1. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  2. Kenny Chesney Preps for 'Big Revival' After Massive Flora-Bama Concert

    August 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Kenny Chesney only performed one concert this year -- this weekend's Flora-Bama-Jama -- but it proved to be the party of the summer. Chesney brought his hits to the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge in Pensacola on Saturday, attracting more than 40,000 people -- some coming from as far away as…

  3. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) and includes new…

  4. Kenny Chesney to Perform Free Concert At Flora-Bama

    August 16, 2014 10:46 AM EDT About 50,000 people are expected to attend the free show on the beach. Country music fans are taking over the Alabama coast this weekend for a free Kenny Chesney concert. Kenny Chesney Unveils 'The Big Revival' Album Cover: Exclusive Kenny Chesney Teases Music Video For New Song …

  5. Exclusive: Chase Rice Talks Making It Despite Label Execs and Critics

    August 15, 2014 6:56 PM EDT This Tuesday marks a momentous date in the life and career of Chase Rice . The singer will release his third full-length disc, Ignite The Night , on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records. It also marks the birth anniversary of his late father, Daniel. Coincidence? Think again. "We…

  6. Tim McGraw Scores 50th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    August 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The star marks a major milestone, while wife Faith Hill makes a triumphant return to the top 10 herself. As Tim McGraw 's "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," featuring wife Faith Hill , jumps 11-7 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, each artist celebrates notable…

  7. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Tribute Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Kenny Rogers: Through The Years , a new exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary entertainer. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee's career will be celebrated with a wide array of artifacts, including a Tony Alamo denim outfit…

  8. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  9. Usher’s New Look Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary with All-Star Luncheon

    August 01, 2014 12:28 AM EDT Usher said he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the amount of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th anniversary luncheon. Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among more than 450 attendees at foundation's President's…

  10. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  11. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  12. Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Top Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Country Artists

    July 28, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Other acts on Forbes' Country Cash Kings 2014 tally include Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney Toby Keith tops Forbes’ annual list of country music’s highest paid artists for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $65 million. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen,…

  13. Asher Roth, 'Parties at the Disco' Feat. ZZ Ward: Exclusive Video Premiere

    July 25, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Asher Roth takes us on a psychedelic journey in the new music video for "Parties at the Disco." The video, directed by Kenny Koller, features an appearance by the song's special guest, ZZ Ward . Check out the video below, premiered here on The Juice: "'Parties at the…

  14. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  15. Jason Aldean: 'Burn It Down' Tour Review

    July 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour gives the singer a chance to do things in a big way – and he took full advantage of that on Saturday (July 19) night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a bill that saw a possible trio of nominees for the upcoming CMA Entertainer of…

  16. Uncle Kracker's 'Endlessly': Exclusive Song Premiere (Listen)

    July 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The major label world is beckoning to Uncle Kracker again. The former Kid Rock hype man and Top 10 hitmaker ("Follow Me," "Drift Away," "Smile," "When the Sun Goes Down" with Kenny Chesney) has signed a new deal with Lava/Republic Records,…

  17. Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Meets Swift Demise on Broadway

    July 14, 2014 8:42 PM EDT After opening to disastrous business and poor reviews on June 19, the urban rap musical inspired by the lyrics and poetry of Tupac Shakur will close next Sunday. The 2014-15 Broadway season is barely underway, but it already has a major casualty that seems likely to earn a place among the…

  18. Kenny Chesney Unveils 'The Big Revival' Album Cover: Exclusive

    July 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "I wanted an album cover that was surprising," says the country giant on his new album. Country superstar Kenny Chesney will return this September with a new studio album, "The Big Revival," and the veteran singer-songwriter has revealed the upcoming full-length's…

  19. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  20. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

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