1. 5 Country Artists Currently Thriving Without Major Radio Support

    July 27, 2017 12:02 PM EDT Current Billboard cover star Miranda Lambert is at an interesting place in her career. Her stature and general acclaim is as high as it's ever been, with her platinum-certified 2016 double album The Weight of These Wings garnering rave reviews, along with an ACM award for album of the…

  2. Kacey Musgraves: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

    June 01, 2017 11:21 AM EDT For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, country singer Kacey Musgraves shares hers.  Read more Pride Month love letters here. I've not always been the "Follow Your Arrow" girl. It'…

  3. Garth Brooks' Bombshell & Beyond: 10 Socially Progressive Country Anthems

    March 10, 2017 3:20 PM EST Last week, Garth Brooks revealed an alternate version of the music video for his 1992 single "We Shall Be Free," an inspirational song from his album The Chase that features the sort lyrics rarely heard on country radio: progressive. The newly unearthed clip, which Brooks debuted on…

  4. Pop Shop Podcast: Brandy Clark Sizes Up Her 2017 Grammy Noms, Long Path to Country Success

    February 09, 2017 3:54 PM EST Resiliency is rewarded in the hustle of country songwriting -- just ask Brandy Clark . The best new artist nominee at the 2015 Grammys was “new” in Nashville back in 1998, when the rural Washington native first moved to town with dreams of building a life in country music. However, it wasn’t…

  5. Maren Morris Talks Kelsea Ballerini, Sturgill Simpson and 'Kicking in the Door' of Genre Rigidity

    February 09, 2017 2:16 PM EST The title to Maren Morris ’ album Hero carries a bit of irony. It’s drawn from the chorus of “I Wish I Was,” a song about a real-life breakup in which she had to play the bad guy: “I’m not the hero in the story.” But little more than a year since Columbia officially released  her first single…

  6. Foy Vance & Kacey Musgraves Team Up For New Song 'Moonshine': Video Premiere

    January 23, 2017 11:31 AM EST Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance enlisted country singer Kacey Musgraves for his latest tune, “Moonshine.” The new song appears on the official soundtrack for Live By Night , a drama-film starring Ben Affleck. The three-minute video features scenes from the movie, which is set in…

  7. It's a Social Media World, Music Journalists and Publicists Just Live In It

    January 18, 2017 2:17 PM EST President-elect  Donald Trump  is already shaking things up in Washington, D.C., by eschewing more traditional forms of communicating his message, preferring instead to speak directly through Twitter to his 19 million-plus followers. As a result, the political press frequently finds itself in…

  8. Kacey Musgraves and Leon Bridges Dream Up a Winner For Christmas 'Present'

    December 14, 2016 9:30 AM EST A collaboration with Bridges embraces the same values as a classic holiday TV special. Fifty-two years after it first aired on network TV, CBS telecast the animated Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer twice this Christmas season. Even with its now wobbly audio track, the special clearly still…

  9. Christmas Comes Early For a Multitude Of Country Stars

    November 04, 2016 11:59 AM EDT Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge Sport New Holiday Albums Merry Christmas! If it feels a little early to get that kind of greeting, take heart — a bundle of country artists have already been mired in the holiday for months. Kacey Musgraves ’ A…

  10. Here Are All the 2016 CMA Awards Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    November 03, 2016 12:15 AM EDT The 2016 CMA Awards -- the 50th edition of the awards show -- drew the best of the best: every living entertainer of the year winner was present, alongside all today’s hottest up-and-coming artists. The awards themselves were special, but, particularly given the star-studded crowd, the…

  11. CMA's 'Forever Country' Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen

    September 16, 2016 7:24 PM EDT The 50th Annual CMA Awards' celebratory star-studded spectacle of a song "Forever Country" was released Friday (Sept. 16) and it includes 30 of the genre's biggest names of past and present fame.  The song pays tribute to country music's legacy by combining John…

  12. SiriusXM's J.R. Schumann on Embracing Country's Sound Evolution: 'Nothing Is What It Used to Be'

    August 03, 2016 9:49 AM EDT “I don’t care what anybody says: It is an exciting time to be in radio right now.” That’s the heartfelt sentiment expressed by J.R. Schumann , seven months into his gig as senior director of programming at SiriusXM, where he oversees 13 channels. After 10 years in terrestrial radio, the Texas…

  13. Country Up-and-Comer Chris Lane on Getting a Shout-Out From Selena Gomez and Crushing on 'The Bachelorette'

    August 01, 2016 4:48 PM EDT Country radio is certainly a more open-minded place than it was just a few years ago, thanks to the less conventional sounds of artists like Kacey Musgraves , Sam Hunt , and Chris Stapleton . But there's less conventional, and then there's reviving a 2004 hit by R&B singer Mario…

  14. Female Country Stars Kacey Musgraves, Cam, Maren Morris and More on Industry Sexism, the 'Freak Show' Presidential Election and Tomato-gate

    July 28, 2016 6:06 PM EDT Maren Morris, Margo Price, Aubrie Sellers, Cam, Mickey Guyton and Kacey Musgraves photographed on June 30, 2016 at The Cordelle in Nashville, Tenn. Miller Mobley On a hot summer morning in downtown Nashville, six young country standouts take seats around a table, making small talk while…

  15. Robert Ellis Talks New Album, Difference Between Art & Advertising

    July 18, 2016 5:02 PM EDT Robert Ellis is often roped in with country’s classically minded wing, but he has little interest in the rhetoric surrounding debates of authenticity. “In terms of what is country and what isn't, all that stuff is confusing to me,” the singer tells Billboard. “Is country music music with…

  16. Old Dominion Channels The Beatles, George Strait In 'Song For Another Time'

    June 30, 2016 1:43 PM EDT The new single's lyrics span titles from Hank Williams to Elton John to Katy Perry. In an era when neither audiences nor artists tend to favor just one genre, Old Dominion ’s “Song for Another Time” may have emerged at the perfect moment. The third single from the band’s album Meat and…

  17. Brandy Clark Gets Big Label Backing With Sophomore Album 'Small Town'

    June 01, 2016 2:34 PM EDT The Grammy-winner's single "Girl Next Door" illustrates a bold step forward. The first time Brandy Clark recorded an album, she didn’t have too many expectations. She self-funded the recording sessions for her 2013 debut, 12 Stories , and didn’t even have a label until tiny…

  18. Beck, Kacey Musgraves & Violent Femmes to Headline 2016 Pilgrimage Music Festival: Exclusive

    May 17, 2016 9:04 AM EDT Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will hit Franklin, Tenn., this fall, and today  Billboard can   exclusively announce the first wave of performers for the Sept. 24-25 fest, which includes headliners  Beck , Kacey Musgraves , Violent Femmes and The Arcs . Radiohead, Mumford & Sons,…

  19. Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem Top 15th Austin City Limits Fest Bill

    May 05, 2016 8:25 AM EDT Radiohead and Mumford & Sons (in their first-ever ACL appearances) will join Kendrick Lamar , LCD Soundsystem , Major Lazer , and Kygo as headliners at the 15th  anniversary edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9 at Austin’s Zilker Park.…

  20. Coca-Cola Cowboys (and Cowgirls) Get Their Share of New Soda Campaign

    April 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT Hits by Jimmy Wayne, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift appear on Coke cans, bottles. As a homeless teenager, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne ’s life turned around when he met an elderly woman, Bea Costner , who hired him to cut her lawn every week. She would compensate him with $20 and a Coca-Cola…

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