1. Charles Kelley Cops Blue-Eyed Soul on Rule-Breaking 'Lonely Girl'

    May 03, 2016 7:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Lady Antebellum member mines some classic sounds with his Chris Stapleton-penned single. The key to Charles Kelley ’s new single, "Lonely Girl," can be found at the end of the second line in the song. As the Lady Antebellum  member str ...

  2. Justin Bieber Keeps No. 1 'Company' on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

    April 13, 2016 5:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The superstar gains a new leader, while Drake doubles in the top five. Plus, moves by Carly Rae Jepsen & Thomas Rhett. Justin Bieber ’s “Company” jumps from No. 10 to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated April 23), becoming h ...

  3. 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, ...

  4. Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton & More Performing at ACM Awards: Exclusive

    March 09, 2016 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Luke Bryan , Tim Mcgraw , Chris Stapleton ,  Jason Aldean and  Thomas Rhett will all be performing at this year's 51st Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keit ...

  5. Randy Houser 'Went' to No. 1, Country Airplay Welcomes Three New Top 10s

    March 08, 2016 7:40 PM EST The gritty country-rocker 'We Went' is the lead single from Houser's fourth studio album, Fired Up (due March 11), and his third leader. Randy Houser 's "We Went" jumps 3-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (da ...

  6. Dierks Bentley's Grimy 'Beach' Is Just Another 'Plane' Ol' Hit

    March 07, 2016 8:45 AM EST 0 0 0 New Single Flies Into Top 20 In A Scant Six Weeks Dierks Bentley didn’t originally think of “Somewhere on a Beach” as a sequel to “Drunk on a Plane,” but the similarities between the two songs were pretty obvious to many around him. Both center on t ...

  7. Hot Country Songs Chart Shows Its Value In Measuring an Evolving Marketplace

    February 03, 2016 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Sam Hunt and Little Big Town's power is evident when all sources -- including airplay and streaming -- are combined. If the Hot Country Songs chart were an actual human being, it would have had plenty of cause for celebration when 2015 came to ...

  8. Anatomy of a Hit: How LoCash Landed the Year's Most Unlikely Smash

    February 03, 2016 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Notching a hit is rarely easy, but when the record is on a brand-new independent label with no track record and the act in question has been kicking around Music Row for years with minimal chart impact, it’s presumable that oddsmakers would set the ...

  9. 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 ...

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

    January 20, 2016 11:23 AM EST 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 audien ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Thomas Rhett Is a 'Happy Man' Atop Country Airplay Chart

    December 22, 2015 6:09 PM EST 0 0 0 The singer/songwriter reigns for a fifth time with "Die a Happy Man." "You never take these things for granted," he says. Thomas Rhett achieves his fifth leader on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Jan. 2), as " ...

  13. Billboard.com's 10 Best Country Songs of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 16, 2015 11:21 AM EST was filled with impressive country songs -- ranging from newcomer  Kelsea Ballerini  and Kacey Musgraves ' girl power message to Chris Stapleton , who broke out in a major way this year. And tracks filled with pure heart and emotion made a ...

  14. Luke Bryan & More Country Stars Take You Home for the Holidays in 'A Country Faith Christmas' Book

    November 25, 2015 4:27 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price gathers recipes, stories & more in new book. Deborah Evans Price is one of country music’s most esteemed journalists. Her byline has appeared in  Billboard ,  Nash Country   Weekly, Rolling Stone and cou ...

  15. Who Would Win in a Dance-Off, You or Thomas Rhett?

    Who Would Win in a Dance-Off, You or Thomas Rhett?

    November 20, 2015 11:58 AM EST 0 0 0 On the 2015 CMA Awards red carpet we asked country music stars if they would win in a dance off against Thomas Rhett. Who would win in a dance-off, you or Thomas Rhett? Here’s what they had to say! country weekly , Scotty McCreery , Chris Young , 5m ...

  16. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Rises After Halloween

    November 12, 2015 4:29 PM EST 0 0 0 The 1984 classic makes its annual Hot 100 re-entry. Plus, moves for Alessia Cara, Selena Gomez, Thomas Rhett & Justin Bieber. As previously reported, Adele 's "Hello" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated N ...

  17. Thomas Rhett Names His Picks for 5 Smoothest Singers of All Time

    Thomas Rhett Names His Picks for 5 Smoothest Singers of All Time

    November 11, 2015 11:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Thomas Rhett Names His Picks for 5 Smoothest Singers of All Time thomas rhett , greatest of all time , Thomas Rhett Videos Thomas Rhett ...

