1. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  2. Mac Wiseman Talks 'Songs From My Mother's Hand,' Merle Haggard Duet Album & More

    September 11, 2014 6:58 PM EDT There is no false advertising with the title of Mac Wiseman 's latest album, Songs From My Mother's Hand . "All of the material on this CD are from old composition books where my mother copied lyrics from listening to a live radio program back in the late '20s and early &…

  3. Lenny Cooper Explains How His Father & Brother Turned Him Into a Country Rapper

    August 25, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his third album 'The Grind' out this week, Cooper reminisces about his start in the business to Billboard. Country rapper Lenny Cooper 's last album, 2013's Mud Dynasty , cemented his reputation in the business, sending his social media numbers soaring by 750 percent…

  4. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  5. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  6. Three Dead, 100 Hospitalized After Veld and Boonstock Festivals

    August 05, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Three people died and close to 100 people have been taken to hospital following two Canadian music festivals held on opposiite sides of the country over the long weekend (August 2-4). In Toronto, a 20-year-old woman and 22-year-old man died after ingesting “party drugs” at the Veld Music…

  7. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  8. Diane Warren Reveals Cher's Reaction to 'If I Could Turn Back Time': 'F--- You, Bitch!'

    July 23, 2014 2:12 AM EDT Although it seemed like most audience members at Cher's July 7 Staples Center show on her Dressed 2 Kill tour were singing along, one, Diane Warren, actually wrote many of the hits. Cher performed Warren's "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Just Like Jesse James" …

  9. 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…

  10. 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'…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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'…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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