1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Reba Stick Horses and Eric Church Ottomans: Your Guide to Country's Most Unique Holiday Gifts

    December 19, 2016 12:50 PM EST It’s holiday shopping time again. If you’re looking for something truly, er, memorable for the country music lover in your life, we’ve once again compiled our annual holiday shopping guide of the most unique items we could find, with picks ranging from the unusual to the truly weird that are…

  4. 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…

  5. LoCash Leaps to No. 1; Brad Paisley's New Pinnacle; Garth Brooks Bows

    October 20, 2016 12:44 AM EDT LoCash , the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas , earns its first No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 29), as "I Know Somebody" vaults 6-1 in its 36th week, increasing by 15 percent to 44.4 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 16, according…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. CMA Announces 'Forever Country' Single & Music Video in Honor of 50 Years of CMA Awards

    September 15, 2016 5:34 PM EDT The biggest night in country music is upon us, and this week, the Country Music Awards announced that a single titled "Forever Country" and music video will be released in celebration of the 50th Annual CMA Awards, which will air live Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  Chris…

  9. Brad Paisley, The Cure Lead Latest Hot Tours Roundup

    August 31, 2016 4:14 PM EDT With only a month left on Brad Paisley ’s 2016 touring schedule, the country king stands atop the weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from August performances on his Life Amplified World Tour. Concerts at seven outdoor amphitheaters in the U.S. and one…

  10. Brad Paisley's Donation Making Major Difference in West Virginia

    August 07, 2016 3:51 PM EDT Country music star Brad Paisley is helping a home rebuilding project in flood-ravaged West Virginia get off to a solid start. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday (Aug. 6) for 42 homes and a community park to be built on land donated by the city of White Sulphur Springs. They will be…

  11. Trisha Yearwood Names Her Top 5 Country Heartbreak Songs of All Time

    July 29, 2016 11:53 AM EDT Who knows a great country song better than Trisha Yearwood ? “She’s in Love With the Boy” kicked off her career in 1991 by making her the first female vocalist since Connie Smith in 1964 (“Once A Day”) to top the chart with her debut single. Since then, Yearwood has added to laurels such…

  12. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's the week of the Country Music Association&…

  13. Billboard Cover: A Candid Conversation With Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas on Surviving Disney, Their Huge New Tour and Pop Stardom on Their Own Terms

    July 21, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Though it's only a little after 9 a.m., Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are already bickering. They're seated on the terrace at the ritzy Wynn ­brunchery Tableau on a hot Las Vegas summer ­morning, and Lovato has asked Jonas to tack fries onto his meal so she can "have one and not…

  14. Country Radio Gatekeepers Support Pop Star Collaborations (In Moderation)

    July 19, 2016 12:47 PM EDT Scattered among the usual suspects in the top 20 on the Country Airplay chart are two names closely associated with pop music: Demi Lovato and Elle King . They appear in the list’s top tier thanks to their hit duets with Brad Paisley (“Without a Fight”) and Dierks Bentley (“Different for…

  15. Love Story: The Impact of Taylor Swift's First Decade in Music

    July 07, 2016 12:35 PM EDT Ten years after "Tim McGraw" debuted, Swift's role in country music is undeniable. When “Tim McGraw” slipped onto Billboard ’s Hot Country Songs chart at No. 60 on July 1, 2006, the single earned a thumbnail breakout synopsis, courtesy of now-deceased country chart manager Wade…

  16. Country Music Association Takes Steps to Combat Awards Campaigning

    July 07, 2016 8:40 AM EDT A new ballot feature is intended to quel the deluge of voting solicitations in CMA members' in-boxes. As the Country Music Association (CMA) sent out the first ballots on July 5 for its 50th annual awards, the organization hoped a new feature will reduce the unseemly campaigning that…

  17. Trent Reznor, Weezer, GZA & More Partner With Apple-NASA Collaboration as Juno Reaches Jupiter

    July 04, 2016 11:15 AM EDT A Led Zeppelin-loving NASA scientist with help from Apple brings the cosmos to musicians and beyond. Trent Reznor , GZA , Corinne Bailey Rae , Brad Paisley , Jim James and Weezer are among a group of artists becoming more cosmic-minded. This because Apple and NASA have just announced a…

  18. Brad Paisley Appeals for Funds Following 'Crazy' West Virginia Flood

    June 30, 2016 11:34 PM EDT Brad Paisley said he's shocked and heartbroken by the destruction from deadly flooding in his home state of West Virginia. On Thursday the singer visited flood-ravaged Clendenin, a town of 1,200 people ravaged by the swollen Elk River last week. Bridges were destroyed and homes were…

  19. Brad Paisley Launches GoFundMe to Raise Money for West Virginia Flood Relief

    June 29, 2016 4:23 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley started a GoFundMe page on Wednesday (June 29) to raise money for his home state of West Virginia in the aftermath of the destructive floods that occurred last week. As the waters recede, now there is so much work to be done. We are working on the best ways to help…

  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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