1. Dierks Bentley & Gavin DeGraw to Play Super Bowl Pregame Show

    January 28, 2015 7:39 PM EST Dierks Bentley and Gavin DeGraw will perform during the pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium before the Super Bowl on Sunday. The two acts will perform at the tailgate party and part of each performance will be televised live as pa ...

  2. Dierks Bentley Announces Sounds of Summer Tour -- By Taking a Polar Plunge

    January 12, 2015 3:11 PM EST Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore and Canaan Smith will warm up for Bentley. It might still be winter, but Dierks Bentley already has his mind on summer. The Capitol Nashville superstar is one step ahead of the curve, announcing his upcoming 2015 Sounds ...

  3. Chris Young Learns How to Be a Headliner From Dierks Bentley

    December 30, 2014 7:57 PM EST Looking back on 2014, RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young says it's definitely been a year to remember. "Between touring and airplay, everything has been really great for me. I got a chance to go out on tour -- not just on my o ...

  4. Top Soil: Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Airplay Chart With 'Dirt'

    October 14, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line claims its fifth No. 1 on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "Dirt" steps 2-1. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop The duo had last re ...

  5. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a jo ...

  6. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a join ...

  7. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing ...

  8. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gai ...

  9. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, P ...

  10. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley ...

  11. Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley Set for 'Front & Center' Concert Specials

    June 19, 2014 11:03 AM EDT 5 3 0 This fall, the Country Music Association and the critically-heralded public TV series "Front and Center" will partner up for two separate concert specials that will feature many of Music City's most talented artists doing what they do ...

  12. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose ...

  13. Dierks Bentley Kicks Off His 'Riser' Tour

    May 09, 2014 6:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dierks Bentley kicks off his "Riser" tour tonight in Charlotte, NC. "I've always been one of those guys who designs sets on cocktail napkins in the back of the bus with the guys in my band," he said at a tour rehearsal earli ...

  14. How Keith Whitley's Conflicted Legacy Spawned an 'Authentic' Country Revival

    May 06, 2014 1:02 PM EDT When NBC launched the current season of The Voice on Feb. 24, one of the stunners was a performance of “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The singer was Jake Worthington, a Texan who got three of the four coaches to turn their chairs around and compete to n ...

  15. Chart Moves: Justin Timberlake's 'Bad' Bounds Up Hot 100; Dierks Bentley Crowns Country Airplay; Enrique Iglesias Extends Latin Airplay Record With New No. 1

    March 28, 2014 12:53 PM EDT As previously reported, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" soars to a new peak (No. 5). Who else scales Billboard song charts this week? -- Passenger: ...

  16. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak p ...

  17. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert Pop Corks On Country Charts

    March 06, 2014 4:54 PM EST The former's 'Riser' shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the latter's 'Bottoms Up' is the toast of Hot Country Songs Dierks Bentley nets his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "Rise ...

  18. ScHoolboy Q's 'Oxymoron' Debuts at No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST .924 k 4 As forecast, ScHoolboy Q's major-label debut,"Oxymoron," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the new album i ...

  19. Romeo Santos and Kid Cudi Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 28, 2014 8:15 PM EST 1 0 0 The Latin artist and rapper would follow ScHoolboy Q, whose "Oxymoron" is expected to hit No. 1 The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo San ...

  20. Romeo Santos, Kid Cudi Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 28, 2014 8:01 PM EST The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo Santos, Beck and Dierks Bentley. ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" seems set for a No. 1 debut, perha ...

  21. Dierks Bentley Toughens Up on 'Riser' Album

    February 24, 2014 6:22 PM EST 0 0 0 Dierks Bentley is more than a decade into his recording career now, having first hit the scene with "What Was I Thinkin'" in 2003. That being said, his new album "Riser," which hits stores tomorrow, took him to a bit of unch ...

  22. Country's Super-Sized Stars Downsize to Pursue European Success

    February 24, 2014 4:02 PM EST Eric Church’s "The Outsiders" is the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending Feb. 16, but when he picks up a beer to celebrate, it may be a locally brewed Guinness. That’s because he’ll be in Dublin, the first of a 12-show Europea ...

  23. OneRepublic Extends Summer Tour, Talks 'Counting Stars' Success

    February 07, 2014 9:06 AM EST "We'll probably introduce a song or two from stuff we're working on for the next album," Ryan Tedder says of tour plans. "We're trying to raise the bar" When OneRepublic announced an early summer 2014 tour behin ...

