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Jimmie Allen Becomes Second Black Country Artist to Reach No. 1 With Debut Single

Jimmie Allen Becomes Second Black Country Artist to Reach No. 1 With Debut Single

Jimmie Allen’s debut single, “Best Shot,” reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts this week. Jimmie joins Darius Rucker as the only African-American country artists to hit No. 1 with their debut singles. Darius, who became a household name in the early 1990s as the frontman of Hootie & the…MORE

Photo Gallery: CMA Country Christmas With Reba, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley & More

Photo Gallery: CMA Country Christmas With Reba, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley & More

Reba McEntire returned for a second year to host the ninth annual CMA Country Christmas, a two-hour music celebration that airs on ABC on Dec. 10. CMA Country Christmas was taped on Sept. 27 at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. In addition to Reba—and her multiple wardrobe changes—this year’s lineup included performances by…MORE

Thomas Rhett Announces 2019 Tour With Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson & Dad

Thomas Rhett Announces 2019 Tour With Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson & Dad

Thomas Rhett announced he will heat things up in 2019 with his Very Hot Summer Tour. Kicking off on May 17 in Spokane, Wash., the 39-date tour will make stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Nashville and more. Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and TR’s father, Rhett Akins, will serve as support. “We literally just…MORE

Kenny Chesney Reveals 18 “Songs for the Saints Tour” Dates

Kenny Chesney Reveals 18 “Songs for the Saints Tour” Dates

After Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour hit more than a dozen major stadiums and more than 20 amphitheaters, the Tennessee native is scaling back his 2019 tour, which he has dubbed the Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. “I wanted to change it up,” says Kenny. “Last year was so intense, and…MORE

15 of Our Favorite Performance Photos From the CMA Awards

15 of Our Favorite Performance Photos From the CMA Awards

More than 35 artists took the stage to perform at the CMA Awards on Nov. 14, including Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Midland, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley,…MORE

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Roy Clark Dead at 85

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Roy Clark Dead at 85

Roy Clark died Nov. 15 at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Okla. If anyone in the country realm could be termed “multimedia star,” the amiable singer/guitarist fit that bill. He won the CMA Entertainer of the Year honor in 1973, copped Grammy awards for his instrumental…MORE

The 8 Biggest Winners & Losers From the 52nd CMA Awards

The 8 Biggest Winners & Losers From the 52nd CMA Awards

1. Winner: Chris Stapleton With the whiskey-soaked voice of a bearded angel, Chris Stapleton burst onto the mainstream scene at the 2015 CMA Awards when he won Album, Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year. The honeymoon ain’t over. In 2016, Chris won Male Vocalist and Music Video of the Year. In 2017, he…MORE