1. It's a Social Media World, Music Journalists and Publicists Just Live In It

    January 18, 2017 2:17 PM EST 0 0 0 President-elect  Donald Trump  is already shaking things up in Washington, D.C., by eschewing more traditional forms of communicating his message, preferring instead to speak directly through Twitter to his 19 million-plus followers. As a result, th ...

  2. Kacey Musgraves and Leon Bridges Dream Up a Winner For Christmas 'Present'

    December 14, 2016 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 A collaboration with Bridges embraces the same values as a classic holiday TV special. Fifty-two years after it first aired on network TV, CBS telecast the animated Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer twice this Christmas season. Even with its now wobbl ...

  3. Christmas Comes Early For a Multitude Of Country Stars

    November 04, 2016 11:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge Sport New Holiday Albums Merry Christmas! If it feels a little early to get that kind of greeting, take heart — a bundle of country artists have already been mired in ...

  4. Here Are All the 2016 CMA Awards Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    November 03, 2016 12:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 2016 CMA Awards -- the 50th edition of the awards show -- drew the best of the best: every living entertainer of the year winner was present, alongside all today’s hottest up-and-coming artists. The awards themselves were special, but, particula ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. SiriusXM's J.R. Schumann on Embracing Country's Sound Evolution: 'Nothing Is What It Used to Be'

    August 03, 2016 9:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 “I don’t care what anybody says: It is an exciting time to be in radio right now.” That’s the heartfelt sentiment expressed by J.R. Schumann , seven months into his gig as senior director of programming at SiriusXM, where he oversees 13 channels. Af ...

  7. Country Up-and-Comer Chris Lane on Getting a Shout-Out From Selena Gomez and Crushing on 'The Bachelorette'

    August 01, 2016 4:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country radio is certainly a more open-minded place than it was just a few years ago, thanks to the less conventional sounds of artists like Kacey Musgraves , Sam Hunt , and Chris Stapleton . But there's less conventional, and then there's ...

  8. Female Country Stars Kacey Musgraves, Cam, Maren Morris and More on Industry Sexism, the 'Freak Show' Presidential Election and Tomato-gate

    July 28, 2016 6:04 PM EDT 2.188 k 0 2 On a hot summer morning in downtown Nashville, six young country standouts take seats around a table, making small talk while awaiting instructions from a surrounding film crew. “Pretend like we’re not here,” urges a producer. “Yeah, it sure f ...

  9. Robert Ellis Talks New Album, Difference Between Art & Advertising

    July 18, 2016 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Robert Ellis is often roped in with country’s classically minded wing, but he has little interest in the rhetoric surrounding debates of authenticity. “In terms of what is country and what isn't, all that stuff is confusing to me,” the singer t ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Brandy Clark Gets Big Label Backing With Sophomore Album 'Small Town'

    June 01, 2016 2:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Grammy-winner's single "Girl Next Door" illustrates a bold step forward. The first time Brandy Clark recorded an album, she didn’t have too many expectations. She self-funded the recording sessions for her 2013 debut, 12 Stories , ...

  12. Beck, Kacey Musgraves & Violent Femmes to Headline 2016 Pilgrimage Music Festival: Exclusive

    May 17, 2016 9:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will hit Franklin, Tenn., this fall, and today  Billboard can   exclusively announce the first wave of performers for the Sept. 24-25 fest, which includes headliners  Beck , Kacey Musgraves , Violent Femmes a ...

  13. Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem Top 15th Austin City Limits Fest Bill

    May 05, 2016 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Radiohead and Mumford & Sons (in their first-ever ACL appearances) will join Kendrick Lamar , LCD Soundsystem , Major Lazer , and Kygo as headliners at the 15th  anniversary edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 30-Oct. ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Spotify, Apple, Google, Pandora, Oh My: Marketing at SXSW Steps It Up

    March 22, 2016 11:25 AM EDT Just about every digital service had some kind of event at SXSW. Some went bigger than others. To market or not to market at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas? And if a company decides to market, will they outshine the competition or fall u ...

  16. Rae Sremmurd Supports Bernie Sanders, Loretta Lynn Charms & More at SXSW Day 3

    March 18, 2016 10:21 AM EDT The weather may have changed for the cloudier, but by mid-afternoon on March 17, SXSW was back at its sweltering best, with showcases and sets running deep into the night. As the festival churned through its third day,  Billboard  has the report f ...

