1. Exclusive Album Premiere: Aaron Watson's 'The Underdog'

    February 10, 2015 5:30 PM EST One week from today, country traditionalist Aaron Watson will release of his 12th album, The Underdog. In an exclusive interview with Billboard , the singer said that much of the album has autobiographical tones, particularly "Fence Post." "That song is kind of like a…

  2. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  3. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits Highlighted in New Collection

    May 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT For almost 90y years, the Grand Ole Opry has come to symbolize the best of what is associated with country music. A brand new four-CD set shines the spotlight on some of that illustrious musical history with the release of Grand Ole Opry By The Decades – a collection that is available…

  4. 'Whispering Bill' Anderson Gets Help From War Veteran in Naming His New Album

    November 22, 2013 12:30 PM EST Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson tells Billboard that he had a fun time recording the song "Whisper" with Joey+Rory for his new album "Life!". After all, he's been known as "Whispering Bill" for almost five decades now, thanks to his soft…

  5. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs

    November 14, 2013 2:46 PM EST The Nov. 6 Country Music Association Awards shake up the Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts   The Nov. 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast on ABC-TV, invigorate Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first…

  6. 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…

  7. Steve Wariner Finds His Voice Again on New Album

    September 09, 2013 9:11 AM EDT Steve Wariner grew up enamored of such guitar players as Chet Atkins and James Burton. With that said, he admits that it's a little different to hear some of the newer artists out of Nashville talking about him the reverence he viewed his influences.  "I'm always knocked out…

  8. Clint Black Reflects On New Album & Cracker Barrel Partnership

    August 02, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Clint Black knows a good deal when he sees one, and the opportunity to partner up with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores for his latest release, "When I Said I Do," was too good of one to resist. “I’ve been working on a lot of new music, and Cracker Barrel asked me to do a CD…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

    June 08, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Rihanna catches up to a Beatle, Clarkson tops another chart and Underwood does what no other artist had before in the Country Songs chart's 68-year history. As her "Where Have You Been" bounds 11-9 on the EXTRA STRENGTH: Kelly Clarkson collects her second Adult Contemporary No.…

  10. Friday Flashback: Steve Wariner's Heavenly Song

    March 02, 2012 11:42 PM EST He is known as one of the format's nicest guys, but also one of its' most talented. By 1998, Steve Wariner had been a mainstay on the country music scene for close to two decades. After a run of hits on RCA, MCA, and Arista, Wariner was about to see his career kick into a higher…

  11. Brad Paisley Branches Out With a Book

    November 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Having written the bulk of his hit records since breaking into the limelight with 1999's "Who Needs Pictures," Brad Paisley is no stranger to success as a writer. However, this week he crosses into another level of the craft, releasing his very first book, "Diary Of A…

  12. Brad Paisley Gets One-of-a-Kind Honor From the Grand Ole Opry

    October 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In the 86-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, many historic moments have taken place. Hank Williams debuting in 1949 with "Lovesick Blues." A truck driver named Elvis on the Ryman stage. Garth Brooks and "Friends In Low Places." So as amazing as it sounds, something…

  13. Brad Paisley: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 08, 2011 2:19 PM EDT When Brad Paisley and longtime friend/collaborator Chris DuBois wrote "This Is Country Music," they knew they'd penned more than a catchy title track. They had a blueprint. "The song itself is what inspired the album, which is the best way to have an album come about,"…

  14. Hot Tours: Garth Brooks, Prince, Jeff Foxworthy

    January 27, 2011 3:55 PM EST Garth Brooks returned to the concert stage in Nashville during December with nine benefit concerts at the Bridgestone Arena. Revenue from the shows went towards relief efforts related to the flood that devastated the city and surrounding areas last May. Ticket sales totals from the string of…

  15. Garth Brooks Wows Nashville at First of Nine Benefit Concerts

    December 17, 2010 7:25 PM EST If Garth Brooks intended to pace himself at the first of nine sold out shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, that plan changed when he hit the stage for the 7PM Thursday night (Dec. 16) concert. From the moment he hit the stage, serving up the one-two punch of "Rodeo" and …

  16. Garth Brooks Prepares for Nine-Show Run in Nashville

    December 16, 2010 7:10 PM EST As he prepared to kick off his first of nine sold out shows tonight (Nov. 16) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, which will benefit Middle Tennessee's flood relief efforts, Garth Brooks praised the city's resilience and thanked the companies and individuals donating their time…

  17. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga Vs. ...

    July 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. LADY GAGA VS. ... TAYLOR SWIFT Dear Gary, After your analysis last week of…

  18. Brad Paisley Previews His "American Saturday Night" Album, Tour

    June 04, 2009 5:44 PM EDT “No one can make the album they made 10 years ago with a straight face,” Brad Paisley muses. The singer/songwriter/guitar slinger is siitting in Blackbird Studios, a state of the art Nashville facility owned by Martina McBride and her husband, and putting the finishing touches on his June 30…

  19. This Day in Music

    September 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he doesn't see how it could get thro 2006 - Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation…

  20. This Day in Music

    August 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Lil' Kim appears at the 2006 MTV Video Music awards fresh from prison, wearing a business suit that is a far cry from the skimpy getups of her past. 2006 - Lil' Kim appears at the 2006 MTV Video Music awards fresh from prison, wearing a business suit that is a far cry from…

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