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George Strait doesn’t grant many interviews, but on the heels of the announcement that he’ll receive Billboard’s Legend of Live Award, he is featured on the cover of this week’s edition of the magazine. He talked to the magazine about everything from his earliest shows to becoming one of the most successful artists in all of music. It all started with a rock n’ roll garage band.
“That story has kind of taken on a life of its own,” George said. “I had a couple of friends, and we knew a couple of songs, “Gloria” and “Louie Louie.” Calling us a band is really a stretch. I hadn’t really gotten into country music back then. It was all rock’n'roll.”
Growing up in a rural farm community near Big Wells, Texas, George wasn’t exposed to a lot of country music. His father kept the radio turned to the news or farm and ranch reports. He did hear a song here and there, playing on jukeboxes around town. He liked what he heard well enough, but it took a while for that like to turn to love. Continue Reading
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Billboard will honor George Strait with their Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York City this November. The award is Billboard’s highest accolade, honoring individuals or bands who have made who have made ‘significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business.’ George will be the first-ever country music singer to receive the honor.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than performing in front of a sold-out, pumped-up, loud crowd,” George said. “That’s what keeps us coming back. I love it.” Continue Reading
Randy Houser photo courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.
Randy Houser is celebrating his second consecutive No. 1 hit. “Runnin’ Out of Moonlight” topped both the Billboard and MediaBase charts, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Singles chart. The single amassed a record audience of more than 47 million, the highest impressions of any song in one week since 2005.
“I’m so humbled by this support, and I want to thank everyone that helped us get here,” he said. “I feel blessed.” Continue Reading
Florida Georgia Line’s Billboard magazine cover. Photo courtesy of billboard.com.
Florida Georgia Line graces the cover of this week’s issue of Billboard to discuss touring, writing, country music and following their instincts. The duo knew from the first time they sat down together to put pen to paper that they had something they needed to pursue.
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“From the first song we wrote together we felt we had something cool,” Tyler Hubbard said. “We worked easily together, we had a lot in common, and onstage it was really natural. It was a party. We just had fun with it.” Continue Reading
Luke Bryan’s 2013 album, Crash My Party. Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Luke Bryan has crashed the top of the Billboard Country Chart with his latest single, “Crash My Party.” The song only took 12 weeks to reach the top spot. Luke has enjoyed watching the song move up the charts from week to week.
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“You never can anticipate a song climbing this fast, and it’s certainly fun to look at the charts every week and be like, ‘Omigosh!’” he said. “It’s hard to believe that a song can go up the charts that fast. You just say your blessings and be thankful that radio responded to it and fans love it that much. We knew the song was really, really special and good, and it was certainly the right thing to lead with off the new album.” Continue Reading
Chet Flippo photo courtesy of CMT.
GAC extends condolences to the family and friends of groundbreaking music journalist and author Chet Flippo, who passed away in the early morning hours of June 19 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He died unexpectedly of complications from a brief illness. He was 69.
At the time of his passing, Chet served as editorial director at CMT where he wrote the popular weekly column, Nashville Skyline. As a writer and editor for Rolling Stone in the 1970s, he covered artists and subjects such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joseph Heller, Tom Wolfe and the Who. He also pioneered country music coverage for Rolling Stone, profiling such artists as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and Waylon Jennings.
In the forward to The Country Reader, Chet shared the story of Waylon Jennings contacting him after Rolling Stone published “a very critical review” he had written about Waylon’s album Ladies Love Outlaws. Waylon wanted to meet with him in person and Chet admitted being leery as Waylon’s reputation proceeded him. Continue Reading
Blake Shelton’s 2013 album, Based On A True Story… Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.
Blake Shelton, and NBC are in the process of organizing a benefit concert for the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado that left thousands homeless and killed at least 24 people on Monday, reports Billboard. Blake, a native of Ada, Oklahoma, located about 75 miles south of Moore, revealed the news following Tuesday’s episode of The Voice.
“We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Blake said. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” Continue Reading
Singer Taylor Swift holds her eight trophies in the press room during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards belonged to Taylor Swift. She took home eight trophies, including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 album for Red, making her the night’s big winner. Nominated in 11 categories, she was also named Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Song for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Top Country Album, for Red.
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While most of Taylor’s wins came in a pre-telecast announcement, she accepted the trophy for Top Billboard 200 Album during the live broadcast. After thanking her family, whom she called her ‘best friends,’ she paid tribute to her fans. “You are the longest and best relationship I ever had,” she said before leaving the stage. Continue Reading
Kenny Chesney’s 2013 album, Life On A Rock. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
When Kenny Chesney went into the studio to record his new album, Life On A Rock, he knew the project wasn’t going to be what fans or the music industry expected from him. His most personal collection to date, the album includes songs from as far back as 2006 that he’d been carrying around in a back pack. He explained to Billboard why he took the risk of recording a more reflective project this time around.
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“I went and saw Bruce Springsteen in Pittsburgh with just him and a guitar, singing songs he would never have sang with the E Street Band, and it was great,” he continued. “That’s feeding your fans, too. It would have been really easy to find some songs and just duplicate what we’ve done, duplicate Hemingway’s Whiskey and Welcome to the Fishbowl. Or try. But for me to go out and do what I do onstage, for me to inspire anybody, I’ve got to be inspired. So this record came at a good time for me.” Continue Reading
Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Lady Antebellum has scored their third consecutive No. 1 debut on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 chart with their new album, Golden. The project, which contains their hit “Downtown” and new single “Goodbye Town,” sold more than 167,000 copies in its first week.
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“It’s been so fun to get feedback from our fans,” Hillary Scott said. “There are so many ways for us to hear from them and I love finding out how people are relating to different songs. We’re really proud of this album and thankful for all the fans and to Country Radio for supporting both ‘Downtown’ and now ‘Goodbye Town’ this week!” Continue Reading