1. George Strait's 'Pure Country' Songs Ranked: Critic's Picks

    September 15, 2017 10:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Twenty-five years ago today (September 15), George Strait  released the album that would prove to the most successful of his career -- the motion picture soundtrack to his film debut,  Pure Country . Known for his blend of traditional country sounds ...

  2. Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait & More Perform 'Texas' for 'Hand in Hand' Telethon

    September 12, 2017 9:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tuesday (Sept. 12) night's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Telethon  wrapped with an all-star country jam in San Antonio, Texas, including Chris Stapleton , Lyle Lovett , Robert Earl Keen , Miranda Lambert  and  George Strait perfo ...

  3. Miranda Lambert & Chris Stapleton to Join George Strait for Hurricane Harvey Benefit: Exclusive

    September 05, 2017 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert , Chris Stapleton , Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will join George Strait and his Ace in the Hole Band for a Sept. 12 Hurricane Harvey benefit at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas. Select performances from the 2,300-seat ...

  4. George Strait's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

    June 25, 2017 10:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 With a record 45 number one singles on the  Billboard Country Singles chart, George Strait ’s position in country music history is well-cemented. Though he hung up his touring shoes following his successful The Cowboy Rides Away tour in 2013-2014, t ...

  5. George Strait, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & More to Be Feted at ACM Honors

    May 30, 2017 11:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 George Strait , Dolly Parton , Kelsea Ballerini , Eric Church , Reba McEntire , Toby Keith , Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special. ACM announced Tuesday the special award hono ...

  6. Randy Rogers Band's 'Tequila Eyes': The Story Behind the Latest Melancholy Booze Classic In the Country Canon

    January 23, 2017 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Roughly a year ago, when the Randy Rogers Band released Nothing Shines Like Neon, they slipped one of the year's most essential country songs into the middle of the record like caramel in a Milky Way bar. That track, "Tequila Eyes," i ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Garth Brooks Goes It Alone: 'I Don't Fit In the Record Label World Anymore'

    November 30, 2016 1:39 PM EST 0 0 0 There’s a reason  Garth Brooks  is the Country Music Association’s reigning entertainer of the year. Quite a few reasons, actually. Two years into a three-year world tour with wife  Trisha Yearwood , he already has racked up ticket sales of nearly 5 ...

  9. Florida Georgia Line Lands 10th Country Airplay No. 1 With 'May We All,' Featuring Tim McGraw

    November 30, 2016 7:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Florida Georgia Line 's "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw , ascends 2-1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 10), gaining 4 percent to 46 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. The song marks the ...

  10. George Strait Announces 2017 Las Vegas Concert Series

    November 16, 2016 7:49 PM EST 0 0 0 George Strait will return to Las Vegas next year for a four-weekend concert series billed as 2 Nights of Number 1's with back-to-back concerts of chart-topping hits.  Strait boasts the most No. 1 songs than any other act in music, totaling 60 i ...

  11. Double Trouble: Miranda Lambert Has the 'Nerve' to Release Two-Disc Album

    November 16, 2016 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 'The Weight Of These Wings' Is Rare Double-Disc In Country Of All-New Material When The Weight of These Wings goes on sale Nov. 18, Miranda Lambert will be wandering down a road that might appear, from the outside, to be as nostalgic as th ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. CMAs 2016: George Strait Performs 'Troubadour'

    CMAs 2016: George Strait Performs 'Troubadour'

    November 02, 2016 9:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 George Strait performs "Troubadour" at the 2016 CMAs music , Billboard , George Strait , country music awards , Country , Troubadour , George Strait , Troubadour Videos Troubadour George Strait Brightcove ...

  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. Meet Midland, a Country Trio to Watch From Taylor Swift's Record Label: Exclusive Video

    October 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard is excited to bring you an exclusive video sneak peek at a new trio that's sure to be one of the acts to watch in 2017 --  Midland . Comprised of Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson, and Cameron Duddy, the trio -- signed to Big Machine, home t ...

  17. Garth Brooks' SiriusXM Channel a Tech Toy With Some Big Advantages

    September 19, 2016 1:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Garth Channel advances the country icon's life-long relationship with radio. During his commercial peak years in the 1990s, Garth Brooks was a staunch defender of country radio, famously resisting Capitol Records’ efforts to work his single ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Jason Aldean Works Back to His Core Sound With 'They Don't Know'

    September 13, 2016 11:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Aldean  had plenty of cause for head-scratching. On Aug. 30, the Academy of Country Music started its annual ACM Honors by presenting him the Triple Crown, a cumulative trophy that recognizes acts that have been named new artist, vocalist and ...

  20. Florida Georgia Line's 'Dig Your Roots' Aims For Maturity In Chaotic Times

    August 30, 2016 10:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country music's resident party boys go deeper on their third album. When Florida Georgia Line released its current single, “May We All,” the prospect of a collaboration with Tim McGraw  drew the understandable headlines. Teaming two superstar a ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Inside Charlie Daniels' Improbable Ride Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 10, 2016 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" helps the new inductee bridge country music and southern rock. When Charlie Daniels stopped on March 31, 1967, to put gas in the tank of his vehicle on his way out of Nashville, he noticed a lot of activity ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Albums With the Most Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart in the Last 25 Years -- From Drake's 'Views' to Adele's '21'

    August 03, 2016 5:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake’s Views is already a massively successful album on the Billboard 200 chart, having notched a 12 th week atop the list . But the album is also part of an exclusive club of just nine titles that have spent a dozen or more weeks at No. 1 in the l ...

