Country Music Claims 10 Percent of Total U.S. Album Sales in 2016

Thursday, January 19, 2017 -- 6:28 pm EST

In terms of album sales and popularity, country music continues to hold its own, accounting for 10 percent of total album sales this past year, according to Nielsen’s “2016 U.S. Year-End Report.” Country’s top artists for the year in recorded music were Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Joey + Rory and Blake Shelton. Overall albums sales... Read more »


Brothers Osborne Bring Dirt Rich Tour to Nashville

Thursday, January 19, 2017 -- 6:20 pm EST

The last time Brothers Osborne headlined a show in Nashville it was four years ago, and they had just signed their record deal. On Wednesday (Jan. 18), Deale, Maryland, natives TJ and John Osborne returned to their adoptive hometown to headline a sold-out show at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works as two-time Grammy nominees and the... Read more »


Luke Bryan: A Decade Since “Friends”

Thursday, January 19, 2017 -- 5:36 pm EST

I wonder if Luke Bryan is reflecting on his career right now like I am. It’s been a exactly 10 years since Bryan released his very first single — “All My Friends Say” –and yet it somehow seems like yesterday that I heard that song and thought, “I bet this guy’s going to sell out... Read more »


Carrie Underwood: Not That Kind of Daredevil

Thursday, January 19, 2017 -- 5:21 pm EST

Carrie Underwood was on NBC’s Today on Wednesday (Jan. 18), catching up with everyone about her Grammy nominations, her 2016 tour and her love of The Walking Dead. So naturally, actor-comedian Nick Offerman, the day’s co-host of sorts, asked her to take her clothes off. If Offerman’s name is unfamiliar to you, he’s known for... Read more »


Blake Shelton Wins Big at People’s Choice Awards

Thursday, January 19, 2017 -- 2:16 pm EST

“I know that somewhere out there,” Blake Shelton said at Wednesday’s (Jan. 18) People’s Choice Awards, “there’s someone going, ‘I mean, how did he win album of the year? Like, isn’t that just a country album full of stereotypical drinking and cheating and tailgates?’ And to that person, I say, ‘You’re damn right it is!’”... Read more »


Lady Antebellum Reveal New Single, Album and Tour

Thursday, January 19, 2017 -- 12:31 pm EST

Lady Antebellum had some good news for their fans this morning (Jan. 19) — they’re back with new music and a new tour. Available now, the groovy, horn-driven “You Look Good” is the first single from their upcoming album Heartbreak, which lands June 9. A live preview of the collection via Facebook Live is scheduled... Read more »


Martina McBride Talks New Music, CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -- 7:03 pm EST

It might get loud for Martina McBride in 2017. Her calendar is filled with music starting with the return of the Love Unleashed Tour, partnering with CMT for its third annual Next Women of Country Tour. The tour resumes Feb. 2 in St. Louis, with Lauren Alaina, who is a new addition to the CMT... Read more »


Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Among First Grammy Performers

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -- 6:03 pm EST

Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are the first country performers announced to appear on the 59th annual Grammy Awards. John Legend and Metallica round out the initial performers booked for the show. Underwood and Urban are each nominated for best country solo performance for “Church Bells” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” respectively. Urban’s Ripcord is... Read more »


Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Big & Rich and More Performing at Inaugural Celebrations

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -- 4:26 pm EST

Country music is the official soundtrack for several presidential inauguration events in Washington, D.C., this week. Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood and the Frontmen of Country featuring Little Texas’ Tim Rushlow, Restless Heart’s Larry Stewart and Lonestar’s Richie McDonald will each sing at Thursday’s (Jan. 19) Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.... Read more »


Blake Shelton Takes “A Guy With a Girl” to Country Airplay Summit

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -- 4:08 pm EST

Well, emerging 2017 has yet to bring us any significant chart excitement. No new albums come aboard this week and only three new songs. Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller is again the week’s bestselling country album, while Blake Shelton boasts the most played country song with ”A Guy With a Girl.” This is Shelton’s 23rd No. 1... Read more »