1. Stephen Dorff Embodies Title Character in 'Wheeler,' His Ode to a City and Genre That Embraced His Dad and Late Brother

    February 02, 2017 12:26 PM EST 0 0 0 Disguised beneath prosthetics, makeup and a wig that collectively took more than three hours to apply daily, Hollywood actor  Stephen Dorff  came to Nashville in February 2015 to make a film about an aspiring country music star. Shot in just two wee ...

  2. Sean Hannity's Inauguration Playlist: 'A Reminder That America Has Many Enemies That Want to Destroy Us'

    January 19, 2017 10:58 AM EST 0 0 0 For the week leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump,  Billboard  asked the hosts and anchors of some of cable news' most-watched shows to put together inauguration playlists -- their personal soundtracks for the Jan. 20 ...

  3. Paul McCartney, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi & Kenny Chesney Ring in the New Year in St. Barts

    January 06, 2017 8:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Paul McCartney was the star -- and the Energizer Bunny -- of the annual bacchanal that takes place on St. Barts between Christmas and New Year’s Day. After performing “Helter Skelter” with Brandon Flowers and The Killers at billionaire Roman Abramov ...

  4. Reba Stick Horses and Eric Church Ottomans: Your Guide to Country's Most Unique Holiday Gifts

    December 19, 2016 12:50 PM EST 0 0 0 It’s holiday shopping time again. If you’re looking for something truly, er, memorable for the country music lover in your life, we’ve once again compiled our annual holiday shopping guide of the most unique items we could find, with picks ranging f ...

  5. 12 Best Country Singles of 2016

    December 14, 2016 5:40 PM EST was definitely a year to remember in Nashville, as some of the best lyrics in quite some time actually gained favor with radio programmers. Whether it be Maren Morris  (country’s “It” girl) or Eric Church singing so profoundly about the impact ...

  6. Taylor Swift & Kenny Chesney Donate to Tennessee Wildfire Funds

    December 09, 2016 5:58 PM EST 0 0 0 Artists and organizations in Music City are stepping up to help their neighbors after devastating wildfires damaged about 2,500 buildings and caused 14 deaths in the Gatlinburg area. Country star Kenny Chesney and the Country Music Association annou ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Kenny Chesney Takes Top Honors, Sony/ATV Wins for 15th Straight Year at BMI Country Awards

    November 02, 2016 5:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Kenny Chesney receives the Pinnacle Award in front of millions during ABC’s Nov. 2 telecast of the Country Music Association Awards, the moment will recognize his ability to consistently pack stadiums and his standing as a four-time winner of t ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Kenny Chesney's 'Cosmic Hallelujah' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 31, 2016 9:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country superstar Kenny Chesney is on track for his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Sources say his latest release, Cosmic Hallelujah , could launch with over 80,000 equivalent album units earned in ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Kenny Chesney's 'Cosmic Hallelujah' Has Arrived: Listen

    October 28, 2016 12:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kenny Chesney fans rejoice: the country superstar is back with his new LP,  Cosmic Hallelujah . Chesney dropped his 17th album just before midnight. #CosmicHallelujah is out on @AppleMusic ... https://t.co/ba1inqV6Wu — Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) ...

  13. Newcomer Luke Combs Blows Into Mainstream With 'Hurricane'

    October 25, 2016 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Asheville indie artist gets deal with Sony as new country single racks up SiriusXM spins. Hurricane Matthew may have been a dominant part of the recent news cycle, but another “Hurricane” whirled into country music’s mainstream during the last w ...

  14. Morgan Wallen's Debut, 
'The Way I Talk,' Riffs on Accents

    October 06, 2016 10:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 The label that launched Chris Lane introduces Wallen with a catchy, hooky country single. Three notes might well make Morgan Wallen a star. A simple little guitar riff is ... ahem ...  instrumental in the sound of “The Way I Talk,” Wallen’s debut si ...

  15. Dierks Bentley & Elle King on Why 'Different for Girls' Is a Different Kind of Country Hit

    October 05, 2016 9:28 PM EDT 0 0 5 "This is the song that I lost sleep about it being a single because I was scared people weren’t going to get it or it would be too much for people to handle," Bentley says. Dierks Bentley and Elle King took time to celebrate the success of ...

