1. Keith Urban Hails 'Diversity' on 'American Idol,' Talks Upcoming Tour

    April 08, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Keith Urban is in the midst of his second season as judge on FOX's "American Idol." The Capitol Nashville recording artist took time out of his busy schedule last week to participate in a teleconference to discuss the show – as well as plans for his upcoming tour. As one of the…

  2. Shakira Dances Through the Forest in New Activia Ad: Watch

    March 13, 2014 7:16 PM EDT You may have seen an Activia yogurt campaign that features smiling tummies. Now, you’ll see plenty more of the Activia-tummy connection, featuring Shakira. The Colombian star has signed a global partnership with the yogurt brand to support its new “Dare to Fell Good” campaign. The campaign,…

  3. Sara Evans Reveals Major Collaborators for New Release 'Slow Me Down'

    March 07, 2014 8:11 PM EST Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill, the Fray's Isaac Slade among album's featured guests Sara Evans has been counting down the days, and now she’s down to four.  On Tuesday (March 11), the songstress will release her seventh RCA studio album "Slow Me Down." Billboard has traced…

  4. Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire to Perform at Johnny Cash Music Festival

    February 27, 2014 11:30 AM EST On the evening of August 15, three Country Music Hall of Fame members will take to the stage at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR to salute another Hall of Fame member: "The Man In Black."  Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform at…

  5. Country Radio's Gerry House on Blake Shelton, Reba and Why 'Country Music Broke My Brain'

    February 25, 2014 2:48 PM EST For well over 25 years, the voice of Gerry House kept country music listeners entertained over the radio airwaves of WSIX / Nashville. The legendary personality-comedian-songwriter-singer (Does 1992's timeless Bull count?) documents many of his favorite memories from his career in "…

  6. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top 70 Country Songs 1989-2014

    January 13, 2014 3:07 PM EST It was 70 years ago this month -- January 1944 -- that Billboard began charting the popularity of country tunes with the format's main chart now known as Hot Country Songs. In celebration the vital genre's continued vibrancy, we're honoring the chart's anniversary with…

  7. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  8. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 12:24 PM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run deep in the format. Don was born in…

  9. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  10. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke, Bastille End Year With New No. 1s

    December 30, 2013 6:00 PM EST Thicke's 'For the Rest of My Life' tops Adult R&B Songs, Bastille's 'Pompeii' takes over atop Adult Alternative Songs and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  11. Martina McBride Sets 'Everlasting' Album

    December 13, 2013 10:51 AM EST The country star teams with Don Was for new covers collection, out March 4 Martina McBride is no stranger to covers. Her quickest selling album yet, 2005's "Timeless," was a collection of country music classics including "Love's Gonna Live Here" and "Satin…

  12. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  13. Hollywood Stars Join Kelly Clarkson's Holiday Special

    November 20, 2013 11:26 PM EST NBC says Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and William Shatner are among those joining Kelly Clarkson's holiday special. The special, titled "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale," is also set to include country stars Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Trisha…

  14. Justin Timberlake's Dreams of Country Music Stardom 'Still Alive'

    November 18, 2013 3:20 PM EST Justin Timberlake was making quite a bit of noise Friday in Nashville – and that was well before he ever hit the stage for a much-anticipated show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The singer did an interview with the Tennessean earlier in the week where he stated that he would…

  15. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs

    November 14, 2013 2:46 PM EST The Nov. 6 Country Music Association Awards shake up the Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts   The Nov. 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast on ABC-TV, invigorate Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first…

  16. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  17. CMA Awards Preview: Who Will Win Female Vocalist of the Year?

    November 05, 2013 11:17 PM EST In our ongoing look at tomorrow night's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards, we shine the spotlight on a category where some history could be made. Martina McBride and Reba McEntire are the only two ladies to win the Female Vocalist of the Year prize four times. Two of this…

  18. Bubbling Under: 'Nashville' Star Chris Carmack Segues To Radio

    November 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Chris Carmack, K Camp, Parade of Lights and Lobo     CHRIS CARMACK Actor/musician Chris Carmack, who plays singer Will…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Joy Styles Takes 'Fast' Lane With New Single, Video

    October 24, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Newcomer Joy Styles remembers her first writing session – very well. "It's so random, but I was in bed one night when the inspiration came," she recalled to Billboard. "I was an only child, so I learned at an early age to keep myself amused. I always kept pen and paper…

  20. Kelly Clarkson Sees 'Red': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 18, 2013 11:30 AM EDT For Clarkson, making a Christmas album was a chance to defy genre limitations and just be herself This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Cradling a cherry red guitar and decked in a tartan plaid dress, poinsettia jacket and matching studded,…

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