1. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  2. 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…

  3. Lady Antebellum's '747' Album Will Take Off On...

    July 18, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Country trio announce September release date, full track list Lady Antebellum's fifth album is almost ready for takeoff: "747" is due Sept. 30 via Capitol Records Nashville. The set is preceded by fast-rising lead single "Bartender," which bullets to No. 36 on the Hot…

  4. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  5. The Drums Preview New Album 'Encyclopedia' at Glimmering Rooftop Show

    July 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "From here on out begins the new chapter of the Drums," singer Jonny Pierce told a small but devoted crowd packed awkwardly onto the rooftop of Manhattan's Novotel for the Brooklyn-via-Florida duo's first show in years. He and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Graham then left…

  6. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 10 Funniest Songs: 'Eat It,' 'Pretty Fly For a Rabbi' & More

    July 16, 2014 4:31 PM EDT An (unofficial) ranking of "Weird Al's" most gut-busting moments, from "White & Nerdy" to "Living With a Hernia." With his new album "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" Yankovic is up to his usual hijinks -- selecting some of the most…

  7. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  8. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Covered by Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Crosby, Stills & Nash

    July 08, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Charli XCX may have appeared on "Late Night WIth Seth Meyers" last night, but the No. 1 song she guests on was given a ridiculous cover treatment by none other than Jimmy Fallon. If you just stumbled upon last night's "Tonight Show" while channel surfing, you might…

  9. Selena Gomez Accidently Hits Cop in ‘Behaving Badly' Trailer

    July 07, 2014 6:12 AM EDT Strippers, cougars and guns are all involved in the first trailer for the upcoming Selena Gomez comedy Behaving Badly, due in theaters Aug. 1. Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) plays Rick, who does his best to win over popular girl Nina (Gomez). Somehow, this involves filling his parents&…

  10. Mick Jagger Calls Monty Python 'Wrinkly Old Men'

    July 02, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Rolling Stones singer appears alongside Charlie Watts in hilarious tongue-in-cheek sketch to mark comedy troupe’s reunion Sir Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts have released a hilarious tongue-in-cheek video to mark the long-awaited return of British comedy group Monty…

  11. G-Eazy, Linkin Park To Perform At MTV Fan Fest, mtvU Fandom Awards During Comic-Con (Exclusive)

    July 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Rising rapper G-Eazy, the 25-year-old self-proclaimed “Young Elvis” , will perform at MTV’s mtvU Fandom Awards and MTV Fan Fest during Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24 from San Diego’s Petco Park. G-Eazy joins a bill that also includes Linkin Park, with highlights to air during…

  12. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    June 27, 2014 5:41 PM EDT The Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart tracks some of the newest releases being shared on Twitter, in real time. An emerging artist on Twitter is defined as an artist who has less than 50,000 Twitter followers and who has not appeared in the top 50 on the Billboard 100. Below are our…

  13. Kate Upton, Tony Hale Duel Over Drinks in Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' Video: Watch

    June 19, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Kate Upton is challenged to chug whatever Tony Hale can manage to mix in the music video for "Bartender," Lady Antebellum's lead single off their upcoming fifth album. The breakup anthem—written by the country trio's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott with co…

  14. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

  15. Hardwell Unveils 'I Am Hardwell' North American Tour Dates

    June 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Heralded by cryptic “#HWTS” video screens in Times Square, Hardwell today announced the North American leg of his sold out “I Am Hardwell World Tour." Tomorrowland Announces Lineup & Stage Hosts: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta and More “The whole world has watched this show…

  16. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  17. G-Eazy Talks 'These Things Happen' Album; Releases A$AP Ferg Collaboration

    June 10, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Sold-out shows, screaming fans, big co-signs, but still no major-label deal: Is G-Eazy the next indie rap sensation? The teenagers spy him from across a coffee shop in San Francisco's SOMA district. "Excuse me. Are you G-Eazy?" The Berkeley, Calif.-bred rapper in the…

  18. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  19. CODE Guest Playlist: Crookers

    June 05, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With the recent release of his “Able to Maximize” remix package and a forthcoming full-length album later this year, Crookers has been especially busy as of late. CODE checked in with the Italian DJ/producer this week to hear what he’s been bumping in his headphones. Here are the eclectic…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Carissa Leigh Wants a 'Bad Boy'

    June 05, 2014 1:26 PM EDT It's a magical time for country newcomer Carissa Leigh: the Canada native has a new single, "Bad Boy," her first release in the U.S. "I'm one of those people that if I see an opportunity, I go for it," she tells Billboard. "Music has always been something I…

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