1. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  2. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  3. Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

    November 20, 2014 1:42 PM EST GLAAD applauded Herndon, saying, "Gay people can also be Christians, cowboys, and even country music stars." Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a new interview with People : "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man." The 52-year-old country singer earned…

  4. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  5. Kenny Chesney vs. the Country Class of 1994: How His Career Stacks Up to Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Other Stars

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST None of the country newcomers on the scene when Kenny Chesney released his '94 debut, In My Wildest Dreams , have matched the 28.8 million albums he has sold since 1991 (according to Nielsen SoundScan) or the $750 million in touring revenue he has earned since 1995. But they haven'…

  6. Meet Descemer Bueno, the Talent Behind Enrique Iglesias' Smash Hit 'Bailando'

    November 17, 2014 12:15 PM EST If you’ve been on the planet this year, there’s a good chance you’ve heard “Bailando,” the Enrique Iglesias smash featuring Descemer Bueno, who wrote the song with Iglesias. But if you don’t live in Miami, where Bueno resides, or Havana, where the Cuban singer/songwriter frequently…

  7. One Direction, Ellie Goulding On 'Epic' Band Aid Recording Session

    November 15, 2014 6:55 PM EST A who's who of U.K. stars joined forces on Saturday (Nov. 15) to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"  And now you can see what some of your favorite A-listers wore to the event. Led by Bob Geldof ; One Direction , Rita Ora , Ed Sheeran , Ellie…

  8. Throwback Thursday: The LOX vs. Diddy in 2005 Hot 97 Interview

    November 13, 2014 5:44 PM EST Nine years ago this month (November 2005), the LOX 's Jadakiss and Styles P turned it up on Diddy while being interviewed on NYC’s Hot 97. It feels like ages ago, doesn't it? I bet it doesn't for the LOX though. Diddy has a reputation for allegedly mistreating his artists. We…

  9. The Ultimate One Direction Playlist for Dads

    November 13, 2014 5:08 PM EST Want to get your dad into 1D without telling him that he’s listening to a boy band? Here’s how to turn pops into a Directioner. Say you’re a One Direction fan, like we are over here at Billboard. You talk about them with your friends, debate Zayn vs. Harry with your older sister, and sing…

  10. 'Duck Dynasty' Musical Taking Flight in Las Vegas

    November 12, 2014 9:27 PM EST Not since Fiddler on the Roof has a theatrical project involved this much facial hair. A stage musical is being developed that will center on  Duck Dynasty 's Robertson family, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The Dodgers, a New York-based theater company, and the Rio Hotel in…

  11. Exclusive: Christian Artist Chris Tomlin Performs Acoustic Versions of His Songs 'Waterfall' and 'Jesus Loves Me'

    November 12, 2014 9:16 AM EST Sometimes in the process of creating a new album there's one song that becomes an anchor for the whole project. On Chris Tomlin 's Love Ran Red , which dropped Oct. 27, that song is "At the Cross." "This song is the centerpiece of the album," the Christian…

  12. Carrie Underwood Pens Sentimental Essay for Veterans Day

    November 11, 2014 6:50 PM EST "The only stories I love more than the ones I get to write and sing about are the ones that I hear from those who listen my songs," writes Carrie Underwood in a Veterans Day essay for TIME , detailing an experience she said has changed the way she sings "See You Again."…

  13. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  14. Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management

    November 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management and will merge the company into its talent management division,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The combined personnel — which will include film and TV talent and literary managers — will move to expanded offices next year. Related…

  15. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  16. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  17. Tove Lo Feels Up a Fan’s Nipple Piercings and More Insider Scoop

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  18. Tim McGraw Exits Red Light Management

    November 06, 2014 6:42 PM EST Tim McGraw exited Red Light Management suddenly last week after five years with the firm, sources tell Billboard . During an interim period, McGraw is working with his former manager, Scott Siman . McGraw has had a fruitful five years at Red Light, where he was managed by founder Coran…

  19. CMA Awards 2014: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 06, 2014 3:58 AM EST You saw the performances. You saw the fashions. You saw the winners. But unless you were on the red carpet or backstage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, there is so much you didn't see, such as these 10 items: - New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge was in obvious euphoria…

  20. CMA Awards 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 05, 2014 8:00 PM EST The 2014 CMA Awards have begun! Check back here for an updated winners list all night! CMA Awards 2014: Who Should Win/Who Will Win | Producers Give Scoop on the Show  | Live Blog Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan -- WINNER Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban Female…

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