1. Colt Ford Ready to 'Crank It Up!' With First Live DVD

    December 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST Colt Ford has enjoyed a very successful run in the industry since bursting on the scene in the late 2000s. He co-wrote the Jason Aldean blockbuster "Dirt Road Anthem" with Brantley Gilbert , and has shared the stage with many of the biggest stars in the format. His last four discs…

  2. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  3. In the Face of Giants, Indie Concert Promoters Outpaced the Industry at Large This Year

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST The grosses of the top six independent promoters in the U.S. combined increased by more than 15 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase for overall. Some 20 years after industry consolidation was supposed to wipe independent promoters off the map, these stubborn, savvy and fiercely…

  4. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  5. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  6. Everyone Was Getting Wasted to Luke Bryan Songs This Year

    December 10, 2014 5:40 PM EST More people wanted to drink a beer to Luke’s music than any other artist on jukeboxes in 2014. With 2014 drawing to a close, it's not just Billboard that's busy working on its year-end charts . Digital jukebox leader TouchTunes announced its annual top-played songs and…

  7. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Hayley Williams on Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and the Strong Female Artists Who Inspire Her

    December 05, 2014 3:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music 2014 Trailblazer honoree on fronting a rock band, how 2014 ranked and which female artists she learns from. Hayley Williams turns 26 on Dec. 27, which means she has fronted Paramore for more than a third of her life. Long enough that on her first Warped Tour in…

  8. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  9. Jana Kramer Is Engaged to Football Player Michael Caussin

    December 03, 2014 7:54 PM EST Country singer Jana Kramer celebrated her 31st birthday in Nashville Tuesday with a pretty great gift: A marriage proposal from her football player boyfriend, Michael Caussin.  Jana Kramer Talks 'Love,' Songwriting and a New Album This Summer "It was a beautiful surprise,…

  10. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  11. Puerto Rican Music and Media Executive Carlos "Topy" Mamery Dead at 54

    December 02, 2014 1:23 PM EST Married to Puerto Rican Diva Yolandita Monge, Mamery was Recently Appointed VP/GM of SBS Puerto Rico Puerto Rican producer, manager, concert promoter and music executive Carlos “Topy” Mamery has died unexpectedly. Mamery, 54, reportedly suffered a massive heart attack the morning of Dec. 2.…

  12. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  13. Brantley Gilbert on Spotify: ' I Don't Know If It Will Benefit Me to Tell You What My Opinion Is'

    November 24, 2014 12:02 PM EST Talking with Billboard on the red carpet before last night's American Music Awards, Brantley Gilbert was unwilling to discuss his views on Spotify. His latest album -- Just As I Am -- was recently pulled from the streaming service. Watch video of Billboard's conversation with…

  14. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  15. AMAs 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST Who took home honors at the 2014 American Music Awards ? Check out the full list of winners below! Full AMAs Coverage Here  | Live Blog | Red Carpet Show Artist Of The Year  Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan Eminem Imagine Dragons John Legend Lorde One Direction -- WINNER Katy Perry…

  16. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  17. Brantley Gilbert on Getting Sober: 'Success Wasn't Punching Me in the Face'

    November 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST The country star reflected on his decision to quit drinking, and how it impacted his life-of-the-party brand and business. At a panel during Billboard's Touring Conference this morning, country star Brantley Gilbert shared a few personal reflections about his decision to get sober.…

  18. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  19. Hollywood Film Awards: Winners List

    November 14, 2014 8:46 PM EST Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley are early winners Friday's  Hollywood Film Awards  saw  David  Fincher 's  Gone Girl  take home the top prize. Accepting the award, star  Ben Affleck  thanked his director for keeping the shoot cold during a controversial scene in which you (…

  20. Carrie Underwood Climbs to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Following CMA Awards

    November 13, 2014 3:15 PM EST Th award show shakes up the charts, with the co-host scoring her 14th No. 1. Carrie Underwood 's performance of "Something in the Water" on the CMA Awards Nov. 5 on ABC lifts the track 5-1 on Billboard's sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart. The song is…

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