1. Ryan Kinder Chases Risky Business With Soulful Single 'Close'

    February 16, 2017 11:54 AM EST The new country artist draws on Hootie, Kenny Wayne Shepherd in unique single. Most successful people can point to at least one or two moments in their lives that led to their winning stature, and invariably, those moments required them to jump off a proverbial cliff, not knowing how their…

  2. Country Newbies: RaeLynn, Brett Young and 6 More Artists to Watch in 2017

    January 19, 2017 1:51 PM EST Debut albums are on the way from a handful of new(ish) country acts. Hundreds, if not thousands, of hopeful country artists show up in Nashville every year, seeking that elusive opportunity to slip their names onto the tongues of an increasing fan base. While it’s easier than ever to record…

  3. Fox News Anchor Bret Baier's Donald Trump Inauguration Playlist Includes Johnny Cash's 'The Wall'

    January 17, 2017 6:09 PM EST For the week leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump,  Billboard  asked the hosts and anchors of some of cable news' most-watched shows to put together inauguration playlists -- their personal soundtracks for the Jan. 20 ceremony and the next four years. Today'…

  4. Sam Hunt, FGL Loom Large in Country Music's Embrace of Streaming in 2016

    January 13, 2017 11:14 AM EST Country album sales continued their annual downward trajectory, though Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" became the first country set in three years to sell 1 million. When executives look back on shifts in country music in future years, they might well point to 2016 as the moment…

  5. Loretta Lynn to Be Subject of New Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

    January 11, 2017 8:52 AM EST As part of a weeklong rollout of new exhibition announcements, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will reveal today that Loretta Lynn will be the subject of a major exhibit set to open Aug. 25.   Lynn, whose life story was told in the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning 1980…

  6. 'Summertime' in Fall: Jason Aldean Sizzles Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 22, 2016 2:26 PM EST Jason Aldean banks his 16th No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 3), as "A Little More Summertime" ascends 2-1. The song increases by 1 percent to 47.1 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. Aldean earns his second No. 1 from his seventh…

  7. CBS Radio Attracts Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and Others for Stars and Strings Benefit Show

    November 09, 2016 10:35 AM EST If there was a lucky number for CBS Radio’s upcoming  Stars and Strings  benefit show, it would be 11. That’s precisely how many acts there are on the bill, and contest winners from all 11 of the chain’s country stations will be in attendance. And while the show takes place Nov. 9, its focus…

  8. 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…

  9. 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 …

  10. Shawn Mendes Earns Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Illuminate'

    October 02, 2016 11:44 PM EDT Pop singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Illuminate . The set, which was released on Sept. 23 through Island Records, earned 145,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 29, according to Nielsen Music. It also…

  11. Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Among Country Acts Who Take Business Beyond Music

    September 26, 2016 1:13 PM EDT Musicians view the years they spend in the honky-tonks as paying their dues for the music business. As it turns out, all that very specific training sets them up to succeed in other industries, too. Toby Keith owns dozens of racehorses, developed his own brand of wild mezcal and licensed his…

  12. Jason Aldean Scores Fifth No. 1 on Top Country Albums; Dierks Bentley & Elle King Crown Country Airplay

    September 20, 2016 9:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean 's seventh full-length album, They Don't Know , marks his third straight to bow atop both the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts. On the Oct. 1-dated lists, the set launches with 138,000 equivalent album units on the former and 131,000 in pure sales…

  13. Jason Aldean Achieves Third Straight No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 18, 2016 3:00 PM EDT Plus: a quartet of rockin' new top 10 debuts from Bastille, The Head and the Heart, The Beatles and Jack White. Jason Aldean earns his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with arrival of They Don’t Know . The set, which was released on Sept. 9 through Macon/Broken Bow Records,…

  14. CMA's 'Forever Country' Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen

    September 16, 2016 7:24 PM EDT The 50th Annual CMA Awards' celebratory star-studded spectacle of a song "Forever Country" was released Friday (Sept. 16) and it includes 30 of the genre's biggest names of past and present fame.  The song pays tribute to country music's legacy by combining John…

  15. Jason Aldean Works Back to His Core Sound With 'They Don't Know'

    September 13, 2016 11:01 AM EDT Jason Aldean  had plenty of cause for head-scratching. On Aug. 30, the Academy of Country Music started its annual ACM Honors by presenting him the Triple Crown, a cumulative trophy that recognizes acts that have been named new artist, vocalist and entertainer of the year. He’s only the…

  16. Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan & More Are 2016 CMT Artists of the Year

    September 13, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Carrie Underwood , Chris Stapleton , Florida Georgia Line , Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett will be named this year's CMT artists of the year at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year special, premiering from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET.  Chris Stapleton, Eric…

  17. Jason Aldean Set to Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With 'They Don't Know'

    September 12, 2016 9:21 PM EDT Country star Jason Aldean is on course for his third straight No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry forecasters suggest his new effort, They Don’t Know , could earn around 135,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 15. (Perhaps 130,000 of that might be in traditional…

  18. ACM, CMA Out Of Sync When It Comes to Jason Aldean

    September 12, 2016 2:22 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's omission from the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year nominees raised plenty of eyebrows on Music Row. He was, after all, named the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year just five months ago, and a huge portion of the CMA electorate…

  19. Jason Aldean Withholding New Album From All Streaming Services For One Month

    August 25, 2016 2:34 PM EDT Jason Aldean was one of the 16 original artist-owners of Jay Z 's Tidal presented at the company's U.S. re-launch in March 2015. However, when the country superstar releases his seventh solo album, They Don't Know , on Sept. 9 via Broken Bow Records, you won’t be able to find…

  20. That Ain't No Shed! Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and More Country Stars With Palatial Party Barns

    August 03, 2016 4:15 PM EDT L ast summer, while he was planning the bash to fete his fifth album, Kill the Lights , country crooner Luke Bryan , 40, didn’t scout just any private, A-list locale. Rather, he brought the party to him, drawing 100 music industry insiders to an expansive, tricked-out barn that he had…

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