1. 23 New or Renovated Venues Looking to Lure This Year's Top-Selling Tours

    February 21, 2017 11:06 AM EST From Brooklyn to San Francisco, these halls are vying for top acts like Billy Joel, Luke Bryan and Metallica. The concert business in North America generated more than $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales in 2016, according to Billboard Boxscore. Those dollars have the greatest economic impact…

  2. Reba Stick Horses and Eric Church Ottomans: Your Guide to Country's Most Unique Holiday Gifts

    December 19, 2016 12:50 PM EST It’s holiday shopping time again. If you’re looking for something truly, er, memorable for the country music lover in your life, we’ve once again compiled our annual holiday shopping guide of the most unique items we could find, with picks ranging from the unusual to the truly weird that are…

  3. Dierks Bentley Meme-Maker? Jason Aldean Slots? Country Stars Embrace Mobile Apps to Reach Fans

    October 12, 2016 10:54 AM EDT Music stars — and the marketing teams behind them — are always looking for new and creative ways to engage with fans. Several country artists recently launched fun new mobile apps in an effort to do just that. In September, Dierks Bentley teamed with New York-based developer Echelon Creative…

  4. Hit Songwriter Rhett Akins Moves to Warner/Chappell In Major Music Row Signing

    October 04, 2016 12:15 PM EDT The deal reunites the team that secured hits for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Hits... and a career for Thomas Rhett. Rhett Akins signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. In an average week with a typical songwriter, that statement would be worth a line in the Billboard Country Update ’s …

  5. Radio Station's 'Worst Interview Ever' Series Lives Up to Its Name

    August 18, 2016 9:04 AM EDT Country artists are routinely interviewed while visiting radio stations and have become accustomed to a certain level of professionalism during those on-air chats with personalities. So imagine the stars’ surprise when they find themselves being grilled on camera by a sweaty, awkward and…

  6. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's the week of the Country Music Association&…

  7. Dustin Lynch Steams Things Up on 'Seein' Red'

    June 24, 2016 1:06 PM EDT Dustin Lynch 's best songs are buoyed by nifty vocal tricks. In "Waiting," from his first album, listeners were sucked in by the enjambment in the middle of the hook – the end of one line turns out to be the start of another, pulling you forward. On "Where It's At,…

  8. From Artist to On-Air Talent: Dustin Lynch Having a Blast With DJ Gig

    May 25, 2016 10:13 AM EDT Thanks to a temporary gig as the midday host on KKGO (Go Country 105) Los Angeles, country star Dustin Lynch has a newfound appreciation for the work of real-life radio air personalities. “The toughest thing for me — because I’m not having a conversation with another person — is getting in…

  9. Craig Campbell Finds Contentment 
on the 'Outskirts of Heaven'

    April 22, 2016 1:30 PM EDT There’s something counterintuitive about Craig Campbell ’s “Outskirts of Heaven.” It’s a ballad that contemplates the afterlife, delivered in 3/4 time, and released as buds are sprouting and temperatures are rising. Many of his peers are trotting out summer anthems, and Campbell has a languid…

  10. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Meghan Trainor, French Montana and More Reveal Their Hangover Cures

    March 17, 2016 12:28 PM EDT St. Patrick’s Day means lots of beer, lots of whiskey -- and lots of headaches the next morning. But don’t fret: We’ve assembled a panel of experts well-versed in the art and science of curing a deathly hangover. We’re talking musicians, naturally -- from French Montana to Meghan Trainor to…

  11. Dustin Lynch on Touring With Luke Bryan and Why He Wishes Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman 'Went Totally Diva'

    March 01, 2016 3:46 PM EST Dustin Lynch is on a roll these days. “Mind Reader,” the seductive third single from his Where It’s At album, is currently at No. 85 on the Hot 100, and he is on tour with Luke Bryan and Little Big Town as part of the Kill The Lights tour. He also just wrapped up his own Hell Of A Night tour,…

  12. 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…

  13. Luke Bryan Rolls Out Hit After Hit at Star-Studded Nashville Concert: Live Review

    July 12, 2015 12:55 PM EDT Luke Bryan show at Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, July 11, gave a sell-out crowd exactly what they wanted to hear, with many high-energy moments mixed in with a few curve balls that made many in the crowd feel like they didn't want the night to end. Luke Bryan, Brad…

  14. Dustin Lynch on Firing Up Luke Bryan's Crowd & the Slow Burn of 'Hell of a Night'

    June 03, 2015 6:29 PM EDT The singer will play a Pandora concert in Nashville on Friday before next week's CMA Music Festival. Though the CMA Music Festival doesn't start until next Thursday, early birds flying into Nashville will have plenty of musical options before then. Maybe the earliest event of all…

  15. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas , which has a…

  16. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  17. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Ascend To No. 1 On Adult Contemporary With 'Am I Wrong'

    September 15, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The pair is the first duo to lead the list with a debut hit since 1998. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Dustin Lynch and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  18. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  19. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith Settles In For A No. 1 'Stay' On Adult Contemporary

    August 11, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The British singer/songwriter's 'Stay With Me' makes a quick climb to the top. Plus, new No. 1s for Nico & Vinz, Royksopp & Robyn, Milky Chance, Godsmack and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  20. Yep, Yep: Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' Starts Its Chart Trip, Trip

    April 08, 2014 2:30 PM EDT "Yep, yep." It's a two-word throw-away phrase, dropped seven times into Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," and yet it's the crucial identifier for the song. Before he ever recorded it, Lynch played it for some of his trusted advisers to get…

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