1. Hit Songwriter Rhett Akins Moves to Warner/Chappell In Major Music Row Signing

    October 04, 2016 12:15 PM EDT The deal reunites the team that secured hits for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Hits... and a career for Thomas Rhett. Rhett Akins signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. In an average week with a typical songwriter, that statement would be worth a line in the Billboard Country Update ’s …

  2. Country Radio Programmers Debate Surplus of Slow Songs For Spring

    April 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead, they’re hearing more ballads and downtempo fare than usual,…

  3. Carrie Underwood Cries for a Cause and More Insider Scoop

    April 08, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Crying For A Cause The Academy of Country Music Awards, held at Las Vegas’ MGM Arena on April 3, were a celebration -- but they were preceded by a whole lot of crying. On April 1, at the first day of the Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, Carrie Underwood broke down…

  4. Country Star (and Former Football Player) Lee Brice Makes His Super Bowl Prediction and Reveals His Favorite Halftime Performance of All Time

    February 05, 2016 4:43 PM EST Lee Brice , the country star behind radio hits like “Love Like Crazy” and “I Don’t Dance,” is coming into the Super Bowl with his rooting interests all figured out: The 36-year-old South Carolina native has been a Panther fan since their very first season back in 1995.  His love of the game,…

  5. Hot Country Songs Chart Shows Its Value In Measuring an Evolving Marketplace

    February 03, 2016 2:55 PM EST Sam Hunt and Little Big Town's power is evident when all sources -- including airplay and streaming -- are combined. If the Hot Country Songs chart were an actual human being, it would have had plenty of cause for celebration when 2015 came to a close. The year-end list of 2015’s top…

  6. Inside Country Music's Very Real Sales Dip in 2015

    January 14, 2016 1:51 PM EST With the rise of streaming, sales of country albums fell 12 percent while song downloads dropped 16 percent. As the recorded-music business continues its transition from an ownership economy to a digital streaming model, sales of country albums and songs continued to drop in 2015. But …

  7. Blake Shelton Onesie? Rascall Flatts Thong? Your Gift Guide to Country Artists' Weirdest Merch

    December 18, 2015 2:15 PM EST Did we mention Blake’s adult onesies come equipped with a butt flap? With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, it’s time for our guide to the weirdest and wackiest merchandise being offered by country stars. We scoured the online stores of nearly 60 artists to find the 16 most…

  8. Faith Hill Enlists 'American Idol' Alum for Nashville Talk Show: Exclusive

    October 14, 2015 9:15 AM EDT The country superstar is exec-producing a lifestyle series, co-hosted by Kellie Pickler, focusing on topics like cooking, home design and gardening. Country music star Faith Hill  is expanding her résumé and heading behind the camera to executive-produce a new daytime talk show with Oprah…

  9. Ask Billboard: Chart Beat's 'Piano Man' Returns!

    October 11, 2015 9:05 AM EDT Piano-player extraordinaire Alfie Magliano is back with his latest hits medley. Plus, Carrie Underwood's career sales & more. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as…

  10. Thomas Rhett Talks Heading Down His 'Own Lane' With 'Tangled Up'

    October 05, 2015 7:39 PM EDT Sophomore album plays up country singer's R&B influences. After scoring the first two of the three major hits from his debut album, Thomas Rhett worried that he might become pigeonholed as someone who was making music “in the same vein as a lot of what a lot of my buddies were doing…

  11. Logan Brill Picks Up the Tempo With Her Latest Album 'Shuteye'

    June 17, 2015 6:20 PM EDT Logan Brill ’s parents are on a mission -- to find the videotape of their daughter performing Marc Cohn ’s “Walking in Memphis” at age 10 in a talent show. She tells Billboard they have been looking for a while. “It’s lost somewhere in the closet,” she said, adding that the song is one of her…

  12. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's First Post-Baby Appearance and More Surprises in…

  13. Concert Review: Lee Brice Rocks the House at Pre-ACM Awards Show

    April 20, 2015 5:15 PM EDT Lee Brice might be classified as a country artist, but when you hear his blues-laden approach on songs like “Drinkin’ Class,” which invokes the sound and influence of Bob Seger  , you can immediately feel his power and passion. Friday night’s performance at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth…

  14. ACM Awards Predictions: Who Will Win?

    April 17, 2015 5:29 PM EDT There’s an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas. The world of country music will get a taste of that Lone Star hospitality as the 50 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this coming Sunday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Billboard takes a look at the…

  15. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  16. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

  17. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith Settles In For A No. 1 'Stay' On Adult Contemporary

    August 11, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The British singer/songwriter's 'Stay With Me' makes a quick climb to the top. Plus, new No. 1s for Nico & Vinz, Royksopp & Robyn, Milky Chance, Godsmack and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  18. Jerrod Niemann Talks New Album, Lee Brice: 'He's Saved My Neck More Than I Realize'

    March 21, 2014 6:19 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jerrod Niemann and you will find a performer who can quote country lyrics from album cuts from the 1970s or 1980s. But, just because he cherishes the history of the format doesn't mean that he feels compelled to be a clone of the artists he grew up admiring.…

  19. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History On Alternative Songs With 'Invisible'

    February 10, 2014 6:05 PM EST The band rewrites the mark for the most entries in the chart's 25-year archives. Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Yandel, and Miranda Lambert returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  20. Luke Bryan Stepping Up to Stadiums on New Tour

    January 15, 2014 12:06 AM EST Three years ago, Luke Bryan was a promising down-bill opening act. This summer he'll join the touring elite with three stadium dates planned as part of his That's My Kinda Night Tour. The country music star during a Tuesday morning news conference announced the stadium shows in…

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