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  • Brantley Gilbert’s Expanded Just as I Am Returns as No. 1 Country Album
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 5:57 AM
    Precisely a year after he first topped Billboard’s country albums chart with Just as I Am, Brantley Gilbert returns to that exalted position with Just as I Am: Platinum Edition, an amended configuration that features eight bonus tracks. By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, this new version sold 28,223 copies its first week out — compared to... Read more »
  • Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow Will Host 2015 CMT Music Awards
    Friday, May 29, 2015 4:10 PM
    Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews and Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow will co-host the 2015 CMT Music Awards airing live June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Andrews recently wrapped up her third season as co-host of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars as ratings soared to all-time highs... Read more »
  • CMT Hot 20 Countdown Welcomes Brad Paisley, Maddie&Tae
    Friday, May 29, 2015 4:00 PM
    This weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Brad Paisley goes from headliner to opening act. The country superstar hopes to win over a rock ‘n’ roll crowd when he goes onstage to open the Rolling Stones’ upcoming concert at Nashville’s LP Field. Will Brad get star-stuck during the big gig? You betcha, especially... Read more »
  • Miranda Lambert: The Silver Lining
    Friday, May 29, 2015 10:44 AM
    You can criticize the critic. You can stir up trouble. You can even lash out at the backlash. But Miranda Lambert? She’s got the right idea: Stay positive and use your power for good. After the pot was stirred (or the salad tossed) this week over a radio consultant’s comments about putting fewer female singers... Read more »
  • Recap: Party Down South 2: Girls Night!
    Friday, May 29, 2015 8:43 AM
    In the recent episode of Party Down South 2, the girls kick things off with a good old fashioned girls night. The guys promise to stay home only if they do the same for their guys night when Duke gets back from visiting home. Deal. Before heading out, Raven confesses she might even want to... Read more »
  • Willie Nelson Tells His Own Story
    Friday, May 29, 2015 7:25 AM
    Willie Nelson says it feels good to share his life in a new memoir — or, in his words, “flush out your system a little bit.” The Country Music Hall of Fame member co-wrote It’s a Long Story: My Life with veteran biographer David Ritz. It’s filled with new revelations and new recollections of some... Read more »
  • Would You Like Your Salad Dressing on the Side?
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:10 PM
    (Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) Country radio consultant Keith Hill stirred up a proverbial hornets’ nest this week when he told a Nashville-based industry trade publication, “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.” That was incendiary enough, but he also equated... Read more »
  • Billy Currington Keeps Summer Forever
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 2:56 PM
    Temperatures and hemlines are rising, which can only mean one thing: Summer is on its way, and Billy Currington is not complaining. The Georgia native says summer is his favorite season, and it’s all because of his Southern upbringing. “I’m a big fan of not being cold,” Currington says. “I grew up in the warmth.... Read more »
  • Frederick Dierks Bentley Is His Name
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:36 PM
    Forget about his 2003 hit, “My Last Name.” I can’t get past Dierks Bentley’s first name. It’s Frederick. And I for as long as I have been interviewing Bentley — since the first time I covered one of the shows during his High Times and Hangovers tour in 2007 — I don’t think I was... Read more »
  • Inside the Mind of Party Down South Creator SallyAnn Salsano
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:31 PM
    Things sure have changed since we first met the Party Down South 2 family in Biloxi, Mississippi. And to many fans, it’s like a totally different dynamic this go around. To help make sense of everything, we brought in the expert of all experts: SallyAnn Salsano, @sallyannsalsano, Founder and President of 495 Productions, also creator... Read more »
  • Brad Paisley Ready to Win Over Stones Fans
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 5:58 PM
    Brad Paisley is the first to admit he’ll need to win over some skeptical Rolling Stones fans when he opens the British band’s June 17 stadium concert at Nashville’s LP Field. “I haven’t thought about this in about a decade — about what it means to be an opening act and what the difference is,”... Read more »
  • Men Are Lettuce, Women Are Tomatoes?
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 3:59 PM
    By now, you’ve probably heard all about radio consultant Keith Hill’s interview in Country Aircheck, the Nashville-based industry journal. The one where he says you need to take female singers off of country radio. His exact words were, “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.” Ouch. He also talked about... Read more »
  • Mickey Guyton Finds Inspiration in Big Voices
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2:28 PM
    Newcomer Mickey Guyton is loving every minute of achieving her dream to be a successful country singer. Now that her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” has put her on the hot list of rising country stars, it’s even sweeter to reflect on where it all began — back in her home state of... Read more »
  • Inside a Florida Georgia Line Bachelor Party Weekend
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:26 PM
    This is Florida Georgia Line we’re talking about. So it’s not like I expected that Tyler Hubbard’s bachelor party would be at a swanky white-tablecloth restaurant and everyone would be cleaned up and in suits and ties, sipping on vodka martinis and taking in a show. Hubbard’s bachelor party sounds like it was exactly what... Read more »
  • Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Big&Rich to Headline Oregon Jamboree
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:05 PM
    Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Big & Rich are the headliners at the Oregon Jamboree, and CMT Hot 20 Countdown will be headed northwest for the festival taking place July 31-Aug. 2. Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini and Hunter Hayes will also perform during the concert series in Sweet Home, Oregon, a... Read more »
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