1. 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 ...

  2. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Parody Jay Z's Elevator Fight at CMT Awards (Video)

    June 05, 2014 10:35 AM EDT 2 1 0 Jay Z and the Knowles family appear to have moved on from their infamous elevator brawl, but last night, the CMT Music Awards wouldn't let them forget it. During host Kristen Bell's opening routine, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line' ...

  3. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week starte ...

  4. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:42 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming f ...

  5. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT 5 4 0 As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming fro ...

  6. Luke Bryan Locks Up Nos. 1 And 2 On Country Airplay Chart

    May 20, 2014 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The star becomes the first act in the chart's 24-year history to command the top two spots simultaneously Luke Bryan dominates Billboard's Country Airplay chart with his ninth No. 1, as "Play It Again" lifts 3-1 in its 12th chart ...

  7. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 6 3 0 Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte V ...

  8. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan 'Roll' Hard at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 8:45 PM EDT One of the most flat-out-fun moments of tonight's Billboard Music Awards was the performance of "This Is How We Roll" by two of country music's biggest stars, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. Billboard Music Awards : Winner ...

  9. Brad Paisley's Not Afraid to Get Cheesy with Sponsor of Tour Behind His New Record

    May 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Brad Paisley still doesn’t have a name for his tour, which starts Friday (May 16) in Camden, N.J. “You should see our trucks -- it’s 10 white semis,” Paisley said from his suite at the Trump International Hotel, which overlooks New York’s Central ...

  10. 'Frozen' Spends 10th Week at No. 1 On Billboard 200; Sales Climb Past 2 Million

    April 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Tha ...

  11. It’s a Mistake for Tech to Ignore Country Music Fans (Guest Post)

    February 25, 2014 12:42 PM EST Matthew Siegel Leslie Fram Leslie Fram is CMT's SVP of music strategy and Matthew Siegel is Viacom Music Group's VP of music strategy. Here they write about what they say is a "missed opportunity" by the tech industry to activ ...

  12. Eric Church Logs Best Debut On Hot Country Songs

    January 10, 2014 1:02 PM EST Eric Church posts his highest start as a lead artist on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Give Me Back My Hometown," which opens at No. 39. The bow surpasses his No. 43 entrance with "Springsteen" two years ago. Th ...

  13. Chart Highlights: Florida Georgia Line Lands Fourth Country Airplay No. 1

    December 23, 2013 5:15 PM EST The duo ties the record for the most career-opening leaders in the chart's history. Plus, U2 likewise makes an historic move and new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Toby Love Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard chart ...

  14. Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Added to 'Rockin' Eve' Lineup

    December 18, 2013 2:02 AM EST Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Icona Pop are confirmed to the lineup for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" telecast. The traditional New Year's Eve party will again be air ...

  15. Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Added to Ryan Seacrest's NYE Lineup

    December 18, 2013 2:02 AM EST 2 0 0 Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Icona Pop are confirmed to the lineup for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" telecast. The traditional New Year's Eve party will again be aired ...

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

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

  17. 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 ne ...

  18. Chart Moves: North-'Bound' Move For Kanye West; Florida Georgia Line Tops Hot Country Songs; Jamie Lynn Spears Debuts

    December 06, 2013 10:52 AM EST As previously reported, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" swings back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. What other songs make smashing chart moves this week? -- Kanye West: "Bound 2" catapults 73-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 an ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Ron White To Host CMT's Artists Of The Year Special

    November 20, 2013 3:21 AM EST Comedian Ron White will host CMT's celebration of 2013's top country music stars, making this year's show something of a boys club. "CMT Artists of the Year" honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter ...

  21. Why Everyone On the Florida Georgia Line Case Study Panel at the Touring Conference Was Grinning Ear-To-Ear (And It Wasn't Just the Fireball)

    November 16, 2013 10:06 PM EST Attendees of Billboard’s Touring Conference couldn’t have asked for a better artist development case study than Florida Georgia Line. How this year the duo went from virtual unknowns to having the longest running No. 1 of all-time on the Hot Cou ...

  22. Bon Jovi, George Strait, One Direction, Coachella, O2 Arena, Live Nation, CAA Among Big Winners at 2013 Billboard Touring Awards

    November 14, 2013 9:30 PM EST Bon Jovi, One Direction, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Rolling Stones and George Strait were among tonight's (Nov. 14) big winners at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.   The awards, hosted by the Howa ...

  23. Bon Jovi, One Direction, P!nk Among Big Winners at 2013 Billboard Touring Awards

    November 14, 2013 9:30 PM EST 3.803 k 308 0 0 Country music icon George Strait named the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live, Coachella wins best festival honors Bon Jovi, One Direction, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Rolling Stones and George Strait were among tonight's (Nov. 14) big winners ...

  24. Florida Georgia Line Heats Up NYC at Billboard Concert

    November 14, 2013 3:00 PM EST Surging country duo Florida Georgia Line, who took "Cruise" on a record-breaking, 24-week ride atop Billboard's Top Country Songs chart earlier this year, got its shine on in big bad New York City on Wednesday night at a sold-out c ...

  25. 'Duck,' Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith Storm Top Country Albums

    November 07, 2013 4:35 PM EST A trio of albums debuts in the top three for just the third time in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Plus, Florida Georgia Line lands in the Hot Country Songs top 10 again For only the third time in the 22-year Nielsen SoundScan era, three titles debut ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Taylor Swift Leads American Country Awards Nominations

    October 30, 2013 4:44 AM EDT Taylor Swift is the top nominee for the American Country Awards. A Tuesday news release says Swift received eight nominations, including top honor artist of the year. Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line are next with seven apiece. The fourth ...

  28. Florida Georgia Line to Headline Billboard Touring Conference Concert

    October 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Breakout country duo Florida Georgia Line will rock AEG Live's Best Buy Theater in New York on Nov. 13 when they perform a special anniversary benefit concert celebrating Billboard's 10th Annual Touring Conference & Awards. Openin ...

  29. Backbeat: Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, CMA’s Ed Hardy, Clear Channel’s Julie Talbot Hit 'Country’s Biggest Morning'

    September 10, 2013 3:52 PM EDT Nearly two months before "Country Music's Biggest Night" -- the 47th Annual CMA Awards -- the Country Music Association held what president of the CMA Board of Directors Ed Hardy described as "country's biggest morning&q ...

  30. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 10, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist in country music last year, and it was no surprise that the singer likewise enjoyed a big morning on Tuesday, as nominations were announced for the 47th Annual Country Music As ...

  31. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 10, 2013 11:02 AM EDT Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist in country music last year, and it was no surprise that the singer likewise enjoyed a big morning on Tuesday, as nominations were announced for the 47th Annual Country Music Ass ...

  32. Florida Georgia Line: AMAs 2012 Red Carpet

    Florida Georgia Line: AMAs 2012 Red Carpet

    November 19, 2012 2:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Florida Georgia Line: AMAs 2012 Red Carpet Florida Georgia Line , AMAs , interview , red carpet , Billboard , Maurice Warfield , Maurice Warfield , Billboard , Florida Georgia Line , Interview Videos Maurice Warfield Billboard Florida Georgia Line I ...

  33. Backbeat: BMI Tailgate Party Features Kristen Kelly, Florida Georgia Line, Pat McLaughlin at CMA Festival

    June 11, 2012 11:53 AM EDT BMI Nashville assistant VP, writer/publisher relations Clay Bradley talks songwriter issues with a willing audience. From left are recording artist Darryl Macquarrie, Big Yellow Dog owner Kerry O'Neil and Bradley. BMI filled one of the few re ...