1. Cassadee Pope, Luke Bryan Lead Country Charts

    October 17, 2013 5:20 PM EDT The former champion of NBC's 'The Voice' soars onto Top Country Albums at No. 1, while Bryan achieves an honor on Hot Country Songs last managed in 1966 Cassadee Pope, the third-season winner of NBC's "The Voice," becomes the second rookie female to debut at No…

  2. 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…

  3. Vince Gill's 'Bakersfield' Tribute Hits Top Five on Country Albums

    August 08, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Vince Gill and steel guitar master Paul Franklin bow at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with "Bakersfield," a collaborative tribute set honoring the city's two biggest musical figures, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. With Hot Shot debut honors and…

  4. Vince Gill Takes on Merle Haggard: 'As a Singer… It's Almost Foolish'

    July 29, 2013 5:15 PM EDT On Tuesday, MCA Nashville rolls out "Bakersfield," the new collaboration between Vince Gill and Paul Franklin that pays tribute to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. On Friday, we took a look at the tracks that were originally recorded by Owens . In part two of our look at…

  5. Vince Gill Talks 'Bakersfield': Exclusive

    July 26, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Tuesday, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin release their highly anticipated album "Bakersfield" on MCA Nashville. The set is a tribute to the music made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – with five songs selected from the catalog of both.  The album also pays homage to the…

  6. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Ties For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    July 24, 2013 2:19 PM EDT The song logs a 21st week at the summit, matching the mark for the longest command since the chart premiered, in its earliest form, in 1944 Florida Georgia Line matches the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's debut…

  7. Florida Georgia Line: Billboard Cover Story Q&A

    July 19, 2013 12:45 PM EDT How Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard followed their instincts to the top of the charts It's Independence Day, and Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, the two artists that make up the skyrocketing country rock duo Florida Georgia Line, are celebrating a little independence of their own,…

  8. Florida Georgia Line Reaches No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    June 20, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line scores its first leader on Top Country Albums, as "Here's to the Good Times" rises from its previous No. 3 peak to No. 1 with 33,000 copies sold (up 20%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its 28th week. The duo's album is the first in more than a…

  9. Bonnaroo 2013: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, The National Close It Out

    June 17, 2013 1:00 AM EDT Rain rushed in and then disappeared just as quickly on the final day of the 2013 Bonnaroo festival, intermittently cooling off music fans as they soldiered on through a hot Sunday in Manchester, Tennessee. Following the late-night theatrics of R. Kelly, Empire of the Sun, Billy Idol and …

  10. Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Embrace 'Bakersfield' Sound on New Album

    June 10, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Country fans who yearn for the sounds from a bygone era will want to circle the date of July 30 on their calendar. MCA Nashville will release "Bakersfield," a new collaborative project from Vince Gill and steel guitar virtuoso Paul Franklin. The album serves as a tribute to the…

  11. Tornado Benefit Spikes Blake Shelton Sales

    June 06, 2013 5:01 PM EDT The singer's 'Based on a True Story…' returns to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after last week's charity concert. Plus, the reign of Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' continues and Tim McGraw ties a Country Airplay record Blake Shelton's May 29 "…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Nell & Jim Take Organic Approach on 'House & Garden'

    May 28, 2013 9:45 AM EDT The new album, "House & Garden," from Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally, definitely qualifies as one that is a little bit different. The vintage country-sounding disc is one that likens life's relationships to nature itself. The disc even includes a card inside -- that…

  13. Florida Georgia Line Sets Hot Country Songs Record

    May 23, 2013 11:55 AM EDT With a 12th week at No. 1, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" breaks the record for the most chart-topping weeks for a title by a duo in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.   "Cruise" also extends the list's longest reign by any act…

  14. George Jones Was King of the Country Charts

    April 26, 2013 11:05 AM EDT From the time his second single became his first chart entry in October 1955 until his final appearance on Billboard's Hot Country Songs as a featured artist on Aaron Lewis' "Country Boy" two years ago, George Jones distinguished himself as a peerless chart force with…

  15. Lulu Roman Recruits Dolly Parton, Georgetta Jones on New Album

    January 14, 2013 1:45 AM EST Lulu Roman enjoyed a successful television career from 1969-1992 as one of the citizens of Kornfield Kounty on "Hee Haw." It was a run that she credits to one of the show's co-hosts, Buck Owens. The Dallas native recalls that whenever Owens and his band would come to town, she…

  16. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Country Songs Chart

    January 04, 2013 6:45 PM EST Meanwhile, Zac Brown's 'Goodbye' Says Hello to Radio Summit After bridging decades of chart history with nine weeks at No. 1 on Country Songs late last year, a holiday-driven digital surge for Taylor Swift 's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" returns the…

  17. Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens Rarities Get Release

    December 18, 2012 6:00 PM EST Fans of classic country music will be excited to learn of a new series of releases from Omnivore Recordings that will take them back in time a few years. The company recently released four vinyl EP's from four of the format's greatest stars of all time. Included in the list are…

  18. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift 's ninth week…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, PSY Remain Hot 100's Mane Men

    November 10, 2012 2:05 PM EST The group's 'One More Night' has galloped past the rapper's 'Gangnam Style' for seven weeks, marking one of the longest periods of non-movement ever in the Hot 100's top two spots. The horse race to the top of the SHINING BRIGHT: Rihanna extends her record…

  20. Jerrod Niemann Shines on 'Free the Music'

    October 02, 2012 4:35 PM EDT When Jerrod Niemann began the process of recording his new album "Free The Music," he decided to go back to school, in a sense. He wanted to seek an answer to the much asked question "What is country music?" To find the answer, he revisited the music of some of those who…

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