1. Chuck D Assists Record Store Day In Launching an Internet Radio Station

    January 27, 2015 8:10 AM EST Record Store Day has unveiled a partnership with DJ Skee 's DASH Radio, which RSD founder Michael Kurtz announced earlier this month at a planning meeting for this year's annual celebration of all things vinyl on Apr. 18.  DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co…

  2. Jim Ed Brown Returns With First Solo Album in 30 Years

    January 20, 2015 5:30 PM EST Today, country music legend Jim Ed Brown releases In Style Again on Plowboy Records. It marks his first solo project since the 1980s, and he's glad to be back. "I love getting to do new music," Brown tells Billboard . "I'm so excited to be working with Plowboy…

  3. Statler Brothers' Don Reid Recalls Origin of Lester 'Roadhog' Moran & The Cadillac Cowboys

    January 19, 2015 2:30 PM EST The 615 recently took a look at the 50th anniversary of the Statler Brothers ' first hit, "Flowers On The Wall." But that's not all the group is celebrating as 2015 begins. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement It was four decades ago that…

  4. Chase Bryant on Hearing Himself on the Radio: 'You Don't Know Whether to Cry or What to Do'

    January 14, 2015 7:56 PM EST Country newcomer Chase Bryant has a lot to be excited about these days -- including his new cell phone. Though the RED BOW artist considers himself an old soul in his approach to listening to music, he loves the technological advancements that make his job a little easier, including using…

  5. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  6. The Game, Azealia Banks, Lecrae & More React to NYPD Officer Killings in Brooklyn

    December 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST Members of the hip-hop community are sharing their thoughts on social media following the shooting of two NYPD officers who were killed on Saturday (Dec. 20) in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown Rappers like The Game ,…

  7. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  8. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  9. Exclusive: Craig Campbell Signs to RED BOW Records

    December 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' singer also just scored a song on Garth Brooks' new album. Country singer Craig Campbell is kicking off December in a big way, with the announcement of a new recording deal with RED BOW Records, a division of BBR Music Group. Campbell tells…

  10. Lecrae on Ferguson: 'The System We Have in Place Has Biases'

    November 26, 2014 2:45 PM EST Two dominant views pervade public opinion regarding Ferguson. The first view, held by many people, sees the incident in Ferguson and the decision that followed as an isolated issue. They believe that the grand jury made a decision based on the evidence, and the justice system worked as well…

  11. Darius Rucker's First Christmas Album a Mix of Crooner & Modern

    November 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST Home for the Holidays is the first holiday album from Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker . The Grand Ole Opry member tells Billboard it was something he had been considering for awhile. "The label has been asking for the last four or five years if I was going to do a…

  12. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  13. Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations & More During CMA Awards Week

    November 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST "We decided to amp it up and do everything twice as much." CMA Awards week is jammed packed with various functions for all country artists, from beginning to end. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big The week began with awards presentations from SESAC,…

  14. Miranda Lambert Spreads the Word About Shelter Dogs Before CMA Awards

    November 03, 2014 8:25 PM EST Monday afternoon (Nov. 3) was definitely a thrill for superstar Miranda Lambert . The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year teamed up with pet food company Pedigree to help spread the word about the adoption of shelter dogs. The event, held at Nashville's Music City Center,…

  15. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

  16. Jackie Lee Scores a Touchdown With First Single, 'She Does,' Prepping Debut Album

    October 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The Alcoa Tornadoes are one of America's most successful high school football programs. Located in East Tennessee, the team has won 13 state titles -- including a staggering seven in a row between 2004 and 2010. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would leave such a program,…

  17. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the prolific McEntire will be the flagship artist.…

  18. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

  19. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

  20. Hello Strangers Talk Self-Titled Debut, Tour & Doris Day

    September 24, 2014 6:19 PM EDT You might take a listen to the folkish harmonies of sister duo the Hello Strangers and put them in the Americana brand. That would be the correct classification, given today's musical climate. However, if you listen very closely, you will hear a sound that is similar to that of Emmylou…

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