  18. Carrie Underwood Makes History With Sixth No. 1; Rhett, Hunt, Old Dominion Make Moves

    November 03, 2015 5:28 PM EST Carrie Underwood ’s fifth studio album, Storyteller (19/Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville), arrives atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated Nov. 14) and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 . The set starts with 164,000 in pure sales during t ...

  19. Dierks Bentley at Miles & Music for Kids 2015: 'Everyone Had a Great Time'

    November 01, 2015 8:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Sunday afternoon might not have been weather sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, but CMA nominee Dierks Bentley had no complaints as his 10th annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert went off wi ...

  20. Thomas Rhett & Brett Eldredge Bring CMT's Suits And Boots Tour To New York City: Live Review

    October 30, 2015 5:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Under the cover of the omnivorous, arena-friendly country sound that swept into the genre over the last few years, a quieter backlash took place in the genre’s mainstream. You can hear it in Eric Church ’s “Like A Wrecking Ball,” Miranda Lambert ’s ...

  21. Nick Jonas, Rick Ross, Meek Mill Added to Tidal Concert

    October 09, 2015 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nick Jonas and rappers Rick Ross , Meek Mill and French Montana have been added to the Tidal X concert in October, concert organizers announced Friday (Oct. 9). Previously announced artists include Tidal-owners Beyonce and Jay-Z , as well as Prince ...

  22. Drake Dominates, While R&B/Hip-Hop & Country Shine on Artist 100

    October 07, 2015 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake, The Weeknd & Fetty Wap rank at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, marking a second week of hip-hop artists in the top three. Plus, three country stars surge into the top 10. Drake remains the top musical act in the U.S., holding atop the Bill ...

  23. Don Henley's 'County' Is King of Country Chart

    October 06, 2015 1:23 PM EDT 1.508 k 117 28 Albums by George Strait and Thomas Rhett also make their debuts in a crowded week. The top three spots, all debuts, on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated Oct. 17) feature two iconic veterans and one rising star: Don Henley , ...

  24. Thomas Rhett Talks Heading Down His 'Own Lane' With 'Tangled Up'

    October 05, 2015 7:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sophomore album plays up country singer's R&B influences. After scoring the first two of the three major hits from his debut album, Thomas Rhett worried that he might become pigeonholed as someone who was making music “in the same vein as a ...

  25. Thomas Rhett on His Musical Evolution: 'Who I Was & Who I Am Began to Shift Along the Way'

    September 24, 2015 9:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you notice a stylistic difference between Thomas Rhett ’s 2013 debut It Goes Like This and his sophomore album Tangled Up , you're not mistaken. “There are a lot of artists today that I think are starting their own grassroots following and g ...

  26. Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan & Brett Eldredge Add New No. 1s on Country Charts

    September 22, 2015 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kenny Chesney scores his 26th No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 3) as "Save It for a Rainy Day" jumps 4-1 in its 14th week with 48 million audience impressions (up 10 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Chesney ...

  27. Luke Bryan Rolls Out Hit After Hit at Star-Studded Nashville Concert: Live Review

    July 12, 2015 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Luke Bryan show at Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, July 11, gave a sell-out crowd exactly what they wanted to hear, with many high-energy moments mixed in with a few curve balls that made many in the crowd feel like they didn't ...

  28. Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town Top Country's Slumping Second Quarter

    July 07, 2015 2:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sales of country recordings kept contracting during second-quarter 2015, though three acts who have created music that paints outside the lines -- Zac Brown Band , Little Big Town and Sam Hunt -- finished one-two among the top-selling albums and tra ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Thomas Rhett Celebrates “Make Me Wanna” Chart Success

    Thomas Rhett Celebrates “Make Me Wanna” Chart Success

    April 30, 2015 7:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 NASH Country Weekly’s Erika Grace Powell had the chance to catch up with Thomas Rhett as he celebrated his most recent No. 1 song, “Make Me Wanna” on Thursday, April 9 at Nashville's Peter Nappi leath music , country weekly , Peter Nappi , 5min ...

  31. ACM Awards 2015: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big

    April 20, 2015 12:17 AM EDT 1.259 k 127 37 In what has become the norm for country music award shows, the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards could aptly be titled the " Miranda Lambert Show" as the superstar bagged a haul that included song of the year, album of the year ...

