1. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  2. Winner of Univision's 'Va Por Ti' Will Get a Deal with Warner, Label Announces

    October 20, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warner Music will offer a recording deal to the winner of Univision Network reality show  Va Por Ti (This One’s for You). The winner of the Sunday night reality show, which kicked off September 7, will be announced December 7 during the show finale. This marks the first time Warner signs…

  3. Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

    October 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT A few songs into his set at Madison Square Garden Friday (Oct. 17) night, Eric Church stopped to reflect briefly on his ascent from playing bars and clubs to headlining arenas. He's played MSG once before, he noted, and he remembers the exact date: eight years and three days ago. Back…

  4. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

  5. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  6. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies have history on the subject. In the U.K., the…

  7. Jennifer Lopez Is Still a Fan of Ben Affleck's Movies

    October 13, 2014 8:12 AM EDT It's been a decade since Bennifer broke up, and if you're having trouble remembering exactly what that celebrity portmanteau stood for, that's the whole point.  Jennifer Lopez  and Ben Affleck have lived entire lives -- Academy Awards! American Idol ! -- since canceling their…

  8. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  9. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  10. Willie Nelson's Braids Sell for $37,000 at Auction

    October 07, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Willie Nelson 's signature braids sold for $37,000 at an auction in Phoenix on Sunday, included in the roughly 2,000 items sold off that belonged to the late outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings .  Waylon Jennings' Items Up For Auction In Phoenix Other items up for auction…

  11. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  12. Waylon Jennings' Items Up For Auction In Phoenix

    October 04, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings owned a vintage motorcycle that had previously belonged to his close friend, rock `n' roll star Buddy Holly . Jennings was supposed to have been with Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when the crooners were…

  13. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. She collected the top honor having just…

  14. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  15. IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts

    September 15, 2014 6:04 PM EDT While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-established Tuesday release is mounting. In addition…

  16. Raw Power’s Craig Jennings and Matt Ash on U.S. Expansion, Growing Business in the Face of Falling Sales

    September 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT The pair address how the last fifteen years have dramatically affected their jobs, and the business of breaking bands. Formed in 2006 by music industry veteran Craig Jennings alongside Iron Maiden ’s long-term manager Rod Smallwood and fellow Sanctuary Group founder Andy Taylor , U.K.-based…

  17. Microsoft Buys Mojang, Company Behind Massive 'Minecraft'

    September 15, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang in a deal expected to…

  18. Waylon Jennings' Collectibles to be Sold at Auction, Including Buddy Holly's Motorcycle & Willie Nelson's Hair

    September 04, 2014 7:42 PM EDT A collection of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings ' belongings will go on public auction this fall, including a rare 1958 motorcycle originally owned by Buddy Holly and locks of Willie Nelson 's braided hair. Waylon Jennings' Widow Talks 'Last Recordings' &…

  19. Exclusive Song Premiere: Legendary Musician Herb Alpert's New Single 'Sneaky'

    September 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With a career that stretches almost six decades and includes nine Grammy wins, Herb Alpert continues to be a prolific music-maker at the age of 79. On Sept. 30, the legendary trumpet player and producer will release his upcoming disc,  In the Mood , a collection of songs featuring his take on…

  20. A2IM Names Molly Neuman VP, Jen Masset Promoted to Senior Director Membership Services

    September 02, 2014 9:37 PM EDT American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced a number of new staff changes that include the promotion of Jennifer Masset to senior director membership services and the addition of three new employees, including new vp Molly Neuman. The new team members will help to build…

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