1. 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.…

  2. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  3. Little Big Town Talk Separate Guys' & Girls' Songwriting Sessions for 'Pain Killer'

    October 20, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It's safe to say that back in 2012, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town had no idea how the success of "Pontoon" was about to change their lives. Watch Little Big Town Get Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry by Reba McEntire "It's been incredible,…

  4. Flaming Lips' 'Sgt. Pepper's' Covers Album Is Streaming Now

    October 20, 2014 12:29 PM EDT It was 47 years ago that Sgt. Pepper's taught the band to play, and in the process, changed popular music forever. The Beatles ' magnum opus certainly doesn't lack for lauds (and backlash), but that didn't stop Beatlemaniac Wayne Coyne from leading the Flaming Lips into…

  5. Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

    October 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT A few songs into his set at Madison Square Garden Friday (Oct. 17) night, Eric Church stopped to reflect briefly on his ascent from playing bars and clubs to headlining arenas. He's played MSG once before, he noted, and he remembers the exact date: eight years and three days ago. Back…

  6. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

  7. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  8. Dave Grohl's 'Good Guy' Status Landed the President For 'Sonic Highways' Series

    October 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Ever wanted to travel the country with the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters and record an album with them? Well the band's new docuseries, Sonic Highways , gives fans and music lovers alike the chance to do just that. It premieres on HBO Friday (Oct. 17) and spans the country,…

  9. Ray Scott Talks Self-Titled Album, Brandy Clark & Tijuana Jail

    October 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Ray Scott has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. He tells Billboard that for him to be true to himself artistically, that's the way it has to be. "I have to do it that way. There's no need for me to even try to attempt to chase trends. I wouldn't do it anyway…

  10. Haley & Michaels Ready to Break Out With 'One More Night to Break'

    October 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT They grew up only 3 miles apart in Northern California -- though Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels didn't know each other until well after each had embarked on their musical career in Nashville. Over the past few years, the duo -- now Haley & Michaels -- have quietly gone about…

  11. Watch Florida Georgia Line Talk About Their Influences & Sensual New Song

    October 15, 2014 4:00 PM EDT This is a week  Florida Georgia Line  fans have had circled on their calendar for quite some time. The Republic Nashville act released their sophomore disc, Anything Goes,  on Tuesday and Billboard recently caught up with Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard to get the scoop about their latest…

  12. 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 …

  13. Foo Fighters Play Intimate Gig at NYC 'Sonic Highways' Screening

    October 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Leave it to Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl to find the perfect way to get viewers interested in the band's upcoming docu-series, Sonic Highways . "Cameras rolling at all times -- when we were hungover, hungry and whimsical moments. Me and my four husbands, the Foo Fighters,…

  14. Album Review: Nico & Vinz’s Debut ‘Black Star Elephant’ Proves Doubters Right

    October 14, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Would you be wrong for thinking that Nico & Vinz could be some-thing for real? Yup. The Norwegian duo may have boasted one of the songs of the summer in "Am I Wrong," but on its debut album, Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery prove the chorus of doubters right. The LP trumpets its…

  15. Exclusive: NBA Live 15 Soundtrack Unveiled, Cover Star Damian Lillard Discusses The Music

    October 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT NBA Live 15 , the latest incarnation of the best-selling basketball video game franchise, is due out on Oct. 28, but the soundtrack to the EA Sports game has been unveiled on Tuesday morning (Oct. 14). The 26-song track list is highlighted by hip-hop and R&B stars like Jeezy, Jeremih, G…

  16. Thomas Rhett Talks First CMA Nomination, Florida Georgia Line Tour & Famous Fans

    October 13, 2014 6:24 PM EDT On the morning of Sept. 3, Thomas Rhett was in Toronto. It was there that he received some news that he will never forget: his first CMA nomination, for New Artist of the Year. "I didn't have any cell phone service or WiFi, so I used some of my roaming minutes to call my manager,…

  17. Watch the Foo Fighters Tease New Songs, Explain 'Sonic Highways' Series in New Extended Trailer

    October 12, 2014 7:07 PM EDT With Foo Fighters ' HBO series Sonic Highways set to premiere Friday, Oct. 17, the network has released a five-minute extended trailer for the show with an interview of the band explaining what viewers can expect.  In it, band leader Dave Grohl explains the project's beginnings…

  18. City Winery Finds a New Home in Nashville

    October 10, 2014 8:19 PM EDT There's no shortage of performance venues in Nashville -- it is Music City, after all -- but Michael Dorf, owner of the just-opened City Winery , says he feels his establishment will offer fans a unique opportunity when watching live entertainment that will keep them coming back for…

  19. Stoney LaRue Ready to Take Flight With 'Aviator'

    October 10, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Acclaimed singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue will release his fourth studio album, Aviator , on Oct. 28, and he says the recording process was an incredible experience. "Everything about the process was absolutely wonderful. Now, we're just waiting for everybody else to get it in…

  20. Don Henley Not Taking It Easy on Pun-Loving Clothing Company

    October 10, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Don Henley is suing a Duluth Trading Company over an email advertisement that the Wisconsin-based clothing company might have figured was a harmless pun, but the singer sees as an unauthorized use of his name, trademarks and publicity rights.  The  Eagles front-man takes issue with…

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