Country

Lindsay Ell Trolls Fox & Friends by Speaking About Women’s Rights: Watch

Country pop singer Lindsay Ell performed at Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series on Friday, and in a pre-show interview, the artist dove into a talking point not normally championed on the conservative network: women’s rights. In an all-around awkward conversation, Ell was chatting with Fox & Friends hosts Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, and Rachel Campos-Duffy when Campos-Duffy first asked the Canadian singer about Shania Twain, a country pop trailblazer and fellow Canuck (The irony of inviting a Canadian singer to an “All-American” concert series is not lost on us). After Ell praised Twain’s ability to be “feminine and sexy and strong at the same time,” Campos-Duffy, grasping at straws in an attempt to be transphobic, went on to reference Twain’s hit “Man! I Feel Like a...

How Can Country Music Better Support Black Artists & Fans?

Banning Confederate flags at country music concerts, dedicating nights to Black performers at Nashville’s Lower Broadway bars and instating a basic monthly stipend for Black artists in Nashville — these are some of the Black Music Action Coalition’s suggestions to better support Black talent in the primarily white country music community. While country music festivals including Stagecoach and CMA Fest have specifically banned the use of Confederate flags at their festivals, BMAC urges other country music festivals and events to follow suit. “It’s important that we understand that these symbols that country music has affiliated itself with, they are racist in origin and in current practice,” says BMAC board member Naima Cochrane, who has been a contributing writer to Billboard. “It’s not OK...

Garth Brooks Says ‘The Anthology Part II’ Is Coming This Year

Garth Brooks will release the second installment of his anthology book and CD series later this year. During an episode of Brooks’ Facebook Live series Inside Studio G on June 27, he revealed that The Anthology II: The Next Five Years will likely release by November. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news “We got the green light. We’re ready,” the country star told listeners during the livestream. “This thing is almost 300 pages with almost 280 something photographs in it, which is crazy.” The book and CD set will include six CDs that will feature previously unreleased songs, including a duet version he and wife/fellow artist Trisha Yearwood recorded of Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love.” “Miss Yearwood started this conversation with us ab...

Morgan Wallen Scores Sixth No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart With ‘Wasted on You’

Morgan Wallen achieves his sixth No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart as “Wasted on You” ascends to the top of the list dated July 2. In the tracking week ending June 26, the song gained by 4% to 29.4 million in audience, according to Luminate. Wallen wrote the song with ERNEST, Josh Thompson and Ryan Vojtesak. Concurrently, “Wasted” rules the multi-metric Hot Country Songs tally for a seventh frame. It corralled 12.2 million U.S. streams (up 2%) and sold 5,000 downloads (up 13%) in the week ending June 23. The 29-year-old Wallen, from Sneedville, Tenn., last led Country Airplay with “Sand in My Boots” for a week in February. He first topped the survey with “Up Down” (featuring Florida Georgia Line) for a frame in June 2018 and reigned again with “Whiskey Glasses” for three weeks sta...

The Big Climate Thing 2022: The Roots, HAIM, Sheryl Crow Playing Inaugural NYC Fest

The Big Climate Thing Festival is the, uh, next big thing in New York’s live music scene. The Roots, HAIM, and Sheryl Crow are slated to perform at the inaugural three-day event this September 16th-18th at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. Khruangbin, The Flaming Lips, and Gary Clark Jr. are also among those billed for the green-focused fest, presented by Climate Control Projects and benefitting Brian Eno’s EarthPercent. Additionally, the lineup includes Courtney Barnett, Princess Nokia, Antibalas, Bonny Light Horseman, Guster, Mykki Blanco, Pom Pom Squad, Sunflower Bean, The Weather Station, Valerie June, with more special guests to be announced. “The purpose of the event is to serve as a unified call to action for artists, fans and the music industry itself,” a representative for Climate C...

Johnny Chiang Joins Pandora to Oversee Country Programming

Johnny Chiang is set to join Pandora in the newly-created role of senior director, country programming, on July 25. He will oversee programming for country music at Pandora, and will report to vp, programming Kevin Stapleford. Chiang will continue to be based in Houston. “Words cannot adequately describe just how thrilled I am to be joining the incredible country team that Kevin Stapleford is assembling at Pandora,” said Chiang via a statement. “I want to thank Kevin and Steve Blatter for believing in me and what my experiences and skill sets can bring to the team.” Chiang previously joined Red Street Records as vp, radio promotions and artist development in January, as the label’s owners, Dan Crockett and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, announced the label’s country division. Prior to his wo...

