1. Carrie Underwood's New Song 'Heartbeat' Races Onto Trending 140

    October 10, 2015 1:00 PM EDT The song is the second to be released off the country star's new album 'Storyteller.' Carrie Underwood 's fifth studio album,  Storyteller , hits stores later this month, but before now we'd only gotten a single taste of the set in lead color:#1F497D"> radio…

  2. Brad Paisley Says 'God Bless' the Ashley Madison Website Hack

    October 08, 2015 6:05 AM EDT Country star Brad Paisley said "God bless" to the hacking scandal that exposed users of an adultery website for joke material for the upcoming Country Music Association Awards. Paisley and Carrie Underwood return on Nov. 4 to host the awards, which has regularly featured the two…

  3. Country Radio Remains Wary of Acts From TV Talent Shows: Are Its Fears Justified?

    September 28, 2015 8:12 AM EDT Can Michael Ray be the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson? Despite — or perhaps because of — the large number of artists that have been channeled into the country format by way of reality TV talent competitions — country radio has long had a fractious relationship with the genre. For…

  4. Little Big Town Talk Nerves and Laughs Ahead of CMA Music Festival TV Special

    August 04, 2015 2:01 AM EDT Little Big Town are seasoned professionals -- when it comes to performing. Their interview skills, however, are something else entirely. The band serves as the host of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock , tonight on ABC, and Kimberly Schlapman said there were a few last minute…

  5. Kelsea Ballerini on Busting Up Nashville's Boys Club: 'I Want to Be the One Who Swings the Pendulum'

    July 17, 2015 1:13 PM EDT When the phone rang, Kelsea Ballerini braced herself for the news. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter was awaiting word from her label about her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” which appeared to be headed to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. “We knew the call was going to…

  6. Carrie Underwood Breaks Car Window to Free Infant Son, Dogs Locked Inside

    July 11, 2015 3:34 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was forced to break her own car window for the safety of her infant son and dogs that were locked inside. Carrie Underwood Raps Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' in Concert: Watch The country singer informed fans Saturday morning (July 11) that her pups managed to…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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