1. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  2. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton , Miranda…

  3. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Billboard Chart Debut on the Killers' New Holiday Hit

    December 12, 2014 4:41 PM EST Las Vegas natives the Killers and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up to create a new holiday song and character, "Joel, the Lump of Coal," and it ended up bringing a gift to Kimmel: his Billboard chart debut. The folky track bows at No. 27 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 11,000…

  4. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Renegade Same Trailer Different Park 1 Week on Top Country Albums Kacey Musgraves ' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park , returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas…

  5. ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus Discusses New Photo Book, Writes Off Reunion: 'You'll Never See Us Onstage Again'

    December 09, 2014 11:14 PM EST So the new ABBA photo book is the closest fans will ever get to seeing the band again. ABBA: The Official Photo Book  (Weldon Owen Publishing) chronicles the foursome's history through more than 600 photographs. "I'm not a nostalgic person, but looking at these pictures…

  6. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  7. The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays

    December 01, 2014 2:19 PM EST From Burl Ives to 'N Sync, some of the biggest hits of recent memory. They are the gifts that keep on giving for the artists that record them, the labels that release them and the radio stations and streaming services that play them. The first chart is the top 25 Christmas songs that…

  8. Robbie Williams Drops Album Surprise, Tipped to Reunite with Take That

    December 01, 2014 5:27 AM EST Robbie Williams has “done a Beyonce.” The British pop singer has released a new album, with zero fanfare, and he’s done it on the day his former band Take That  claimed the U.K. chart crown. The British pop singer has released Under the Radar Vol. 1 , an album of previously-unreleased…

  9. Take That Back on Top in U.K., Olly Murs Leads Albums Chart

    December 01, 2014 4:08 AM EST Now That’s What I Call Music! 89  (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014. The latest edition of the venerable series sold 289,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s compilation chart Sunday. On the artist…

  10. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  11. Lily Allen's ITNO Record Label Has Shut Down

    November 21, 2014 8:57 AM EST Lily Allen 's record label ITNO, an acronym for In The Name Of, has folded, just three years after it was formed.  The British singer set up ITNO in 2011 in partnership with Sony Music U.K. and scored an early success with Tom Odell , who became the first male to win the Brits Critics&…

  12. 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…

  13. Spotify, Uber Partnership To Launch In 10 Cities Worldwide

    November 17, 2014 11:12 AM EST It’s official: after a weekend of rumors , Spotify and Uber will introduce a new partnership in 10 cities this Friday, November 21, that will enable Spotify Premium users to play their own playlists during their Uber ride. Participating cities are London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville…

  14. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  15. 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…

  16. Jian Ghomeshi Scandal: New Details Emerge From Radio Host's Ex-Employer

    November 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The embattled radio host is accused of violent sexual abuse. Canada's CBC has begun to lay out its version of events leading up to the firing of Jian Ghomeshi last Sunday (Oct. 26), which includes evidence of "physical injury to a woman." Jian Ghomeshi Dropped By The Agency…

  17. Jian Ghomeshi Dropped By The Agency Group

    October 31, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Toronto-based The Agency Group released a statement Friday (Oct. 31) that it is no longer the agent of representation for Jian Ghomeshi . Nine women have come forward to major Canadian media outlets with firsthand accounts of being victimized by the former CBC radio host, including getting…

  18. Jian Ghomeshi Sex Scandal: No More Shades of Grey?

    October 30, 2014 1:40 PM EDT UPDATE: Lawyer and author Reva Seth has put her name to the allegations .  Eight women have now come forward with detailed and similar stories of sexual assault and harassment by former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) golden boy Jian Ghomeshi , including Trailer Park Boys '…

  19. Owen Pallett: 'Jian Ghomeshi Is My Friend, And He Beats Women'

    October 28, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The indie singer-songwriter speaks out on the claims against the Canadian broadcaster. Days after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fired nationally beloved broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi -- host of a radio arts program called Q -- amid allegations of sexual misconduct, his friend, musician…

  20. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years

    October 24, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The icon vaults 50-21 with 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You.' Plus, Jason Aldean logs the longest reign by a solo male in 51 years and Florida Georgia Line storms Top Country Albums at No. 1. With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me opening in select markets…

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