1. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  2. Exclusive: Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Reba McEntire's Video for 'Pray For Peace'

    July 25, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On Monday, Reba McEntire released the video for her song "Pray For Peace." Now Billboard has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the clip, which also features Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn and Caroline Kole. Check out the exclusive video below:   Since sharing the…

  3. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  4. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  5. Jake Owen Live: Country Star Performs No. 1 Hit 'Beachin'' in the Billboard Studio

    July 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Country star Jake Owen recently visited Billboard's New York studio and the singer sat down to play a stripped-down version of “Beachin,”his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart from his album "Days Of Gold."  Watch him perform "Beachin'" below…

  6. Ted Nugent Responds to Casino Concert Cancellation: 'I'm Not Racist'

    July 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Conservative rocker blames left-wing detractors for Indian tribe canceling show After a planned Aug. 4 concert at Idaho's Coueur D'Alene Casino was canceled over his "racist views," Ted Nugent is firing back at his "haters." The conservative rocker says his…

  7. Country Act LiveWire Revs Up With Video for New Single 'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Today in The 615 spotlight, we bring you the world premiere of the video for the new single "Drivin’ You Outta My Mind" from rising country group LiveWire. "It all came together pretty quickly. We wrote it in Nashville -- Danny Bell and myself in a hotel room. He was just…

  8. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  9. Country Star Jason Aldean Gets Sexy on New 'Burnin' It Down' SIngle

    July 22, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Fans of Jason Aldean will want to hit iTunes or tune into their favorite radio station today. The country superstar released “Burnin’ It Down” -- the lead single from his sixth studio disc, due out before the end of the year. The seductive track marks a change in gears for Aldean, who has…

  10. Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett…

  11. Jason Aldean: 'Burn It Down' Tour Review

    July 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour gives the singer a chance to do things in a big way – and he took full advantage of that on Saturday (July 19) night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a bill that saw a possible trio of nominees for the upcoming CMA Entertainer of…

  12. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  13. Sunny Sweeney 'So Happy' With Latest Album 'Provoked'

    July 18, 2014 6:10 PM EDT It's been three years since the last album from Sunny Sweeney, and the songstress hopes that her fans are looking forward to the August 5 release of her third disc, "Provoked," as much as she is. "I am about to bust, I'm so happy," she exclaims to Billboard. …

  14. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  15. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert set to Play 'Route 66 Harvest' Festival in October

    July 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Country Music fans in the Las Vegas area are going to be in luck with the debut of a brand new music festival that will keep the city rocking this October. Live Nation along with MGM Records International announced Route 66 Harvest. The event is scheduled for October 3-5, and will feature a…

  16. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  17. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  18. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  19. Jordan Anderson on Finding Her Way in Nashville

    July 16, 2014 7:13 PM EDT When you hear the heartfelt lyrics of Jordan Anderson's latest single, "American Dream," keep in mind that it is her real life she’s singing about — word for word.  "I wrote it with James Dean Hicks in Nashville. It was an awesome experience. It's about my journey…

  20. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

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