1. Kevin Fowler Talks Ironic 'Sellout Song' Success & Conformity In Mainstream Country Music

    July 21, 2016 3:27 PM EDT For listeners distressed about the state of modern country music, Kevin Fowler may have the antidote: his single "Sellout Song" humorously skewers a number of tropes easily spotted in the genre's mainstream. Fowler conjures a fictional No. 1 hit, commanding listeners to "…

  2. 30 Years On, Randy Travis' 'Storms of Life' Still Reigns Over Country Music

    July 07, 2016 2:31 PM EDT It has been 30 years since Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life , sparking a new traditionalist movement in the format and, according to the radio programmers who spun its singles, profoundly influencing country not just at the time but for decades to come.…

  3. New Year, New Artists: Country Circulates Young Blood In 2016

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and solo Charles Kelley are among the newbies with albums out or on the way. A year ago, Cam , Old Dominion and Chris Stapleton were relative unknowns who had some irons in the fire but no guarantees for their future. Now, they’re all key pieces of country’s…

  4. Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1989, Clint Black Was 'Killin'' It

    October 14, 2015 11:03 AM EDT With his debut set and second single, Black led Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums simultaneously. Ask any millennial what's special about 1989, and the response will most likely be that it's the title of Taylor Swift 's smash album. But  there's more to the year. A…

  5. Clint Black on First Album Release in a Decade: 'I'm Really Thrilled With the Way It Turned Out'

    September 25, 2015 9:24 PM EDT Clint Black says it doesn’t feel like it’s been a decade since he released his last studio album, but the calendar doesn't lie -- and neither do his fans. “They’ve been reminding me,” he says of his devoted following. On Friday (Sept. 25), their long wait was rewarded with the release of…

  6. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 45 Years Ago, The Beatles Hit No. 1 for the Last Time

    June 08, 2015 8:05 AM EDT In 1970, 'The Long and Winding Road' topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Eminem, Wilson Phillips and Lady Gaga. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. June 8, 2002 The Eminem Show premiered at No…

  7. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Makes Her 'Way' To No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 09, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2011, 'Born This Way' bowed atop the tally. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 9, 2007 Seven years ago today…

  8. Dustin Lynch: Chart Beat Meet & Greet Video

    February 05, 2013 10:05 AM EST The country singer stopped by Billboard to perform his hits 'Cowboys and Angels' and 'She Cranks My Tractor.' "My era of guys is the class of '89: Garth [Brooks], Clint Black, Alan Jackson. Early '90s, mid-'90s country is still some of my favorite…

  9. Bonfire Jam Festival Kicks Off in Florida

    December 07, 2012 4:00 PM EST This week, Billboard has previewed this year's Bonfire Jam Festival, which starts today in Chumuckla, Florida. With the "World's Largest Redneck Christmas Parade" and performances from Clay Walker, Jana Kramer and Gretchen Wilson, there's a little something for…

  10. Clint Black Is Back: Readies First New Album in 7 Years

    December 05, 2012 10:25 AM EST Clint Black is mindful that many of his fans are angling to hear new music from the "Nothin' but the Taillights" singer, who hasn't released an all-new studio album since 2005. They might get their wish soon as Black is tinkering with the idea of leaking some songs himself…

  11. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood Offer Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert" at the Grand Ole Opry House in…

  12. Chart Beat Tuesday: Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift, Pink

    August 10, 2010 1:05 PM EDT BRAND NEW MEN: Zac Brown Band banks its fourth No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Free" rises 2-1. The new leader makes the group's album "The Foundation" the first major-label debut set to yield four No. 1s on the list since Brooks & Dunn 's …

  13. Chart Beat Wednesday: Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Rod Stewart

    July 28, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 'IT'S' NO. 1: Carrie Underwood collects her 10th No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Undo It" lifts 2-1. The song is the third leader from Underwood's "Play On" album, following "Cowboy Casanova" and "Temporary Home." Underwood plated three…

  14. Chart Beat Wednesday: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Yoko Ono

    April 07, 2010 1:05 PM EDT '20' TO 1: Zac Brown Band 's "The Foundation" becomes the eighth major label debut album in the Nielsen BDS-monitored data era to yield at least three No. 1s on Country Songs, as "Highway 20 Ride" rolls 2-1. The song follows "Chicken Fried" and …

  15. Ask Billboard: Who's Bigger, Def Leppard Or Poison?

    March 12, 2010 2:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TALK DIRTY TO, AND POUR SOME SUGAR ON, ME Hi Gary, Who has totaled more…

  16. Best Of 2009: Part 1

    December 15, 2009 4:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  17. Chart Beat: Darius Rucker, Mariah Carey, Wilco

    August 05, 2009 4:29 PM EDT THREE'S COMPANY: On the Country Songs chart, Darius Rucker becomes the the first act in nearly 17 years to top the chart with their first three format singles, and the fourth act in the past 20 years to do so. Rucker's "Alright" ascends to the top this week, following his…

  18. May 8, 2009

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Country musician Eddy Arnold dies at a care facility near Nashville at the age of 89. 2001 – Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black become proud parents. Lily Pearl Black weighs in at 7 lbs., 14 ounces. 2001 – William B. Dial, road manager for Detroit rap act Insane Clown Posse is…

  19. Darius Rucker's Country Triumph Is No Fluke

    March 24, 2009 8:30 AM EDT With his second No. 1 country single, Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker feels like his welcome to the country world isn't a fluke. "The acceptance has been really great, much more than I ever expected," says Rucker, who's spending a second week atop the Hot…

  20. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough, Barack Obama, Darius Rucker

    March 19, 2009 3:05 PM EDT MOST 'WANTED' : Kelly Clarkson's fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 255,000, granting the original "American Idol" her second chart-topper. She first reigned with her 2003 debut, "Thankful," which…

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