1. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  2. Ryan Tedder's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the Undercover King of Pop

    March 14, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic seems to be pondering something on the cover of the March 22 issue of Billboard ( buy it ). Is he thinking about his next big hit for a major star, or perhaps his own band? One thing's for certain: the pop tunesmith behind hits for artists like Adele,…

  3. Pam Tillis Brings Craig Morgan and Lorrie Morgan Along for 'Hee Haw' Tribute

    March 03, 2014 6:00 PM EST Pam Tillis – the soaring voice behind hits like "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Mi Vida Loca" is getting to showcase another side to her world-class talent. Tillis is helping to organize Tuesday night's "Pop! Goes Rochelle" benefit for Nashville's Rochelle…

  4. The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran: New York Fashion Week Diary

    February 10, 2014 3:12 PM EST Siva Kaneswaran is the natty band mate in handsome collective The Wanted. Hook editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was lucky enough to spend some time with him during New York Fashion Week. He's 'got a genuine appreciation for fashion. “Me and my twin brother would model together when…

  5. Bubba Sparxxx Finds 'Right' Message In Collaboration With Rodney Atkins

    January 30, 2014 6:27 PM EST The worlds of country and hip-hop are set to intersect once more with the Average Joe's release of "Right," a new single that pairs Bubba Sparxxx with Rodney Atkins. For his part, Bubba says the collaboration has been a long time in coming.  "I am super stoked about it,…

  6. George Strait Saluted as Country's Hit Machine at Nashville Event

    August 29, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Just like Merle Haggard with Capitol Records, or Elvis Presley’s legendary run with RCA, the label-to-artist marriage between MCA Nashville and George Strait has been one of the most successful in not just country -- but music history. Last night, Universal Music Group threw what amounted…

  7. George Strait: The Billboard Cover Story Q&A

    August 16, 2013 11:30 AM EDT In a rare interview, the King of Country discusses the final shows on the Cowboy Rides Away tour and his lifelong "knack for picking good songs" By any measure, George Strait is one of the most successful, well-known country music artists in history. But, for all his achievements…

  8. Wanda Jackson, Kentucky Headhunters Lead Arkansas Delta Rockabilly Festival

    May 02, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Just like the blues flows through the mid-south, so does the history of rockabilly music. Of course, the birthplace of the style is typically regarded as 706 Union Avenue- the address of Sun Records. But, in Helena, Arkansas – not too far away from the town where that history was made,…

  9. Timbaland's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 18, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Check out this countdown of the "20/20 Experience" producer's biggest hits thus far, from JT to Jay-Z and everything in between. Much has been made of Justin Timberlake's triumphant return to music with his third solo album, "The 20/20 Experience," but it…

  10. Fashion Week NYC: Estelle Sits Front Row at BCBG, Samantha Ronson Spins at Charlotte's Show

    September 08, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Summer is coming to an end, but the fashionistas at New York Fashion Week are already bustling around in 8-inch stilettos, prepping next year's warm-weather fashions. As the spring 2013 runway shows begin at Lincoln Center, Billboard will be on the scene, exploring all of the shows,…

  11. Geoff Tate Announces 'New Queensryche'

    September 03, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, former Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo join lineup Geoff Tate seemed to be working for the weekend during the Labor Day holiday. On Sept. 1 the singer, who was fired from progressive rock band Queensryche in June, announced the lineup of "the new Queensryche…

  12. Busta Rhymes, Google Play Rep Talk 'Year of the Dragon' Free Album

    August 24, 2012 5:20 PM EDT In a studio hidden away from the noise of New York, Busta Rhymes thumbs through tracks from his latest LP, " Year of the Dragon ." Between puffs of Newports, he pauses to deliver brief commentary on each song. "I love challenging artists," he says as he plays a song…

  13. Con Hunley Makes Gospel Return

    June 21, 2012 4:55 PM EDT Ask around Nashville for any amount of time about great vocalists to come from Music City, and invariably, the name of Con Hunley will come up. In the 1970s and 1980s, the East Tennessee native recorded some of the most soulful tracks to ever be cut here -- including "What's New…

  14. Spotlight: In His Image Hit the Road

    March 14, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Since the name of this feature is the "615" Artist Spotlight, let's shine the spotlight on a style of music that is very much Nashville, but doesn't get the same amount of attention as other genres. Southern Gospel music has long been a tradition throughout the United…

  15. On 'SNL,' Bon Iver Shines as 'Lana Del Rey' Whines

    February 05, 2012 4:40 PM EST Three weeks after Lana Del Rey stunk up the joint with her Brian Williams-panned performance, "Saturday Night Live" righted its musical ship this weekend with a dreamy, horn-filled set from critical darlings Bon Iver . The Justin Vernon-fronted indie group kicked things off,…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Beyonce, Robin Thicke, Paul McCartney

    February 03, 2012 3:15 PM EST Beyonce continues to tally hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs from her album "4," even if pop audiences don't seem to be equally enthralled. '4' = 0: While ROCKIN' ROBIN: Robin Thicke registers his second No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart, as "Love After…

  17. George Strait Scores 84th Country Songs Top 10

    September 05, 2011 12:45 PM EDT G eorge Strait climbs closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s in the 67-year history of Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Here for a Good Time" rises 11-9. The song is Strait's 84th top 10 on the tally, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late…

  18. George Strait, "Twang"

    July 27, 2009 6:09 PM EDT George Strait put out his first album, "Strait Country," in 1981. After 28 years, you'd think it would be tough coming up with new twists to captivate audiences. But apparently not for King George, whose latest album, "Twang," is among the finest collections of songs…

  19. March 6, 2009

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST – Peggy DeCastro of the DeCastro Sisters dies of lung cancer at the age of 82. 2000 – Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Lovin’ Spoonful and the Moonglows are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Clapton is the first musician to be inducted three…

  20. Good Charlotte Puts Dance Spin On Hits

    November 13, 2008 2:42 PM EST A proposed greatest hits album was the impetus for Good Charlotte 's upcoming " The Greatest Remixes ," which is due out Nov. 25 from Epic. "We just feel like even though we're in the process of making our fifth album and we have had a lot of hits, we're a little…

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