1. 10 Best Country Albums of 2016: Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Hank Williams Jr. & More

    December 19, 2016 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 From undeniable debuts to heartbreaking farewell statements to new efforts from the format's most timeless legends, 2016 was a rich year for country music. Though men still control the charts, 2016 saw women flex their artistic muscle and argua ...

  2. Grammy Nominations 2017: Female Singers Dominate Most Country Categories

    December 06, 2016 12:33 PM EST 0 0 0 It turned out to be a great day for Nashville-related acts as the nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday (Dec. 6) morning. While there might have been a few surprises, the dominance of Maren Morris was not one of them. The ...

  3. Garth Brooks Triples Up (Again) In Top Country Albums Top Five

    December 06, 2016 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 For the first time in 24 years, an artist simultaneously holds three positions in the top five of Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart … and it's the same artist as last time: Garth Brooks . Christmas Together (Gwendolyn/Pearl), the new h ...

  4. Miranda Lambert's 'The Weight of These Wings': The 10 Most Heartbreaking Lyrics From Her New Double Album

    December 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert 's new album The Weight of These Wings was highly anticipated for a number of reasons. For starters, it was the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed Platinum , which earned Lambert her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, a ...

  5. Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert to Headline 2017 Bayou Country Superfest

    December 01, 2016 7:19 PM EST 0 0 4 Some of the biggest names in country music will headline the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest, which moves from Louisiana's capital to the Superdome in New Orleans for its eighth year. Organizers on Thursday unveiled the lineup, which features Mira ...

  6. Miranda Lambert Flies in at No. 1 on Top Country Albums With 'The Weight of These Wings'

    November 29, 2016 2:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert 's sixth studio album, The Weight of These Wings , arrives as her sixth No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated Dec. 10). It sells 122,000 copies in its initial week, ending Nov. 24, according to Nielsen Music ...

  7. Metallica On Course for Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    November 21, 2016 10:05 PM EST 0 0 4 Plus: Bruno Mars & Miranda Lambert aiming to debut at Nos. 2 and 3. Metallica is set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart for a sixth time, as the band’s new Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is likely to debut at No. 1 next week. Industr ...

  8. Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Miranda Lambert & More Are Spotify Editors' Picks on New Music Friday

    November 18, 2016 7:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Every week, Spotify updates their "New Music Friday" playlist, featuring 50 of the freshest new tracks hitting the service that week. On the heels of Billboard's partnership with the streaming giant, we'll be tapping Spotify' ...

  9. Double Trouble: Miranda Lambert Has the 'Nerve' to Release Two-Disc Album

    November 16, 2016 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 'The Weight Of These Wings' Is Rare Double-Disc In Country Of All-New Material When The Weight of These Wings goes on sale Nov. 18, Miranda Lambert will be wandering down a road that might appear, from the outside, to be as nostalgic as th ...

  10. 'A Guy With A Girl' Makes A Personal Statement For Blake Shelton

    November 04, 2016 12:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Blake's new single reflects his real-life relationship with Gwen Stefani. In the middle of a knock-down, drag-out presidential campaign, Barack Obama held the final state dinner of his administration at the White House on Oct. 18, and who shoul ...

  11. CMAs 2016: Miranda Lambert Performs 'Vice'

    CMAs 2016: Miranda Lambert Performs 'Vice'

    November 02, 2016 9:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert performs "Vice" at the 2016 CMAs. music , vice , Miranda Lambert , Billboard , country music awards , Country , Miranda Lambert , Vice Videos Vice Miranda Lambert Brightcove ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. LoCash Leaps to No. 1; Brad Paisley's New Pinnacle; Garth Brooks Bows

    October 20, 2016 12:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 LoCash , the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas , earns its first No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 29), as "I Know Somebody" vaults 6-1 in its 36th week, increasing by 15 percent to 44.4 million audience impre ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. John Prine on His Duets Album 'For Better, or Worse' & His 'Sassy' Song With Kacey Musgraves

    September 19, 2016 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 2 John Prine 's new single will definitely spark memories among the traditional country music crowd. Titled “Fifteen Years Ago,” the song was a No. 1 hit in 1970 for Conway Twitty . Prine told  Billboard that even then, the song made an impressio ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Sturgill Simpson Rails Against Nashville for Disrespecting and Exploiting Merle Haggard

    August 30, 2016 1:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sturgill Simpson just picked a fight with Nashville and the machinery behind the country music biz.  Only minutes before the Academy of Country Music officially unveiled  Miranda Lambert as the recipient of the new Merle Haggard Spirit Award, a fire ...

