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Get a first look at The Band Perry on the cover of our latest issue!

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The Lumineers: The Billboard Cover Story

How an alt-folk trio on a small Nashville indie label sold half a million albums, scored two Grammy nods and became the breakout act of 2012.

Click here to buy the Lumineers issue of Billboard.

Today in Billboard History

August 9, 2003

Alan Jackson’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” began an eight-week reign on Country Songs, the longest of his 26 career No. 1s. His singing and drinking buddy on the track? Jimmy Buffett. (And, did you know that Buffett worked as Billboard’s Nashville correspondent in the early ’70s? Cheers to us!)

Grab your socks and hose and pull, this is a big’un…

Not only is it Billboard’s 117th birthday, but today we launched our new country music blog, The 615. Our country insider (and longtime radio personality) Chuck Dauphin comes to you straight from Nashville.