ACM Awards Adds All-Star Collaborations and Celebrity Presenters
Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion, several all-star collaborations and celebrity presenters have been added to Sunday's (April 2) 52nd annual ACM Awards. The night will feature the award show premieres of Thomas Rhett's "Craving You" with Maren Morris and Cole Swindell's "Flatliner" with Dierks Bentley. Keith Urban will sing "The Fighter" with Carrie Underwood, and Reba... Read more »
Tim McGraw Offers Equine Equation
So this is what it's really like in the recording studio with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: she leads, and he just tries to keep up? In a new video about the music they are making together, McGraw and Hill talk about their new single, "Speak to a Girl," and share some stories (and secrets)... Read more »
Karen Fairchild: There Will be Fringe
I think I know what Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild is going to wear when she walks the Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet on Sunday (April 2). It's going to be cool, and it's probably going to have fringe. In a new interview with the fashion site Racked, Fairchild admits she's the biggest... Read more »
Sun Records? Chad Michael Murray Talks Recording Darius Rucker
After years of playing heartthrob roles on TV shows like One Tree Hill and Gilmore Girls and movies like A Cinderella Story and Freaky Friday, Chad Michael Murray has a lot of experience with people "fangirling" over him. However, on the set of CMT's Sun Records, the tables were turned. "I was just fangirling out... Read more »
Brett Eldredge: A Hometown Hero for Illinois
On Friday night (March 31), Brett Eldredge isn't just going back to the baseball fields of his hometown to play games. He's actually going home to Paris, Illinois to make his old Laker Stadium new again. And while he's in town, he'll be putting on a show for a few thousand friends, family and fans... Read more »
Jon Pardi Parties at No. 1 for Third Week With "Dirt on My Boots"
These boots are made for stayin'. At least that's the message imparted by Jon Pardi, whose "Dirt on My Boots" stays parked at the top of Billboard‘s country airplay chart for the third straight week. And speaking of tenacity — We were, weren't we? — let's thrust a jaunty thumbs up to Keith Urban for... Read more »
Carrie Underwood Signs with UMG's Capitol Nashville
Carrie Underwood has left Sony Music Nashville's Arista imprint, her original label home following her American Idol win in 2005, and has signed a new worldwide deal with Universal Music Group's Capitol Nashville. Underwood's new labelmates at Capitol include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker and... Read more »
Dierks Bentley: Rookie Moves Are Behind Him
If Dierks Bentley was nervous during his co-hosting duties at last year's Academy of Country Music Awards, it didn't show. "Last year I was the rookie and really didn't know what to expect," Bentley told Billboard about the 2016 awards show. "From start to finish, being part of the creative conversations from the monologue to... Read more »
Judah & the Lion Flee for "Stockholm"
If emotive, rock-tinged vocals, storied songwriting and jangling, fuzzy banjos are your jam, prepare to fall in love with one listen to Judah & the Lion‘s "Stockholm," an anthemic song about escaping the past and finding a new place in life. The electrifying Nashville-based band's style hearkens back perfectly to their influences growing up —... Read more »
Now Luke Bryan Has Tips for Blake Shelton
There was a time, about nine years ago, when Luke Bryan was getting advice from Blake Shelton. It was when Bryan was opening for Shelton somewhere in Wisconsin, and he filmed some of Shelton's tips for his very first episode of LBTV (He called the moment "Words of wisdom or pure BS?"). But on Monday... Read more »
Darius Rucker: A Hometown Hero for South Carolina
On Friday's (March 31) CMT Hometown Heroes, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at Darius Rucker donating his time, talent and treasure to the Medical University of South Carolina's Children's Hospital. Rucker went back to Charleston's MUSC for a surprise visit, and brought with him everything he needed to remodel and redecorate the teen lounge in... Read more »
Chris Janson: "I Believe in Staying in Your Own Lane"
Editor's Note: Janson will co-host an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown with Kelleigh Bannen and High Valley on April 1 and 2 at 9 a.m. ET/PT. On the morning the ACM nominations came out, Chris Janson and his wife Kelly were driving home in Nashville's bumper to bumper traffic after a long night of red-eye... Read more »
Meet Zac Brown's Latest Family Addition
Zac Brown didn't leave the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo without a Big Texas souvenir. On Saturday (March 25), the front man of the Grammy-winning country band and his wife Shelly went in on the $330,000 purchase of the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. 2017 Junior Market Steer Auction Grand Champion (top) sells for... Read more »
No More Empty Seats for Maren Morris
Call it the Grammy Effect. Now that Maren Morris has won one of the coveted awards, she has returned to her home state of Texas. And her shows there will be much different from when she was just getting started and most of the seats were empty. "Coming back to Texas is really emotional," Morris... Read more »
Last Weekend Greatest Hits
How was your weekend? Busy? So was country music's. Thomas Rhett made a new friend, Jason Aldean went bowling, Darius Rucker cheered on South Carolina's Gamecocks in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Carrie Underwood indulged in some well-deserved cake to celebrate her 100th Grand Ole Opry performance, Maren Morris brought her music to a bucket-list... Read more »