1. Death After Hank Williams Jr. Concert Ruled Homicide

    August 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Oakland County medical examiner's office has ruled as a homicide the death of a 55-year-old man after a confrontation with a teenager at a Detroit-area Hank Williams Jr. concert. Sheriff's officials announced the finding Friday as they investigate Tuesday's death of…

  2. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  3. Man Dies at Hank Williams Jr. Show Following Alleged Altercation

    August 20, 2014 9:38 PM EDT In a summer plagued by death, rape and arrests around country music events, a tragic accident has taken another life.  Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert Sunday night, before a Hank Williams Jr. concert, a 55-year-old man died after a fall in the concourse of the…

  4. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

  5. The Bellamy Brothers Talk Being 'Bro Country Before It Was Cool'

    August 08, 2014 5:49 PM EDT has seen country music mainstays The Bellamy Brothers racking up the miles. David Bellamy tells Billboard that they, to quote Hank Snow, have been everywhere this year. "Our tour has actually zigzagged the world this year. We started off the year in India and Sri Lanka, came back…

  6. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  11. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on Live TV or 'Shitting on People's Dreams'

    June 30, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Ludacris reveals why rappers have less of a chance of success on the ABC show, and Brad Paisley advises upcoming hopefuls to go with a hot Disney track. Of the three "Rising Star" experts, Kesha seems much more constrained in her commentary in comparison to Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

  12. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  13. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  14. 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…

  15. Chicago, 'Now': Exclusive Song & Video Premiere

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Chicago singer, keyboardist and co-founder Robert Lamm says that sticking the word "Now" at the front of "Chicago XXXVI's" title is no insignificant detail. And ahead of the album, due next month, Billboard exclusively premieres not only the title track but also its…

  16. Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams in Biopic

    June 13, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Setting aside his villainous persona as "The Avengers’" Loki, Tom Hiddleston will play country western singer Hank Williams in Marc Abraham’s "I Saw the Light," which will chronicle the performer’s rise to fame and fame’s ultimately tragic effects. Abraham is directing…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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