Although today’s country is heavily influenced by other genres, some artists are returning to traditionally styled production, at times at the cost of content or lyricism.
R&B and country sonically join forces once again at country radio, for a style that blends R&B, Motown, funk, blues, and soul in rhythm & boots.
Hunter Hayes pursues pop trends in release and co-writing styles with “21” and “Young And In Love.”
Kacey Musgraves continues to go against the grain with her approach to country music.
We took a deeper look at the male/female/group performer split among the stage lineups at CMA Fest.
seem to have finally met in the middle with the release of Luke Bryan’s new single “Kick The Dust Up” and Jason Derulo’s song “Broke,” the latter of which features Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban instrumentally.
From being the life of the beach party to sporting a more serious side, Jake Owen’s choices with “Real Life” tell a complex story of artist branding.
Sales and streams don’t seem to be matching up, as numerous examples of radio hits without substantive sales and high-selling songs that don’t chart well seem to demonstrate.
Aaron Watson, Brandy Clark, and Sturgill Simpson are among the artists paving careers outside of the traditional country music mould.
As radio country shows more pop influence and listener demographics shift, songs like Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” present a racier and more complicated offering to the genre’s historically Christian fan base.