EDT Country star is promoting his new album by popping into Waffle House restaurants across the South. If you've listened to Kinda Don’t Care -- the fourth album from Valory Music Co. hitmaker Justin Moore -- you might notice a little bit of a difference from his previous projects. “We…

  7. Country's Fascination With Water Gets Smart Makeover With Eli Young Band's 'Gospel'

    July 22, 2016 8:57 AM EDT "Saltwater Gospel" connects the sea with spirituality. Country has had a fascination with the water in recent years, evident in such major titles as  Dierks Bentley ’s “Somewhere on a Beach,”  Little Big Town ’s “Pontoon” and  Jake Owen ’s “Beachin’.” Eli Young Band’s new “Saltwater…

  8. From Auto Assembly Line to Air Personality: WYCD Detroit's Linda Lee on Her Radio Journey

    July 12, 2016 2:59 PM EDT Growing up in Detroit in what Linda Lee calls a “Ford Family,” it was no surprise that after high school she followed in the footsteps of her father and several other family members and landed a job on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company. Perfectly content with her career and the…

  9. Real-World Issues Bring CMA Music Festival to a Somber Close

    June 15, 2016 3:07 PM EDT The Country Music Association’s annual soiree, the CMA Music Festival, started in its usual mode on June 9, with modern country filling the streets of downtown Nashville and plenty of tourists filling the bars on lower Broadway. But by the time the event ground to a close on June 12, fans and…

  10. Drake White's 'Livin' The Dream': 
A Gracious Message for a Harsh Time

    January 26, 2016 11:22 AM EST The new country artist hopes his optimistic track is his breakthrough. “When you wake up in the morning,” says Dot singer-songwriter Drake White , “you have a choice whether you want to live a happy day or a sad day.” It’s not as easy as it sounds. If you dig into the news of the day in the…

  11. Justin Moore Serves Up Another Possible Country Airplay Hit With 'Drink'

    December 03, 2015 12:28 PM EST "You Look Like I Need A Drink" owes a debt to "Exile On Main Street"-era Rolling Stones. When Justin Moore ’s new single, “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” jumped onto the Country Airplay list dated Nov. 21, it ended a 38-week chart vacation. Since his 2008 introduction on…

  12. Hank Williams, Jr. Gets Revved Up for 'It's About Time' With Eric Church, Brad Paisley's Support

    October 30, 2015 6:59 PM EDT Hank Williams, Jr . has never lacked for confidence, but he's got the accolades to back up his swagger. Over the past 50 years, the country star has been named  both the ACM and CMA's  Entertainer of the Year, racked up more than 75 top 40 country records and has sold 70 million…

  13. 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…

  14. Justin Moore on Touring With New Artists: 'When Did I Get to Be the Old Guy?'

    May 08, 2015 9:49 PM EDT A lot of things have changed in the career of Justin Moore since releasing his first single, "Back That Thing Up," some seven years ago. The singer shared with Billboard something that happened to him recently at a show that proved he's not a newcomer anymore. "We had…

  15. Justin Moore Is Looking for a Hero

    February 19, 2015 10:08 PM EST Though Justin Moore has been a chart presence for seven years now, the Valory Music Co. recording artist is rather easy to take for granted. A trip to see the Arkansas native in concert will definitely change that thought process, as it did this writer in January at Knoxville's…

  16. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  17. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  18. Justin Moore's 'Night' Tops Country Airplay Chart, Kenny Chesney Returns

    June 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Moore notches his fourth No. 1, while Chesney tallies his record-extending 10th top-30 debut Justin Moore snares his fourth No. 1, and best weekly audience, on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Lettin' the Night Roll" steps 2-1. The Arkansas previously led (for a week…

  19. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  20. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

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