1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. Ricky Skaggs Talks Memoir, Keith Whitley and His Hall of Fame Prospects

    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. …

  5. 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…

  6. 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 ("…

  7. 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…

  8. Man Band Takeover: Exploring New Albums From Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, 98 Degrees & Hanson

    August 02, 2013 2:48 PM EDT All four once-inescapable groups have released new albums this year. Which ones are worth a listen? It's been just another ordinary week for the biggest boy band in the world, One Direction: the quintet scored its best Hot 100 rank ever this week when new single "Best Song Ever…

  9. Bonnaroo 2013: R. Kelly, Bjork, 'Weird Al' Yankovic Keep Saturday Steaming

    June 16, 2013 4:30 AM EDT By the third day of Bonnaroo (June 15), patrons of the Manchester, Tenn. fest were starting to get into the swing of things. After a couple days on the grounds, the masses were beginning to get more accustomed to the setting around them, finding their way around, and interacting as a…

  10. Atoms For Peace Announce International Tour

    June 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Thom Yorke says the band will be playing cuts from 'Amok,' 'The Eraser' songs and some B-sides on tour. Southern California has been good for Thom Yorke. It's the home base for his 4-year-old band Atoms For Peace, meaning he's making occasional tough cross…

  11. Shovels and Rope, Emmylou Harris Lead Americana Awards Nominees

    May 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley,…

  12. Secret Sisters Talk BottleRock Napa Fest, New Album With T Bone Burnett

    May 09, 2013 9:50 AM EDT It promises to be a big weekend for all involved at the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival , officially starting today and going through May 12. Dwight Yoakam and the Zac Brown Band will represent country music in the ecclectic lineup, while other performers will include the Black Keys, Jane&…

  13. One Direction, Katy Perry Win at Slimy Kids' Choice Awards

    March 24, 2013 12:38 AM EDT Pitbull and Christina Aguilera kicked off the silly Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday with their song "Feel This Moment" and were joined by young backup dancers resembling the smooth-headed rapper and blonde diva. At the end of their performance, Aguilera smashed a button,…

  14. Beanie Sigel Sentenced To Prison For Drug Possession

    March 07, 2013 11:37 AM EST Beanie Sigel was sentenced Wednesday (March 6) to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to a narcotics possession charge in a Philadelphia suburb. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, entered the plea to a misdemeanor count of illegal possession of Percocet, a painkiller, The…

  15. Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty Headlining

    February 19, 2013 1:50 PM EST Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Pretty Lights also on tap for the massive Tennessee festival. Paul McCartney will take center stage at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will invade Manchester, Tenn. from June 13-16. Macca, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers…

  16. 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week: 5 Things We Learned on Day 5

    February 12, 2013 1:33 PM EST The Hook's editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was out on the town in NYC yesterday (Feb. 11), scoping out the latest NYFW fall runway looks and taking celeb notes along the way. Mark McNairy Digs Country Music Mark McNairy is known for injecting menswear with his southern charm. The…

  17. 13 Artists to Watch in 2013

    January 27, 2013 12:21 PM EST They're not household names. . . yet, but these 13 music makers -- including pop stars in the making, a big "Voice," an up and coming rapper, and several hot bands -- are primed to do big things this year. Olly Murs 
 @ollyofficial | Pop Olly Murs auditioned for Britain'…

  18. Obama Inaugural Events: Katy Perry, Usher and 'Glee' Cast Among Performers

    January 11, 2013 7:05 AM EST President Barack Obama is drawing an A-list of performers for his inaugural festivities, including a massive gala expected to draw more than 35,000 revelers. Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley are among the stars planning to sing at Obama's inaugural galas…

  19. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basketball fans are gifted a full day of high…

  20. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Los Angeles Lakers

    October 29, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Check out what Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace and Devin Ebanks are listening to in these exclusive Q&As. The 2012-2013 NBA season is finally upon us, and no team is being talked more than the new-look Los Angeles Lakers. After winning the NBA championship in 2010, the Lakers, led by…

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