On a cool Tuesday morning in Music City, Tracy Lawrence spent his day just as he has every Thanksgiving week since 2006 – knee deep in turkeys. For the tenth year, the singer was helping out the Nashville Rescue Mission by frying turkeys for their holiday meal. Aboard his tour bus, Lawrence stepped in from the cold for a moment to chat with Billboard about the event, which he says has grown into a tradition over the past decade. “We just started off with a few guys wanting to fry some turkeys,” he said. “What a fun and unique thing it has turned out to be. It’s definitely got its’ own personality to it.”
John Frusciante, previously reluctant to release the products of his forays into acid house, has apparently had a change of heart -- he just put a large collection of music on SoundCloud and Bandcamp, all for free.
Vic Mensa took to the streets alongside a Chicago protesters yesterday (Nov. 24), after a graphic video of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing teenager Laquan McDonald was released.
Justin Bieber -- not really a person anyone would consider a provocateur -- managed to anger some rock fans over the weekend by wearing a re-cut Nirvana t-shirt from Fear of God (which cost a cool $1,500) on the American Music Awards red carpet.
Your high school probably doesn't (or didn't) have a state-of-the-art football center, an expansive golf course and drones upon drones, but for Broken Arrow High School, they have all this and the creativity to make the most of it. The Oklahoma school put their budget to its best use by creating a lip-dub video featuring their various drama and sports clubs singing along to your favorite tunes. Everything from Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" to Kanye West's "All of the Lights," but it's the football team's rendition of Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" that stole the show.
Classical crossover quartet Il Divo earns its first showing on Top Latin Albums as Amor & Pasion arrives at the top of the chart (dated Dec. 5), selling 5,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music.
Joey Feek, beloved wife and musical partner to Rory Feek, has been in headlines for her decision to end treatment for her cervical cancer. The country musician decided to spend her time at home with her husband and young daughter. In honor of her, RFD-TV will celebrate the pair with a marathon of The Joey + Rory Show featuring special tributes by country music stars on Thanksgiving Day.
Frankie Ballard jokes that some of his songs need a little bit of on-the-job training. One of the Michigan native’s trio of number one hits is “Sunshine and Whiskey,” and he has just issued “It All Started With A Beer.” “That’s just how I was raised in the good ol’ USA,” the singer cracked to Billboard. “We like to have party favors, and celebrating with something in our hands. You gotta do your research to have the proper emotions and feelings,” he says with a sense of humor.
Lalah Hathaway started off 2015 by bringing home her second Grammy Award. Now she is bookending the year with another career milestone. On the eve of appearing on the upcoming 2015 Soul Train Awards (Nov. 29), the singer notched a career-high debut with her seventh and first live album, Lalah Hathaway Live.
Actor/singer Jonathan Groff calls in to the Pop Shop to discuss his role in the blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton," the upcoming Looking movie, his thoughts on recording a own solo album and more. Plus, the Pop Shoppers recap their experience covering the American Music Awards (and interviewing One Direction backstage), Justin Bieber’s huge No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and how Adele’s "25" is set for a monumental sales week.
It's no secret that the music community has been through the ringer recently. The Paris attacks were a tragedy for all, especially hitting home for musicians. In light of recent events, it was the perfect time for President Obama to recognize all the beauty and inspiration music has brought to our lives. Today (Nov. 24), among 14 other Americans, President Barack Obama recognized Barbara Streisand, James Taylor and Gloria and Emilio Estefan for the emotion and passion they bring to their songs, their fans and the world.