1. Angaleena Presley Announces Debut Solo Album 'American Middle Class'

    June 27, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Kentucky native Angaleena Presley first made waves as one-third of Pistol Annies along with Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert. Now, the traditional stylist will follow in the paths of her Annies partners with the release of her very first solo album, "American Middle Class," on…

  2. Jean Shepard Reflects on Her Life 'Down Through The Years'

    June 26, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard is in a reflective mood these days, and much of that stems from releasing her long-awaited autobiography, "Down Through The Years." She admitted to Billboard that it has been a work in progress – for a while. “I’ve been working on it…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Kaitlyn Baker & Her Debut Single 'Burn'

    June 25, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Things are definitely going at a quick pace for newcomer Kaitlyn Baker as of late. The songstress has just released her debut single, “Burn,” which hit iTunes Tuesday (June 24). She’s taken to the airwaves to promote it. “We had a TV interview this morning in Nashville, and did two songs…

  4. Mocking Mick Jagger's Losing World Cup Picks, A New Brazilian Tradition

    June 24, 2014 8:55 PM EDT The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger can't get no soccer satisfaction. In what's becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye at mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his…

  5. Jeff Bridges on Touring, Austin City Limits, and His 'Pretty Eclectic Show'

    June 24, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is going on the road. The actor, famous for roles in films such as "Crazy Heart," "The Big Lebowski," and "True Grit," is taking his music to fans in the midwest and the east coast this summer, along with his band, The Abiders. The tour, which…

  6. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  7. Drake White on Making New Music: 'I'm Typically the Kind Who Likes to Get Things Done'

    June 23, 2014 5:43 PM EDT This Thursday (June 26 marks the third week for Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General in downtown Music City, and the summer concert series will feature a bit of country flavor with Will Hoge and Drake White. For White, it’s  a concert experience that he is looking forward to. “We’re…

  8. Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dies at 86

    June 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT The Grand Ole Opry vet died on June 21 following a brief illness at age 86 Country music has lost one of its veteran entertainers with the passing of Grand Ole Opry performer Jimmy C. Newman. The performer died on June 21 in a Nashville hospital following a brief illness. He was 86.…

  9. John Fullbright Stripped Down for 'Songs'

    June 20, 2014 3:41 PM EDT The title of John Fullbright 's latest album is pretty much says it all – "Songs." In an interview with Billboard, the Grammy-nominated singer says that it all begins and ends with the lyrical content. "If you don't start with a song, you're not going to end up…

  10. Jana Kramer Talks 'Love,' Songwriting and a New Album This Summer

    June 20, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Two years ago, Jana Kramer was enjoying her initial run up Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Why Ya Wanna." A couple of weeks later, the Elektra Nashville recording artist released the first single from her upcoming sophomore project, "Love," which is sitting…

  11. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

  12. Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley Set for 'Front & Center' Concert Specials

    June 19, 2014 11:03 AM EDT This fall, the Country Music Association and the critically-heralded public TV series "Front and Center" will partner up for two separate concert specials that will feature many of Music City's most talented artists doing what they do best. The shows will feature the music of…

  13. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  14. Angie Martinez Resigns From Hot 97

    June 18, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Angie Martinez took to social media today (June 18), announcing that she's resigned from New York radio station, WQHT Hot 97. She posted a photo on Instagram of the words "Life has to move forward. Everything has its time and everything ends" over a pair of sunglasses. She…

  15. Little Simz, 'E.D.G.E.': Exclusive EP Premiere

    June 18, 2014 12:30 PM EDT She's petite but Little Simz holds a lyrical punch. You can hear it in the aspiring U.K. rapper's debut EP, "E.D.G.E." (acronym for her motto, Every Day Gets Easier). Check out an exclusive stream of Simz' debut project below and download here :   The 13-song EP…

  16. 'Uncle' Si Robertson Releases 'Smokin Hot' EP, Talks 'Duck Dynasty'

    June 17, 2014 10:06 AM EDT After the amazing success of the 2013 holiday collection "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," it should come as no surprise that one of TV's most popular families have ventured into the studio once again. This time, the musical spotlight shines brightly upon "…

  17. TG Sheppard Enjoys Dixie Homecoming (Review)

    June 16, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Since opening in 2005, the Dixie – named after "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter – has played host to some of the top talent in the business – including Lady Antebellum, Ricky Skaggs, and Dailey & Vincent. As the theater closes it's ninth season in Huntingdon, TN, one of…

  18. Xavier Rudd Heads to Nashville, Preps Reggae Album

    June 16, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Thursday night's performance at Nashville Dancin' will be the first in Music City in a few years for Xavier Rudd , the Australian singer-songwriter.  "It's been a while since I've been in Nashville, but it's a place that the band I really love to go. It's a…

  19. X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons ‘Jungle’ Video: Exclusive Premiere

    June 16, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Watch the exclusive premiere of the video for "Jungle," co-directed by Emile Rafael & Alex Da Kid. If “Jungle” seems familiar, you’re not wrong. Right now, the song is going strong via a string of crafty placements. X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons’ thumping track has featured…

  20. When I First Met Casey Kasem: A Personal Tribute

    June 15, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As a teenager, I listened to Casey Kasem, but not on American Top 40. Before he came up with the idea of doing a national countdown, he was a local DJ on KRLA, one of the two leading Top 40 stations in Los Angeles, along with KFWB. In the summer of 1963, Pasadena-based KRLA introduced Kasem…

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