1. Randy Travis Talks Don Henley Collab, Marvels at Carrie Underwood's Voice

    May 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Country Legend Pairs With Eagles Icon for New Single, 'More Life' Randy Travis is continuing to celebrate 25 years on the charts with the release of a new single that pairs him with a very familiar voice -- Eagles legend Don Henley. The new release, "More Life," is taken…

  2. John Mayer, 'Born and Raised': Track-By-Track Review

    May 22, 2012 11:15 AM EDT John Mayer 's mouth has gotten him in all sorts of trouble over the years. His music? Not so much. "Born and Raised," Mayer's fifth studio album, follows four successful full-lengths, all of which have reached the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Sadly, "Born and Raised…

  3. Ask Billboard: Robin Gibb, Donna Summer Remembered

    May 22, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ROBIN GIBB, DONNA…

  4. Tim McGraw Signs With Big Machine

    May 21, 2012 3:15 PM EDT There are a lot of places in Music City to come together on a deal. It could be a boardroom, an attorney's office, or even the posh Palm Restaurant downtown. For Tim McGraw and Scott Borchetta, who announced Tim's signing to the Big Machine label Monday morning, the agreement…

  5. Nick Jonas Smashes iPad, Gets 'Pissed Off' in 'GMA' Prank: Watch

    May 17, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Nick Jonas and the creators of MTV's "Punk'd" teamed up Thursday morning (May 17) to prank "Good Morning America" host Josh Elliott. After a complex set-up, Elliott is in the middle of interviewing Jonas when he asks a controversial (but fake) question about a…

  6. Doug Dillard, Banjo Great Who Crossed Genres, Dies at 75

    May 17, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The bluegrass, folk and country rock worlds are in mourning today with the death of banjo player Doug Dillard at the age of 75. A spokesman told AOL's country blog, The Boot , that Dillard died Wednesday in Nashville following a lengthy illness. Along with his brother Rodney, the…

  7. Donna Summer's Death: Music Stars React on Twitter

    May 17, 2012 1:30 PM EDT As news broke of disco queen Donna Summer's death Thursday (May 17), music celebs quickly joined the worldwide conversation. Here are 20 reactions -- ranging from sadness to shock to salutation -- from musicians via Twitter. Donna Summer Dead at 63 | Photos: Summer's Life &…

  8. Spotlight: Ex-'Survivor' Star Chase Rice Debuts Big With 'Dirt Road Communion'

    May 16, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with country newcomer Chase Rice, and you will no doubt be inspired by his infectious drive and confidence. And, he's got a lot of reasons to feel that way. The singer is opening for some heavy hitters this spring, including Jake Owen and Joe Nichols (this…

  9. Chuck Brown, 'Godfather of Go-Go,' Dies at 75

    May 16, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Chuck Brown, an icon of Washington, D.C.'s funk music scene, died at the age of 75 on Wednesday (May 16). The Washington Post reports that Brown's manager has confirmed the death of the singer/guitarist, which followed a battle with pneumonia. Brown is widely credited with creating…

  10. Yep Roc Celebrates 15 Years With Concerts, Rarities

    May 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Exclusive Premiere: Watch Robyn Hitchcock's 'There Goes the Ice' Video Yep Roc Records will celebrate 15 years with a three-night birthday party. The indie label's Yep Roc 15 concerts will be held October 11-13 at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina, and…

  11. Plowboy Records Launches to Honor Eddy Arnold, American Music

    May 15, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Were he still living, today would have been Eddy Arnold's 94th birthday. Though the singer passed away in May 2008, there is still a huge reason for celebration, with the announcement of the opening of Plowboy Records. Launched to celebrate and nurture the legacy of the original "…

  12. Vintage Trouble's Overseas Strategy Pays Off With 'Bomb Shelter'

    May 15, 2012 10:30 AM EDT It's an exciting time in the life of the soul/rock band Vintage Trouble . Their new disc, "The Bomb Shelter Sessions," was released in the U.S. on April 24, and they are about to hit the road for tours with the Cranberries and Lenny Kravitz this summer to promote it. "We…

  13. Kenny Chesney, Matthew McConaughey Partner Up for 'Amazing Race' Event

    May 14, 2012 11:40 AM EDT In a city famous for live music, Kenny Chesney and band took the stage Sunday night (May 13) in front of a packed crowd at the House of Blues in New Orleans to wrap up the 3rd Annual "Amazing Race" Charity Event. The race is a signature event of the Brees Dream Foundation, which was…

  14. Mark Collie Shoots for 'Honest and Real' on Prison Album

    May 10, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Sometimes, artists will refer to an album project as being a "long time in the making." For Mark Collie's latest album, "Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary," that expression proves true. "Alive" dates back more than ten years, to October 17, 2001.…

  15. Spotlight: Lori Smith Pays Tribute to Legendary Producer

    May 09, 2012 2:00 PM EDT The career of Lori Smith has seen as many twists and turns as some of the winding roads have around Music City. Talent, grit, and determination are a huge part of her story, and a huge part of the reason that she is starting to reap the benefits of some of her hard work. With her single, …

  16. Beastie Boys' 'Licensed to Ill' Returns to Top 20 on Billboard 200

    May 09, 2012 11:40 AM EDT The first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart returns to the top 20 this week. Following the death of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch on May 4, the band's 1986 album "Licensed to Ill" reenters the tally at No. 18 with 19,000 sold according to Nielsen…

  17. Thomas Rhett's Not-So-Idle 'Hands' Rises Country Chart

    May 08, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Talks Scoring a Writing Credit for Jason Aldean, Working Songs With His Dad Rhett Atkins Things are moving very fast in the world of Thomas Rhett these days. The Georgia native is watching as his debut single, "Something To Do With My Hands," continues to make an impact on the…

  18. Beastie Boys' Mike D Remembers Adam Yauch

    May 07, 2012 8:57 PM EDT Three days after the death of Beastie Boys rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch, band mate Michael "Mike D" Diamond is sharing his grief. "I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days…

  19. Wade Bowen's Next Release a 'Given' for Patient Fans

    May 07, 2012 12:20 PM EDT W ade Bowen , who earlier this year made it to the top 40 on the Country Songs chart with "Saturday Night," has some very loyal fans. Nobody knows that any more than him. He laughs just a little bit when he is reminded that it has been four years since he last released a studio…

  20. Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys Reacts to Yauch's Death

    May 06, 2012 10:00 PM EDT Ad-Rock: "I'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him" Adam Yauch's Beastie Boys band member Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, has taken to the band's blog to thank fans for their support in the wake of Yauch's…

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