1. Michelle Obama, Kellie Pickler To Guest Star On 'Nashville'

    April 19, 2014 3:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 First Lady Michelle Obama and "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler will appear on an upcoming episode of ABC's "Nashville," the network announced on Friday (April 18).  'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Isn't Mess ...

  2. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  3. Kellie Pickler Debuts in Top Five On Top Country Albums Chart

    November 21, 2013 2:46 PM EST The former 'American Idol' finalist returns to the region, while Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and the Band Perry add country chart headlines Kellie Pickler opens at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart ...

  4. Kellie Pickler Returns With 'The Woman I Am'

    November 08, 2013 4:00 PM EST Kellie Pickler gets personal on her new album, "The Woman I Am," out Nov. 11. If you need proof of this, take one listen to "Selma Drye," a song about a person that Pickler knew very well -- her great grandmother. The singer wr ...

  5. Toby Keith To Tour Australia For the First Time

    September 26, 2013 3:21 AM EDT Toby Keith will embark on his first-ever tour of Australia in 2014, the American country star has revealed. Keith’s four-date “Hammer Down Under Tour to Australia” will kick off March 14 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. As previously reported ...

  6. Toby Keith to Headline Australia's CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival

    September 02, 2013 12:26 AM EDT Toby Keith is heading Down Under for his first-ever Australian performance. The country superstar will headline the 2014 CMC Rocks the Hunter festival, on a bill that includes compatriots the Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, Craig Campbell, Paul Th ...

  7. Delta Country Jam Bringing Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler to Mississippi

    August 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT One doesn't need much of a history lesson about the Mississippi Delta region to know that music is a huge part of the area. Harbor Entertainment's Drew Dedo is well aware of this fact, and is excited to be helping celebrate that heritage ...

  8. Backbeat: Kellie Pickler Celebrates 'Dancing With The Stars' Win at the Grand Ole Opry

    June 05, 2013 2:29 PM EDT Gathered backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during Kellie Pickler 's celebration for her and dancing partner  Derek Hough 's recent win on "Dancing with the Stars" were, from left: Steve Buchanan , EVP of the Opry Entertainment ...

  9. Kellie Pickler Wins 'Dancing With the Stars'

    May 22, 2013 9:23 AM EDT Kellie Pickler came into the final "Dancing With the Stars" episode in second place but finished in first. The 26-year-old country singer won the show's mirror ball trophy Tuesday. "This is amazing!" she beamed to her prof ...

  10. Alicia Keys 'Thinking About' Shaving Head After New 'Do

    December 10, 2012 9:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys recently chopped off most of her hair, and the singer is looking to go even shorter. The R&B superstar debuted her bob hairdo this summer. In a recent interview, Keys said she wants to go "even shorter." Alicia Keys Earns F ...

  11. Bubbling Under: Family Of The Year Keeps Radio's Folk Revival Rolling

    November 23, 2012 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Family of the Year, Sarah Darling, Gold Fields and Trinidad James. Family of the Year ...

  12. Bubbling Under: Family Of The Year Keeps Radio's Folk Revival Rolling; Plus Sarah Darling, Gold Fields, Trinidad James

    November 23, 2012 9:25 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Family of the Year, Sarah Darling, Gold Fields and Trinidad James. Family of the Ye ...

  13. Blake Shelton's CMA Award Victory Reflects Continuing Power of Television For Country Music

    November 06, 2012 12:00 PM EST Perhaps no one was more shocked than Blake Shelton when he received the entertainer of the year award from presenters Reba McEntire and Tim Allen during the 46th annual Country Music Assn. Awards on Nov. 1. He hadn't imagined the digits were ...

  14. CMA Awards 2012: Photos of Country's Best Dressed

    November 02, 2012 5:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 The CMA Awards packed the best in glamour and country music into one evening Thursday night in Nashville. Check out our picks for the show's best dressed, from Taylor Swift's glittering couture to Kellie Pickler's princess-like gown. ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: CISAC Summit, Kobalt, Paul McCartney, Wonderlous, Jingle Punks, More

    October 16, 2012 5:16 PM EDT CISAC Summit Set for June 2013 CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, will hold its fourth biennial World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center. Formerly known as t ...

  16. The Beat 9/12: Bridgit Mendler Stops By, Carly Rae Jepsen Drops "This Kiss"

    September 12, 2012 5:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the Wednesday, Sept. 12 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. Bridg ...

