1. Top 10 Super Bowl National Anthem Performances

    February 05, 2016 2:00 PM EST Since the Super Bowl stands at the pinnacle of American sports, it's no surprise that the nation’s most-high profile competition also boasts an iconic annual music tradition -- the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for an audience in the hundreds of millions. Since its first…

  2. ASCAP Expo Opens Registration & Releases 2016 Details

    November 03, 2015 7:03 PM EST ASCAP announced its 11th annual "I Create Music" Expo for 2016. Registration for the event is now open and provides attendees with the chance to receive exclusive opportunities such as roundtable lunches with successful songwriters. The event will take place April 28-30, 2016, at…

  3. Faith Hill Enlists 'American Idol' Alum for Nashville Talk Show: Exclusive

    October 14, 2015 9:15 AM EDT The country superstar is exec-producing a lifestyle series, co-hosted by Kellie Pickler, focusing on topics like cooking, home design and gardening. Country music star Faith Hill  is expanding her résumé and heading behind the camera to executive-produce a new daytime talk show with Oprah…

  4. Female Country Artists' Branding Power Far Outweighs Their Airplay

    June 11, 2015 1:48 PM EDT Female country artists may comprise a small fraction of playlist space on country radio right now, but their branding power is an entirely different story. When global celebrity evaluation index Celebrity DBI recently listed the top six celebrity endorsers who were musicians, four were…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Brantley Gilbert Returns to No. 1, Luke Bryan Moves On 'Up'

    May 28, 2015 4:20 PM EDT Gilbert's rerelease of "Just as I Am" spurs his return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, Bryan blasts 49-2 on Hot Country Songs with "Kick the Dust Up." Brantley Gilbert bounds 22-1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated June 6) with Just as I Am…

  8. Little Big Town & Faith Hill Perform 'Girl Crush' at 2015 Billboard Music Awards | 2015 BBMAs

    May 17, 2015 9:50 PM EDT Country crew  Little Big Town performed their most recent single "Girl Crush" -- accompanied by legendary country singer  Faith Hill  -- on May 17  at the  Billboard Music Awards . 2015 Billboard Music Awards With gorgeous harmonies and impeccable execution, LBT & Hill rocked it…

  9. Little Big Town to Perform 'Girl Crush' With Faith Hill at Billboard Music Awards

    May 01, 2015 2:50 PM EDT Looks like we've found out who Little Big Town 's "Girl Crush" is. The band will perform the Hot Country Songs chart-topping single with Faith Hill at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17. Billboard Music Awards 2015: All Our Coverage In addition to the just…

  10. See Taylor Swift's Birthday Message for Este Haim

    March 14, 2015 6:35 PM EDT Have you always wanted to see footage of Taylor Swift singing along to Faith Hill 's classic track "This Kiss"? Well then today is your lucky day. Swift shared a video of just that on Instagram while wishing her pal, Este Haim , a happy birthday. "Happy Birthday, Este!!…

  11. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  12. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  13. Carrie Underwood Continues Perfect Streak With 'Something in the Water'

    December 02, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song is the country superstar's 20th consecutive Country Airplay top 10, a region she's yet to miss. Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water" makes an 11-9 splash to become her 20th top 10 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart. Counting songs promoted to…

  14. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  15. Faith Hill Signs With Sandbox Entertainment For New Management

    September 26, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Faith Hill is now playing in the same Sandbox as Kacey Musgraves , Little Big Town , Dan + Shay and Shania Twain , having signed a freshly inked management deal with Nashville's Sandbox Entertainment. The country superstar had most recently been repped by Red Light Management alongside…

  16. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Aerosmith Ascends To No. 1

    September 01, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1998, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 at last. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Faith Hill and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 1, 1973 Kind of impossible…

  17. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) and includes new…

  18. Tim McGraw Scores 50th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    August 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The star marks a major milestone, while wife Faith Hill makes a triumphant return to the top 10 herself. As Tim McGraw 's "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," featuring wife Faith Hill , jumps 11-7 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, each artist celebrates notable…

  19. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay…

  20. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

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