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Lady A, Jason, FGL Head to Europe

A new crop of superstars are proving country music has global appeal. Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Kip Moore are just some of the acts heading to Norway and Sweden this week for the Country to Country Festival. Check out photos below — including touching photos from Lady A’s Dave Haywood and... Read more »

Former Grand Ole Opry Guitarist Spider Wilson Dead at 79

Longtime Grand Ole Opry staff guitarist James Edward “Spider” Wilson died of complications from cancer Thursday (Feb. 26) in Nashville. He was 79. A native of Nashville, Wilson reportedly fueled his enthusiasm for music by standing outside an open window of the Ryman Auditorium listening to Hank Williams’ Opry performances. His big break came when... Read more »

Kelly Clarkson Is “More Than That”

If you think you know Kelly Clarkson, you might have to rethink that. She’s not just the original American Idol winner anymore. “I love what I do, but I feel like I relied on my career a lot for my self-worth,” Clarkson told People. “And now I’m more than that.” More, because this isn’t 2002... Read more »

Stars Shine at Universal Music Group’s CRS Show

Country’s biggest stars plus country’s biggest radio programmers and personalities at an all-star, midday concert? You could call it the ultimate power lunch. Eric Church, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and many more. Once again, Universal Music Group knows how to bring out the big guns to the delight of attendees at the... Read more »

Party Down South: Back in the Saddle Trivia

Do you remember the name of Daddy’s new funnel? Who had a bad feeling about bringing in a new roommate? See if you can answer these questions and more. We know the premiere of Party Down South left you doing backflips. Or, maybe you were just in shock at how good it was. Now that... Read more »

Eric Church Launches Satellite Radio Show

Eric Church will host and curate his own radio show called Outsiders Radio on SiriusXM’s The Highway starting Friday (Feb. 27) at 10 p.m. ET. SiriusXM announced today that Eric will host Outsiders Radio, a monthly radio show on @SXMTheHighway Read more: http://t.co/NcSHPoUJ8e — Eric Church (@ericchurch) February 27, 2015 Church’s show, which will air... Read more »

Check Out Keith Urban’s Midnight CRS Concert

When the choice is between sleep and a midnight Keith Urban concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the decision pretty much makes itself. Thursday night (Feb. 26), attendees from the 2015 Country Radio Seminar and local fans made the obvious choice and sacrificed a few hours of shut-eye for an unforgettable special performance. Who's in Nashville???... Read more »

Maddie & Tae Tearfully Celebrate First No. 1, “Girl in a Country Song”

There were nearly enough tears shed to float the trophies awarded at the No. 1 party held Thursday afternoon (Feb. 26) at the CMA offices in Nashville for Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song.” Co-sponsored by ASCAP and BMI, the two major performance rights organizations, the event honored the song’s writers, Maddie Marlow,... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Shines a Light on Slavery

When a U.S. senator tags you in a tweet, it must be pretty important. Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee posted a Twitter photo Thursday (Feb. 26) to show his support of the End It Movement and the Shine a Light on Slavery Day, which is Friday (Feb. 27). Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher were... Read more »

Jason Aldean Talks Touring, Wedding Details and Kenny Chesney

Jason Aldean heats up his Burn It Down tour this weekend (Feb. 28-March 1) on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Get the scoop from Aldean on what it’s like performing in front of a hometown crowd, and find out what he and Kenny Chesney are planning for this summer’s stadium concerts. Plus, he reveals... Read more »

Why Lady A Will Never Be Fleetwood Mac

At one of the many panels at this week’s Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Lady Antebellum had chance to share their secret for getting along. The presentation was titled “How 3 Become 1: Lady Antebellum.” And one of the biggest lessons they’ve learned in their nine years as a successful country band is how not... Read more »

Alan Jackson Celebrates 25 Years in Country

It’s been 25 years since a young Alan Jackson landed on the country scene with the release of his debut album Here in the Real World, and he’s been a star ever since. The following year, the singer would achieve his first notable breakthrough when “I’d Love You All Over Again” reached No. 1. Additionally,... Read more »

Glen Campbell’s Final Music Triumph

Glen Campbell’s legions of loyal fans were disappointed when his original song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” failed to win the best song category at the recent Academy Awards. Although the honor went to John Legend and Common for “Glory,” featured in the film Selma, the song written by Campbell and producer Julian Raymond is... Read more »

Aaron Watson’s The Underdog Overachieves to Crown Albums Chart

Texas fave Aaron Watson rockets to the summit of Billboard’s country albums chart this week with The Underdog. How’s that for irony? Nielsen SoundScan reports the package gained first-week sales of 26,340 copies. "You lack what we all call commercial appeal, you don't have what it takes to make it here in Nashville";) Phil4:13 pic.twitter.com/xY2k6g6mE1... Read more »

Four-Step Guide for a European Tour

Ever wonder how a country music superstar handles touring Europe? Luke Bryan, Kip Moore and Florida Georgia Line are performing in cities as part of the Country to Country Festival. Their photos provide step-by-step instructions to touring success. Step 1. Overcome jet lag. Jet lag is rough. Whew. pic.twitter.com/Hbl3Ks4ASh — Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) March 1,... Read more »

“It Took Guts,” Says Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw thinks it took guts for Glen Campbell to open up about his health struggles. But, then again, it took guts for McGraw to do what he did when he performed Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” at the recent Academy Awards. “I realized I did everything I could to be as exposed as... Read more »

The Blake and Adam Bromance Is on Point

Ever since The Voice premiered in April of 2011, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have been entertaining America with their bickering bromance. Even though it seems they are rivals on Monday and Tuesday nights, there is proof they are actually good friends, or maybe even bros. They laugh together. They support each other. Blake gives... Read more »

New Faces Show Quickens the Pace

Country Radio Broadcasters’ sold-out New Faces show Friday night (Feb. 27) at the Nashville Convention Center was the tightest, most entertaining edition in recent memory. That may have had something to do with the fact that all five featured acts — Sam Hunt, Frankie Ballard, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay and Cole Swindell — each... Read more »

Eric and Jessie James Decker Expecting Second Child

Country singer and co-host of CMT’s Redneck Island Jessie James Decker has confirmed she is pregnant with her second child. Decker and her husband, New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, broke the news Monday (March 2) on Instagram. The announcement comes hours before her Nashville performance at Tin Roof. Bet she’ll be showing off... Read more »

Faith Hill: J. Mendel and a Healthy Cervical Spine

After the recent Academy Awards, everyone was searching Faith Hill. (Her short pixie cut was, in fact, the most-searched hairstyle of the night, according to Google.) People were searching for answers. What was she wearing? How classy is her new haircut? And what was that not-so-little scar on her neck? Hill’s plunging neckline on her... Read more »

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