1. Brooke Eden on the Post-Breakup Text That Inspired Breakout Hit 'Act Like You Don't'

    June 20, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Country radio has been slow to pick up, but Eden is generating millions of Spotify streams. Post-breakup songs are evergreen in country music, and since the majority of country singers getting radio play at the moment are men, wounded male pride has been abundant on the airwaves in recent…

  2. Merle, Waylon, Willie, Patsy: Classic Country Takes Center Stage in Nashville

    April 12, 2017 2:22 PM EDT Simpler material from another era still has a place in a high-tech world. Just days after the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards recognized the state of the genre in 2016 and 2017 on national TV, Nashville turned back the clock. Willie Nelson taped a SiriusXM special on April 4 that mixed…

  3. Alan Jackson Joining Country Hall of Fame

    April 06, 2017 8:43 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson , actor-singer-guitarist Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. Their selection was announced Wednesday (Apr. 5). Jackson, 58, from Newnan, Georgia, broke out in 1990 with his neo-traditional style…

  4. Clive Davis Talks Country Music's Rise and the 'Eye-Opening' Culture of Nashville

    March 22, 2017 11:09 AM EDT The label icon tied to the careers of Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash and Brooks & Dunn explains how Nashville drew him to country music. His career is inextricably linked to Santana , Janis Joplin , Barry Manilow , Chicago and Aretha Franklin  --  artists he signed or reinvigorated over the…

  5. New GM Sally Williams Considers The Grand Ole Opry's Synergistic Future

    March 16, 2017 2:21 PM EDT The Opry's realignment creates a mini-circuit around a landmark country radio show. When bluegrass act Dailey & Vincent was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on Dec. 30 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Opry vice president/GM Pete Fisher oversaw the process. Sally Williams , the GM…

  6. Country Music, Politics & the Lingering Fear of 'Getting Dixie Chicked'

    February 15, 2017 4:50 PM EST The cliche goes that country is all about the song, but one of the seismic events in the genre's recent history actually had nothing to do with music: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas," the Dixie Chicks ' Natalie Maines…

  7. William Michael Morgan Puts 'Missing' Into Action

    December 28, 2016 12:39 PM EST The new country singer de-stresses with a song that recalls Randy Travis and George Strait. When country went through its recent bro-country phase, many longtime fans of the genre -- not to mention a major faction of Nashville’s creative  community -- griped that something was missing.…

  8. Jeezy Earns His Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Trap or Die 3'

    November 07, 2016 12:09 AM EST Plus: Kenny Chesney, Meek Mill & Avenged Sevenfold Debut at Nos. 2-4 Jeezy notches his third No. 1 album -- and eighth consecutive top 10 -- on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Trap or Die 3. The album, which was released on Oct. 28 through YJ/CTE/Def Jam Records, earned a…

  9. 14 Time-Related Songs to Help Ring in Daylight Savings Time

    November 04, 2016 1:03 PM EDT Because you know you're excited about that extra hour of sleep. Daylight Savings Time kicks in during the early morning hours of Nov. 6, and although it means winter is coming (don’t remind us, Jon Snow), we couldn’t help thinking of songs to listen to before time moves back an hour.…

  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. The CMA Awards' Golden Anniversary: 50 Years, 50 Highlights

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and even a former president are part of the trophy's history. From Jack Greene ’s triple play in the first year to Chris Stapleton ’s career-making appearance at the 49th installment, the Country Music Association Awards have become…

  12. From Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, The Stars' Most Memorable CMA Moments Across the Decades

    October 28, 2016 2:40 PM EDT On October 20, 1967, Bobbie Gentry -- fresh off of her career-defining smash “Ode To Billy Joe" -- joined fellow hitmaker Sonny James on stage at Nashville Municipal Auditorium to host the first Country Music Association Awards Banquet and Show. They presented 10 trophies in the non…

  13. 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…

  14. Is Country Music More Polarized Than Ever Before?

    September 13, 2016 5:33 PM EDT Following Sturgill Simpson's Facebook diatribe, the decades-long battle between country music's various factions continues. Last month, Sturgill Simpson wrote a less-than-polite note to the Academy of Country Music, the institution behind the new "Merle Haggard Spirit Award,…

  15. Miranda Lambert's 'Vice' 
Puts A Broken Spirit On Display

    August 23, 2016 3:17 PM EDT A gutsy single from her upcoming album mines tough emotions from the singer's 2015 divorce. When Miranda Lambert unveiled the first single from her next album, the stark a cappella opening practically begged the listener to lean into the speaker. In essence, Lambert was launching the…

  16. Country Newcomer Kane Brown Talks New Single, Touring with Florida Georgia Line

    August 23, 2016 11:59 AM EDT RCA recording artist Kane Brown spent most of his childhood on the move. The singer, who has just released a new single, “Thunder In The Rain,” says that family economics dictated those moves. “Growing up, we really didn’t have a lot of money,” he recalled to Billboard . “It was hard finding…

  17. Chris Lane's 'Fix' Makes Improbable Rise On Indie Label Big Loud Records

    August 05, 2016 8:43 AM EDT The new country imprint's first single is nearing the top of the airplay chart. When Chris Lane made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Feb. 20, the goal was pretty simple: make it through the performance and don’t say anything stupid. “The walk from the side of the stage to that circle was…

  18. Dierks Bentley Picks His Top 5 Country Videos of All Time

    July 29, 2016 11:48 AM EDT If there is any country artist who knows the importance of a music video in one’s career, it’s Dierks Bentley . The Capitol Nashville superstar’s first video -- for 2003’s “What Was I Thinkin'” -- definitely turned heads and helped to set him apart from the pack. Of course, he took home…

  19. 30 Years On, Randy Travis' 'Storms of Life' Still Reigns Over Country Music

    July 07, 2016 2:31 PM EDT It has been 30 years since Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life , sparking a new traditionalist movement in the format and, according to the radio programmers who spun its singles, profoundly influencing country not just at the time but for decades to come.…

  20. Jon Pardi Gets Started at No. 1; Keith Urban Scores 20th Airplay Leader

    June 28, 2016 11:33 AM EDT California Sunrise , the second LP from Jon Pardi , dawns at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 9), selling 24,000 copies in its first week (ending June 23), according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre, consumption-based Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 11…

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