1. Alan Jackson Signs With WME: Exclusive

    August 17, 2017 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country Music icon Alan Jackson has signed with WME for representation in all areas, including music, television, and endorsements. He was previously represented by CAA. The change comes as Jackson prepares to be inducted into the Country Music Hall ...

  2. Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Jon Pardi & More Narrate a Brief History of '90s Country

    August 10, 2017 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 "There are few guys who had a bunch hits with a mullet," Jon Pardi says of Joe Diffie. "That is country strong." At this year's Faster Horses Festival, we had some of today's country stars including Cole Swindell , Dari ...

  3. Alan Jackson's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

    June 26, 2017 11:58 PM EDT is shaping up to be a banner year for longtime country music fan favorite Alan Jackson . He continues his well-received tour with Lee Ann Womack, playing venues across the United States, playing hit after hit for more than two hours a night. In ...

  4. Brooke Eden on the Post-Breakup Text That Inspired Breakout Hit 'Act Like You Don't'

    June 20, 2017 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country radio has been slow to pick up, but Eden is generating millions of Spotify streams. Post-breakup songs are evergreen in country music, and since the majority of country singers getting radio play at the moment are men, wounded male pride has ...

  5. Merle, Waylon, Willie, Patsy: Classic Country Takes Center Stage in Nashville

    April 12, 2017 2:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Simpler material from another era still has a place in a high-tech world. Just days after the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards recognized the state of the genre in 2016 and 2017 on national TV, Nashville turned back the clock. Willie Nelson tape ...

  6. Alan Jackson Joining Country Hall of Fame

    April 06, 2017 8:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country star Alan Jackson , actor-singer-guitarist Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. Their selection was announced Wednesday (Apr. 5). Jackson, 58, from Newnan, Georgia, broke ...

  7. Clive Davis Talks Country Music's Rise and the 'Eye-Opening' Culture of Nashville

    March 22, 2017 11:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 The label icon tied to the careers of Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash and Brooks & Dunn explains how Nashville drew him to country music. His career is inextricably linked to Santana , Janis Joplin , Barry Manilow , Chicago and Aretha Franklin  --  ar ...

  8. New GM Sally Williams Considers The Grand Ole Opry's Synergistic Future

    March 16, 2017 2:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Opry's realignment creates a mini-circuit around a landmark country radio show. When bluegrass act Dailey & Vincent was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on Dec. 30 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Opry vice president/GM Pete Fisher ov ...

  9. Country Music, Politics & the Lingering Fear of 'Getting Dixie Chicked'

    February 15, 2017 4:50 PM EST 0 0 0 The cliche goes that country is all about the song, but one of the seismic events in the genre's recent history actually had nothing to do with music: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas,& ...

  10. William Michael Morgan Puts 'Missing' Into Action

    December 28, 2016 12:39 PM EST 0 0 0 The new country singer de-stresses with a song that recalls Randy Travis and George Strait. When country went through its recent bro-country phase, many longtime fans of the genre -- not to mention a major faction of Nashville’s creative  community ...

  11. Jeezy Earns His Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Trap or Die 3'

    November 07, 2016 12:09 AM EST 0 0 0 Plus: Kenny Chesney, Meek Mill & Avenged Sevenfold Debut at Nos. 2-4 Jeezy notches his third No. 1 album -- and eighth consecutive top 10 -- on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Trap or Die 3. The album, which was released on Oct. 28 t ...

  12. 14 Time-Related Songs to Help Ring in Daylight Savings Time

    November 04, 2016 1:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Because you know you're excited about that extra hour of sleep. Daylight Savings Time kicks in during the early morning hours of Nov. 6, and although it means winter is coming (don’t remind us, Jon Snow), we couldn’t help thinking of songs to l ...

  13. Here Are All the 2016 CMA Awards Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    November 03, 2016 12:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 2016 CMA Awards -- the 50th edition of the awards show -- drew the best of the best: every living entertainer of the year winner was present, alongside all today’s hottest up-and-coming artists. The awards themselves were special, but, particula ...

  14. The CMA Awards' Golden Anniversary: 50 Years, 50 Highlights

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and even a former president are part of the trophy's history. From Jack Greene ’s triple play in the first year to Chris Stapleton ’s career-making appearance at the 49th installment, the C ...

  15. From Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, The Stars' Most Memorable CMA Moments Across the Decades

    October 28, 2016 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 2 On October 20, 1967, Bobbie Gentry -- fresh off of her career-defining smash “Ode To Billy Joe" -- joined fellow hitmaker Sonny James on stage at Nashville Municipal Auditorium to host the first Country Music Association Awards Banquet and Show ...

