1. Luke Bryan Thrusts His Way to Louisville: Review

    February 25, 2013 2:45 PM EST Luke Bryan brought his Dirt Road Diaries tour to the KFC Yum! Arena in Louisville Friday night, and one thing was very apparent from the beginning of his 90-minute set -- the Capitol Nashville recording artist's time is now. With a half-decade of hit records under his belt since his…

  2. ACM Awards 2013: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Lead Nominees

    February 13, 2013 11:09 AM EST The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today via a digial press conference. When the final nominations were all tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording artist Eric Church led the nominations with…

  3. The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013

    January 22, 2013 3:00 PM EST "It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin" Since becoming the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in 2009, the Roots have backed everyone from…

  4. The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013

    January 22, 2013 3:00 AM EST "It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin" Since becoming the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in 2009, the Roots have backed everyone…

  5. Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley Kick Off 'Locked and Reloaded' Tour

    January 21, 2013 11:30 AM EST It was a big weekend for Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert as the two kicked off their "Locked And Reloaded" tour on Thursday in Columbia, South Carolina. Billboard had a chance to catch the show on Friday night, as the tour made a stop in Knoxville, Tenn.   The fans packed…

  6. Billboard's Parent Company Names Ross Levinsohn CEO

    January 15, 2013 12:00 PM EST Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive to head Guggenheim Digital Media Billboard's parent company has a new leader: Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive Ross Levinsohn.   In his role as CEO of Guggenheim Partners' newly-renamed Guggenheim Digital Media,…

  7. Justin Timberlake's Music Return: Where Has He Been?

    January 10, 2013 6:38 PM EST As JT readies new music, we look back at his guest features, film/TV roles, business deals and love life.   2,312 days -- that's how long it has been since a new Justin Timberlake album arrived in CD stores (remember those?). Since the September 2006 release of Timberlake's…

  8. Happy Birthday, Billboard's Country Songs Chart!

    January 08, 2013 12:15 PM EST The first incarnation of the survey premiered on Jan. 8, 1944. Billboard's Country Songs chart celebrates its anniversary today, having debuted on this date in 1944. The survey started as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" ranking. It was subtitled "(Hillbillies,…

  9. 615 Picks: Top 10 Country Albums of the Year

    December 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We'll look at top singles tomorrow (Dec. 20), but first let's nail down the best albums in the genre -- from a former TV star to an 80s pop icon to a tribute album to one of…

  10. Paul McCartney & Nirvana Members Unite Again on 'SNL'

    December 16, 2012 3:45 AM EST New collaboration "Cut Me Some Slack" now available on iTunes. "Sirvana" strikes again: Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana once again united to perform their new collaboration, "Cut Me Some Slack," on "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday …

  11. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major nominees for the Grammys, being held Feb.…

  12. Grammy Predictions 2013: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 05, 2012 2:00 PM EST On Wednesday night (Dec. 5), the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night," which means that there are only a few more hours to speculate about the major categories. After…

  13. Watch Eli Young Band Sing 'I'll Be Home For Christmas': Merry Melodies Video Series

    November 26, 2012 11:45 AM EST Chart Article Eli Young Band Sings "I'll Be Home For Christmas" Tis the season for hot cocoa, dashing through the snow and, of course, holiday tunes. With winter 2012 upon us, we've asked a series cool artists to give those old favorites a new turn, in the Merry Melodies…

  14. Uncle Kracker Takes Country Seriously on 'Midnight Special'

    November 19, 2012 4:50 PM EST Take a listen to "Nuthin' Changes," a cut from Uncle Kracker's new "Midnight Special" album, and you will hear a reference to a famous singer named Williams. But, it might not be the one you're thinking about. Sure, the Detroit native is a Hank Williams, Jr.…

  15. Tweet Out the Vote: Lady Gaga, Ted Nugent + More Head to the Polls

    November 06, 2012 1:40 PM EST If there's one thing you can glean from monitoring Twitter on this fine election day, it's that celebrities are voters, too, and boy do they love talking about it. Stars ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Ted Nugent and Reba McEntire to Justin Bieber are all chiming in today with self…

  16. CMA Awards 2012: Miranda Defends Blake's Win, Tim Talks Election + More Backstage Moments

    November 02, 2012 9:35 AM EDT With four awards show in five days, it's been a busy week in Nashville. SESAC, ASCAP and BMI honored their top songwriters and publishers earlier in the week, but the festivities wound to a close last night with the 46th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena. Hosted by Brad Paisley and…

  17. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Find Bliss at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:35 PM EDT Shelton-Lambert Household Takes Home Entertainer, Female, Male and Song of the Year Honors Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie…

  18. CMA Awards 2012: Full Winners List

    November 01, 2012 11:00 PM EDT A running list of winners at the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards: CMA AWARDS 2012: Highlights • Photos: Scenes From Red Carpet • Full CMAs Winners List • Photos: Best Photos From the Show Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert Male…

  19. CMA Awards to Seek Doantions for Sandy Victims

    November 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Handing out trophies isn't the only mission when country music's biggest stars take the stage Thursday night for the Country Music Association Awards: They'll be reaching out to help those affected by superstorm Sandy. "Country fans are so amazing and so giving," co…

  20. 50 Years of 'Monster Mash': The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

    October 31, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.Here, he reflects on the 50-year-old perennial Halloween hit "Monster…

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