1. Rascal Flatts Are Changing Fans' Lives With Latest Hit: 'It's So Amazing'

    February 12, 2013 12:40 PM EST Over the course of their decade-plus career, Rascal Flatts has enjoyed hits with uptempo fare such as "This Everyday Love" and "Summer Nights," but they also have had quite the success with deep ballads such as "What Hurts The Most," and "These Days."…

  2. Jangle All The Way: New Acts Soften Alternative Airwaves

    November 08, 2012 11:05 AM EST As Mumford & Sons flex retail muscle, alternative radio is finding that hits don't always have to be hard. The biggest sales week for a rock album since 2008 wasn't set by a veteran act like Green Day , Red Hot Chili Peppers or U2 . Nor was it tallied by a band synonymous with…

  3. Jason Aldean, 'Night Train': Track-by-Track Review

    October 09, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Jason Aldean separated himself from the pack by ignoring conventional country boundaries, first with a duet with Kelly Clarkson on "Don't You Wanna Stay" and more aggressively with the country-rap "Dirt Road Anthem." His willingness to take risks, and his commitment…

  4. Gloriana Album Premiere and Track-By-Track

    July 27, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Nashville trio Gloriana has emerged as one of the country music's biggest success stories of 2012. The group -- consisting of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinert -- has bounced back after the abrupt departure of former member Cheyenne Kimball in 2011 and returned with their…

  5. Rascal Flatts Return 'Changed' Men

    March 26, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The lives of guitarist Joe Don Rooney, bassist/keyboardist Jay DeMarcus and lead singer Gary LeVox-collectively, the harmonizing multiplatinum country trio Rascal Flatts-have experienced some major shifts during the past two years: on the business side, a new label and new management; on the…

  6. Jason Aldean Has 'Fingers & Toes Crossed' for Grammy Wins

    February 10, 2012 5:00 PM EST J ason Aldean has a lot to be excited about these days. He will be heading out to Los Angeles for Sunday's Grammy Awards, where he is a three-time nominee, and will also perform "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson. He recently kicked off the 2012 portion of his …

  7. Austin City Limits 2011: 15 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    September 18, 2011 2:18 PM EDT Though Day 2 brought humidity and a veritable downpour to the Austin City Limits festival, a sold-out crowd didn't seem to mind at all, donning ponchos and the sheets they brought as picnic blankets to shield themselves and listen on. Billboard was there for some of the best -- and worst…

  8. Kid Rock Accepts Controversial NAACP Honor in Detroit

    May 02, 2011 10:39 AM EDT K id Rock gave as well as received on Sunday night (May 1) in his home town. While accepting his controversial Great Expectations Award at the Detroit branch of the NAACP's 56th annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, Rock announced $100,000 in donations -- five $10,000 grants to Motor…

  9. 'Treme' Tour to Bring HBO Show's Musicians Across U.S.

    March 24, 2011 4:01 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" have booked nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. "A Night in Treme" is booked June 10-13 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and…

  10. Wanda Jackson 'Wasn't Sure' Jack White Collaboration Would Work on 'Party Ain't Over'

    January 26, 2011 10:54 AM EST W anda Jackson was certainly into recording a new album last year. But the 73-year-old rockabilly veteran and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had some initial apprehensions about making the just-released "The Party Ain't Over" with Jack White . "He's a big star, as big as…

  11. Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey': Track-By-Track Preview

    August 20, 2010 10:11 AM EDT Kenny Chesney 's new album "Hemingway's Whiskey" isn't out until Sept. 28, but the Country chart-topper gave Billboard an in-depth preview, discussing the record's 11 songs track by track, and in the process revealing how he sees himself in his fans, his thoughts…

  12. Win An R.E.M. 'Fables' Prize Pack

    July 20, 2010 12:26 PM EDT R.E.M. has just released a special 25th anniversary edition deluxe box set of classic "Fables Of The Reconstruction," the Athens, Georgia Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' third studio album. The new set features all of the original tunes remastered, from "Maps And Legends…

  13. The Holmes Brothers, "Feed My Soul"

    February 26, 2010 3:00 PM EST On the Holmes Brothers ' 2007 album, "State of Grace," Wendell Holmes sang about how a cancer diagnosis stopped him in his tracks--but apparently not for long. The trio's 10th studio set, "Feed My Soul," sports a career-high nine originals and finds Wendell…

  14. R.E.M. Surprises At Carnegie Hall Tribute

    March 12, 2009 9:46 AM EDT R.E.M. made a surprise appearance last night (March 11) at Carnegie Hall. The band was being honored with a tribute show that boasted 20 different performers interpreting R.E.M.’s vast catalog. Stipe was humbled by the depth and range of the evening, and proceeded to play “E-Bow The Letter”…

  15. Julianne Hough: Dancing Up The Charts

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Julianne Hough took the scenic route to Nashville. Julianne Hough took the scenic route to Nashville. Growing up one of five dancing and singing Utah siblings -- sometimes nicknamed "the blonde Osmonds" -- she moved to London to study performing arts at age 10. Five years later, she…

  16. Tunes On TV

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television for the week of September 3 - 9. MONDAY, Sept. 3 "The Daily Habit," FUEL Featured artist(s): The Cribs. "Justin Timberlake: FutureSex / LoveShow," HBO Featured artist(s): Justin Timberlake. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured…

  17. Latifah Gets 'Support' For HBO Film

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Actor Wendell Pierce, co-star of HBO's crime drama "The Wire," and Anna Deavere Smith from NBC's "The West Wing" have joined Queen Latifah in the cast of the HBO original movie "Life Support." Actor Wendell Pierce, co-star of HBO's crime drama …

  18. Rapper Proof Laid To Rest In Detroit

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Detroit rap star Proof was laid to rest today (April 19) with tears, wails of grief, a few laughs and, appropriate to any hip-hop gathering, some profanity. Among those in attendance were Eminem, 50 C Detroit rap star Proof was laid to rest today (April 19) with tears, wails of grief, a few…

  19. Q&A: Rascal Flatts

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts has achieved in six short years what many acts can only hope for in the length of a career. Rascal Flatts has achieved in six short years what many acts can only hope for in the length of a career. In addition to numerous awards, the band has sold more than 8.8 million records,…

  20. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part three They saw their father as a stern but fair man, but their mother was someone they could tell their secrets to. She treated their friends with the same kind of gentle consideration that she showed all of them, never reluctant to add another place to the table or take a mattress and…

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