1. Neal McCoy, 'Roll on Mississippi': Song Premiere From 'Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride'

    July 22, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Looking back on his career, Neal McCoy gives a lot of credit to the man who pushed him out into the spotlight as an opening act – Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride. "He stands taller than anyone else in my career," McCoy told Billboard. "I've been…

  2. Iconic Nashville Radio Station Dips Into the Archives for Live Album

    July 12, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Since the 650 signal blasted onto the airwaves in 1925, the call letters WSM have represented the best in American Music. Whether it be the pop music performed on the legendary "Waking Crew" show, morning shows featuring Hank Williams and Flatt & Scruggs, or the legendary…

  3. Stars Pray for Randy Travis After Brain Surgery

    July 12, 2013 12:28 AM EDT Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis on Thursday after he underwent brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. Travis remained in critical condition Thursday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain Wednesday night, publicist Kirt…

  4. Cherry Poppin' Daddies, 'White Teeth, Black Thoughts': Exclusive Album Premiere

    July 08, 2013 9:31 AM EDT Frontman Steve Perry talks about the Oregon band's first full-on swing outing since 1997's "Zoot Suit Riot" Though he still likes to keep his music diverse, making Cherry Poppin' Daddies' first full-on swing album since 1997's "Zoot Suit Riot"…

  5. Lee Brice's 'Parking Lot Party' Zooms Up Charts

    July 02, 2013 10:15 AM EDT The summertime is typically when most artists do the bulk of their touring, and Curb's Lee Brice is no different. To catch up with the hitmaker, Billboard found him rolling down the highway. "We've got a night off from the Brad Paisley tour, so we're doing a show…

  6. Hunter Hayes Completes Record Run To No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    June 27, 2013 5:11 PM EDT With Greatest Gainer honors and his second-biggest Nielsen SoundScan week (40,000 sold; up from 6,000), Hunter Hayes completes the longest climb to No. 1 on Top Country Albums during the 22-year SoundScan era, as his self-titled debut set reigns at last in its 89th chart week. The set soars…

  7. Cyndi Lauper, 'Kinky Boots' Runaway Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2013 11:42 PM EDT The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won a leading six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man. Christopher Durang's comical "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"…

  8. Justin Bieber Signs Up for Space Trip

    June 06, 2013 5:10 PM EDT Justin Bieber has traveled "All Around the World" for his music, but he's ready to take it to the next level. The singer will travel to space with Virgin Galactic, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced Wednesday (June 5). Bieber and his agent, Scooter Braun, will…

  9. Bubbling Under: Front Bottoms Rise Up

    May 31, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Front Bottoms, Katy Tiz, Jared Ashley and Travi$ Scott THE FRONT BOTTOMS Indie rock act the Front Bottoms debut on…

  10. Bette Midler’s Broadway Show Recoups in Two Months

    May 31, 2013 1:38 AM EDT Bette Midler is officially box office gold -- her one-woman Broadway show has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks. On Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Midler is playing the wondrously snooty super talent agent in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With…

  11. Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert Line-up for Memorial Day Fest

    May 27, 2013 2:32 PM EDT Some of country music's big names, including Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band, take the stage at the Bayou Country Superfest at LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest. The festival's producer, Quint Davis, said the talent and…

  12. Super Junior's Siwon Talks World Tour & Fashion During NYC Visit: Exclusive

    May 16, 2013 6:36 PM EDT Billboard sat down with the most-followed Korean on Twitter before walking the Met Gala red carpet with Madonna, Beyonce, PSY and more. Meet Siwon of Super Junior. While PSY snagged headlines at last week's Met Gala for taking photos with Chris Martin, Gwenyth Paltrow and "…

  13. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  14. 615 Opinion: Glaring Omission From the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame

    May 10, 2013 2:41 PM EDT Look around at the names of the members of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International Hall of Fame, and you see some of the greatest writers in country music history. Names like Hank Williams, Bill Anderson, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Matraca Berg, and Mike Reid are all…

  15. Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Talks Solo Album; Debuts 'Your Flames' Track

    May 07, 2013 12:50 PM EDT Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam says that band's next album is "almost done," but while the guitarist has been certainly busy with both PJ and his other band Brad in recent years, he shares that now certainly felt right for his new solo album, "Moonlander," whose latest…

  16. George Jones: The Billboard Interview (2006)

    April 26, 2013 11:50 AM EDT Music legend George Jones passed away in Nashville today at age 81. In this exclusive 2006 interview with Billboard, the country icon talked about his humble beginnings and his road to becoming one of the genre's most cherished voices. The world's greatest country singer lives…

  17. Tim McGraw Talks New Songs, Brantley Gilbert's 'Swagger' in Tour Preview

    April 25, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Tim McGraw is gearing up for his "Two Lanes Of Freedom" tour, which kicks off a week from today in Birmingham, Ala. At a press conference yesterday at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena following a rehearsal, the Big Machine recording artist said he couldn't wait for fans to…

  18. Rock Hall of Fame Inducts Rush, Public Enemy and Heart at Passionate Ceremony

    April 19, 2013 5:32 AM EDT The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled "A Night to Celebrate Rush" as the Canadian trio's fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and made their presence known. Rock Hall Red…

  19. Katy Perry Is Halfway There on Third Album, Talks New Songs Like 'Double Rainbow'

    April 18, 2013 8:34 PM EDT The pop star is working with collaborators such as Sia, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee and others Katy Perry is halfway through her third album, the follow-up to “Teenage Dream,” which spawned five Hot 100 No. 1 singles. She has yet to feel any pressure. “When I put myself on a…

  20. Stevie Nicks Discusses 'In Your Dreams' Documentary: Watch Exclusive Clip

    March 29, 2013 12:19 PM EDT "It's a magical little film," Nicks tells Billboard about the making of her 2011 solo album. Stevie Nicks says that making her latest solo album, 2011's "In Your Dreams," was "the best year of my life." And she's even happier to have it…

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