1. Amy Grant Overwhelmed With Emotion on 2014 Santa Train Ride: 'It Was Just Beautiful'

    November 23, 2014 1:24 PM EST "We sang a little bit -- it was just beautiful,” Amy Grant says. It’s a tradition that has been going strong in the heart of rural Appalachia since 1943 -- The Santa Train. Engineered by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CSX, Food City, and Dignity U Wear, the…

  2. Diamond Rio Are Going Live for 25th-Anniversary Project

    November 21, 2014 6:06 PM EST There have been many milestones in the career of Diamond Rio . In 1991, the band made history with "Meet in the Middle" climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (now called Hot Country Songs), the first time a group did so with their debut single. They have…

  3. AMAs Host Pitbull Dishes on His Favorite Things (and People) -- From Enrique Iglesias to Partying in Private

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Pitbull is a man who knows what he likes, and one of them is reminding people of his nickname, Mr. Worldwide, hard-earned after years of performing party anthems around the globe. Following the theme of 2011's Planet Pit to 2012's Global Warming , he's releasing his…

  4. Charlie Daniels' Holiday Season Starts With Christmas 4 Kids Concert

    November 20, 2014 7:51 PM EST The legendary Charlie Daniels is proud of his longtime association with the annual benefit concert Christmas 4 Kids . "It's a concert with a heart," the southern rocker tells Billboard . "It's a very special thing. People are basically pretty doggone good and pretty…

  5. Cole Swindell Brings His Fans 'Down Home' With New EP

    November 20, 2014 7:29 PM EST has been a banner year for Cole Swindell . Between his own singles "Chillin' It" and "I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," as well as writing such hits as "Roller Coaster" for Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett 's "Get Me Some Of That," Swindell…

  6. 'Voice' Alum Jared Blake on Debut EP, Blake Shelton's Best Advice & More

    November 19, 2014 8:43 PM EST Former Voice contestant Jared Blake has just released his debut EP titled 'Til Morning Light. He's excited about the project, but he tells Billboard that talking about the album is a little tough, as he's thinking about the future. "As long as you've been working on…

  7. Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on 'Me and Conway' Album

    November 18, 2014 6:12 PM EST The vocal similarities between Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty have always been something of a double-edged sword. "It was a struggle at times," the singer tells Billboard . "On one hand, what a compliment. But, then someone would say, 'You know, you sound too much…

  8. Trisha Yearwood on 'Prizefighter' Album: 'It Feels Like a Long Time Coming'

    November 17, 2014 3:56 PM EST Today marks the release of Prizefighter: Hit After Hit, the new release from Trisha Yearwood . It's her first musical project since 2007's Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, and she's happy the wait is finally over. "It feels like a long time coming. There's a…

  9. Album Review: One Direction Aren't Ready to Let Go of Their Bubble-Gum Days on 'Four'

    November 17, 2014 12:45 PM EST Since they bounded onto the pop scene with their double-platinum debut, Up All Night , in 2012 (2011 in the United Kingdom), the members of One Direction have barely stopped to catch their breath, as if they have been watching the clock ticking on their boy-band shelf life the entire time.…

  10. Maddie & Tae on the Real-Life Mean Girl That Inspired 'Sierra'

    November 14, 2014 6:00 PM EST The first artist signed to the relaunched Dot Records -- a classic label brought back to life by Big Machine Records, Taylor Swift 's home -- has already hit No. 8 on the Hot Country charts with their debut single "Girl In a Country Song," a rarity for any new country duo.…

  11. Exclusive: Clive Davis and More Weigh In on Whitney Houston's First-Ever Live Album

    November 14, 2014 12:50 PM EST From "You Give Good Love" to "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston 's studio recordings are legendary. But her first-ever live album, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances  (released as a CD and CD/DVD on Nov. 10 via Legacy) proves that the late pop…

  12. Joe Mullins on His Latest Radio Ramblers Project, 'Another Day From Life'

    November 13, 2014 8:43 PM EST Joe Mullins is what could be termed a double threat in the business. Musically, he is one of the top bluegrass acts in the business along with his band, the Radio Ramblers , but he also is one of the top radio personalities in the genre. Spend any amount of time with him, and you'll be…

  13. Exclusive: Hear Penguin Prison's Remix of Chuck Inglish & Chromeo's 'Legs'

    November 13, 2014 2:00 PM EST Today Billboard is premiering the Penguin Prison remix of "Legs," a funky collaboration between the rapper  Chuck Inglish (formerly of the duo Cool Kids ) and Chromeo . Inglish tells Billboard that the track, "sounds like you're being electrocuted, beautifully."…

  14. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  15. Keb' Mo' on His Enduring Career: 'I Don't Want to Be 23 Again'

    November 11, 2014 4:07 PM EST Contemporary blues icon Keb' Mo' is going old-school. On Tuesday (Nov. 11), the performer released BLUESAmericana , his latest musical project, on vinyl. Originally released on disc and in digital form earlier this year, he tells Billboard that he is enjoying listening to his…

  16. The Railers 'Kinda Dig the Feeling' of Making It in Nashville

    November 10, 2014 8:20 PM EST The story of the Railers began in a grocery store. So says the band's Cassandra, who was studying opera at North Arizona University. "I walked in through the 'out' doors and ran into Jonathan," she recalled to Billboard . "We realized that we were both studying…

  17. Exclusive: Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil's 'Moonshot' Song Premiere

    November 10, 2014 5:59 PM EST Track is from the upcoming album 'Goliath.' Billboard.com has an exclusive premiere of "Moonshot," a cut from the Goliath, the brand-new album from Nashville rock act Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil . The veteran performer told Billboard that he is pleased with the…

  18. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  19. Marshall Tucker Band Singer Doug Gray on the Group’s Timeless Songs, New Live Album

    November 08, 2014 11:38 AM EST San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner recently took the mound to the tune of “Fire On The Mountain,” the 1975 classic from The Marshall Tucker Band , during the baseball team’s post-season run. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed Throw in the constant inclusion of classic…

  20. Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations & More During CMA Awards Week

    November 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST "We decided to amp it up and do everything twice as much." CMA Awards week is jammed packed with various functions for all country artists, from beginning to end. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big The week began with awards presentations from SESAC,…

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