  18. Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Bruno Mars & Miranda Lambert: Everything We Know About Fall's Biggest Projects

    August 25, 2016 12:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West Illustration Helen Green Kanye West Big Concepts For Saint Pablo, his first North American tour in three years, Kanye West will visit 40 cities (Aug. 25-Oct. 29), performing at New York's Madison Square Garden and the Oracle Arena in ...

  19. Miranda Lambert's 'Vice' 
Puts A Broken Spirit On Display

    August 23, 2016 3:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 A gutsy single from her upcoming album mines tough emotions from the singer's 2015 divorce. When Miranda Lambert unveiled the first single from her next album, the stark a cappella opening practically begged the listener to lean into the speake ...

  20. Watch Carrie Underwood Tease New 'Sunday Night Football' Theme Ahead of Sept. 11 Opener

    August 09, 2016 3:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood is ready for some football. In a brief clip released by NBC on Monday (Aug. 8), the country music star teases a snipped of her new Sunday Night Football theme ahead of the Sept. 11 opening game between the New England Patriots and A ...

  21. Gwen Stefani on Her Broken Marriage: 'I Went Through Months and Months of Torture'

    August 05, 2016 1:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gwen Stefani  has spoken of the “torture” that was the breakdown of her marriage with rocker Gavin Rossdale , and how she and Blake Shelton  now make beautiful music together.   Stefani gave Cosmo readers a peek into those painful months after her s ...

  22. Miranda Lambert Is 'Nervous as Hell' But 'Willing to Be Vulnerable' on Post-Divorce Single 'Vice'

    August 02, 2016 4:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first single from her upcoming project may be a "tear in your beer" ballad ripped from her own life, but Lambert promises, "I don’t think anybody’s gonna listen to this new project and say, ‘Ohhh, it’s so sad.’" Intuitively, ...

  23. Dierks Bentley Picks His Top 5 Country Videos of All Time

    July 29, 2016 11:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 If there is any country artist who knows the importance of a music video in one’s career, it’s Dierks Bentley . The Capitol Nashville superstar’s first video -- for 2003’s “What Was I Thinkin'” -- definitely turned heads and helped to set him a ...

  24. Billboard Cover: Blake Shelton on Heartache, Falling In Love Again and Starting Over After Being in the 'Middle of Hell'

    July 28, 2016 9:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Nashville’s clown prince Blake Shelton is sorting through the fallout from his divorce from Miranda Lambert and new romance with Gwen Stefani, he feels like he’s starting from square one. "It's a stupid song," Blake Shelton says wi ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Songwriters Behind Miranda Lambert Hit Address Cultural Chaos During Election Cycle

    July 22, 2016 11:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 When  Miranda Lambert  brought the award-winning “The House That Built Me” to the public, plenty of people connected with the internal heartache and loss of self that the song represented. To the men who wrote it,  Tom Douglas  and  Allen Shamblin , ...

  27. Miranda Lambert Gives in to Her 'Vice' on New Single: Listen

    July 18, 2016 8:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert released her new single “Vice” on Monday (July 18), two years after the release of her fifth studio album, Platinum . The single begins with Lambert singing a cappela about heartbreak and love that hurts as much as it's good. “A ...

  28. Miranda Lambert's Bed-And-Breakfast Closes in Oklahoma

    July 06, 2016 10:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country singer Miranda Lambert has shut down her bed-and-breakfast in rural Oklahoma about a month after she closed her clothing boutique in the town where she once lived with ex-husband Blake Shelton . According to a notice on its Website , The Lad ...

  29. Carrie Underwood Will Rework 'Somethin' Bad' For New 'Sunday Night Football' Theme

    June 21, 2016 11:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 NBC will premiere a fresh theme for Sunday Night Football this fall, AP reports . For a decade, the theme was "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," which was adapted from Joan Jett 's "I Hate Myself for Loving You." Pink! perf ...

  30. Kip Moore on Touring With Miranda Lambert and Why He's a 'Madman When It Comes to Music'

    May 13, 2016 1:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kip Moore  has lost his voice and he's fine with it. The country singer is sitting on a sofa at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles sounding raspier than usual. He’s just wrapped up five sold-out theater dates in the U.K. and Ireland in seven da ...

