1. 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 0 0 0 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 feels i ...

  2. Willie Nelson, Neil Young & Sheryl Crow Will Headline First Outlaw Music Fest

    July 26, 2016 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Back in March the country music festival Dega Jam, which was slated for early July, was canceled . This was only a few weeks after Delaware's  Big Barrel along  with two other country festival​s announced they were also shuttering . Then, on Mo ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Terri Clark Is 'Giddy' Over New Gig As Host Of Country Gold

    March 30, 2016 12:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Terri Clark is a big fan of ’90s country, and not just because most of her own hits occurred during the latter half of that decade. She calls the era’s music “pretty amazing,” noting, “They were still writing songs about stories and life” in those d ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. Watch Jennifer Lopez Perform Mashup of Zedd's 'Clarity'

    February 09, 2016 12:09 PM EST 4.019 k 0 99 Jennifer Lopez is bringing Zedd ’s hit single "Clarity" back into the spotlight. Jennifer Lopez on Las Vegas Residency: 'I've Been Preparing for This My Whole Life' Her new Las Vegas residency at the Planet Hollywood ...

  7. Aubrie Sellers Celebrates Her Garage Country Debut in New York City: Live Review

    January 28, 2016 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 In the middle of her show last night (Jan. 27) in downtown Manhattan, the country singer Aubrie Sellers offered a self-assessment -- and maybe a warning: “There’s 14 songs on [my] record and only one of them is sweet.” Those 13 strident tunes and th ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. For Brothers Osborne, a Grammy Nod Arrived Before Even Releasing an Album

    January 07, 2016 12:15 PM EST came to a pretty remarkable close for  Brothers Osborne . Vocalist  T.J. Osborne  and guitarist  John Osborne  went into the holiday break with a top 10 single — “Stay a Little Longer,” which rises to No. 4 on the current Country Airplay chart ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Lee Ann Womack's 'I Hope You Dance' Waltzes Back In With a Thanksgiving Special

    November 26, 2015 12:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Time, according to the Lee Ann Womack crossover hit “I Hope You Dance,” is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. When songwriter Mark D. Sanders looks back on the 15 years that have transpired since its release, he has seen “Hope” roll ...

  12. Aubrie Sellers' 'Loveless Rolling Stone' Video: Exclusive Premiere

    November 06, 2015 3:50 PM EST 0 0 0 The best thing Sellers has learned from her mom, Lee Ann Womack? "She has a really great head on her shoulders about everything & always has been 100% about the music and not about the other junk." One of the most-talked-about artists ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Chris Stapleton: Get to Know Writer Behind Tracks for Luke Bryan, Adele, Blake Shelton & More

    May 04, 2015 5:03 PM EDT Country singer Chris Stapleton releases a new album, Traveller , on Tuesday. It's Stapleton's solo debut at age 37, but you've been probably been hearing him for years without knowing it: As a Nashville songwriter, he's written ...

  15. Live Review: Lee Ann Womack Presents an Alternative History of Country at New York's City Winery

    April 21, 2015 5:26 PM EDT Although she's best known for the crossover hit, "I Hope You Dance,"  Lee Ann Womack is a country traditionalist. This speaks to the distance that the genre's center has shifted in 15 years and the durability of Womack as a pe ...

  16. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT 1 1 0 In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, ...

  17. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September releas ...

  18. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to ...

  19. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather tha ...

  20. 615 Picks: Top 10 Country Albums of the Year

    December 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST 0 0 0 It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We'll look at top singles tomorrow (Dec. 20), but first let's nail down the best albums in the genre -- from a former TV star to an 8 ...

  21. Lee Ann Womack

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  22. 615 Spotlight: Joanna Smith 'Friends' You

    October 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Joanna Smith says growing up in a rural swath of South Georgia was the perfect place to fall in love with music. "There's not much else to do," she tells Billboard with a laugh. "Where I grew up was so rural, it took me about thi ...

  23. Songwriter to Songwriter: Jamey Johnson to Hank Cochran

    October 08, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Jamey Johnson fetes country legend on new tribute album. At the very end of the spare, evocative "That's Why I Write Songs," the last track on Jamey Johnson's 2010 double-album "The Guitar Song", Johnson offers, bar ...

  24. Loretta Lynn's 50th Year at Opry Toasted by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack

    September 27, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 1960, country newcomer Loretta Lynn and her husband "Mooney" traveled across America on what many country historians call one of the first of what we call 'radio tours' today. One of their destinations was Nashville, where the ...

  25. Chris Knight Scores 'Little Victories,' First Album in 4 Years

    September 21, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Knight is a man of few words, but when he does speak, you get a feeling that you should be listening. The respected Americana singer has just released "Little Victories," his first album in four years, and he's glad to get it ou ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Spotlight: Jana Kramer Gave Up 'One Tree Hill' for Music Dreams

    March 21, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Delaying her music career was "not an option," the "Why Ya Wanna" singer says This year has already seen some of Jana Kramer's dreams come true. The former "One Tree Hill" star's debut single, "Why Ya Wan ...

