1. Luke Bryan Fights the Elements, Wins the Crowds as 'Farm Tour' Rolls Into Alabama

    October 09, 2015 12:50 AM EDT Luke Bryan’s annual Farm Tour hit Twin Creeks Farm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last night, and the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year was happy that the weather was not an issue, with a perfect autumn night in the south. “Thank the Lord,” he told Billboard. “Obviously, I preach that rain is a…

  2. Craig Morgan's 'When I'm Gone' Finds Inspiration In Mortality

    October 07, 2015 11:08 AM EDT Country traditionalist freshens up his sound with latest single. According to Benjamin Franklin , the only guarantees in an ever-changing world are death and taxes. Moaning about the IRS is a common response to the latter. As for death, many would rather not discuss their own. “It can make…

  3. Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan & Brett Eldredge Add New No. 1s on Country Charts

    September 22, 2015 12:58 PM EDT Kenny Chesney scores his 26th No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 3) as "Save It for a Rainy Day" jumps 4-1 in its 14th week with 48 million audience impressions (up 10 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Chesney ties Alan Jackson and George Strait for the…

  4. Little Big Town Talk Nerves and Laughs Ahead of CMA Music Festival TV Special

    August 04, 2015 2:01 AM EDT Little Big Town are seasoned professionals -- when it comes to performing. Their interview skills, however, are something else entirely. The band serves as the host of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock , tonight on ABC, and Kimberly Schlapman said there were a few last minute…

  5. Tim McGraw Chats With Astronauts Over New Single, 'Top of the World'

    August 03, 2015 10:01 PM EDT Tim McGraw 's new single "Top of the World" has got him chatting with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.  Tim McGraw: 'I Don't Think I'm the Best I Can Be Yet' McGraw tweeted to NASA Monday, teasing the song with a video saying that he thought the astronauts at the…

  6. 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…

  7. Tim McGraw Adds More 'Hits,' Little Big Town Nears Chart History

    June 25, 2015 5:14 PM EDT McGraw charts his latest best-of set, while 'Girl Crush' is the longest-leading No. 1 by a group on Hot Country Songs since 1959. Tim McGraw collects his eighth charted best-of album on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart, as 35 Biggest Hits bows at No. 8 with 8,000 sold,…

  8. Country Singer Chris Janson on Why He'll Buy Diapers With His First $1 Million

    June 23, 2015 5:01 PM EDT It's hard to dispute the message of Chris Janson 's new hit "Buy Me A Boat." "Money can't buy everything," he sings, quoting one of pop's famous cliches. Then he quickly revises that statement: "maybe so -- but it could buy me a boat." The…

  9. Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Tops Pop Songs Chart

    June 22, 2015 11:25 AM EDT Hitting No. 1 in just five weeks, the track makes the quickest climb to the top in 10 years. Taylor Swift 's "Bad Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar , hits No. 1 on Billboard 's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, rising 2-1 on the Nielsen Music-based list. Reaching the top in…

  10. Taylor Swift's 'Tim McGraw' Turns 9: Celebrate Flashback Friday With an Early Performance

    June 19, 2015 9:00 AM EDT When she sings "Tim McGraw," we hope you think of her.  It's been a long time since we started fangirling over Taylor Swift : Her very first single, "Tim McGraw," officially dropped on June 19, 2006. If you were an early adopter, T-Swift has been on your iPod for nine…

  11. Brett Eldredge Teams with Snagajob to Find America's Most Musically Talented Hourly Worker

    June 19, 2015 12:24 AM EDT Brett Eldredge has been in a reflective mood as of late. The singer -- who has had three No. 1 singles in a row -- made his very first appearance on the LP Field Stage during last week’s CMA Music Festival. However, it wasn’t always such a fast pace for the singer. His first hit, 2010’s …

  12. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's First Post-Baby Appearance and More Surprises in…

  13. Keith Urban Lights Up Fourth 'Fuse' No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

    May 12, 2015 12:51 PM EDT The star scores four No. 1s from an album for the first time. Keith Urban tallies his fourth No. 1 from his latest album, Fuse , on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated May 23) as "Raise 'Em Up," featuring Eric Church , rises 2-1. Urban notches his 18th career No. 1…

  14. Chris Stapleton Shows His Inner Stax Soul Man at Album Release Party In New York: Live Review

    May 06, 2015 1:15 PM EDT In recent years, more professional songwriters have been making the move from studio rooms to stage center. This could be due to coincidence -- a critical mass of musical talent coming of age around the same time -- but it's more likely that a music industry facing tough times chooses…

  15. Late Night Music Roundup: Tim McGraw, Future Islands

    April 29, 2015 6:49 AM EDT Tim McGraw brought his twangy flair to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday (April 28) when he performed not one, but two tracks. In his signature cowboy hat, the country music superstar performed "Overrated" off his 2014 album release Sundown Heaven Town . McGraw continued to pull from the…

  16. Kanye West, Tim McGraw to Perform at Time 100 Gala

    April 21, 2015 7:24 AM EDT First Time honored them as one of their 100 Most Influential People and now Kanye West and Tim McGraw have been enlisted to perform at the Time 100 Gala slated to take place later this month. The honorees will take the stage at the splashy event set to be held on April 21 at New York City&…

  17. Tim McGraw Defends Sandy Hook Concert, Opener Billy Currington Drops Out

    April 17, 2015 4:51 PM EDT Tim McGraw is standing by his plans to headline a Sandy Hook benefit concert in Hartford, Conn., following a backlash from gun rights advocates.  Tim McGraw to Headline Sandy Hook Benefit Concert "Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous…

  18. Darius Rucker Makes Fashionable Entrance on Country Albums Chart With 'Southern Style'

    April 10, 2015 5:06 PM EDT Twenty years after Hootie & the Blowfish's breakthrough, Rucker continues to reign at country. Darius Rucker debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart, as Southern Style starts with 52,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. Darius Rucker on His…

  19. Viva 'Las Vegas'! Shania Twain Vaults 31-2 on Top Country Albums

    March 12, 2015 5:00 PM EDT Shania Twain scores her highest rank in more than a decade on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as Shania: Still the One: Live From Las Vegas rockets 31-2 in its second chart week (9,000 sold, up 622 percent, according to Nielsen Music). The set serves as a souvenir of her two…

  20. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's 'How Much For a Song' Hearing: Here's How it Could Play Out

    March 10, 2015 5:22 AM EDT The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee sub-committee on Antitrust, Competition Policy  and Consumer Rights is holding a hearing on the antitrust decrees that govern how ASCAP and BMI engage in music licensing Tuesday morning beginning at 10AM, with the proceedings expected to be streamed from…

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