1. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a ...

  2. Trisha Yearwood's 'Prizefighter' Punches Way Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    November 26, 2014 3:18 PM EST Yearwood scores her 12th top 10 and first since 2007. Plus, Brad Paisley notches his 31st Hot Country Songs top 10. With 13,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Trisha Yearwood 's Prizefighter: Hit After Hit enters Top Country Albums at ...

  3. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. H ...

  4. 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 " ...

  5. Who Will Dominate Country Music’s Packed Year-End?

    October 06, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks bring firepower to an already beefy fall release schedule. The fourth quarter is looking robust, with big releases ranging from Kanye West to Barry Manilow , but its secret weapon is an unusually stro ...

  6. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Bi ...

  7. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, ...

  8. Chris Brown Bounds to Top of Billboard Artist 100

    September 25, 2014 2:09 PM EDT As their albums arrive, Brown narrowly rules the Artist 100 over runner-up Barbra Streisand. Chris Brown blasts 25-1 for his first week atop the Billboard Artist 100 , winning a close race over the iconic Barbra Streisand , who roars in at No. 2. ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air fro ...

  11. Austin Mahone Covers George Strait & Fifth Harmony Debuts New Song at Tour Launch: Watch

    July 26, 2014 12:39 PM EDT It’s not everyday that you get to see pop star Austin Mahone sporting a cowboy hat. But that’s exactly what the Mahomies got during the singer’s North American tour opener at San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum on Friday night (July 25). Austin Mahone ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Ben Folds Campaigns to Save Nashville's Historic Studio A

    June 30, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Songwriter Ben Folds has sounded the alarms. Studio A in Nashville's old RCA Building – which Chet Atkins built in 1964, and has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and George Strait – had been sold to a local developer. Folds, wh ...

  14. Justin Timberlake's Spring Run Tops Hot Tours with $77.3 Million

    June 19, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience world tour heads up the weekly ranking of Hot Tours, with sales reported from its European leg that kicked off at the end of March and ran through June 10. Ticket sales totaled $77.3 million from the trek that ...

  15. George Strait’s Final Show Sets Billboard Boxscore Attendance Records

    June 16, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Country legend George Strait wrapped up his touring career in style as his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7 shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a U.S. stadium.   104,793 s ...

  16. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silv ...

  17. George Strait to End 40-Year Touring Career at Texas Stadium on Saturday

    June 07, 2014 12:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The star-filled show brings an end to nearly 40 years on the road for Strait, which started in 1975 with the Ace in the Hole Band. It's the end of the trail for country music king George Strait, who will wrap up his final tour Saturday with a s ...

  18. One Direction Tops Hot Tours With $26.6 Million Stadium Trek

    June 05, 2014 6:31 PM EDT One Direction caps the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the first box office grosses reported from the Where We Are tour that kicked off in late April. The boy band’s world tour supports the 2013 album "Midnight Memories" and is set to pla ...

  19. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time p ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

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

    May 20, 2014 11:50 AM EDT On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the annual Roscolusa Songwriters Festival at Nocatee . Named after the event's original location (a waterfront venue ...

  23. Strait’s Farewell Stands Atop Hot Tours With $6.4 M in Sales

    April 17, 2014 6:28 PM EDT George Strait, the reigning Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association, is nearing the end of his Cowboy Rides Away tour that began its final leg in January. The country legend earns his fourth No. ...

  24. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Crash the Party and Win Big at ACM Awards

    April 06, 2014 11:20 PM EDT It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the ...

  25. ACM Awards: Merle Haggard Honored in Tribute From George Strait, Miranda Lambert

    April 06, 2014 10:59 PM EDT 5 2 0 Merle Haggard was honored with a special tribute from George Strait and Miranda Lambert at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Lambert and Strait performed "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" and "Tonight the Bottle ...

  26. ACM Awards 2014: Will Fans Give George Strait the Top Honor?

    April 06, 2014 1:21 PM EDT 7 0 0 There’s no question George Strait is the sure bet in the entertainer category of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, right? Not so fast, says Blake Shelton. Sure, the beloved star is on something of a victory lap after winning the same ...

  27. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Boast Nos. 1-5 On Billboard Hot 100

    April 04, 2014 5:05 AM EDT On the chart dated April 4, 1964, the Fab Four monopolized the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the only time one act has ever to locked up the region "Just about everyone is tired of the Beatles." So read the first line of a ...