  32. ACMs 2015: Thomas Rhett Performs 'Make Me Wanna'

    ACMs 2015: Thomas Rhett Performs 'Make Me Wanna'

    April 19, 2015 10:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singer performs his hit at the 50th annual ACM Awards. Videos Thomas Rhett ...

  33. Sam Hunt Rates a Perfect 10 Atop Hot Country Songs With 'Take Your Time'

    April 16, 2015 4:58 PM EDT 11.757 k 132 21 The song becomes just the 16th No. 1 all-time to reign for at least 10 weeks. Plus, moves for Billy Currington & Thomas Rhett. Sam Hunt 's "Take Your Time" does just that atop Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart (d ...

  34. Ask Billboard: Will 'Uptown Funk!' Be the Hot 100's No. 1 Song of 2015?

    March 03, 2015 11:05 AM EST With an array of honors - including global - for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash, has the race for the year's top hit already been won? As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@bil ...

  35. Aaron Watson Debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, Oscars Lift Glen Campbell

    February 26, 2015 3:43 PM EST Red Dirt star Watson reigns for the first time, while Campbell's 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' returns, thanks to Tim McGraw at the Academy Awards. Texas/Red Dirt touring-circuit veteran Aaron Watson becomes the first solo male of ...

  36. Thomas Rhett Tallies Third No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart From Debut Album

    February 24, 2015 4:54 PM EST Rhett is the first solo male to score a trio of toppers on the chart from a debut full-length since 1994. Thomas Rhett becomes just the second solo male artist, and the first in more than 21 years, to score three No. 1s on Billboard's Count ...

  37. Chart Highlights: Madonna's 'Living for Love' Debuts on Pop Songs, Leads Dance Club Songs

    February 23, 2015 4:45 PM EST 1.332 k 248 66 The Queen of Pop returns to top 40 radio and, as previously reported, celebrates her historic coronation on Dance Club Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Calvin Harris, Thomas Rhett & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select grou ...

  38. Thomas Rhett Talks First CMA Nomination, Florida Georgia Line Tour & Famous Fans

    October 13, 2014 6:24 PM EDT On the morning of Sept. 3, Thomas Rhett was in Toronto. It was there that he received some news that he will never forget: his first CMA nomination, for New Artist of the Year. "I didn't have any cell phone service or WiFi, so I used so ...

  39. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing ...

  40. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb ...

  41. Brad Paisley's Not Afraid to Get Cheesy with Sponsor of Tour Behind His New Record

    May 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Brad Paisley still doesn’t have a name for his tour, which starts Friday (May 16) in Camden, N.J. “You should see our trucks -- it’s 10 white semis,” Paisley said from his suite at the Trump International Hotel, which overlooks New York’s Central ...

  42. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Log New Country No. 1s

    March 20, 2014 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Florida Georgia Line becomes the first duo in nearly 22 years to notch at least three Hot Country Songs No. 1s from a debut full-length album, as "This Is How We Roll," featuring Luke Bryan, rises 2-1 with dual Digital and Streaming Gainer ...

  43. Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett Offer Glimpse of Country Music's Future at New Faces Show

    February 22, 2014 11:11 AM EST Tyler Farr and Charlie Worsham (with special guest Sheryl Crow) also perform at the Country Radio Seminar's prestigious New Faces showcase The 2014 Country Radio Seminar culminated as usual with the prestigious New Faces Show, held Friday ni ...

  44. Thomas Rhett Gears Up for New Faces Show

    February 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As Billboard continues to shine the spotlight on the five artists selected by country radio for tomorrow night's New Faces Show at CRS, Thomas Rhett took time to reflect upon the groundwork he laid at stations late in 2011.  "It feels like ...

  45. Brett Eldredge Works 'Beat' to Radio: 'I Want to Do This for a Long Time'

    February 18, 2014 11:19 AM EST Since he made his chart debut in 2010 with "Raymond," Brett Eldredge has been a regular at the Country Radio Seminar. That – and a Warner Brothers recording contract aside, wasn't enough to gain him entry into one of the hottest tic ...

  46. Parmalee Tops Country Airplay Chart With 'Carolina'

    December 10, 2013 1:35 PM EST 0 0 0 The group is the first multi-member act since Florida Georgia Line to tally a first No. 1 Parmalee achieves its first leader on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay radio chart, as "Carolina" climbs 3-1. The band far outshine ...

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