1. Tanya Tucker, Jim Ed Brown & More Country Stars Rub Elbows With Radio Execs at Legendary Lunch

    February 26, 2015 7:50 PM EST Wednesday's Legendary Lunch -- one of the events that helped kick off the 2015 Country Radio Seminar -- definitely brought out the star power of Music City. The event brought many veteran performers with their peers at radio for a lunch at the Palm in downtown Nashville, and between the…

  2. Bobby Emmons, Country Studio Musician & Songwriter, Dead at 72

    February 24, 2015 7:59 PM EST County musician and songwriter Bobby Emmons, who wrote hits for Waylon Jennings and George Strait and played on more than 100 chart hits as a session musician, has died. Emmons passed away Monday in a Nashville hospital, while being treated for an undisclosed illness, the Memphis…

  3. Chart Highlights: Madonna's 'Living for Love' Debuts on Pop Songs, Leads Dance Club Songs

    February 23, 2015 4:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop returns to top 40 radio and, as previously reported, celebrates her historic coronation on Dance Club Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Calvin Harris, Thomas Rhett & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below…

  4. Lady Gaga's Mile-High Hair-and-Makeup Session and More Insider Gossip

    February 23, 2015 12:20 PM EST Gaga's Mile-High Hair and Makeup Session All the world's a stage for Lady Gaga -- and so is a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet. On Feb. 12, the newly engaged pop star made herself at home in the business-class Mint section of a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to New York. A fellow…

  5. Blackberry Smoke's 'Roses' Blooms at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    February 19, 2015 4:11 PM EST Plus: Chart action for Robert Earl Keen, Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer & more. Country/rock band Blackberry Smoke nabs its first No. 1 and biggest sales week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Holding All the Roses . The group's fourth studio album bows with 19,000 sold,…

  6. Van Morrison Returns with 'Duets' Album featuring Michael Bublé, Bobby Womack & More

    February 17, 2015 11:22 AM EST Like Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand before him, Van Morrison is returning to the songs he made famous with the help of classic and contemporary music stars. Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue will be released on Mar. 24 through RCA Records, it was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 17). The album&…

  7. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years

    February 14, 2015 3:19 PM EST Saturday (Feb. 14) marks Valentine's Day, where people celebrate the connections they make with our significant others. With that in mind, we thought we'd go back in the 615 Archives and pick out a few love songs that have stood the test of time. In making the selections for this…

  8. 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Show: Complete Guest List With Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Jack White

    February 13, 2015 9:15 PM EST Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend with a massive three and a half hour event Sunday night that will include more than 100 guests, ranging all the way from Adam Sandler to Zach Galifianakis. Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Taylor Swift & Justin Timberlake All In…

  9. Bachata Sensation Prince Royce Wants To Be Latin's Next Crossover King

    February 13, 2015 2:44 PM EST Prince Royce is literally trying to find his voice. Eyeing a pop breakthrough with his first English-language album, the Bronx-born bachata star met his vocal coach for the first time only 10 minutes ago. But they're already locked in, working through each line of the 25-year-old's…

  10. Visage Singer Steve Strange Dies at 55

    February 12, 2015 5:00 PM EST Steve Strange, the Welsh lead singer of '80s outfit Visage, has died of a heart attack at 55, according to the BBC. He passed away in his sleep at a hospital in Egypt.  "His family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death," a rep…

  11. Grammy Week Dispatch: Don Was' Star Turn with Al Pacino; Us The Duo on A&R; Midem at Soho House

    February 07, 2015 12:17 PM EST Grammy Week in Los Angeles would seem to resemble nothing so much as a fancier middle-aged SXSW. While there are dozens of worthy music events and hundreds of powerful music execs, it is only but a fraction the size of Austin's annual confab and of course far more spread out. Grammys…

  12. 'Teen Wolf' Star Arden Cho Reveals 5 Favorite K-Pop Acts at 2015 DramaFever Awards

    February 06, 2015 9:05 PM EST The MTV actress exclusively tells Billboard about her love for powerful females and YG Entertainment acts. The 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards took place in New York on Feb. 6 to honor international television, movies and actors shown on DramaFever , the popular streaming service for global TV…

  13. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Pitbull, Ne-Yo Blast Toward Top 10 With 'Time of Our Lives'

    February 06, 2015 11:20 AM EST The collab also tops Hot Rap Songs. Plus, moves for Nicki Minaj, Natalie La Rose, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo. As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, while Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney…

  14. Top 50 Love Songs of All Time

    February 05, 2015 9:00 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  15. SXSW: Tower Records, Brian Wilson, Gloria Trevi & Jaco Pastorius Films on the Lineup

    February 03, 2015 2:54 PM EST Colin Hanks' long-awaited documentary on Tower Records, a film on the manager of the Doors and Ramones , and a rarely seen film focused on Leon Russell 's Oklahoma years in the early 1970s are among the selections this year at the South by Southwest  Film Conference and…

  16. Ask Billboard: Can Kanye, Rihanna & Paul Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100?

    February 01, 2015 9:15 AM EST Will 'FourFiveSeconds' clock in atop the Hot 100? Plus, another new McCartney achievement & more everlasting, if not high-charting, hits. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  17. T. Graham Brown on His First Album in Nine Years -- And His First Grammy Nod

    January 29, 2015 10:32 PM EST Veteran country performer T. Graham Brown -- the soulful voice behind such radio staples as "I Tell It Like It Used to Be" and "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" -- returns to the record-making fold this week with Forever Changed, his first set in nine years. …

  18. Brian Wilson Taps Kacey Musgraves, She & Him, Nate Ruess & More on New Album

    January 29, 2015 12:47 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> After taking some time to release a George Gershwin covers album, a Disney covers album and even remaster the long-bootlegged tapes of the Beach Boys ' unreleased masterpiece SMiLE , Brian Wilson is releasing his first studio album of…

  19. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  20. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

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