Eck Robertson, Whiny Fiddles and the Birth of Country Music Recording Sessions

When River House/Columbia Nashville released Luke Combs’ “The Kind of Love We Make” on June 17, the single employed a fierce lead vocal, two-part harmonies and around 10 different instruments, all apparent in their own clean, digital audio lane. The performance shows how far the country recording business has come in 100 years. On June 30, 1922, a pair of fiddlers — Henry Gilliland and A.C. “Eck” Robertson — held what is widely regarded as the first country recording session at Victor Studios in New York. They had no chance to overdub a bad note here or there, to correct poor pitch or to amplify one of the fiddlers later. They had to capture the entire three-minute performance in one sitting or start all over again, playing into a bell-shaped audio horn, with the sound’s vibrations transla...

Luke Combs Talks New Album ‘Growin’ Up’: ‘It’s Time to Dig Into This Life Thing’

When Luke Combs played his current single, “The Kind of Love We Make,” for his wife, Nicole, her reaction was perhaps not what one would expect to the mid-tempo slow burner about a sexy evening of romance. “She was like, ‘Geez,’ and she gave me one of those eye rolls,” the low-key country superstar says with a chuckle, relaxing in a low-slung chair in Los Angeles during a press stop. “We have a great relationship and we’re totally not afraid to make fun of each other either. We get a lot of laughs out of stuff like that. She’s great. She just takes everything with a grain of salt. She keeps me humble, let’s put it that way.” Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news Marrying Nicole is just one of the major changes for Combs since he released his ...

SiriusXM’s Senior Director, Country Programming JR Schumann to Exit

JR Schumann, senior director of country programming at SiriusXM, will exit his role July 15, the company has announced. SiriusXM’s vp, programming, Darrin Smith, will then oversee those channels on an interim basis. “After almost seven years, I’ve decided to leave SiriusXM and pursue other opportunities and adventures,” Schumann said in a statement. “I’m beyond proud of everything my team and I have accomplished and wish everyone at SiriusXM nothing but continued success.” Schumann joined SiriusXM in December 2015, and his role included overseeing SiriusXM’s country and Christian programming, as well as the Elvis Radio channel. Prior to his role at SiriusXM, Schumann served as operations manager for Cumulus Media’s Dallas stations, as well as program director duties for country stations KS...

How to Get Tickets to Keith Urban’s 2022 Tour

Keith Urban has fans rushing at “The Speed of Now” for tickets to his just-launched 2022 world tour thanks to the first transmissions shared from the opening weekend of its North American leg in Tampa. “The Speed of Now World Tour,” named after the Australian country star’s 2020 album of the same name, finds Urban traversing across the globe through December for his first live outing in nearly four years. Get tickets here, and read on for more tour details. What Is Keith Urban’s Next Tour? “The Speed of Now World Tour” sped though Europe earlier this year and launched in the US on on June 17th. It resumes on July 8th for a two-nighter in Toronto, then extensively covers New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and New England before moving south to Bristow, Virginia on September 30th and two nights in ...

Watch Luke Combs Talk Miranda Lambert Collaboration & Who Would Make His Musical Mount Rushmore

On June 24, Luke Combs will release his third studio album, Growin’ Up. In addition to the recent releases “Doin’ This” “The Kind of Love We Make” and “Tomorrow Me,” the album also features a duet with Miranda Lambert on “Outrunnin’ Your Memory.” Combs recently told Billboard of the collaboration, “Me and Dan had come up with the idea that we really loved called ‘When It’s Raining in Seattle.’ When me and Miranda were tossing song ideas back in forth, I ended up on this ‘When it rains in Seattle thing,’ and she was like, ‘I love that idea.’” Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news On his upcoming third studio album, Growin’ Up, Combs again worked with Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton. He says working with them on the new album has been “...

The Chicks Cut Indianapolis Concert Short: ‘We Are So Sorry We Could Not Give You the Show You Deserved’

The Chicks surprised fans at Noblesville, Indiana’s Ruoff Music Center on Sunday night (June 19) when they cut short their show after just a handful of songs. According to WTHR, the Grammy-winning country trio performed for less than 30 minutes before leaving the stage. Some comments from fans who attended the show alluded to singer Natalie Maines possibly struggling with vocal issues, but an official statement from Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire did not provide any specifics on why the show was cut short. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news “Indianapolis, we are so sorry we could not give you the show you deserved,” they wrote. “OR the show we wanted to give you. We will be back Indianapolis!! Hold onto your tickets.” While a spo...