1. Grammys 2015 Preview: Sia, Hozier, Taylor Swift & More Vie for Song of the Year

    December 26, 2014 9:25 AM EST Check out the five tracks that earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Songwriters: Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor Publishers: Year of the Dog Music/Over-Thought Under-Appreciated Songs Label: Epic Records Meghan Trainor's debut…

  2. BSBB Round 1: Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt" vs. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dirt Florida Georgia Line Stay With Me Sam Smith CHRIS PAYNE: Call Sam too depressing, too old-timey, too male Adele, whatever — this was a damn sincere song with damn great vocals that ruled all sorts of radio in 2014. Pulling…

  3. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. 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…

  4. Charlie Daniels' Holiday Season Starts With Christmas 4 Kids Concert

    November 20, 2014 7:51 PM EST The legendary Charlie Daniels is proud of his longtime association with the annual benefit concert Christmas 4 Kids . "It's a concert with a heart," the southern rocker tells Billboard . "It's a very special thing. People are basically pretty doggone good and pretty…

  5. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  6. 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…

  7. Music Legend Les Paul Gets Hometown Honor

    November 08, 2014 4:00 PM EST Music legend Les Paul discovered his penchant for guitar at Waukesha Junior High in Wisconsin. It's where his teachers recognized his curious nature, answering never-ending questions like how electricity got to light switches or why windows vibrated. Les Paul: Original Guitar Hero Now…

  8. Sam Smith Leads 2015 People's Choice Awards Nominees

    November 04, 2014 5:23 PM EST Sam Smith , along with actress Shailene Woodley , are the leading nominees for the 2015 People's Choice Awards, with four nods apiece. Nominees in 58 categories were announced Tuesday (Nov. 4) in Los Angeles. Smith is nominated for male artist, breakthrough artist, favorite song for …

  9. CMA Awards' Exec Producer Gives the Inside Scoop on This Year's Show -- From the All-Star Duets to the Surprise Guests

    November 03, 2014 5:53 PM EST An interview with CMA's executive producer Robert Deaton Robert Deaton is a very busy man. As executive producer of the CMA Awards, Deaton is preparing for the 48th Annual CMA Awards live on ABC Wednesday night (Nov. 5) from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. On Friday, he'll…

  10. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  11. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  12. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  13. Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

    October 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT A few songs into his set at Madison Square Garden Friday (Oct. 17) night, Eric Church stopped to reflect briefly on his ascent from playing bars and clubs to headlining arenas. He's played MSG once before, he noted, and he remembers the exact date: eight years and three days ago. Back…

  14. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE NASHVILLE NETWORKER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashville COMPANY…

  15. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  16. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  17. Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney & Wife Welcome Third Child

    October 01, 2014 5:57 PM EDT The Rascal Flatts family just got bigger. Guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, welcomed a baby girl on Monday, People confirms .  Devon Olivia, weighing 6 lbs., 11 oz., is the couple's third child together. Devon's older siblings are Raquel Blue, 4, and Jagger…

  18. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  19. KISS Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

    September 29, 2014 9:31 PM EDT A contributor to several KISS songs and former guitarist from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 's pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester , was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday and faces charges of uploading child pornography. Stephen Coronel of Bluffton, S.C., was charged with five…

  20. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas , which has a…

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