1. Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Among Country Acts Who Take Business Beyond Music

    September 26, 2016 1:13 PM EDT Musicians view the years they spend in the honky-tonks as paying their dues for the music business. As it turns out, all that very specific training sets them up to succeed in other industries, too. Toby Keith owns dozens of racehorses, developed his own brand of wild mezcal and licensed his…

  2. Radio Station's 'Worst Interview Ever' Series Lives Up to Its Name

    August 18, 2016 9:04 AM EDT Country artists are routinely interviewed while visiting radio stations and have become accustomed to a certain level of professionalism during those on-air chats with personalities. So imagine the stars’ surprise when they find themselves being grilled on camera by a sweaty, awkward and…

  3. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's the week of the Country Music Association&…

  4. Jon Pardi Gets Started at No. 1; Keith Urban Scores 20th Airplay Leader

    June 28, 2016 11:33 AM EDT California Sunrise , the second LP from Jon Pardi , dawns at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 9), selling 24,000 copies in its first week (ending June 23), according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre, consumption-based Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 11…

  5. Darius Rucker Gives Voice to 
Highly Personal Emotions In 'So I Sang'

    June 03, 2016 1:29 PM EDT The last track on his "Southern Style" album provides insight into key moments from the Hootie lead singer's life. When Capitol released Darius Rucker ’s Southern Style on March 31, 2015, the disc contained a number of references to his South Carolina upbringing. But none made…

  6. Toby Keith Reflects on His 'Idol' Merle Haggard Ahead of Tribute

    April 28, 2016 1:47 AM EDT Country star Toby Keith said it was always a thrill to perform with Merle Haggard , whether it was playing together for fun or helping Haggard finish one of his last shows before his death at age 79. The "Beer for My Horses" singer-songwriter will perform a tribute to the late…

  7. 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…

  8. New Year, New Artists: Country Circulates Young Blood In 2016

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and solo Charles Kelley are among the newbies with albums out or on the way. A year ago, Cam , Old Dominion and Chris Stapleton were relative unknowns who had some irons in the fire but no guarantees for their future. Now, they’re all key pieces of country’s…

  9. Hot Tours Roundup: Andre Rieu, Toby Keith & Ariana Grande Lead List

    November 19, 2015 8:02 PM EST Classical, country and pop head up this tally of the week’s highest-grossing Hot Tours (see list, below) with concert sales reported from touring efforts by violinist and orchestra conductor, André Rieu , veteran country headliner Toby Keith and pop star Ariana Grande . Andre Rieu's 10th…

  10. The Weeknd No. 1, Selena Gomez Soars to No. 2 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 21, 2015 1:15 PM EDT Remixes of 'The Hills' lift The Weeknd, while the arrival of 'Revival' sends Gomez to her highest rank. The Weeknd is the top musical act in the U.S., rebounding to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 31). Meanwhile, Selena Gomez roars to her highest rank,…

  11. 'Down' Is Up: Luke Bryan Dominates Country Charts; Toby Keith and Jana Kramer Debut

    October 20, 2015 4:02 PM EDT Luke Bryan makes an almost clean sweep, topping four of Billboard’s five country charts dated Oct. 31. "Strip It Down" (Capitol Nashville) crowns Hot Country Songs (for a fifth week) and takes over atop Country Airplay and Country Streaming Songs (up 2-1 on each list), while his…

  12. Toby Keith Shows Off New Tricks (and Jimmy Buffett) on ‘35 mph Town’: Album Review

    October 09, 2015 1:11 PM EDT Radio hits by country’s leading men have been criticized for relying on the usual tropes of trucks, pretty girls and six-packs. While Toby Keith certainly has drawn from these subjects during his 20-year career, his 18th studio LP, 35 mph Town , bypasses the cliches and tones down his…

  13. Garth Brooks Tops Forbes' Country Earners List

    July 30, 2015 12:50 PM EDT Garth Brooks has been crowned the king of  Forbes ’ annual “Country Cash Kings” list, following the icon’s first tour in over a decade. According to their calculations, Brooks has earned $90 million since last June, a record tally for a country act.  Brooks did those kinds of numbers by…

  14. Chart Fireworks: 2015's Best-Selling July 4th Songs

    July 09, 2015 2:15 PM EDT Patriotic music sales spiked in the week ending July 5. Among notable gainers: Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Katy Perry, Kid Rock & Bruce Springsteen. Americans didn't just celebrate the Fourth of July with food and fireworks. Like any good celebration, music was a big part of the mix.…

  15. Holding Country Airplay's Top Spot Again, Blake Shelton's 'Sangria' Proves Country Isn't 'Dry'

    July 07, 2015 1:57 PM EDT Cheers to Blake Shelton 's "Sangria," which holds the No. 1 spot for a second week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 18). The content of the lyrics - drinking - has certainly been one of the major themes in country music since the very beginning. However,…

  16. Toby Keith Wants You to Remember He Invented Country-Rap Back in 1998

    July 02, 2015 1:12 PM EDT With two of its songs -- "Drunk Americans" and the title track -- already out as singles, Toby Keith is looking forward to the fall arrival of his 18th studio album, 35 MPH Town . But even though he says "we've got it done," Keith is reserving the right to make some…

  17. 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…

  18. Lady Gaga Sings Linda Perry, Stephen Colbert Honors Toby Keith, Zac Brown Fetes the Grateful Dead At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Ceremony

    June 19, 2015 5:20 AM EDT In the men’s room of New York's Marriott Marquis hotel just before the start of the 46th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, one man said, “Anyone know any jokes?” Another replied, “I got a check from Pandora for $1.89 -- for six million plays.” He was joking, or at least…

  19. Stephen Colbert Inducts Toby Keith Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame: Read His Hilarious Speech

    June 19, 2015 1:41 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is a one-of-a-kind event, a sort of cross between the Grammys and a trade-awards show, where superstars like Billy Joel meet equally great but near-anonymous songwriters like country great Bobby Braddock as peers. Each year, the show has a…

  20. Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Cyndi Lauper, Nate Ruess & More Share Stories Behind Their Hits

    June 15, 2015 5:53 PM EDT When it comes to star power, few music industry events can match the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York. Held in a more intimate setting than the Grammys -- the June 18 event takes place once again in a ballroom at the New York Marriott Marquis -- the induction dinner will…

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