1. CMA Awards to Seek Doantions for Sandy Victims

    November 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Handing out trophies isn't the only mission when country music's biggest stars take the stage Thursday night for the Country Music Association Awards: They'll be reaching out to help those affected by superstorm Sandy. "Country fans are so amazing and so giving," co…

  2. Tim McGraw Returns with 'Two Lanes of Freedom' Album

    October 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Tim McGraw will return with a new album a little over a year after the January release of "Emotional Traffic." "Two Lanes of Freedom" is slated for release on Feb. 5, 2013, and marks the country superstar's debut on Big Machine Records, after spending much of his…

  3. 'Nashville' Nibbles on Country Songs Chart, Tim McGraw Reaches Milestone

    October 18, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Two Big Machine-issued songs from the well-received new ABC series "Nashville" appear on Country Songs, led by Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen's Hot Shot Debut at No. 29 with "If I Didn't Know Better." The actors portray Bluebird Café bartender Gunnar and waitress…

  4. Cledus T. Judd Parodies Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town on 'Parodyziac'

    October 16, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Cledus T. Judd, the Georgia native who has won fans with parodies of songs by acts such as Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Toby Keith, is back at it once again, with "Parodyziac," out today on Warner Brothers. Judd told Billboard that nobody is more surprised about his return to…

  5. The Farm, Fresh Off Debut Hit, Take 'Grateful' Approach

    October 16, 2012 9:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind 2012 for The Farm. The trio of Damien Horne, Krista Marie, and Nick Hoffman have crossed several firsts off of their bucket list in 2012. They have seen their debut single, "Home Sweet Home," climb to the top 20, released their debut album, and last week…

  6. Up And 'Away': Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Airplay Chart

    October 16, 2012 5:05 AM EDT 'Blown Away' rises 2-1 to become her 13th leader on the radio-based chart. Since Carrie Underwood first topped Billboard's radio-based country ranking nearly seven years ago, her contemporaries in the solo female artist category have grown accustomed to showing up with their…

  7. Adele Debuts James Bond Theme: Listen to 'Skyfall'

    October 04, 2012 7:10 PM EDT As of 0:07 London time, Adele's James Bond theme song, "Skyfall," is streaming on her website and available on iTunes, a few weeks before the series' latest film, starring Daniel Craig, hits theaters. Adele's voice is accompanied by a 77-piece orchestra on the Paul…

  8. ABC's 'Nashville' Teams With Big Machine: Exclusive

    October 02, 2012 11:00 PM EDT A song co-written by the Civil Wars ' John Paul White will be the first single released from the ABC show "Nashville" that premieres Oct. 10, due on the label of Taylor Swift -- Big Machine. The new series set in and around the music industry and politics in Nashville will…

  9. Lady Antebellum Reach Live Milestone, Talk Next Album & Meeting Springsteen

    October 01, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Lady Antebellum has been a force on the charts since their 2008 debut single "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," but according to the trio's Charles Kelley, 2012 was definitely a year where they felt that they took their career to the highest level yet. The Capitol Nashville…

  10. Hunter Hayes Makes History, Little Big Town Shines on Country Charts

    September 20, 2012 2:30 PM EDT As "Wanted" steps 2-1 on Country Songs, newcomer Hunter Hayes makes history as the youngest solo male act to top the radio tally, ringing at the top bell at 21 years and two weeks of age, surpassing a record set in 1973 by Johnny Rodriguez when he reigned with "You Always Come…

  11. Hot Tours: Madonna, Enrique Iglesias & Jennifer Lopez, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw

    August 31, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Madonna claims the top ranking on the latest Hot Tours ranking with box office stats reported from the final month of her MDNA tour's European leg. With more than 307,000 fans in attendance at the last 11 Euro performances, ticket revenue totaled more than $36 million. Included in the…

  12. The Beat 8/29: Michael Jackson's Birthday, Johnny Cash Box Set

    August 29, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Welcome to the Wednesday, August 29 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts -- from the middle of Times Square in New York…

  13. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw Close Out 'Killer' Stadium Tour

    August 27, 2012 9:00 AM EDT "It's a very bittersweet moment to watch a tour come to an end," Chesney says Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw wrapped their "Brothers of the Sun" stadium tour Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with 111,209 tickets sold for the weekend shows -- which…

  14. Country Countdown: Blake Shelton Makes It a Dozen, Taylor Swift Pops Out

    August 23, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' regains No. 1 album status Blake Shelton makes it an even dozen as "Over" shoots 4-1 to become the artist's 12th leader on the audience-driven Country Songs, and the fourth consecutive No. 1 from his "Red River Blue"…

  15. Taylor Swift's 'Never' Roars Toward Record Sales Debut, Onto Airplay Charts

    August 20, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' could rewrite sales history, while also starting on a host of Billboard radio charts. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Taylor Swift 's fourth studio album "Red," due Oct. 22, appears…

  16. Hot Tours: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Aldean

    August 17, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw score the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours recap with box office grosses reported from two more NFL stadiums on their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour. Representing this week's totals is an Aug. 3 performance at the famed Mercedes-Benz…

  17. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Smash Record for NYC-Area Country Show

    August 13, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Brothers of the Sun Tour Stop at MetLife Stadium Breaks Chesney's Own Milestone, Set Last Year A Kenny Chesney concert is synonymous with summer and tailgating. Fans know this firsthand and keep coming back for more, helping the country singer top records year after year. Last summer,…

  18. Grace Potter On Playing To Country Crowds: 'I Love The Horrified Looks'

    August 09, 2012 6:20 PM EDT Rock singer continues on Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers on the Sun tour. Grace Potter says she's having a good time being a "Little Sister of the Sun" on Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw 's Brothers of the Sun stadium tour -- and a mischievous little sister, at…

  19. The Beat: Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot, No New Album for Justin Timberlake

    August 09, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Today's Thursday, August 9 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, features host Jonathan Brooks broadcasting from sunny California, running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts on Billboard.com.…

  20. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill to Make It Happen in Vegas: 40 Shows, 10 Weeks

    August 08, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Two country superstars, 10 weekends, 40 shows, one historic location. When Faith Hill sang "Let's Go To Vegas," it's doubtful she envisioned this. Hill and husband Tim McGraw unveiled Tuesday their plans for a much-talked-about run in Las Vegas that kicks off Dec. 7.…

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