1. That Ain't No Shed! Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and More Country Stars With Palatial Party Barns

    August 03, 2016 4:15 PM EDT L ast summer, while he was planning the bash to fete his fifth album, Kill the Lights , country crooner Luke Bryan , 40, didn’t scout just any private, A-list locale. Rather, he brought the party to him, drawing 100 music industry insiders to an expansive, tricked-out barn that he had…

  2. Billboard Cover: Blake Shelton on Heartache, Falling In Love Again and Starting Over After Being in the 'Middle of Hell'

    July 28, 2016 9:15 AM EDT As Nashville’s clown prince Blake Shelton is sorting through the fallout from his divorce from Miranda Lambert and new romance with Gwen Stefani, he feels like he’s starting from square one. "It's a stupid song," Blake Shelton says with a shrug. "I know that." He'…

  3. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's the week of the Country Music Association&…

  4. Dustin Lynch Steams Things Up on 'Seein' Red'

    June 24, 2016 1:06 PM EDT Dustin Lynch 's best songs are buoyed by nifty vocal tricks. In "Waiting," from his first album, listeners were sucked in by the enjambment in the middle of the hook – the end of one line turns out to be the start of another, pulling you forward. On "Where It's At,…

  5. Luke Bryan Catches 15th Country Airplay No. 1 With 'Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day'

    June 21, 2016 1:05 PM EDT "This song is meaningful to me because it encompasses a way of life that I have known since I was a kid," Bryan tells Billboard. Luke Bryan 's "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day" rises 2-1 in its 15th week on Billboard 's Country Airplay…

  6. Orlando Tragedies Put Security Top of Mind for Country Stars at CMA Fest

    June 15, 2016 9:49 AM EDT Luke Bryan summed up a sentiment likely shared by other country artists when he reacted to a pair of weekend tragedies in Orlando, Fla., by saying, “The American spirit is about not living in fear.” He was speaking to media backstage at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on June 12, prior to his…

  7. Luke Bryan Is Chevy's New Brand Ambassador; Kid Rock Partnership Ends

    June 14, 2016 9:54 AM EDT Kid Rock is out. Luke Bryan is in. Chevrolet has signed a deal with the country music star to be its brand ambassador for the next three years. Bryan replaces Rock, whose relationship with the Detroit automaker effectively ended last year. Chevy said Bryan will work on a "variety of…

  8. All the CMT Music Awards 2016 Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    June 08, 2016 10:54 PM EDT The 2016 CMT Awards aimed to achieve big TV moments through team play: seven of the major performances involved multiple singers, and many of these were cross-genre collaborations. Some were more successful than others (every collaboration is not necessarily the right fit). A few of the genre…

  9. From Artist to On-Air Talent: Dustin Lynch Having a Blast With DJ Gig

    May 25, 2016 10:13 AM EDT Thanks to a temporary gig as the midday host on KKGO (Go Country 105) Los Angeles, country star Dustin Lynch has a newfound appreciation for the work of real-life radio air personalities. “The toughest thing for me — because I’m not having a conversation with another person — is getting in…

  10. Keith Urban, Blake Shelton & More to Perform at CMT Music Awards 2016

    May 19, 2016 10:35 AM EDT Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton & Florida Georgia Line also among newly announced performers for June 8 show. Keith Urban , Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are among the country superstars who will perform during the 2016 CMT Music Awards, the network announced Thursday (May 19). Chris Stapleton…

  11. Which Artists Were 2015's Biggest Earners on the Road?

    May 05, 2016 1:01 PM EDT As part of  Billboard's annual Moneymakers  ranking of music's top earning artists, we are breaking out the Top 10 in four revenue stream sources: Sales, Publishing, Streaming and Touring. You only need to compare the headline numbers in our three other lists to see that touring is…

  12. Adele and Taylor Swift Are 2015's Top Sellers

    May 05, 2016 1:00 PM EDT As part of Billboard's annual Moneymakers ranking of music's top earning artists, we are breaking out the Top 10 in four revenue stream sources: Sales, Publishing, Streaming and Touring. Unsurprisingly, given the industry-bolstering success of  25,   Adele  tops this year's top…

  13. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015

    May 05, 2016 9:30 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past 12 months. Adele 's album megasales aside, touring is once again the determining factor for the 40 genre-spanning acts that topped Billboard 's ranking of music’s highest-paid musicians of the past year. For proof of that, just…

  14. Coca-Cola Cowboys (and Cowgirls) Get Their Share of New Soda Campaign

    April 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT Hits by Jimmy Wayne, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift appear on Coke cans, bottles. As a homeless teenager, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne ’s life turned around when he met an elderly woman, Bea Costner , who hired him to cut her lawn every week. She would compensate him with $20 and a Coca-Cola…

  15. Watch Luke Bryan & Dierks Bentley Get Secret Service Code Names From Their Fellow Country Stars

    April 19, 2016 4:50 PM EDT Arnold Schwarzenegger was an action star before becoming governor of California, Ronald Reagan was an actor before becoming president and Sonny Bono was a musician before he was a congressman -- so who's to say Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley couldn't be country superstars-turned…

  16. Luke Bryan Praises the Joys of 'Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day'

    April 07, 2016 1:40 PM EDT The country superstar draws on Alabama, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson in outdoors celebration. In the nine years since Capitol Nashville released his debut single, Luke Bryan has put a bundle of his emotions on display: vulnerability in “Do I,” exuberance in “That’s My Kind of Night,”…

  17. Watch Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley & James Corden Clown Around for Brit-Themed 'Honky Tonk' Song

    April 01, 2016 5:52 AM EDT Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley shook-off any pre-Academy of Country Music Awards nerves with a jolly good appearance overnight on The Late Late Show .  In an attempt to help further the country genre in the U.K., Bryan, Bentley and James Corden got into full dress for a British-themed “Honky…

  18. Dierks Bentley Reveals His ACM Awards Hosting Fear (and It Involves Him Being Naked)

    March 28, 2016 12:57 PM EDT A nominee, performer and first-time co-host alongside Luke Bryan , Dierks Bentley will be a triple threat at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, airing on CBS on April 3 live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The “Somewhere on a Beach” singer, 40, shares his thoughts on taking…

  19. Randy Houser Follows No. 1 Single With 'Song Number 7'

    March 21, 2016 11:39 AM EDT "Song Number 7," co-written by Chris Janson, was partially inspired by Coldplay's "Paradise." When Randy Houser sang the ballad “Like a Cowboy” at Vanderbilt Stadium in July 2015 during Luke Bryan ’s Kick the Dust Up Tour, the video camera zoomed in on his face during…

  20. Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton & More Performing at ACM Awards: Exclusive

    March 09, 2016 11:00 AM EST Luke Bryan , Tim Mcgraw , Chris Stapleton ,  Jason Aldean and  Thomas Rhett will all be performing at this year's 51st Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban & More to Perform at ACM Awards…

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