1. CBS Radio Attracts Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and Others for Stars and Strings Benefit Show

    November 09, 2016 10:35 AM EST If there was a lucky number for CBS Radio’s upcoming  Stars and Strings  benefit show, it would be 11. That’s precisely how many acts there are on the bill, and contest winners from all 11 of the chain’s country stations will be in attendance. And while the show takes place Nov. 9, its focus…

  2. Dierks Bentley Gives Fans an Insider's View With 'Behind Black' Video Diary: Exclusive

    August 01, 2016 3:16 PM EDT To celebrate the success of his chart-topping album, Black , Dierks Bentley is offering fans a first of its kind look behind the scenes at the country star's life and career in the form of an elaborate video diary. Launched Aug. 1 in partnership with Billboard , "Behind Black : The…

  3. From Artist to On-Air Talent: Dustin Lynch Having a Blast With DJ Gig

    May 25, 2016 10:13 AM EDT Thanks to a temporary gig as the midday host on KKGO (Go Country 105) Los Angeles, country star Dustin Lynch has a newfound appreciation for the work of real-life radio air personalities. “The toughest thing for me — because I’m not having a conversation with another person — is getting in…

  4. Randy Houser Follows No. 1 Single With 'Song Number 7'

    March 21, 2016 11:39 AM EDT "Song Number 7," co-written by Chris Janson, was partially inspired by Coldplay's "Paradise." When Randy Houser sang the ballad “Like a Cowboy” at Vanderbilt Stadium in July 2015 during Luke Bryan ’s Kick the Dust Up Tour, the video camera zoomed in on his face during…

  5. Country Singer Randy Houser Stages High-Speed Police Chase to Raise Awareness For Nashville Food Bank

    March 11, 2016 5:46 PM EST Spectators in Music City might have thought they were being transported back in time to 1977 on Thursday afternoon. There was a police chase in town centering around a black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am -- similar to the one that was driven by Burt Reynolds in the classic film Smokey and the Bandit …

  6. Billboard.com's 10 Best Country Songs of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 16, 2015 11:21 AM EST was filled with impressive country songs -- ranging from newcomer  Kelsea Ballerini  and Kacey Musgraves ' girl power message to Chris Stapleton , who broke out in a major way this year. And tracks filled with pure heart and emotion made an impact in the format. Here are the 10 best…

  7. Tracy Lawrence Celebrates 10 Years of Turkeys at Annual Thanksgiving Charity Event in Nashville

    November 25, 2015 10:00 AM EST On a cool Tuesday morning in Music City, Tracy Lawrence spent his day just as he has every Thanksgiving week since 2006: knee-deep in turkeys. For the 10th year, the singer was helping out the Nashville Rescue Mission by frying turkeys for their holiday meal. Aboard his tour bus, Lawrence…

  8. 5 Rising Country Artists to Watch

    October 17, 2015 1:55 PM EDT In the world of country music, so much press goes to the headline acts, the ones whose names are listed in the larger print on your concert tickets. While that statement is actually true in any genre, your stars on the A-list usually didn’t get there overnight. 10 Hot Country Artists to Watch…

  9. Luke Bryan Rolls Out Hit After Hit at Star-Studded Nashville Concert: Live Review

    July 12, 2015 12:55 PM EDT Luke Bryan show at Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, July 11, gave a sell-out crowd exactly what they wanted to hear, with many high-energy moments mixed in with a few curve balls that made many in the crowd feel like they didn't want the night to end. Luke Bryan, Brad…

  10. 'The Voice' Recap: The Heat Turns Up as Battle Round Continues

    March 11, 2015 1:37 AM EDT Celebrity advisors Ellie Goulding , Lionel Richie , Meghan Trainor , and Nick Jonas return to The Voice tonight, as the Battle Round gathers momentum. Team Pharrell is up first, pairing Philadelphia street performer Anthony Riley and soul artist Travis Ewing from Louisiana, who battle…

  11. 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    December 24, 2014 2:33 PM EST Craig Wayne Boyd , the seventh-season winner of NBC's The Voice , rockets onto Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1 with his coronation single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." Boyd becomes just the second artist to launch at No. 1 since Hot…

  12. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas , which has a…

  13. Randy Houser Talks 'Kiss' Success, Tees Up Next Single 'Like a Cowboy'

    April 17, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Randy Houser is in the midst of the hottest streak of his career. The Stoney Creek recording artist has notched back-to-back chart toppers with "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," and with his latest, "Goodnight Kiss," sitting at No. 2 on the…

  14. Luke Bryan, Randy Houser Crack Hot Country Songs Top 10

    March 27, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The singers score their 15th and fourth top 10s, respectively. Plus, moves for Dan + Shay, Brantley Gilbert, Jo Dee Messina and more Luke Bryan and Randy Houser freshen up the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart , as Bryan's "Play It Again" flies 18-9 and Houser&…

  15. Parmalee Tops Country Airplay Chart With 'Carolina'

    December 10, 2013 1:35 PM EST The group is the first multi-member act since Florida Georgia Line to tally a first No. 1 Parmalee achieves its first leader on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay radio chart, as "Carolina" climbs 3-1. The band far outshines the peak rank of its lone prior entry, …

  16. Kristy Lee Cook Finds 'Love' With Randy Houser on New Single

    September 26, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Broken Bow's Kristy Lee Cook has just released a new single, "Wherever Love Goes," and she tells Billboard she's very excited to have new music for her fans -- particularly a duet with Randy Houser, an artist she's a big fan of.  "I am so excited to have a…

  17. Delta Country Jam Bringing Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler to Mississippi

    August 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT One doesn't need much of a history lesson about the Mississippi Delta region to know that music is a huge part of the area. Harbor Entertainment's Drew Dedo is well aware of this fact, and is excited to be helping celebrate that heritage with the Delta Country Jam , slated for…

  18. Randy Houser, Chris Janson Hit the Street During ACM Weekend

    April 08, 2013 1:18 AM EDT Las Vegas is quite different from places like Birmingham or Des Moines. To many, Vegas -- and not NYC -- is the "City That Never Sleeps." Nowhere is that more apparent during ACM Week than on Fremont Street. Impersonators of stars such as Jack Nicholson, Elvis Presley, and John…

  19. Jason Aldean Scores 16th Top 10 on Country Songs

    December 28, 2012 11:45 AM EST Cassadee Pope's 'Over You' Continues Climb, Jumping 21-3 on Country Digital Songs Jason Aldean and Randy Houser fatten their respective top 10 counts on Country Songs , noted as Houser's "How Country Feels" improves 11-8 and Aldean's "The Only Way I…

  20. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift 's ninth week…

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