1. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  2. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  3. Cher Tour Grosses $55 Million (So Far)

    July 15, 2014 7:03 PM EDT   Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour is on track to become of the most successful treks of 2014, according to Billboard Boxscore. The diva's tour has grossed a reported $54.9 million through the end of its first leg on July 11. A total of 610,812 attendees went to the 49 shows -- all of…

  4. Garth Brooks Taps Chicago for Start of Tour

    July 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Garth Brooks announced the first date this morning for his upcoming world tour: Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago, a market Brooks hasn't played in 17 years. There is no word on when the rest of the tour will be announced, but it appears the door has been…

  5. Garth Brooks Issues Statement on Cancelled Dublin Shows

    July 14, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Following last week's cancellation of Garth Brooks' five shows at Croke Park in Dublin, the back-in-action country superstar has issued a statement announcing that the Dublin City Council cannot change its ruling. "To say I am crushed is an understatement," he said.  The…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Don Henley's 'End Of The Innocence' Begins

    July 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 25 years ago, the Eagle's landmark solo set debuted. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Soundgarden and Miley Cyrus Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 14, 1990 "Holding you I…

  7. Garth Brooks Talks Co-Headlining with Trisha Yearwood & Competing Against Younger Stars

    July 11, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Putting the final touches on his comeback, the country superstar tells Billboard, "I've waited 14 years, and it seems like the last two months are going to be the longest wait of all." And, just like that, Garth Brooks is back: the country icon announced his return to touring…

  8. Indigo Girls To Enter Studio In The Fall

    July 10, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Indigo Girls hope to make "something that's different and pushes us a little bit" when the duo hits the studio this fall to work on a new album, the duo's follow-up to 2011's "Beauty Queen Sister." "We're writing," the group's Amy Ray…

  9. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  10. Garth Brooks Eyeing Black Friday Album Release, To Go Digital at 'A Stupid Price'

    July 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT The country star discussed new music and the Dublin show cancellations during a Thursday press conference. Besides the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville to release his new album, the big news…

  11. Garth Brooks' Top 25 Billboard Hits

    July 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT In honor of his pending return, a look at his top 25 Hot Country Songs hits Garth Brooks announced today that he's ready to return to the country music spotlight , revealing that he'll release a new album, offer his music digitally for the first time and embark on a world tour. His…

  12. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  13. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  14. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  15. Garth Brooks' Five Dublin Shows Canceled

    July 08, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The country icon must refund 400,000 tickets for the Ireland dates. After Garth Brooks and the Dublin City Council engaged in some back-and-forth regarding the country superstar's planned five-night run at the city's Croke Park from July 25-29, the City Council has summarily …

  16. Fifth Harmony Show Off Their Swagger In 'Bo$$' Video: Watch

    July 08, 2014 12:37 PM EDT "Shut your mouth/Boy I think you know who run this house," Fifth Harmony command in unison on their hard-nosed new single "Bo$$." The track reflects a marked maturation from last year's "Better Together" EP, and in the music video, which was released on…

  17. Becky G's 'Shower': 10 Things You Need To Know

    July 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT From music video cameos to the fan army name, here's what you need to know about Becky G's instantly appealing new hit. Becky G, a 17-year-old Mexican-American artist who has been trying to break into the mainstream over the past year, may have found her golden ticket in the…

  18. Fifth Harmony Name-Drops Michelle Obama, Kanye West on Confident New Single ’Bo$$’: Listen

    July 06, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Fifth Harmony is letting everyone know who’s “Bo$$.” After teasing the confident new single — the first from Fifth Harmony’s upcoming debut album — through Instagram on July 4, the “X Factor” finalists released “Bo$$” in full through MTV.com on Sunday. Fifth Harmony To Focus on Finishing…

  19. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' Turns 20: Darius Rucker Q&A

    July 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Reminiscing on a breakthrough Letterman performance, competing with grunge and a big assist from Garth Brooks This weekend (July 5) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Cracked Rear View” – the Atlantic debut from Hootie & The Blowfish. The album changed the lives of…

  20. Garth Brooks’ Classic Songs: Which Do You Want To Hear Live Again? (Poll)

    June 27, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Fans of Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks are no doubt keeping an eye out for the Oklahoma native’s next move. His 2013 box set "Blame It All On My Roots" has been one of the top sellers of the past year , and the singer will return to the stage with a July 25-29 run…

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