1. Blake Shelton Tops Billboard's Country Airplay Chart for the 20th Time

    June 30, 2015 10:36 AM EDT Blake Shelton steps to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 11) as "Sangria" (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) rises 2-1. The coronation marks Shelton's record-extending 15th consecutive No. 1 on the chart (counting only non-seasonal,…

  2. Carrie Underwood Raps Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' in Concert: Watch

    June 29, 2015 8:25 PM EDT Carrie Underwood 's got some rap skills she's ready to show off.  Sunday at the final day of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Dover, Del., the country singer treated her audience to a rendition of Wiz Khalifa 's "See You Again" — handling both Khalifa's…

  3. Kelsea Ballerini First Female To Lead Country Airplay Chart With Debut Single Since 2006

    June 23, 2015 11:12 AM EDT Kelsea Ballerini scores the first debut No. 1 by a woman on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 4) in more than nine years, as "Love Me Like You Mean It" (Black River) rises 2-1 in its 38th week. The song tops the chart as the Greatest Gainer with a 12 percent…

  4. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2006, Shakira Shook Her 'Hips' to No. 1

    June 15, 2015 7:10 PM EDT Nine years ago, the Latin music superstar crossed to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Roxette, the Four Tops & Carrie Underwood. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. June 15, 1991 Paula…

  5. Carrie Underwood Talks New Music, Motherhood, CMA Music Festival Memories & More

    June 14, 2015 1:03 PM EDT It's been quite an eventful week for Carrie Underwood . After taking time out of the public eye following the birth of her son Isaiah in February, the singer hit the limelight with a vengeance this week. On Wednesday (June 10), she made her first post-baby television appearance on The…

  6. Female Country Artists' Branding Power Far Outweighs Their Airplay

    June 11, 2015 1:48 PM EDT Female country artists may comprise a small fraction of playlist space on country radio right now, but their branding power is an entirely different story. When global celebrity evaluation index Celebrity DBI recently listed the top six celebrity endorsers who were musicians, four were…

  7. CMT Awards 2015: All the Performances Ranked Best to Worst

    June 10, 2015 11:40 PM EDT This year's CMT Awards offered a slew of exciting numbers from veterans and up-and-comers, a skit with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a brave inter-genre collaboration. Even more exciting, a number of singers played new singles for the first time on national television.  Here's…

  8. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's First Post-Baby Appearance and More Surprises in…

  9. Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's First Post-Baby Appearance and More Surprises in Store

    June 08, 2015 5:08 PM EDT Top nominee Carrie Underwood will perform for the first time since becoming a mom in February, and EDM superstar Zedd will perform with Lady Antebellum : Those are just two of the highlights planned for the CMT Awards, beamed live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 10. John Hamlin,…

  10. What Happened to Women In Country? An Investigation Using Year-End Billboard Charts

    June 08, 2015 4:15 PM EDT New York Magazine , Entertainment Weekly , and Rolling Stone Country called it "Country Music's Women Problem." The New York Times used more incendiary language -- "Country's war on women." At this point, it's a common refrain: there is a serious gender…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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