1. William Michael Morgan Puts 'Missing' Into Action

    December 28, 2016 12:39 PM EST The new country singer de-stresses with a song that recalls Randy Travis and George Strait. When country went through its recent bro-country phase, many longtime fans of the genre -- not to mention a major faction of Nashville’s creative  community -- griped that something was missing.…

  2. LoCash Single Has a 
Thomas Rhett 'Ring' to It

    December 20, 2016 11:36 AM EST The country duo taps a fellow artist for their follow-up to "I Know Somebody." When LoCash ’s first top 10 single, “I Love This Life,” stalled at No. 2 on the Country Airplay chart dated Jan. 30, the only thing that stood in the way was a multiweek No. 1, Thomas Rhett ’s “Die a…

  3. Thomas Rhett Knows It's Wife Lauren Who Is The 'Star Of The Show'

    November 17, 2016 8:48 AM EST The country star's new single, co-written with dad Rhett Akins, pre-dates "Die A Happy Man." It’s probably fair to consider “Star of the Show” to be a social statement about a personal matter. Thomas Rhett wrote it about his wife, Lauren Gregory , in October 2012, when he still…

  4. Hit Songwriter Rhett Akins Moves to Warner/Chappell In Major Music Row Signing

    October 04, 2016 12:15 PM EDT The deal reunites the team that secured hits for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Hits... and a career for Thomas Rhett. Rhett Akins signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. In an average week with a typical songwriter, that statement would be worth a line in the Billboard Country Update ’s …

  5. Steven Tyler Talks New Country Album On 'Today:' 'I'm A Chance-Taker'

    June 24, 2016 11:04 AM EDT Steven Tyler's country-leaning solo debut hit shelves July 15th, so the Aerosmith frontman appeared on TODAY this morning to discuss the new project. Tyler suggested that he has a deeply rooted connection with country music – as a child, he used to listen to a country radio station that…

  6. Steven Tyler Details Solo Debut

    June 09, 2016 11:34 AM EDT Steven Tyler shared information about his first ever solo album this week. We’re All Somebody From Somewhere arrives July 15 th . Tyler produced the record along with help from T Bone Burnett ( Elvis Costello , Steve Earle ), Dan Huff ( Keith Urban , Maddie & Tae ), and others. Well-known…

  7. Luke Bryan Praises the Joys of 'Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day'

    April 07, 2016 1:40 PM EDT The country superstar draws on Alabama, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson in outdoors celebration. In the nine years since Capitol Nashville released his debut single, Luke Bryan has put a bundle of his emotions on display: vulnerability in “Do I,” exuberance in “That’s My Kind of Night,”…

  8. Thomas Rhett Talks Heading Down His 'Own Lane' With 'Tangled Up'

    October 05, 2015 7:39 PM EDT Sophomore album plays up country singer's R&B influences. After scoring the first two of the three major hits from his debut album, Thomas Rhett worried that he might become pigeonholed as someone who was making music “in the same vein as a lot of what a lot of my buddies were doing…

  9. Nashville's Biggest Songwriters Speak Out About the Lack of Women on Country Radio and the Songs They Wish They Wrote

    July 23, 2015 12:02 PM EDT Hitmakers are the lifeblood of country music. “Songwriting is sort of a 9-to-5 job in Nashville,” says Michael Dulaney, who has collaborated on singles with  Tanya Tucker and Jason Aldean . Unlike in other genres, where artists and producers disappear into studios or rented mansions for…

  10. Country Music Plumbs the History of Soul In Search of a New Direction

    May 29, 2015 5:06 PM EDT As the much-maligned bro-country phase winds down, country has found its uptown funk. Sam Hunt 's genre-busting "Take Your Time," with spoken-word sections that seem to borrow from modern hiphop phrasing and Isaac Hayes ' laid-back recitations, spent 11 weeks at No. 1…

  11. Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts

    October 29, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he's jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett's natural ease at singing and songwriting. "I feel like I've really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,"…

  12. Thomas Rhett's Year Keeps Getting Better With 'It Goes Like This'

    October 25, 2013 1:30 PM EDT It's a pretty safe bet that Thomas Rhett was within earshot of a radio this past weekend, as "American Country Countdown" host Kix Brooks announced the Georgia native as the owner of nation's top country song, in terms of radio airplay, with his latest release, "It…

  13. Thomas Rhett's Not-So-Idle 'Hands' Rises Country Chart

    May 08, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Talks Scoring a Writing Credit for Jason Aldean, Working Songs With His Dad Rhett Atkins Things are moving very fast in the world of Thomas Rhett these days. The Georgia native is watching as his debut single, "Something To Do With My Hands," continues to make an impact on the…

  14. Bubbling Under: Aubrey O'Day Is Having a 'Ball' Solo

    May 04, 2012 10:05 AM EDT This week, Chart Beat premieres "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up first: Aubrey O'Day, Cazwell, Rhett Akins and Brandon Hines. Former Danity Kane member Aubrey O'Day (above, right, with "…

  15. 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…

  16. Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' Arrives Jan. 24

    January 03, 2012 9:45 AM EST Though it had a volatile end a few weeks ago, the partnership between Tim McGraw and Curb Records definitely qualified as one of Nashville's most successful. On January 24, the label will release "Emotional Traffic," the final McGraw disc for the label. The disc already…

  17. Rodney Atkins Counts His Blessings With 'Road' Success

    October 04, 2011 11:55 AM EDT It's been three years since Curb recording artist Rodney Atkins has released a new studio album, and he's well aware of this fact. "It's been a long time between albums," Atkins said in an interview for Billboard.com. "We did a project for Cracker Barrel a little…

  18. Blake Shelton "Hillbilly Bone" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:53 PM EST Blake Shelton, "Hillbilly Bone" (Warner Bros.) Release Date: March 2, 2010 Blake Shelton 's raucous duet with Trace Adkins , "Hillbilly Bone," is proving a strong lead-in for Shelton's new project. "I honestly feel it's my debut album," Shelton…

  19. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac…

  20. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2006 - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2004 - A…

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