1. Bryan Adams Talks Tackling The Beatles and The Beach Boys on New Covers Album ‘Tracks of My Years’

    October 07, 2014 3:22 PM EDT For Tracks of My Years (Verve), Bryan Adams ' first record in six years, the Canadian pop-rock star, 54, says he "fumbled my way through a bunch of covers." The LP, which also includes one original, is an homage to the classics that influenced the hitmaker -- whose legacy…

  2. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  3. Why 1990 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE All right stop, collaborate and listen. It’s hammer time. Strike a pose, rock the cradle, and then enjoy the silence.…

  4. Luke Bryan Opens Farm Tour With Hits-Filled Set, Signature Stage Moves In Tennessee

    October 04, 2014 3:42 PM EDT One of his early hits might have been titled “Rain Is A Good Thing,” but Wednesday (Oct. 1) night’s opening date of Luke Bryan ’s Farm Tour 2014 didn’t feature a single drop of precipitation. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting) Instead, it was a perfect Autumn…

  5. Jason Aldean Looks Back on a 'Great Decade' Before the Release of 'Old Boots, New Dirt'

    October 03, 2014 6:29 PM EDT Next year, Jason Aldean will celebrate a decade since "Hicktown," his first single, raced up the Billboard Country Airplay chart . Peaking at No. 10, it was the start of a very successful run for the Georgia native. Jason Aldean: The Billboard Cover Shoot "It's been a…

  6. Exclusive Premiere: 'The Best of Me' Soundtrack Goes Country With Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes and Other Stars

    October 03, 2014 3:04 PM EDT The music in the new film The Best Of Me (in theaters Oct. 17), based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel, has a country edge to it. The soundtrack, which will be released on Tuesday, features many of the format’s top artists -- including Hunter Hayes , Thomas Rhett , Thompson…

  7. Courtney Love Is Going to Be in an Opera (Yes, Really)

    October 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Courtney Love is going to be an opera star -- an offbeat, non-traditional opera star, but an opera star nonetheless. Love has been cast in the upcoming pop opera Kansas City Choir Boy , which will present 10 shows during New York’s Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now Festival from Jan. 8 to 17. …

  8. Little Big Town's Little Secret: Natalie Hemby & Barry Dean on Writing Country Hits

    October 02, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Creative Nation songwriters have worked with Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire & many more superstars. In a recent interview, legendary singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin praised the work of Natalie Hemby , who has scored with hits such as "Downtown" ( Lady Antebellum )…

  9. Lauren Shera Talks 'Gold and Rust' Album & Relocating to Nashville

    October 01, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Americana-flavored performer Lauren Shera is a recent transplant to Tennessee, having moved to The 615 a couple of years ago from her native California. She stands amazed at how the city has grown in those 24 months. "It's been the perfect change of pace," she tells Billboard…

  10. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  11. Blake Shelton, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine': Track-by-Track Review

    September 30, 2014 4:40 PM EDT On Bringing Back The Sunshine , the eighth studio disc from Blake Shelton , there are plenty of songs that will go hand in hand with weekend parties and celebrations, but if you look a little deeper into the album, you will see another side of the four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.…

  12. Alabama Talk 'Angels Among Us,' Devastating Tornadoes & Church Classics

    September 29, 2014 9:52 PM EDT One of the most powerful tracks on Alabama 's new Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition is the moving "Raising Alabama," a song that lead singer Randy Owen is one of their most personal. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute "…

  13. Nu-Blu Talk Collaborative Effort of 'All the Way'

    September 26, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Nu-Blu 's Carolyn Routh is a very humble and modest person. You find that out just seconds into a conversation with her. But she's very confident when it comes to the band's just-released disc, All the Way . "The new album is good, if I'm allowed an opinion,"…

  14. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  15. Bryan Adams, 'Tracks of My Years': Exclusive Album Premiere

    September 26, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Listen to Adams' first studio album in more than six years. Bryan Adams is the man behind classic songs like "Summer of '69" and "Heaven," and on his next album -- exclusively premiering on Billboard -- he's taking other artists' classics and making…

  16. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  17. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

  18. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  19. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'

    September 25, 2014 6:19 PM EDT If you think there's a little something different about 747 , the new disc from Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum , Charles Kelley says you are very much spot-on. Lady Antebellum's '747' Track List Revealed "We were working with a new producer, so I think…

  20. Hello Strangers Talk Self-Titled Debut, Tour & Doris Day

    September 24, 2014 6:19 PM EDT You might take a listen to the folkish harmonies of sister duo the Hello Strangers and put them in the Americana brand. That would be the correct classification, given today's musical climate. However, if you listen very closely, you will hear a sound that is similar to that of Emmylou…

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