1. Country Star Jason Aldean Gets Sexy on New 'Burnin' It Down' SIngle

    July 22, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Fans of Jason Aldean will want to hit iTunes or tune into their favorite radio station today. The country superstar released “Burnin’ It Down” -- the lead single from his sixth studio disc, due out before the end of the year. The seductive track marks a change in gears for Aldean, who has…

  2. Kansas Bible Company Talks Life as a 12-Man Band, Nashville Dancin' Gig

    July 07, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The Nashville band plans to release its third studio album in early 2015 Despite their name, the group known as the Kansas Bible Company is actually based in Nashville. That makes this Thursday’s appearance as part of  the downtown summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ (presented by Dollar…

  3. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  4. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Beyonce Scores First Solo No. 1

    July 07, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, Beyonce landed her first of five solo Hot 100 leaders with 'Crazy in Love.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Prince, Starland Vocal Band and Duran Duran Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  5. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  6. 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…

  7. Jana Kramer Talks 'Love,' Songwriting and a New Album This Summer

    June 20, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Two years ago, Jana Kramer was enjoying her initial run up Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Why Ya Wanna." A couple of weeks later, the Elektra Nashville recording artist released the first single from her upcoming sophomore project, "Love," which is sitting…

  8. Members of Soundgarden, OFF! and Queens of the Stone Age at Work on New Band

    June 10, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, Dimitri Coats of Off! and Alain Johannes -- formerly of Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures -- have joined forces for what Coats calls a "fun little side project" that will hopefully have some music ready for…

  9. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  10. The Cure's 'Disintegration' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 01, 2014 2:44 PM EDT No need to check the almanac to see what the weather was like on May 2, 1989, the day the Cure released its eighth studio album. Once copies of "Disintegration" started hitting CD trays and turntables, the skies turned grey and the rain began to fall, and sad boys and girls…

  11. Michael W. Smith Releases 'Hymns' Project, Previews Capitol Records Debut

    April 03, 2014 5:30 PM EDT "Hymns," the brand new disc from Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, teams him up with an organization that he has known for many years: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. "We thought it could be a good fit," Smith said about the restaurant-gift store chain. "They…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Sarah Davidson of 'Nashville Wives' Releases Debut EP

    March 26, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Check out the exclusive lyric video premiere for Davidson first single, "Drink You Up" So, you think that you know Sarah Davidson – one of the stars of TNT's "Private Lives of Nashville Wives?" According to the Georgia-bred songstress, a lot of people are getting to…

  13. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Michael Jackson Moonwalks To No. 1 With 'Billie Jean'

    March 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 1983, Jackson began a seven-week Hot 100 command with one of his signature songs. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Debbie Gibson and Britney Spears Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  14. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Talk 'Common Ground' Album, Premiere 'All By Myself' Song: Listen Exclusively

    February 19, 2014 10:25 AM EST For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard…

  15. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  16. Tommy Overstreet Takes Different 'Road' in New Book After Memoir 'Bored Me to Tears'

    February 08, 2014 9:44 AM EST In the late 1990s, veteran country performer Tommy Overstreet completed his autobiography. But, nobody ever read the book. The singer told Billboard there was a good reason for that. "After I read it, it bored me to tears," he said.  "I decided I wasn't going to do…

  17. Black Sabbath, Converse Kick-Off New Line of Sneakers

    January 10, 2014 12:30 AM EST Converse has just announced a Black Sabbath collection based on its classic Chuck Taylor All-Star sneaker design, which may be more of a brilliantly synergistic marketing concept than anyone could have ever guessed. A quick look at the lives of Chuck Taylor and Ozzy Osborne would seem to bear…

  18. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Christina Aguilera Tops Pop Songs With 'Beautiful' & More

    January 06, 2014 8:05 AM EST Eleven years ago this week, Aguilera reigned with her signature ballad. Plus, a look back at major moves by Green Day, Usher and Garth Brooks Your weekly recap of significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. Jan. 6, 1973 Forty-one years ago today, Carly…

  19. Escape The Fate Talk Touring Behind New LP 'Ungrateful' with Ex-Singer Ronnie Radke

    December 23, 2013 10:59 AM EST "Next year is going to be all about is going after the throne we thought we should have already" The members of Escape The Fate are hoping that their upcoming Bury The Hatchet tour with former singer Ronnie Radke's band Falling In Reverse will get the new year off on a karmic…

  20. Country Legend Ray Price Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:12 PM EST Ray Price, one of country music's most beloved voices, died at home Monday afternoon at the age of 87, his family said through a spokesman. Price had been hospitalized in Texas recently, and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic cancer since late last year. On Thursday …

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