  17. The Beat 9/12: Bridgit Mendler Stops By, Carly Rae Debuts "This Kiss"

    The Beat 9/12: Bridgit Mendler Stops By, Carly Rae Debuts "This Kiss"

    September 12, 2012 4:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 9/12: Bridgit Mendler Stops By, Carly Rae Jepsen Debuts "This Kiss" jonathan brooks , bucky covington , Ne-Yo , Billboard , Kellie Pickler , good luck charlie , disney , Rita Ora , This Kiss , ready or not Videos Carly Rae Bridgit ...

  18. Bucky Covington Talks 'Good Guys,' First Album in 5 Years

    September 10, 2012 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been a long wait for Bucky Covington, but with this week's release of "Good Guys," he finally has new music out. After hitting on Lyric Street Records with hits like "A Different World" and the touching "I ...

  19. American Idol's Jessica Sanchez Signs With Interscope, Kellie Pickler Released By Sony Nashville

    June 29, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Today finds one American Idol alum with a new record deal -- and another dropped. While recent runner-up Jessica Sanchez lands at mentor Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records, country cutie Kellie Pickler has parted ways with Sony Nashville. It c ...

  20. Kellie Pickler Joins Fight Against Child Hunger

    June 28, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Tuesday (June 26), Kellie Pickler announced her partnership with ConAgra Foods Foundation®'s Hunger-Free Summer program at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. There, the country music star and other local volunteers filled boxe ...

  21. Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

    June 11, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012) Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniab ...

  22. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  23. Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood Among Presenters for CMT Music Awards

    June 04, 2012 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hollywood and Nashville will come together this summer for the 11th annual CMT Music Awards, hosted this year by country superstar Toby Keith and House of Lies actress Kristen Bell. A wide array of stars will be on hand for the June 6 ceremony, incl ...

  24. Lee Ann Womack to Premiere First New Music in Four Years

    May 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Will Preview Songs From Upcoming Album, Tentatively Titled 'The Way I'm Living,' on May 26 It has been close to four years since Lee Ann Womack has released new music, and her fans -- which includes such superstars as George Strait an ...

  25. Spotlight: Barry Michael Hopes to Take Flight

    April 25, 2012 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country newcomer Barry Michael hopes that 2012 sees his career soar -- just as high as he recently got to fly at South Carolina's McEntire National Guard Base. "I did a concert for them for their family day at the air base. I had dinner wi ...

  26. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead CMT Nominations

    April 23, 2012 1:27 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift atop the list, look no further than the CMT Music Awards nominations for proof country music's new favorite color is blonde. Underwood earned five nominations, L ...

  27. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift wi ...

  28. Shooter Jennings Tones Down His 'Outlaw' Side w/ 'Family Man'

    February 27, 2012 5:45 PM EST 0 0 0 When one speaks of Shooter Jennings, some call him a modern-day outlaw. Some might even refer to him as a "badass" because of what some term his outspoken style. However, you'd be hard-pressed to run across a more polite individual th ...

  29. Backbeat: Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Gary Overton, More at Country Radio Seminar's Day Two

    February 24, 2012 1:24 PM EST (L-R): Kellie Pickler, Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton, Sara Evans and Headline Country's Storme Warren take in the Sony/BMG Cruise at CRS day two. (Photo: Alan Poizner) Country Radio Seminar attendees had a lot of choices for ...

  30. Carrie Underwood Rocks the Boat at CRS

    February 24, 2012 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Countless seminars and panels, lunch with Alan Jackson, plus a cruise boat filled with some of Nashville's biggest artists and most promising upstarts -- all part of day two of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar (CRS). The panels, which covered suc ...

  31. Album Reviews: Kellie Pickler, Tim McGraw, Rodrigo y Gabriella and more

    February 03, 2012 10:00 AM EST 0 0 COUNTRY KELLIE PICKLER 100 Proof Producers : Frank Liddell, Luke Wooten Label : 19/BNA Release Date : Jan. 24 This blonde and bubbly "American Idol" alum makes for an unlikely source of the kind of old-fashioned countrypolitan albums we used ...

  32. Chris Young Crowns Country Songs; Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler Enter Albums List

    February 02, 2012 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Neo-traditionalist singer Chris Young claims his fifth straight leader on Country Songs, as "You" (RCA) draws 39.3 million audience impressions (up 2.2 million) and steps 2-1 in its 23rd chart week. That ties his previous best time to the ...

