1. 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 ...

  2. Old Dominion Channels The Beatles, George Strait In 'Song For Another Time'

    June 30, 2016 1:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 The new single's lyrics span titles from Hank Williams to Elton John to Katy Perry. In an era when neither audiences nor artists tend to favor just one genre, Old Dominion ’s “Song for Another Time” may have emerged at the perfect moment. The t ...

  3. Darius Rucker Shows His Vulnerable Side on 'If I Told You'

    June 28, 2016 3:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Darius Rucker pours out his insecurities on his latest song. "If I told you that the mess that I can be when there's no one that I see, could you look the other way? Could you love me anyway?" "I always tell people, the first tim ...

  4. Dierks Bentley Takes a 'Different' Route With Elle King Duet

    June 17, 2016 2:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 The follow-up to "Somewhere On A Beach" provides a full picture of Bentley's new album Black. One of the key lines in Dierks Bentley ’s recent No. 1 single “Somewhere on a Beach” finds the character bragging about his all-night partie ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann Hope for More Love, Less Money in New Video

    June 01, 2016 12:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice have a longstanding relationship. Niemann has a credit on “That’s When You Know It’s Over,” which appeared on Brice’s 2012 full-length Hard 2 Love , while Brice helped write “Buzz Back Girl,” a single from Niemann’s 2014 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Coca-Cola Cowboys (and Cowgirls) Get Their Share of New Soda Campaign

    April 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hits by Jimmy Wayne, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift appear on Coke cans, bottles. As a homeless teenager, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne ’s life turned around when he met an elderly woman, Bea Costner , who hired him to cut her lawn every week. She w ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Toby Keith Wants You to Remember He Invented Country-Rap Back in 1998

    July 02, 2015 1:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 With two of its songs -- "Drunk Americans" and the title track -- already out as singles, Toby Keith is looking forward to the fall arrival of his 18th studio album, 35 MPH Town . But even though he says "we've got it done," ...

  13. What Happened to Women In Country? An Investigation Using Year-End Billboard Charts

    June 08, 2015 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 New York Magazine , Entertainment Weekly , and Rolling Stone Country called it "Country Music's Women Problem." The New York Times used more incendiary language -- "Country's war on women." At this point, it's a co ...

  14. Jake Owen Gets Real Creative on New Single 'Real Life': The Story Behind the Song

    June 04, 2015 8:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Jake Owen began working for the first time with producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman on his new album, he started feeding them lists of songs and artists that he liked. One of those acts is '90s rock band Sublime , which invariably ...

  15. Jake Owen Gets Ready for Summer With Boats, a New 'Do & New Music

    May 18, 2015 4:00 PM EDT After a winter that could be called downright brutal in many parts of the United States, Jake Owen is glad that spring is here -- and summer is just around the corner. “Anytime the sun is shining, I feel pretty comfortable,” he tells Billboard in ...

  16. Studio Version of Kacey Musgraves' Awesome New Song 'Biscuits' Emerges

    March 03, 2015 11:20 AM EST 9.051 k 419 32 Since 2013's Same Trailer, Different Park , it seems like the whole industry has been pulling for Kacey Musgraves to have a bona fide hit. It hasn't happened yet, but "Biscuits" -- the first single off her forthcoming so ...

  17. 'Get Off My Lawn': Readers Respond to Country's 'Image Problem'

    September 27, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Last week’s column  drew comments from readers in such disparate country music hotbeds as Australia and Brazil. Citing recent critical comments about current country music from some of the format’s own stars, including Zac Brown and Gary Allan, ...

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  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Jake Owen Talks No. 1s, 'Brothers' Tour & New Single

    June 20, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 After being a chart presence since 2006's "Yee Haw," Jake Owen is in the thick of his hottest streak yet. With the recent ascension of "Alone With You" into the top spot on the Hot Country Singles chart, Owen has rung up bac ...

  22. Uncle Kracker Can't Classify New Album: 'Put It In the Super Fun Section'

    August 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Uncle Kracker gets "greasy and fun" on his fifth studio album, "Postcards From Home," which he plans to release in early 2012 after putting out a first single this fall. "I don't know how to describe it, to be honest wi ...

  23. Uncle Kracker Recording in Nashville Before Kenny Chesney Tour

    February 15, 2011 4:19 PM EST 0 0 0 U ncle Kracker is headed to Nashville this week to start recording his fifth album and follow-up to 2009's "Happy Hour." "I'm kind of excited -- actually, the most excited I've been in a long time," the former hype ...

  24. Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey': Track-By-Track Preview

    August 20, 2010 10:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kenny Chesney 's new album "Hemingway's Whiskey" isn't out until Sept. 28, but the Country chart-topper gave Billboard an in-depth preview, discussing the record's 11 songs track by track, and in the process revealing h ...