1. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the ...

  2. Blake Shelton Sets No. 1 Record, Debuts Duet With Shakira On Country Airplay Chart

    April 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Shelton scores an unprecedented 11th consecutive leader with 'Doin' What She Likes,' while his and Shakira's 'Medicine' arrives Blake Shelton rewrites the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the history of ...

  3. Trace Adkins' Wife Files for Divorce

    March 26, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The wife of country star Trace Adkins has filed for divorce. WSMV-TV reports that Rhonda Adkins filed paperwork Tuesday in Williamson County, citing "irreconcilable differences" between the couple. The Adkins' have been married 16 yea ...

  4. Jennifer Hudson Headlining Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    January 22, 2014 7:47 PM EST 0 0 0 Chicago, Foreigner, Daughtry also set to perform during concert series Back when she was a nobody, long before she blasted to stardom on "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson sang on a cruise ship. And on Wednesday, t ...

  5. Trace Adkins Enters Rehab

    January 16, 2014 1:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Country singer Trace Adkins has entered alcohol rehab. Adkins' publicist tells Country Weekly and confirms to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the singer entered rehab after consuming alcohol during the Country Cruising cruise. The 52-yea ...

  6. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high o ...

  7. Trace Adkins' 'Christmas Show' Tour Blends Music With Theatrical Elements

    November 30, 2013 5:32 PM EST Trace Adkins has been receiving some of the best reviews of his career as of late, due to his new Christmas release "The King’s Gift." A traditional collection of Yuletide tunes with a heavy emphasis on Celtic and Irish sounds, the singer ...

  8. Blake Shelton Scores 15th Country Airplay No. 1

    November 05, 2013 11:05 AM EST The coach on NBC's 'The Voice' narrowly bests Tim McGraw for the radio ranking's new leader In one of the tightest No. 1 battles since Billboard's Country Airplay chart switched from a plays-based to an audience impression ...

  9. NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick To Co-Host American Country Awards

    September 18, 2013 12:05 AM EDT Danica Patrick is crossing back over into entertainment. The NASCAR star is joining country singer Trace Adkins as co-host of the American Country Awards on Dec. 10. Patrick will have an experienced hand to guide her. Adkins has overseen the show ...

  10. Elton John, Trace Adkins Among Big Names Backing iHeartRadio’s 'Show Your Stripes' Campaign

    July 19, 2013 12:15 AM EDT About a year ago, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes was flying home from California to New York when a flight attendant asked if he’d like to sit next to a war hero. “It was an army ranger whose everyday job was to jump ...

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: The Billboard Music Awards, Part 2

    May 23, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Why stop the fun at Sunday night? Chart Beat presents this week's chart news in similar, star-studded fashion. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards were so much fun (and scored such great ratings ) that it seems a shame that we have to wait a who ...

  12. Trace Adkins' Good Week: Releases Album, Wins 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    May 21, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Sunday night was a big one for Trace Adkins, with the veteran performer's win on NBC's "All Star Celebrity Apprentice." The singer told Billboard that he had a pretty good feeling about his chances from the beginning of the sea ...

  13. Trace Adkins Chooses Newcomer to Partner for TV Performances

    May 15, 2013 12:52 AM EDT "Celebrity Apprentice" finalist Trace Adkins has an apprentice of his own. In the market for a duet partner, Adkins picked out an unknown singer he saw at a junior-college fundraiser to join him for his appearances this week on "Tod ...

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  15. Luke Bryan Wins Big at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:47 AM EST Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards. (Getty Images) Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Sing ...

  16. Luke Bryan Hits Jackpot at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:00 AM EST 0 0 0 'Tailgates and Tanlines' Star Snags Nine Awards; Carrie Underwood Adds to Her Collection Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home n ...

  17. Mary Ann McCready

    November 28, 2012 6:32 PM EST President, Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy Opportunity Knocks "Business management is the best of all worlds to the extent that when you have artists selling a lot of records like we do, selling tickets, touring and [selling] merchandi ...

  18. Ke$ha: Warrior Princess

    October 15, 2012 8:43 AM EDT With a hit single once again heating up the charts and a new album set for a December release, Ke$ha is back, stripped down and ready to rumble. When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009-rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth ...

  19. Venues Step Up

    October 09, 2012 6:37 AM EDT Building Managers Turn Talent Buyers In Competitive Live Market More and more frequently, if venues want a show, they have to ensure that it will be successful in the most convincing way possible, putting the venue's own resources on the li ...

  20. The Beat 10/3: Taylor Swift, Jack White, Rick Ross vs. Jeezy

    October 03, 2012 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the Wednesday, October 3 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In t ...

  21. The Beat 10/3: Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, Punch Bros., Ross v. Jeezy

    The Beat 10/3: Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, Punch Bros., Ross v. Jeezy

    October 03, 2012 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 10/3: Swift’s Top Beau Songs, Trace Adkins, Punch Bros' Chris Thile Is A Genius, a Jeezy v Rick Ross reenactment John Mayer , jonathan brooks , featuredVideo1 , Jack White , Billboard , Punch Brothers , Jeezy , Trace Adkins , white str ...

  22. Trace Adkins Hooks Up With Red Cross, Talks New Song 'Tough People Do'

    October 01, 2012 10:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country music has had a long standing tradition of giving back to others, and Trace Adkins looks to be a part of that. Today, the Show Dog - Universal recording artist announced that he will serve as the spokesperson for the 2012 American Red Cross ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. American Country Awards Bringing Trace Adkins, Kristin Chenoweth Back as Hosts

    August 28, 2012 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Trace Adkins will tower over Kristin Chenoweth once again as the unlikely duo have signed on to co-host the American Country Awards for the second straight year. The "Ladies Love Country Boys" singer says he's excited to be reuniting ...

