1. Splendour in the Grass 2013: Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, The National Confirmed

    April 24, 2013 3:43 AM EDT Australia’s hugely popular mid-year Splendour in the Grass festival today revealed a line-up with something for every indie music fan – a bill that includes Mumford & Sons, Empire of the Sun, Frank Ocean, the National, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio and James Blake. The July 26 –…

  2. George Strait Honored At Country Radio Hall of Fame Gala

    February 27, 2013 3:21 AM EST It was a night of celebration Tuesday (Feb. 26) at the Nashville Convention Center as the 2013 Country Radio Seminar kicked off with the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame ceremony. Five broadcasters were inducted into the Hall, and one country music icon was celebrated for his legendary…

  3. Tim McGraw, 'Two Lanes of Freedom': Track-By-Track Review

    February 01, 2013 4:58 PM EST Tim McGraw will release his first record on Big Machine, "Two Lanes of Freedom," on Feb. 5. Produced by McGraw and longtime studio partner Byron Gallimore, the album is loaded with the hallmarks of the pair's past successes while venturing into new sonic territory. McGraw is…

  4. Bubbling Under: Churchill's 'Change' Is On The Air

    January 11, 2013 5:30 PM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Churchill, Caro Emerald, Austin Webb and Jarvis. Churchill After reaching No. 8 on the adult alternative Triple A airplay chart…

  5. Tim McGraw: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 11, 2013 4:00 PM EST New year, new label, new album -- McGraw charges back with "Two Lanes of Freedom." Seated inconspicuously in a corner booth at Nashville's Sportsman's Grill less than a week before Christmas, Tim McGraw seems to have found a little peace on earth. Professionally, at least …

  6. Shuggie Otis Returns: First New Music in 39 Years

    January 04, 2013 11:45 AM EST Reclusive Soul Singer Releasing Double CD on April 16, Will Tour in March and April Beloved soul shut-in Shuggie Otis is releasing his first new music since his innovative 1974 album "Inspiration Information." Produced by Otis himself, the double set "Inspiration Information…

  7. Faith Hill Returns with 'American Heart' Video: Watch

    November 08, 2012 9:23 PM EST Free desktop streaming application by Ustream The return of Faith Hill is now official as the five-time Grammy Award winner premiered her first official music video in nearly five years on Thursday night. She debuted "American Heart" in a fan-first web simulcast to take place at…

  8. Tim McGraw Returns with 'Two Lanes of Freedom' Album

    October 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Tim McGraw will return with a new album a little over a year after the January release of "Emotional Traffic." "Two Lanes of Freedom" is slated for release on Feb. 5, 2013, and marks the country superstar's debut on Big Machine Records, after spending much of his…

  9. 615 Spotlight: Jaida Dreyer's 'Confessions'

    October 10, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Ontario native Jaida Dreyer knows how fortunate she is. The artist, currently promoting her single, "Confessions," was handpicked by highly esteemed producer Byron Gallimore to be the flagship artist for his new Streamsound label. "I've kind of gotten used to it," she…

  10. 615 Artist Spotlight: DeeAnn Dominy

    August 22, 2012 5:55 PM EDT There's an old saying that in Texas, they do things in a big way. DeeAnn Dominy is a first-rate example of this fact, as the Lone Star state native has received her share of critical acclaim in 2012, thanks to her debut EP, "Based On A True Story." She tells Billboard that the…

  11. Alison Krauss, Russell Moore Lead Bluegrass Nominations

    August 17, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Many of the top stars in bluegrass music were in attendance Wednesday at Nashville's Loveless Barn as the nominations were announced for the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. Figuring prominently in the mix were Russell Moore & Third Tyme Out, who tallied nine…

  12. Splendour 2012: Smashing Pumpkins, Jack White Rock Down Under

    July 30, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Newcomers Azealia Banks & Lana Del Rey Hit Rough Spots During Three-Day Festival The Smashing Pumpkins , Jack White and Bloc Party delivered in a big way during their headline slots at Australia's Splendour in the Grass, which returned this year to its "spiritual home" in…

  13. Chart Highlights: Pop Radio Is Having Some fun. With 'We Are Young'

    March 05, 2012 4:25 PM EST Debuts this week include Lionel Richie and Shania Twain's remake of "Endless Love" and new tracks from John Mayer, Slash and Carrie Underwood Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  14. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  15. Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' Arrives Jan. 24

    January 03, 2012 9:45 AM EST Though it had a volatile end a few weeks ago, the partnership between Tim McGraw and Curb Records definitely qualified as one of Nashville's most successful. On January 24, the label will release "Emotional Traffic," the final McGraw disc for the label. The disc already…

  16. Country Music's Top 10 Albums of 2011

    December 28, 2011 2:00 PM EST Last week The 615 listed our top country music singles of 2011 , from Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" to Kenny Chesney's " You and Tequila." Now, it's time to recognize achievements in that beleaguered format, the "album."…

  17. Track Review: Faith Hill, 'Come Home'

    December 13, 2011 8:00 AM EST FAITH HILL "Come Home" (5:38) Producers: Byron Gallimore, Faith Hill Writer: Ryan Tedder Publisher: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC/Velvet Hammer Music/Midnight Miracle Music (ASCAP) Warner Bros./WAR For the first single from her upcoming album on Warner Bros. Records, Faith Hill has chosen a…

  18. Album Review: Martina McBride, 'Eleven'

    October 26, 2011 8:30 AM EDT MARTINA MCBRIDE Eleven Producers: Martina McBride, Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff Republic Nashville Release Date: Oct. 11 You can take the girl out of Nashville, and apparently you can take some Nashville out of the girl, too - or at least out of Martina McBride on her 11th studio album. The…

  19. Lauren Alaina Jumps From 'Idol' to 'Wildflower' on Debut Album

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT ''Before I was on 'American Idol,' I thought it would be so easy," says Lauren Alaina , the "American Idol" season 10 runner-up. "It was so shocking to me how much hard work I had to put into it. I'm so glad it wasn't as easy as I expected…

  20. Martina McBride Goes for 'Organic and Rootsy' on 11th Album

    October 06, 2011 3:30 PM EDT When Martina McBride releases her eleventh studio album (appropriately titled "Eleven") on Oct. 11, it will mark her very first project for Republic Nashville -- after a very successful run with RCA. Releasing her first album, "The Time Has Come," back in 1992, McBride has…

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