1. Luke Bryan Gets a 'Fast' Reaction 
From Sixth 'Kill the Lights' Single

    January 24, 2017 1:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Ten years after his first release, theGeorgian is country's voice of experience. As 2017 rolls in, plenty of folks are scratching their heads, wondering how 2016 came and went so quickly. Luke Bryan knows the feeling. In December, he celebrated ...

  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. 'Humble And Kind' Writer Lori McKenna Targets Life, Love With 'The Rifle'

    July 28, 2016 9:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 Her Little Big Town hit 'Girl Crush' was a song of the year winner in 2015. When the Country Music Association (CMA) solicited first-round submissions in July for its 50th annual awards, it seemed a no-brainer that “Humble and Kind,” a Tim ...

  4. Brandy Clark Shares 'Homecoming Queen' Ahead of Sophomore Album Release

    June 07, 2016 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Big Day in a Small Town" arrives Friday. “I like to think that there is a change that is happening in country,” Jennifer Nettles told Billboard earlier this year. “And I can definitively say that Brandy Clark has been a big part of that c ...

  5. Drake White's 'Livin' The Dream': 
A Gracious Message for a Harsh Time

    January 26, 2016 11:22 AM EST 0 0 0 The new country artist hopes his optimistic track is his breakthrough. “When you wake up in the morning,” says Dot singer-songwriter Drake White , “you have a choice whether you want to live a happy day or a sad day.” It’s not as easy as it sounds. ...

  6. Jon Pardi Brings Joy to the Job With Cheery 'Head Over Boots'

    September 28, 2015 2:02 PM EDT The Capitol artist finds trad-country inspiration in Texas. “Everybody needs a happy song.” And Jon Pardi is happy to oblige, especially if it means he can keep making music. His debut album, 2014’s Write You a Song , established him as a guy wit ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Bret Michaels Returns to His Country Roots with New Album 'True Grit': 'This Has Been My Life Story'

    May 03, 2015 11:36 PM EDT Bret Michaels is a resourceful Renaissance man. From winning Celebrity Apprentice  to developing a top-selling line of products for PetSmart, the veteran rocker has continued to reinvent himself through talent, hard work and a maverick entrepren ...

  9. Luke Laird's 'Blessed' Year on Country Charts

    December 26, 2013 1:40 PM EST 0 0 0 It's definitely been a year to remember for hit Nashville songwriter Luke Laird. He has been responsible for ten top-40 singles on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, including three No. 1s. In addition, the Pennsylvania native added produc ...

  10. Country Songwriters Find the Fast Track to Radio in Technology

    October 15, 2013 1:53 PM EDT The great songwriters in country music history had one very basic way to create a song: Sit down with a guitar, a pen and a sheet of paper; find some words or a melody; then frame them with the right chord structure. There were exceptions, of co ...

  11. Ne-Yo, Reps Talk 'R.E.D.' Album & Universal Motown Gig

    November 05, 2012 2:10 PM EST 0 0 0 "I pride myself on being the type of artist who can work half in the R&B world and half in the pop world." That was one of Ne-Yo 's first messages to industry colleagues who attended his intimate showcase at New York's Joe� ...

  12. Backbeat: Tim McGraw, Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Host CMA Week Halloween Party

    November 02, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Tim McGraw hosted a Halloween night party to debut tracks off his new album Two Lanes of Freedom . Big Machine Records threw an invite-only party for Tim McGraw on Halloween night in Nashville for him to preview his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom ...

  13. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  14. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  15. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

    October 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Re ...

  16. Tamia Returns After Six-Year Hiatus With 'Beautiful Surprise'

    September 22, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Six years have elapsed since Tamia's last album, but the singer/songwriter is picking up right where she left off. The R&B artist's fifth album, "Beautiful Surprise," debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop A ...

  17. 'Hey, Joe Diffie!' Jason Aldean Gives '90s Star a Shout on New Album

    September 20, 2012 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Get ready to shout "Joe Diffie!" at Aldean concerts ... "Pretty dang cool," says classic country singer Ten songs in, Jason Aldean 's new album, "Night Train," throws out a curve ball that will have crowds of 20-so ...

  18. Little Big Town's 'Pontoon' Shows No Sign of Sinking

    August 07, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 How a Song About a Slow Boat Became One of Country's Hottest Songs "Who would have thought a song about motor boating at this point in our career would cause such a ruckus?" Little Big Town 's Karen Fairchild said backstage after ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  20. Single Reviews: Passion Pit, Rick Ross, Little Big Town

    May 23, 2012 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 Passion Pit Take a Walk (4:23) Producers: Chris Zane, Michael Angelakos Writer: M. Angelakos Publishers: Boat Builder Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Songs (BMI) Columbia From laptop-based bedroom project to major-label act, Passion Pit has enjoyed an impr ...

  21. Kent Earls Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Nashville, Replacing Pat Higdon

    January 30, 2012 2:56 PM EST Kent Earls has been named executive VP/GM of Universal Music Publishing Group, Nashville, the company announced today, filling the void created by the departure of Pat Higdon, who had been president. Earls will report to UMPG president North Ameri ...

  22. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy& ...

  23. Lauren Alaina Jumps From 'Idol' to 'Wildflower' on Debut Album

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 ''Before I was on 'American Idol,' I thought it would be so easy," says Lauren Alaina , the "American Idol" season 10 runner-up. "It was so shocking to me how much hard work I had to put into it. I'm so g ...

  24. Rodney Atkins Counts His Blessings With 'Road' Success

    October 04, 2011 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been three years since Curb recording artist Rodney Atkins has released a new studio album, and he's well aware of this fact. "It's been a long time between albums," Atkins said in an interview for Billboard.com. " ...