1. Grammys 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know About Best New Artist Nominees From Sam Smith to Brandy Clark

    December 26, 2014 9:10 AM EST Check out this year's Grammy nominees for Best New Artist -- a group hailing from rock, pop, soul, hip-hop and country. BRANDY CLARK After years as a songwriting force in Nashville, Clark may be the most promising best new artist nominee of the nine country acts to make the category…

  2. West Virginia High Schooler Comes Out As Gay to Taylor Swift's 'Love Story'

    December 17, 2014 11:20 AM EST The country singer Ty Herndon recently told People that Kacey Musgraves ' song "Follow Your Arrow" helped motivate him to come out. In West Virginia, a country song from  Taylor Swift  recently soundtracked a similar situation. In a piece published yesterday on the website…

  3. 2014 Became Country's Coming-Out Party for Artists Including Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman

    December 15, 2014 1:11 PM EST On Nov. 5, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally made history as the first openly gay winners of a Country Music Association Award when they took home song of the year honors for co-writing Kacey Musgraves ’ “Follow Your Arrow,” the left-field hit that includes a lyric that celebrates same-sex…

  4. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Speaks on Eric Garner, Ferguson, 'Upheaval From A Global Perspective'

    December 14, 2014 7:27 PM EST "Where are we? We’re at critical time. We’re at watershed moment for humanity," says Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def , delivering a nearly four minute thought piece on the this country's state of affairs and the continued killing of unarmed African Americans by police and otherwise. …

  5. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Renegade Same Trailer Different Park 1 Week on Top Country Albums Kacey Musgraves ' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park , returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas…

  6. Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó, Sie7e & More Take Holiday Music to the Bank

    December 10, 2014 4:32 PM EST Banco Popular’s 'Qué Lindo es Puerto Rico' hits No. 4 on Top Latin Albums. Just as a sudden snap of cold November weather reminds their relatives in New York that Christmas is on its way, the release of Banco Popular’s annual musical production has become a sure sign it's…

  7. Time Warp Festival Overcomes Adversity With Credible American Debut

    December 02, 2014 2:15 PM EST Techno has arrived in America. Well, at least in Brooklyn. Already home to standout underground clubs Output and Verboten, the New York borough played host to the first American edition of legendary German techno festival Time Warp this last weekend. Originally slated to take place at the…

  8. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Debuts

    November 28, 2014 1:05 PM EST Plus: "Downton Abbey" Christmas and Kristin Chenoweth debut. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history, as the group’s Four debuted atop the list . The act is the first group to see its first four studio albums enter at No. 1. Four was released on Nov.…

  9. Kristin Chenoweth About Her ‘Coming Home’ PBS Special: ‘I Want People to Hear a Live, Non-Auto-Tuned Album’

    November 24, 2014 11:30 AM EST The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, located in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Okla., was the 46-year-old Broadway veteran’s choice for a rousing August performance that became the basis for her first televised concert special. The Kenny Ortega-directed Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home premieres Nov…

  10. Inside Azealia Banks' Rocky Road to Releasing 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

    November 14, 2014 2:08 PM EST Did combative New York rapper Azealia Banks "pull a Beyoncé " when she released her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste , on Nov. 6 with no prior setup? Not exactly. Where Beyoncé's midnight surprise in the iTunes Store was the result of a meticulously…

  11. Carrie Underwood Climbs to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Following CMA Awards

    November 13, 2014 3:15 PM EST Th award show shakes up the charts, with the co-host scoring her 14th No. 1. Carrie Underwood 's performance of "Something in the Water" on the CMA Awards Nov. 5 on ABC lifts the track 5-1 on Billboard's sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart. The song is…

  12. Kristin Chenoweth's 'Coming Home': Listen to Emotional Ballad 'Fathers and Daughters'

    November 12, 2014 5:47 PM EST The PBS special airs Nov. 28 & the live album hits stores Monday. Kristin Chenoweth is returning to her roots with her first concert special, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, and accompanying live album. Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth Signs With ICM Partners for Concerts Filmed over the…

  13. 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…

  14. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big

    November 05, 2014 11:40 PM EST Luke Bryan took home top honors at the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 5), winning for Entertainer of the Year. "I've never met Garth Brooks before," the singer said of the man who presented him with the trophy. "Can I have another…

  15. 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…

  16. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    November 04, 2014 5:30 PM EST Nashville has always been known as a songwriter's town, and that perception has been bolstered in the past decade by the increasing success of the CMA Songwriters Series. The series celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by expanding into television and drawing standing-room-only…

  17. Exclusive: Watch Kristin Chenoweth Perform Broadway Hits in Behind-the-Scenes Video

    November 04, 2014 10:03 AM EST It's time for more Kristin Chenoweth . The singer/Broadway star/sometimes Glee person is releasing her upcoming album Coming Home Nov. 17. Below, you can check out a behind-the-scenes video of Chenoweth as she returns to her hometown, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to perform songs in the…

  18. Macklemore Helps Celebrate King County Drug Court's 20th Anniversary

    October 15, 2014 10:44 PM EDT The 20th anniversary celebration of the pioneering King County Drug Court was about half over when a famous participant strolled in and took a seat on the front bench. The audience of drug court graduates and others buzzed at the arrival of Macklemore , but the 31-year-old rapper introduced…

  19. Watch Fences & Macklemore Perform 'Arrows' on 'Ellen'

    October 08, 2014 10:00 PM EDT The Seattle-repping team up of Fences and Macklemore took their track "Arrows" to Ellen Wednesday for an on-target performance that the audience standing at full attention.  Macklemore & Fences' Chris Mansfield Discuss Collabs, 'Organic' Process Behind '…

  20. Mary Lambert: ‘I Want to Be a Catalyst for Someone’s Healing’

    September 30, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Mary Lambert , 25, is best known for providing vocals on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ' "Same Love." The Seattle native is now ready to step out on her own, following up two EPs with her debut album Heart on My Sleeve , due Oct. 14 on Capitol Records. Her single "Secrets…

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