1. Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line to Headline Chicago's First Major Country Festival

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill are Frankie Ballard , Easton Corbin , Clare Dunn…

  2. Live Nation Country Launches Chicago Festival: Windy City LakeShake

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill are Frankie Ballard , Easton Corbin , Clare Dunn…

  3. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  4. 5 Things We Want to See Blake Shelton Do on 'SNL'

    January 24, 2015 10:15 AM EST Blake Shelton is doing double-duty tonight (Jan. 24) on  Saturday Night Live -- making his SNL debut as both host and musical guest. Country singers rarely appear on the show: aside from Taylor Swift , a country artist hasn't played SNL since Lady Antebellum in 2011. Shelton is one of…

  5. Why the Rap Veterans Behind Atlanta Indie Label Quality Control Music Are the Smartest Guys in Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST Two middle-aged guys in hoodies named Coach and Pee run what may be the most important hip-hop label in America. This spring, they'll release 2015's most anticipated rap debut, a Lil Wayne -featuring full-length from trap-rap trio Migos , who have already collaborated with Justin…

  6. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  7. This Video Attempts to Prove All Country Songs Sounded the Same in 2014

    January 09, 2015 10:55 AM EST If you don't like or don't listen to country music, here's an opportunity to affirm your own beliefs: a video shows the startling similarities between tracks from Blake Shelton , Parmalee , Florida Georgia Line , Cole Swindell , Chase Rice  and Luke Bryan . Check it out…

  8. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta to Receive Presidential Award at Music Biz 2015

    January 07, 2015 10:00 AM EST Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM…

  9. 7 Surprising Facts About Music Sales Last Year

    January 05, 2015 11:50 AM EST There are few certain things in the music business. While no one thought Taylor Swift 's 1989 was going to flop, it wasn't until just days ahead of its release that industry forecasters realized just how massive it was going to be. And who would have predicted that one of the year…

  10. 15 (Or More …) No. 15 Hot 100 Hits for 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:05 AM EST Happy New Year! As 2015 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers 15 songs that rose to No. 15 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling five spots shy of the top 10, all remain memorable hits among the Hot 100's five-decade-plus history. Actually … in looking through the Hot 100…

  11. New Year's Rockin' Eve: Go Behind the Scenes With Billboard

    January 01, 2015 5:29 AM EST During the five-hour live show of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, hosts Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy make it all look so easy, seamlessly guiding viewers through the celebration until the ball drops at midnight. In reality, it takes a lot of teamwork weaving the…

  12. New Year's Rockin' Eve Concerts: 7 Memorable Moments

    January 01, 2015 2:30 AM EST The biggest names in pop, country and hip hop have rung in the New Year at the traditional Rockin' Eve concerts. ABC's broadcast bounced around parties in L.A., Miami, Nashville and New York City, where many thousands -- host Ryan Seacrest called it a million -- braved the cold…

  13. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST Nevermind that snow may hit Las Vegas on New Year's Eve -- the desert destination may have quietly usurped New York City as the country's most banging music hotspot to ring in 2015. This year, everyone from Jennifer Lopez , Lady Gaga (with Tony Bennett ) and Britney…

  14. 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Preview: Ryan Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy on the Insanity of Times Square Nudity

    December 30, 2014 12:40 PM EST Ryan Seacrest is once again ready to ring in the new year as the emcee of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve , hosting the annual countdown for the 10th year and ringing in 2015 with Jenny McCarthy , who will be on hand for the fourth straight year. Taking over the tradition…

  15. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  16. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  17. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  18. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  19. Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

    December 18, 2014 12:25 PM EST Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums. Carrie Underwood storms Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set…

  20. Ray Price Remembered by Wife Janie, One Year After His Death

    December 16, 2014 6:55 PM EST Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price . For his widow, Janie, it was as if the world had seemingly come to an end. "It was actually four months before I could even leave my home," she says. "I just honestly stayed…

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