1. Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line Remain Atop Country Charts

    January 03, 2014 11:30 AM EST Brooks' new box set and FGL's 'Stay' make it five weeks at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs, respectively With a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, Garth Brooks' box set "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of…

  2. School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis Dead at 35

    December 30, 2013 8:10 PM EST The guitarist had battled cancer since February School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis has died. He was 35. The guitarist of the New York-based indie rock duo passed away Sunday night (Dec. 29), the Dallas Observer reports . He had suffered from T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a form of…

  3. Luke Laird's 'Blessed' Year on Country Charts

    December 26, 2013 1:40 PM EST It's definitely been a year to remember for hit Nashville songwriter Luke Laird. He has been responsible for ten top-40 singles on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, including three No. 1s. In addition, the Pennsylvania native added producer to his resume -- for Kacey Musgraves'…

  4. 10 Best Country Albums of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 20, 2013 4:55 PM EST With best singles established, it's time for The 615 to shine a spotlight on 2013's best albums. This year featured a little bit of something for everyone, with some dazzling performances all around. At the end of the day -- or year -- we had a feeling it would come down to two…

  5. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  6. 10 Best Country Singles of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:30 PM EST Well, it's that time of year again: "Best Of" lists. Today, The 615 takes a look at some of the best singles that have been released to country radio this year. Our list reflects a mix of new and veteran artists, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and yes, at…

  7. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST A duo that wasn't even signed to a major label two years ago dominates Billboard's year-end country charts Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label…

  8. The Year In Touring 2013: Beyond The Numbers

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Live and on fire in 2013, the touring business is hottest it has been in years. For the touring industry, these are now —officially— the best of times. "The concert business is basically on fire," says veteran agent Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International (AGI). TOP 25…

  9. CODE First Play: Firebeatz, 'Max Ammo'

    December 11, 2013 2:43 PM EST When Dutch duo Firebeatz call their new track “Max Ammo” a “beast track,” they’re not just saying it’s big. “We were sitting in the studio and had this idea about the synth hoover that keeps modulating, and so we made this synth and worked out the drop,” the group’s Jurre Van Doeselaar…

  10. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the "…

  11. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band after Wood's next tour with the Rolling…

  12. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    December 09, 2013 6:05 PM EST Eminem's 'The Monster,' on which she's featured, becomes her 11th leader, pushing her past Katy Perry (10) for the list's top total. Plus, new No. 1s for Icona Pop, Parmalee, tobyMac and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  13. Grammys 2014: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Lead Country Nominees

    December 07, 2013 9:52 AM EST As most year-end critics' lists will undoubtedly proclaim, 2013 has been a year where newcomer Kacey Musgraves has dazzled with a sound that is both traditional and irreverent. That being said, it's little surprise that the singer finished prominently in the Grammy nominations…

  14. 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…

  15. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  16. Ryan Bingham Sets First Post-'Crazy Heart' Film Project (Exclusive)

    December 05, 2013 9:41 AM EST Ryan Bingham has written the main title theme and will produce the music for the film "A Country Called Home," his first film/music project since winning an Oscar and a Grammy for 2009's "Crazy Heart." The film will be the full-length directorial and screenwriting…

  17. CMT's 'Artists of the Year' Special Honors Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line & More

    December 04, 2013 1:54 AM EST CMT's celebration of country music's top artists of 2013 was a complete dude fest. Whether it was saluting Tim McGraw as a more-relevant-than-ever trailblazer, acknowledging the genre's love-hate relationship with Florida Georgia Line, the precociousness of Hunter Hayes or the…

  18. '20 Feet' and 'Pussy Riot' Docs on Oscar Shortlist

    December 03, 2013 2:22 PM EST Two documentaries that focus on musicians, "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," are among the 15 films advancing in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-seven films had originally qualified in the category. Related Articles…

  19. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Country Airplay

    November 26, 2013 11:05 AM EST The pair's 'We Were Us' marks the chart's first No. 1 male/female duet in two years Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first male/female duet to No. 1 in more than two years on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "We Were Us" lifts…

  20. Kelly Rowland Engaged to Manager Tim Witherspoon

    November 26, 2013 4:27 AM EST Kelly Rowland is getting ready to meet at the altar. The former Destiny's Child member and current The X Factor judge is engaged to her manager, Tim Witherspoon, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. Rumors surrounding the engagement started when Rowland was seen wearing a large…

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