1. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  2. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  3. Malina Moye on Her Explosive Bootsy Collins Collaboration 'K-yotic' & Hard Road to Success

    November 07, 2014 3:14 PM EST She’s been hailed as “the female Jimi Hendrix”, and if Malina Moye has her way, she’ll usher in a revival of funk, rock, and R&B into mainstream music. Moye’s vibrant performances and unorthodox playing style (she plays left-handed and strums upside down ) have attracted significant…

  4. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  5. Loretta Lynn Performs First Full Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

    October 11, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The 82-year-old icon played numerous hits from her six-decade career. Friday night (Oct. 10) was a historic night at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. It’s hard to believe, but it was the first time Loretta Lynn performed a full show at the revered venue. Loretta Lynn Reflects on…

  6. Jason Aldean's 'Old Boots, New Dirt': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's Old Boots, New Dirt, the singer's sixth studio album (out Tuesday on Broken Bow Records) is a mixture of the party songs he has become known for -- but also shows a little bit more of an emotional and sensual side than listeners might be accustomed to. As much…

  7. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  8. Stagecoach 2015 Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton & Tim McGraw to Headline

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The Stagecoach festival announced its 2015 lineup Monday (Oct. 6). The festival -- in its 9th year -- is a huge showcase for country music. Check out the lineup below: Stagecoach Festival 2015 lineup is here! On sale next Tues, Oct 14 @ 10am. info http://t.co/OWo67ynX3O #yeehaw pic.twitter…

  9. David Frizzell on His Star-Studded Buddy Holly Covers Album 'Remember Me'

    September 22, 2014 6:17 PM EDT David Frizzell has a lot of memories about the music of Buddy Holly. "When I was first starting out in the business working for Lefty opening his shows, I was singing Buddy Holly songs," he recalls of his older brother. Now, David Frizzell has taken many of those songs and…

  10. 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…

  11. 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 &…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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" …

  17. 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…

  18. 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'…

  19. 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…

  20. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

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