  16. Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Among Country Acts Who Take Business Beyond Music

    September 26, 2016 1:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Musicians view the years they spend in the honky-tonks as paying their dues for the music business. As it turns out, all that very specific training sets them up to succeed in other industries, too. Toby Keith owns dozens of racehorses, developed hi ...

  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. Kenny Chesney & Pink's 'Setting the World on Fire' Soundtracks L.A. Romance in New Video: Watch

    September 16, 2016 8:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kenny Chesney and Pink 's new duet "Setting the World on Fire" is the soundtrack to a whirlwind L.A. romance in its new music video.  Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean Ready Fall Albums In the black and white clip, a couple ...

  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. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Daya's 'Sit Still, Look Pretty' Hits Top 40

    August 25, 2016 11:09 PM EDT 0 0 5 The song marks her third top 40 hit in as many tries. As previously reported , EDM duo The Chainsmokers and featured alt-pop singer-songwriter Halsey crown the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 3), as "Closer" leaps 6-1 in its third week on t ...

  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. Watch Kenny Chesney Bring Kid Rock On Stage in Detroit

    August 14, 2016 11:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock isn't performing much this summer, at least not by his own road dog standards, but on Saturday (Aug. 13) he spent one of his nights with Kenny Chesney during the country star's Spread the Love tour stop at Ford Field in Rock' ...

  24. Major Lazer, Human Nature Retain Chart Crowns Down Under

    August 07, 2016 11:51 PM EDT 3.687 k 0 5 Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” (Mad Decent/Warner) continues to rain down on Australia’s singles chart.  The track, which features Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and Danish artist MØ , becomes Major Lazer’s longest run in the top spot of the AR ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Popular Hollywood Actor and Hit Nashville Songwriter Share a Surprising Bond

    August 01, 2016 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 When J.T. Harding was an aspiring artist living in Los Angeles, the view from his apartment window included a billboard promoting Jay Thomas , then the popular morning host on top 40 KPWR (Power 106). Every day, he would look out the window and see ...

  27. Jake Owen on His Post-Divorce Album 'American Love': 'I Didn't Have Anything to Prove'

    July 29, 2016 9:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jake Owen didn’t get to be one of country’s leading party-starters by capsizing the format’s boat. His platinum-certified hits “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Beachin’” (each a Hot Country Songs No. 1) show his Nashville anthem bona fides. But after ...

  28. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's ...

  29. Country's Fascination With Water Gets Smart Makeover With Eli Young Band's 'Gospel'

    July 22, 2016 8:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Saltwater Gospel" connects the sea with spirituality. Country has had a fascination with the water in recent years, evident in such major titles as  Dierks Bentley ’s “Somewhere on a Beach,”  Little Big Town ’s “Pontoon” and  Jake Owen ’s ...

  30. Country Radio Gatekeepers Support Pop Star Collaborations (In Moderation)

    July 19, 2016 12:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scattered among the usual suspects in the top 20 on the Country Airplay chart are two names closely associated with pop music: Demi Lovato and Elle King . They appear in the list’s top tier thanks to their hit duets with Brad Paisley (“Without a Fig ...

  31. Love Story: The Impact of Taylor Swift's First Decade in Music

    July 07, 2016 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ten years after "Tim McGraw" debuted, Swift's role in country music is undeniable. When “Tim McGraw” slipped onto Billboard ’s Hot Country Songs chart at No. 60 on July 1, 2006, the single earned a thumbnail breakout synopsis, courtes ...

  32. 'Major Improvements' Cited in Handling of Rowdy Kenny Chesney Concert

    July 04, 2016 8:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Officials in Pittsburgh said they were pleased with the way they handled Saturday's (July 2) Kenny Chesney concert in the city over the weekend. More than three dozen people were taken to hospitals and seven arrests were made, but Guy Costa, Pi ...

  33. 25 People Taken to Hospitals During Kenny Chesney Concert

    July 03, 2016 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Officials say more than two dozen people were taken to hospitals and several others were arrested in and around the Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh. Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said 57 emergency medical transports were requested by 9 p ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Kenny Chesney Calls Cop to Apologize For Saying He Had Died

    June 26, 2016 3:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 An officer shot several times near Philadelphia got a call from country singer Kenny Chesney with an apology for announcing at a concert that he had died of his injuries. Kenny Chesney Pays Tribute to Country Songwriter Guy Clark: 'If Nashville ...

