1. Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Bring the West Coast to Free NYC Show

    June 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT He may call himself "the Good Kid From the Mad City" of Compton, Calif., but Black Hippy's resident ladies man Kendrick Lamar may find himself being referred to by a grander title than that before long. Last night (Monday, June 4), fans lined up around the block of Santos Party…

  2. The History of Country Music Gets an Update

    February 26, 2012 11:00 AM EST Country Music has enjoyed a rich history over the years, and the Country Music Foundation has released what many are considering to be the ultimate history book concerning the genre with the issue of The Encyclopedia of Country Music. A 626-page book of who's who, and what's what in…

  3. Album Review: Kellie Pickler, '100 Proof'

    February 06, 2012 8:00 AM EST KELLIE PICKLER "100 Proof" Producers: Frank Liddell, Luke Wooten Label: 19/BNA Release Date: Jan. 24 This blonde and bubbly "American Idol" alum makes for an unlikely source of the kind of old-fashioned countrypolitan albums we used to get regularly from Dolly Parton and…

  4. John Legend, Kennedy Center Program Pay Tribute to Marvin Gaye

    January 31, 2012 7:55 PM EST Grammy award-winning singer John Legend surprised a high school choir Tuesday at the Kennedy Center to help start a program encouraging young artists to confront social issues with their art, in honor of the late Marvin Gaye . The project, "What's Going On ... Now," echoes Gaye…

  5. Kellie Pickler Live Q&A: Watch Archived Video

    January 23, 2012 3:40 PM EST Chart Article Kellie Pickler Watch Again! Kellie Pickler may have first won hearts as a finalist on season five of "American Idol," but she's gone on to a well-earned fanbase on the strength of country hits like "Red High Heels" and "Best Days Of Your Life."…

  6. 'Idol' Alum Kellie Pickler Toughens Up With '100 Proof'

    January 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST It's been more than three years since Kellie Pickler's self-titled sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (No. 9 on Billboard 200), but the "American Idol" alumna has hardly been idle. "I jumped, not giving a shit whether my…

  7. Country Music Preview: 10 for 2012

    January 03, 2012 3:30 PM EST is only a few days old, but there are a few things that we are really looking forward to in the world of country music. There are some big tours and quite a few big albums coming down the turnpike, and it's already looking to be a banner year. Here are ten things to look forward to:…

  8. Rodney Atkins Files for Divorce, Denies Assaulting His Wife

    December 15, 2011 4:10 PM EST Rodney Atkins has filed for divorce and his attorney denied Thursday the country singer assaulted his wife last month. Atkins was arrested Nov. 21 and charged with domestic assault. His wife, Tammy Jo Atkins, told police that after a night of heavy drinking he assaulted her and tried to…

  9. Sherrie Austin Goes DIY for First Album in 8 Years

    December 06, 2011 12:30 PM EST The music business can be a funny thing. For proof of this, look no further than Sherrié Austin. The Australia native has had her share of radio hits like "Lucky In Love" and "Streets Of Heaven," but over the past few years, Austin has shifted gears a bit. Her songwriting…

  10. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Haggard and others, was admitted to St. Thomas…

  11. Rapper Tone-Loc Collapses Onstage In Atlanta

    October 17, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Rapper Tone-Loc collapsed onstage at an Atlanta concert on Saturday. According to TMZ , Loc (real name: Anthony Terrell Smith), was transported to a nearby hospital and released. Following reports of a seizure, his manager told the website Loc was doing fine and was suffering from exhaustion.…

  12. Betty White, Rapper With a Cause: Watch

    October 12, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Like the Energizer Bunny, Betty White just doesn't stop. TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" star has now teamed with dance artist Luciana on a remix -- and video -- for the latter's "I'm Still Hot." Watch below. Luciana's original version, released…

  13. Billboard Bits: Sly Stone Homeless, Melissa Etheridge Caught in Custody Battle

    September 26, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Psychedelic Legend Sly Stone Revealed To Be Homeless Sly Stone, ringleader of rock-funk fusion act Sly and the Family Stone is reportedly homeless, living out of a van parked in Los Angeles' rough Crenshaw…

  14. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as part of a separately-named, non-all-star…

  15. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. Ashford, who along with wife…

  16. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  17. The Game Won't Face Charges for 'Phone Mob' Prank

    August 18, 2011 8:39 AM EDT The Game will not face criminal charges after a tweet from the rapper's account incited a telephone flash mob that jammed the emergency phone system at one of the busiest stations of the Los Angeles County sheriff's department, the agency said Wednesday. Capt. Mike Parker said the…

  18. Memorial Service Held for Victims of Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    August 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents. Daniels said Saturday's stage collapse as high winds…

  19. Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me"

    July 29, 2011 10:00 AM EDT When word got out that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood had recorded a duet for the former's This Is Country Music album, fans began clamoring for the track to become a single. They got their wish when "Remind Me" became the third release from the album, as the gorgeous power…

  20. Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 17, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Hi Gary, I love the new Lonely Island and Michael Bolton "Saturday Night Live" digital short and viral hit, "Jack Sparrow." [ Language in video below not appropriate for all audiences ]. The song got me to thinking about other odd teamings. In 1985, new wave duo Eurythmics…

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