1. Darius Rucker Eyeing Rap Collab…And a Hootie Reunion

    April 08, 2015 2:09 AM EDT Nelly and Florida Georgia Line . Ludacris and Jason Aldean . Darius Rucker and Jay Z ? The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned-country singer says he's hoping to jump on a song with a rapper. "I don't have much left on my bucket list. One of the things that I'm…

  2. Jerrod Niemann on Life After 'Lover, Lover': 'People Singing Along -- That Never Gets Old'

    January 23, 2015 5:31 PM EST It's been almost five years since Jerrod Niemann hit the top of the charts with "Lover, Lover." Though the singer has written the bulk of his material, his first hit was actually a song that he and his sister Amy had been fans of for a few years. "We grew up in a…

  3. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  4. Jerrod Niemann Talks New Album, Lee Brice: 'He's Saved My Neck More Than I Realize'

    March 21, 2014 6:19 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jerrod Niemann and you will find a performer who can quote country lyrics from album cuts from the 1970s or 1980s. But, just because he cherishes the history of the format doesn't mean that he feels compelled to be a clone of the artists he grew up admiring.…

  5. Keith Urban Embarks on Raise 'Em Up Tour This Summer

    March 08, 2014 4:32 PM EST After concluding his judging gig on "American Idol," Keith Urban will hit the road in North America this summer -- with the Raise 'Em Up tour. According to Radio.com , Urban plans to play multiple shows in the United States and Canada beginning in July, with shows stretching to…

  6. Jerrod Niemann Announces New Album, 'High Noon'

    January 24, 2014 9:43 PM EST The country singer's third major label release will drop March 25 While his new single "Drink to That All Night" climbs the Hot 100 and country charts, Jerrod Niemann has confirmed his third major label release for March. "High Noon," the follow-up to 2012's …

  7. Delta Country Jam Bringing Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler to Mississippi

    August 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT One doesn't need much of a history lesson about the Mississippi Delta region to know that music is a huge part of the area. Harbor Entertainment's Drew Dedo is well aware of this fact, and is excited to be helping celebrate that heritage with the Delta Country Jam , slated for…

  8. CMT Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV

    June 06, 2013 2:08 AM EDT The Color Purple: The red carpet is clearly passé. The Academy of Country Music used to have an orange rug, the Country Music Assn. favors black, and the CMTs – you’re lookin’ at purple. What shade of purple? That was up for debate. Kip Moore said it was “dark purple,” Katie Armiger…

  9. Jerrod Niemann Shines on 'Free the Music'

    October 02, 2012 4:35 PM EDT When Jerrod Niemann began the process of recording his new album "Free The Music," he decided to go back to school, in a sense. He wanted to seek an answer to the much asked question "What is country music?" To find the answer, he revisited the music of some of those who…

  10. Gloriana Rocks Nashville Summer Beats Concert

    July 31, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Series landed in Music City on Monday with a rollicking, hip-shaking set courtesy of country upstarts Gloriana . The event, held at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom, served as a showcase of some of the most exciting new acts in country music…

  11. Watch Gloriana Rock Billboard & Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert

    July 30, 2012 9:00 PM EDT The July 30 Nashville showcase also included country hit-makers Jana Kramer, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and Randy Houser Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Series landed in Music City on Monday with a rollicking, hip-shaking set courtesy of country upstarts Gloriana . Tonight&…

  12. Jerrod Niemann Escapes Tour Bus Fire

    March 07, 2012 3:00 PM EST Country singer Jerrod Niemann and everyone aboard his tour bus are safe after the vehicle burned in Chattanooga, Tenn. Niemann tweeted to fans that he would look like movie villain Freddy Kruger if a companion hadn't stepped off the bus to check it Tuesday night. Niemann had wrapped up a…

  13. Miranda Lambert to Make Acting Debut on 'Law & Order: SVU'

    January 10, 2012 8:15 AM EST She may be the tough girl who sings about "Gunpowder and Lead," but CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert will try out a different role when she's the victim on an upcoming episode of the NBC series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." "Y'all, I&…

  14. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcomers Thompson Square , who scored seven…

  15. Jerrod Niemann Eyes Summer 2012 for 'Groove-Driven' Next Album

    May 21, 2011 9:43 AM EDT Chart-topping country singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann has targeted the summer of 2012 for his second major label album -- the follow-up to last year's "Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury" -- and he promises that it's "definitely going to be another concept record. …

  16. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Carlos Santana, Blue Man Group

    February 03, 2011 3:03 PM EST CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley tops the Hot Tours chart with the first totals reported from his H2O Frozen Over Tour that kicked off on Jan. 20 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. From the tour's first seven venues, three in the U.S. and four in Canada, revenue exceeded $4…

  17. Gwyneth Paltrow Talks 'Country Strong' At Premiere

    November 09, 2010 8:04 AM EST Gwyneth Paltrow learned to play guitar and immersed herself in country music to pull off her latest role. Paltrow told the Associated Press at the world premiere of "Country Strong" on Monday (Nov. 8) in Nashville, Tenn., that she wanted her portrayal of a superstar singer to be as…

  18. Extreme Makeovers: Billboard Charts Edition, Part 2

    October 13, 2010 11:15 AM EDT In recent years, from songs performed by "American Idol" contestants to tracks that have spurred the "Glee" cast's assault on Billboard's record books , inventive remakes have regularly infused the Hot 100. Most notably, the "Glee" ensemble has covered…

  19. Extreme Makeovers: Billboard Charts Edition, Part 1

    October 12, 2010 11:15 AM EDT In recent years, from songs performed by "American Idol" contestants to tracks that have spurred the "Glee" cast's assault on Billboard's record books , inventive remakes have regularly infused the Hot 100. Most notably, the "Glee" ensemble has covered…

  20. That's How Country Boys (And Girls) Roll

    August 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'GOOD' JOB, JERROD: Billboard's Country Songs chart, to be refreshed, along with all surveys, Thursday on billboard.com, sports several notable feats this week, beginning at the summit. Jerrod Niemann notches his first No. 1, as "Lover, Lover" lifts 3-1. With the…

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