1. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  2. 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'…

  3. Pharrell Williams Apollo Concert Live Stream Video: Watch Tonight (June 3)

    June 03, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Right here, watch Pharrell Williams perform at the Apollo beginning at 9pm ET! Polymath music phenom Pharrell Williams is performing at Apollo Theater tonight (June 3) as part of the American Express Unstaged series, and right here, you can watch the chart-topping singer/songwriter…

  4. BlackHawk, 'Heart With A View' Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 03, 2014 12:38 PM EDT BlackHawk, the group with one of country's most recognizable sounds of the '90s, returns with the song, "Heart With A View," which Billboard exclusively premieres today (June 3). Have a listen below. The single is from BlackHawk's forthcoming "Brothers of the…

  5. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  6. Justin Bieber Caught Using N-word While Telling Racist Joke on Video

    June 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A new video has surfaced of a 15-year-old Justin Bieber telling a racist joke to his friends. In the clip, which was reportedly shot as part of his 2011 documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” the pop star asks his friends, “Why are black people afraid of chain saw?” Despite being…

  7. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Releases New Songs Ahead of Opening: Listen

    May 31, 2014 2:47 PM EDT "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur, is only days away from beginning previews at New York’s Palace Theatre on June 2. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical To help stir up buzz, three tracks from the Broadway show have been…

  8. Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran to Perform at 2014 Much Music Video Awards

    May 30, 2014 11:11 AM EDT Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran have been added to the lineup for the 2014 Much Music Video Awards, to air nationwide from Toronto on June 15. Grande has a hit single in "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, which is now platinum in the U.S. market. Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith…

  9. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  10. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  11. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

    May 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. Dress rehearsal for "Crossroads," the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony'…

  12. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  13. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  14. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

  15. Marty Stuart Announces Double Album (Exclusive Details + Song Premiere)

    May 22, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Marty Stuart has a new double album in the works. "Saturday Night & Sunday Morning" arrives Sept. 30 on his own Superlatone label, and Billboard has an exclusive premiere of one of its tracks. Listen to "Rough Around the Edges," a pedal steel-covered shuffle, right…

  16. Josh Kaufman Wins 'The Voice' Season 6: Watch

    May 20, 2014 11:01 PM EDT After weeks of competition, the sixth season of "The Voice" was trimmed down to Blake Shelton's country teen Jake Worthington, Usher's soul man Josh Kaufman and Adam Levine's YouTube star Christina Grimmie. All three comeback kids performed their last competition…

  17. The Julie Ruin Cancels Tour Dates Over Kathleen Hanna's Lyme Disease

    May 13, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna is doing her best to recover from a nasty bout with Lyme Disease. But getting better means canceling a slew of North American and European tour dates this summer. Today, the Julie Ruin announced the cancellation of 27 tour dates so their singer can focus on…

  18. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait has informed her genre-spanning 42nd studio…

  19. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Olympians in Jeopardy

    May 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Where were YOU the day that three Olympians were in jeopardy (though not necessarily in the bottom two)? I’ll always remember: I was on the couch. I’m surprised there wasn’t a breaking news ticker on the bottom of the screen to accompany Tom and Erin’s repeated mentions of this American Icon…

  20. Dierks Bentley Kicks Off His 'Riser' Tour

    May 09, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Dierks Bentley kicks off his "Riser" tour tonight in Charlotte, NC. "I've always been one of those guys who designs sets on cocktail napkins in the back of the bus with the guys in my band," he said at a tour rehearsal earlier this week. This time, however, he's…

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