1. Garth Brooks Addresses Recent Violence, Promises New Music at Yankee Stadium Show

    July 09, 2016 3:05 PM EDT “He even likes being booed!” said this writer’s mother incredulously, as Garth Brooks was booed by Yankee Stadium during his long-awaited return to New York on Friday night.  The crowd’s angst was in jest -- a response to Brooks threatening to withhold the third verse to his best-known…

  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. Garth Brooks Announces His Own SiriusXM Channel, Preps For Yankee Stadium

    July 07, 2016 10:27 AM EDT "The potential is infinite," Brooks tells Billboard. One the eve of a headline-making concert booking at New York’s Yankee Stadium, Garth Brooks has announced a new partnership with SiriusXM, putting him at the helm of his own 24-7 music station, The Garth Channel. Launching Sept. 8…

  4. Takeover Tuesday: Jamie Lynn Spears' Favorite Summer Sleepover Tunes

    July 05, 2016 4:33 PM EDT Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week  Billboard  taps charting artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to  Billboard's Spotify account . We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they want and add which tracks they…

  5. Big D & Bubba, Others Learn From Their Mistakes While Blazing Podcasting Trail

    June 29, 2016 12:36 PM EDT Even before the 2014 runaway success of Serial , the business of podcasting has been on a hot streak. Radio personalities, artists and others are increasingly joining the trend, hosting a colorful array of podcasts that are often quite different from what they do in their day-to-day music and…

  6. Stop Before You Post! That Website Photo Could Cost You Big-Time

    June 29, 2016 10:41 AM EDT Nashville-based intellectual property attorney Lynn Morrow discusses the ins and outs of photo copyrights. Need an image of Carrie Underwood or Johnny Cash for a blog post? A photo of Garth Brooks for the home page on a website? Be careful. The wrong photo could cost $150,000. Millions of…

  7. Jon Pardi Gets Started at No. 1; Keith Urban Scores 20th Airplay Leader

    June 28, 2016 11:33 AM EDT California Sunrise , the second LP from Jon Pardi , dawns at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 9), selling 24,000 copies in its first week (ending June 23), according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre, consumption-based Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 11…

  8. Bobby Bones Recruits Garth Brooks for Nostalgic 'Fishin' With My Dad' Lyric Video: Watch

    June 17, 2016 10:21 AM EDT It's a testament to the power of Bobby Bones that he was able to enlist Garth Brooks -- no one has sold more albums in the Nielsen SoundScan era -- to sing with him on "Fishin' With My Dad." Bones unveiled a lyric video for the sentimental track on Friday. Bobby Bones &…

  9. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood Among Artists Helping Country Expand Beyond American Borders

    June 16, 2016 2:40 PM EDT There’s a whole world of people out there beyond America, and a surprising number of them are primed for country music. That’s the initial takeaway from the Country Music Association’s (CMA) first international research study, which found that one-third to one-half of the adult population in…

  10. After 45 RPM Start, CMA Music Festival Morphs Into High-Tech Maturity

    June 09, 2016 1:51 PM EDT Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall, CMA execs look back at the growth of a Nashville tradition. As the Country Music Association prepares for an expected 80,000 fans a day to partake in the 45th annual CMA Music Festival this week in downtown Nashville, it’s amusing to consider the event’s 45…

  11. Dan + Shay, Maren Morris Among Acts Vying For Early-June Attention at CMA Fest

    June 03, 2016 8:54 AM EDT Roughly 80,000 people a day will participate when the Country Music Association’s annual mass event, the CMA Music Festival, takes place in downtown Nashville June 9-12. After bringing together so many bodies with one shared passion — country music — it might seem appropriate that the record…

  12. Garth Brooks Signs With William Morris Endeavor Entertainment: Exclusive

    June 01, 2016 5:03 PM EDT Garth Brooks, the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history, has signed an exclusive global representation deal with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Billboard has learned.  The agency will represent Brooks in all areas including music, film, television, books and endorsements. Brooks…

  13. Kip Moore on Touring With Miranda Lambert and Why He's a 'Madman When It Comes to Music'

    May 13, 2016 1:33 PM EDT Kip Moore  has lost his voice and he's fine with it. The country singer is sitting on a sofa at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles sounding raspier than usual. He’s just wrapped up five sold-out theater dates in the U.K. and Ireland in seven days. After each show, he would give a free,…

  14. Garth Brooks to Perform in New York For First Time in 19 Years

    May 11, 2016 10:22 PM EDT Garth Brooks is set to perform in New York City for the first time in 19 years when he takes the stage at Yankee Stadium this summer. The country star announced Wednesday that he will play at the venue in the Bronx on July 9. His last performance in NYC was in Central Park in 1997. Garth…

  15. CMA Study: Hard Times Create New Opportunities for Country Music With Minorities, Youth

    May 03, 2016 11:14 AM EDT Something dramatic has happened to country music since the Great Recession of 2008. The uncertainty and instability created by the downturn in business sectors, coupled with ongoing technological changes, led large segments of the U.S. population to rethink their lifestyles and re-prioritize…

  16. Trisha Yearwood Talks Charting 'Passion' Hit, Christmas Album With Garth Brooks & More

    April 23, 2016 3:15 PM EDT This week, Yearwood moves to No. 20 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts with “Broken,” a track from the FOX-TV presentation of “The Passion” that aired last month. It’s her highest appearance on the charts ever. Trisha Yearwood admits that the world is a little bit different than it…

  17. Garth Brooks Remembers Merle Haggard: He Was 'The Greatest Country Artist of All Time' (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2016 1:04 PM EDT Like millions, Garth Brooks grew up on the music of Merle Haggard . Below, in his own words, he shares some of his memories of the legend, who died April 6.  The first song of Haggard’s I remember hearing [was] “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down.” That was because of my dad. From the time…

  18. Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots' New Comedy LP Boasts Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks: Exclusive

    February 26, 2016 9:47 AM EST If you’re hearing someone who sounds like country superstar Luke Bryan deliver a unique take on the Gettysburg Address, or Carrie Underwood’s angelic voice lamenting her partner “peeing on the toilet seat” in a love-gone-wrong song, you’ve no doubt gotten hold of the first full length comedy…

  19. Big Barrel, FarmBorough, Delaware Junction... With Rampant Cancellations, What's the Forecast for This Year's Country Fests?

    February 11, 2016 11:28 AM EST Despite drawing a respectable 40,000 last year, country’s Big Apple invasion has faltered, with the cancellation of the FarmBorough country music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island being the latest in a string of troubling signs in what has been the hottest space in live music. Live…

  20. Radio Journey Of Silverfish Media's Carsen Comes Full Circle In Nashville

    January 21, 2016 1:06 PM EST Growing up in Connecticut, newly hired Silverfish Media assistant PD  Jessica “Carsen” Humphreville had little exposure to country music until her early teen years. That’s when her father, who worked for NBC, brought home a videocassette of a Garth Brooks special the network was planning to…

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