Country music

  1. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  2. Ray Price's 37-Year Run on the Billboard Charts: 46 Top Tens, Eight No. 1's

    December 16, 2013 7:45 PM EST With 109 titles charted between 1952-89, Ray Price's history on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart spans more than 37 years with 46 top 10 entries, eight of those reaching No. 1. The country legend died Monday at his home in Texas after ...

  3. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label home, Republic Nashville, to new heights. YEAR-END CHARTS:  Top Country Art ...

  4. Grammys 2014 Country Award Categories: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill But No Ashley Monroe

    December 07, 2013 9:52 AM EST As most year-end critics' lists will undoubtedly proclaim, 2013 has been a year where newcomer Kacey Musgraves has dazzled with a sound that is both traditional and irreverent. That being said, it's little surprise that the singer finish ...

  5. A Look Back at Key Milestones at the CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 8:46 AM EST Here's a look at some key moments in the history of the Country Music Association Awards, which honor the best of the country music (the 47th annual CMAs air on Wednesday night). - 1967 : The first CMA Awards were not televised. It is bille ...

  6. George Strait Wins Entertainer of the Year

    November 06, 2013 11:59 PM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Country Music Association Awards paid tribute to the past, present and future, giving George Strait his third entertainer of the year trophy on Wednesday while also awarding a quartet of 20-somethings who are helping ...

  7. George Strait, Josh Kear, Warner/Chappell Among ASCAP Country Music Award Honorees

    November 05, 2013 12:56 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4th in the Grand Ballroom at Nashville’s newly opened Music City Center.  ASCAP Country Music Awards -- Photo Gal ...

  8. Taylor Swift Sets Songwriting Record

    October 08, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Taylor Swift has set a record with the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The organization announced Tuesday that it would name Swift as its songwriter/artist of the year. This is her sixth win, beating out five-time winners Vince ...

  9. Country Music: America’s Labor Party (feat. Spotify Playlist)

    August 29, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day weekend. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsl ...

  10. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Ties For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    July 24, 2013 2:43 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line matches the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's debut single "Cruise" notches a 21st cumulative week at the summit. With its latest week on top ...

  11. Chet Flippo on 'The Genre-Bustin’ Rise of Insurgent Country' (From The Billboard Archives)

    June 19, 2013 5:46 PM EDT With the passing of longtime music writer Chet Flippo , Billboard’s Nashville Bureau Chief from 1995 to 2000, we went back to our archives to read his voluminous music writings. Here we discovered a perfect example of Chet's shining long-fo ...

  12. Backbeat: Bobby Roberts' 7lb. Lunker Wins 6th Annual Porter Wagoner Memorial Fishing Tournament

    June 03, 2013 10:32 AM EDT The 6th Annual Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Fishing Tournament on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tenn., on May 31 brought out professional anglers and artists in search of bass, and included a formal dedication of Porter’s ...

  13. Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Announced, to Air Sep. 18 on AXS TV

    May 14, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdal ...

  14. Lady Antebellum Set for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 08, 2013 6:20 PM EDT Country trio Lady Antebellum should nab its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Golden . Industry sources project the new release will sell around 150,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 12. The new ...

  15. George Jones' Final Concert Reimagined As Tribute: Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, More to Perform

    May 07, 2013 2:14 PM EDT Perhaps it’s only fitting that George Jones, once nicknamed “No Show Jones,” won’t be physically present at what was to be his final concert.   But thanks to a few of his friends and fellow artists, the show will go on. George Jones Funeral: Bra ...

  16. George Jones Memorial Evokes Tears, Tributes From Fans and Friends

    May 02, 2013 5:38 PM EDT In the lyrics of George Jones' signature song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," a wreath is placed upon the door of a heartbroken man at a funeral. And when Jones' time came, they placed not just a wreath but a gargantuan spray ...

  17. Backbeat: Kenny Chesney Previews New Album 'Life on a Rock' in New York City for His Biggest Fans

    April 30, 2013 10:45 AM EDT In a production orchestrated much like a major live television show, a studio audience of about 90 fans sat within feet of country superstar Kenny Chesney to hear songs from his new album, ( Life On A Rock , out Tuesday, April 30th) and the stor ...

  18. Grand Ole Opry To Hold Public Funeral For George Jones

    April 29, 2013 6:38 AM EDT A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81. Brad Paisley, Mel Tillis and Other Grand Ole Opry Stars Honor George Jones Publicist Kirt Webster ...

