1. Frankie Ballard's Smokin' 'Cigarette' Owes Sexy Vibe to Three Fellow Artists

    September 02, 2016 1:00 PM EDT Kip Moore, Chris Stapleton, The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston are behind the track. It opens with a brash electric guitar, carving out the offbeats with a massive echo. Frankie Ballard ’s “Cigarette” has a bold, in-your-face tone made by just a handful of musicians, and it provides a…

  2. Dog Days Ain't Over, Yet: Country Business Cycles Through Hot Tour Season

    August 19, 2016 12:24 PM EDT After Kip Moore headlined an outdoor concert on Aug. 10 and spent a late night in the studio the following evening, he struggled to get out of bed on Aug. 12. "I'm a whipped dude right now," he confessed during a late-morning phone call. Moore is on his way to a fifth…

  3. Radio Station's 'Worst Interview Ever' Series Lives Up to Its Name

    August 18, 2016 9:04 AM EDT Country artists are routinely interviewed while visiting radio stations and have become accustomed to a certain level of professionalism during those on-air chats with personalities. So imagine the stars’ surprise when they find themselves being grilled on camera by a sweaty, awkward and…

  4. Forever On Hold: When Bad Phone Messages Happen to Good Radio Promo Reps

    June 23, 2016 12:46 PM EDT Record-label promotion reps spend dozens of hours every week calling radio programmers to talk up their records, but those calls don’t always go exactly as planned. In fact, they sometimes go comically awry, especially when the reps are trying to leave compelling messages. Many veteran record…

  5. Kip Moore on Touring With Miranda Lambert and Why He's a 'Madman When It Comes to Music'

    May 13, 2016 1:33 PM EDT Kip Moore  has lost his voice and he's fine with it. The country singer is sitting on a sofa at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles sounding raspier than usual. He’s just wrapped up five sold-out theater dates in the U.K. and Ireland in seven days. After each show, he would give a free,…

  6. Steven Tyler, Brett Eldredge and George Ezra to Appear on the New Season of 'Front and Center': Exclusive

    January 20, 2016 11:10 AM EST Front and Center , the concert series that airs nationwide on public television, is back and now on its sixth season.  Launched in the spring of 2012, the hour-long music program -- which has has brought concert footage from Grammy-winning rock and country stars including  Keith Urban , …

  7. Mary Hilliard Harrington Joins Red Light Management Team: Exclusive

    December 15, 2015 4:20 PM EST Red Light Management is beefing up its already significant Nashville presence with the hiring of Mary Hilliard Harrington in a senior management capacity. Harrington, who begins her new role effective in early January, brings four additional employees along as her team. Harrington and Red…

  8. Kip Moore Talks New Music He's Written Since 'Wild Ones': Alt In Our Stars Podcast

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Out promoting his Springsteen-esque country-rock album Wild Ones , Kip Moore hopped on the podcast for a revealing talk with host Chris Payne. Moore shifted through locations and aspirations for years before settling on music, and even then, fought long and hard to secure a life in Nashville.…

  9. Before '1989,' Did Any Identical Album Titles Share Space in the Top 10?

    October 02, 2015 10:45 AM EDT With Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift in the Billboard 200 top 10 together, how rare is it for two like-titled albums to rank in the region simultaneously? With Ryan Adams ' song-for-song remake of Taylor Swift 's 1989 debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 (dated Oct. 10), a…

  10. Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood and Other Georgia Natives Rep for Their Home State -- From Most Influential Artists to Presidential Connections

    July 23, 2015 1:09 PM EDT These Georgia natives are all quick to credit other local acts from James Brown to Alan Jackson to Outkast with making the state’s reputation as a cradle for American music of all stripes. “Just in my hometown” of Macon, says Jason Aldean , “you had the Allman Brothers , Otis Redding and…

  11. Darius Rucker, Clay Walker & More Bulk Up CMA Benefits

    June 04, 2015 9:19 PM EDT Less than a week before the benefits take place, Darius Rucker and Clay Walker have unveiled the guest list for their annual fundraising shows -- both to be held in the days leading up to the CMA Music Festival.  The Darius Rucker & Friends concert on June 8 at Nashville's Wildhorse…

  12. Kip Moore Talks 'Authentic' Second Album: 'If You're Chasing Something, You're Already F---in' Behind'

    May 13, 2015 4:14 PM EDT After a long absence, the country star surprised fans in NYC for a Pepsi event. Just how long have fans of Kip Moore been waiting for the follow-up to the country rock breakout's 2012 debut Up All Night ? When the 35-year-old singer surprised a small group of devoted fans on a tour bus…

  13. Dierks Bentley Recruits Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Charles Kelley for '90s Cover Band

    February 26, 2015 9:58 PM EST As the annual Country Radio Seminar industry conference that kicked off in Nashville Wednesday night, there was one much hyped band performing with a name few recognized.  Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations That was a 1990s cover band led by Dierks Bentley ,…

  14. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas , which has a…

  15. Kip Moore Talks Intense New Single, Upcoming Tour With Tim McGraw

    May 07, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Kip Moore was in the mood to talk Nashville, his new single, and Tim McGraw's b-ball skills ahead of a super-intimate gig for Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers over the weekend at the Listening Room. "This city is exploding," he said. "I was talking about it the other…

  16. Voting for ACM Entertainer, New Artist Awards Now Live

    March 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Voting for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award is now open online. The distinction, which is awarded to the highest vote-getter at the ACM Awards in April, can now be contested at the ceremony's website . Related Articles ACM Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda…

  17. Kip Moore Eyes Spring Launch for Second Album, Says 'It's Not Going to Be for Everybody'

    January 07, 2014 2:45 PM EST Kip Moore is hoping for a spring release for his sophomore album, which the country hitmaker promises will "only be stronger" than his 2012 debut, "Up All Night." "It's a very, very intense record," Moore tells Billboard. "I feel like the first…

  18. Kip Moore Tees Up 'Young Love' as Next Single

    October 22, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Kip Moore has had an undeniable streak of success as of late, as his string of successes has resulted in a nomination for the New Artist Of The Year prize at the upcoming 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. The singer has just announced that "Young Love" will be the lead…

  19. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  20. Kip Moore Begins Work on 'Intense' Second Album

    August 27, 2013 4:05 PM EDT The past couple of years have seen plenty of things for Kip Moore to write home about. He has enjoyed success with three straight hits, "Something 'Bout A Truck," "Beer Money," and his latest "Hey, Pretty Girl." Moore and his label, MCA Nashville,…

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