1. Garth Brooks Addresses Recent Violence, Promises New Music at Yankee Stadium Show

    July 09, 2016 3:05 PM EDT “He even likes being booed!” said this writer’s mother incredulously, as Garth Brooks was booed by Yankee Stadium during his long-awaited return to New York on Friday night.  The crowd’s angst was in jest -- a response to Brooks threatening to wit ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Garth Brooks Announces His Own SiriusXM Channel, Preps For Yankee Stadium

    July 07, 2016 10:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 "The potential is infinite," Brooks tells Billboard. One the eve of a headline-making concert booking at New York’s Yankee Stadium, Garth Brooks has announced a new partnership with SiriusXM, putting him at the helm of his own 24-7 music s ...

  4. Takeover Tuesday: Jamie Lynn Spears' Favorite Summer Sleepover Tunes

    July 05, 2016 4:33 PM EDT 1.282 k 0 5 Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week  Billboard  taps charting artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to  Billboard's Spotify account . We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever ...

  5. Big D & Bubba, Others Learn From Their Mistakes While Blazing Podcasting Trail

    June 29, 2016 12:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Even before the 2014 runaway success of Serial , the business of podcasting has been on a hot streak. Radio personalities, artists and others are increasingly joining the trend, hosting a colorful array of podcasts that are often quite different fro ...

  6. Stop Before You Post! That Website Photo Could Cost You Big-Time

    June 29, 2016 10:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nashville-based intellectual property attorney Lynn Morrow discusses the ins and outs of photo copyrights. Need an image of Carrie Underwood or Johnny Cash for a blog post? A photo of Garth Brooks for the home page on a website? Be careful. The wron ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Bobby Bones Recruits Garth Brooks for Nostalgic 'Fishin' With My Dad' Lyric Video: Watch

    June 17, 2016 10:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's a testament to the power of Bobby Bones that he was able to enlist Garth Brooks -- no one has sold more albums in the Nielsen SoundScan era -- to sing with him on "Fishin' With My Dad." Bones unveiled a lyric video for the s ...

  9. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood Among Artists Helping Country Expand Beyond American Borders

    June 16, 2016 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 There’s a whole world of people out there beyond America, and a surprising number of them are primed for country music. That’s the initial takeaway from the Country Music Association’s (CMA) first international research study, which found that one-t ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Dan + Shay, Maren Morris Among Acts Vying For Early-June Attention at CMA Fest

    June 03, 2016 8:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Roughly 80,000 people a day will participate when the Country Music Association’s annual mass event, the CMA Music Festival, takes place in downtown Nashville June 9-12. After bringing together so many bodies with one shared passion — country music ...

  12. Garth Brooks Signs With William Morris Endeavor Entertainment: Exclusive

    June 01, 2016 5:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Garth Brooks, the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history, has signed an exclusive global representation deal with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Billboard has learned.  The agency will represent Brooks in all areas including music, film, te ...

  13. Kip Moore on Touring With Miranda Lambert and Why He's a 'Madman When It Comes to Music'

    May 13, 2016 1:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kip Moore  has lost his voice and he's fine with it. The country singer is sitting on a sofa at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles sounding raspier than usual. He’s just wrapped up five sold-out theater dates in the U.K. and Ireland in seven da ...

  14. Garth Brooks to Perform in New York For First Time in 19 Years

    May 11, 2016 10:22 PM EDT Garth Brooks is set to perform in New York City for the first time in 19 years when he takes the stage at Yankee Stadium this summer. The country star announced Wednesday that he will play at the venue in the Bronx on July 9. His last performance ...

  15. CMA Study: Hard Times Create New Opportunities for Country Music With Minorities, Youth

    May 03, 2016 11:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Something dramatic has happened to country music since the Great Recession of 2008. The uncertainty and instability created by the downturn in business sectors, coupled with ongoing technological changes, led large segments of the U.S. population to ...

  16. Trisha Yearwood Talks Charting 'Passion' Hit, Christmas Album With Garth Brooks & More

    April 23, 2016 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 This week, Yearwood moves to No. 20 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts with “Broken,” a track from the FOX-TV presentation of “The Passion” that aired last month. It’s her highest appearance on the charts ever. Trisha Yearwood admits that th ...