  19. George Jones Radio Airplay Soars in the Hours After His Death

    April 27, 2013 7:02 PM EDT Although written as a chilling tragedy ballad with a surprise ending, the chorus of George Jones’ 1989 hit “Radio Lover” could conversely be interpreted as posthumous consolation for the legions of fans he left grieving in the wake of his dea ...

  20. George Jones Was King of the Country Charts

    April 26, 2013 11:16 AM EDT He may have been known as the Possum, but on Billboard's country charts, George Jones was a king. Jones passed away this morning at 81. Jones holds the record for the most entries on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart - 166 - from 19 ...

  21. Brad Paisley Headed For Eighth Top 10 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    April 12, 2013 6:58 PM EDT Country super star Brad Paisley is aiming for his eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The singer's new Wheelhouse could bow at either No. 2 or No. 3, depending on how the rest of the week shakes out. Industry sources s ...

  22. Brad Paisley 'Accidental Racist' Controversy Sends Streams Into High Gear

    April 11, 2013 3:08 PM EDT The controversy around the Brad Paisley-LL Cool J collaboration on Paisley new album has helped drive online streams of the track as it generates a massive amount of attention from writers and critics. The much-derided "Accidental Racist,&q ...

  23. Miranda Lambert Is Big Winner at ACM Awards, But Luke Bryan Scores Upset

    April 07, 2013 11:33 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards proved to be one fine education in partying, country style. Many of the evening's performances from Las Vegas proved to be very much attitude laden -- and the winners reflected this, with Luke ...

  24. ACM Awards 2013: Who Will Walk Away With Biggest Honors?

    April 05, 2013 3:36 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will host the festivities live over the CBS Television Network. Who will walk away with the evening’s biggest honors? P ...

  25. Jason Aldean, Songwriters Ben Hayslip David Lee Murphy Celebrate 'The Only Way I Know' No. 1 with ASCAP

    March 06, 2013 6:10 PM EST Songwriters David Lee Murphy and Ben Hayslip were hoping for a Jason Aldean cut when they wrote "The Only Way I Know." Little did they know they would get a triple cut, because when Aldean hard the song he knew it was exactly the tune ...

  26. Country Radio Seminar: Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies and REO Speedwagon Rock the Boat

    March 01, 2013 2:05 PM EST Above, L-R: Ashley Monroe, Pistol Annies; Kelly Clarkson; Angaleena Presley, Pistol Annies; Miranda Lambert The General Jackson river boat was rockin’ last night as Brad Paisley welcomed surprise guests REO Speedwagon on Sony Music Nashville’s 27t ...

  27. Country Radio Seminar Closes Day One at Grand Ole Opry with Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town

    February 28, 2013 10:31 AM EST In the 87-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, the show has only gone on the road on a few occasions, with Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center being among the exceptions for the historic WSM-AM radio show, which broadcasts every Friday and Saturda ...

  28. Mindy McCready: Nashville Music Biz -- Joe Galante, David Malloy, More -- Remembers 'Stunning' Talent

    February 18, 2013 6:46 PM EST Mindy McCready may have had many problems in the last years of her life, but those in the country music industry who knew her and interacted with her throughout her years in Nashville remember a sweet but strong woman, dedicated to her career, w ...

  29. Live Nation Country to Launch Faster Horses Country Fest in Michigan

    February 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST This field will be full of country music fans in July. Live Nation Country President Brian O'Connell took this photo with his iPhone from what will be the stage area for the Faster Horses Festival in Michigan Live Nation Country president B ...

  30. Backbeat: Carrie Underwood Celebrates No. 1 With 'Blown Away' Co-Writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins

    January 18, 2013 3:38 PM EST Carrie Underwood joined Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the two songwriters who penned "Blown Away," at the CMA offices on Wednesday to celebrate their song hitting the top of the charts.    The lobby of the CMA was filled with well-wisher ...

  31. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best Country Song & Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:24 AM EST from twang and swing to rock and beyond, the best of the genre's diverse offerings had two things in common: heart and soul b est Country Song "Blown Away" Songwriters: Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Artist: Carrie Underwood From: Blown ...

  32. The Year In Country: Georgia Rules 2012 With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 8:16 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood, but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts ...

  33. Luke Bryan Wins Big at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:47 AM EST Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards. (Getty Images) Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Sing ...

