1. 'Humble And Kind' Writer Lori McKenna Targets Life, Love With 'The Rifle'

    July 28, 2016 9:12 AM EDT Her Little Big Town hit 'Girl Crush' was a song of the year winner in 2015. When the Country Music Association (CMA) solicited first-round submissions in July for its 50th annual awards, it seemed a no-brainer that “Humble and Kind,” a Tim McGraw single that offers a cultural primer…

  2. Country Music Turns to God In Turbulent Social Period

    June 24, 2016 2:40 PM EDT New releases from Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott hinge on spiritual imagery. At a time that Americans are still baffled and hurt by the brutal slaying of 49 people in Orlando, Fla., it’s poetic that Tim McGraw ’s “Humble and Kind” was confirmed as the No. 1 title on…

  3. Jennifer Nettles Talks About Taking Risks and Collaborating With Jennifer Lopez on New Album 'Playing With Fire'

    May 13, 2016 3:47 PM EDT Coffee County, Ga., wouldn’t exactly qualify as your hustling and bustling metropolitan area. Located in the southeast portion of the state, the county seat of Douglas boasts a population of just over 10,000. However, whether it be U.S. Highway 441 or State Route 32, there are plenty of spots…

  4. Lori McKenna Brings the Solo Songwriter Back to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    April 12, 2016 12:01 PM EDT Tim McGraw's McKenna-penned "Humble and Kind" is the chart's first No. 1 written by just one person since Taylor Swift's "Ours" four years ago. As in pop music, songwriting teams have taken over the top of Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart. Many…

  5. 'Chillin' on the Road' with Brett Eldredge's Takeover Tuesday Playlist

    March 28, 2016 4:12 PM EDT Welcome back to  Takeover Tuesday , where each week Billboard taps charting artists and mega taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they want and add whatever tracks…

  6. Country Charts: Canaan Smith Lands At No. 1, Video Spurs Steven Tyler Gain

    July 14, 2015 10:59 AM EDT Canaan Smith achieves his first No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart (dated July 25), as "Love You Like That" (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) jumps 4-1. The song reigns with Most Increased Audience honors (up 21 percent to 48.3 million impressions, according to…

  7. Singer-Songwriter Lori McKenna Signs With Nashville's Creative Nation For Publishing, Management

    June 19, 2015 3:07 PM EDT Lori McKenna may still call Boston her home, but she’s been making a lot of waves in Nashville this year. “Girl Crush,” a song she co-wrote for Little Big Town with Nashville writers Liz Rose and Hilary Lindsey, has turned a non-controversy at country radio into the biggest country hit of…

  8. What Happened to Women In Country? An Investigation Using Year-End Billboard Charts

    June 08, 2015 4:15 PM EDT New York Magazine , Entertainment Weekly , and Rolling Stone Country called it "Country Music's Women Problem." The New York Times used more incendiary language -- "Country's war on women." At this point, it's a common refrain: there is a serious gender…

  9. Mandy Moore Continues To Grow On 'Amanda Leigh'

    May 20, 2009 11:31 AM EDT Mandy Moore is hoping her forthcoming sixth studio album, "Amanda Leigh," continues the gradual process of transitioning from teen hitmaker ("Candy") to greater acceptance as a bona fide musical artist. "I find it silly that there would be any sort of apprehension, as…

  10. Finalists Unveiled For 2007 Billboard Touring Awards

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, and Genesis are among the finalists for the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards. The Police, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, and Genesis are among the finalists for the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards. The awards,…

  11. Tunes On TV

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television for the week of September 24- 30. MONDAY, Sept. 24 "Today," NBC Featured Artist(s): Jamie Foxx, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti. "Larry King Live," CNN Featured Artist(s): Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline. "The…

  12. Music On TV Aug. 13-19

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television listings from Aug. 13-20. MONDAY, Aug. 13 "The Sauce," Fuse Featured artist(s): Underoath, Mute Math, Avenged Sevenfold "Access Granted," BET Featured artist(s): Ciara, T.I., T-Pain, Lloyd, Yung Joc. "D'Fused," Fuse Featured artist(s):…

  13. Music On TV Aug. 13-19

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television listings from Aug. 13-20. MONDAY, Aug. 13 "The Sauce," Fuse Featured artist(s): Underoath, Mute Math, Avenged Sevenfold "Access Granted," BET Featured artist(s): Ciara, T.I., T-Pain, Lloyd, Yung Joc. "D'Fused," Fuse Featured artist(s):…

  14. Dreams Come True

    August 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Here's a story you don't hear every day: Lori McKenna, a 38-year-old mother of five who has been married to the same man since she was 19 and lives within a stone's throw of her childhood home, is jus Here's a story you don't hear every day: Lori McKenna, a 38-year…

  15. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    August 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Van Dyk has a Talking Head and a Pussycat Doll in his corner on his fifth studio album, while Lori McKenna has Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in hers on her own new release. A long import-only second The self-titled debut from Floratone, comprised of jazz veteran Bill Frisell and session…

  16. Mandy Moore Trading Film Work For Touring

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mandy Moore hopes her new album will turn her into a road dog this year. "I hope to go on the road this fall," Moore, who releases "Wild Hope" on June 19, tells Billboard.com. "We're already doing som Mandy Moore hopes her new album will turn her into a road dog…

  17. Mandy Moore Returns With 'Organic' New Album

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST After spending the past several years focusing on acting in films like "Saved" and "American Dreamz," Mandy Moore is finishing her first new album since 2003's "Coverage," her last for Epic. After spending the past several years focusing on acting in films…

  18. Mandy Moore Signs With The Firm's New Label

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer/actress Mandy Moore and rock act Army Of Anyone are the first signings to a record label being launched by powerhouse Los Angeles-based management company The Firm. The label's releases will be Singer/actress Mandy Moore and rock act Army Of Anyone are the first signings to a…

  19. Ask Billboard

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Mandy Moore, the Dixie Chicks, Rihanna and artists who just keep pumping out records. MISSING MANDY LIKE CANDY Hey Keith, I really enjoy your column and I was wondering if you could tell me what's going on with Mandy Moore's music career? Is…

  20. ON TV

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 3-9, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 3 “Good Morning America,” ABC Featured artist(s): The Pretenders (also scheduled: Lucy Liu, Stephen Lanzalotta). “Today,” NBC Featured artist(s): Pink (also scheduled: Antonio Banderas). “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Syndicated…

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