1. Country Music Turns to God In Turbulent Social Period

    June 24, 2016 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 New releases from Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott hinge on spiritual imagery. At a time that Americans are still baffled and hurt by the brutal slaying of 49 people in Orlando, Fla., it’s poetic that Tim McGraw ’s “Humble an ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Thomas Rhett Talks Heading Down His 'Own Lane' With 'Tangled Up'

    October 05, 2015 7:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sophomore album plays up country singer's R&B influences. After scoring the first two of the three major hits from his debut album, Thomas Rhett worried that he might become pigeonholed as someone who was making music “in the same vein as a ...

  4. Florida Georgia Line Talks New Music & Dream Collaborator Rihanna

    July 27, 2015 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Florida Georgia Line has been "writing like crazy" for its third album -- including with unlikely collaborators such as Nelly and Aloe Blacc . And the group will take things even further afield if it gets a chance.  Billboard's First- ...

  5. Blake Shelton Tops Billboard's Country Airplay Chart for the 20th Time

    June 30, 2015 10:36 AM EDT Blake Shelton steps to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 11) as "Sangria" (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) rises 2-1. The coronation marks Shelton's record-extending 15th consecutive No. 1 on ...

  6. On 'Fire': Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Airplay Chart

    June 09, 2015 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Florida Georgia Line collects its seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated June 20), as "Sippin' on Fire" rises 2-1 in its 19th week with a 6 percent gain to 46.3 million audience impressions, according to Nielse ...

  7. Chart Highlights: Shawn Mendes Sews Up First Pop Songs Airplay Hit With 'Stitches'

    June 08, 2015 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 After tallying a No.1 Billboard 200 album, the teen star receives his warmest radio welcome yet. Plus, new No. 1s for Chic, Florida Georgia Line & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (Al ...

  8. CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert Announces Lineup: Exclusive

    May 21, 2015 12:31 PM EDT SiriusXM has helped to break many of today’s top country stars, such as Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line , both of whom attribute a large amount of their success to exposure on The Highway.  So, it makes sense that the satellite channel is ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 5 Things We Want to See at the ACMs: Blake & Luke Role Reversal, Miranda Showstopper & More

    April 17, 2015 12:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Academy of Country Music Awards are detouring to Dallas this year, after embracing the glitziness of Las Vegas since 2003. For its 50th anniversary, the show is borrowing the Cowboys’ 80,000-capacity AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, making ...

  11. Sam Hunt Rates a Perfect 10 Atop Hot Country Songs With 'Take Your Time'

    April 16, 2015 4:58 PM EDT 11.757 k 132 21 The song becomes just the 16th No. 1 all-time to reign for at least 10 weeks. Plus, moves for Billy Currington & Thomas Rhett. Sam Hunt 's "Take Your Time" does just that atop Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart (d ...

  12. Florida Georgia Line Cross 'American Idol' Off the Bucket List: 'It Was a Dream Come True'

    April 10, 2015 9:00 AM EDT "It’s important for an artist to soak in everything you can," said the duo after Wednesday's show. Cross American Idol off of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's bucket list. Appearing as mentors on Wednesday's edition of th ...

  13. Florida Georgia Line Respond to Charlie Robison After His Message for Gary Overton

    March 02, 2015 6:55 AM EST 0 0 0 After Sony Music Nashville chairman and CEO Gary Overton gave an interview to the The Tennessean where he shared, in part, that for country artists "If you're not on country radio, you don't exist," country artist Charlie Robison ...

  14. Tim McGraw, Keith Urban & Florida Georgia Line to Headline Las Vegas' Route 91 Harvest Festival

    February 27, 2015 8:22 PM EST Following a successful launch last year, Las Vegas' Route 91 Harvest Festival returns this year, recruiting Florida Georgia Line , Tim McGraw and Keith Urban to headline the three-day country music event.  Watch Tim McGraw's Oscars Glen ...

  15. Chart Highlights: Mana, Shakira Debut at No. 1 on Latin Airplay

    February 16, 2015 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Plus, new leaders for Walk the Moon, Modest Mouse, Mary J. Blige, Florida Georgia Line, Ricky Martin & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay ex ...

  16. Florida Georgia Line Not Paid, Then Sued for 'Defamation' By Country Explosion Fest

    February 09, 2015 5:32 PM EST Amid the country music festival gold rush, the ongoing legal tussle around Florida Georgia Line at last summer's Country Explosion in Tooele, Utah, serves as a reminder that potential pitfalls exist as new players enter the marketplace and tal ...

  17. Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

    December 18, 2014 12:25 PM EST Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums. Carrie Underwood storms Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 so ...

  18. The Year in Country: Luke Bryan Leads Artist List, Brett Eldredge Rules Radio

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST could easily be hailed as the year of Luke Bryan . Then again, Florida Georgia Line , Brett Eldredge and Miranda Lambert scored noteworthy genre success, as well. Seel All the Year End Charts Here! Georgia native Bryan finishes the year as t ...

  19. Sam Hunt Scores Country Charts Feat Last Achieved 22 Years Ago

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Newcomer Sam Hunt tops three Billboard country charts -- Top Country Albums , Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay -- as his first full-length set, Montevallo , opens with 70,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Digital sales account ...

  20. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as " ...

  21. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including O ...

  22. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please inc ...

  23. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years

    October 24, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The icon vaults 50-21 with 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You.' Plus, Jason Aldean logs the longest reign by a solo male in 51 years and Florida Georgia Line storms Top Country Albums at No. 1. With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I ...

  24. Florida Georgia Line Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

    October 23, 2014 3:30 PM EDT As its album 'Anything Goes' debuts atop the Billboard 200, FGL continues the succession of country acts ruling the Artist 100. Plus, Tove Lo reaches the top 10. Florida Georgia Line is the top music act in the U.S., vaulting 6-1 on th ...

  25. Glen Campbell Returns to Hot Country Songs Chart For First Time In 21 Years

    October 17, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The legend charts his first entry since 1993. Plus, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line notch debuts. Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Glen Campbell makes his first appearance on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart in 21 years, as " ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift 'Shake's to Top of Pop Songs, Iggy Azalea Rules Rhythmic Songs

    October 13, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The divas take over a pair of radio charts, while Nickelback and Florida Georgia Line also add new No. 1s. Plus, AC/DC blasts back onto Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general ...

  30. Florida Georgia Line's 'Dirt' Plows To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The duo blasts 40-1 and debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 11 with the first single from its sophomore album Florida Georgia Line cleans up with its highly-anticipated new single, "Dirt," the new No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs ch ...

  31. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboar ...

  32. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard cha ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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' ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. '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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

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