1. Johnny Cash's 'Sunday Morning' Dawns Again In Modern Country

    October 05, 2015 8:16 PM EDT Keith Urban, Eric Church & Michael Ray reference Kristofferson song in 2015 singles. A dozen years after Johnny Cash ’s death, he has become something of a mythical figure. Heidi Newfield ’s “Johnny and June,” Jason Aldean ’s “Johnny Cash,” George Strait ’s album cut “House of Cash” and…

  2. Thomas Rhett Talks Heading Down His 'Own Lane' With 'Tangled Up'

    October 05, 2015 7:39 PM EDT Sophomore album plays up country singer's R&B influences. After scoring the first two of the three major hits from his debut album, Thomas Rhett worried that he might become pigeonholed as someone who was making music “in the same vein as a lot of what a lot of my buddies were doing…

  3. Little Big Town Talk Nerves and Laughs Ahead of CMA Music Festival TV Special

    August 04, 2015 2:01 AM EDT Little Big Town are seasoned professionals -- when it comes to performing. Their interview skills, however, are something else entirely. The band serves as the host of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock , tonight on ABC, and Kimberly Schlapman said there were a few last minute…

  4. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jason Aldean's 'Boots' Album Hits 1 Million Sold

    July 31, 2015 9:34 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 chart ( dated Aug. 1 ), Future notched his first No. 1 album with the chart-topping arrival of DS2 . The rapper’s set moved 151,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Eric Church's '…

  5. Garth Brooks Tops Forbes' Country Earners List

    July 30, 2015 12:50 PM EDT Garth Brooks has been crowned the king of  Forbes ’ annual “Country Cash Kings” list, following the icon’s first tour in over a decade. According to their calculations, Brooks has earned $90 million since last June, a record tally for a country act.  Brooks did those kinds of numbers by…

  6. Neil Young & 10 More Artists Saying No to Streaming

    July 29, 2015 9:08 PM EDT While some acts ban all streaming, others are sticking to just one service. Two weeks after writing an anti-streaming Facebook post, Neil Young has pulled the majority of his music from streaming services. On July 15, Young let his fans know that "streaming has ended for me" -- not…

  7. Nashville's Biggest Songwriters Speak Out About the Lack of Women on Country Radio and the Songs They Wish They Wrote

    July 23, 2015 12:02 PM EDT Hitmakers are the lifeblood of country music. “Songwriting is sort of a 9-to-5 job in Nashville,” says Michael Dulaney, who has collaborated on singles with  Tanya Tucker and Jason Aldean . Unlike in other genres, where artists and producers disappear into studios or rented mansions for…

  8. Holding Country Airplay's Top Spot Again, Blake Shelton's 'Sangria' Proves Country Isn't 'Dry'

    July 07, 2015 1:57 PM EDT Cheers to Blake Shelton 's "Sangria," which holds the No. 1 spot for a second week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 18). The content of the lyrics - drinking - has certainly been one of the major themes in country music since the very beginning. However,…

  9. Major Country in Major Cities: Behind New York's FarmBorough and Chicago's Lake Shake

    June 30, 2015 6:08 PM EDT New York’s FarmBorough, Chicago’s Lake Shake both launch successfully, as Live Nation brings country music fests to major markets. Live Nation’s country music division barnstormed the major markets of Chicago and New York on consecutive weekends, launching Lake Shake in the former and…

  10. The 10 Best Shania Twain Songs

    June 30, 2015 2:45 PM EDT Shania Twain 's farewell tour kicks off this week, which makes it a good time to attempt to pick the ten greatest Twain songs. This might actually be mathematically impossible -- it would be difficult to even pick the ten strongest tracks on Come On Over , her 1997 masterpiece. So this…

  11. 250-300 People Kicked Out of Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean Concert

    June 23, 2015 3:10 PM EDT Police say as many as 300 people were kicked out of country music stars Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean 's concert at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin. Press-Gazette Media reports that between 250 and 300 people were tossed from Saturday's concert, compared to the average of 25 ejections…

  12. CMT Awards 2015: All the Performances Ranked Best to Worst

    June 10, 2015 11:40 PM EDT This year's CMT Awards offered a slew of exciting numbers from veterans and up-and-comers, a skit with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a brave inter-genre collaboration. Even more exciting, a number of singers played new singles for the first time on national television.  Here's…

  13. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's First Post-Baby Appearance and More Surprises in…

  14. CMT Awards 2015 Performers: Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood & Florida Georgia Line on the Bill

    May 19, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Luke Bryan , Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line are among the first set of performers set to take the stage at the CMT Awards on June 10, CMT announced Tuesday (May 19). Jason Aldean , Keith Urban , Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum will also perform at the awards, which will…

  15. 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…

  16. ACM Awards 2015: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big

    April 20, 2015 12:17 AM EDT In what has become the norm for country music award shows, the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards could aptly be titled the " Miranda Lambert Show" as the superstar bagged a haul that included song of the year, album of the year, and a record-setting sixth consecutive nod…

  17. ACM Awards Predictions: Who Will Win?

    April 17, 2015 5:29 PM EDT There’s an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas. The world of country music will get a taste of that Lone Star hospitality as the 50 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this coming Sunday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Billboard takes a look at the…

  18. Sam Hunt Rates a Perfect 10 Atop Hot Country Songs With 'Take Your Time'

    April 16, 2015 4:58 PM EDT The song becomes just the 16th No. 1 all-time to reign for at least 10 weeks. Plus, moves for Billy Currington & Thomas Rhett. Sam Hunt 's "Take Your Time" does just that atop Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart (dated April 25), as it appears to be in no…

  19. Zac Brown Band Is Back 'Home' Atop Country Airplay Chart

    March 31, 2015 2:00 PM EDT 'Homegrown,' the lead country single from the band's upcoming album, is its 11th No. 1. Zac Brown Band completes its fastest flight to No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated April 11), as the pop-flavored traditional country "Homegrown" rises 3-1…

  20. Jason Aldean Marries Brittany Kerr: Get the Details

    March 21, 2015 8:20 PM EDT Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr are officially man and wife. The couple said "I do" on Saturday (March 21) in Mexico. Among the wedding guests were Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson as well as Aldean's daughters from his previous marriage, Keeley and Kendyl. "This is the…

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