1. 35 Pop Gifts: A Rockin' Holiday Gift Guide

    November 25, 2011 11:35 AM EST Seriously, the last thing the music fan on your holiday gift list needs is another pair of headphones -- unless, of course, they're the new "Detox" Beats by Dre. And do they really want that massive boxset of "remastered" albums they already own? Probably not -- but…

  2. Tracy Lawrence Fries Turkeys for the Homeless

    November 23, 2011 5:30 PM EST Country music has a tradition of giving back, and this morning in Nashville, Tracy Lawrence served up proof of that tradition once more with his Sixth Annual "Mission Possible" Turkey Fry, held at the Nashville Rescue Mission in Music City. Lawrence and several of his celebrity…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Aussie Trio McClymonts Aim for No. 1 in America

    November 23, 2011 3:00 PM EST It's been a very exciting year for sister trio The McClymonts. Brooke, Samantha, and Mollie have taken great steps to make a larger name for themselves in the United States after enjoying huge success in their native Australia, moving to Music City five months ago. Their single, "…

  4. LiveWire Survived Joplin Tornado, Now They're Helping Rebuild

    November 23, 2011 1:00 PM EST It's been six months since the city of Joplin, Missouri was shattered by a devastating EF-5 tornado. Though rebuilding has begun, there is plenty more that needs to be done. With that in mind, rising country group LiveWire is reaching out to help the effort with the release of "…

  5. Kenny Rogers Hits the Road, Talks Album for 2012

    November 22, 2011 2:00 PM EST Country Icon Has Faith He Can Strike Another Hit: 'I Don't Expect Special Treatment' This year marks a special anniversary in the life and career of Kenny Rogers. It was in 1981 that he released his very first holiday album, "Christmas." The set became one of the…

  6. Lefty Frizzell's Brother Looks to Change Singer's Wild Reputation

    November 21, 2011 2:20 PM EST There's no doubting that William Orville Frizzell was a hero. Better known as "Lefty," the singer - whose string of classic hits included "If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time" and "Saginaw, Michigan," has influenced many artists of his time…

  7. Taylor Swift Reacts to AMAs; Blake Shelton Slept Through Awards?

    November 21, 2011 10:30 AM EST She just won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award. Today, she releases her long-awaited "Speak Now" Live CD / DVD. Heck, we at Billboard named her "Woman Of The Year." It seems that there is no end to the love fest between America and one, held in Los Angeles. The Big…

  8. Hooked: Nicki Minaj & Ricky Martin Team Up, Gorillaz Get Chuck'd

    November 18, 2011 10:52 PM EST Time to get Hooked, our bite-sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Nicki and Ricky: New Faces of MAC's Viva Glam Campaign Shot by David LaChapelle, the ad features Nicki Minaj kneeling erotically in a hot pink dress on a motorcycle as the gorgeous Ricky Martin stands behind her.…

  9. Friday Flashback: Please Don't Sing, Conway Twitty

    November 18, 2011 1:00 PM EST Hello darlin' nice to see ya For our Friday Flashback this week, we transport to 1969. One of country music's all-time greatest songs was recorded some 42 years ago today, but it nearly didn't happen quite like it did. Conway Twitty had made a successful jump from rock to…

  10. Kid Rock Leads Bash for Legendary Nashville Club

    November 17, 2011 3:00 PM EST It's going to be a big rockin' time in Nashville next Wednesday (Nov. 23) as Kid Rock, one of country music's biggest ambassadors, will be turning Music City's Broadway into a party zone! In conjunction with the singer's concert at the Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie's…

  11. 615 Spotlight: Eric Lee Beddingfield Mingles With Legends

    November 16, 2011 12:30 PM EST How many newcomers can lay claim to having Country Music Hall of Famers like Dolly Parton and George Jones on their first two albums? Well, Georgia native Eric Lee Beddingfield is one, and he's very mindful of the honor. 615 SPOTLIGHT is Billboard.com's weekly look at an emerging…

  12. An Oak Ridge Boy Known for His Beard Turns to Painting

    November 15, 2011 5:15 PM EST He's known as the "Mountain Man" of the legendary Oak Ridge Boys . But, underneath that long beard and rugged exterior beats a heart of gold -- and as his friends know, quite the artist. On Monday (Nov. 14), a group of industry professionals and friends gathered in Music City…

  13. David Nail Bucks Labels: 'I'll Stick to the Singing Part'

    November 15, 2011 3:20 PM EST David Nail is a little bit different. His music is country to some, while others might have a different opinion. Classification is not something that worries the Kennett, Missouri native that much. "I've never really gotten into the whole labels thing. There were times I would cover…

  14. Sunny Sweeney Marries Longtime Boyfriend

    November 14, 2011 6:30 PM EST One of country music's most beautiful women is no longer single, as Republic Nashville recording artist Sunny Sweeney tied the knot with longtime boyfriend Jeff Hellmer on Nov. 11 in Las Vegas, her rep confirmed to Billboard.com. "Goin to the chapel…" she hinted on Twitter on…

  15. Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin Pay Tribute to Guy Clark

    November 14, 2011 2:15 PM EST He's one of the most revered writers to ever roam Music City, and the cream of the musical crop will be paying tribute to the great Guy Clark with the release of "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark." "Guy's songs are literature," says Lyle Lovett,…

  16. Michael J. Fox Rocks 'Johnny B. Goode,' 'Back To The Future'-Style: Watch

    November 14, 2011 1:10 PM EST Michael J. Fox, who starred as Marty McFly in the "Back to The Future" series in the '80s, can still rock a high school dance... or a star-studded charity benefit. In a performance that channeled 1958 via 1985, the actor flashed his guitar skills on Chuck Berry's "…

  17. CMA Awards 2011: 9 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 10, 2011 11:45 AM EST Kenny & Grace's Fateful First Meeting... Blake Tweeks 'Voice' Pals... Lady A on the Road... Taylor's Obsession So, you watched every second of the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards last night on ABC. Still, there was a lot that you didn't see that went…

  18. CMA Awards: Taylor Swift Reclaims Top Prize

    November 09, 2011 11:45 PM EST Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry Shine on Country's Biggest Night It was a mix of old favorites and new blood at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, as many acts on the show claimed their first trophies. The first award of the night was proof of this, as…

  19. CMAs Preview & Predictions: Entertainer of the Year

    November 09, 2011 4:40 PM EST It's a man's world, especially for the entertainer of the year category at tonight's CMAs. It's a near-carbon copy of the male vocalist nominees, save for a Taylor Swift-Kenny Chesney swap. To get you ready for the big show (Tonight on ABC at 8/7c) The 615 is offering our…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Lucy Angel Has Fame in Reach

    November 09, 2011 2:00 PM EST The world of country music has taken a very angelic tone this year with the emergence of mother-daughter trio Lucy Angel. Comprised of mother Kate, and daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton, the trio have made quite an impact on the format, and 2012 looks to be even brighter. 615 SPOTLIGHT is…

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