1. Garth Brooks Tops Forbes' Highest-Paid Country Music Stars List

    July 12, 2017 10:05 AM EDT Garth Brooks has been touring nonstop since his Comeback tour kicked off in September 2014, and he’s still going strong to this day, inevitably pulling in a great deal of income from his many live shows. On Wednesday (July 12), Forbes  reported their findings for who the highest-paid country…

  2. Stephen Dorff Embodies Title Character in 'Wheeler,' His Ode to a City and Genre That Embraced His Dad and Late Brother

    February 02, 2017 12:26 PM EST Disguised beneath prosthetics, makeup and a wig that collectively took more than three hours to apply daily, Hollywood actor  Stephen Dorff  came to Nashville in February 2015 to make a film about an aspiring country music star. Shot in just two weeks, the movie,  Wheeler , employs only three…

  3. Sean Hannity's Inauguration Playlist: 'A Reminder That America Has Many Enemies That Want to Destroy Us'

    January 19, 2017 10:58 AM 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. Paul McCartney, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi & Kenny Chesney Ring in the New Year in St. Barts

    January 06, 2017 8:06 PM EST Paul McCartney was the star -- and the Energizer Bunny -- of the annual bacchanal that takes place on St. Barts between Christmas and New Year’s Day. After performing “Helter Skelter” with Brandon Flowers and The Killers at billionaire Roman Abramovich’s New Year’s Eve party, McCartney, 74,…

  5. Reba Stick Horses and Eric Church Ottomans: Your Guide to Country's Most Unique Holiday Gifts

    December 19, 2016 12:50 PM EST It’s holiday shopping time again. If you’re looking for something truly, er, memorable for the country music lover in your life, we’ve once again compiled our annual holiday shopping guide of the most unique items we could find, with picks ranging from the unusual to the truly weird that are…

  6. 12 Best Country Singles of 2016

    December 14, 2016 5:40 PM EST was definitely a year to remember in Nashville, as some of the best lyrics in quite some time actually gained favor with radio programmers. Whether it be Maren Morris  (country’s “It” girl) or Eric Church singing so profoundly about the impact that music has in our lives, Chris Janson…

  7. Taylor Swift & Kenny Chesney Donate to Tennessee Wildfire Funds

    December 09, 2016 5:58 PM EST Artists and organizations in Music City are stepping up to help their neighbors after devastating wildfires damaged about 2,500 buildings and caused 14 deaths in the Gatlinburg area. Country star Kenny Chesney and the Country Music Association announced Friday they are collectively donating …

  8. Jeezy Earns His Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Trap or Die 3'

    November 07, 2016 12:09 AM EST Plus: Kenny Chesney, Meek Mill & Avenged Sevenfold Debut at Nos. 2-4 Jeezy notches his third No. 1 album -- and eighth consecutive top 10 -- on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Trap or Die 3. The album, which was released on Oct. 28 through YJ/CTE/Def Jam Records, earned a…

  9. Kenny Chesney Takes Top Honors, Sony/ATV Wins for 15th Straight Year at BMI Country Awards

    November 02, 2016 5:15 AM EDT When Kenny Chesney receives the Pinnacle Award in front of millions during ABC’s Nov. 2 telecast of the Country Music Association Awards, the moment will recognize his ability to consistently pack stadiums and his standing as a four-time winner of the CMA’s entertainer of the year. But the…

  10. The CMA Awards' Golden Anniversary: 50 Years, 50 Highlights

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and even a former president are part of the trophy's history. From Jack Greene ’s triple play in the first year to Chris Stapleton ’s career-making appearance at the 49th installment, the Country Music Association Awards have become…

  11. Kenny Chesney's 'Cosmic Hallelujah' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 31, 2016 9:49 PM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney is on track for his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Sources say his latest release, Cosmic Hallelujah , could launch with over 80,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 3. The Billboard 200…

  12. From Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, The Stars' Most Memorable CMA Moments Across the Decades

    October 28, 2016 2:40 PM EDT On October 20, 1967, Bobbie Gentry -- fresh off of her career-defining smash “Ode To Billy Joe" -- joined fellow hitmaker Sonny James on stage at Nashville Municipal Auditorium to host the first Country Music Association Awards Banquet and Show. They presented 10 trophies in the non…

  13. Kenny Chesney's 'Cosmic Hallelujah' Has Arrived: Listen

    October 28, 2016 12:12 AM EDT Kenny Chesney fans rejoice: the country superstar is back with his new LP,  Cosmic Hallelujah . Chesney dropped his 17th album just before midnight. #CosmicHallelujah is out on @AppleMusic ... https://t.co/ba1inqV6Wu — Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) October 28, 2016 The 11-track set contains…

  14. Newcomer Luke Combs Blows Into Mainstream With 'Hurricane'

    October 25, 2016 3:05 PM EDT The Asheville indie artist gets deal with Sony as new country single racks up SiriusXM spins. Hurricane Matthew may have been a dominant part of the recent news cycle, but another “Hurricane” whirled into country music’s mainstream during the last week. River House recording artist  Luke…

  15. Morgan Wallen's Debut, 
'The Way I Talk,' Riffs on Accents

    October 06, 2016 10:47 AM EDT The label that launched Chris Lane introduces Wallen with a catchy, hooky country single. Three notes might well make Morgan Wallen a star. A simple little guitar riff is ... ahem ...  instrumental in the sound of “The Way I Talk,” Wallen’s debut single, which Big Loud released to radio via…

  16. Dierks Bentley & Elle King on Why 'Different for Girls' Is a Different Kind of Country Hit

    October 05, 2016 9:28 PM EDT "This is the song that I lost sleep about it being a single because I was scared people weren’t going to get it or it would be too much for people to handle," Bentley says. Dierks Bentley and Elle King took time to celebrate the success of their Country Airplay chart-topper …

  17. 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…

  18. Garth Brooks' SiriusXM Channel a Tech Toy With Some Big Advantages

    September 19, 2016 1:14 PM EDT The Garth Channel advances the country icon's life-long relationship with radio. During his commercial peak years in the 1990s, Garth Brooks was a staunch defender of country radio, famously resisting Capitol Records’ efforts to work his singles at top 40 and even promoting the medium in…

  19. Kenny Chesney & Pink's 'Setting the World on Fire' Soundtracks L.A. Romance in New Video: Watch

    September 16, 2016 8:35 PM EDT Kenny Chesney and Pink 's new duet "Setting the World on Fire" is the soundtrack to a whirlwind L.A. romance in its new music video.  Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean Ready Fall Albums In the black and white clip, a couple visits Los Angeles and tours the city'…

  20. 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…

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