June 11, 2014 12:00 PM

The only thing difficult about choosing country music’s sexiest men? Narrowing down the list! As country has boomed over the past few years – it’s now surpassed Top 40 as the most popular genre on the radio – so has the number of amazingly talented artists coming out of Nashville. And the world is taking note. Our 2014 title holder, Luke Bryan, has sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden not just once, but twice this year.

PEOPLE, of course, has been covering country music since way back when Conway and Loretta ruled the charts. And we’ve been publishing PEOPLE Country since 2006. Now as country has grown and expanded, so have we: This issue of PEOPLE Country is also available digitally on the iPad and on the Web. And you can keep up with all the latest news on your favorite country stars 24/7 on our brand new country channel at Brantley Gilbert was right: Country really is countrywide. And it’s getting bigger all the time.


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