1. Ashlee Simpson Engaged To Actor Evan Ross

    January 14, 2014 11:04 AM EST Ashlee Simpson is tying the knot with actor Evan Ross, whom the pop singer has been dating since last July. Both Simpson and Ross shared the good news on Twitter on Monday night (Jan. 13). "My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii !!!!!" Simpson wrote , attaching a glossy…

  2. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' Shoots To No. 1 On Pop Songs

    January 13, 2014 4:15 PM EST The band lands its third No. 1 at the format. Plus, Rascal Flatts returns and new No. 1s for Stone Sour, Marc Anthony and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  3. 'Country Faith' Book, Album Shines Light on Other Sides of Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and More Nashville Stars

    January 06, 2014 9:50 AM EST As an award-winning journalist and author, Deborah Evans Price has interviewed just about every major recording artist in the business. However, her latest project, the book "Country Faith," offers her a chance to stray from the normal questions she might ask, as she talks with…

  4. 10 Best Country Singles of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:30 PM EST Well, it's that time of year again: "Best Of" lists. Today, The 615 takes a look at some of the best singles that have been released to country radio this year. Our list reflects a mix of new and veteran artists, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and yes, at…

  5. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

  6. Sara Evans Sets Date for 'Slow Me Down' Album, Talks Duets With Gavin DeGraw & Vince Gill

    December 09, 2013 3:40 PM EST Sara Evans has been making hit music for fifteen years now, since "No Place That Far" became her initial chart-topper in 1999. Talk to her these days, and she sounds like an artist reborn. The singer announced today that she'll release her seventh RCA studio album, "Slow…

  7. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  8. Eric Church: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 29, 2013 9:30 AM EST With "The Outsiders," due in February, Church is bringing his harder-rocking country sound to the next level. "It's important for the health of the format that we all don't follow the leader, that we branch out" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy…

  9. Parmalee Overcomes Near-Fatal Shooting With a 'Carolina' Climb to the Top

    November 28, 2013 12:00 PM EST Few bands have had a longer, rockier road to success than Parmalee. Shortly before signing with Stoney Creek Records after 10 years on the road, the band's drummer, Scott Thomas, nearly died when he was shot during a robbery. After he recovered, the group's debut single languished,…

  10. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  11. Chart Highlights: Cage The Elephant Returns To No. 1 On Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs

    November 11, 2013 7:30 PM EST Cage the Elephant hits No. 1 on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs, One Direction debuts on Pop Songs and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  12. Eric Paslay Preps Debut Album After 'Friday Night' Success

    November 07, 2013 9:49 PM EST Eric Paslay is next in a long line of country singer-songwriters who, after gaining acclaim for writing a collection of hit songs for other artists, is getting his (Fri)day in the spotlight. CMA Awards Photos:  Show Highlights  |  Red Carpet Fashion The 30-year-old Texan is climbing the…

  13. CMA Awards 2013: 13 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 07, 2013 4:18 AM EST From Luke Bryan’s touching performance of “Drink A Beer” to the pomp and swagger of Florida Georgia Line, last night’s 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards had a little something for everyone. But, there were just as many big moments behind the scenes. As usual, Billboard keeps you…

  14. Sara Evans Puts Finishing Touches on New Album, Releases 'Slow Me Down' Video

    November 01, 2013 9:42 AM EDT Sara Evans entered Nashville's Starstruck Studios on Oct. 23 for the final day of recording for her seventh studio album, slated from RCA in the first quarter of 2014. The singer played a couple of the tracks for Billboard, including the traditional-based "Better Off." The…

  15. Ask Billboard: Is Katy Perry's 'Prism' Better Than 'Teenage Dream'?

    October 25, 2013 7:35 PM EDT A look at possible singles from - and the future success of - Perry's new album. Plus, women are ruling the Hot 100 at a nearly historic level As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  16. MKTO Preps For U.S. Push, Talks Debut Album

    October 24, 2013 12:04 PM EDT "I feel like each single's going to be different," says the pop duo's Malcolm Kelley of their 2014 debut. MKTO's uber-catchy single "Classic" has yet to take off in the States -- although the pop-rap track has reached the Top 10 on the Digital Songs…

  17. Sound Selectors: The Top 10 Producers in Music

    October 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From an indie-rap hero’s surprise takeover to a hard rocker’s Nashville power move, our top 10 producers broke big boundaries and crafted even bigger hits. Here, we head behind the boards and profile the soundmen who ruled the charts. 10 Alex Da Kid “I want to make music that has no…

  18. Ty Herndon Returns With 'Lies I Told Myself'

    October 17, 2013 12:15 PM EDT Ty Herndon, one of the most played male country acts of the mid to late 1990s, returns to the fold with a brand new project titled "Lies I Told Myself," out Oct. 22. He tells Billboard that the music on the disc represents a little bit more modern of a sound, which was somewhat of…

  19. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

  20. Human Rights Take Center Stage on Massive New Concert DVD Set

    October 08, 2013 11:00 AM EDT "Released!," a six-disc DVD and 2-disc CD set of highlights from the Amnesty International benefit concerts from 1986 through 1998, will be released Nov. 5 by Shout Factory. Featuring performances and appearances by U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell,Miles…

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