1. 615 Spotlight: Shawna Russell Sees the Light

    January 25, 2012 12:00 PM EST In being around Shawna Russell, you find a very talented and very polite person who will admit to being a little bit shy until she gets to know someone. However, put a guitar in her hands -- and put her on the stage, and you will witness one of the more dynamic newcomers on the country music…

  2. Josh Thompson Revs Up 'Change Is Comin' Tour

    January 25, 2012 10:00 AM EST Exclusive: Tour Dates, Plus 'Way Out Here' Star Talks New Record The music industry tends to shift into high gear in January following a restful Christmas holiday. One country star who is definitely in that mindset right now is Josh Thompson . Not only is the Wisconsin native…

  3. Meat Loaf Calls New Album 'The Most Honest Record I've Ever Done'

    January 23, 2012 5:45 PM EST Meat Loaf says his upcoming new album, "Hell in a Handbasket," is "the most honest record I've ever done." It's also one of the quickest, coming less than two years after "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" in the U.S. after being released in Australia during…

  4. Kellie Pickler Live Q&A: Watch Archived Video

    January 23, 2012 3:40 PM EST Chart Article Kellie Pickler Watch Again! Kellie Pickler may have first won hearts as a finalist on season five of "American Idol," but she's gone on to a well-earned fanbase on the strength of country hits like "Red High Heels" and "Best Days Of Your Life."…

  5. Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Mraz Soundtrack Sundance: Watch Their Performances

    January 23, 2012 2:40 PM EST If films get soundtracks, then why shouldn't film festivals? With Hollywood descending on Park City, Utah for this year's Sundance Film Festival, artists from Drake to Jason Mraz have been providing the musical accompaniment. With more concerts scheduled throughout the week (…

  6. Pam Tillis Takes a 'Nice Little Detour' Into R&B Territory

    January 22, 2012 10:00 AM EST She has released some of Music City's top singles of the past two decades such as "Deep Down" and "Maybe It Was Memphis," but Pam Tillis's latest musical adventure has everyone talking - in and out of Nashville! "I'm too close to it to be objective,…

  7. Friday Flashback: Dwight Yoakam's Golden Debut

    January 20, 2012 7:00 PM EST Twenty-five years ago this weekend, one of the more lasting country albums of the 1980s was certified Gold. "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc." by Dwight Yoakam was -- along with Randy Travis's "Storms of Life" -- one of the biggest reasons for country's return to…

  8. Rascal Flatts Will Be 'Changed' Band in April

    January 20, 2012 1:25 PM EST One of the biggest acts in country musics gives retail outlets a day to circle on the calendar with the announcement that Rascal Flatts will release "Changed," their highly-anticipated seventh studio album, on April 3. Award-winning musician Dann Huff co-produced the new project…

  9. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Honoring Etta James: 7 Versions of 'At Last…

  10. Exclusive: Watch Ice-T Discuss His 'Art of Rap' Documentary

    January 19, 2012 12:00 PM EST Hip-hop will invade Sundance this weekend when "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," a new documentary co-directed by Ice-T , is screened at the annual film festival. Before its premiere, Billboard caught up with Ice-T to discuss his first directing effort, and why the film…

  11. Surviving Cast Members Salute 'Hee Haw'

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST It was June 15, 1969. Man was still a month away from landing on the moon. The country was still heavily entrenched in the Vietnam War. And, if you were watching CBS Television that night, you saw a new series called "Hee Haw." Though the critics balked at the show's mix of…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Flat River Band Roll the Dice

    January 18, 2012 6:00 PM EST Venture into any town in America, and you will likely come across several successful family businesses. Though their company isn't a brick and mortar one, the Flat River Band definitely qualifies as a family business. Comprised of brothers Dennijo, Andy, and Chad Sitze, family has a huge…

  13. Jake Owen Breaks Collarbone in Snowboarding Accident, Has Surgery

    January 17, 2012 10:05 PM EST Tour Dates Postponed for the 'Alone With You' Singer J ake Owen is recovering after breaking his collarbone while snowboarding at the BMI Songwriter's Festival in Crested Butte, CO on Friday (Jan. 13). The "Alone With You" singer took a spill and hit a 17-inch ice…

  14. Ty Herndon Drops 'Stones' in Return to Country Music

    January 17, 2012 7:00 PM EST 'What Mattered Most' Singer Preps New Album, Talks Changing Scene in Nashville A few months ago, FUNL Music's Sheila Shipley Biddy - the genius who signed such acts as Lee Ann Womack --began working with an established act. However, it had been a few years since the artist had…

  15. John Rich Receives 'Angels' Award From St. Jude

    January 16, 2012 11:30 PM EST John Rich has made no secret of his admiration for Alabama lead singer Randy Owen, even producing his solo album, "One On One," a few years back. So it stands to reason the singer had to take a special amount of pride in being the first artist presented the Randy Owen Angels Among…

  16. Friday Flashback: John Anderson's Swingin' Big Hit

    January 13, 2012 6:00 PM EST John Anderson had been releasing music for Warner Brothers for a few years when, in 1983, he hit the mother lode with a song he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Lionel Delmore. The song was called "Swingin." Hitting the charts 29 years ago this weekend, the song topped the…

  17. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," co-directed by Andy…

  18. Chuck D Talks New Public Enemy Albums, Skid Row Festival Performance

    January 13, 2012 3:55 PM EST While Public Enemy prepares to stir up some hype with a performance on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chuck tells Billboard.com that the legendary hip-hop group will return in full force this year with two new studio albums. "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp…

  19. LCD Soundsystem's 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' Documentary Trailer: Watch

    January 11, 2012 8:58 PM EST Most people put their pants on one leg at a time. Not James Murphy, the former frontman of LCD Soundsystem , who pops on his pajama bottoms with both legs in a single fluid motion in the trailer for the band documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits." The new film, which will premiere…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Teea Goans Marries Tradition & Drive in Debut

    January 11, 2012 5:30 PM EST Teea Goans is one artist that is definitely doing what she loves to do. The singer, who grew up in rural Missouri, was inspired by the music she heard on her local radio station. "As a kid, I grew up listening to an AM radio station that played traditional country music," she…

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