1. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  2. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

  3. Hall & Oates Plan New Music, Talk Rock Hall Nomination and Legacy

    November 29, 2013 11:30 AM EST Almost 10 years since charting their last single, and a month after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated the group for the first time, Daryl Hall and John Oates plan to record again.   "Never say never," Oates told Billboard in a recent phone interview from his Colorado home. …

  4. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  5. 'Whispering Bill' Anderson Gets Help From War Veteran in Naming His New Album

    November 22, 2013 12:30 PM EST Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson tells Billboard that he had a fun time recording the song "Whisper" with Joey+Rory for his new album "Life!". After all, he's been known as "Whispering Bill" for almost five decades now, thanks to his soft…

  6. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs

    November 14, 2013 2:46 PM EST The Nov. 6 Country Music Association Awards shake up the Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts   The Nov. 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast on ABC-TV, invigorate Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first…

  7. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Tinie Tempah & Lady Gaga

    November 08, 2013 5:44 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. " alt="" align="right"> Best: Tinie Tempah Tinie Tempah, who just celebrated his 25th birthday, looked slick as he attended the Beats by Dre party, which…

  8. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  9. Sara Evans Puts Finishing Touches on New Album, Releases 'Slow Me Down' Video

    November 01, 2013 9:42 AM EDT Sara Evans entered Nashville's Starstruck Studios on Oct. 23 for the final day of recording for her seventh studio album, slated from RCA in the first quarter of 2014. The singer played a couple of the tracks for Billboard, including the traditional-based "Better Off." The…

  10. Supergroup Featuring Members of Mumford, Old Crow Medicine Show Playing Six Shows in One Night

    October 24, 2013 7:30 PM EDT A supergroup comprised of members of Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and more has formed -- and on Saturday, it's marking its debut by playing six shows in one night. Salvador Dali Parton  -- made up of Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons), Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine…

  11. Taylor Swift Invites ‘All-Star’ Friends for CMA Awards

    October 22, 2013 12:20 AM EDT Taylor Swift has gathered an all-star band for her appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards. Swift will be joined by Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken for a special version of her hit song "Red." The 23…

  12. Taylor Swift On Songwriting, Nashville & the Thrill of Spontaneous Music Making

    October 15, 2013 5:16 AM EDT Songwriting is the topic of the moment for Taylor Swift. The 23-year-old pop star was honored for a record sixth time as songwriter-artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, surpassing guys like Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. She earned the award with 14 hits…

  13. Taylor Swift Named Artist of the Year By Nashville Songwriters

    October 09, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Taylor Swift has set a record with the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The organization announced Tuesday that it would name Swift as its songwriter/artist of the year. This is her sixth win, beating out five-time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. The award recognizes…

  14. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog-rock effort with Billy Sherwood of Yes,…

  15. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  16. Vince Gill Confronts 'Dip---t' Westboro Protesters

    September 11, 2013 9:20 AM EDT "I just came to see what hate looked like," the country star told picketers outside his concert in Kansas City Vince Gill on Sunday cussed out protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, a ragtag religious group known for their anti-gay demonstrations at the funerals of U.S.…

  17. CMA Awards: 10 Surprises, Quirks and Early Picks

    September 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The nominations for the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards are out, and among the familiar artists were quite a few surprises. The 615 had their own thoughts about the morning's announcements.  Kacey and Taylor Lead the Pack  |  Full Nominees List Check out 10 observations,…

  18. CMA Awards 2013: Full Nominees List

    September 10, 2013 10:26 AM EDT It's an early morning in the Big Apple, but Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line were early risers, as the two acts announced nominees in all categories for the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift stand out with six nominations apiece,…

  19. Sheryl Crow, 'Feels Like Home': Track-By-Track Review

    September 09, 2013 10:05 AM EDT SHERYL CROW "Feels Like Home" Producers: Sheryl Crow, Justin Niebank Warner Brothers Release Date: Sept. 10 After over two decades of making records, Sheryl Crow enters into a new phase of her recording career with the Warner release of "Feels Like Home." Her decision to…

  20. Loretta Lynn Eyes Another Album With Jack White, Talks Gospel Music and More at Her Ranch

    September 03, 2013 9:25 AM EDT Roughly 70 miles from Nashville on Saturday night proved to be a blast back in time, as the legendary Loretta Lynn captivated a Labor Day weekend crowd at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. It was definitely a special night for the singer, in more ways than one. The Country Music Hall…

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