  26. Eric Church's Good 'Year' Tops Airplay Chart; Dierks Bentley and Elle King Enter Top 10

    August 02, 2016 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eric Church earns his seventh No. 1 on the new Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 13), as "Record Year" rises 3-1, increasing 7 percent, to 46.1 million audience impressions in the week ending July 31, according to Nielsen Music. The track ...

  27. George Strait to Honor Jim Lauderdale at Americana Awards

    July 31, 2016 12:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country music star George Strait will honor singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Americana Honors and Awards Show, to be held Sept. 21 in Nashville. George Strait, Florida Georgia Line and Shania Twa ...

  28. George Strait, Florida Georgia Line and Shania Twain Top Billboard's All-Time Country Charts

    July 28, 2016 3:21 PM EDT The lists cover 50-plus years of Country music and mark the first time the Country charts have been reviewed and ranked at an all-time level. F or the first time, Billboard has compiled extensive chart recaps of country music, ranking the genre’s ...

  29. Nashville's Music Row Has a No. 1 Pardi: 
What Does It Mean?

    July 15, 2016 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jon Pardi's sophomore album, "California Sunrise," turns heads. Jon Pardi ’s Fourth of July weekend wasn’t only about celebrating the red, white and blue; he also was basking in a ray of golden career sunshine as his sophomore album, ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Old Dominion Channels The Beatles, George Strait In 'Song For Another Time'

    June 30, 2016 1:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 The new single's lyrics span titles from Hank Williams to Elton John to Katy Perry. In an era when neither audiences nor artists tend to favor just one genre, Old Dominion ’s “Song for Another Time” may have emerged at the perfect moment. The t ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Coca-Cola Cowboys (and Cowgirls) Get Their Share of New Soda Campaign

    April 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hits by Jimmy Wayne, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift appear on Coke cans, bottles. As a homeless teenager, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne ’s life turned around when he met an elderly woman, Bea Costner , who hired him to cut her lawn every week. She w ...

  34. 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. ...

  35. Billboard.com's 10 Best Country Songs of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 16, 2015 11:21 AM EST was filled with impressive country songs -- ranging from newcomer  Kelsea Ballerini  and Kacey Musgraves ' girl power message to Chris Stapleton , who broke out in a major way this year. And tracks filled with pure heart and emotion made a ...

  36. Billboard.com's 10 Best Country Albums of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 16, 2015 11:20 AM EST 0 0 0 In an era where some people bemoaned the lack of great music in the country format, 2015 really seemed to feature a resurgence of quality -- with the top four albums on this list feeling like obvious choices on anyone’s list. But it's not just ...

  37. Scotty McCreery Chooses His Top 5 Country Ballads of All Time

    November 12, 2015 10:06 AM EST 0 0 0 Since winning the 10th season of American Idol in 2011, North Carolina native Scotty McCreery has established himself as one of country music’s most talented young traditionalists. With his debut album, Clear As Day , McCreery made history as the fi ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Brett Eldredge Wins With 'Lose' on Airplay Chart; George Strait Earns 26th No. 1 Album

    October 13, 2015 2:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Lose My Mind," the first single from Brett Eldredge 's sophomore LP, Illinois , steps 2-1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 24) with 48.3 million audience impressions (up 1 percent), according to Nielsen Music. T ...

  40. Louis Messina, Taylor Swift's Longtime Touring Promoter, on George Strait's Vegas Residency and the Occasional Need to 'Smack Somebody Around'

    October 09, 2015 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the exclusive promoter for Taylor Swift , George Strait , Kenny Chesney and more, Louis Messina has pulled off what might be the greatest second act in live-music history. The son of a New Orleans boxing promoter, Messina cut his teeth in the Big ...

  41. Drake Dominates, While R&B/Hip-Hop & Country Shine on Artist 100

    October 07, 2015 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake, The Weeknd & Fetty Wap rank at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, marking a second week of hip-hop artists in the top three. Plus, three country stars surge into the top 10. Drake remains the top musical act in the U.S., holding atop the Bill ...

  42. Johnny Cash's 'Sunday Morning' Dawns Again In Modern Country

    October 05, 2015 8:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Urban, Eric Church & Michael Ray reference Kristofferson song in 2015 singles. A dozen years after Johnny Cash ’s death, he has become something of a mythical figure. Heidi Newfield ’s “Johnny and June,” Jason Aldean ’s “Johnny Cash,” Geor ...

  43. King of Country George Strait Gets Personal on 'Cold Beer Conversation': Album Review

    September 25, 2015 4:34 PM EDT With a total of 60 Billboard No. 1 singles ( more than  Elvis Presley , more than  The Beatles ), George Strait has made it all seem effortless. His 29th studio album, which the singer co-produced with Chuck Ainlay, will likely add to that tal ...

  44. George Strait Announces New Album, Will Play Las Vegas in 2016

    September 22, 2015 4:01 PM EDT Country music king George Strait may have quit touring last year, but he's not done singing or performing. During a press conference Tuesday (Sept. 22), it was announced that Strait is releasing a new album, Cold Beer Conversation , on Frid ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. What Are the 10 Top-Grossing Summer Concerts Ever? The Three Tenors (Yes, You Read That Right) and More

    May 15, 2015 11:05 AM EDT The Three Tenors made how much for one stadium gig? Plus nine other record-setting paydays... Actual gross $13,404,350 Location Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. Date July 20, 1996 Founded in 1990 to raise money for the International Leukemia F ...

  47. Madonna Makes History With 45th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs Chart

    May 14, 2015 9:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Queen of Pop reigns with "Ghosttown," giving her the most No. 1s of any artist on a single Billboard chart. "Thanks to all my fans on & off the dancefloor," she tells Billboard. The Queen of Pop is now unequaled chart roy ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

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