1. Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Grand Ole Opry Cast Member, Dead at 94

    January 02, 2015 8:11 PM EST Richard Nixon might have been President of the United States the last time that  Little Jimmy Dickens  appeared on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, but the veteran performer enjoyed a career that went far beyond chart statistics.  Dickens, who passed away tonight at the age of 94 due to…

  2. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  3. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  4. Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' Shines Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 11, 2014 2:35 PM EST He extends his active streak of No. 1s to 13. Blake Shelton boasts the longest active No. 1 streak on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, and he adds yet another leader on this week's chart (dated Nov. 22), as "Neon Light" rises 2-1 to become his 13th…

  5. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  6. Randy Houser, O.A.R., Al Kooper Added to Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert

    October 17, 2014 1:41 PM EDT More artists have been added to the upcoming star-studded tribute to southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd , set to invade Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Nov. 12. Randy Houser , O.A.R. and Al Kooper , who discovered Skynyrd and produced many of their hits, are the newest additions to "…

  7. Lynyrd Skynyrd to Be Honored at Star-Studded Concert Event

    August 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT "One More For The Fans!" will feature performances from the legendary rock group and their famous friends. The music and legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd will be honored this fall during a night-long concert event titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of…

  8. Blake Shelton Scores Record-Tying Fifth Country Airplay No. 1 From 'Story'

    June 30, 2014 10:15 PM EDT 'My Eyes' marks the fifth leader from 'Based On a True Story …,' matching the No. 1 output of Brad Paisley's '5th Gear' in 2007-08 Blake Shelton ties a vaunted Country Airplay chart record, and extends another that he already owned, as "My Eyes,"…

  9. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    May 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT “How lucky are we that we get to be here together?” Martina McBride asked the sold-out crowd on board the Carnival Ecstasy this week, where she was performing the first of two shows in Cozumel, Mexico, as part of the cruise line’s new Carnival Live concert series. “This has been a new…

  10. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom

    May 11, 2014 8:20 AM EDT Chart Article From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting "Mother" at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother's Day, this Sunday. Raise a glass this Mother's Day, and let these songs be your…

  11. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  12. Blake Shelton Sets No. 1 Record, Debuts Duet With Shakira On Country Airplay Chart

    April 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Shelton scores an unprecedented 11th consecutive leader with 'Doin' What She Likes,' while his and Shakira's 'Medicine' arrives Blake Shelton rewrites the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the history of the Nielsen BDS-based Billboard Country…

  13. Trace Adkins' Wife Files for Divorce

    March 26, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The wife of country star Trace Adkins has filed for divorce. WSMV-TV reports that Rhonda Adkins filed paperwork Tuesday in Williamson County, citing "irreconcilable differences" between the couple. The Adkins' have been married 16 years and have three children. Rhonda Adkins…

  14. Jennifer Hudson Headlining Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    January 22, 2014 7:47 PM EST Chicago, Foreigner, Daughtry also set to perform during concert series Back when she was a nobody, long before she blasted to stardom on "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson sang on a cruise ship. And on Wednesday, the singer said she would do it again -- this…

  15. Trace Adkins Enters Rehab

    January 16, 2014 1:00 AM EST Country singer Trace Adkins has entered alcohol rehab. Adkins' publicist tells Country Weekly and confirms to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the singer entered rehab after consuming alcohol during the Country Cruising cruise. The 52-year-old "Celebrity Apprentice"…

  16. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the "…

  17. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

  18. Trace Adkins' 'Christmas Show' Tour Blends Music With Theatrical Elements

    November 30, 2013 5:32 PM EST Trace Adkins has been receiving some of the best reviews of his career as of late, due to his new Christmas release "The King’s Gift." A traditional collection of Yuletide tunes with a heavy emphasis on Celtic and Irish sounds, the singer tells Billboard he’s wanted to do such a…

  19. Kix Brooks Takes Turn as Leading Man in 'Ambush At Dark Canyon'

    November 11, 2013 4:50 PM EST Kix Brooks says there's an undeniable tie between the average country music demographic and westerns. "I think a lot of us grew up being fans of westerns and those old TV shows," he related to Billboard. "It's the cowboy hat, jeans, and boots, and it goes along with…

  20. Blake Shelton Scores 15th Country Airplay No. 1

    November 05, 2013 11:05 AM EST The coach on NBC's 'The Voice' narrowly bests Tim McGraw for the radio ranking's new leader In one of the tightest No. 1 battles since Billboard's Country Airplay chart switched from a plays-based to an audience impressions-based methodology almost nine years ago,…

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