1. Jennifer Hudson Introduces New Sound, Look at 'JHUD' Release Party in NYC

    September 24, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Hours before the release of her third studio album, JHUD , Jennifer Hudson greeted an audience on New York City's Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop for an intimate Q&A and listening session, hosted by Gilt City. Fans funneled into the swanky rooftop terrace for an evening with the singer…

  2. Album Review: Kenny Chesney Mixes Country Salvation With a Good Time on ‘The Big Revival’

    September 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Like Jimmy Buffett in a cowboy hat, Kenny Chesney keeps assuring us there's virtually no problem that a cold beer on a tropical island won't set right. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems isn’t just the title of his 2002 multimillion-selling album -- it's Chesney's motto.…

  3. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  4. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the Strokes , Moby , Band Of Horses , Silversun…

  5. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Better Than Ezra's New Album 'All Together Now'

    September 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Frontman Kevin Griffin tells Billboard about the prank-filled recording sessions for their new album. Better Than Ezra , the New Orleans-based rock trio behind such '90s hits as “Good” and “Desperately Wanting,” are back with a new studio album, and it's streaming exclusively on…

  6. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  7. Sneaker Collection Inspired by Kid Cudi to Launch

    August 20, 2014 2:37 AM EDT Italian shoe designer  Giuseppe Zanotti has made some kicks inspired by   Kid Cudi . The first glimpse is this red Nappa leather high-top which has a touch of sci-fi about it. Imagine footwear for a pick-up basketball match on another planet. According to Nice Kicks, theGiuseppe Zanotti High…

  8. Tomorrow's Hits: Kim Cesarion, Like a Storm & Sonia Leigh

    August 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kim Cesarion With its daring pick-up line "I'll cover your body with my autograph," Kim Cesarion 's "Undressed" …

  9. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  10. The Bellamy Brothers Talk Being 'Bro Country Before It Was Cool'

    August 08, 2014 5:49 PM EDT has seen country music mainstays The Bellamy Brothers racking up the miles. David Bellamy tells Billboard that they, to quote Hank Snow, have been everywhere this year. "Our tour has actually zigzagged the world this year. We started off the year in India and Sri Lanka, came back…

  11. Nickelodeon Revives 'School of Rock' as TV Series

    August 04, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Nickelodeon is ready to rock. More than 10 years after Paramount's Jack Black and Mike White starrer, the kid-focused cable network is teaming with its fellow Viacom-owned studio's TV unit to revive  School of Rock as a live-action series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Watch…

  12. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  13. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  14. Greg Bates on Performing at NAMM: 'It's Just Fun To Go Sit and Play Guitars'

    July 14, 2014 4:51 PM EDT This week promises to be an exciting one in Nashville with Summer NAMM, to be held July 17-19 at the Music City Center. Many of the most well-known companies in the business will be showcasing their wares for musicians, industry professionals, and the fans. The fans are allowed at a NAMM show…

  15. Lou Reed's Musical Gear Goes Up For Sale

    June 18, 2014 3:36 AM EDT Want to buy Lou Reed’s effects pedals, or his Kurzweil keyboard? With luck – and a chunk of money – you can.  The late, great artist’s musical equipment is to be auctioned online in the coming weeks. Though not all of it. A post on the Velvet Underground founder’s official Facebook page…

  16. Shenandoah Just Misses Fiery Crash In Texas

    June 09, 2014 4:53 PM EDT The country group Shenandoah narrowly escaped a fiery crash when a vehicle carrying a fuel tank exploded in front of their tour bus in Southeast Texas. Shenandoah spokesman Don Murry Grubbs said Monday that no member of the band or crew was hurt in the early Saturday incident on the Neches…

  17. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  18. Ron Weisner on Michael Jackson's Happiness, Shoving Jann Wenner, Passing on Madonna in New Memoir

    May 27, 2014 3:58 PM EDT In Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music—Managing McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson, veteran manager Ron Weisner , 69, shares inside dirt about his handling some of the top music talent of his generation. His goal: “An honest story of my involvement with these remarkable artists and the play…

  19. Usher Says He's 'Keeping It Sexy' with Next Album and 'Good Kisser' Single

    May 20, 2014 2:48 PM EDT If nothing else, Usher considers himself a facilitator. “I try to make the conversation between men and women easier with my records,” the veteran R&B singer and Cupid of sorts says. His efforts have been fruitful for nearly 20 years, with sultry R&B hit singles like 1998'…

  20. 'Glee's' 22-Episode Final Run May Be Cut Short

    May 12, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Heading into the 2014-15 season, Fox's "Glee" finds itself in unfamiliar territory: on the bench. The final season of the musical dramedy from showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk was left off the network's schedule, which was released early Monday with a number of new…

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