1. Hunter Hayes 'Storm's Billboard's Country Songs Chart

    October 11, 2011 11:05 AM EDT H unter Hayes ' music career was born not long after he was. "By the time I was almost two, I was picking up everything and making an instrument out of it," the Beaux Bridge, La., native recalls. "My grandmother gave me a toy accordion for my second birthday and I…

  2. Montgomery Gentry Proud to Be Indie 'Rebels'

    October 10, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Montgomery Genty might very well be feeling a sense of déjà vu these days, as they gear up for the release of their new disc "Rebels On The Run." Troy Gentry says the music pretty much sounds like the "old" Montgomery Gentry, and part of their "new" team at…

  3. Country's 10 Most Anticipated Fall Albums

    September 09, 2011 4:46 PM EDT From three members of the Country Music Hall of Fame to the current CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, there's a ton of reasons to be excited about this fall when it comes to music. A week-by-week look, starting with George Strait and including highly anticipated (likely) chart toppers…

  4. Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top CMA Award Nominees

    September 06, 2011 11:24 AM EDT The nominations for the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards are in, and it was a great year -- especially for some of the more youthful stars in the genre. Though the Swift, a former Entertainer of the Year winner, is up for the top prize once again this year, and tallied six overall…

  5. Trace Adkins Readies 'Proud To Be Here' In Wake of Home Fire

    August 01, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Although Trace Adkins' new album, "Proud to be Here," arrives Aug. 2 through Show Dog Universal, the Louisiana-born singer has other things on his mind. "It's really been hard," says Adkins, whose Brentwood, Tenn. home was destroyed by fire on June 4 . "I…

  6. John Michael Montgomery Teaming with Brother Eddie for New Album

    July 12, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Sibling country stars John Michael Montgomery and Eddie Montgomery (of Montgomery Gentry ) have joined forces on an album and book project, both of which will be worked on this year. John Michael Montgomery tells Billboard.com that he and his brother plan to hit the studio "later on this…

  7. Bad Meets Evil Project with Eminem Is 'God's Work,' Says Royce da 5'9''

    June 09, 2011 6:55 AM EDT R oyce da 5'9" says he and Eminem had "already ruled out the possibility of having time to do a project with each other a long time ago." So he considers "Hell: The Sequel," the new EP the two Detroit MCs are releasing June 14 under the moniker Bad Meets Evil, to…

  8. Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' Season 10

    May 25, 2011 10:25 PM EDT Scotty McCreery, whose deep, syrupy voice has been compared to that of Josh Turner, was crowned season 10's "American Idol" on tonight's (May 25) live finale. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Best Performances (Video) Photos: 'American Idol' Season Finale…

  9. 5 Reasons Scotty McCreery Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 25, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Lauren Alaina picked up some momentum during the final performance night on Tuesday, but the glitter won't be raining down on her during tonight's finale. Here are five reasons why Scotty McCreery is a lock to win: PHOTOS: Scotty McCreery's 'American Idol' Journey 1.…

  10. 'American Idol': Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery Fight to the Finish

    May 24, 2011 10:09 PM EDT The moment has finally arrived: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina faced off in tonight's final "American Idol" performance episode, and each brought their best effort despite vocal chord woes that reportedly almost sidelined Lauren from the competition. But like the trooper she…

  11. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood Offer Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert" at the Grand Ole Opry House in…

  12. Colt Ford Craves Country Rap Radio Hit with 'Every Chance I Get'

    May 01, 2011 8:02 AM EDT For those who still consider country rap an oxymoron, Colt Ford is working hard to change that perception with the May 3 release of his album "Every Chance I Get," which includes guest vocals by Tim McGraw , Charlie Daniels and Luke Bryan . "I am a country artist. I live the…

  13. 'American Idol' Top 12 Guys Offer Promising Start

    March 01, 2011 10:50 PM EST Season 10's first show with a studio audience isn't exactly live. To work out the Top 24 kinks a little while before the Top 12 (or is it 13? Or maybe 15?) kicks into gear, the producers tape these early episodes without the usual time constraints or production pressures. There'…

  14. Update: Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae Announce Joint Tour Dates

    February 16, 2011 10:00 AM EST Following their show-stopping performance at the Grammy Awards, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae will team up for a North American co-headlining tour. The retro-pop singer and R&B songstress will embark on the joint trek, dubbed Hooligans in Wondaland, in May and June, beginning May 4 in New…

  15. Scarface In Jail For Child Support

    February 04, 2011 12:18 PM EST Apparently, rapper Scarface is a dead beat dad... at least that's what's being reported. XXLMag.com has revealed that the legendary Texas rapper has been in jail since Oct. 13 for failing to pay child support in four separate cases and for an unknown federal charge. Face is being…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins

    October 07, 2010 4:35 PM EDT LIMA LEAPFROGS LIVERPOOL: As previously reported , the "Glee" cast swells its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts. The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio's McKinley High trails only…

  17. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga Vs. ...

    July 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. LADY GAGA VS. ... TAYLOR SWIFT Dear Gary, After your analysis last week of…

  18. Top 10 Moments At Bonnaroo 2010

    June 14, 2010 9:12 AM EDT Trying to boil down three days and four nights of relentless music, comedy, distant bass thumping, a unrelenting jerk of a sun that made you sort of wish you had never been born, heat-based insomnia, unstable baked-mud terrain, fried foods in paper trays, sympathy-inducing sunburns and…

  19. Country Throwdown Cancels Four Shows Citing Low Ticket Sales

    May 28, 2010 7:43 PM EDT Kevin Lyman, the co-producer of the Country Throwdown amphitheater tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, has announced that four upcoming shows on the North American trek have been canceled because of low ticket sales. Lyman also addressed the…

  20. Country Throwdown: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 20, 2010 5:07 PM EDT Dates: Through June Headliners: Montgomery Gentry , Jamey Johnson Support: Eric Church , Eli Young Band , others Ticket prices: $15-$41 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.countrythrowdown.com The debut country project from Vans Warped tour founder 4fini Productions, Throwdown…

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