1. The Wytches Invade The U.S. with Epic Hangovers & Couch-Surfing Strategy

    September 08, 2014 6:08 PM EDT “I ask after the loudest applause… ‘I hate to be that guy, but can we stay at your house?' says guitarist Kristian Bell. Midway through this interview with his bandmates, Wytches drummer Gianni Honey bursts through the door of Otto's Shrunken Head in lower Manhattan more than a…

  2. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  3. Hilary Duff Releases 'All About You' Single: Listen

    August 12, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Hilary Duff just released her comeback single "Chasing The Sun" two weeks ago, and while that song debuted at No. 79 on last week's Hot 100 chart and has logged 15 million YouTube views, the pop singer is already rolling out more new music. Listen to "All About You,…

  4. Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook Dishes on 'Day Drinking' and TV Hosting Jitters

    August 04, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Country music will be taking over ABC on Tuesday with the premiere of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock , a three-hour special documenting the 2014 CMA Music Festival in June. Little Big Town, the CMA vocal group of the year, were tapped for hosting duties for the second consecutive…

  5. A Tribute to Country Crooner Jim Reeves on the 50th Anniversary of His Death

    August 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Jim Reeves was at the top of his game. He was moving up the charts with his latest RCA Victor single, ‘I Guess I’m Crazy,” and was returning from a business trip to Batesville, Ark., on July 31, 1964. At the controls of his Beechcraft Debonair, he made contact with airport officials, telling…

  6. Listen to the Exclusive Stream of Country Newcomer Risa Binder's Debut EP

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York City might not necessarily seem like a hotbed for country music, but newcomer Risa Binder has found a big appetite for it in the Big Apple. “There are so many country fans in New York that it would surprise you,” the Brooklyn-based singer tells Billboard. “Whenever a major act comes…

  7. Sugarland's Kristian Bush Makes His Solo Debut With 'Trailer Hitch' Single

    July 29, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. Yes, Kristian Bush is from Sugarland, the award-winning country duo that made Jennifer Nettles a household name. No, though both artists are currently promoting solo music, they do not hate other -- or have bitterness toward the other in any…

  8. Tomorrowland 2014: Top Picks for Weekend Two

    July 23, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best…

  9. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 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…

  10. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  11. Chart Highlights: Jason Derulo Dominates Pop Songs With 'Talk Dirty'

    April 14, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The singer scores his first format leader since 2010. Plus, new No. 1s for the Black Keys, Jerrod Niemann 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…

  12. Cady Groves' Waiting Game: How A Promising Artist Ended Up Back At The Beginning

    February 10, 2014 2:15 PM EST The 24-year-old's dream came true when she found a major label home. Somehow, everything went wrong. Inside a songwriter's lost period, and why she's still someone to watch. Three months ago, Cady Groves was on Rock Road in Wichita, driving down the main drag in a crappy…

  13. Jennifer Nettles Nets Solo No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    January 23, 2014 12:23 PM EST Nettles continues her chart-topping ways first established with Sugarland. Plus, Rosanne Cash and John Pardi debut new sets and Florida Georgia Line remakes Garth Brooks With Sugarland, the duo she comprises with Kristian Bush, on indefinite hiatus, Jennifer Nettles storms onto Billboard&…

  14. Bruce Springsteen Scores 11th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    January 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen earns his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with the arrival of "High Hopes." The set, which Columbia Records released Jan. 14, sold 99,000 copies through the week ending Jan. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  With the No. 1 debut,…

  15. Bruce Springsteen Aiming for 11th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 17, 2014 7:34 PM EST The singer's "High Hopes" should freeze the "Frozen" soundtrack out of the top spot Bruce Springsteen seems set for his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release, "High Hopes." Industry sources forecast the set, which was released on…

  16. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' Shoots To No. 1 On Pop Songs

    January 13, 2014 4:15 PM EST The band lands its third No. 1 at the format. Plus, Rascal Flatts returns and new No. 1s for Stone Sour, Marc Anthony 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…

  17. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 5:56 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on January 30, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement - and maybe even once again a few days after, in an apparent hack scandal .   But Thursday (Jan. 2)’s…

  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. Jennifer Nettles Talks New Rick Rubin-Produced Solo Album, Motherhood

    November 05, 2013 11:45 PM EST Jennifer Nettles has finished the music, chosen a cover photo and now she has a release date for her debut solo album — Jan. 14. Nettles revealed the date Monday night in an interview at the ASCAP Country Awards, making one of many appearances this week. The Sugarland singer kicked things…

  20. Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes, Norwegian Black Metal Muso, Sees ‘Race Hate’ Trial Deferred

    October 18, 2013 2:29 AM EDT A Norwegian heavy metal rocker on trial in France on charges of inciting racial hatred has had his case adjourned until June 3. Kristian "Varg" Vikernes, 40, was initially detained on terrorism suspicions after he and his French wife visited a gun club. Authorities turned up no…

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