1. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  2. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  3. Brothers Osborne Talk 'Rum,' Growing Up Musical & Opening for Eric Church

    September 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT With their self-titled debut EP dropping Sept. 9 and "Rum" climbing the Billboard Country Songs chart, newcomers Brothers Osborne are sporting smiles these days. "To work so long on the music and to finally have something that people can listen to is great," T.J. Osborne…

  4. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  5. Paul McCartney Closes San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

    August 18, 2014 1:14 AM EDT San Francisco said goodbye on Thursday to Candlestick Park -- the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished around midnight. It will then…

  6. Tomorrow's Hits: Alex & Sierra, Dean Alexander & The Eeries

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Alex & Sierra After winning the third (and final) season of the U.S. version of Fox's The X Factor in December, Alex & Sierra near the…

  7. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert set to Play 'Route 66 Harvest' Festival in October

    July 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Country Music fans in the Las Vegas area are going to be in luck with the debut of a brand new music festival that will keep the city rocking this October. Live Nation along with MGM Records International announced Route 66 Harvest. The event is scheduled for October 3-5, and will feature a…

  8. Rihanna, Swizz Beatz & More Weigh In on Israel-Palestine Conflict

    July 16, 2014 6:15 PM EDT As the Israel-Palestine conflict intensifies, people are turning to Twitter—where else?—to vent frustrations, offer prayers and debate opinions. The music world is no exception. Just Tuesday, Rihanna tweeted "#FreePalestine" but soon deleted it. Sources claimed she accidentally…

  9. Rihanna Prays for 'Swift End' to Conflict After Deleting '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 16, 2014 10:13 AM EDT The pop star denies she's taking sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict Despite being one of today's most outspoken, IDGAF pop stars, Rihanna would like to apologize for a recent controversial tweet. Not long after "#FreePalestine" got blasted out to her 36.4 million…

  10. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  11. James House Is Back With 'Broken Glass, Twisted Steel' Album, Tour

    April 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT As an artist, James House placed nine records on the Billboard country charts between 1989 and 1996, with the biggest being 1995’s "This Is Me Missing You," which hit No. 6 in 1995 – almost two decades ago. Since that time, he has also found success as a songwriter with hits from…

  12. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  13. One Direction Rules, Pharrell Gets Slimed at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 29, 2014 10:04 PM EDT One Direction took top music honors at Nickelodeon's 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards, winning two awards, and more than a dozen current and former Nick teenage stars turned out to honor producer Dan Schneider. One Direction won favorite music group and favorite song for "Story…

  14. Forecastle Music Festival: Outkast, Jack White, Beck Headlining

    March 04, 2014 11:00 AM EST Outkast just keeps adding to its tour of music festivals in 2014. The hip-hop duo is among the headliners of this year's Forecastle Music Festival. Indie rock royalty Jack White and Beck will join Outkast as the main headliners of Forecastle, held July 18-20 in Louisville, Ky. The three…

  15. 5 Most Musical Presidents: From Barack Obama to Thomas Jefferson

    February 17, 2014 8:20 AM EST President Obama has made the Internet collectively squeal by simply singing a few lines of "Let's Stay Together" and "Sweet Home Chicago" in the past, but he isn't the only president with minor musical chops up his suit sleeve. With President's Day afoot,…

  16. New Hip-Hop Dance Craze: 'Drop That #NaeNae'

    January 27, 2014 6:06 PM EST From Atlanta -- the city that taught you how to crank that Soulja Boy, shake that laffy taffy, lean with it, rock with it, and walk it out -- comes a new dance that’s spreading across the country: the Nae Nae. Developed by teen quintet We Are Toonz, the dance is loosely based on Martin…

  17. Ricky Skaggs Talks Memoir, Keith Whitley and His Hall of Fame Propects

    October 31, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Country music legend Ricky Skaggs has been doing quite a bit of reminiscing as of late – especially with the recent release of his autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music." The singer tells Billboard that he's happy to have the book available to the public. "…

  18. Emmylou Harris, Shovels & Rope Win Big at Americana Awards

    September 19, 2013 9:56 AM EDT The power of two voices raised in harmony was on display Wednesday night at the Americana Music Honors & Awards as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the husband-wife duo Shovels & Rope earned top honors. Each duo won two awards during the annual roots rock celebration at Ryman…

  19. Tim McGraw Returning to Big Screen in Disney's 'Tomorrowland'

    September 16, 2013 9:05 AM EDT Tim McGraw, no stranger to the movie camera, will begin shooting a new film in the coming days.  Billboard has learned that the Big Machine recording artist will be a part of the upcoming Disney production, "Tomorrowland." Starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird ("…

  20. Kid's Author Sandra Boynton Goes Country, Enlists Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Ryan Adams and Others for New Album

    August 13, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Famed children's author Sandra Boynton is set for a career first come Sept. 3. The famous scribe – who mixes her words with music – will be releasing "Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs" via Warner Brothers. It's her first collaboration with country music…

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