1. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 09, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) as…

  2. Joe Nichols Gets 'Awkward' at CMA Week Event

    June 06, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The 2014 CMA Music Festival is off and running, with many artists already having held their annual fan club parties. For Red Bow recording artist Joe Nichols, the day marked an opportunity to get up close and personal with over 300 of his fans with a party at Nashville's The Listening…

  3. Jack White, 'Lazaretto': Track-By-Track Review

    June 03, 2014 1:15 PM EDT That rattle and clang can only mean one thing: Jack White 's comin' 'round the mountain, pushing his trusty rusty shopping cart of American musical artifacts and curiosities. This time, he's peddling his second solo album, "Lazaretto," the latest in a long line…

  4. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  5. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  6. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  7. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    May 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT “How lucky are we that we get to be here together?” Martina McBride asked the sold-out crowd on board the Carnival Ecstasy this week, where she was performing the first of two shows in Cozumel, Mexico, as part of the cruise line’s new Carnival Live concert series. “This has been a new…

  8. Holly Williams Pregnant with First Child

    May 15, 2014 3:35 AM EDT Americana songstress Holly Williams and her husband Chris Coleman are expecting their first child this fall. "We are so ecstatic to have this little miracle coming,” comments Williams, who is the granddaughter of Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Jr, in a statement.   Holly Williams…

  9. Jimmy Page To Re-Release 'Photographic Autobiography'

    May 09, 2014 5:26 AM EDT Jimmy Page will see his official autography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time, hit major bookstores in October after being published as a limited edition in 2010. It will retail at $60, but is currently available via pre…

  10. Hunter Hayes Leads Country's Youth Revolution, Without a Pickup Truck or Beer in Sight

    May 06, 2014 1:28 PM EDT With new album "Storyline," 22-year-old prodigy Hunter Hayes is leading country's youth revolution -- without a pickup truck or beer can in sight. Strolling into a trendy eatery in Las Vegas, Hunter Hayes, casually clad in jeans and a gray T-shirt, is teeming with the youthful…

  11. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  12. First 'Jersey Boys' Movie Trailer Debuts

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's highly anticipated film version of the hit Broadway musicalJersey Boys has debuted online. The clip begins with The Four Seasons singing under a street lamp and follows their rise to performing for cheering crowds. The trailer shows Bob Gaudio …

  13. Lost Radio Program Featuring Hank Williams Found

    April 17, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Previously unreleased recordings of country music legend Hank Williams performing songs on a 1950 radio show will be released next month for download and on vinyl. Charlie McCoy Honors Hank Williams on 'Lonesome Whistle' "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950" features 24 songs…

  14. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  15. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a huge show. There was Ernest Tubb, Red Foley,…

  16. Thievery Corporation, Zedd Zoom On Dance Charts

    April 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Thievery Corporation debuts its first album in nearly three years, as "Saudade" enters Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Featuring songs from five guest vocalists, the album's unique brand of…

  17. Michael Cera Readies Broadway Debut In 'This Is Our Youth'

    April 10, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which has been a magnet for top talent since it was first produced in 1996, is headed for Broadway, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and fashion media darling Tavi Gevinson set to play the three adrift characters in the caustic but compassionate…

  18. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Ross Cooper's 'Give It Time' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    April 09, 2014 10:46 AM EDT On March 18, Ross Cooper released his latest disc, "Give It Time." The singer told Billboard that he just so happened to be connected to iTunes on his computer early that morning – very early. "I really nerded out," Cooper admitted to The 615. "I wanted to be the…

  20. Dave Clark 'Glad' About New Doc, Pens Memoir

    April 07, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Dave Clark is preparing some words to go with the music from his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. On the heels of the documentary "The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over," which premieres April 8 on PBS' Great Performances series, the drummer and band leader will…

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