1. 'American Idol' Season 10 Winner Scotty McCreery Cheers on the Patriots at Super Bowl Rally

    February 05, 2017 2:49 PM EST What’s a nice North Carolina boy like Scotty McCreery doing rooting for a New England Patriots victory in Sunday’s Super Bowl battle? The American Idol s eason 10 winner said he was born that way. “My dad grew up in [New] England — Maine and New Hampshire — so he kind of raised me that way…

  2. A Re-Energized Lauren Alaina Becomes a 'Road' Warrior for Women

    February 01, 2017 12:23 PM EST Her sophomore album is a major step forward for the former 'American Idol' contestant. Lauren Alaina ’s 2011 debut album was titled Wildflower , but you could argue that her sophomore project is when she really blossomed. The Road Less Traveled , out now via Interscope/Mercury…

  3. Dierks Bentley Meme-Maker? Jason Aldean Slots? Country Stars Embrace Mobile Apps to Reach Fans

    October 12, 2016 10:54 AM EDT Music stars — and the marketing teams behind them — are always looking for new and creative ways to engage with fans. Several country artists recently launched fun new mobile apps in an effort to do just that. In September, Dierks Bentley teamed with New York-based developer Echelon Creative…

  4. Lauren Alaina Literally Finds Her Voice On 'Road Less Traveled'

    August 10, 2016 1:55 PM EDT The 'American Idol' runner-up on co-writing her country female empowerment song with pop starlet Meghan Trainor. "Life is difficult." The opening sentence of M. Scott Peck' s book The Road Less Traveled , a 1978 release that spent eight years on The New York Times…

  5. 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…

  6. Another 'American Idol' Deal Ends: Scotty McCreery Splits With Universal Music

    February 03, 2016 3:53 PM EST After three albums, Scotty McCreery has parted ways with Mercury Nashville/Interscope. "I enjoyed being on Mercury Nashville/Interscope and I appreciate all the great people who worked hard on my behalf while I was there," McCreery, 22, said of his Universal Music split. "I am…

  7. Adam Lambert is the Top-Earning 'American Idol' of 2015

    January 06, 2016 10:03 PM EST Carrie Underwood follows, trailed by Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson. As American Idol readies to head into its final season, Forbes has ranked the earnings of all the shows alumni to see who's making the most money. Of all those to appear on the show'…

  8. Luke Bryan & More Country Stars Take You Home for the Holidays in 'A Country Faith Christmas' Book

    November 25, 2015 4:27 PM EST Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price gathers recipes, stories & more in new book. Deborah Evans Price is one of country music’s most esteemed journalists. Her byline has appeared in  Billboard ,  Nash Country   Weekly, Rolling Stone and countless other magazines. Now Price -- the…

  9. 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery to Release Autobiography

    October 11, 2015 5:17 PM EDT The season 10 star can now add the title of author to his resume. American Idol star Scotty McCreery can now add the title of author to his resume. The Season 10 winner is penning his autobiography, which is set for release on May 3. The book -- titled Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward…

  10. Scotty McCreery on 'American Idol' Ending and 'Itching for That No. 1' With His Upcoming Album

    September 30, 2015 6:18 PM EDT It’s no secret that country music has never encompassed more varied musical influences than can be found on today’s country airwaves. So what’s a young traditionalist to do in format that leans more toward hip-hop than fiddle and steel guitars? For  Scotty McCreery , the answer is to…

  11. Country Radio Remains Wary of Acts From TV Talent Shows: Are Its Fears Justified?

    September 28, 2015 8:12 AM EDT Can Michael Ray be the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson? Despite — or perhaps because of — the large number of artists that have been channeled into the country format by way of reality TV talent competitions — country radio has long had a fractious relationship with the genre. For…

  12. Hunter Hayes Says ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Is 'Why We Love Country Music'

    June 23, 2015 6:48 PM EDT Just like any artist who's been in the industry awhile, Hunter Hayes has moments where he becomes a little jaded. However, Monday morning was not one of them. The Grammy-winning performer visited Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios to make an appearance at the 2015 ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp…

  13. Darius Rucker Raises Money for St. Jude, With Help From Scotty McCreery, Stevie Wariner & More

    June 09, 2015 7:14 PM EDT Though the 2015 CMA Festival is a couple of days away from its official kickoff, Monday night's sixth annual Darius & Friends benefit concert for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon kicked off the week for country music fans -- with a…

  14. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  15. Tim McGraw Notches 25th Hot Country Songs No. 1 With 'Shotgun Rider'

    December 05, 2014 5:05 PM EST The veteran scores a milestone leader. Plus, action for Craig Wayne Boyd of NBC's 'The Voice' & more. Tim McGraw scores his first No. 1 in nearly four years on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (and his first on the list since it switched from measuring core…

  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. Scotty McCreery Robbery Suspect Arrested

    May 07, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Authorities have arrested a suspect in the home invasion robbery of country singer Scotty McCreery and his friends. Mikkail Jamal Shaw, 19, has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy after he turned himself in Tuesday night, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said in a statement. It wasn&…

  18. Darius Rucker, Scotty McCreery and More Take a Swing at ACM Golf Benefit

    April 06, 2014 2:09 AM EDT The clubs were a-flying Saturday morning in Las Vegas, as Darius Rucker hosted the 2014 ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas. "It's such a great cause," said Rucker, who also hosted the event last year. "They do such great work, and to be a part…

  19. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  20. Carrie Underwood Tops Forbes List of Top-Earning 'American Idol' Alums

    January 14, 2014 5:15 PM EST And the winner is... Carrie Underwood, for being "American Idol"'s top-earning alum, according to Forbes' annual list . The country singer raked in approximately $31 million between June 2012 through June 2013, playing 100 shows on tour and signing endorsement deals with…

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