1. Peter Hollens Covers Ed Sheeran's 'The Hobbit' Cut 'I See Fire' and 4 Other A Cappella Acts to Check

    December 12, 2013 4:30 PM EST With ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” coming out tomorrow (Dec. 13), many “Lord of the Rings” fans are hyped about the sequel to last winter’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” To that end, meet Peter Hollens. Equipped with a Vocal Performance degree (who has that?) and more than a…

  2. 'Simply Bluegrass' DVD Takes Flight After Ricky Skaggs Gets On Board

    December 10, 2013 11:40 AM EST Fans of bluegrass music will be excited about the recent taping of "Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass," a DVD collection that will feature many of the masters of the genre – as well as many of the format's most exciting newcomers like super duo Dailey & Vincent and…

  3. John Hammond, 'Further On Up The Road': Exclusive Song Premiere

    December 10, 2013 10:45 AM EST It's been 50 years since John Hammond, Jr. released his first album. And he can think of no better way to commemorate it than with a new live album that finds him doing what he does best -- playing solo with just his guitar, harmonica and voice at one of his favorite regular venues.  …

  4. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  5. Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster Sells for Nearly $1 Million

    December 06, 2013 7:24 PM EST The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million -- the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. A buyer identified only as a private individual agreed to pay $965,000, including the…

  6. Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster Going to Auction

    December 06, 2013 3:33 AM EST Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster made rock history when he played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Now it is again set to make news when it goes on the auction block, where it could sell for half a million dollars. The festival was a defining moment that marked Dylan's…

  7. Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return

    December 05, 2013 10:10 AM EST 'Tis the season for Billboard to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboardbiz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts return, while a new seasonal ranking,…

  8. Rosanne Cash Rediscovers Her Roots With 'The River & The Thread'

    December 02, 2013 12:00 PM EST Rosanne Cash admits that when she looks back at her classic work from the 1980s, she feels somewhat removed from the artist that was topping the chart with works like "Seven Year Ache" and "Blue Moon With Heartache" during her years with Columbia Records. "It's…

  9. Recipe For A Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 27, 2013 1:35 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you have secured…

  10. American Music Awards 2013: 10 Moments That Made Us LOL, Clap, and Shake Our Heads

    November 25, 2013 1:40 AM EST Award shows are a prime oppourtunity for moments that will spark conversation on social networks and at water coolers alike for days to come. The 2013 American Music Awards were no different, with the expected acts (Hi, Gaga and Miley) giving us something to talk about. American Music Awards…

  11. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  12. Marc 'MK' Kinchen Talks Surprise UK Hit 'Look Right Through' and Stardom Abroad

    November 21, 2013 3:20 PM EST Two weeks ago, Marc Kinchen, better known as MK, took a remix of an underground house track by Storm Queen to the top of the UK charts. While it was dethroned by Martin Garrix earlier this week, the MK remix of “Look Right Through” is still lodged in the Top 10, giving Kinchen, an American,…

  13. 'Always… Patsy Cline' Star Mandy Barnett Takes on Don Gibson

    November 12, 2013 1:15 PM EST Since she first gained attention for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in the Ryman Auditorium's production of "Always… Patsy Cline" in 1994, Mandy Barnett has always demonstrated a love and appreciation of classic songs – as well as classic singers. Nowhere is that more apparent…

  14. Chart Highlights: Cage The Elephant Returns To No. 1 On Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs

    November 11, 2013 7:30 PM EST Cage the Elephant hits No. 1 on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs, One Direction debuts on Pop Songs and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  15. The Band Perry Hitches Its Wagon to Europe

    October 31, 2013 10:15 AM EDT When the bulk of the Band Perry's American fan base is sitting down to turkey dinners in late November, giving thanks for the good fortune that's already arrived, the Perrys will be somewhere in Europe on a mission to build their future. The We Are Pioneers tour kicks off in…

  16. B.o.B Talks Quarter Life Crisis & 'Underground Luxury' Album

    October 29, 2013 5:00 PM EDT B.o.B is suffering from a quarter-life crisis. With two weeks before his 25th birthday, the Atlanta rapper finds himself at a point in his 10-year career where he can't let anyone get in his way, including himself." "At 25, from this point forward it has got to be just uphill,…

  17. Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts

    October 29, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he's jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett's natural ease at singing and songwriting. "I feel like I've really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,"…

  18. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  19. Julie Roberts, 'Good Wine & Bad Decisions': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 22, 2013 11:24 AM EDT Julie Roberts is very excited about her new label affiliation - next Tuesday (October 29), she releases "Good Wine And Bad Decisions," her first album under a new recording agreement with Sun Records. Billboard is excited to present an exclusive stream of the album a week…

  20. Eminem's 30 Biggest Songs

    October 17, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Eminem's birthday is today (Oct. 17), and to celebrate the midwestern rapper who rose to the national stage a decade and a half ago, we're taking a look at Em's 30 biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100. He may go by a handful of names -- Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady …

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