1. John Rich Receives 'Angels' Award From St. Jude

    January 16, 2012 11:30 PM EST John Rich has made no secret of his admiration for Alabama lead singer Randy Owen, even producing his solo album, "One On One," a few years back. So it stands to reason the singer had to take a special amount of pride in being the first artist presented the Randy Owen Angels Among…

  2. Friday Flashback: John Anderson's Swingin' Big Hit

    January 13, 2012 6:00 PM EST John Anderson had been releasing music for Warner Brothers for a few years when, in 1983, he hit the mother lode with a song he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Lionel Delmore. The song was called "Swingin." Hitting the charts 29 years ago this weekend, the song topped the…

  3. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," co-directed by Andy…

  4. Chuck D Talks New Public Enemy Albums, Skid Row Festival Performance

    January 13, 2012 3:55 PM EST While Public Enemy prepares to stir up some hype with a performance on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chuck tells Billboard.com that the legendary hip-hop group will return in full force this year with two new studio albums. "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp…

  5. LCD Soundsystem's 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' Documentary Trailer: Watch

    January 11, 2012 8:58 PM EST Most people put their pants on one leg at a time. Not James Murphy, the former frontman of LCD Soundsystem , who pops on his pajama bottoms with both legs in a single fluid motion in the trailer for the band documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits." The new film, which will premiere…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Teea Goans Marries Tradition & Drive in Debut

    January 11, 2012 5:30 PM EST Teea Goans is one artist that is definitely doing what she loves to do. The singer, who grew up in rural Missouri, was inspired by the music she heard on her local radio station. "As a kid, I grew up listening to an AM radio station that played traditional country music," she…

  7. Jim Reeves' Life 'Disturbed' Author of Biography

    January 11, 2012 7:00 AM EST Country Music's 'Gentleman Jim' Was a 'Combination of Good and Bad,' Says Larry Jordan It could be said that Jim Reeves was one country artist who was more popular in death than in life. First charting in 1953 with "Mexican Joe," the singer's death in a…

  8. Craig Morgan's 'This Ole Boy' Due in February

    January 10, 2012 11:35 PM EST Craig Morgan will usher in a new era of his recording career with the release of "This Ole Boy" on Feb. 28. It marks his debut release with Black River. Prior to signing with the label last year, Morgan achieved success on Broken Bow and BNA with such hits as "International…

  9. Miranda Lambert to Make Acting Debut on 'Law & Order: SVU'

    January 10, 2012 8:15 AM EST She may be the tough girl who sings about "Gunpowder and Lead," but CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert will try out a different role when she's the victim on an upcoming episode of the NBC series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." "Y'all, I&…

  10. Carrie Underwood Performing at Nashville Fashion Show

    January 09, 2012 11:30 PM EST Carrie Underwood is considered to be not only one of the biggest success stories in country music, but also the owner of one of Nashville's biggest hearts. She continues that tradition with a performance at the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show on Tuesday, Feb. 28 -- all for a good cause.…

  11. #TwitterWar: Jason Isbell vs. Dierks Bentley, Over Bentley Single 'Home'

    January 09, 2012 1:10 PM EST The world of country music has not been this spicy since the war of words between Billy Ray Cyrus and Travis Tritt twenty years ago, over Tritt's claim that Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" was turning the genre into an "ass wiggling contest." Alas, that was a…

  12. Dailey & Vincent Stray From the Norm in 'Gospel Side'

    January 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST Chart-topping bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent know they've got a good thing going with their marketing agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Their music is sold there, and if you look at their touring bus, you don't have to look close to see the restaurant chain's…

  13. Rick Ross Drops 'Rich Forever' Mixtape; Recruits Kelly Rowland, Drake & More: Listen

    January 06, 2012 3:50 PM EST Despite pushing back his album "God Forgives, I Don't," due to recent health issues, Rick Ross drops his anticipated mixtape, " Rich Forever " and video for "Stay Schemin" featuring Drake and French Montana . "Rich Forever" features some of hip-hop…

  14. Waylon Jennings Tribute Album Attracts Family, Fans Like Jewel & Dierks Bentley

    January 05, 2012 4:45 PM EST Shooter Jennings on Dad's Legacy: 'He Doesn't Need Any Help From Me at Keeping It Alive' Friends and family of the late Waylon Jennings recently came together at the Nashville studios of Sirius/XM for a special taping to promote the Jan. 24 Feb. 7 release of "Waylon:…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Gretchen Peters Preps Her 'Manifesto'

    January 04, 2012 4:40 PM EST This week, we kind of take a different approach to the 615 Spotlight. Most weeks, we take a look at some of country music's newest performers that you haven't heard from yet. However, you have heard the music of Gretchen Peters -- though you may not have known it. She has written…

  16. Country Music Preview: 10 for 2012

    January 03, 2012 3:30 PM EST is only a few days old, but there are a few things that we are really looking forward to in the world of country music. There are some big tours and quite a few big albums coming down the turnpike, and it's already looking to be a banner year. Here are ten things to look forward to:…

  17. Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' Arrives Jan. 24

    January 03, 2012 9:45 AM EST Though it had a volatile end a few weeks ago, the partnership between Tim McGraw and Curb Records definitely qualified as one of Nashville's most successful. On January 24, the label will release "Emotional Traffic," the final McGraw disc for the label. The disc already…

  18. Friday Flashback: Faith Hill's 'Wild' Debut

    December 30, 2011 7:03 PM EST What a way to start a year! After working behind the scenes for artists like Gary Morris, Faith Hill got her turn in the spotlight in the early '90s. After signing with Warner Bros., the Mississippi bombshell saw her debut single, "Wild One," top Billboard's country songs…

  19. Country Music's Biggest Moments of 2011

    December 29, 2011 6:30 PM EST There have been many memorable moments in the world of country music in 2011. While choosing only ten might be a little difficult, these are moments that really got people talking during the year. More Country: Top Singles | Top Albums | The Year in Country Glen Campbell's Sad News The…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Adam Hood Owes You One, Miranda Lambert

    December 28, 2011 5:00 PM EST The critics have been buzzing over the past few months, and with good reason, about the music of Adam Hood . The Alabama native has been receiving a lot of attention due to his musically diverse album "The Shape Of Things." Hood said that this is the type of attention he likes. …

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