  31. Blake Shelton Steps Out of His Own Past With 'Savior's Shadow'

    May 11, 2016 8:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Gospel track on Shelton's 'If I'm Honest' album "helped save my life." One of the bedrock, yin-yang foundations of country music — the Saturday-night sinner and Sunday-morning saint — is really about the coping mech ...

  32. High Valley's 'Progressive-Meets-Old-School' Sound Piques Interest of Atlantic/WMN, Spotify

    May 04, 2016 12:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 The members of High Valley can be forgiven for drawing a blank on a few pop culture references here and there. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel grew up in a remote wheat and canola farming community in Alberta, Canada. They didn’t have a TV — just on ...

  33. ACM Awards 2016: Jason Aldean Named Entertainer of the Year, Chris Stapleton Rules the Night

    April 04, 2016 12:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 The  Chris Stapleton train continues to roll along in the country music world at a first-class rate. Sunday’s 51 st  Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were proof of this, as the singer added four more awards to his mantle -- new male vocalist, ...

  34. New Sony Nashville Chief Randy Goodman Engages Staff For Urgent Roster Retooling

    February 24, 2016 11:06 AM EST 0 0 0 Before Randy Goodman officially took over as the chairman/CEO of Sony Music Nashville on July 13, 2015, he sat in on one of the company’s meetings. The executives at the table didn’t know it, but they were helping him sort out some of the 
decisions ...

  35. Charles Kelley Talks Working With Stevie Nicks, Miranda Lambert on New Album 'The Driver'

    February 06, 2016 9:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Charles Kelley ’s new disc, The Driver , might very well be his solo debut. But, the singer -- also known for his role as co-lead singer of Lady Antebellum -- will be the first to tell you that he’s far from alone on the disc. The first single and t ...

  36. Dave Cobb Talks Spontaneous Producing Style, Studio A and His All-Star Concept Album

    January 29, 2016 11:03 AM EST 0 0 0 The Grammy nominee for producer of the year has his own label and will take over Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. It’s a pretty good time to be Dave Cobb. A current Grammy nominee for producer of the year, his Chris Stapleton project Traveller is ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Miranda Lambert Shares 'The Snuggle Is Real' Photo of New Boyfriend Anderson East

    January 04, 2016 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Miranda Lambert rang in the new year with her new beau. The 32-year-old country star posted a photo to Instagram of herself snuggling up real close to singer Anderson East .  Miranda Lambert Launches Scholarship to Help Female Musicians  East, whose ...

  40. Ashley Monroe Thinks There Will Be More Pistol Annies Music: Alt In Our Stars Podcast

    November 13, 2015 1:21 PM EST After a great response to the Alt In Our Stars’ first foray into country --  Country Music Is Changing (And Here’s How) -- we’re excited to drop our second episode on that tip.  Before kicking off her 2015 Fall U.S. tour at Bowery Ballroom, Ashle ...

  41. Watch Miranda Lambert Cover No Doubt's 'Spiderwebs' -- Pre-Divorce

    November 06, 2015 10:03 PM EST In a bit of twisted irony, a video of Miranda Lambert singing Gwen Stefani 's band No Doubt 's breakout breakup 1995 single "Spiderwebs" has surfaced online, recorded just a month before the country star and husband Blake Shel ...

  42. 10 Things to Know About CMA King Chris Stapleton

    November 05, 2015 4:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Chris Stapleton had three big wins at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards , taking home the trophies for album of the year, male vocalist of the year, and new artist of the year. The most impressive of these victories was actually in the new artist categor ...

  43. Blake Shelton Expects Miranda Lambert Jokes at CMAs: 'This Year's Gonna Be Awkward'

    October 29, 2015 8:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 The CMAs are happening next week (Nov. 4) -- and Blake Shelton , for one, is ready for a little ribbing from hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley . 'Strip Club': Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean Lead Country's Sexual Revo ...

  44. Ashley Monroe Kicks Off 'The Blade' Tour In New York City: Live Review

    October 28, 2015 8:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 The country singer Ashley Monroe offered a caveat near the beginning of her show Tuesday night at the Bowery Ballroom. “I usually write a lot of sad, depressing records,” she declared. But the performance, the first stop on a tour in support of a ne ...

  45. Kenny Chesney to Spread the Love with Miranda Lambert & Sam Hunt on Stadium Tour

    October 27, 2015 5:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 Old Dominion will also join the country superstar on the upcoming tour. Don't blink or you may miss the new announcement from Kenny Chesney . The award-winning country artist revealed dates for his upcoming Spread the Love tour with Miranda Lam ...

  46. 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. ...

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