1. Thomas Rhett & Wife Lauren Adopt Daughter Willa From Africa

    May 12, 2017 6:30 PM EDT "I can't believe our daughter is finally home." Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins have adopted a girl from Africa, the country singer announced Friday (May 12).  The couple posted photos of the happy family on social media, introducing their new daughter Willa Gray Akins. …

  2. Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban & Thomas Rhett Among Top CMT Music Awards Nominees

    May 09, 2017 1:00 PM EDT The CMT Music Awards season is in full swing, and the list of nominees is officially here. Country music’s biggest names are scattered throughout the nominations list. Keith Urban , Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhet​t all have four nominations, including social superstar of the year. Ballerini…

  3. Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett & More CMT Music Awards Social Superstar Nominees: See Their Best Posts

    May 09, 2017 12:00 PM EDT As the nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards are being unveiled Tuesday (May 9),  Billboard  has the exclusive scoop on one of the newer categories: social superstar. Among this year's nominees for the social media-fueled category are  Keith Urban , Jake Owen , Kelsea Ballerini , Thomas…

  4. Thomas Rhett, Roc Nation & Rhett Akins Launch Home Team Publishing

    April 07, 2017 10:28 AM EDT It’s been quite the week for The Valory Music Co’s Thomas Rhett . On Sunday (April 2), the recording artist walked away with three of ACM Awards: two for song of the year (“Die A Happy Man”) -- as both artist and songwriter -- and male vocalist of the year. On top of his award achievements,…

  5. Thomas Rhett & Maren Morris Debut Duet 'Craving You' at the 2017 ACM Awards

    April 02, 2017 10:16 PM EDT After winning 2017 ACM song of the year,  Thomas Rhett appeared on stage once more to perform. He used the opportunity to premiere his latest love song, “Craving You.”  Rhett was joined by  Maren Morris  for her second performance of the night. While their outfits contrasted one another …

  6. David Copperfield & Nancy O'Dell Parody Oscars 'La La Land' Best Picture Flub at ACM Awards 2017: Watch

    April 02, 2017 9:11 PM EDT At the 2017 ACM Awards, the first award of the night was preceded by the first great joke of the night, a classic fake-out regarding who won best song of the year. Prior to presenters David Copperfield and Nancy O'Dell announcing that Thomas Rhett had won for his hit "Die A Happy…

  7. Cheat Codes & Demi Lovato, Mary J. Blige, Logic and More Are Spotify Editor's Picks for March 31

    March 31, 2017 3:26 PM EDT All-star collaborations make for a strong end to the month. Every week, Spotify updates their "New Music Friday" playlist, featuring 50 of the freshest new tracks hitting the service that week. On the heels of Billboard 's partnership with the streaming giant, we'll be…

  8. Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini Place Their Bets On Faves at the ACM Awards

    March 30, 2017 12:26 PM EDT When the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards airs April 2 on CBS, music fans won't be the only ones rooting for their favorite nominees. Country music's stars will also be cheering each other on. “ Maren Morris is on fire right now,” says Dierks Bentley of the singer/songwriter,…

  9. Thomas Rhett Shows Off His 40 Favorite Pairs of Travelin' Shoes

    March 24, 2017 10:55 AM EDT Growing up in Nashville with a country singer and hit songwriter as his father, Thomas Rhett , 26, was practically weaned in cowboy boots. But he has always felt most at home in a pair of kicks. Professionally, he finally shed his cowboy heels (“I was going to break my ankles dancing in them,…

  10. Here Are All the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Performances Ranked From Worst to Best

    March 05, 2017 9:23 PM EST Though only eight performers rocked the stage at Sunday's (Mar. 5) iHeartRadio Music Awards, it was still more than enough to fill out two hours' worth of primetime entertainment -- starting with Katy Perry treadmilling on a giant hamster wheel, and ending with Bruno Mars digging…

  11. Thomas Rhett & Wife Lauren Are Expecting (and Adopting) a Baby

    February 15, 2017 12:02 PM EST Thomas Rhett announced that him and his wife, Lauren Akins, are having a baby. The 26-year-old country singer shared the exciting news today (Feb.15) on Instagram. “We are so happy to announce that we are pregnant…” Rhett captioned the photo, which shows the couple holding gold balloons,…

  12. Scott Borchetta's Big Machine, Canada's Bell Media Ring Up Deal on New TV Talent Property

    February 06, 2017 8:00 AM EST Toronto-based multi-media company Bell Media has struck a partnership with Scott Borchetta ’s Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) to develop a new worldwide television talent search “to uncover, develop, and promote pop culture’s next musical superstars,” according to the press release issued…

  13. Sam Hunt, FGL Loom Large in Country Music's Embrace of Streaming in 2016

    January 13, 2017 11:14 AM EST Country album sales continued their annual downward trajectory, though Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" became the first country set in three years to sell 1 million. When executives look back on shifts in country music in future years, they might well point to 2016 as the moment…

  14. 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' in NYC Highlights Include Lively Sets by Gloria Estefan, DNCE

    January 01, 2017 6:27 PM EST Mariah Carey gave 2016 an appropriate send-off with a baffling performance plagued with technical difficulties on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC, but the rest of the Times Square performances -- including Thomas Rhett , DNCE , and Gloria Estefan…

  15. Behind the Scenes at 'New Year's Rockin' Eve': Thomas Rhett, Gloria Estefan & More

    December 31, 2016 7:07 PM EST Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest  is about to kick 2016 to the curb, but before the show hits the air at 8 p.m., Billboard is giving a sneak peek of the party, which features performances by Mariah Carey , DNCE , Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan , who is…

  16. 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…

  17. Hunter Hayes Looks to Tomorrow With 'Yesterday's Song'

    December 19, 2016 12:18 PM EST His new release represents a sonic update for the "I Want Crazy" singer. Hunter Hayes has punched the reset button with “Yesterday’s Song.” In the five years since he released his debut album at age 20, he has developed a rabid fan base with anthemic ballads (“Wanted,” “Invisible”)…

  18. Country Producer-Guitarist Dann Huff Works Both Sides of the Amp

    December 14, 2016 11:44 AM EST The Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban associate started out as an ace session guitarist. When the Country Music Association handed out its 50th annual awards on Nov. 2, Chris Stapleton got a fair amount of attention for taking home two trophies. Only one other person was a double-winner that night…

  19. Norbert Nix, Lesly Simon the Latest to Transition From Radio Promotion Exec to GM

    December 09, 2016 12:55 PM EST For some record executives who are working up through the radio promotion team ranks, the ultimate goal is to someday help run a label. Many have succeeded. At Big Machine Label Group alone, top execs Scott Borchetta , Jimmy Harnen  and  Chris Stacey  all came from the promotion world. Ditto…

  20. Garth Brooks Triples Up (Again) In Top Country Albums Top Five

    December 06, 2016 11:55 AM EST For the first time in 24 years, an artist simultaneously holds three positions in the top five of Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart … and it's the same artist as last time: Garth Brooks . Christmas Together (Gwendolyn/Pearl), the new holiday set from Brooks and his wife, Trisha…

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