1. The Game, Azealia Banks, Lecrae & More React to NYPD Officer Killings in Brooklyn

    December 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST Members of the hip-hop community are sharing their thoughts on social media following the shooting of two NYPD officers who were killed on Saturday (Dec. 20) in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown Rappers like The Game ,…

  2. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  3. Wynonna Picks Her 5 Essential Christmas Songs

    December 19, 2014 9:24 PM EST Wynonna says that her A Simpler Christmas Tour has been quite an emotional roller coaster. "It's basically a tragic comedy," she tells Billboard . "I get to talk about very some intensely personal deep and sentimental family stuff from growing up in Appalachia. We didn&…

  4. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  5. T.G. Sheppard on the Evolution of Music, Tricking Elvis & More

    December 18, 2014 6:45 PM EST It was four decades ago that T.G. Sheppard began his initial ascent up the Billboard country charts with "Devil in the Bottle." The song helped the singer transition from a successful career as a record promoter for RCA into his own musical career. All these years later, the…

  6. Ray Price Remembered by Wife Janie, One Year After His Death

    December 16, 2014 6:55 PM EST Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price . For his widow, Janie, it was as if the world had seemingly come to an end. "It was actually four months before I could even leave my home," she says. "I just honestly stayed…

  7. Colt Ford Ready to 'Crank It Up!' With First Live DVD

    December 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST Colt Ford has enjoyed a very successful run in the industry since bursting on the scene in the late 2000s. He co-wrote the Jason Aldean blockbuster "Dirt Road Anthem" with Brantley Gilbert , and has shared the stage with many of the biggest stars in the format. His last four discs…

  8. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  9. Restless Heart's Hometown Christmas Show Keeps Them Well Rested

    December 15, 2014 5:12 PM EST Veteran country band Restless Heart is celebrating the holidays in a very unique way this year, through their partnership with Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for the holiday-themed dinner show A Season of Harmony -- part of the Nashville hotel's annual "Country…

  10. Brett Eldredge Talks Inaugural American Country Countdown Awards: 'You Only Have One First Time'

    December 15, 2014 2:57 PM EST It has been nothing short of an overwhelming year for Brett Eldredge . Last week, it was announced that his single "Beat of the Music" was the No. 1 single of 2014 on the Country Airplay Songs chart. Along with his latest single, "Mean to Me," Eldredge was the only…

  11. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  12. American Country Countdown Awards: You're Invited to 'Country Music's Christmas Office Party'

    December 11, 2014 3:03 PM EST The inaugural ACCAs will air live Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards will take place Monday night live from Nashville's Music City Center on Fox. In a crowded landscape of country music awards shows, what will set this one apart? "We view…

  13. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  14. The 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST Country music has had plenty of highlights in 2014. Read on for our list of the 10 best country singles of the year. (And see our list of the 10 best country albums here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim…

  15. Joe Perry Christmas Video Premiere: Watch 'Run Run Rudolph,' with Guitar from Johnny Depp

    December 11, 2014 11:53 AM EST There was a time we might have expected an Aerosmith Christmas celebration to involve tossing Santa from the sleigh and stealing all the presents.  But Joe Perry says that he's long wanted to record some holiday songs with the group. Watch the video for his rendition of Chuck Berry &…

  16. Brushville's Waiting Game Leads to Buzzy Debut Album

    December 10, 2014 5:58 PM EST 'It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us,' Brett Gillan says. With the release of their self-titled debut album this fall, there has been a lot of buzz around rising country…

  17. Exclusive: 'X Factor' Finalist & Broadway Star Rachel Potter Premieres 'Zero to Sixty'

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST Today, Billboard is shining the spotlight on Broadway star and X Factor finalist Rachel Potter with an exclusive listen to her new track, "Zero To Sixty." The song is from her full-length debut disc, Not So Black and White , which will be released on March 3. Of the emotionally…

  18. Joni Mitchell Talks New Boxed Set, Not Being Able To Perform: 'I Don't Miss Much of Anything'

    December 09, 2014 6:14 PM EST Joni Mitchell doesn't get out much these days -- aside from the occasional benefit in her honor or Clive Davis party , she travels away from her Los Angeles home once, maybe twice a year. And even then it's usually to her native country Canada, where she's been eager to mount…

  19. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  20. Exclusive: Nora Jane Struthers Premieres New Song 'Let Go'

    December 09, 2014 11:50 AM EST With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here. "We all have things that we let…

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