1. The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell's 'Candy Cane Sword Fight' End Auditions

    October 07, 2014 2:49 AM EDT The Voice's blind auditions wrapped on Monday night with the inevitable: a battle between Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams . While Adam Levine and Blake Shelton  usually throw insults across the studio when fighting for a singer, the veteran coaches knew what was coming between the…

  2. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  3. Stagecoach 2015 Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton & Tim McGraw to Headline

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The Stagecoach festival announced its 2015 lineup Monday (Oct. 6). The festival -- in its 9th year -- is a huge showcase for country music. Check out the lineup below: Stagecoach Festival 2015 lineup is here! On sale next Tues, Oct 14 @ 10am. info http://t.co/OWo67ynX3O #yeehaw pic.twitter…

  4. Who Will Dominate Country Music’s Packed Year-End?

    October 06, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks bring firepower to an already beefy fall release schedule. The fourth quarter is looking robust, with big releases ranging from Kanye West to Barry Manilow , but its secret weapon is an unusually strong slate from the country sector. “It’s the…

  5. Blake Battling Babs for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Blake Shelton is in the hunt for his second No. 1 album, but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way Blake Shelton might nab his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Bringing Back the Sunshine … that is, unless Barbra Streisand ’s Partners puts up a fight. Blake…

  6. Happy Birthday, Gwen Stefani: Look Back at 5 Different Eras of Her Career

    October 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT From just a girl to a hollaback girl, Gwen Stefani keeps rocking. Happy Birthday, Gwen Stefani ! The legendary No Doubt frontwoman, pop inventor and showstopping fashion designer turns 45 on Friday (Oct. 3) -- which is b-a-n-a-n-a-s, because she (and her iconic abs) still very much look…

  7. Lip-Sync Battle Boosts Blake Shelton on Social 50 Chart

    October 02, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Blake Shelton re-enters the Social 50 chart for the first time in nearly a year due to the promotional efforts surrounding the release of his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine , released Sept. 30. Shelton last appeared on the chart dated Nov. 23, 2013, and steps back onto the list…

  8. Blake Shelton Eyeing No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 01, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Blake Shelton may battle Barbra Streisand for No. 1 on next week's chart. Blake Shelton 's new album Bringing Back the Sunshine has its sights set on the Billboard 200 chart's No. 1 slot -- but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way. Blake Shelton's 'Bringing…

  9. 'The Voice' Recap: Can Pharrell Break Blake Shelton's Country Music Reign?

    October 01, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Over the past six seasons, it's been very hard for any coach on The Voice to drag a potential country star away of Blake Shelton's inherent pull, but can the enigmatic Pharrell Williams finally do it? At one point in Tuesday night's episode, the new mentor gave it a shot. …

  10. Blake Shelton, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine': Track-by-Track Review

    September 30, 2014 4:40 PM EDT On Bringing Back The Sunshine , the eighth studio disc from Blake Shelton , there are plenty of songs that will go hand in hand with weekend parties and celebrations, but if you look a little deeper into the album, you will see another side of the four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.…

  11. 'The Voice' Recap: Blind & Burned Artists Turn Coaches' Chairs

    September 30, 2014 1:13 AM EDT The blind auditions continued on The Voice on Monday night with the series' first-ever blind singer, a survivor of third-degree burns, a Family Guy impression master, a very good looking shipping employee and a repeat auditionee from season 3. 'The Voice' Recap: Blake Shelton…

  12. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely on touring as their primary source of income,…

  13. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  14. 'The Voice' Recap: Blake Shelton Pulls Out a Parody of Pharrell's Hat

    September 24, 2014 1:51 AM EDT If Monday night's lackluster season 7 premiere of The Voice was all about the coaches -- old and new -- then Tuesday night's episode put the spotlight back on the auditionees with big voices, creative takes and visible potential. (Thank goodness, because this singing show is still…

  15. 'Voice' Coaches Join Gwen Stefani for 'Hella Good' Performance

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT In the year 2014,  Blake Shelton , of all people, is assisting in a  No Doubt  cover. This is what happens when  Gwen Stefani  joins  The Voic e, apparently. On Monday night's premiere of the NBC reality show, Stefani -- as well as Shelton, Adam Levine   and  Pharrell Williams   (who…

  16. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  17. What's The Best 'The Voice' Coach Collaboration? Vote Now!

    September 22, 2014 6:52 PM EDT “The Voice” at long last returns on Monday night (Sept. 22) with a pair of new superstars, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, joining incumbent coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Since the show launched in the U.S. in 2011, one of the more exciting aspects has been the collaborations…

  18. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  19. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  20. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

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