  16. CMA's 'Forever Country' Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen

    September 16, 2016 7:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 50th Annual CMA Awards' celebratory star-studded spectacle of a song "Forever Country" was released Friday (Sept. 16) and it includes 30 of the genre's biggest names of past and present fame.  The song pays tribute to country ...

  17. Is Country Music More Polarized Than Ever Before?

    September 13, 2016 5:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following Sturgill Simpson's Facebook diatribe, the decades-long battle between country music's various factions continues. Last month, Sturgill Simpson wrote a less-than-polite note to the Academy of Country Music, the institution behind ...

  18. Miranda Lambert's 'Vice' 
Puts A Broken Spirit On Display

    August 23, 2016 3:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 A gutsy single from her upcoming album mines tough emotions from the singer's 2015 divorce. When Miranda Lambert unveiled the first single from her next album, the stark a cappella opening practically begged the listener to lean into the speake ...

  19. Country Newcomer Kane Brown Talks New Single, Touring with Florida Georgia Line

    August 23, 2016 11:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 RCA recording artist Kane Brown spent most of his childhood on the move. The singer, who has just released a new single, “Thunder In The Rain,” says that family economics dictated those moves. “Growing up, we really didn’t have a lot of money,” he r ...

  20. Chris Lane's 'Fix' Makes Improbable Rise On Indie Label Big Loud Records

    August 05, 2016 8:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 The new country imprint's first single is nearing the top of the airplay chart. When Chris Lane made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Feb. 20, the goal was pretty simple: make it through the performance and don’t say anything stupid. “The walk from ...

  21. Dierks Bentley Picks His Top 5 Country Videos of All Time

    July 29, 2016 11:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 If there is any country artist who knows the importance of a music video in one’s career, it’s Dierks Bentley . The Capitol Nashville superstar’s first video -- for 2003’s “What Was I Thinkin'” -- definitely turned heads and helped to set him a ...

  22. 30 Years On, Randy Travis' 'Storms of Life' Still Reigns Over Country Music

    July 07, 2016 2:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 It has been 30 years since Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life , sparking a new traditionalist movement in the format and, according to the radio programmers who spun its singles, profoundly influencing country not j ...

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

    June 28, 2016 11:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 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-base ...

  24. After 45 RPM Start, CMA Music Festival Morphs Into High-Tech Maturity

    June 09, 2016 1:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall, CMA execs look back at the growth of a Nashville tradition. As the Country Music Association prepares for an expected 80,000 fans a day to partake in the 45th annual CMA Music Festival this week in downtown Nashvill ...

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

    June 03, 2016 1:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 h ...

  26. Brandy Clark Gets Big Label Backing With Sophomore Album 'Small Town'

    June 01, 2016 2:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Grammy-winner's single "Girl Next Door" illustrates a bold step forward. The first time Brandy Clark recorded an album, she didn’t have too many expectations. She self-funded the recording sessions for her 2013 debut, 12 Stories , ...

  27. Luke Bryan Praises the Joys of 'Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day'

    April 07, 2016 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 The country superstar draws on Alabama, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson in outdoors celebration. In the nine years since Capitol Nashville released his debut single, Luke Bryan has put a bundle of his emotions on display: vulnerability in “Do I,” exub ...

  28. 25 Years After Reba McEntire's Plane Crash, Publicists Discuss Professional Grief and Private Pain

    March 17, 2016 12:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reps For George Jones, Mindy McCready and Backroad Anthem on how they talk to press with a broken heart. "I remember just crying hysterically." When members of Nashville’s music community awoke on Saturday, March 16, 1991, many were greete ...

  29. Aubrie Sellers Celebrates Her Garage Country Debut in New York City: Live Review

    January 28, 2016 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 In the middle of her show last night (Jan. 27) in downtown Manhattan, the country singer Aubrie Sellers offered a self-assessment -- and maybe a warning: “There’s 14 songs on [my] record and only one of them is sweet.” Those 13 strident tunes and th ...

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

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST 0 0 0 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. ...

  31. Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Picks His Top 5 Country Artists of All Time

    November 12, 2015 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Lady Antebellum 's Dave Haywood tells Billboard  that picking his five favorite country artists "may be the hardest question of all time. How do you pick just five? You're making it really hard!" See the All-Time Charts:  Billboa ...

  32. With Cam & Kelsea Ballerini, Women Resurging on Country Airplay Chart

    November 11, 2015 1:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Both have tallied their first top 10s in 2015, marking the first time in 14 years that more than one woman has notched a first top 10 in a year. Cam achieves her first top 10 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 21), as "Burni ...

