1. Live Review: Lee Ann Womack Presents an Alternative History of Country at New York's City Winery

    April 21, 2015 5:26 PM EDT Although she's best known for the crossover hit, "I Hope You Dance,"  Lee Ann Womack is a country traditionalist. This speaks to the distance that the genre's center has shifted in 15 years and the durability of Womack as a performer. The last decade has not been kind to…

  2. ACM Awards Predictions: Who Will Win?

    April 17, 2015 5:29 PM EDT There’s an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas. The world of country music will get a taste of that Lone Star hospitality as the 50 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this coming Sunday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Billboard takes a look at the top…

  3. 5 Things We Want to See at the ACMs: Blake & Luke Role Reversal, Miranda Showstopper & More

    April 17, 2015 12:14 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music Awards are detouring to Dallas this year, after embracing the glitziness of Las Vegas since 2003. For its 50th anniversary, the show is borrowing the Cowboys’ 80,000-capacity AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, making it the biggest one yet. We have a few…

  4. Exclusive: WME IMG Acquires Australian Booking Agency Artist Voice

    April 14, 2015 6:00 PM EDT William Morris Endeavor IMG is expanding its global footprint through the acquisition of Artist Voice, a top-shelf  Australian booking agency which has offices in various Asian territories, Billboard can confirm.  Artist Voice was co-founded in 2010 by CEO Brett Murrihy , former senior…

  5. ACM Awards' 50th Anniversary Show 'Cost a Staggering Amount of Money,' Says CEO Bob Romeo

    April 14, 2015 4:20 PM EDT The ACM Awards’ 50th anniversary edition will be the first awards show broadcast from a football stadium. Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo details the differences going into this year’s edition, airing April 19 on CBS from Dallas’ AT&T Stadium, from previous years in Las Vegas and…

  6. Darius Rucker Makes Fashionable Entrance on Country Albums Chart With 'Southern Style'

    April 10, 2015 5:06 PM EDT Twenty years after Hootie & the Blowfish's breakthrough, Rucker continues to reign at country. Darius Rucker debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart, as Southern Style starts with 52,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. Darius Rucker on His…

  7. Pink Fridges & PlayStations: Miranda Lambert, Rixton and 4 Other Music Stars Reveal Their Tour Bus Must-Haves

    April 03, 2015 4:57 PM EDT While touring to promote her hit album The Truth , Ledisi , 43, has been racking up ­highway miles aboard her bus with nary a night off: Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis and Baltimore in one four-date run in March, part of her 23-date tour with support artists Raheem DeVaughn , 39, and Leela…

  8. Little Big Town's 'Girl Crush' Not That Controversial, Flies 17-3 on Hot Country Songs

    April 03, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Some media outlets appear to have overblown negative reaction to the group's 'Girl Crush,' which blasts into the top five. Little Big Town has found itself a big hit in its buzzy single "Girl Crush." The track races 17-3 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart …

  9. Luke Bryan Makes Chart History, Taylor Swift Sparks Kelsea Ballerini Debut

    March 19, 2015 12:05 PM EDT Bryan becomes the first artist to log simultaneous top five album debuts, while a Swift tweet helps spur a debut for rising star Ballerini. Luke Bryan becomes the first artist ever to log simultaneous top-five debuts on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as Spring Break... Checkin…

  10. Dierks Bentley Recruits Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Charles Kelley for '90s Cover Band

    February 26, 2015 9:58 PM EST As the annual Country Radio Seminar industry conference that kicked off in Nashville Wednesday night, there was one much hyped band performing with a name few recognized.  Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations That was a 1990s cover band led by Dierks Bentley ,…

  11. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Grammys Spark Gains for Kanye West, Miranda Lambert & Annie Lennox

    February 20, 2015 4:51 PM EST All three acts bullet following Grammy performances. Plus, Drake ups his count to 80 career Hot 100 hits & more. As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, while Taylor Swift enters the…

  12. As Miranda Lambert Sang 'Little Red Wagon' at the Grammys, Its Co-Writer Bartended Universal's Afterparty

    February 12, 2015 10:21 AM EST The business of music can be strange. One of the beautiful things about the music industry is that as stratified as the upper echelons may seem, there are myriad ways for new talent to break in. It can happen to anyone at anytime -- even, say, to a random guy behind the bar, while one of…

  13. ACM Awards 2015 Nominees: Sure Things & Snubs

    January 30, 2015 2:52 PM EST Upon first glance, the announcement of the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations on Friday morning (Jan. 30) might make one think "the rich get richer." Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations There's no doubt that Miranda Lambert…

  14. Concert Review: Miranda Lambert Dazzles at Knoxville Tour Stop

    January 24, 2015 4:20 PM EST If you look around Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena, and you will no doubt be impressed with the eight NCAA Women's Basketball championship banners won by legendary head coach Pat Summitt. Friday night (Jan. 23) saw a visitor to the land of the Lady Vols who also knows a little…

  15. 5 Things We Want to See Blake Shelton Do on 'SNL'

    January 24, 2015 10:15 AM EST Blake Shelton is doing double-duty tonight (Jan. 24) on  Saturday Night Live -- making his SNL debut as both host and musical guest. Country singers rarely appear on the show: aside from Taylor Swift , a country artist hasn't played SNL since Lady Antebellum in 2011. Shelton is one of…

  16. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  17. Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

    December 18, 2014 12:25 PM EST Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums. Carrie Underwood storms Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set…

  18. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton ,…

  19. The Year in Country: Luke Bryan Leads Artist List, Brett Eldredge Rules Radio

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST could easily be hailed as the year of Luke Bryan . Then again, Florida Georgia Line , Brett Eldredge and Miranda Lambert scored noteworthy genre success, as well. Seel All the Year End Charts Here! Georgia native Bryan finishes the year as the top overall country artist (and the year&…

  20. Carrie Underwood Continues Perfect Streak With 'Something in the Water'

    December 02, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song is the country superstar's 20th consecutive Country Airplay top 10, a region she's yet to miss. Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water" makes an 11-9 splash to become her 20th top 10 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart. Counting songs promoted to…

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