1. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  2. Gene Watson: 'People Are Starved for Traditional Country Music'

    June 11, 2014 10:20 PM EDT Since arriving on the charts almost four decades ago with the classic "Love In The Hot Afternoon," Gene Watson has remained one of the format's most distinctive stylists. Hits like "Farewell Party," Fourteen Carat Mind" and "Got No Reason Now For Goin'…

  3. Joe Nichols Gets 'Awkward' at CMA Week Event

    June 06, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The 2014 CMA Music Festival is off and running, with many artists already having held their annual fan club parties. For Red Bow recording artist Joe Nichols, the day marked an opportunity to get up close and personal with over 300 of his fans with a party at Nashville's The Listening…

  4. Kris Kristofferson to Play Andrew Jackson in History Miniseries

    May 30, 2014 5:44 PM EDT History's "Texas Rising" has cast its president. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson has been tapped to play President Andrew Jackson in the eight-hour miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The event series, from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America and produced by…

  5. Jamie Lynn Spears Video Exclusive: The Stories Behind 'The Journey' EP Songs

    May 27, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Fans of rising country sensation Jamie Lynn Spears will be very happy about the release of her new EP, "The Journey," today (May 27). As she shares a special playlist of video clips in which she explains the stories behind the songs, the singer tells Billboard says she'…

  6. Morrissey Teams with PETA in Animated Video Against Factory Farmed Chickens

    May 19, 2014 9:52 PM EDT Morrissey has teamed with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in a new animated video soundtracked by his 1992 song "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday”.  The clip will be presented on his tour in support of his upcoming album, “World Peace is None of Your Business”, and…

  7. Miranda Lambert: Country's Gun-Slinging Tough Chick Reveals a 'Softer' Side (Cover Story)

    May 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Springtime has a firm hold on Tishomingo, Okla. The storm clouds are gone, and Miranda Lambert is having a very good day. She spent the morning astride her Gypsy Vanner purebred horse, a gift from her husband, Blake Shelton, for her 30th birthday last November. Lambert has been taking…

  8. Eurovision Spotlight Falls On Austria's Bearded Drag Queen

    May 08, 2014 4:00 AM EDT When Austria's entry takes the stage Thursday at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, the spotlight will slowly reveal a lone figure with wide sensual eyes, glossy painted lips, high cheekbones - and a man's full dark beard. Conchita Wurst - the alter ego of 25-year-old…

  9. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  10. Jessie James Decker Darts Onto Top Country Albums

    April 24, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The singer/reality TV personality debuts at No. 5 with just three days of sales for 'Comin' Home.' Singer/songwriter/reality TV star Jessie James Decker makes her first appearance on Top Country Albums, as "Comin' Home," a six-song EP, earns the Hot Shot Debut at…

  11. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Mary Sarah Builds 'Bridges' With Country Icons (Song Premiere)

    April 16, 2014 5:17 PM EDT The Texas teen on collaborating with Ray Price, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys and others on her upcoming album Texas-based performer Mary Sarah grew up with the "Opry." She would listen to the WSM radio show from time to time, but also that's where she honed her skills on…

  13. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a huge show. There was Ernest Tubb, Red Foley,…

  14. Yep, Yep: Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' Starts Its Chart Trip, Trip

    April 08, 2014 2:30 PM EDT "Yep, yep." It's a two-word throw-away phrase, dropped seven times into Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," and yet it's the crucial identifier for the song. Before he ever recorded it, Lynch played it for some of his trusted advisers to get…

  15. Band Perry, Kellie Pickler and More Gather for 'All-Star Salute to the Troops'

    April 08, 2014 9:35 AM EDT When The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler and other top country acts took the stage last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops they did more than perform for the military, they gave some of the men and…

  16. The Best Dressed at the 2014 ACM Awards: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and More

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards kicked off last night (March 6) from Las Vegas. From Taylor showing skin in a crop top, to Blake Shelton kicking it casual in jeans, country singers certainly brought their A-game to the show style-wise. Although not everyone made harmonious style…

  17. ACM Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See On TV

    April 07, 2014 10:19 AM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are now in the history books, but the old saying "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" isn't entirely true. You saw the performances and heard the speeches, but there were a lot of interesting comments from the press room and…

  18. ACM Awards: Tim McGraw Duets With Faith Hill on New Single

    April 07, 2014 12:06 AM EDT One of the biggest events of the night during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards was the debut of Tim McGraw's new song, the traditional-flavored "Meanwhile Back At Mama's." From his upcoming Big Machine disc scheduled for release on September 16, the record…

  19. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Crash the Party and Win Big at ACM Awards

    April 06, 2014 11:20 PM EDT It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the night, while George Strait repeated his…

  20. ACM Awards: Merle Haggard Honored in Tribute From George Strait, Miranda Lambert

    April 06, 2014 10:59 PM EDT Merle Haggard was honored with a special tribute from George Strait and Miranda Lambert at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Lambert and Strait performed "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" and "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" in a tribute medley to…

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