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

    September 22, 2015 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

  34. Alan Jackson Tops Country Albums Chart for a 14th Time; Critical Darling Ashley Monroe at No. 2

    August 04, 2015 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alan Jackson achieves his 14th No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated Aug. 15) with Angels and Alcohol . The album rises 2-1 despite a 59 percent second-week drop to 18,000 units in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen M ...

  35. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1992, Madonna Sported the No. 1 'This Used to Be My Playground'

    August 03, 2015 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. Aug. 3, 1996 Still remember the moves? Los Del Rio 's "Macarena" Hot 100 began a whopping 14-week command of the Billboard H ...

  36. Jason Isbell Lands No. 1 on Country Albums Chart

    July 28, 2015 10:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell takes a countrified turn with his new project and speeds to No. 1 on Top Country Albums with Something More Than Free . The set, his first to hit the chart, starts with 46,000 units sold in the week ending July 23, acc ...

  37. Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood and Other Georgia Natives Rep for Their Home State -- From Most Influential Artists to Presidential Connections

    July 23, 2015 1:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 These Georgia natives are all quick to credit other local acts from James Brown to Alan Jackson to Outkast with making the state’s reputation as a cradle for American music of all stripes. “Just in my hometown” of Macon, says Jason Aldean , “you had ...

  38. Alan Jackson Jokes About Latest Single: 'Jim & Jack Have Definitely Been Good Friends to Me'

    July 17, 2015 9:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Friday (July 17) marks the release of Angels and Alcohol , the first studio album for Alan Jackson since 2013's The Bluegrass Sessions . The country icon has led off the album with the first single, "Jim and Jack and Hank," which is c ...

  39. Country Music Hopes to Have Global Release Date Figured Out By Luke Bryan's Album

    July 14, 2015 12:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's a sure bet that at least one Alan Jackson fan somewhere in the United States will wander into a retail store today, July 14 looking for his new album, Angels and Alcohol . And that fan will be surprised -- maybe even a little miffed -- to ...

  40. Sony Nashville Finally Finds a New CEO

    July 06, 2015 5:00 PM EDT After a months-long search, Randy Goodman, founder and former president of the defunct Lyric Street label, lands the job, according to sources. After months of speculation about what Sony Music's leadership would do about the empty top spot ...

  41. Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Other Country Stars Hit Alabama for 4th Annual Rock the South Festival

    June 22, 2015 6:10 PM EDT The 4th annual Pepsi’s Rock the South festival in Cullman, Ala., brought over 40,000 fans to the southern town to hear some of country music’s marquee acts -- and to also help out local causes in the process.  The event  began four years ago to as ...

  42. Alan Jackson on CMA Music Festival, 'Angels and Alcohol' Album & 'Genuine' Steven Tyler

    June 12, 2015 5:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alan Jackson was one of the featured performers Thursday night during the CMA Music Festival show at LP Field, but he's not the only member of his family who enjoys the event. "My daughters and their friends come out every night to it -- n ...

  43. ACM Awards 2015: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big

    April 20, 2015 12:17 AM EDT 1.259 k 127 37 In what has become the norm for country music award shows, the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards could aptly be titled the " Miranda Lambert Show" as the superstar bagged a haul that included song of the year, album of the year ...

  44. ACMs 2015: Alan Jackson Performs 'Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning'

    ACMs 2015: Alan Jackson Performs 'Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning'

    April 19, 2015 11:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The country legend performs his classic about the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks in tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Videos Alan Jackson ...

  45. ACM Awards' 50th Anniversary Show 'Cost a Staggering Amount of Money,' Says CEO Bob Romeo

    April 14, 2015 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The ACM Awards’ 50th anniversary edition will be the first awards show broadcast from a football stadium. Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo details the differences going into this year’s edition, airing April 19 on CBS from Dallas’ AT&T Sta ...

  46. Zac Brown Band Is Back 'Home' Atop Country Airplay Chart

    March 31, 2015 2:00 PM EDT 'Homegrown,' the lead country single from the band's upcoming album, is its 11th No. 1. Zac Brown Band completes its fastest flight to No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated April 11), as the pop-flavored traditi ...

  47. 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) ...

  48. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years

    February 14, 2015 3:19 PM EST 0 0 0 Saturday (Feb. 14) marks Valentine's Day, where people celebrate the connections they make with our significant others. With that in mind, we thought we'd go back in the 615 Archives and pick out a few love songs that have stood the test o ...

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