1. Martina McBride Reflects on 25 Years In the Business & the Songs That Changed Her Career

    March 01, 2017 11:00 AM EST This year marks the silver anniversary of Martina McBride hitting the Billboard charts with her debut single, “The Time Has Come.” Since that single, she has carved out one of the most successful careers in the format, notching 41 top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including five No.…

  2. A Re-Energized Lauren Alaina Becomes a 'Road' Warrior for Women

    February 01, 2017 12:23 PM EST Her sophomore album is a major step forward for the former 'American Idol' contestant. Lauren Alaina ’s 2011 debut album was titled Wildflower , but you could argue that her sophomore project is when she really blossomed. The Road Less Traveled , out now via Interscope/Mercury…

  3. Country Producer-Guitarist Dann Huff Works Both Sides of the Amp

    December 14, 2016 11:44 AM EST The Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban associate started out as an ace session guitarist. When the Country Music Association handed out its 50th annual awards on Nov. 2, Chris Stapleton got a fair amount of attention for taking home two trophies. Only one other person was a double-winner that night…

  4. CMA's 'Forever Country' Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen

    September 16, 2016 7:24 PM EDT The 50th Annual CMA Awards' celebratory star-studded spectacle of a song "Forever Country" was released Friday (Sept. 16) and it includes 30 of the genre's biggest names of past and present fame.  The song pays tribute to country music's legacy by combining John…

  5. Neil Young, Olivia Newton-John and Michael Buble to Feature on Dan Rather's 'Big Interview'

    August 22, 2016 10:42 PM EDT Neil Young is Dan Rather's first guest for the new edition of Rather's series, The Big Interview . Young will be featured on the Sept. 13 episode airing at 8 p.m. EDT on AXS TV, the cable and satellite channel said Monday. The singer-songwriter discusses his new album, Earth  and…

  6. Take a Tour Inside Martina McBride's Almost-100-Year-Old (and Now Ghost-Free) Nashville Home

    August 03, 2016 6:08 PM EDT "I t felt like someone giving you a warm hug” is how Martina McBride describes first stepping into the six-bedroom, neoclassical-style home just five miles from downtown Nashville, which she purchased 16 years ago. “I knew our family had to live here,” she says, even though it meant the…

  7. Martina McBride Reveals Her Top 5 Female Country Vocalists

    July 29, 2016 10:35 AM EDT Martina McBride has been named CMA vocalist of the year not once, not twice, but four times. So it was only natural that when Billboard caught up with her, we asked who she thought were the greatest female country vocalists of all time.  See the All-Time Country Charts:  Country Artists  | …

  8. Female Country Stars Kacey Musgraves, Cam, Maren Morris and More on Industry Sexism, the 'Freak Show' Presidential Election and Tomato-gate

    July 28, 2016 6:06 PM EDT Maren Morris, Margo Price, Aubrie Sellers, Cam, Mickey Guyton and Kacey Musgraves photographed on June 30, 2016 at The Cordelle in Nashville, Tenn. Miller Mobley On a hot summer morning in downtown Nashville, six young country standouts take seats around a table, making small talk while…

  9. Martina McBride Distances Herself From GOP Convention: 'I Don't Have a Particular Political Bent'

    July 15, 2016 2:22 PM EDT While news outlets have included her on the list of celebrities headed to the site of next week’s Republican National Convention (which begins July 18), Martina McBride says she’s visiting Cleveland for one reason -- to raise money for the arts. The four-time Country Music Association winner …

  10. Real-World Issues Bring CMA Music Festival to a Somber Close

    June 15, 2016 3:07 PM EDT The Country Music Association’s annual soiree, the CMA Music Festival, started in its usual mode on June 9, with modern country filling the streets of downtown Nashville and plenty of tourists filling the bars on lower Broadway. But by the time the event ground to a close on June 12, fans and…

  11. Karma Suits Ya: Maddie & Tae 
Fight Back Against a Bully In 'Sierra'

    June 01, 2016 1:52 PM EDT "Girl In a Country Song" duo threads bitchin' Karma-dy into latest country single. Karma’s a bitch. Everyone’s heard that phrase, which personifies an Eastern spiritual philosophy: whatever you put out there, the universe will return to you. Karma isn’t really a bitch, of…

  12. Big Machine Partners With HSN for TV Concert Series With Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles & More

    April 13, 2016 7:20 PM EDT The deal calls for a series of one-hour televised Big Machine Rocks concert specials to air live from Nashville on HSN, as well as on HSN.com and mobile platforms. Following a renewed push into Hollywood, HSN made a big move into music Wednesday (April 13). The shop-at-home retailer announced…

  13. ACM Awards 2016: Jason Aldean Named Entertainer of the Year, Chris Stapleton Rules the Night

    April 04, 2016 12:02 AM EDT The  Chris Stapleton train continues to roll along in the country music world at a first-class rate. Sunday’s 51 st  Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were proof of this, as the singer added four more awards to his mantle -- new male vocalist, album of the year (for  Traveller ), song of…

  14. Martina McBride on Making Her Return With 'Really Fresh' New Single 'Reckless' and Her Upcoming Album

    February 26, 2016 5:24 PM EST Martina McBride returns to the mainstream country fold with “Reckless,” her new single, which was released on Friday. After a successful detour with her pop covers album  Everlasting , the new release marks her first radio single since 2012’s “Marry Me,” a collaboration with Train ’s Pat…

  15. Watch Martina McBride Talk About How a Domestic-Violence Song 'Changed My Life'

    December 16, 2015 5:50 PM EST "I came from a very small town in Kansas where domestic violence was just not talked about," country star Martina McBride told  Billboard  at the  2015 Women in Music event on Dec. 11. "I recorded a song called 'Independence Day,' which is a story of an abusive…

  16. Watch Don Henley Perform 'Praying for Rain' on 'Austin City Limits': Exclusive

    October 23, 2015 4:34 PM EDT His episode premieres Saturday. Don Henley released his fifth solo album, Cass County , in September. The Eagles singer's first-ever country album hit No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums and Top Album Sales charts.  Going with this new Southern theme, Henley stopped by the PBS…

  17. John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves and More on Willie Nelson Making a Difference With 30 Years of Farm Aid

    October 16, 2015 3:35 PM EDT Willie Nelson 's Farm Aid celebrated its 30th birthday this year with a concert held at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Ill.,  on Sept. 19. To help fete the milestone,  Billboard spoke with several of this year's performers as well as Nelson's…

  18. Martina McBride, Cassadee Pope and Raelynn Celebrate Women in Country Music at Pandora Event: Live Review

    October 15, 2015 10:53 PM EDT Earlier this year, a country radio consultant named Keith Hill made a provocative declaration: “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.” He also famously likened female country singers to tomatoes. His comments earned swift rebukes from Jennifer Nettles , Martina…

  19. Jerrod Niemann Ties 'Blue Bandana' 
to a Slew of Unlikely Summer Festivals

    August 06, 2015 11:16 AM EDT Jake Owen passed on the rocking song, which name-checks festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella For decades, state and county fairs were the key part of the summer touring season for country artists. But in recent years, festivals have become at least equally important, if for no other…

  20. Lynn Anderson Remembered by Martina McBride, Travis Tritt & More Country Stars

    July 31, 2015 5:29 PM EDT Lynn Anderson, the country singer behind the crossover hit "Rose Garden," died Friday (July 31) at the age of 67, and judging by the outpouring of love from the country music world, she leaves behind an impactful legacy. Lynn Anderson, Country Star Behind 'Rose Garden,'…

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