1. Darius Rucker, Scotty McCreery and More Take a Swing at ACM Golf Benefit

    April 06, 2014 2:09 AM EDT The clubs were a-flying Saturday morning in Las Vegas, as Darius Rucker hosted the 2014 ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas. "It's such a great cause," said Rucker, who also hosted the event last year. "They do such great work, and to be a part…

  2. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum to Pay Tribute to Musical Influences at ACMs

    April 05, 2014 7:34 PM EDT At least two of the many artists slated to perform at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are looking forward to the chance to show their love and appreciation for some of the artists that have inspired them in their musical careers. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE Charles Kelley, whose…

  3. Ronnie Dunn Enjoys Freedom of Going Indie, Premieres New Song (Exclusive)

    April 05, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Dunn talks about his new album "Peace, Love, and Country Music" -- Listen to the exclusive premiere of "You Should See You Now" Since the arrival of Brooks & Dunn on the scene in 1991 with "Brand New Man," Ronnie Dunn has been generally recognized as one of…

  4. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win The Top Categories?

    April 04, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take this place this Sunday night (Apr. 6) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Billboard will be there, providing coverage from the show – as well as aspects of the evening that you won't see on the CBS telecast. Blake…

  5. Michael W. Smith Releases 'Hymns' Project, Previews Capitol Records Debut

    April 03, 2014 5:30 PM EDT "Hymns," the brand new disc from Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, teams him up with an organization that he has known for many years: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. "We thought it could be a good fit," Smith said about the restaurant-gift store chain. "They…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Reagan Boggs Talks 'Quicksand' Album, Pearl Jam Cover

    April 02, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Reagan Boggs is what one might call a "throwback artist." Her music definitely sounds like what you might have heard on country radio in the 1970s and 1980s, bringing to mind such legendary ladies as Emmylou Harris or Jessi Colter. It's a sound that definitely shows up in her…

  7. Craig Morgan Talks 'Wake Up Lovin' You' Success, Newfound Attention

    April 01, 2014 8:37 PM EDT Being an artist is something that Craig Morgan takes a lot of pride in. But last fall, he had his doubts about whether that story would include a record label or not. The singer had just released "Wake Up Lovin’ You," and he was so sure of the song’s potential that if it didn’t do…

  8. Martina McBride, 'Everlasting': Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The country star breaks down her new album -- listen to it here FIRST -- and talks "vivacious" duet with Kelly Clarkson Martina McBride's new album, "Everlasting," is all about memories. A collection of pop and R&B standards produced by Don Was, McBride…

  9. Josh Thompson Ready to 'Turn It Up' on Second Album: 'It's Definitely More of a Party'

    March 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Josh Thompson will release his sophomore album, "Turn It Up," this coming Tuesday. It's been four years since his debut album "Way Out Here," and he says he can't wait for fans to hear what he has been up to. "It's about time," he tells Billboard. …

  10. Big Money Luxury Sneakers: The $1,000 Kicks Justin Bieber, John Legend and More Wear

    March 28, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Street meets chic as everyone from Pharrell to John Legend steps out in a new breed of luxury sneaks. Designer men's sneakers that are every bit as vibrant as the ruby-red Adidas Originals that Pharrell wore at the Academy Awards are blowing up thanks in part to their growing…

  11. Mickey Gilley Back on Stage Five Years After a Fall: 'I Couldn't Move. I Was Scared to Death'

    March 27, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Last Friday was a big night in the career of Mickey Gilley. The veteran performer hit the stage in Claremore, Oklahoma. It was the first date that Gilley has played on the road in five years – a time span that was traumatic for the Louisiana native. "On July 5, 2009, I fell, and was…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Sarah Davidson of 'Nashville Wives' Releases Debut EP

    March 26, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Check out the exclusive lyric video premiere for Davidson first single, "Drink You Up" So, you think that you know Sarah Davidson – one of the stars of TNT's "Private Lives of Nashville Wives?" According to the Georgia-bred songstress, a lot of people are getting to…

  13. Charlie Daniels Does Dylan on New Album: 'He Doesn't Have Boundaries'

    March 24, 2014 5:12 PM EDT The country rock veteran played on three Dylan albums -- now, he's paying tribute with "Off The Grid: Doin' It Dylan' The names Bob Dylan and Charlie Daniels might not necessarily go together, but the southern rock giant says there is a definite tie between them. "…

  14. Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassador Looks to the Past for Music's Future

    March 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood this week to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

  15. Jerrod Niemann Talks New Album, Lee Brice: 'He's Saved My Neck More Than I Realize'

    March 21, 2014 6:19 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jerrod Niemann and you will find a performer who can quote country lyrics from album cuts from the 1970s or 1980s. But, just because he cherishes the history of the format doesn't mean that he feels compelled to be a clone of the artists he grew up admiring.…

  16. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  17. Phillip Phillips, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills To Make Record Store Day In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to make in-store appearance on Records Store Day, April 19. Barenaked Ladies will perform at Sunrise in Toronto, which will also include an appearance from Paul Rodgers;…

  18. Terri Clark Enlists Fans' Help for New Album

    March 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Veteran country hitmaker Terri Clark is working on a brand new album – one that teams her with one of Nashville's top producers, Michael Knox. "I've known him for a long time," she told Billboard of the man behind the glass on hits by acts such as Jason Aldean and…

  19. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  20. 615 Spotlight: North 40 Have 'Lived Through It All'

    March 19, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Growing up in Arizona, North 40's Paige Logan has memories of listening to her favorite songs on 8-track tapes. "I remember listening to Credence Clearwater Revival, and I was a huge Boz Scaggs fan," she says, allowing that her father also played the music of country acts such…

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