  17. Can Brandy Clark's 'Girl Next Door' Break Through at Country Radio?

    March 02, 2016 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 A thrilling new single from an acclaimed songwriter faces an uphill battle. The difficult climate for female singers at country radio has earned a lot of attention in the last year, especially in the aftermath of Keith Hill’s infamous suggestion tha ...

  18. Kacey Musgraves: The 2016 GRAMMY Red Carpet

    Kacey Musgraves: The 2016 GRAMMY Red Carpet

    February 15, 2016 9:39 PM EST 2 0 0 Kacey Musgraves on the Red Carpet at The 58th GRAMMYs music , Kacey Musgraves Interview , you2ube , grammys 2016 , red carpet , interviews , kacey musgraves , Kacey Musgraves Videos Kacey Musgraves Brightcove ...

  19. Grammys 2016 Preview: The Inside Scoop on the Best Country Song and Country Album Nominees

    February 13, 2016 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Best Country Album Montevallo Sam Hunt Label MCA Nashville Hunt may have confirmed the end of country's "hat act" era, eschewing not just Stetsons but also the ball caps of bro-country for his own suave style. That goes for his sound, ...

  20. Are Women Finally Getting a Fair Shake on Country Radio? A Billboard Analysis

    February 05, 2016 3:37 PM EST 0 0 0 In short, not yet. But it's complicated. If you watch country awards shows on television, you might think female artists are roughly equal with male artists. If you're a country radio listener, however, you probably have a very different i ...

  21. Old Dominion Tips Its Cap to Slang With Rising Single 'Snapback'

    January 12, 2016 2:44 PM EST 0 0 0 New Country Band Follows Up No. 1 Single 'Break Up With Him' When RCA shipped the latest  Old Dominion   single to programmers on Nov. 23, 2015, the Play MPE email did not contain a photo of the band. Instead, the group’s logo was slapped ...

  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. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 2016 Grammy Nominations: Chris Stapleton and Other Country Artists Poised to Win Big

    December 07, 2015 2:14 PM EST 0 0 0 In looking at the country nominees for the upcoming 58 th Annual Grammy Awards, there were no major surprises. But, as is often the case, there were a few curveballs that might have thrown some industry insiders for something of a loop -- along with ...

  26. Kacey Musgraves Muses on Women in Music 'Legend' Honoree Loretta Lynn's 4 Essential Tracks

    December 04, 2015 5:19 PM EST 0 0 0 The 27-year-old singer-songwriter, who performed with Lynn at the 2014 CMA Awards, picks the Queen of Country Music's most unforgettable tracks. "You Ain't Woman Enough" (1966) What a great hook: "You ain't woman enough ...

  27. Luke Bryan & More Country Stars Take You Home for the Holidays in 'A Country Faith Christmas' Book

    November 25, 2015 4:27 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price gathers recipes, stories & more in new book. Deborah Evans Price is one of country music’s most esteemed journalists. Her byline has appeared in  Billboard ,  Nash Country   Weekly, Rolling Stone and cou ...

  28. Kacey Musgraves' 5 Most Important Women In Country Music

    Kacey Musgraves' 5 Most Important Women In Country Music

    November 11, 2015 11:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Kacey Musgraves' 5 Most Important Women In Country Music greatest of all time , kacey musgraves , Kacey Musgraves Videos Kacey Musgraves ...

  29. Kacey Musgraves Performs 'Dime Store Cowgirl' at the 2015 CMA Awards

    November 04, 2015 10:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Kacey Musgraves was up for multiple prizes -- Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Music Video of the Year -- at the 2015 CMA Awards. So it only made sense that the Texas native got to perform one of the jams on her 2015 album Pageant ...

  30. Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton Bring Edge to CMA Album Nominations

    November 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 When the Country Music Association hands out the album of the year award for the 49th time tonight (Nov. 4), the contenders will look a little more like a Grammy Award group than a typical batch of CMA finalists. The CMA "tends to be the most c ...

  31. Kacey Musgraves Makes History at the Apollo Theater: Live Review

    October 25, 2015 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kacey Musgraves made an impressive declaration early on last night (Oct. 24) during the New York stop of her Rhinestone Revue tour. “Apparently I'm the only country act to headline the Apollo,” she noted. “Sold it out, too,” she added proudly. ...

