1. Hot Country Songs Chart Shows Its Value In Measuring an Evolving Marketplace

    February 03, 2016 2:55 PM EST Sam Hunt and Little Big Town's power is evident when all sources -- including airplay and streaming -- are combined. If the Hot Country Songs chart were an actual human being, it would have had plenty of cause for celebration when 2015 came to a close. The year-end list of 2015’s top…

  2. Thomas Rhett Tops Country Airplay Chart for a Fifth Week: 'This Is a Career Song'

    January 20, 2016 11:23 AM EST Thomas Rhett boasts the longest rule atop Billboard 's Country Airplay chart in more than six years, as "Die a Happy Man" (Valory) leads the list (dated Jan. 30) for a fifth week. The ballad tops the survey with 50 million in audience (down 3 percent), according to Nielsen…

  3. Carrie Underwood Turns Down 
the Volume On 'Heartbeat'

    January 20, 2016 10:34 AM EST New single from "Storyteller" album is a rare love song from the "American Idol" grad. She has one of the most powerful voices in the business, so Carrie Underwood has a unique challenge with ballads: She admits that dialing back and capturing intimacy is difficult. That’s…

  4. Inside Country Music's Very Real Sales Dip in 2015

    January 14, 2016 1:51 PM EST With the rise of streaming, sales of country albums fell 12 percent while song downloads dropped 16 percent. As the recorded-music business continues its transition from an ownership economy to a digital streaming model, sales of country albums and songs continued to drop in 2015. But …

  5. Recording Academy Launches 'Witness Greatness' Campaign Featuring Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Others: First Look

    January 14, 2016 8:00 AM EST Lady Gaga , Kendrick Lamar , Bruno Mars , Sam Smith , Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd will be the faces of a new multi-faceted campaign building buzz around the 2016 Grammy Awards. The stars will feature on outdoor billboards, wild postings and online advertisements throughout the "…

  6. Adam Lambert is the Top-Earning 'American Idol' of 2015

    January 06, 2016 10:03 PM EST Carrie Underwood follows, trailed by Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson. As American Idol readies to head into its final season, Forbes has ranked the earnings of all the shows alumni to see who's making the most money. Of all those to appear on the show'…

  7. Watch New Year's Eve 2016 Performances by Gwen Stefani, Pitbull, Mötley Crüe & More

    January 01, 2016 3:59 PM EST It was a musical night on Thursday, Dec. 31, as some of today’s biggest music stars helped ring in the new year. New Year's Eve 2016 Photos: Stars Ring in the New Year Artists like Carrie Underwood , Demi Lovato and Luke Bryan performed in Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year'…

  8. Carrie Underwood, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and More Ring in 2016 in Times Square for 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    January 01, 2016 2:07 PM EST It was an American Idol reunion as Carrie Underwood rang in the New Year in New York City's Times Square as part of the lineup on ABC's  Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest . Underwood, who rehearsed with her band earlier in the evening…

  9. Go Behind the Scenes at 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' With Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and More

    December 31, 2015 9:04 PM EST Before Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest went live at 8 p.m. (ET), Billboard crashed the party on Luke Bryan , Demi Lovato , and Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth . The country star rehearsed his set earlier today in Times Square, and his two-song medley -- which…

  10. Steven Tyler on Charity to Help Young Victims of Abuse: 'Hope Is Everything' (Exclusive Video)

    December 22, 2015 5:53 PM EST Back in November, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler launched a philanthropic campaign called Janie’s Fund to raise voices for the young female victims of neglect and abuse. The singer recruited artists including  Bono , Sir Elton John , Britney Spears and Carrie Underwood to lend their own…

  11. Blake Shelton Onesie? Rascall Flatts Thong? Your Gift Guide to Country Artists' Weirdest Merch

    December 18, 2015 2:15 PM EST Did we mention Blake’s adult onesies come equipped with a butt flap? With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, it’s time for our guide to the weirdest and wackiest merchandise being offered by country stars. We scoured the online stores of nearly 60 artists to find the 16 most…

  12. With 'American Idol' Ending & One Direction Taking a Bow, Is the Simon Cowell Era Ending?

    December 11, 2015 2:30 PM EST With American Idol  kicking off its final season in January, and One Direction bowing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with what figures to be their swan-song studio album, we might be witness to the quiet end of a 21st-century pop phenomenon: the Simon Cowell Era. Simon Cowell Feted at London…

  13. The Year in Country 2015: Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood & Kelsea Ballerini Lead the Way

    December 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST All hail Luke Bryan . Just as he did in 2014, the Georgia native reigns as 2015's Top Country Artist, as well as Top Male Country Artist. As in recent years, Billboard 's country music charts were dominated by the boys (or bros). However, female artists also hoisted their flag. The…

  14. 2016 Grammy Nominations: Chris Stapleton and Other Country Artists Poised to Win Big

    December 07, 2015 2:14 PM EST In looking at the country nominees for the upcoming 58 th Annual Grammy Awards, there were no major surprises. But, as is often the case, there were a few curveballs that might have thrown some industry insiders for something of a loop -- along with two of the format’s most diverse talents…

  15. 13 Things to Know About the Billboard Charts This Week: Adele & the Awards-Show Bump

    December 05, 2015 10:00 AM EST The latest  Billboard  charts saw Adele break a rash of records, and the awards-show bump continues for country artists. Here are 13 things you need to know about this week's charts: Adele's '25' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, '21' Returns to Top…

  16. Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas, John Legend & More Pay Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes at 'Sinatra 100' Concert

    December 03, 2015 7:29 PM EST The show will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. On what would have been Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th birthday, the Recording Academy celebrated the musical legacy of Frank Sinatra with a stellar lineup of performers for Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert , which took place in the city…

  17. Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, and More To Perform on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 01, 2015 11:01 AM EST Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is never disappointing. Already, Carrie Underwood is set to headline the ABC telecast at Times Square. Helping her to ring in the 2016 countdown will be live performances from Luke Bryan , Demi Lovato , and Wiz Khalifa joined by Charlie Puth .  Radio…

  18. Luke Bryan & More Country Stars Take You Home for the Holidays in 'A Country Faith Christmas' Book

    November 25, 2015 4:27 PM EST Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price gathers recipes, stories & more in new book. Deborah Evans Price is one of country music’s most esteemed journalists. Her byline has appeared in  Billboard ,  Nash Country   Weekly, Rolling Stone and countless other magazines. Now Price -- the…

  19. One Direction Declared 'Most Discussed' Artist on Twitter During 2015 American Music Awards

    November 23, 2015 2:04 AM EST One Direction was the big winner at the American Music Awards. And they cleaned up in the virtual competition too.  The British and Irish pop group won the night’s top honor for “artist of the year” for the second year in a row. And by show’s close they were the AMAs’ “most discussed”…

  20. Carrie Underwood Really Wants to Collaborate With Axl Rose

    November 21, 2015 8:16 PM EST In 2013, Carrie Underwood showed the world her love for Guns N’ Roses when she delivered a faithful cover of “Paradise City” at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. A couple years later, she’s still got Axl Rose on the mind – and she’s even crediting him with showing her how to sing. Carrie…

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