1. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its 11th year.  Billboard's highest accolade…

  2. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  3. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay…

  4. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  5. Yelle Announces New Dr. Luke-Produced LP 'Completement Fou,' Shares New Song & Tour Dates

    July 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The LP drops Sept. 30 via Luke's Kemosabe imprint Just about any pop act in America would be dying to work with Lukasz Gottwald -- aka Dr. Luke -- the producer behind some of the biggest hits from Katy Perry, Kesha and others. But when Dr. Luke reached out to the French synthpop trio…

  6. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  7. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  8. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  9. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  10. George Strait to End 40-Year Touring Career at Texas Stadium on Saturday

    June 07, 2014 12:56 PM EDT The star-filled show brings an end to nearly 40 years on the road for Strait, which started in 1975 with the Ace in the Hole Band. It's the end of the trail for country music king George Strait, who will wrap up his final tour Saturday with a star-filled show at the lavish home of the…

  11. Joe Nichols Gets 'Awkward' at CMA Week Event

    June 06, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The 2014 CMA Music Festival is off and running, with many artists already having held their annual fan club parties. For Red Bow recording artist Joe Nichols, the day marked an opportunity to get up close and personal with over 300 of his fans with a party at Nashville's The Listening…

  12. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time period, you would be hard pressed to find a…

  13. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  14. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  15. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  16. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died…

  17. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

  18. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  19. 'Now 50' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Hunter Hayes, Sarah McLachlan, Atmosphere & more score Top 10 debuts this week. After 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside for the "Now 50" compilation. "Now 50" debuts at No. 1 with 153,000 copies sold…

  20. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait has informed her genre-spanning 42nd studio…

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