1. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 2:15 PM EDT The pairing of country superstars could lead to just the second top 10 start in the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era. In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star,"…

  2. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 01, 2012 11:55 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple of surprises. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum repeated wins in the Entertainer, Female Vocalist, and Vocal Group of the…

  3. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win?

    March 29, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this Sunday, April 1 with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosting on CBS. This year's categories look to be more competitive than ever. Who has the inside track? We take a look at the four top categories, and give you our…

  4. Happy Birthday, Mariah Carey, Chart Icon

    March 27, 2012 12:05 AM EDT As Carey celebrates her 42nd birthday, here's a look back at some of her most impressive chart achievements. As Mariah Carey celebrates her 42nd birthday today, we've got the perfect present. Here's a look back at the most notable chart records that Carey has set since she…

  5. Ronnie Dunn's Solo Move: 'It's Going to Take More Than a Year'

    March 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT When Ronnie Dunn released "Bleed Red," his solo single for Arista Nashville last year, he faced a unique challenge that no "new" artist had ever faced before. He wasn't just competing with artists such as Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, or Jason Aldean, but also a…

  6. The History of Country Music Gets an Update

    February 26, 2012 11:00 AM EST Country Music has enjoyed a rich history over the years, and the Country Music Foundation has released what many are considering to be the ultimate history book concerning the genre with the issue of The Encyclopedia of Country Music. A 626-page book of who's who, and what's what in…

  7. 'American Idol' Group Round: Not for the Faint of Heart

    February 16, 2012 11:45 AM EST Finally, some singing! Following the most disease-stricken episode "Idol" has ever seen , the show returned Wednesday (Feb. 15) with that all-important element that sets this competition apart from, say, a straight-up reality show: talent. The evening was spread out over two hours,…

  8. Country Music's Very Good Grammy Night

    February 13, 2012 4:20 PM EST Emotion reigned supreme at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, from the dramatic return and triumph of Adele to Jennifer Hudson's stunning tribute to Whitney Houston. Nashville was well represented as well, with some of the biggest stars in country music making appearances. All About the…

  9. George Strait Scores 85th Country Songs Top 10

    February 06, 2012 4:05 PM EST G eorge Strait pushes closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for the most top 10s in the 68-year history of Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 85th top 10 on the tally, a sum second only to Arnold's…

  10. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy's Facebook and Twitter pages. Awards co…

  11. 12 No. 12 Country Hits for 2012

    January 17, 2012 7:05 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain cherished and notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking R&B/hip-hop hits, including Prince 's debut song "Soft and…

  12. ACM Awards: Blake Shelton & Reba McEntire Returning as Hosts

    January 11, 2012 9:15 AM EST Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards. The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Like Shelton, the ACM's Fan Jam also…

  13. Country Music's Biggest Moments of 2011

    December 29, 2011 6:30 PM EST There have been many memorable moments in the world of country music in 2011. While choosing only ten might be a little difficult, these are moments that really got people talking during the year. More Country: Top Singles | Top Albums | The Year in Country Glen Campbell's Sad News The…

  14. Kenny Loggins Glows About Newest Musical 'Brother'

    November 10, 2011 2:05 PM EST Hit-making singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins joined country music's biggest party last night, kicking off the 45th annual CMA Awards performing "Footloose" with Blake Shelton, who went on to collect his second consecutive male vocalist of the year trophy. Loggins' current…

  15. 20 Memorable CMA Awards Moments

    November 08, 2011 12:45 PM EST When Shelton And Paisley Win (2010) Two marquee acts reached career pinnacles - Blake Shelton won the Male Vocalist of the Year prize, while Brad Paisley - the artist whom Shelton unseated- won the Entertainer of the Year trophy. Alan Jackson Sings About "You" (2001) Alan Jackson…

  16. Alan Jackson & Kix Brooks Enter Music City Walk of Fame

    November 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST As Nashville got ready to watch their Tennessee Titans take to the field against the Bengals on Sunday, many in downtown gathered for the 2011 unveiling festivities of the Music City Walk of Fame. Seven Nashville-related personalities were chosen for the honor -- including two with deep ties…

  17. The Band Perry Turns Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' Country

    October 31, 2011 5:08 AM EDT After Patrick Stump's rockin' cover of Big Boi's "Shutterbug," and cover duo Karmin playing Foster The People , the Mashup Mondays post-season continues this week with The Band Perry covering countrifying Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" -- and just in time…

  18. Martina McBride Goes for 'Organic and Rootsy' on 11th Album

    October 06, 2011 3:30 PM EDT When Martina McBride releases her eleventh studio album (appropriately titled "Eleven") on Oct. 11, it will mark her very first project for Republic Nashville -- after a very successful run with RCA. Releasing her first album, "The Time Has Come," back in 1992, McBride has…

  19. Steel Magnolia Singer Enters Rehab

    September 30, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Joshua Scott Jones, the male half of country duo Steel Magnolia, has entered treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. Jones made the announcement Thursday afternoon on the duo's web site. "God has been on my heart to announce and make public that I have entered a rehabilitation…

  20. Billboard Bits: Carrie Underwood Halfway Done New Album, New Avril Lavigne Video

    September 09, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carrie Underwood Halfway Through New Album Carrie Underwood has revealed that she is halfway done with the follow-up to 2009's "Play On." "I've been writing quite a bit. And I've been…

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