1. 'Nashville' Soundtrack Gets Dec. 11 Release

    November 13, 2012 4:30 PM EST Big Machine Records will release the soundtrack to ABC's new hit drama "Nashville" on Dec. 11. The album will feature 11 performances from the cast members Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio. Songs are written by a…

  2. True Blood's Janina Gavankar: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 26, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Singer-Actress Talks 'Waiting for Godot,' Her 'Strange' Version of a Frank Ocean Song & Her Upcoming EP As anyone who encountered Janina Gavankar 's rework of Kanye West 's "Love Lockdown" a couple years ago knows, the actress is as much a…

  3. ABC's 'Nashville' Teams With Big Machine: Exclusive

    October 02, 2012 11:00 PM EDT A song co-written by the Civil Wars ' John Paul White will be the first single released from the ABC show "Nashville" that premieres Oct. 10, due on the label of Taylor Swift -- Big Machine. The new series set in and around the music industry and politics in Nashville will…

  4. Shovels & Rope: Married Couple Scores on Heatseekers Chart

    August 20, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Earlier this month, alt-country duo Shovels & Rope 's "O' Be Joyful" debuted atop Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart, announcing the arrival of a husband-wife collaboration that was never supposed to happen. Charleston, S.C. natives Michael Trent and Cary Ann…

  5. Aguilera, Buble Among 'A Very Special Christmas' Anniversary Artists

    August 06, 2012 8:11 PM EDT Christina Aguilera , Michael Buble , Dave Matthews and Train are among the acts helping Special Olympics celebrate the 25th anniversary of its "A Very Special Christmas" album series. Two albums will be released Oct. 16 to celebrate the partnership, which has raised more than $100…

  6. Zooey Deschanel to Play Loretta Lynn in New Musical

    May 11, 2012 10:20 AM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn is taking her life story to Broadway, and she has tapped film and TV actress Zooey Deschanel to play her on stage. Lynn, 80, unveiled plans for a musical adaptation of "Coal Miner's Daughter" during a Grand Ole Opry show at the…

  7. Katy Perry Makeover: Watch Her Colorist Transform A Fan

    May 07, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Watch step-by-step as Perry's hair colorist, Rita Hazan, gives a fan the look of the star. "I love doing her crazy colors because she's committed to it," Katy Perry's colorist Rita Hazan says of dyeing the hue-friendly pop star's tresses. But why should Perry…

  8. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  9. Boyz II Men Return With New Songs, Re-Recorded Classics on 'Twenty'

    October 25, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Shawn Stockman was 18 years old when Motown released "Cooleyhighharmony," the debut album from Boyz II Men -- then made up of Stockman, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris -- in February 1991. "Cooleyhighharmony" and its 1994 follow-up, "II," have sold…

  10. 'X Factor': 17 Contestants Move to Live Round & Simon Gets Soft

    October 19, 2011 11:15 AM EDT As "X Factor" eliminations rolled around again last night (Oct. 18), only 17 of the 32 contestants left the judges' homes as competitors in the live round. Nearly every contestant was in tears, whether celebrating or mourning shattered dreams, yet one contestant convinced Simon…

  11. 'X Factor' Ups the Ante With Guest Judges Rihanna, Enrique, Pharrell

    October 14, 2011 12:00 PM EDT After the fourth American League Championship baseball game was delayed because of rain -- running into the "X Factor" time slot -- the first "Judges' Homes" episode finally aired last night. The 32 remaining contestants traveled across the world, where they met with…

  12. 'X Factor' Boot Camp Ends: Finalists Chosen & Assigned Mentors

    October 07, 2011 9:15 AM EDT The second and final "X Factor" boot camp episode continued last night, with the last X groups performing and the next round of cuts. There were still 100 contestants remaining when the two-hour episode began; by the end there were only 32. Soon it was time to cut the 64 performers…

  13. 'X Factor' Boot Camp Begins: 162 Contestants Enter, Only 32 Will Leave

    October 06, 2011 10:35 AM EDT More than 150 contestants made it through the "X Factor" auditions, but only 32 will continue on to the final competition. In the first 15 minutes of the "X Factor" boot camp round, that number was slashed down to 100. As bootcamp began, all 162 contestants and groups…

  14. Simon Faces Off With 'Nasty Diva' Xander Alexander on 'X Factor'

    September 23, 2011 9:40 AM EDT million viewers tuned in for the U.S. premiere of The stand-out performance of the night was college freshman Melanie Amaro (18), whose performance of Beyoncé's "Listen" brought the cheering crowd and judges to their feet. Nicole Scherzinger was crying as she told Amaro: …

  15. Memorial Service Held for Victims of Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    August 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents. Daniels said Saturday's stage collapse as high winds…

  16. Boyz II Men Toast 20th Anniversary with New Album

    July 20, 2011 12:40 PM EDT After 20 years, Boyz II Men haven't reached the end of the road in their music career. In fact, the group is preparing to celebrate their milestone anniversary this fall with a new album, including reworked versions of their classic hits. "Nothing too extreme or dramatic, but we&…

  17. Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, "I Feel You"

    February 19, 2011 5:20 PM EST After almost 38 years of marriage, and even more time as musical associates, it's fair to say that Herb Alpert and Lani Hall have some chemistry. It's certainly displayed on "I Feel You," the couple's first joint album in nearly a decade that shows tasteful and…

  18. Brandy, Bolton, The Situation Cha-Cha On DWTS

    September 21, 2010 1:13 PM EDT Reality stars, musicians, actors, athletes and even a politician's daughter put it all out on the ballroom dance floor last night (Sept. 20) for the season 11 premiere of ABC's hit dancing competition, "Dancing With The Stars." Celebrities alternated between the Cha-cha…

  19. Sixpence None the Richer Start New 'Conversation'

    May 21, 2010 2:07 PM EDT Sixpence None the Richer brings the reunion it started in 2008 to fruition this summer with the Aug. 24 release of "Strange Conversation," the Nashville pop group's first new album in eight years. After announcing its dissolution in 2004, Sixpence principals Leigh Nash and Matt…

  20. Eagles, Muse, Phish Top Austin City Limits 2010 Lineup

    May 18, 2010 1:00 AM EDT T he Eagles , Muse , Phish , the Strokes and M.I.A. will lead the bill at the 9th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, to be held Oct. 8-9 at Zilker Park in Austin. The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Monster of Folk, Deadmau5, Sonic…

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