  33. Tim McGraw Scores Top Billboard 200 Debut, Adele Still No. 1

    February 01, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Lamb of God, Kellie Pickler, Ingrid Michaelson All Start in Top 10 As is usually the case in January, few major albums are released in the first few weeks of the year. Now, as we get back to normal -- post-holidays -- we see an influx of seven new a ...

  34. Adele Takes 18th Week at No. 1 As Seven Albums Debut In Billboard 200's Top 10

    February 01, 2012 11:00 AM EST As is usually the case in January, few major albums are released in the first few weeks of the year. Now, as we get back to normal -- post-holidays -- we see an influx of seven new albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. That's the most de ...

  35. Tim McGraw, Lamb of God & 'Grammy' Album Aiming High

    January 25, 2012 10:01 PM EST 0 0 0 After weeks of relatively few new major album releases, yesterday (Jan. 24) brought a bevy of titles to market that are aiming for the top of next week's Billboard 200 chart. While Adele 's "21" seems set to spend an 18th noncons ...

  36. Tim McGraw, Lamb of God and 'Grammy' Albums Aiming High On Next Week's Billboard 200

    January 25, 2012 9:13 PM EST After weeks of relatively few new major album releases, Tuesday (Jan. 24) brought a bevy of titles to market that are aiming for the top of next week's Billboard 200 chart. While Adele's "21" seems set to spend an 18th nonconse ...

  37. Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 1: Opry Goes Pink, Eddie Stubbs

    Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 1: Opry Goes Pink, Eddie Stubbs

    January 25, 2012 3:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 1: Opry Goes Pink, Eddie Stubbs featuredVideo2 , Eddie Stubbs , Kellie Pickler Videos Eddie Stubbs Kellie Pickler ...

  38. Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 3: Her Parents, New Song "The Letter"

    Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 3: Her Parents, New Song "The Letter"

    January 25, 2012 3:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 3: Her Parents, New Song "The Letter" Videos Kellie Pickler ...

  39. Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 2: New Album '100 Proof'

    Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 2: New Album '100 Proof'

    January 25, 2012 3:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Kellie Pickler Live Q&A Pt. 2: New Album '100 Proof' Videos Kellie Pickler ...

  40. Kellie Pickler Live Q&A: Watch Archived Video

    January 23, 2012 3:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article Kellie Pickler Watch Again! Kellie Pickler may have first won hearts as a finalist on season five of "American Idol," but she's gone on to a well-earned fanbase on the strength of country hits like "Red High Heels&q ...

  41. Country Music Preview: 10 for 2012

    January 03, 2012 3:30 PM EST is only a few days old, but there are a few things that we are really looking forward to in the world of country music. There are some big tours and quite a few big albums coming down the turnpike, and it's already looking to be a banner y ...

  42. Country Music's Biggest Moments of 2011

    December 29, 2011 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 There have been many memorable moments in the world of country music in 2011. While choosing only ten might be a little difficult, these are moments that really got people talking during the year. More Country: Top Singles | Top Albums | The Year in ...

  43. Michael Buble Returns with Grand Ideas for 'Christmas'

    November 18, 2011 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Three months after his album "Crazy Love" debuted atop the Billboard 200 in October 2009, Michael Bublé made his first appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." In addition to performing "Haven't Met You Yet" ...

  44. Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler Help Opry Go 'Pink'

    October 25, 2011 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Traditionally, the color of the famous barn backdrop of the Grand Ole Opry is red. However, this past Saturday, the color scheme changed just a little -- for a great cause. "Opry Goes Pink" was the theme of the evening at the famous WSM Ra ...

  45. Despite Taylor, Shania, Reba, Carrie, Country Radio Is Where the Girls Aren't

    July 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT To paraphrase George Strait's No. 5-peaking Hot Country Songs hit from 1992, when it comes to the current state of country radio, female artists are about as gone as a girl can get. For a second consecutive week, no songs by women billed as l ...

  46. 'American Idol' and Billboard: James Durbin, Haley Reinhart Become 55th and 56th Finalists on Charts

    July 07, 2011 4:47 PM EDT With the debuts of their Walmart exclusive EPs on the Billboard charts this week, Season 10 contestants James Durbin and Haley Reinhart become the 55th and 56th "American Idol" finalists to see their names appear on charts published by B ...

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