  28. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  29. Lionel Richie, George Strait Light Up CRS in Nashville

    February 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Day one of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar is in the books. The day started with the opening ceremonies at the Nashville Convention Center with the presentation of the annual Humanitarian Awards to stations in small, medium, and large markets followi ...

  30. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  31. Ty Herndon Drops 'Stones' in Return to Country Music

    January 17, 2012 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 'What Mattered Most' Singer Preps New Album, Talks Changing Scene in Nashville A few months ago, FUNL Music's Sheila Shipley Biddy - the genius who signed such acts as Lee Ann Womack --began working with an established act. However, i ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Sherrie Austin Goes DIY for First Album in 8 Years

    December 06, 2011 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 The music business can be a funny thing. For proof of this, look no further than Sherrié Austin. The Australia native has had her share of radio hits like "Lucky In Love" and "Streets Of Heaven," but over the past few years, Aust ...

  34. David Nail Bucks Labels: 'I'll Stick to the Singing Part'

    November 15, 2011 3:20 PM EST 0 0 0 David Nail is a little bit different. His music is country to some, while others might have a different opinion. Classification is not something that worries the Kennett, Missouri native that much. "I've never really gotten into the whole ...

  35. Trace Adkins Readies 'Proud To Be Here' In Wake of Home Fire

    August 01, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although Trace Adkins' new album, "Proud to be Here," arrives Aug. 2 through Show Dog Universal, the Louisiana-born singer has other things on his mind. "It's really been hard," says Adkins, whose Brentwood, Tenn. home ...

  36. Kellie Pickler to Perform at Billboard Country Music Summit's Closing Party

    May 26, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kellie Pickler, who has enjoyed great success as a BNA/Sony Music Nashville recording artist since her stint as an "American Idol" finalist, will perform at the Billboard Country Music Summit 's closing party on Tuesday, June 7 in N ...

  37. Hot Tours: Lady Gaga, George Strait, Ozzy Osbourne

    May 19, 2011 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 L ady Gaga tops this week's Hot Tours ranking as the pop superstar posts more than $18.5 million in box office grosses from nine sold out performances on her Monster Ball Tour, that recently wrapped after some 200 shows. Included in the tally a ...

  38. 'American Idol' Top 3 Visit Hometowns, Judges' Choice Songs Revealed

    May 15, 2011 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 When it comes to "American Idol," the homestretch is homecoming week, a yearly tradition since season 1 and the moment for which every finalist pines. This year's trio -- Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart -- like 27 be ...

  39. Blind Boys of Alabama's First Country Album Draws Willie Nelson, Vince Gill

    May 07, 2011 9:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 During the course of their seven-decade career, the Blind Boys of Alabama have logged several noteworthy achievements: induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, five Grammy Awards and performances before three U.S. presidents. However, one longt ...

  40. Hot Tours: George Strait & Reba, Michael Bublé, Jason Aldean

    February 24, 2011 11:07 AM EST 0 0 0 Country superstars George Strait and Reba combine to take the top spot on the Hot Tours tally with the first box office totals reported from their 2011 concert tour. The co-headliners resumed their tour in January following a successful pairing on t ...

  41. J. Lo Tightens Up on 'American Idol' Nashville Auditions

    January 28, 2011 1:06 AM EST 0 0 0 They don't call it Music City for nothing. On Thursday night, "American Idol" auditions returned to Nashville for only the second time and brought out plenty of top-notch talent, along with a few moments of comic relief, naturally, st ...

  42. Hot Tours: Alejandro Fernandez, George Strait and Reba, Justin Bieber

    November 04, 2010 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alejandro Fernández tops Hot Tour this week with box office stats reported from his recent 10-show run at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. Eight of the shows occurred in September (8-10, 18-19, 23-25) and the final two performances were on Oct. 8- ...

  43. Loretta Lynn Honored by Kid Rock, Paramore on Tribute Album

    October 22, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Few artists can claim as diverse or loyal a fan base as country music icon Loretta Lynn , as evidenced by the lineup of artists contributing tracks to tribute album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn," due Nov. 9 on Col ...

  44. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 5:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her mo ...

  45. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her ...

  46. Hot Tours: George Strait & Reba, Nickelback, Paul McCartney

    May 13, 2010 2:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country superstars George Strait and Reba take the top spot on this week's Hot Tours chart based on box office totals reported by promoter The Messina Group/AEG Live. Top numbers come from the one stadium date on the schedule, San Antonio' ...

  47. Hot Tours: André Rieu, George Strait, Taylor Swift

    April 29, 2010 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with a heavily back-dated reported gross from 53 European concerts dating from November through February. The shows, primarily in France and Germany, were part of the classical artist¹s th ...

  48. William Morris Endeavor Acquires Joey Lee's 360 Artist Agency

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) has beefed up its country music roster with the acquisition of Joey Lee's 360 Artist Agency. The deal brings such country acts as Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack and Clay Walker, among others, into ...

  49. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum . Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Mirand ...

  50. Grammy 2010 Winners List

    January 31, 2010 8:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Check out the winners for the major categories at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, as they are announced. RECORD OF THE YEAR WINNER: "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon "Halo" - Beyoncé I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas "Poker ...

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