1. Bar Owner Found Guilty in Outlaw Country Singer Wayne Mills' Murder

    March 06, 2015 6:34 PM EST A Nashville bar owner was convicted of second degree murder Friday for the fatal shooting of a country singer-songwriter. Chris Ferrell had told jurors that he shot Wayne Mills in November 2013 in self-defense. But Nashville jurors sided with prosecutors who argued that Ferrell intended to…

  2. 'Lip Sync Battle': Watch Stephen Merchant Strut to Christina Aguilera

    March 06, 2015 5:14 PM EST Stephen Merchant is getting "Dirrty." In the first clip for Spike TV's Lyp Sync Battle , the British comedian gives his all to  Christina Aguilera 's 2002 hit, strutting like he is in it to win it.  The series is based on Jimmy Fallon's regular late-night bit  in…

  3. Kevin Hart Is On Track for the Biggest Comedy Tour of All Time

    March 06, 2015 1:30 PM EST Kevin Hart is an enormously popular comedian, with hit movies, albums and television appearances, a huge fan base and global name recognition. Yet it may come as a surprise to learn that his upcoming What Now? tour, which begins April 9 in Texas, is on track to become the highest grossing…

  4. Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield Talks Awesome New Album 'Ivy Tripp'

    March 06, 2015 1:19 PM EST Get ready to start listening to a lot of Waxahatchee . Or maybe you have already -- Katie Crutchfield's band is prepping its third studio album and Ivy Tripp is primed to be one of the year's most talked-about indie rock releases. The singer-songwriter stopped by Billboard's…

  5. Skrillex & Diplo's 'Jack U' Debuts at No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums

    March 06, 2015 11:00 AM EST Skrillex and Diplo start at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack U . The album sold 14,000 in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen Music. Skrillex scores his third No. 1, following the Bangarang EP and Recess , which spent…

  6. Kid Rock Plants 'Kiss' at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

    March 06, 2015 9:45 AM EST Kid Rock 's First Kiss debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, selling 137,000 copies in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen Music. It also starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (with 146,000 overall equivalent album units). The Detroit rocker's 10th…

  7. Billboard Cover: Jack White on Not Being a 'Sound-Bite Artist,' Living in the Wrong Era and Why Vinyl Records Are 'Hypnotic'

    March 06, 2015 9:00 AM EST An 18-year-old  Elvis Presley walked through the doors of the Memphis Recording Service at 708 Union Ave. in the summer of 1953. He carried a beat-up guitar that he'd had since the age of 11 and enough money to make a $3.98 record of his own voice. THIS COVER STORY FIRST…

  8. Aphex Twin To Drop Another Track

    March 06, 2015 1:51 AM EST The flood of recent Aphex Twin releases won't be drying up just yet.  The enigmatic British electronic music head-bender (known to his friends as Richard D. James ) will release "MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96"as a white label 12" vinyl (with hand stamp), through Warp Records…

  9. Alabama, Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr. & More Lined Up for Alabama's Toadlick Fest

    March 05, 2015 9:57 PM EST Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Bret Michaels & Styx are also on the bill for April 23-25 event. The latter part of winter has been quite brutal for many places in the South, but come April 23-25, most of that will be very much forgotten, as the Toadlick Music Festival will be held in Dothan,…

  10. Zac Brown Band Announces New Album 'Jekyll + Hyde' & 2015 Tour Dates

    March 05, 2015 7:29 PM EST Zac Brown Band is gearing up for a big year. On Thursday, the group announced its new album is called Jekyll + Hyde and will be out April 28. As well, they'll be launching a North American stadium tour that same week, with the first show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on May 1.  &…

  11. Mary J. Blige Documentary Gets Spotlight at Tribeca Film Festival

    March 05, 2015 3:52 PM EST A documentary chronicling the recording of Mary J. Blige 's 13th studio album will receive its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26 in New York. Blige will perform at the festival as well. Mary J. Blige--The London Sessions shows the singer's creative process as…

  12. Exclusive Song Premiere: Brian Bell of Weezer's Band the Relationship Shares 'Oh Allen'

    March 05, 2015 2:53 PM EST The Relationship is pretty much the indie band version of a buddy comedy. Weezer guitarist Brian Bell fronts the four-piece, which includes Nate Shaw of U.S. Bombs, Albert Hammond Jr. 's songwriting partner Jon LaRue, and Anthony Burulcich, drummer for Morrissey and the Bravery . Good…

  13. Why Can't Modern Girl Groups Land a Radio Hit?

    March 05, 2015 12:55 PM EST Fifth Harmony and Little Mix have huge social followings and live support -- but neither has found a smash yet. Why haven't the new girl groups taken over radio? Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs of All Time • Are You a Harmonizer or a Mixer? • Girl Group Week…

  14. 'RIP DIY' Photography Exhibit Preview: Williamsburg's Changing Soundscape

    March 05, 2015 9:00 AM EST Last year was a bad one for so-called "DIY" venues, performance spaces that are barely legal, if at all. In New York City alone, 10 shuttered : of those, Williamsburg's Death by Audio (DBA), Glasslands, and 285 Kent are perhaps the most recognizable. After all, those three were…

  15. No Doubt, Usher & Mary J. Blige to Headline D.C.'s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Event

    March 05, 2015 8:00 AM EST Fall Out Boy, Train & My Morning Jacket also on the bill for April 18 event. After three years of rocking New York's Central Park, the Global Citizen Festival is expanding to Washington, D.C., for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day , a free event to be held Saturday, April 18, on the…

  16. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Pharrell Says Marvin Gaye Never Came Into His Head in the Studio

    March 04, 2015 9:55 PM EST Pharrell Williams testified in a single phrase to what he thinks "Blurred Lines" shares with the Marvin Gaye song it's said to copy: "Feel; not infringement." That's the dispute in the trial currently in its second week in Los Angeles federal court, with the soul…

  17. Listen to Violent Femmes' First Song in 15 Years, 'Love Love Love Love Love'

    March 04, 2015 7:53 PM EST We haven't heard new material from the Violent Femmes in since 2000's Freak Magnet , but on Wednesday the Milwaukee punk trio released a new track and announced an upcoming EP that'll be out in April.  The song's called "Love Love Love Love Love" and leads…

  18. Justin Bieber Shows Off His Abs on 'Men's Health' Cover, Talks Growing Up

    March 04, 2015 7:30 PM EST Justin Bieber is shirtless on the cover of the April issue of Men's Health , under a headline touting his "reinvention." If part of that reinvention is wearing fewer shirts, it's clearly working: Bieber recently appeared in a Calvin Klein pictorial showing off his…

  19. Striking Matches: From 'Nashville' Favorites to Debut Album

    March 04, 2015 6:58 PM EST 'Nothing but the Silence' arrives March 24. Consider yourself forewarned: Early on the morning of March 24, you might be woken up in Nashville by the sound of screaming down Music Row. Striking Matches will be releasing Nothing but the Silence, their debut album, that day, and the…

  20. Annie Lennox on Her Killer Grammy Performance & Why She Isn't Writing New Music

    March 04, 2015 6:28 PM EST Annie Lennox delivered one of the finest performances of the 2015 Grammys , teaming up with Hozier for "Take Me to Church" and bringing the house down with her rendition of "I Put a Spell on You." Turns out, the social-media consensus that was quick to champion her that…

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