1. Lenny Cooper Explains How His Father & Brother Turned Him Into a Country Rapper

    August 25, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his third album 'The Grind' out this week, Cooper reminisces about his start in the business to Billboard. Country rapper Lenny Cooper 's last album, 2013's Mud Dynasty , cemented his reputation in the business, sending his social media numbers soaring by 750 percent…

  2. RayLand Baxter on His Nashville Dancin' Homecoming

    July 15, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Being raised in Bon Aqua, Tennessee – a stone’s throw from Nashville makes Thursday’s (July 17)  performance as part of the summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General a homecoming of sorts for performer RayLand Baxter. “I enjoy the fact that I am living and performing…

  3. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  4. Fun.'s Andrew Dost Talks Scoring New MTV Series 'Faking It' (Exclusive)

    April 17, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Fun.’s Andrew Dost is entering the world of film and television scoring, beginning with composing music for MTV’s newest scripted series “Faking It.” Dost, a former member of Anathallo who got a taste for scoring in Fun.’s video for “Carry On,” had a conversation with MTV's director of…

  5. Arctic Monkeys Announce North American Tour

    November 05, 2013 8:57 PM EST Arctic Monkeys are coming across the pond to the U.S. later this year for a 24-date North American tour. The trek, which kicks off with a two-date residency in Vancouver according to Radio.com , marks the indie rockers' first U.S. tour since the release of the band's fifth album, …

  6. Cooking With 2 Chainz: Eating Our Way Through His 'Meal Time' Recipes

    September 18, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Chainz was my therapist this past weekend and he didn't even know it. From Friday night to Sunday night (September 13-15), omitting mornings (2 Chainz apparently sleeps through breakfast), I cooked dishes from his and Chef Aleem's cookbook, "#Meal Time." The 15…

  7. Jefferson Airplane Drummer Joey Covington Dies in Car Crash

    June 06, 2013 6:32 AM EDT Drummer Joey Covington, who played with Jefferson Airplane from 1970-72 and later in the offshoot band Hot Tuna, died in a car crash in Palm Springs on Tuesday. He was 67 years old. His death was confirmed by a post on Jefferson Starship’s Facebook page Wednesday that simply read, “Rest in…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Mickie James 'Excited to Kick Ass' Outside the Ring

    May 08, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Professional wrestler releases her debut album, "Somebody's Gonna Pay," on E1 Mickie James releases her debut album, "Somebody's Gonna Pay," this week, and she says getting the disc out is bringing about a full slate of emotions. "The full album is out, it…

  9. Tracy Lawrence Talks Turkey, New Album for 2013

    November 26, 2012 1:40 PM EST Tuesday, November 20 marked the Seventh Annual "Mission Possible" Turkey Fry hosted by Tracy Lawrence at Nashville's Rescue Mission. Billboard caught up with the singer near the end of the day's festivities, and he wryly noted that the pace in the afternoon is a little…

  10. The Beat 9/12: Bridgit Mendler Stops By, Carly Rae Jepsen Drops "This Kiss"

    September 12, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Welcome to the Wednesday, Sept. 12 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. Bridgit Mendler stops by today's edition of …

  11. Bucky Covington Talks 'Good Guys,' First Album in 5 Years

    September 10, 2012 4:05 PM EDT It's been a long wait for Bucky Covington, but with this week's release of "Good Guys," he finally has new music out. After hitting on Lyric Street Records with hits like "A Different World" and the touching "I'll Walk," the label closed -- putting…

  12. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  13. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  14. Metric Release Tour Dates, 'Youth Without Youth' Single: Listen

    May 01, 2012 8:12 PM EDT Over the course of five albums, Toronto's Metric has become an indie institution, but the group's latest single is as fresh-faced as ever. The energetic "Youth Without Youth" lands today on the band's own Metric Music International, in conjunction with Mom + Pop…

  15. Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

    February 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST Chart Article When a singer wins "American Idol," it's undoubtedly his or her biggest music moment to-date. But as we've seen time and time again, winning "Idol" does not necessarily mean that one's career will follow the trajectories of 12-7 6-1 Next » 24…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Amos Lee, Far*East Movement, Kelly Clarkson

    February 03, 2011 4:15 PM EST 'MISSION' ACCOMPLISHMENT: A week after the Decemberists became just the 16th act to rule the Billboard 200 album chart without a Billboard Hot 100 song on their chart resume, singer/songwriter Amos Lee repeats the feat, as "Mission Bell" begins atop the former listing. …

  17. Bucky Covington, "A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How)"

    March 19, 2010 3:58 PM EDT Bucky Covington leveraged his stint on the fifth season of "American Idol" as a springboard to a country career. His 2007 Lyric Street debut bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country albums chart and spawned top 10 singles "A Different World" and "I'll Walk.…

  18. Danny Gokey's 'Days' Starts Strong

    March 10, 2010 3:26 PM EST Season eight American Idol finalist Danny Gokey claims the best first-week sales showing on Country Albums by a rookie male country act in 18 years, and the best opening week digital sum for any country newcomer, as "My Best Days" opens at No. 3 on the chart with 65,000 copies sold,…

  19. Chart Beat Wednesday: Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire

    November 03, 2009 7:08 PM EST BOYZ IN A FAMILIAR 'HOOD: Old is new again this week. Boyz II Men bow at No. 34 on Adult R&B (viewable at billboard.biz ) and No. 99 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Can't Make You Love Me." The song had last appeared on a Billboard chart in 1994 when Nancy Wilson'…

  20. Dr. Dog Signs With Anti-, Announces Tour

    July 29, 2009 12:21 PM EDT Philadelphia psych-rock quintet Dr. Dog has signed with Anti- Records, and plans to release a new LP in early 2010, the label announced today. The band also announced 28 North American tour dates, beginning July 31 in Portland, Ore. and ending Oct. 24 in their hometown. Dr. Dog's…

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