1. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  2. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 18, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Though, Jason Mraz is nipping at Al's heels with 'Yes!' Comedian and singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is on course for his first No. 1 album, as "Mandatory Fun" could debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the album, which was…

  3. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  4. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  5. Jordan Anderson on Finding Her Way in Nashville

    July 16, 2014 7:13 PM EDT When you hear the heartfelt lyrics of Jordan Anderson's latest single, "American Dream," keep in mind that it is her real life she’s singing about — word for word.  "I wrote it with James Dean Hicks in Nashville. It was an awesome experience. It's about my journey…

  6. Nick Carter & Jordan Knight's Debut Single 'One More Time' Is A Funky Ray of Sunshine

    July 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT The Backstreet Boy and the New Kid on the Block go Maroon 5 on their sprightly first offering. Naysayers be damned—boy band lightning can strike twice. "One More Time," the first offering from Nick Carter and Jordan Knight's side project Nick & Knight, is a straight-up…

  7. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay…

  8. Girl's Day Mixes Sexy, Sweet & Swimsuits for 'Darling': Watch

    July 14, 2014 9:03 PM EDT The girl group work at a car wash, lick frosting off their lips and shake their bums for a sweet, summery single Girl's Day found a resurgence in popularity after uprooting its cute image for a sexy one  last year. But the girl group has found a way to reconcile their early, sunny…

  9. Radiohead to Begin Recording Ninth Album in September

    July 12, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Radiohead will begin rehearsing and recording its ninth studio album in September, according to the band’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Radiohead's Thom Yorke Announces Tour Plans and Dates Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Reunites With 'Blood' Director Radiohead Producer Nigel…

  10. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  11. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  12. Kitty Cash & SZA, 'Moodring': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The DJ announces 'Love The Free II' mixtape, featuring SZA, Yuna, Dev Hynes & more. It's slated to drop on July 22. A year after turning heads with her debut mixtape, "Love The Free," Kitty Cash preps its sequel, "Love The Free II." The 24-year-old DJ…

  13. Daft Punk, DJ Snake & Lil Jon Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Dance/Electronic Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:08 PM EDT At the mid-way point of 2014, more than a year after its release, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" reigns as the top selling dance/electronic album according to Nielsen SoundScan. Through the week ending June 29 -- the mid-way point of the 2014 SoundScan tracking year -- …

  14. Glastonbury 2014: The Top 10 Best Acts

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Just under 180,000 people attended this weekend’s Glastonbury festival – the world’s largest green field music and performing arts festival, which is held annually at the Eavis family-owned Worthy Farm,  located just outside the historic British town of Glastonbury. With over 2,200…

  15. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  16. G-Eazy Heading for No. 3 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 27, 2014 10:31 PM EDT Rapper could see his 'These Things Happen' album also hit No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop chart Rapper G-Eazy is on course for a top 10 start on the Billboard 200 with "These Things Happen." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, might sell around 45…

  17. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    June 27, 2014 5:41 PM EDT The Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart tracks some of the newest releases being shared on Twitter, in real time. An emerging artist on Twitter is defined as an artist who has less than 50,000 Twitter followers and who has not appeared in the top 50 on the Billboard 100. Below are our…

  18. Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex Turner Q&A

    June 27, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Frontman Alex Turner discusses the band's Stateside stardom, moving to America and the prospect of new music In 2014, America finally went ape for Arctic Monkeys. At home, in England, where all five of their albums have topped the charts, the four lads from Sheffield have been revered…

  19. Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Invited to Join Academy Awards Group

    June 26, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams and this year’s Oscar winners for song and score are among the 271 artists and executives invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik is among the executives invited. Oscars Alter Music Campaign…

  20. Michelle Obama to Deliver Keynote At Grammy Museum Luncheon in L.A.

    June 25, 2014 6:10 AM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama will be back in Los Angeles on July 16 as the keynote speaker for the Grammy Museum's first inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which recognizes teachers who make outstanding use of music in their classroom instruction. The award was created by the…

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