  34. The Who, Hunter Hayes to Perform, Johnny Cash to Be Honored at Grammy Nominations Concert

    November 29, 2012 11:37 AM EST Country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who, the Band Perry and Dierks Bentley have been added to the lineup for the Grammy nominations concert taking place Wednesday night in Nashville a ...

  35. Carla Wallace

    November 28, 2012 6:50 PM EST Co-owner/GM, Big Yellow Dog Music Hits With Bite It has been a huge year for Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/GM Carla Wallace. The independent publishing company has enjoyed a hot streak of country hits, including "Drunk on You," which top ...

  36. Video: Holly Williams Talks Going Independent, Fashion And Music at the Billboard Touring Conference

    November 15, 2012 4:42 PM EST Holly Williams stuck around after her Q&A at the Billboard Touring Conference to discuss her new album coming out on her own label, and going out on her own outside of the majors. "I love the independent spirit," she says. "Bein ...

  37. Holly Williams Talks Going Indie at Billboard Touring Conference Case Study

    November 07, 2012 4:55 PM EST Straight Talk: Holly Williams confronts her music career's shortcomings and her future independent route. (Photo: MIchael Seto) "Every brick is a brick in the wall." That quote, from singer-songwriter Holly Williams, emerged as the ...

  38. Blake Shelton's CMA Award Victory Reflects Continuing Power of Television For Country Music

    November 06, 2012 12:00 PM EST Perhaps no one was more shocked than Blake Shelton when he received the entertainer of the year award from presenters Reba McEntire and Tim Allen during the 46th annual Country Music Assn. Awards on Nov. 1. He hadn't imagined the digits were ...

  39. Hurricane Sandy Makes Its Mark on CMA Week

    November 02, 2012 7:39 PM EDT Hurricane Sandy left its mark on Nashville during a week filled with awards dinners and the annual CMA Awards. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. FutureSound will feature keynotes from the top min ...

  40. Backbeat: Warner Music Nashville Team Celebrates CMA Wins With Faith Hill, John Esposito, More

    November 02, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The mood was definitely celebratory at Warner Music Nashville 's post- CMA Awards bash held at the company's headquarters on Music Row . The evening's big winner was Blake Shelton , who took home trophies for entertainer and male vo ...

  41. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  42. Backbeat: Broken Bow Celebrates Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, New Label at Pre-CMAs Bash

    November 01, 2012 6:12 PM EDT From left: Broken Bow Music Group GM Rick Shedd, new artist Lindsay Ell, BBR Music Group president/CEO Benny Brown (Photo: Deborah Evans Price) "There's a lot to be excited about" Benny Brown, Broken Bow pres./CEO While zombies, wit ...

  43. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  44. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

    October 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Re ...

  45. Tim McGraw Sets Feb. Release For First Post-Curb Album

    October 30, 2012 5:05 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tim McGraw has announced a Feb. 5 release date for his first album since leaving Curb Records. "Two Lanes of Freedom" is McGraw's first release since a judge granted him the right to record for Big Machine Re ...

  46. Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip Win Big at ASCAP Country Awards

    October 30, 2012 3:21 PM EDT From left; ASCAP's Randy Grimmett, Cal IV's Daniel Hill, songwriter Terry Sawchuk, songwriter Eric Paslay, Cal IV's Natalie Harker and Billy Lynn, ASCAP's Michael Martin. Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwrite ...

  47. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  48. Is the Rock-and-Pop-ification of Country Good or Bad? Mike Dungan, Radio Execs Weigh In

    October 23, 2012 2:38 PM EDT When the Country Music Assn. unveiled the finalists for its 46th annual awards, the list was met with numerous frowns. It had plenty of room for boundary-challenging acts, but not much space for tradition. Eric Church's "Springsteen,&quo ...

  49. Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall opens doors to sponsors

    October 19, 2012 1:48 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, brought to you by Steve's Auto Shack? Such naming-rights deals, normally reserved for sports arenas, could soon be coming to some of the music industry's best-known institutions. Creative Artists Agency ...

  50. Ross On Radio: The Country Single, The Pop Single, The R&B Single And The Hit Single

    October 17, 2012 3:00 PM EDT "Ross On Radio," the long-running, influential column about radio programming trends and history, has returned to Billboard! The column will appear every Monday in Billboard's "Top 40 Update" a free subscription e-mail new ...

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