1. Chris Stapleton: Get to Know Writer Behind Tracks for Luke Bryan, Adele, Blake Shelton & More

    May 04, 2015 5:03 PM EDT Country singer Chris Stapleton releases a new album, Traveller , on Tuesday. It's Stapleton's solo debut at age 37, but you've been probably been hearing him for years without knowing it: As a Nashville songwriter, he's written songs for nearly every big name in country…

  2. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Adult Pop Songs, Nate Ruess Debuts Solo

    March 02, 2015 5:25 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' takes over atop another tally, while Ruess arrives on his own with 'Nothing Without Your Love.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club…

  3. Gary Allan Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    January 30, 2013 10:35 AM EST Country singer Gary Allan notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as "Set You Free," his ninth studio album, debuts atop the list with 106,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It grants him his best sales week ever, surpassing the 99,000 start of "Tough All…

  4. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Dance/Club Play Songs: Chart Highlights

    January 28, 2013 3:19 PM EST Bieber scores his first leader on the list. Gary Allan, meanwhile, takes over top Country Airplay and Lady Antebellum soars onto the survey in with 'Downtown.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  5. Gary Allan Cracks Top 10, Cassadee Pope Has 'Stupid' Debut

    December 20, 2012 4:50 PM EST Gary Allan cracks the Country Airplay top 10 for the first time in exactly five years, as "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" leaps 12-9 in its 16th chart week. He most recently entered the upper tier when "Watching Airplanes" rose 13-10 on the chart dated Dec. 29, 2007 (this…

  6. Gary Allan Offers Free Song With Sandy Donation

    December 04, 2012 9:40 AM EST Many people in the northeast section of the United States have been affected by the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, and those events have moved country star Gary Allan beyond words - so he's trying to help with his music - and video. The clip for his latest single, "Every Storm …

  7. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Cruise Up Country Charts

    November 15, 2012 4:45 PM EST Greg Bates Scores First Country Airplay Top 10 With 'Did It for the Girl' Luke Bryan scores his fifth overall and third consecutive leader on the Country Airplay tally, as "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" steps 2-1, interrupting a two-week stand at the summit for Lee Brice's …

  8. Chart Highlights: Demi Lovato Leaps To No. 1 On Pop Songs

    September 03, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The singer/actress scores her first leader on the list with 'Give Your Heart a Break.' Plus, new No. 1s for Neon Trees, Usher and Little Big Town. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  9. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery in early August to remove a polyp on his…

  10. Sunny Sweeney Prepares For Country Throwdown Tour's Nashville Stop

    June 29, 2012 4:10 PM EDT The third annual Country Throwdown Tour Fired Up by Kingsford® has had fans clamoring for more at each stop, and as the tour prepares to come to a close with a July 8 Nashville stop at The Woods at Fontanel, the buzz is being heard all around Music City. Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Justin…

  11. Gary Allan's Next Album Will Be 'Super Rock, Super Up'

    June 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Country star Gary Allan is "deep into" his ninth album, and after tackling tough emotional terrain on 2007's "Living Hard" and 2010's "Get Off on the Pain" (both Top 5 on the Country and Billboard 200 charts) he promises this one will take a more…

  12. Bubbling Under: Marina & the Diamonds Shine

    June 08, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Marina & the Diamonds, Margo Rey, Florida Georgia Line and Michael Lynche Marina & the Diamonds While Marina & the…

  13. Justin Moore Embraces Tour With Blake Shelton

    March 09, 2012 6:00 PM EST Justin Moore has a very talented A&R staff at The Valory Music Group, the label for which he records. But, there's someone else who has a vested interest in his career that has a pretty good winning percentage as well -- his wife, Kate, who actually helped the Georgia native pick two…

  14. Sunny Sweeney's Challenge to Brad Paisley

    March 06, 2012 4:30 PM EST After Pranking Star on Last Day of Tour, Says 'Dude, Get Me Back' S unny Sweeney admits that the past couple of weeks would have to stand tall among the highlights of her career so far. After a 2011 to remember, where she entered the top ten on the singles chart for the first time…

  15. Lionel Richie, George Strait Light Up CRS in Nashville

    February 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST Day one of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar is in the books. The day started with the opening ceremonies at the Nashville Convention Center with the presentation of the annual Humanitarian Awards to stations in small, medium, and large markets following an opening keynote address by Bob Pittman…

  16. Trace Adkins Readies 'Proud To Be Here' In Wake of Home Fire

    August 01, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Although Trace Adkins' new album, "Proud to be Here," arrives Aug. 2 through Show Dog Universal, the Louisiana-born singer has other things on his mind. "It's really been hard," says Adkins, whose Brentwood, Tenn. home was destroyed by fire on June 4 . "I…

  17. Billboard, CMA Reteam For Country Music Summit

    February 18, 2011 9:00 AM EST The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Assn. (CMA), will take place June 6-7 in Nashville. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities.…

  18. Country Albums Rule Top Three on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 11:17 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party…

  19. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Luis Miguel

    September 30, 2010 2:45 PM EDT Country acts take center stage on this week's Hot Tours chart, claiming four of the top 10 slots on the list. Leading the pack at No. 1 is Brad Paisley who takes the top ranking with $4.5 million in box office grosses reported from eight dates on his H2O World Tour. All of this week'…

  20. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rihanna

    July 21, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'FALL' ARRIVES: Two of the four highest debuts on Billboard's Country Songs chart since the survey's adoption of Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990 belong to Kenny Chesney , as "The Boys of Fall" storms the chart at No. 17. (Country Songs will be refreshed…

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