  32. John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves and More on Willie Nelson Making a Difference With 30 Years of Farm Aid

    October 16, 2015 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Willie Nelson 's Farm Aid celebrated its 30th birthday this year with a concert held at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Ill.,  on Sept. 19. To help fete the milestone,  Billboard spoke with several of this year' ...

  33. Leigh Nash on Pop Past, Country Future: 'Unless the Two Genres Mix, There's Not Going to Be Country'

    October 09, 2015 8:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The State I'm In" singer even suggests a new take on Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me": "Maybe there’s like a version we could work up with a honky-tonk sound." Most people will remember  Leigh Nash  as th ...

  34. Country Radio Remains Wary of Acts From TV Talent Shows: Are Its Fears Justified?

    September 28, 2015 8:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 Can Michael Ray be the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson? Despite — or perhaps because of — the large number of artists that have been channeled into the country format by way of reality TV talent competitions — country radio has long had a fr ...

  35. Imagine Dragons to Join Willie Nelson & Friends for 30th Farm Aid Concert in Chicago

    July 28, 2015 1:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The guiding foursome of Farm Aid -- Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews -- will celebrate a milestone for the organization that supports America's family farmers with a 30th-anniversary concert in Chicago on Sept 19, ...

  36. Nashville's Biggest Songwriters Speak Out About the Lack of Women on Country Radio and the Songs They Wish They Wrote

    July 23, 2015 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hitmakers are the lifeblood of country music. “Songwriting is sort of a 9-to-5 job in Nashville,” says Michael Dulaney, who has collaborated on singles with  Tanya Tucker and Jason Aldean . Unlike in other genres, where artists and producers disappe ...

  37. Dale Watson Preaches the Virtues of Ameripolitan: Live Review

    July 13, 2015 7:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Back in 1995, Dale Watson recorded a song bemoaning the state of modern country music. "I'm too country now for country," he declared, "just like Johnny Cash ." The singer then turned to an elder statesmen for guidance: &quo ...

  38. Kacey Musgraves 'Material'-izes at No. 1 on Country Chart; Little Big Town Ties Record

    July 02, 2015 3:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kacey Musgraves debuts atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 11) with Pageant Materia l. The set starts with 55,000 copies in its launch week, according to Nielsen Music, marking her best sales week. Musgraves manages her second ...

  39. The 10 Best Shania Twain Songs

    June 30, 2015 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shania Twain 's farewell tour kicks off this week, which makes it a good time to attempt to pick the ten greatest Twain songs. This might actually be mathematically impossible -- it would be difficult to even pick the ten strongest tracks on Co ...

  40. 'Yeah Boy': Why Kelsea Ballerini Is Country Radio's Gutsiest Songwriter

    June 30, 2015 10:50 AM EDT "Sometimes it's hard to be a woman," Tammy Wynette croons on the first line of her 1968 classic "Stand By Your Man." In recent years that's proven particularly true in commercial country, where a fairly anonymous ar ...

  41. Nashville Tech Industry Exec Comes Under Fire for Sexist Remarks

    June 26, 2015 2:00 PM EDT The relative lack of female artists on the country airwaves is one of Nashville’s most heated topics in 2015, with such artists as Miranda Lambert , Martina McBride and Kacey Musgraves firing back at country radio consultant Keith Hill for a hamf ...

  42. Kacey Musgraves' 'Pageant Material' Is Sharper and More Nashville-Friendly: Album Review

    June 16, 2015 11:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Southern adage "Don't get above your raisin'," memorialized as a song title by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs in 1951, has long been a guideline for ­country artists. It even dictates their choices in pronouns: always the hu ...

  43. Bonnaroo Day 2 Recap: Kendrick Lamar Rocks Old Hits, Kacey Musgraves Enchants With New Music

    June 13, 2015 5:33 AM EDT Also, Chance the Rapper makes a surprise appearance. After warming up the Manchester, Tenn. crowd on Thursday night, Bonnaroo was in full force Friday. The main stage finally opened, and the first round of top dog (and Top Dawg) acts was deploye ...

  44. Kacey Musgraves Disses Radio, Plays New Music at Heartwarming Bonnaroo Set

    June 13, 2015 12:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 “They just pulled that one off the fucking radio… whatever that means. Maybe they don’t like biscuits.” Where would you want to see Kacey Musgraves besides Bonnaroo? In the closing weeks of a swing-for-the-fences new album push, the Texas native pla ...

  45. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's Firs ...

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