The ink has barely dried on the deal between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group creating a new country music record label (Nash Icons) and live events business. Now comes the fun part. Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta is searching for big stars to sign up -- and Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson and Shania Twain are all said to be in his sights.
As Jamie Lynn Spears shares a special playlist of video clips in which she explains the stories behind the songs on new EP., "The Journey," the singer tells Billboard says she's ready to give more to the the listeners who have been waiting a while for the music.
The inspiration for Josh Thompson's "Wanted Me Gone" was a lover who disappeared. Thompson had been in a three-year relationship that his girlfriend brought to an abrupt halt. After time had passed, she reappeared, interested in getting back together. He wanted none of it.
President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. He was accompanied country singer Brad Paisley, who was to perform for U.S. troops.
Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry forecasters.
So far this week, it's been a time of looking forward for Brantley Gilbert – but also one for a little bit of nostalgia. Gilbert began a week-long promotional trek on Monday in his home near Athens, GA.
Go behind the scenes of Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves' Billboard cover shoot in the exclusive video interview below, plus check out five things we learned about music's hottest tour coupling for this year.
Marty Stuart has a new double album in the works. "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" arrives Sept. 30 on his own Superlatone label, and Billboard has an exclusive premiere of one of its tracks. Listen to "Rough Around the Edges" below.