  17. Garth Brooks Remembers Merle Haggard: He Was 'The Greatest Country Artist of All Time' (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2016 1:04 PM EDT Like millions, Garth Brooks grew up on the music of Merle Haggard . Below, in his own words, he shares some of his memories of the legend, who died April 6.  The first song of Haggard’s I remember hearing [was] “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down.” Th ...

  18. Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots' New Comedy LP Boasts Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks: Exclusive

    February 26, 2016 9:47 AM EST 0 0 0 If you’re hearing someone who sounds like country superstar Luke Bryan deliver a unique take on the Gettysburg Address, or Carrie Underwood’s angelic voice lamenting her partner “peeing on the toilet seat” in a love-gone-wrong song, you’ve no doubt ...

  19. Big Barrel, FarmBorough, Delaware Junction... With Rampant Cancellations, What's the Forecast for This Year's Country Fests?

    February 11, 2016 11:28 AM EST Despite drawing a respectable 40,000 last year, country’s Big Apple invasion has faltered, with the cancellation of the FarmBorough country music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island being the latest in a string of troubling signs in what has be ...

  20. Radio Journey Of Silverfish Media's Carsen Comes Full Circle In Nashville

    January 21, 2016 1:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Growing up in Connecticut, newly hired Silverfish Media assistant PD  Jessica “Carsen” Humphreville had little exposure to country music until her early teen years. That’s when her father, who worked for NBC, brought home a videocassette of a Garth ...

  21. Inside Country Music's Very Real Sales Dip in 2015

    January 14, 2016 1:51 PM EST 0 0 0 With the rise of streaming, sales of country albums fell 12 percent while song downloads dropped 16 percent. As the recorded-music business continues its transition from an ownership economy to a digital streaming model, sales of country albums and ...

  22. Farm Aid 30th Anniversary TV Special Boasts Archive Sets From Allman Brothers, B.B. King & More

    January 06, 2016 3:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Farm Aid, the music industry’s longest-running concert for a cause, will premiere an AXS TV special Jan. 10 filmed during its 30th anniversary in Chicago this past September, with performances by Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp , Dave M ...

  23. Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas, John Legend & More Pay Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes at 'Sinatra 100' Concert

    December 03, 2015 7:29 PM EST 0 0 0 The show will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. On what would have been Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th birthday, the Recording Academy celebrated the musical legacy of Frank Sinatra with a stellar lineup of performers for Sinatra 100: An All-Star Gram ...

  24. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Kelly Clarkson Took 'Idol' to No. 1

    October 05, 2015 8:05 AM EDT Thirteen years ago, 'American Idol' yielded its first Hot 100 leader with 'A Moment Like This.' Plus, remembering chart feats by Janet Jackson, Rihanna & the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones f ...

  25. Rewinding the Country Charts: 25 Years Ago, Garth Brooks Broke Barriers With 'No Fences'

    September 30, 2015 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Twenty-five years ago, Garth Brooks ' assault on music history kicked into high gear. On the Sept. 29, 1990 Top Country Albums chart, the then-28-year-old's second set,  No Fences , entered at No. 15. Two weeks later, it rocketed to No. 1, ...

  26. Garth Brooks Needs a Cell Phone Techie to Save His Next Album

    September 29, 2015 4:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 If country fans want to hear the follow-up to Garth Brooks ' 2014 comeback Man Against Machine , they'll need to find an IT guy. In a recent interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (h/t Rolling Stone ), Brooks revealed one of those d ...

  27. Neil Young & 10 More Artists Saying No to Streaming

    July 29, 2015 9:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 While some acts ban all streaming, others are sticking to just one service. Two weeks after writing an anti-streaming Facebook post, Neil Young has pulled the majority of his music from streaming services. On July 15, Young let his fans know that &q ...

  28. The Evolution of Country Music's 3 Pillars -- Pickups, 10-Gallons and Cowboy Boots

    July 23, 2015 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 See how Nashville's most iconic accessories have changed, from the '50s to today. Billboard's First-Ever Nashville Top 50 Power Players List Revealed Get into the country spirit with this issue's Spotify playlist, below: This sto ...