  36. Easton Corbin's 'Are You With Me' Finally a U.S. Single After Detour as EDM Hit

    May 19, 2016 5:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lost Frequencies' sped-up dance version has racked up 170-plus million YouTube Views and a KFC commercial. Easton Corbin ’s “Are You With Me” has barely found its way onto the Country Airplay chart, but it has already won song of the year. Odd ...

  37. Kenny Chesney Pays Tribute to Country Songwriter Guy Clark: 'If Nashville Had a Hemingway' It Was Him

    May 19, 2016 1:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Guy Clark , a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash , Emmylou Harris , George Strait, Willie Nelson , Kenny Chesney and many others, died May 17 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 74. Chesn ...

  38. Which Artists Were 2015's Biggest Earners on the Road?

    May 05, 2016 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 As part of  Billboard's annual Moneymakers  ranking of music's top earning artists, we are breaking out the Top 10 in four revenue stream sources: Sales, Publishing, Streaming and Touring. You only need to compare the headline numbers in o ...

  39. 'Chillin' on the Road' with Brett Eldredge's Takeover Tuesday Playlist

    March 28, 2016 4:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome back to  Takeover Tuesday , where each week Billboard taps charting artists and mega taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever s ...

  40. 25 Years After Reba McEntire's Plane Crash, Publicists Discuss Professional Grief and Private Pain

    March 17, 2016 12:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reps For George Jones, Mindy McCready and Backroad Anthem on how they talk to press with a broken heart. "I remember just crying hysterically." When members of Nashville’s music community awoke on Saturday, March 16, 1991, many were greete ...

  41. Kenny Chesney's Manager Clint Higham Eyes New Album for May, Talks Rum Brand

    March 16, 2016 11:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although he attended every one of Kenny Chesney ’s stadium shows last year, manager Clint Higham prefers to work behind the scenes. He jokes that he was just on the road with his superstar client as "window decoration." But that’s hardly t ...

  42. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban & More to Perform at ACM Awards

    February 25, 2016 8:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Florida Georgia Line & Cam will also take the stage at the April 3 ceremony in Las Vegas. Carrie Underwood , Kenny Chesney , Keith Urban , Florida Georgia Line and Cam will perform at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The awards s ...

  43. Bruce Springsteen's River Tour Comes to Upstate New York -- To Rock the Economy

    February 12, 2016 3:59 PM EST 0 0 0 While the music industry regularly tallies the ticket sales generated by major concert tours, as reported to Billboard Boxscore, the wider effect of concerts and other venue events on host cities is arguably even more significant. Behind the bar of ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Thomas Rhett Tops Country Airplay Chart for a Fifth Week: 'This Is a Career Song'

    January 20, 2016 11:23 AM EST 0 0 0 Thomas Rhett boasts the longest rule atop Billboard 's Country Airplay chart in more than six years, as "Die a Happy Man" (Valory) leads the list (dated Jan. 30) for a fifth week. The ballad tops the survey with 50 million in audience ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Kenny Chesney Praises Apple Music in 'GMA' Appearance

    December 30, 2015 9:38 AM EST 0 0 0 Country music superstar Kenny Chesney  caught up with Good Morning America this week to discuss his endorsement of Apple Music, saying “the more music we have in our life, the better everything is.” Chesney, whose ad for the streaming music service ...

  49. Blake Shelton Onesie? Rascall Flatts Thong? Your Gift Guide to Country Artists' Weirdest Merch

    December 18, 2015 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Did we mention Blake’s adult onesies come equipped with a butt flap? With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, it’s time for our guide to the weirdest and wackiest merchandise being offered by country stars. We scoured the online stores of ...

  50. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Reunion, Taylor Swift, One Direction Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 11, 2015 3:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Grateful Dead’s "Fare Thee Well" tops all, though Taylor Swift, U2, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney perform well. As the sun began to set on Chicago’s Soldier Field, the positive vibe was palpable as more than 70,000 fans -- most of them clutchi ...

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