1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. Brandy Clark Does Her Part to Keep Traditional Country Alive With '12 Stories'

    October 18, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Many people inside the country music business are buzzing about singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, and with good reason. Her new album, "12 Stories," will be released on Tuesday, and the reviews have been nothing but positive. Clark's mindful of the attention. "If I can…

  5. Thomas Rhett Makes Multi-Generational History On Country Airplay Chart

    October 15, 2013 11:05 AM EDT With 'It Goes Like This,' Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the chart's history with a parent that previously reigned as a soloist As "It Goes Like This" shoots 4-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Maggie Sajak Talks 'Wild Boy' Single, Nashville and Her Famous Dad

    October 02, 2013 5:30 PM EDT OK, let us establish this right from the start. It's not a coincidence that Maggie Sajak shares the last name as one of America's favorite TV personalities. The vivacious beauty is the daughter of "Wheel Of Fortune" host Pat Sajak – a former Nashville disc jockey and…

  7. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

    September 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT More star wattage has been added to the upcoming sold-out tribute concert for the late, great George Jones.  The country singer's widow, Nancy Jones, announced on Monday morning that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama will all perform…

  8. Jo Dee Messina Takes 'Scary as Crap' Leap on Crowd-Sourced Album

    September 04, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Add Jo Dee Messina's name to the growing list of established artists who are bucking the industry standard of working with a major label, and doing things their own way. The singer -- who charted twenty-three singles on the Billboard charts between 1996 and 2009 -- has just released…

  9. Kelly Clarkson, 'Wrapped in Red': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Release Date: Oct. 29 Label: RCA Records For Kelly Clarkson, Christmas will arrive just in time for Halloween with the debut of her first-ever holiday album, "Wrapped in Red," due Oct. 29. The album, produced by Greg Kurstin, will feature original songs ("Underneath the Tree…

  10. Brandy Clark, '12 Stories': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 9:41 AM EDT Release Date: Oct. 22 Label: Slate Creek Records Brandy Clark has had songs cut by the likes of Sheryl Crow and Reba McEntire, and scored No. 1s as co-writer on the Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" and Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart." Yet a recording…

  11. Kelly Clarkson Is 'Wrapped in Red' for Holiday Album

    August 20, 2013 4:05 AM EDT For Kelly Clarkson, Christmas will arrive just in time for Halloween with the debut of her first-ever holiday album. The American Idol season-one winner announced that her new release, titled "Wrapped in Red," will drop on Oct. 29. "Check out the cover of my Christmas album!…

  12. Reba McEntire Talks Hall of Fame Career, New Museum Exhibit and What's Next

    August 10, 2013 9:30 AM EDT In preparation for the launch of the Country Music Hall of Fame's Reba: All The Women I Am exhibit, Reba McEntire quickly realized one thing. She hadn't thrown a lot of things away from her Hall of Fame career. "I am a pack rat, by nature, so I've been collecting these…

  13. Carrie Underwood Builds An Uncertain Future On Classic Past

    August 07, 2013 4:16 PM EDT "I'm too proud to drop keys," says country superstar as she prepares to release "The Blown Away Tour: Live" DVD A blonde country singer in her late 20s sits nearly motionless, knees crossed while she belts out a from-the-gut power ballad. If you closed your eyes,…

  14. Reba Week: Her 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    August 07, 2013 11:30 AM EDT As the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum gets set for the launch of Reba McEntire: All The Women I Am this week, we thought you might enjoy this look back at the 10 biggest Billboard chart hits of McEntire's long and illustrious career -- ranked by overall chart performance and…

  15. Reba Week: From Cowgirl to Glam, a Look at Reba McEntire's Fashion Evolution

    August 05, 2013 10:01 AM EDT This week, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will launch All The Women I Am, an exhibit paying homage to the career of Reba McEntire. This week, The 615 will shine the spotlight on her legendary career with a three-part series looking back at the impact she has had and continues…

  16. Iconic Nashville Radio Station Dips Into the Archives for Live Album

    July 12, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Since the 650 signal blasted onto the airwaves in 1925, the call letters WSM have represented the best in American Music. Whether it be the pop music performed on the legendary "Waking Crew" show, morning shows featuring Hank Williams and Flatt & Scruggs, or the legendary…

  17. Carrie Underwood Performs Emotional Tribute to Tornado Victims at CMT Music Awards

    June 06, 2013 12:45 AM EDT The CMT Music Awards are often noted for their irreverence, and sometimes for the shock value of pairing country performers with acts from outside the format. While this years' telecast had plenty of those moments this year -- with appearances from Nelly and Lenny Kravitz, there was…

  18. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Win Big at CMT Music Awards

    June 05, 2013 11:18 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean take home CMT Belt Buckles Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert doubled up on trophies, and Carrie Underwood claimed the biggest Buckle in the Bible Belt during Wednesday's CMT Music Awards, a prologue to the four-day CMA…

  19. Daft Punk Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 05, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Alice in Chains, John Fogerty and Little Mix all make Top 5 debuts. Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, as the set shifts another 93,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's down 73% in its…

  20. Blake Shelton's Tornado Relief Concert Raises $6 Million

    May 31, 2013 12:04 AM EDT Organizers of a televised benefit concert say they raised more than $6 million in pledges and ticket sales to help people in Oklahoma trying to recover after a deadly tornado last week. NEW PHOTOS: Healing in the Heartland Concert A spokeswoman for the United Way of Central Oklahoma…

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