  28. Shakira and Blake Shelton to Duet at ACMs, Band Perry to Open

    March 31, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The Band Perry will open Sunday's ACM Awards, Shakira and Blake Shelton will perform "Medicine," and George Strait will make an announcement about the show's 50th anniversary celebration on the CBS telecast from Las Vegas. Chan ...

  29. Country Stars Will Invade Talk Shows in Lead-up to ACM Awards

    March 27, 2014 3:28 PM EDT The lead-up to April 6’s 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS will feature a country music invasion of network television.   Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw have shot customized ACM promos for CB ...

  30. George Strait Rides Away From the Center of His Industry

    March 25, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Technology plays an enormous role in what entertainment succeeds at any given time. When recordings evolved from an experimental novelty to a mature business during the 20th century, both sound and visual recordings changed to accommodate those ad ...

  31. Voting for ACM Entertainer, New Artist Awards Now Live

    March 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Voting for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award is now open online. The distinction, which is awarded to the highest vote-getter at the ACM Awards in April, can now be contested at the ceremony's website . Related A ...

  32. Big Albums, But No Big Hot 100 Hits

    March 14, 2014 8:11 PM EDT New Billboard 200 leader Rick Ross is among artists who repeatedly dominate the chart despite having not landed a top 10 Hot 100 hit With the arrival of "Mastermind" atop the Billboard 200 chart , Rick Ross continues his streak of earnin ...

  33. Bruce Springsteen Top Hot Tours, Grossing $12.1M from Final Australian Dates

    March 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 on Hot Tours for the third time in 2014 with ticket sales reported from his swing through Australia and New Zealand during February and March. The High Hopes tour played in seven cities during its Oceania leg that wrappe ...

  34. Mel Tillis Recovering from Heart Surgery

    March 10, 2014 11:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expec ...

  35. Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake Top Billboard's 2014 Money Makers

    March 10, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In theater, a triple threat is an artist who has the chops to sing, dance and act. It's a different ballgame in the music biz, where touring and the two avenues of sales (physical and digital) reign supreme. In that regard, there's no a ...

  36. George Strait and the Band Perry Top Hot Tours with $6.4 Million

    February 20, 2014 4:40 PM EST George Strait and the Band Perry represent country music on the latest tally of Hot Tours, landing at Nos. 1 and 3 respectively on the list of the week’s 10 top-grossing tours. Strait’s top ranking comes from the first four February performances o ...

  37. George Strait Begins Final Stand, Tops Hot Tours With $6.2M

    January 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST George Strait tops the weekly Hot Tours ranking with $6.2 million in ticket sales reported from the final leg of his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour that began on Jan. 9 in Louisiana. The tour’s 2014 itinerary kicked off at Bossier City, La.’s ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. George Strait, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 12:23 AM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Watch Dean Dillon's Poignant BMI Icon Award Acceptance Speech In Full: Video

    November 06, 2013 6:33 PM EST Dean Dillon, who has penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career, was honored as the newest BMI Icon at Tuesday night's (Nov. 5) BMI Country Awards. After Strait, Chesney, Luke Bryan and Lee An ...

  43. CMA Awards Preview: Who Will Win Entertainer of the Year?

    November 06, 2013 9:38 AM EST The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards are tonight. Broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, this year's awards might very well be the toughest ever to pick. Though leading nominees Taylor Swift or Kacey Musgraves mig ...

  44. Dean Dillon, Hunter Hayes, Rodney Clawson, Sony/ATV Among BMI's 2013 Country Awards Honorees

    November 06, 2013 3:56 AM EST Songwriter Dean Dillon penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career in Nashville and several of those artists honored him as the newest BMI Icon at the 61st BMI Country Awards in Nashville. BMI Count ...

  45. George Strait In The CMA Spotlight... Again

    November 05, 2013 1:03 PM EST They're not letting the cowboy ride quietly into the sunset in Music City. Whether he likes it or not, the usually reclusive George Strait is the center of attention this week. Strait is up for entertainer of the year Wednesday night at the ...

  46. George Strait, Josh Kear, Warner/Chappell Among ASCAP Country Music Award Honorees

    November 05, 2013 12:56 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4th in the Grand Ballroom at Nashville’s newly opened Music City Center.  ASCAP Country Music Awards -- Photo Gal ...

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