1. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Arrives in October

    August 20, 2012 10:50 AM EDT With first single "Take a Little Ride" already off to a fantastic start, Jason Aldean 's fifth album has received a title, release date and official track list. "Night Train," the 15-song follow-up to 2010's "My Kinda Party," will roll into stores on…

  2. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Tops Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs

    July 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Plus, Beloved veteran acts Whitney Houston, the Beach Boys and Cyndi Lauper make chart returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  3. Country Countdown: Kenny Chesney Rules, Don Williams Returns to Country Albums

    June 29, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Luke Bryan, meanwhile, ascends to the summit on Country Songs Billboard's Country Albums chart welcomes Kenny Chesney 's "Welcome to the Fishbowl" to No. 1. The set is the star's 11th No. 1 on the tally and arrives with 193,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen…

  4. Country Countdown: Eric Church Still Boss, Josh Turner Bags a No. 1

    June 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT High atop Country Songs , Eric Church's second No. 1, "Springsteen," becomes his first to spend more than one week at the summit. The song posts a second-week surge in audience, adding 665,000 impressions to a weekly total of 38.6 million, according to Nielsen BDS. Meanwhile,…

  5. Country Countdown: Eric Church Takes 'Springsteen' to No. 1

    June 14, 2012 2:10 PM EDT On Album Chart, Alan Jackson Scores 13th No. 1, Jana Kramer Debuts in Top 5 Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with "Chief"…

  6. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood Wins Top Video Prize

    June 07, 2012 1:02 AM EDT The CMT Music Awards proved to have something for everyone, with 80s rockers to the Presidential candidates getting air time during Wednesday night's telecast. Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the show had enough to keep fans -- at home and at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena --…

  7. Country Countdown: Jason Aldean Hits No. 1 With 'Fly Over States'

    May 17, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Luke Bryan Achieves His Eighth Top 10 With 'Drunk on You' Jason Aldean claims his seventh leader on Country Songs -- his first in almost a year -- as "Fly Over States" stacks 37.9 million impressions (up 2.4 million) and steps 2-1 on the audience-ranked chart. He most…

  8. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift with three. This year's nominations were…

  9. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Willie Nelson, one of the most important and influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Association. Nelson will be interviewed by Billboard executive…

  10. Jake Owen, Taylor Swift Score Big on Country Charts

    March 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Also: A No. 2 Debut for 'American Idol' Alum Casey James Jake Owen celebrates his second consecutive No. 1 on Country Songs , as "Alone with You" stacks 35.7 million audience impressions (up 2.2 million) during the March 19-25 Nielsen BDS tracking week and steps 2-1. The…

  11. Dierks Bentley Delivers 'Home' for a Ninth No. 1

    March 16, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Dierks Bentley logs his 9th No. 1 and completes his third set of two leaders with "Home," which draws 35.7 million audience impressions and steps 2-1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart. The title cut and second single from his current album follows lead track "Am I the…

  12. Tracy Lawrence on 'Chasing Skirts' Days With Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw

    March 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Tracy Lawrence's first number one record -- "Sticks and Stones." The singer admits that he takes a lot of pride in looking back at his first trip to the top. "It's real exciting looking back," he says. "We just…

  13. Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery Added to CMA Festival Lineup

    March 08, 2012 4:55 PM EST The 2012 CMA Music Festival is shaping up to be one of the biggest that Nashville has ever seen. And, the party keeps getting bigger. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton have joined the performance lineup…

  14. Chart Highlights: Adele's a Winner at Radio, Too

    February 13, 2012 4:15 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Set Fire To The Rain"…

  15. Brantley Gilbert Soaks Up ACM Nomination: 'Feels Great'

    February 10, 2012 4:05 PM EST Yesterday was a big day for Brantley Gilbert. The singer received the news that he -- along with Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery -- was a nominee for the ACM Top New Artist award. "It feels great," he told Billboard. "I couldn't be more excited." Gilbert said that he…

  16. David Nail on 'Rain's Ride, Touring With Gavin DeGraw

    February 07, 2012 4:00 PM EST While he was backstage at a recent show, David Nail saw a copy of Billboard Magazine. He began to wonder as he picked it up if this could be the issue that his "Let It Rain" would be listed as the No. 1 song on the country charts. "I could feel the suspense coming up,"…

  17. Luke Bryan & Toby Keith Dominate Country Charts

    January 26, 2012 9:00 PM EST Luke Bryan claims his third and fastest No. 1 on Country Songs , as "I Don't Want This Night to End" gains 2.4 million audience impressions and steps 2-1 in its 21st chart week. The Georgia native achieved his first No. 1 with "Rain Is a Good Thing," which reached the…

  18. David Nail Makes It 'Rain' on Country Charts: Long Road to No. 1

    January 12, 2012 11:25 AM EST With an audience spike of 3.8 million impressions, David Nail claims his first No. 1 on the Country Songs chart, as "Let It Rain" draws Greatest Gainer applause and steps 2-1 in its 49th chart week -- the second-longest No. 1 trek in the chart's 68-year history and longest for…

  19. Eric Church Puts 'Drink' in Top 10 on Country Charts

    December 08, 2011 12:15 PM EST Eric Church claims his third and fastest top 10 on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Put a Drink in My Hand" gains 1.6 million audience impressions and steps 11-10 in its 17th chart week. He needed 32 weeks to achieve his first top 10 with "Love Your Love the Most"…

  20. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcomers Thompson Square , who scored seven…

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