  29. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Garth Brooks Completed 'Dance' to No. 1

    July 13, 2015 8:05 AM EDT In 1990, his classic ballad topped Hot Country Songs. Plus, remembering chart feats by Duran Duran, Don Henley & Miley Cyrus. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. July ...

  30. Craig Campbell on New Single 'Tomorrow Night': 'It Was Definitely a Message I Wanted to Sing About'

    June 25, 2015 8:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nobody is more excited than Craig Campbell to have a new single on the radio. The RED BOW recording artist took time out with Billboard to discuss “Tomorrow Night” and said, “It’s a breath of fresh air. There was a 19-month span between ‘Keep Them K ...

  31. Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood to Spin Their Favorite James Taylor Songs on SiriusXM

    June 19, 2015 4:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 You just might hear a Nashville power couples on the SiriusXM airwaves this weekend -- but not as recording artists. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be hosting special guest DJ session on James Taylor 's limited-run SiriusXM channel. They ...

  32. Stephen Colbert Inducts Toby Keith Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame: Read His Hilarious Speech

    June 19, 2015 1:41 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is a one-of-a-kind event, a sort of cross between the Grammys and a trade-awards show, where superstars like Billy Joel meet equally great but near-anonymous songwriters like country great Bobby Braddo ...

  33. 'World-Class Creeps,' Stormtroopers and Clueless Moms: When the Audience Becomes the Show

    May 28, 2015 5:20 PM EDT People go to concerts to see the performers, of course, but watching the audience can often be every bit as entertaining. For the stars looking out from the stage, it’s often like giving and getting a show at the same time. Eric Church has talked ...

  34. Tyler Farr Scores First No. 1 on Country Airplay, Steven Tyler Debuts

    May 19, 2015 4:26 PM EDT Tylers, the creators: Farr reigns with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar," while Aerosmith's frontman makes his Nashville chart debut. Tyler Farr toasts his first No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated May 30), as "A Guy ...

  35. Keith Urban Lights Up Fourth 'Fuse' No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

    May 12, 2015 12:51 PM EDT The star scores four No. 1s from an album for the first time. Keith Urban tallies his fourth No. 1 from his latest album, Fuse , on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated May 23) as "Raise 'Em Up," featuring Eric Church , ri ...

  36. Reba McEntire, George Strait & Dwight Yoakam Return to Country Charts

    April 23, 2015 5:51 PM EDT All three stars pad their impressive legacies with debuts. Reba McEntire returns to familiar hallowed ground on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart, as Love Somebody debuts at No. 1 with 58,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. ACMs 2015: Garth Brooks Performs 'All-American Kid'

    ACMs 2015: Garth Brooks Performs 'All-American Kid'

    April 19, 2015 10:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 The milestone award winner performs his patriotic hit at the 50th annual ACM Awards. Videos Garth Brooks ...

  39. ACM Awards Predictions: Who Will Win?

    April 17, 2015 5:29 PM EDT There’s an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas. The world of country music will get a taste of that Lone Star hospitality as the 50 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this coming Sunday from AT&T Stadium in Arlin ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Garth Brooks Dedicates New Child Play Zone at Indianapolis Hospital

    April 07, 2015 11:31 PM EDT Country music star Garth Brooks became teary-eyed Tuesday as he dedicated a new child play zone at an Indianapolis children's hospital, praising the colorful, game-filled space as a "miracle" that allows ailing youngsters to forge ...

  42. Taylor Swift Is Feelin' 22… Weeks in the Billboard 200's Top Five

    April 03, 2015 6:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Her '1989' album has yet to leave the top five of the chart after 22 weeks. Taylor Swift 's smash album 1989 continues its incredible chart run on the Billboard 200 , as the former No. 1 set spends its 22nd consecutive week in the top ...

  43. 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) ...

  44. Garth Brooks on Making a Concept Album, Taylor Swift's Success & Duetting With His Late Mom

    February 20, 2015 7:06 PM EST Garth Brooks expects his next album to come out sooner rather than later -- and to be different than what fans might expect. "I'm gonna stay an album guy," Brooks told Billboard prior to starting a six-show run Friday [Feb. 20] at ...

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