  24. Luke Bryan Stepping Up to Stadiums on New Tour

    January 15, 2014 12:06 AM EST 0 0 0 Three years ago, Luke Bryan was a promising down-bill opening act. This summer he'll join the touring elite with three stadium dates planned as part of his That's My Kinda Night Tour. The country music star during a Tuesday morning news co ...

  25. Dierks Bentley Announces New Album 'Riser' for February

    January 06, 2014 7:59 PM EST 0 0 0 The release is the country star's first since 2012's "Home" A little over two years after his last album, Dierks Bentley will release his newest major label release this February. "Riser," Bentley's seventh album o ...

  26. Bubbling Under: Basic Vacation Gets To Work

    November 22, 2013 10:28 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents 'Bubbling Under,' a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vice, Basic Vacation, the Cadillac Three and Jabo Basic Vacation Basic Vacation may ...

  27. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past Ap ...

  28. Alabama Earns Highest Charting Album on Billboard 200

    September 05, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The veteran group bows at No. 8, and No. 2 on Top Country Albums, with its collaborative tribute collection. Plus, Luke Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a third week Alabama posts its best rank and sales week in seven years on Top Country Albums ...

  29. Ed's Publishing Briefs: UMPG Re-ups Admin Deal with Warner Bros; Imagem Strikes Deal with Counting Crows, Jimmy Cliff; Coolio's Song Auction

    August 22, 2013 5:28 PM EDT UMPG SIGNS DEALS WITH WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, BURT BACHARACH Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its worldwide music publishing administration agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which will cover the music from Warner Bros. P ...

  30. Dierks Bentley Wraps New Album: 'I Want It to Be Heavier, a Little Darker'

    July 01, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Every now and then, an artist gets the itch to shake things up a little bit on a creative level. As Dierks Bentley embarks on the second decade of his recording career, the Capitol Nashville act definitely falls in that description. The singer has ...

  31. Chart Highlights: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Take 'Highway' To No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 03, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Seven years after Swift arrived with "Tim McGraw" - the song - the pair rules Country Airplay. Plus, Capital Cities take over atop Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Mon ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Backbeat: Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Sheryl Crow Rock ACM’s Party For A Cause Day Two

    April 07, 2013 3:22 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music and its charitable arm ACM Lifting Lives presented $25,000 each to Wounded Warrior Project and Folds of Honor plus another $10,000 to Nellis Air Force Base Force Support Squadron on the second day of the ACM' ...

  34. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  35. Mumford & Sons Get Some Country Radio Love

    December 06, 2012 11:48 AM EST Lead 'Babel' single 'I Will Wait' bows on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, marking the folk-rockers' first country crossover. Fueled by airplay at five stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart, on-fire Britis ...

  36. Mumford & Sons Get Some Country Love

    December 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Lead 'Babel' single 'I Will Wait' bows on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, marking the folk-rockers' first country crossover. Fueled by airplay at five stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart, on-fire British ...

  37. Ne-Yo Would 'Definitely' Make a Country Record, Fun.'s Vocal Problems + More Grammys Concert Backstage Moments

    December 06, 2012 9:25 AM EST 0 0 0 Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Hunter Hayes React to Grammy Nominations Backstage at the Grammy Nominations "Concert Live!!" on Wednesday, several of the night's biggest nominees -- Hunter Hayes, Fun., the Lumineers -- dropped by to g ...

  38. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the majo ...

  39. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (Dec. 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. CMA Awards to Seek Doantions for Sandy Victims

    November 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 f ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Luke Bryan Tops American Country Awards Nominees

    October 10, 2012 8:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday ...

  45. Johnny Cash Music Festival: Dierks Bentley, Willie Nelson Salute Man in Black

    October 07, 2012 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 At a press conference during Friday's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Dierks Bentley might very well have made a statement that might best sum up the legacy of the "Man In Black." "A lot of people think the Joh ...

  46. CMA Awards Adds Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson as Performers

    September 27, 2012 9:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are among the first performers announced for this year's Country Music Association Awards. The two stars, who teamed to win a trophy last year at the ceremony, will be joined by Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town ...

  47. Johnny Cash Music Festival Aims to Restore Icon's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Johnny Cash Music Festival hits Jonesboro, Arkansas on Friday, October 5. With a lineup of Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley , and the Civil Wars, executive producer Bill Carter tells Billboard that assembling talent for the festival, ...

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