1. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  2. 'Uncle' Si Robertson Releases 'Smokin Hot' EP, Talks 'Duck Dynasty'

    June 17, 2014 10:06 AM EDT After the amazing success of the 2013 holiday collection "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," it should come as no surprise that one of TV's most popular families have ventured into the studio once again. This time, the musical spotlight shines brightly upon "…

  3. Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch Headlining Rocklahoma 2014

    February 12, 2014 9:15 PM EST Twisted Sister, Motorhead also set to perform this May Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and Motorhead are among the headliners of this year's Rocklahoma. In its eighth iteration, the Oklahoma rock festival will bring in a score of top artists in the genre, following up past…

  4. Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 22, 2014 11:51 AM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Brooks & Dunn won best country vocal performance by a duo or group for 1996's "My Maria." RONNIE DUNN: “I was hesitant to record ‘My Maria’—it had…

  5. Kix Brooks Takes Turn as Leading Man in 'Ambush At Dark Canyon'

    November 11, 2013 4:50 PM EST Kix Brooks says there's an undeniable tie between the average country music demographic and westerns. "I think a lot of us grew up being fans of westerns and those old TV shows," he related to Billboard. "It's the cowboy hat, jeans, and boots, and it goes along with…

  6. Thomas Rhett's Year Keeps Getting Better With 'It Goes Like This'

    October 25, 2013 1:30 PM EDT It's a pretty safe bet that Thomas Rhett was within earshot of a radio this past weekend, as "American Country Countdown" host Kix Brooks announced the Georgia native as the owner of nation's top country song, in terms of radio airplay, with his latest release, "It…

  7. Luke Bryan Leads Country Songs, Albums Charts

    September 12, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Bryan is the first male artist to top the charts simultaneously since 2004. Plus, Florida Georgia Line is off to a start not seen since 1992 with new single "Round Here" Luke Bryan leads Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts for a fourth straight week,…

  8. Summer OilPatch Festival: Roy Clark on Keeping It 'Fresh' at 80

    July 08, 2013 2:45 PM EDT The Fourth of July is always a cause for celebration, and nobody takes that any more seriously than Rick and Myrna Sellers. The Oklahoma businessman and his wife throw open the gates of their ranch just outside of Drumright each year to over 10,000 people each year for the Summer OilPatch…

  9. Tornado Benefit Spikes Blake Shelton Sales

    June 06, 2013 5:01 PM EDT The singer's 'Based on a True Story…' returns to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after last week's charity concert. Plus, the reign of Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' continues and Tim McGraw ties a Country Airplay record Blake Shelton's May 29 "…

  10. Chart Highlights: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Take 'Highway' To No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 03, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Seven years after Swift arrived with "Tim McGraw" - the song - the pair rules Country Airplay. Plus, Capital Cities take over atop Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  11. Chart Highlights: One Direction's 'Little Things' Makes Big Pop Songs Start

    December 03, 2012 5:30 PM EST 'Little Things,' from the boy band's No. 1 Billboard 200 album 'Take Me Home,' enters the radio airplay chart at No. 35. Plus, Florida Georgia Line rules Country Airplay on its first try. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  12. Songwriters Hall of Fame: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Honor the Greats

    October 08, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter among the honorees in Nashville. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Cohn, Bekka Bramlett and J. Fred Knobloch were among those paying tribute Sunday night (Oct.7) as Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Arata were…

  13. Chart Highlights: 'Whistle' To 'Blow': Flo Rida, P!nk No. 1

    September 10, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The Sunshine State rapper tops Pop Songs with 'Whistle,' while P!nk powers to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs with 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss).' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  14. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  15. Win Watershed Music Festival Tickets

    July 24, 2012 6:00 PM EDT The Watershed Music Festival is shaping up to be one of summer's biggest parties, with a lineup that is one of the strongest of any of the country music festivals around. Taking place August 3-5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., Watershed is set to feature a versatile…

  16. OilPatch Festival Leaves Kix Brooks Full

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 'One-of-a-Kind' Free Country Festival Draws Thousands to Drumright, Okla. Drumright, Okla. sits nestled in between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. With a population of 2,907, one would not think the town would be the center of the region not even for a day. However, thanks to the…

  17. Kix Brooks Reboots Solo Career With 'New to This Town'

    July 09, 2012 12:45 PM EDT "I'm ready to get it out there," singer tells Billboard of first solo effort since end of duo Brooks & Dunn Kix Brooks finally has a date, but not that kind of date. Arista Nashville recently announced that Brooks' new album, "New to This Town," would be…

  18. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  19. Watershed Festival: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert to Kick Off New Event

    April 27, 2012 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and promoter Brian O'Connell are leading the charge for a new country festival where the music and atmosphere will rival the serene, natural beauty of the landscape. Watershed Music Festival will take place August 3, 4 and 5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre east…

  20. Ronnie Dunn's Solo Move: 'It's Going to Take More Than a Year'

    March 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT When Ronnie Dunn released "Bleed Red," his solo single for Arista Nashville last year, he faced a unique challenge that no "new" artist had ever faced before. He wasn't just competing with artists such as Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, or Jason Aldean, but also a…

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