1. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  2. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Sets Broadway Plans

    January 08, 2014 2:18 PM EST Rap is not among the customary sounds of Broadway, but that looks set to change with the arrival this season of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," a new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Casting has not yet been announced, but the show is set to begin performances on May 26, with…

  3. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  4. The Top Selling Christmas Albums of All Time

    December 24, 2013 10:00 AM EST Albums from Elvis, Kenny G and more rank high on the list. Elvis Presley's "Elvis' Christmas Album" reigns as the biggest-selling Christmas album of all time in the United States. The set has been certified as having sold 10 million copies according to the Recording…

  5. Carlos Santana Reunites With Former Bandmate, Now Homeless

    December 23, 2013 2:51 AM EST A news reporter for a San Francisco television station has reunited rock guitarist Carlos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn't seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland. Reporter Stanley Roberts ran into percussionist Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone while…

  6. 10 Best Country Albums of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 20, 2013 4:55 PM EST With best singles established, it's time for The 615 to shine a spotlight on 2013's best albums. This year featured a little bit of something for everyone, with some dazzling performances all around. At the end of the day -- or year -- we had a feeling it would come down to two…

  7. Kacey Musgraves Follows Her Arrow to a Breakthrough Year, Talks Writing With Katy Perry

    December 20, 2013 3:50 PM EST It seems impossible to imagine Kacey Musgraves' breakout debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," without "Follow Your Arrow," a button-pushing song about having a good time in one's own skin. But the track barely made the album, stemming from a last-minute…

  8. 10 Best Country Singles of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:30 PM EST Well, it's that time of year again: "Best Of" lists. Today, The 615 takes a look at some of the best singles that have been released to country radio this year. Our list reflects a mix of new and veteran artists, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and yes, at…

  9. 615 Spotlight: Robby Johnson's Debut Single Goes 'South'; Album Set for 2014

    December 18, 2013 6:30 PM EST Though the weather outside might be a little bit frightful, "South Of Me," the romantic new single from newcomer Robby Johnson has many fans feeling delightful as the year comes to an end. He told Billboard that the sound of song stems from being on a winning team. "When you…

  10. Restless Heart Celebrates First 'Christmas,' Preps New Studio Album for 2014

    December 17, 2013 6:30 PM EST Restless Heart have been celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, and the veteran group recently crossed off an item on their career bucket list, by releasing their first-ever Christmas album, "A Restless Heart Christmas."  "It's been a long time coming," lead…

  11. TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang Tackle 'Iconic Duets'

    December 17, 2013 11:08 AM EST TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang have been married since 2007. In the years since their nuptials, many of their fans have been asking about a possible duets record. The two have obliged those requests with the release of "Iconic Duets" -- a collection that features their take on many…

  12. Eli Young Band Tops Hot Country Songs, Vets Return With Duets

    December 17, 2013 11:05 AM EST The group tallies its third No. 1, while Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton team up for debuts Eli Young Band notches its third leader on Billboard's Country Airplay chart with "Drunk Last Night" (3-1). The band first reached the summit in…

  13. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic Tops Adult Pop Songs, Beyonce Bows At R&B/Hip-Hop

    December 16, 2013 4:35 PM EST Plus, new No. 1s for late legend Donna Summer, Eli Young Band, Pop Evil and more 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 listed below. All our charts are refreshed on…

  14. Top 25 Tours of 2013

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST The Top 25 Tours of 2013 are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 14, 2012, to Nov. 12, 2013. The Year in Touring 2013: Beyond The Numbers THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2013: Main • Buy the Issue • Subscribe • Billboard on iPad Bruno Mars: Artist of the Year…

  15. The Year In Touring 2013: Beyond The Numbers

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Live and on fire in 2013, the touring business is hottest it has been in years. For the touring industry, these are now —officially— the best of times. "The concert business is basically on fire," says veteran agent Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International (AGI). TOP 25…

  16. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band after Wood's next tour with the Rolling…

  17. Grammys 2014: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Lead Country Nominees

    December 07, 2013 9:52 AM EST As most year-end critics' lists will undoubtedly proclaim, 2013 has been a year where newcomer Kacey Musgraves has dazzled with a sound that is both traditional and irreverent. That being said, it's little surprise that the singer finished prominently in the Grammy nominations…

  18. 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…

  19. Jake Owen Rolls the Dice With 'Days of Gold'

    December 03, 2013 1:30 PM EST "I think that as an artist, sometimes for you to grow, you have to take those risks rather than put out the same song each time" Jake Owen has taken his share of risks over the past few years. His last album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," firmly established him as one of the…

  20. Toni Braxton, Babyface Top Adult R&B Chart

    December 03, 2013 1:05 PM EST The pair's duet 'Hurt You' marks the stars' first No. 1 on the tally since 2000 and 1997, respectively Format stars Toni Braxton and Babyface each end lengthy absences from the top of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult R&B radio airplay chart, as their duet "…

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