1. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  2. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  3. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  4. Lewis Watson Album Premiere: Stream 'The Morning' In Full

    July 01, 2014 10:53 AM EDT The British artist discusses his first full-length and raising his profile in America. Lewis Watson says that having a full album ready to come out is "quite a weird feeling, to be honest." The British pop singer drops "The Morning" on July 8 after five previous EPs…

  5. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  6. Colt Ford on His New Album: 'I Think It's The Best One I've Made'

    June 27, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Colt F ord is diversifying a little bit these days. Next Tuesday (July 1), the popular entertainer will be releasing two projects – a new album entitled "Thanks For Listening," as well as a 64-page full-color comic book called "The Average Joes" – a take off on the name of…

  7. Willie Nelson Drops 'Band of Brothers,' His Best Album in Over a Decade (Review)

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT What does an 81-year old country music legend do to keep life interesting for himself? Go back to something he’s good at: writing songs. This is, astonishingly, the first Willie Nelson album to be dominated by self-penned material since the one-two punch of "Spirit" and "Teatro…

  8. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  9. Barbra Streisand Duets Album Almost Finished, Says Babyface

    June 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "It's a beautiful, beautiful record," says the legendary producer of the upcoming all-star album. Barbra Streisand's upcoming all-star duets album is nearing completion, according to one of its producers. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're…

  10. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.   Del Rey&…

  11. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  12. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  13. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The British singer's aiming for No. 2 Billboard 200 next week, behind Lana Del Rey's likely No. 1 British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will…

  14. Naked Ambition: 20 Bare-It-All Music Videos (NSFW)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's no secret that pop stars like to bare their bodies, whether it's on stage, on the red carpet, or in a music video. Big pop names like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Gotye left little to the imagination in their video hits, and we've also seen nudity (and controversy) pop…

  15. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 18, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Sam Smith and Linkin Park set for debuts in the top three Lana Del Rey is on course for her first No. 1 album, as "Ultraviolence," which was released on June 17, should debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set, which is her second full…

  16. Lady Gaga Bares Nipples In NYC

    June 13, 2014 8:01 PM EDT The performer brought out her "little monsters" while traipsing the streets on Thursday. From Miley Cyrus' support of the Free the Nipple film to Rihanna's see-through CFDA dress , it's clear that music's biggest names have no problem going topless. So it comes…

  17. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Linkin Park All Have Super Sales Week Ahead

    June 13, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 seems secure, as industry forecasters say Jack White's "Lazaretto" should bow atop the list without competition. But, look to the following week's list, and the tally should be flush with major sales -- and major stars. On…

  18. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  19. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  20. Gene Watson: 'People Are Starved for Traditional Country Music'

    June 11, 2014 10:20 PM EDT Since arriving on the charts almost four decades ago with the classic "Love In The Hot Afternoon," Gene Watson has remained one of the format's most distinctive stylists. Hits like "Farewell Party," Fourteen Carat Mind" and "Got No Reason Now For Goin'…

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