1. Brantley Gilbert Discusses Making 'The Devil Don't Sleep'

    January 26, 2017 2:56 PM EST While it’s been three years for Brantley Gilbert since he released is last album, 2014's platinum-certified Just as I Am , the singer says that that period has been far from idle time. “I write or co-write [nearly] every song on my records -- all but one on this one,” he tells Billboard…

  2. 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…

  3. CBS Radio Attracts Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and Others for Stars and Strings Benefit Show

    November 09, 2016 10:35 AM EST If there was a lucky number for CBS Radio’s upcoming  Stars and Strings  benefit show, it would be 11. That’s precisely how many acts there are on the bill, and contest winners from all 11 of the chain’s country stations will be in attendance. And while the show takes place Nov. 9, its focus…

  4. 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…

  5. Country Radio Programmers Debate Surplus of Slow Songs For Spring

    April 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead, they’re hearing more ballads and downtempo fare than usual,…

  6. Brantley Gilbert Not Rushing 'Just As I Am' Follow-Up Album: 'When I Know I've Got It, It'll Come Out'

    January 27, 2016 10:44 AM EST As he heads out on the road for his headlining Blackout Tour on Jan. 28, Brantley Gilbert is more than three dozen songs into his next album, the follow-up to 2014's Just As I Am . But even though the country star's fans want it yesterday, Gilbert himself is in no rush. Brantley…

  7. Billboard.com's 10 Best Country Songs of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 16, 2015 11:21 AM EST was filled with impressive country songs -- ranging from newcomer  Kelsea Ballerini  and Kacey Musgraves ' girl power message to Chris Stapleton , who broke out in a major way this year. And tracks filled with pure heart and emotion made an impact in the format. Here are the 10 best…

  8. Brantley Gilbert Postpones European Tour Dates Following Paris Attacks

    November 15, 2015 5:44 PM EST Brantley Gilbert has canceled several of his upcoming tour dates in Europe out of respect of the victims in the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The country singer/songwriter says that he will return, though rescheduled dates have not been announced yet. Paris Shootings: Concert…

  9. Brantley Gilbert on Touring With Kenny Chesney and Why He Happily Gave Away His CMT Awards Tickets to a Military Vet

    July 20, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Few could've predicted that Brantley Gilbert would have such success translating his cult following of small-town teens and twenty-somethings, bikers and vets into a mass audience. The Georgia native was among the first in country music to incorporate Mohawk- and dreadlock-sporting hard…

  10. Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Other Country Stars Hit Alabama for 4th Annual Rock the South Festival

    June 22, 2015 6:10 PM EDT The 4th annual Pepsi’s Rock the South festival in Cullman, Ala., brought over 40,000 fans to the southern town to hear some of country music’s marquee acts -- and to also help out local causes in the process.  The event  began four years ago to assist rebuilding efforts after the 2011…

  11. Brantley Gilbert Returns to No. 1, Luke Bryan Moves On 'Up'

    May 28, 2015 4:20 PM EDT Gilbert's rerelease of "Just as I Am" spurs his return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, Bryan blasts 49-2 on Hot Country Songs with "Kick the Dust Up." Brantley Gilbert bounds 22-1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated June 6) with Just as I Am…

  12. Brantley Gilbert Accidentally Leaked His Own Wedding Date, Then Changed It

    May 25, 2015 8:29 AM EDT Brantley Gilbert  has learned to keep his mouth shut when it comes to his upcoming wedding to fiancée Amber Cochran. He tells Billboard he's already had to move the wedding date once after he "screwed up" and accidentally revealed it publicly. Now, he'll only say it's…

  13. Radio Seems To Like Brantley Gilbert Just As He Is

    May 22, 2015 11:23 AM EDT “I like being different,” admits Brantley Gilbert. “The way I look at it is, as long as I know there’s a box, and I’m outside of it, I’m good to go.” While that attitude doesn’t always endear country artists to radio, Gilbert found programmers quickly embracing him when he initially…

  14. Brantley Gilbert on Upcoming Kenny Chesney Tour: 'I'm Just Thankful to Learn From Him'

    May 05, 2015 6:20 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert is definitely having a spring to remember. As his current single "One Hell of an Amen" continues to climb the charts (currently No. 25 on the Hot Country Songs chart), and his Just As I Am album inches closer to million-selling status each week, the Georgia…

  15. Tyler Farr Bares Country's Rough Edges at Irving Plaza: Live Review

    April 29, 2015 10:45 AM EDT Tyler Farr named his latest album Suffer In Peace , but don't let that fool you -- at his release show in New York City last night, there was little serenity to be found. Instead, Farr served up plenty of pugnacious guitar riffs and chest-puffing theatrics. For several years now,…

  16. The U.K. Is Poised for a Country Takeover -- But Will the Bands Come?

    March 06, 2015 3:00 PM EST On  its 2014 debut single, british country duo The Shires sing, "We can build our own Nashville underneath these gray skies." The lyric may prove prophetic as the United Kingdom develops its own vibrant country music scene. According to BPI figures, country's share of the U.K.…

  17. Brantley Gilbert on Touring Overseas & 'Moving' Reaction to 'One Hell of an Amen'

    March 02, 2015 3:17 PM EST Brantley Gilbert is definitely used to throwing a "Small Town Throwdown," but now he's taking his party overseas. Gilbert opened up a brief international leg of his tour this past Saturday in Oslo, Norway, as part of the Country 2 Country festival, and he'll play…

  18. Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw & Rascal Flatts to Headline iHeartRadio Country Festival 2015

    January 21, 2015 10:01 PM EST Brad Paisley , Tim McGraw , Rascal Flatts and Brantley Gilbert will all perform at the iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, Texas, this spring.  Tim McGraw: 'I Don't Think I'm the Best I Can Be Yet' Following last year's launch of the now-annual festival, the…

  19. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Ke$ha Kicked Off the 2010s at No. 1

    December 29, 2014 8:05 AM EST Her debut smash 'TiK ToK' clocked in as the first new leader of the decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Beatles, the Monkees and Beyonce. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 29, 2007…

  20. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

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