1. Bobby Brown Exits New Edition Tour to Focus on Health

    July 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Bobby Brown is leaving a reunion tour with the group New Edition to focus on his health. A spokeswoman for the R&B group said group members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant wish the 45-year-old singer a speedy recovery. No other details were…

  2. Garth Brooks Talks Co-Headlining with Trisha Yearwood & Competing Against Younger Stars

    July 11, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Putting the final touches on his comeback, the country superstar tells Billboard, "I've waited 14 years, and it seems like the last two months are going to be the longest wait of all." And, just like that, Garth Brooks is back: the country icon announced his return to touring…

  3. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  4. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  5. Davido and Tiwa Savage Top Winners at MTV Africa Music Awards

    June 08, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The event marked the return of the MAMAs after a three-year hiatus MADRID – Nigerians Davido and Tiwa Savage won the top male and female artist awards respectively Saturday night at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, known as MAMA, in Durban, South Africa, with local group Mafikizolo snagging…

  6. Bon Jovi Banned in Buffalo Over Bills Buyout Rumors

    June 07, 2014 6:40 PM EDT BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Livin' on a prayer isn't part of the plan for Buffalo Bills fans. Not content to sit back and hope for the best as their beloved NFL team is sold, they are doing everything they can to influence the next owner to keep the franchise in Buffalo. Jon Bon Jovi…

  7. Marlon Wayans to Host MTV Africa Music Awards

    May 27, 2014 2:14 PM EDT MTV is bringing back an African music awards show after a three-year hiatus and is looking to give it a global push. Marlon Wayans will host the so-called MAMAs, short for the MTV Africa Music Awards, which will be held in the coastal resort of Durban, South Africa, on June 7. For the first…

  8. Mac Miller on New Mixtape 'Faces': 'Don’t Tell My Mama I Got a Drug Problem'

    May 11, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Mac Miller may not always keep it mom-friendly but there are surely a few out there stoked the Pittsburg rapper opted to drop a new mixtape on their special holiday.  Miller’s 24-track “Faces” includes features from the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Sir Micheal Rocks, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul,…

  9. DJ E-Z Rock, The Sugarhill Gang & More to Be Honored at Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2014

    May 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will honor a handful of legends at its awards show on Monday, May 19. The honorees to be inducted this year include The Sugar Hill Gang, Charles Ahearn and the film, "Wildstyle," Mr. Magic, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, Cornbread…

  10. Taylor Swift, Jay Z & Beyonce, Janelle Monae Shine At Met Gala

    May 06, 2014 2:15 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in fashion and the entertainment industry donned their best formal attire, including sweeping ball gowns and the white-tie-and-tails ensembles men were told to wear, at the 2014 Met Gala on Monday night (May 5). Met Gala Red Carpet Photos: See Who The Stars Are…

  11. Jeff Bridges Performs at Annual Lebowski Fest In Los Angeles

    April 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Bridges and his band performed a 30-minute set that included songs from 2009's "Crazy Heart" There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself. Jeff Bridges and his band performed Friday at Lebowski Fest, but Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 campy…

  12. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  13. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  14. Play Ball: David Nail Talks St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 Season

    April 10, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Country singer David Nail, a high school and college player himself, previews the 2013 National League champions. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a…

  15. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Reagan Boggs Talks 'Quicksand' Album, Pearl Jam Cover

    April 02, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Reagan Boggs is what one might call a "throwback artist." Her music definitely sounds like what you might have heard on country radio in the 1970s and 1980s, bringing to mind such legendary ladies as Emmylou Harris or Jessi Colter. It's a sound that definitely shows up in her…

  17. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  18. ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Returning To Broadway In 2015

    March 07, 2014 3:16 AM EST Teyve is coming back. Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel said Thursday that they will present a revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" - one of the last great musicals of Broadway's Golden Age - in the fall of 2015. It will represent the fifth revival of the show, which…

  19. 10 Designer Fashion Week Looks for Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Rihanna & More

    February 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST With Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week wrapped up, The Hook explores the best fashions of the season and compiled a list of the 10 hottest styles from the NYFW runways and who we think should rock them. Miley Cyrus in DEGEN Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show knitwear designer Lindsay Degen knows…

  20. Merle Haggard to Headline MerleFest (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 9:01 AM EST The music festival known as MerleFest is a celebration of Traditional Music, and the organizer of the North Carolina event have pulled off a major coup with the announcement of a country music legend who defines that term perfectly. Billboard has learned that Merle Haggard has been added to…

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