  25. Zac Brown Band Reclaims Top Spot on Billboard 200

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gaslight Anthem, Passion Pit score only Top 10 debuts on this week's chart. As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200 chart. In turn, Zac Brown Band ' ...

  26. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Nas Slips to No. 2

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sol ...

  27. Album Chart Preview: Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean & Hank Williams Jr. Aiming High

    July 13, 2012 7:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart should welcome a new No. 1 from Zac Brown Band , while Frank Ocean will rock the boat with his debut studio set. Further, country veteran Hank Williams Jr. is aiming for a big bow with his new release, &qu ...

  28. Exile Ends Theirs, Releases First New Music in Decades

    June 22, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the more successful bands in country music history is doing it all over again. Exile , who topped the Hot Country Songs chart repeatedly in the 1980s, recently dropped an EP entitled "People Get Ready." It's their first new rel ...

  29. CAA's Rob Light to Take Part in Executive Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit at t ...

  30. Trace Adkins Teams Up With Maxwell House for 'Drops of Good'

    April 26, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 In these tough times, more families than ever before rely on local community centers for vital support. In response, Maxwell House is launching the second year of "Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project" to help revitalize thes ...

  31. Keith Urban Joins Grand Ole Opry

    April 23, 2012 2:58 PM EDT (Photo: Chris Hollo) This past weekend, one of country music's most exclusive clubs added one more name to the list with the induction of Keith Urban into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday. After performing his hits "Days Go By&quo ...

  32. Keith Urban Joins Grand Ole Opry

    April 23, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'I Fully Dedicate Myself to the Future of Country Music,' He Says at Induction This past weekend, one of country music's most exclusive clubs added one more name to the list with the induction of Keith Urban into the cast of the Grand ...

  33. It's Official: Mike Dungan Appointed Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville

    February 29, 2012 12:42 PM EST As Billboard.biz exclusively reported last week, Mike Dungan -- no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- has been appointed chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville Entertainment, the company announced in a statement ...

  34. Live Nation Added Managers, Promoters, Ticketing Companies, More in 2011 Acquisition Spree

    February 24, 2012 3:00 PM EST Live Nation continued its acquisition spree in 2011 by adding to its promotion, management, ticketing and ecommerce divisions. The company's 2011 annual report offers a detailed look at how the multi-faceted music giant got bigger last year. ...

  35. Dick Clark: 40th New Year's Eve Bash to Feature Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    December 29, 2011 5:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Forty years ago, Dick Clark's New Year's Eve special was created to give young people an alternative to a seasonal institution, bandleader Guy Lombardo. Now Clark's annual show is the institution. "New Year's Rockin' Ev ...

  36. Billboard Partners Up for Country Mini-Magazine

    December 20, 2011 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Even given the 100 year-plus timeline of Billboard Magazine , there is always room for a little more history. Coming up next week, the magazine plows into more uncharted territory. Billboard and marketing agency 'stache media announced today (D ...

  37. Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Shine at American Country Awards

    December 06, 2011 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 While talking to Billboard.com last week about the American Country Awards , host Trace Adkins was quoted as saying "You're going to get some interesting outcomes, I think." Those turned out to be very prophetic words, as Jason Aldean ...

  38. Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Win Big at American Country Awards

    December 06, 2011 8:00 AM EST While talking to Billboard.com last week about the American Country Awards, host Trace Adkins was quoted as saying "You're going to get some interesting outcomes, I think." Those turned out to be very prophetic words, as Jason Aldea ...

  39. Trace Adkins to Tower Over His ACA Co-Host Kristin Chenoweth

    December 01, 2011 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "Maybe Somebody Will Have to Carry Around an Apple Box for Her," the Country Star Jokes to Billboard Trace Adkins admits to having been a bit nervous last year prior to hosting the inaugural American Country Awards. But once he got in the ...

  40. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field. In the Best Country Solo Performance slot,| SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED "I'm flying pretty high right now," Aldean ...

  41. Backbeat: Trace Adkins Loves Dogs, So Choosing Waggin' Tails Winner Was Easy

    November 14, 2011 6:33 AM EST Trace Adkins (right of center) and the Waggin' Train jingle contest finalists. Trace Adkins (right) and Waggin' Train contest winner Dewey Longuski. Trace Adkins has loved dogs since he was a kid, so choosing the winner of the Waggin ...

  42. Chris Daughtry to Belt National Anthem at World Series

    October 28, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's taken to the seventh and final game, but the World Series is finally ready to rock a little with the national anthem. "American Idol" alum Chris Daughtry will take Star-Spangled Banner duties before Game 7 Friday between the Texa ...

  43. Scotty McCreery's Glitch at World Series; Zooey Deschanel to Sing at Game 4

    October 20, 2011 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last week's Billboard 200 leader, Scotty McCreery , overcame an embarrassing microphone glitch on live television Wednesday night to belt out the Star Spangled Banner at the World Series. The 2011 "American Idol" winner began singing ...

  44. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcome ...

  45. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Dirty Dancing,' Miranda Lambert, Drake

    August 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts. The movie ...

  46. Trace Adkins Prepared for a Letdown With New Album

    August 10, 2011 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Getting a little more serious on his latest album didn't seem to hurt country singer Trace Adkins with his fans. With first week sales of 46,600 copies, Adkins' 10th studio album, "Proud to Be Here," bowed at No. 3 on the Billboa ...

  47. Adele's '21' Notches Most Weeks at No. 1 Since 2000

    August 10, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With Adele 's "21" back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (76,000; down 8% according to Nielsen SoundScan), the British songstress' set collects its 12th week atop the list. It's the most weeks at No. 1 for an album ...

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