1. Nashville Exec Joe Galante Receives Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award

    February 11, 2015 7:40 PM EST A pack of country A-listers -- including Kenny Chesney , Sara Evans , Ronnie Dunn , Phil Vassar , Ronnie Milsap , K.T. Oslin , Kix Brooks , Lorrie Morgan and Kellie Pickler -- hit the Grand Ole Opry stage Tuesday night to pay tribute to legendary label exec Joe Galante as he received the Bob…

  2. Exclusive Album Premiere: Aaron Watson's 'The Underdog'

    February 10, 2015 5:30 PM EST One week from today, country traditionalist Aaron Watson will release of his 12th album, The Underdog. In an exclusive interview with Billboard , the singer said that much of the album has autobiographical tones, particularly "Fence Post." "That song is kind of like a…

  3. Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley Teams With Cracker Barrel for 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

    January 27, 2015 5:49 PM EST Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has just partnered up with Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for the new collection Man of Constant Sorrow: Ralph Stanley & Friends, and the singer told Billboard that he's very humbled to be working with the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain. …

  4. 10 Hot Country Artists to Watch in 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:30 AM EST From female country stars-in-waiting Mickey Guyton and Lauren Jenkins to duo Native Run, find out the country artists to watch for in 2015.  Mickey Guyton Simply put, she's at the head of the class. A series of showcases at Nashville club 3rd and Lindsley helped to spread the word…

  5. Tomorrow's Hits: Bea Miller, Jackie Lee, Sofia Reyes

    September 26, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Bea Miller Fifteen-year-old Bea Miller bubbles under the Adult Pop Songs chart with the pure-pop "Young Blood," her debut single…

  6. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  7. Joe Nichols Gets 'Awkward' at CMA Week Event

    June 06, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The 2014 CMA Music Festival is off and running, with many artists already having held their annual fan club parties. For Red Bow recording artist Joe Nichols, the day marked an opportunity to get up close and personal with over 300 of his fans with a party at Nashville's The Listening…

  8. 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,…

  9. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  10. Avicii Goes Country: 'Hey Brother' With 'Less Thump' Crosses Over on Radio

    March 21, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Swedish DJ Avicii makes his introduction to Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Hey Brother" bows at No. 59.  Avicii … country? Certain country programmers say that despite Avicii's status as one of EDM's cornerstones, the bluegrass-tinged "Hey Brother"…

  11. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert Pop Corks On Country Charts

    March 06, 2014 4:54 PM EST The former's 'Riser' shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the latter's 'Bottoms Up' is the toast of Hot Country Songs Dierks Bentley nets his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "Riser" arrives with 63,000 sold, according…

  12. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  13. 'Simply Bluegrass' DVD Takes Flight After Ricky Skaggs Gets On Board

    December 10, 2013 11:40 AM EST Fans of bluegrass music will be excited about the recent taping of "Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass," a DVD collection that will feature many of the masters of the genre – as well as many of the format's most exciting newcomers like super duo Dailey & Vincent and…

  14. Ricky Skaggs Talks Memoir, Keith Whitley and His Hall of Fame Prospects

    October 31, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Country music legend Ricky Skaggs has been doing quite a bit of reminiscing as of late – especially with the recent release of his autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music." The singer tells Billboard that he's happy to have the book available to the public. …

  15. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Joanna Smith 'Friends' You

    October 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Joanna Smith says growing up in a rural swath of South Georgia was the perfect place to fall in love with music. "There's not much else to do," she tells Billboard with a laugh. "Where I grew up was so rural, it took me about thirty minutes to get to a McDonalds. The town…

  17. 615 Spotlight: Tim Culpepper Pours on the 'Pain'

    September 28, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Pop Tim Culpepper's "Pourin' Whiskey On Pain" album into your music player of choice, and you just might be taken back to the winter months of 1986, when a young Kentucky native on RCA Records named Keith Whitley was first hitting with "Miami, My Amy." If it does…

  18. 615 Spotlight: Due West 'Doin' Things' on Country Charts

    June 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT This week, we shine the spotlight on someone we've been watching for a while in the 615 -- the trio Due West. Comprised of Matt Lopez, Tim Gates, and Brad Hull, the guys have steadily making their name known to country radio and fans since the release of their very first single, "I…

  19. Tim McGraw Signs With Big Machine

    May 21, 2012 3:15 PM EDT There are a lot of places in Music City to come together on a deal. It could be a boardroom, an attorney's office, or even the posh Palm Restaurant downtown. For Tim McGraw and Scott Borchetta, who announced Tim's signing to the Big Machine label Monday morning, the agreement…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruce Springsteen, Big Time Rush, Pitbull

    March 17, 2012 2:15 PM EDT The Boss scores his 10th No. 1 album, Big Time Rush are a fab four and Pitbull unleashes his first Dance/Club Play Songs leader as a lead artist. SUPER 'BALL': TENTH TIME NOT FROZEN OUT OF NO. 1: With his new leader, Springsteen expands his span of commanding the Billboard 200 to 31…

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