1. Fans Like The Sound Of That: Country Stays Relevant With Melodic Emphasis

    May 19, 2016 10:34 AM EDT Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris songs exemplify singability in a rormat known for its stories. Keith Urban was specifically promoting his new album, Ripcord , when he spoke to USA Today earlier this month, but he could have easily been talking about country music as a whole. “Melody…

  2. Can You Match Chart-Toppers Future, Cole Swindell to Their Signature Toppers?

    April 28, 2016 5:20 PM EDT You may know these stars' chart-toppers -- but do you know their signature topper? See if you can pair the musicians with their go-to headgear. Pharrell 's Smokey the Bear-inspired chapeau. Slash 's signature black top hat. Devo' s tiered energy domes. What's a…

  3. Country Radio Programmers Debate Surplus of Slow Songs For Spring

    April 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead, they’re hearing more ballads and downtempo fare than usual,…

  4. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Drake Moves Closer to Elvis, Rihanna's 'Kiss It Better' Debuts

    April 14, 2016 7:47 PM EDT As Rihanna's Drake-featuring "Work" reigns for an eighth week, her pop radio follow-up bows. Plus, moves for Drake himself, Kanye West, Tim McGraw & Bryson Tiller. As previously reported , Rihanna's "Work," featuring Drake , posts an eighth week at No. 1 on…

  5. 'Chillin' on the Road' with Brett Eldredge's Takeover Tuesday Playlist

    March 28, 2016 4:12 PM EDT Welcome back to  Takeover Tuesday , where each week Billboard taps charting artists and mega taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they want and add whatever tracks…

  6. Tim McGraw Calls on Fans to Submit Photos for ACM Awards Performance

    March 14, 2016 6:47 PM EDT Have you always dreamed of playing a small part in the Academy of Country Music Awards? Well, now's your chance. Country singer and ACM Awards performer Tim McGraw is reaching out to fans to submit photos expressing what "humble and kind" means to them in a word in honor of his…

  7. Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton & More Performing at ACM Awards: Exclusive

    March 09, 2016 11:00 AM EST Luke Bryan , Tim Mcgraw , Chris Stapleton ,  Jason Aldean and  Thomas Rhett will all be performing at this year's 51st Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban & More to Perform at ACM Awards…

  8. LoCash Fights for Follow-Up Single 'I Know Somebody'

    February 25, 2016 10:08 AM EST When LoCash was stuck in the lower to mid-range of the Country Airplay chart with “I Love This Life,” the duo found itself engaged in more than one battle. Chris Lucas and Preston Brust were fighting to keep “Life” alive on the very public chart. Meanwhile behind the scenes, the guys felt the…

  9. Get Real: Country Radio Insiders Laud Authenticity as Winning Formula

    February 18, 2016 3:00 PM EST Tim McGraw's social media confession points to a key attribute for radio to follow. “I hate social media.” Tim McGraw ’s response on Feb. 10 to the last question 
during the last panel of Country Radio Seminar in Nashville underscored one of the basic messages of the entire three-day…

  10. Grammys 2016 Preview: The Inside Scoop on the Best Country Song and Country Album Nominees

    February 13, 2016 9:00 AM EST Best Country Album Montevallo Sam Hunt Label MCA Nashville Hunt may have confirmed the end of country's "hat act" era, eschewing not just Stetsons but also the ball caps of bro-country for his own suave style. That goes for his sound, too, with a romantic hip-hop influence that…

  11. Tim McGraw Talks Fitness, Faith Hill & His Decades-Long Career in Country Radio Seminar Q&A

    February 11, 2016 5:10 PM EST Tim McGraw , the biggest name at this year's Country Radio Seminar, wasn't putting on a show, but rather sitting for a career-spanning interview, at a conference wrap-up panel titled "Transcending and Evolving." While there was plenty of attention given in the Q&A to…

  12. Big Barrel, FarmBorough, Delaware Junction... With Rampant Cancellations, What's the Forecast for This Year's Country Fests?

    February 11, 2016 11:28 AM EST Despite drawing a respectable 40,000 last year, country’s Big Apple invasion has faltered, with the cancellation of the FarmBorough country music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island being the latest in a string of troubling signs in what has been the hottest space in live music. Live…

  13. NYC's 2016 FarmBorough Festival Canceled

    February 09, 2016 8:55 PM EST The 2016 FarmBorough Festival with headlining sets by Toby Keith , Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw at Randall's Island Park in New York City has been canceled.  Big Barrel Fest Shutters -- Is Delaware Junction Next? Tickets for the event slated for June 17-19 went on sale just last week, but…

  14. Tim McGraw Debuts Emotional, Oprah-Approved 'Humble and Kind' Video: Watch

    January 22, 2016 6:12 PM EST Some two decades into his career, Tim McGraw continues to make music that touches the masses. This week, the Big Machine recording artist has seen a viral response to the video for his new single "Humble and Kind," which features powerful footage from Oprah Winfrey's OWN-TV…

  15. Thomas Rhett Tops Country Airplay Chart for a Fifth Week: 'This Is a Career Song'

    January 20, 2016 11:23 AM EST Thomas Rhett boasts the longest rule atop Billboard 's Country Airplay chart in more than six years, as "Die a Happy Man" (Valory) leads the list (dated Jan. 30) for a fifth week. The ballad tops the survey with 50 million in audience (down 3 percent), according to Nielsen…

  16. High Times For LoCash: Veteran Duo Celebrates First Top 10 Hit

    December 10, 2015 1:20 PM EST "We're top 10," Chris Lucas bursts out at the end of a 30--minute conversation. "Every answer we say is just, 'We're top 10, we're top 10, we're top 10.' " It's a joking oversimplification, but it would be hard to blame him for the…

  17. 2016 Grammy Nominations: Chris Stapleton and Other Country Artists Poised to Win Big

    December 07, 2015 2:14 PM EST In looking at the country nominees for the upcoming 58 th Annual Grammy Awards, there were no major surprises. But, as is often the case, there were a few curveballs that might have thrown some industry insiders for something of a loop -- along with two of the format’s most diverse talents…

  18. Tracy Lawrence Celebrates 10 Years of Turkeys at Annual Thanksgiving Charity Event in Nashville

    November 25, 2015 10:00 AM EST On a cool Tuesday morning in Music City, Tracy Lawrence spent his day just as he has every Thanksgiving week since 2006: knee-deep in turkeys. For the 10th year, the singer was helping out the Nashville Rescue Mission by frying turkeys for their holiday meal. Aboard his tour bus, Lawrence…

  19. With Cam & Kelsea Ballerini, Women Resurging on Country Airplay Chart

    November 11, 2015 1:50 PM EST Both have tallied their first top 10s in 2015, marking the first time in 14 years that more than one woman has notched a first top 10 in a year. Cam achieves her first top 10 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 21), as "Burning House" rises 11-10 (30 million in…

  20. How CMA Singles of the Year Endure At Country Radio, Or Don't

    November 03, 2015 12:07 PM EST A brand-new single of the year winner will be crowned on the Nov. 4 Country Music Assn. Awards, but what kind of shelf life will that song have at radio after its win? To help answer that question we took a look at the durability of CMA singles of the year champs for the past 25 years.…

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