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May 29, 2016 - Blake Shelton will have the top country album on the Billboard album chart when it is released on Tuesday as "If I'm Honest" was third overall with 170,000 units moved. The figure includes 153,000 units sold plus streaming and track equivalent album sales. Shelton had the only country CD in the top 10.... »»»
May 25, 2016 - David Nail will release his fourth studio disc, "Fighter," on July 15. Nail also has recorded several cover songs, now available for fans in advance of "Fighter." Nail released the single "Night's on Fire" in July 2015 as the first single from the disc. The song peaked at 24 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.... »»»
May 25, 2016 - Alabama: Born Country will be the exhibit about the southern band starting in late August. This exhibit, which runs from Aug. 25-June 11, 2017, traces the history of the Country Music Hall of Fame band. Cousins Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen formed their first group as teenagers in... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host The 50th Annual CMA Awards from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in November. "This is a milestone year for the CMA Awards as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and the broadcast is in great hands with Brad and Carrie," said Sarah Trahern, CMA... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Keith Urban pulled "Ripcord" into the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending June 4 in its chart debut. Florida Georgia Line led the Hot Country Songs chart again with "H.OL.Y." On the songs chart, Blake Shelton was second with "Came Here to Forget," one ahead of Dierks... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Little Big Town is releasing a new disc in June with Mr. "Happy" himself, Pharrell Williams producing. "Wanderlust" is an eight-song collaboration with Williams due June 10. Little Big Town will perform its new song, "One Of Those Days," tonight on the season finale of NBC's "The Voice," with the song... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Lady Antebellum will host the 10th annual ACM Honors, an event recognizing off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. For the first time ever, ACM Honors will be broadcast on CBS. The Honors will be held on Aug. 30 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville..... »»»
May 23, 2016 - Josh Abbott Band will make its national television debut performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday May 31. The Texas band along with guest artist Carly Pearce will perform their current single "Wasn't That Drunk" from their latest release "Front Row Seat." Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at... »»»
May 22, 2016 - Keith Urban will be the leading country disc with "Ripcord" when Billboard releases its charts on Tuesday. Overall, the disc was the sixth best selling release in the U.S. with 44,000 units, down 59 percent. Jennifer Nettles was 10th with "Playing With Fire," her second solo disc.... »»»
May 20, 2016 - Chris Janson of "Buy Me a Boat" fame, announced he would start a tour on Saturday, as part of his first headlining tour. Stops include the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on Saturday, the CMA Music Festival, Chicago's LakeShake Music Festival and Las Vegas's Route 91 Harvest Festival.... »»»
May 20, 2016 - Blake Shelton and The Highwaymen are the news releases out today. Shelton is out with his 10th studio disc, "If I'm Honest," which contains the hit single "Came Here to Forget" and a duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, "Go Ahead And Break My Heart." This is Shelton's first disc since the end of his... »»»
May 20, 2016 - John Berry is alive and well despite reports to the primary. An AOL news story posted a video today reporting the death of John Berry of the Beastie Boys. That part was true as Berry died at 52 in Danvers, Mass. But the news story video featured photos and video clips of John Berry the country singer.... »»»
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May 19, 2016 - Jake Owen seeks "American Love" when his fifth studio disc drops July 29. "This record has been very enlightening because I found myself through the songs. I got back to basics with 'American Love,'" Owen said. "This is me, this is what I want to say and this is what I want people to remember me for.... »»»
May 19, 2016 - Soulful country veteran John Berry will release his first disc in three years, "What I Love The Most" on June 3 through Mansion Entertainment / Sony RED. "This new music means a lot to me, largely because the fans funded the project. This is my second successful Kickstarter project," said Berry.... »»»
May 18, 2016 - Traditional country singer Mark Chesnutt, who enjoyed hits with "Going Through the Big D" and ""Brother Jukebox," will release his 15th studio album, "Tradition Lives," on July 8 on Row Entertainment. This is his first disc of all-new material since 2010's "Outlaw" and was produced by Jimmy... »»»
May 18, 2016 - The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore Zac Brown Band's rise to fame in "Homegrown: Zac Brown Band," a career-spanning exhibition that opens July 22 and runs through July 2017. The exhibition will include stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts and photos from the band's personal collection.... »»»
May 17, 2016 - Keith Urban debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Ripcord." Florida Georgia Line stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 28 with "H.O.L.Y." On the albums chart, Cole Swindell debuted in second with "You Should Be Here.... »»»
May 17, 2016 - Tejano star Emilio Navaira, who had two country albums during his career, died on Monday at 53 of a heart attack. Navaira released two English-language country albums, "Life is Good" and "It's on the House," using only his first name. His most successful crossover hit was 1995's "It's Not the End of... »»»
May 17, 2016 - The Band Perry has a new record label. Two in fact. The trio confirmed via a tweet of a story in Hits Daily Double that they have signed with UMG Nashville and Interscope in a joint signing. TBP previously released two albums and one EP on Republic Nashville. Previous reports said the group had... »»»
May 17, 2016 - Leading Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark, who penned such songs as "LA Freeway" and ""Desperados Waiting for a Train," died at 74, his family reported today. Clark had been ill for some time,including with cancer, although no cause of death was given. Clark was a Grammy-winner, Nashville... »»»
May 16, 2016 - Dierks Bentley's Somewhere on a Beach Tour played to more than 40,000 on its open 3-show weekend run, his publicist said today. Bentley started the tour in Holmdel, N.J. on Thursday, following by shows in Pittsburgh on Friday, and Camden, N.J. on Saturday. Bentley also had the top spot for a second... »»»

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