1. Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean Lead Country Charts

    September 26, 2013 12:50 PM EDT At six weeks, Bryan's 'That's My Kind of Night' is the longest-leading No. 1 on Hot Country Songs since 2005. Plus, Moore bows atop Top Country Albums and Aldean rules Country Airplay With a sixth week atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, Luke Bryan's …

  2. Tribute Show for Country Singer-Songwriter John Jarrard Turns 12

    September 16, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Before there can be three minutes of audio bliss in an MP3 or CD form, there needs to be the magic that comes from the experience of putting words into music. Fans in the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee area have a chance to witness that first hand next weekend with the 12th Annual John Jarrard…

  3. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

    September 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT More star wattage has been added to the upcoming sold-out tribute concert for the late, great George Jones.  The country singer's widow, Nancy Jones, announced on Monday morning that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama will all perform…

  4. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  5. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute: Listen to Full Album

    September 09, 2013 6:00 PM EDT It seems that the legendary group Alabama is making musical news in a way that is similar to their glory days of the 1980s and 1990s. They are in the middle of their first tour in close to a decade, and will soon embark upon the high seas on the Alabama & Friends Festival At Sea cruise…

  6. Blind Boys of Alabama Team With Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on 'I'll Find a Way'

    September 07, 2013 10:00 AM EDT For the four octogenarians in the Blind Boys of Alabama, settling down isn't part of their plan. After 70-plus years of existence, the last dozen have seen the non-sighted gospel quartet at its most inventive, experimenting with blues, country and hip-hop and collaborating with Lou…

  7. Alabama Earns Highest Charting Album on Billboard 200

    September 05, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The veteran group bows at No. 8, and No. 2 on Top Country Albums, with its collaborative tribute collection. Plus, Luke Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a third week Alabama posts its best rank and sales week in seven years on Top Country Albums, as "Alabama & Friends" bows…

  8. Sara Evans Talks 'Slow Me Down' Single, Says Album Is Nearly Done

    September 05, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Sara Evans is excited to be getting back in the thick of the music business with the release of a brand new single titled "Slow Me Down." The first single from her upcoming RCA album, the song has been receiving much critical acclaim for its dramatic production style and her…

  9. Avenged Sevenfold Earns Second No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    September 04, 2013 11:00 AM EDT 0 Meanwhile, Big Sean and Juicy J bring new hip-hop LPs into the Top 5 Rock band Avenged Sevenfold comes flying in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. The group's sixth studio album, "Hail to the King," opens atop the list, selling 159,000 copies in its first…

  10. Marty Raybon Talks Transition to Bluegrass

    September 03, 2013 5:35 PM EDT When Marty Raybon released his latest bluegrass album, "The Back Forty," he told Billboard that one of his goals was to lift his career to a place where he could be a nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association awards. This year, got his wish. When the nominations…

  11. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  12. Big Sean, Juicy J and Alabama Tribute Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 30, 2013 11:13 PM EDT Big Sean could reach No. 2 with his "Hall of Fame," with rock act Avenged Sevenfold set to bow in the top spot. Rappers Big Sean and Juicy J, along with a new tribute album to country band Alabama, are headed for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry…

  13. 615 Spotlight: The Rankin Twins Talk 'Moonshine & Maybes'

    August 29, 2013 8:55 AM EDT There's a different psychological mindset to releasing a full-length album as opposed to an EP. Rising duo The Rankin Twins recognize this fact very clearly, as the sisters are celebrating the nationwide release of "Moonshine & Maybes." Already having released a pair of…

  14. All-Star Alabama Tribute Puts Pioneering Band Back in the Spotlight

    August 27, 2013 4:16 AM EDT Nowadays, long hair and loud guitars are common in country music. That wasn't always the case. The new album "Alabama & Friends" pays tribute to a pioneering band that proved decades ago how popular merging country and Southern rock could be. Alabama, 'All American&…

  15. Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range Lead Bluegrass Awards Nominations

    August 14, 2013 7:00 PM EDT The Gibson Brothers have steadily built one of the top careers in Bluegrass music – culminating in last year’s win for Entertainer of the Year. This afternoon's announcement of nominations for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards reflected their top-level status, as the duo…

  16. Alabama, 'All American': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 05, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Country legends gear up for the release of guest-heavy album "Alabama & Friends," featuring Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Trisha Yearwood and others Alabama lead singer Randy Owen has a lot to be excited about these days. The singer, along with cousins Jeff Cook and…

  17. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs Word Cloud, Top Artists Map & More

    August 04, 2013 2:35 PM EDT The 55th anniversary celebration of Billboard's Hot 100 rolls on today (August 4), the chart's birthday, with a visual look at the all-time top 100 songs and artists in the form of a special word cloud, map, icons and more.  HOT 100 ALL-TIME TOP 1OO SONGS: FULL LIST HOT 100…

  18. Alabama Shakes, Joey Bada$$ Added to Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas

    July 29, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Twelve additional bands will be announced today for the debut Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas Oct. 26-27: Alabama Shakes, Cults, Joey Bada$$, Smith Westerns, Nico Vega, The Dig and Dreamers. In addition, L.I.B. and Red Bull Sound Select collaborated to curate a group of emerging…

  19. Ashton Shepherd Blazes Own Path on 'This Is America'

    July 09, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Ashton Shepherd knows people wonder about her voice. She says she totally gets it.  "I have had some people – and I understand where they're coming from – who say 'Do you really sound like that. Are you trying to sound that country?' I really do sound like this. I'm…

  20. Summer OilPatch Festival: Roy Clark on Keeping It 'Fresh' at 80

    July 08, 2013 2:45 PM EDT The Fourth of July is always a cause for celebration, and nobody takes that any more seriously than Rick and Myrna Sellers. The Oklahoma businessman and his wife throw open the gates of their ranch just outside of Drumright each year to over 10,000 people each year for the Summer OilPatch…

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