1. Country Radio Seminar Closes With Stellar Performances by Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell & More

    February 28, 2015 10:42 AM EST The 2015 New Faces Show, which closes the annual Country Radio Seminar, was held Friday night (Feb. 27) at the Nashville Convention Center. And one thing was apparent -- this isn't your father's country music... or was it? Sam Hunt Talks the 'Power of Country Radio' Before…

  2. Cole Swindell Says Hearing Himself on the Radio the First Time Is When His Career 'Felt Real'

    February 27, 2015 7:51 PM EST If you find yourself in the company of Cole Swindell , there's one thing you might notice about the Warner Bros. recording artist: He's always smiling. "I try to live every day and realize that there are so many folks working hard to try to get to where I am and how fortunate…

  3. Op-Ed: If Skrillex and Diplo Can't Get Us Off Our Phones, Who Can?

    February 27, 2015 4:55 PM EST We’re all responsible for keeping our culture of capturing memories from killing the moment. Thursday night, Skrillex and Diplo released their debut Jack U album by playing an 18-hour set for an L.A. crowd that seemed to value the idea of its presence more than actually being present.…

  4. WFUV New York's Rita Houston to Celebrate Music's Healing Powers On-Air Tonight

    February 27, 2015 4:11 PM EST Following a clean scan after her cancer diagnosis, the programmer & host will share her and listeners' stories of triumph. When it comes to healing, never underestimate the power of music. That's the unconquerable mindset of Rita Houston, program director and on-air talent at…

  5. Eric Paslay Says Radio Success Helped Him 'Upgrade to Soup & Get Off the Ramen!'

    February 26, 2015 8:27 PM EST In recalling his first radio tour from 2011, Eric Paslay admitted that he was just a little bit nervous. "I would go in and play at what I would call the cubicles. I always thought that if the song sounded great in here, it would sound even better on the radio. Everyone told me that you…

  6. IFPI CEO Frances Moore Talks Global Release Day: 'People Have to Accept Change'

    February 26, 2015 4:04 PM EST "You're not going to please all the people all the time," says IFPI CEO Frances Moore on the subject of instilling a global release day for new music. "But we hope that eventually everybody will look back and realise that this was a good move and that the consumer is…

  7. Steve Bug Talks Poker Flat's 15th Anniversary, Blasts Digital Era: 'A Lot of Good Music Gets Forgotten'

    February 25, 2015 6:22 PM EST Steve Bug has never been one to mince words. Pioneering and ever opinionated, the German artist founded Poker Flat Recordings in 1999 and steered it to become one of house music's most respected underground imprints. His edgy yet accessible hit "Loverboy" set the tone for the…

  8. Maddie & Tae on Their No. 1 Hit 'Girl In A Country Song': 'Everyone Was Just Ready for That Message'

    February 25, 2015 11:30 AM EST Tae Dye of rising country duo Maddie & Tae will always remember the week that led up to finding out that their debut single "A Girl In A Country Song" hit number one. "All week long, people had been telling us that it was going to happen, so we were hoping. I remember that…

  9. Sam Hunt Talks the 'Power of Country Radio' Before Nashville's New Faces Show

    February 24, 2015 6:28 PM EST Friday night's New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville will feature five very talented and diverse performers who have made their mark on the format in the past year. When you look at the radio-voted lineup, it's hard to disagree with Sam Hunt 's placement on…

  10. 'Downton Abbey' Congressman Took Interns to Katy Perry Concert, Really Loves Private Planes

    February 24, 2015 8:53 AM EST Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock , a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges…

  11. Meet Haley Georgia, the Former 'American Idol' Hopeful Bringing Country in the Key of Kesha to Nashville

    February 23, 2015 6:16 PM EST Haley Georgia is well aware that an artist's debut single is her first chance to establish an identifiable brand. It's her prerogative if she'd rather use that opportunity to stir up questions. Questions like, "Did she really just say that?" In the first few lines of …

  12. Frankie Ballard on Radio Support & Hearing His Music on the Air for the First Time

    February 23, 2015 5:50 PM EST Country star will be featured during New Faces Show at Nashville's Country Radio Seminar. This week marks the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. As usual, the yearly event closes with the prestigious New Faces Show, in which the participants are chosen by the program and music…

  13. Oscars 2015: Best & Worst Moments

    February 23, 2015 12:53 AM EST It was fun, it was emotional, it was long . The 2015 Oscars are a wrap, and they seemed specially made for Billboard this year, with Broadway vet Neil Patrick Harris as host and performances from Lady Gaga , Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick -- and that's not even counting the night'…

  14. Chris Brown & Trey Songz Bring 'Between the Sheets' Show to Brooklyn: Live Review

    February 17, 2015 3:10 PM EST After NBA's All-Star Weekend subsided, Chris Brown and Trey Songz held court at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for their fourth show on the joint Between the Sheets tour Monday night. The 26-date gig was postponed last month after a judge ordered Brown to complete 1,000 hours of…

  15. Lil Wayne's 'My Super Sweet 16': 5 Things We Learned

    February 16, 2015 8:00 PM EST Lil Wayne 's daughter, Reginae Carter, was the star of MTV's My Super Sweet 16 Monday night, racking up a massive tab for her star-studded party in the process.   Lil Wayne Announces 'The Free Weezy Album' It pays to be hip-hop royalty, obviously. Aside from hundreds of…

  16. Paul McCartney Gives Valentine to NYC at Irving Plaza: Concert Review

    February 15, 2015 1:40 PM EST The star took a break from arenas for a spur-of-the-moment theater show. Midmorning on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), Paul McCartney fans got a gift they could hardly have expected. That night, the arena-accustomed star would play a semi-private show in a hall holding barely more than a…

  17. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  18. Apple Doesn't Want to Compete -- It Wants to Own the Record Business

    February 13, 2015 10:30 AM EST You didn't have to look too far to spot the action at Clive Davis ' pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7. Ground zero was table 108, where Apple CEO Tim Cook , senior vp Internet software and services Eddy Cue , iTunes vp Robert Kondrk and Beats co-founder and title-less Apple executive Jimmy…

  19. Rolling Stones Heading Back on Tour This Year

    February 11, 2015 7:00 PM EST 'We're gonna come [to] North America again in the summer,' Ronnie Wood tells Billboard. Look for the Rolling Stones to hit North America again this year, according to guitarist Ronnie Wood. After being spotted last month at JFK Airport, Wood tells Billboard that, "Yeah, we…

  20. Whitney Houston's Mother Visits Bobbi Kristina Brown

    February 11, 2015 3:23 PM EST Whitney Houston 's mother on Wednesday (Feb. 11) visited the Atlanta hospital where the late singer's daughter is being treated after she was found unresponsive at her home. Cissy Houston arrived at Emory University Hospital around 1:30 p.m. on the third anniversary of Whitney…

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