1. Blake Shelton Had a 'Few Drinks' Before Firing off 'American Sniper' Tweets

    January 22, 2015 6:15 AM EST Blake Shelton has admitted he had a "few drinks" before rolling up his sleeves for a Twitter battle over American Sniper .  The Voice judge and fellow country singer Craig Morgan  made headlines when they took aim at celebrities who questioned the message behind the hit film, and…

  2. 'The Voice': Season 8 Reportedly Picks Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor as Mentors

    January 22, 2015 3:58 AM EST Season 8 of The Voice might already have its guest mentors selected.  The NBC singing competition has reportedly recruited Meghan Trainor , Nick Jonas , Ellie Goulding and Lionel Richie to assist its quartet of coaches for the show's spring run. According to Us Weekly , Richie will…

  3. 'American Sniper' Has Country Stars & Movie Stars Arguing on Social Media

    January 21, 2015 5:24 PM EST The movie American Sniper set attendance records for a film opening in January, and with that high profile comes controversy. After Seth Rogen and Michael Moore tweeted their thoughts about the film, country singers Blake Shelton and Craig Morgan took to social media to voice their support…

  4. It's Blake Shelton vs. Adam Levine in New 'Saturday Night Live' Promo Video

    January 21, 2015 10:45 AM EST Is Blake Shelton's Voice rivalry with Adam Levine real? Well, the country star couldn't answer the question on this Saturday Night Live promo without asking if he could use "cuss words," so.... Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Shelton will serve…

  5. Watch Kevin Hart Have Fun With Sia's Name in 'SNL' Promo

    January 15, 2015 7:26 PM EST Sia Saturday! Who knew there was so much fun to be had with Sia 's name? Blake Shelton Announced as 'Saturday Night Live' Host & Musical Guest In a new promo for this weekend's Saturday Night Live , host Kevin Hart and castmember Kate McKinnon wordplay around with…

  6. This Video Attempts to Prove All Country Songs Sounded the Same in 2014

    January 09, 2015 10:55 AM EST If you don't like or don't listen to country music, here's an opportunity to affirm your own beliefs: a video shows the startling similarities between tracks from Blake Shelton , Parmalee , Florida Georgia Line , Cole Swindell , Chase Rice  and Luke Bryan . Check it out…

  7. Iggy Azalea, Fall Out Boy & Lady Antebellum Dominate People's Choice Awards

    January 07, 2015 11:10 PM EST Iggy Azalea might be a popular punching bag for hip-hop purists ( Azealia Banks in particular), but she's got one major force standing behind her: the people. The "Black Widow" rapper was named Favorite Hip-Hop Artist at the 2015 People's Choice Awards, beating out Jay Z…

  8. Shakira & Iggy Azalea Collaboration in the Works

    January 06, 2015 7:01 PM EST Shakira 's hard at work on her 11th album, reports Spanish newspaper El Mundo , and it's going to feature a collaboration with Iggy Azalea .  New Maná Single Will Feature Shakira Columbian superstar's new LP is said to be a multi-national affair, including other…

  9. Blake Shelton Announced As 'Saturday Night Live' Host & Musical Guest

    January 06, 2015 12:57 PM EST Saturday Night Live announced the first two SNL hosts of 2015. Kevin Hart will host on Jan. 17 alongside musical guest Sia . On Jan. 24, Blake Shelton will be both host and the musical entertainment, making him the first host to pull double duty this season. This will be the  Voice  coach&…

  10. Brad Paisley 'Storm's Back to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

    January 06, 2015 11:05 AM EST The star tallies his 19th No. 1 – and first since 2011. Brad Paisley scores his first leader in more than three years on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Perfect Storm" rises 2-1. The coronation ends his longest stretch between chart-toppers. Paisley's new No.…

  11. 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    December 24, 2014 2:33 PM EST Craig Wayne Boyd , the seventh-season winner of NBC's The Voice , rockets onto Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1 with his coronation single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." Boyd becomes just the second artist to launch at No. 1 since Hot…

  12. 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith and More Pick Their Favorite Singles and Albums of 2014

    December 23, 2014 1:08 PM EST In December, all the critics are quick to tell you their favorite albums and songs of the year, but what about the musicians? Does anybody ask them about the year in music? Billboard checked in with a wide-ranging group of artists -- including Charli XCX , the rapper YG , and 5 Seconds of…

  13. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  14. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  15. Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

    December 18, 2014 12:25 PM EST Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums. Carrie Underwood storms Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set…

  16. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton ,…

  17. Craig Wayne Boyd Wins 'The Voice' Series 7

    December 17, 2014 2:45 AM EST Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd , the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos…

  18. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  19. 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos

    December 15, 2014 11:03 PM EST The Voice is trying something new to ensure their next winner jumps from the finale to the charts. On Monday night's episode, the last remaining competitors took the stage to debut original songs, penned with support from their coaches' creative teams. They also unveiled…

  20. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

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