Chris Janson has a lot going on in his life and career these days. He and his wife Kelly just added son Jesse Bo to their family on March 19, and his career continues to grow by leaps and bounds with the release of the Sony EP, "Take It To The Bank."
The launch of a new partnership between Country Now, the first original country music-dedicated YouTube channel, and YouTube phenomenon Julia Sheer, one of the channel's best known and most followed artists.
Miranda Lambert has turned a diverse, productive year of music into an impressive set of nominations at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Lambert leads the field with six nominations-- two for her independent work, two for her collaboration with Keith Urban on “We Were Us," and two as a member of Pistol Annies.
The Randy Rogers Band have a new album on the market. Titled "Homemade Tamales: Live At Florres," the CD / DVD combination is a long time coming. "It's been ten years since our last [live album], and we wanted to put a stamp on where we're at. We've done four records since the last one, so we had more material and more songs. The set list continues to evolve, so we just wanted to mark a place in time."
Billboard's new cover story focuses on the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, going behind the scenes with the super-producers who sifted through nearly two-decades of MJ's studio outtakes in an attempt to produce what they hope will be a posthumous hit record, "Xscape." Antonio "L.A." Reid, Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins and J-Roc -- the "Xscape" team -- take Billboard into the making of the album, which features the just-released Justin Timberlake-MJ duet "Love Never Felt So Good."
Five cast albums from ABC's "Nashville" dot Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, led by "Nashville: On the Record," which bows as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 2 with 18,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songs from the live set were featured in a special episode of the series on April 23, in which cast members were shown performing at iconic Nashville venues the Bluebird Café and Ryman Auditorium.