1. CMT Awards 2015 Performers: Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood & Florida Georgia Line on the Bill

    May 19, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Luke Bryan , Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line are among the first set of performers set to take the stage at the CMT Awards on June 10, CMT announced Tuesday (May 19). Jason Aldean , Keith Urban , Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum will also perform at the awards, which will broadcast…

  2. Carrie Underwood Performs Passionate 'Little Toy Guns' in Live Video Session: Watch

    May 14, 2015 8:15 PM EDT Carrie Underwood has a few things to keep her smiling these days. As her new song "Little Toy Guns" is climbing the charts, she leads this year's CMT Music Awards nominees and is surely still celebrating the birth of her baby boy Isaiah .  And with the release of her first hits…

  3. Bret Michaels Returns to His Country Roots with New Album 'True Grit': 'This Has Been My Life Story'

    May 03, 2015 11:36 PM EDT Bret Michaels is a resourceful Renaissance man. From winning Celebrity Apprentice  to developing a top-selling line of products for PetSmart, the veteran rocker has continued to reinvent himself through talent, hard work and a maverick entrepreneurial spirit. With the May 5 release of his new…

  4. ACM Awards Predictions: Who Will Win?

    April 17, 2015 5:29 PM EDT There’s an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas. The world of country music will get a taste of that Lone Star hospitality as the 50 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this coming Sunday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Billboard takes a look at the top…

  5. ACM Awards' 50th Anniversary Show 'Cost a Staggering Amount of Money,' Says CEO Bob Romeo

    April 14, 2015 4:20 PM EDT The ACM Awards’ 50th anniversary edition will be the first awards show broadcast from a football stadium. Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo details the differences going into this year’s edition, airing April 19 on CBS from Dallas’ AT&T Stadium, from previous years in Las Vegas and…

  6. Sony Music Claims It Overpaid 'American Idol' Stars By $2 Million

    April 01, 2015 1:16 PM EDT On Tuesday, Sony Music filed a breach-of-contract counterclaim against 19 Recordings, the  American Idol label controlled by Core Media Group which houses such stars as Kelly Clarkson , Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken . In new court documents, Sony asserts that it has overpaid at least $2…

  7. Live Review: Sundy Best Brings Their Multi-Textured Take on Country to NYC

    March 20, 2015 3:59 PM EDT Today's country ecosystem can seem to be dominated by two camps. In one, you've got the huge stars with inescapable -- and frequently indelible -- radio hits:  Kenny Chesney ,  Jason Aldean , or  Carrie Underwood . In the other, you've got artists who can't get on country…

  8. Universal Music Settling Big Class Action Lawsuit Over Digital Royalties

    March 19, 2015 5:51 PM EDT A deal would mean that all the record majors have resolved claims of cheating artists by treating iTunes downloads as "sales" rather than "licenses." An important chapter in the legal history of the music business may be coming to conclusion soon as Universal Music…

  9. Luke Bryan Makes Chart History, Taylor Swift Sparks Kelsea Ballerini Debut

    March 19, 2015 12:05 PM EDT Bryan becomes the first artist to log simultaneous top five album debuts, while a Swift tweet helps spur a debut for rising star Ballerini. Luke Bryan becomes the first artist ever to log simultaneous top-five debuts on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as Spring Break... Checkin…

  10. Happy 75th Birthday Chuck Norris: Here's the 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Theme Song in His Honor

    March 10, 2015 2:26 PM EDT Did you know that Chuck Norris actually died 20 years ago? Death just hasn't mustered up the courage to tell him yet. We're kidding, of course! Today is Norris' 75th birthday and we hope his golden birthday is a very happy one. Carrie Underwood is psyched: Yeah, I…

  11. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Rick Astley Rolled to No. 1

    March 09, 2015 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-seven years ago, 'Never Gonna Give You Up' topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Janet Jackson, New Kids on the Block and Carrie Underwood. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 9,…

  12. 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.…

  13. Carrie Underwood Donates Guitar to Help Save Canine Cop

    February 13, 2015 8:41 PM EST A guitar donation from Carrie Underwood could help save an Oklahoma deputy's canine partner. The Muskogee Phoenix reports Underwood donated an autographed guitar to help pay the medical bills of a McIntosh County Sheriff's Department K-9 officer. Underwood is a native of the…

  14. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & More Score New No. 1s

    February 09, 2015 6:25 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' crowns AC, while Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' tops Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Lillywood & Robin Schulz, Nicki Minaj, Imagine Dragons and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  15. Listen to Carrie Underwood's Super Bowl Pump-Up Song 'Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight'

    January 30, 2015 7:18 PM EST With the Super Bowl just two days away, on Friday  Carrie Underwood and the NFL released the big game's theme song, "Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight." 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows The track is a reworking of NBC's Sunday Night Football theme, "Waiting…

  16. Carrie Underwood Has Her Longest Reign at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Chart

    January 22, 2015 3:18 PM EST Plus: Kenny Chesney celebrates the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Country Airplay chart with a new leader. Carrie Underwood rewrites her longest chart-topping run on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Something in the Water" rules for a seventh week. She logged…

  17. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean & Garth Brooks Scale Country Charts

    January 08, 2015 5:23 PM EST Underwood logs a fifth week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Aldean returns to the summit on Top Country Albums & Brooks debuts. Carrie Underwood matches her second-longest stay atop Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart with "Something in the Water," which collects a fifth…

  18. Brad Paisley 'Storm's Back to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

    January 06, 2015 11:05 AM EST The star tallies his 19th No. 1 – and first since 2011. Brad Paisley scores his first leader in more than three years on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Perfect Storm" rises 2-1. The coronation ends his longest stretch between chart-toppers. Paisley's new No.…

  19. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  20. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

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