1. Johnny Cash Music Festival: Dierks Bentley, Willie Nelson Salute Man in Black

    October 07, 2012 11:00 PM EDT At a press conference during Friday's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Dierks Bentley might very well have made a statement that might best sum up the legacy of the "Man In Black." "A lot of people think the Johnny Cash name stands for being bad ass, and…

  2. CMA Awards Adds Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson as Performers

    September 27, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are among the first performers announced for this year's Country Music Association Awards. The two stars, who teamed to win a trophy last year at the ceremony, will be joined by Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town on the broadcast. Aldean Chats With…

  3. Johnny Cash Music Festival Aims to Restore Icon's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2012 5:35 PM EDT The Johnny Cash Music Festival hits Jonesboro, Arkansas on Friday, October 5. With a lineup of Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley , and the Civil Wars, executive producer Bill Carter tells Billboard that assembling talent for the festival, hosted by Arkansas State University, has…

  4. Eric Church Thanks 'Pretty Special' Fans For Surprise CMA Nominations

    September 05, 2012 8:15 PM EDT No one was more surprised by Eric Church 's leading five Country Music Awards nominations than the rising star from North Carolina. He didn't even know they were happening. "The funny part of the story is I've been on vacation the last week and I lost my phone in the Gulf…

  5. CMA Awards: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominations

    September 05, 2012 11:30 AM EDT The nominations for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced Wednesday morning (September 5), and more than any year in recent memory, a changing of the guard was reflected in the finalists. There was no mention of George Strait, Reba McEntire, or Rascal Flatts in the…

  6. 'Love for Levon' Helm Benefit: John Mayer, Dierks Bentley + More

    August 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley and several other musicians are getting together to pay tribute to the late Levon Helm . The "Love for Levon" benefit concert will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. It will include performances from such artists as My…

  7. No Doubt: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 13, 2012 4:30 PM EDT "We Made the Record of Our Lives" -- Gwen Stefani on "Push and Shove," the band's first album in 11 years Gwen Stefani is trying to remember a guy's name. Not just any guy, but that guy who was big in the '90s, when No Doubt 's breakout album "…

  8. Dierks Bentley: Ten No. 1s 'Feels Like a Blur'

    July 31, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Looks Ahead to Next Single, 'Tip It On Back' It was September 27, 2003. Dierks Bentley was at a club in the Dallas area, getting ready for a show that night when his phone rang. His debut Capitol single, "What Was I Thinkin," had just ascended to the top of the country…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Romeo Santos

    July 27, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Jepsen makes Canada proud by setting a Hot 100 No. 1 longevity record. Now all the other girls are chasing her, too. For. 'BURN'-ING LOVE: Linkin Park logs its 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, as "Burn It Down" fires 3-1. The coronation…

  10. Gloriana Album Premiere and Track-By-Track

    July 27, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Nashville trio Gloriana has emerged as one of the country music's biggest success stories of 2012. The group -- consisting of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinert -- has bounced back after the abrupt departure of former member Cheyenne Kimball in 2011 and returned with their…

  11. Country Countdown: Jason Aldean Begins Fast 'Ride' Up Charts

    July 26, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley Scores 10th Country Songs No. 1 as Old Crow Medicine Show Pings Album Chart Jason Aldean 's "Take a Little Ride" roars onto Country Songs as the artist's career-high start at No. 19, and sets a new first-week sales benchmark for male artists atop…

  12. Win Watershed Music Festival Tickets

    July 24, 2012 6:00 PM EDT The Watershed Music Festival is shaping up to be one of summer's biggest parties, with a lineup that is one of the strongest of any of the country music festivals around. Taking place August 3-5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., Watershed is set to feature a versatile…

  13. Coachella Cruise Announced: Pulp, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells Aboard

    July 17, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Inaugural trip to set sail in December Goldenvoice, promoters of Coachella, have announced the launch of a Coachella cruise slated to set sail in December. S.S. Coachella will include performances from Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Killer Mike, !!!, and a DJ set from former LCD…

  14. Exclusive: 'Weeds' Revives 'Little Boxes' Theme With Ben Folds, Steve Martin

    July 12, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Showtime's "Weeds" began its eighth and final season Sunday and has returned to using Malvina Reynolds ' "Little Boxes," a folk ditty written in 1962 about growing housing tracts in the San Francisco Bay area. As the show did in its second and third seasons, the…

  15. Country Countdown: Eric Church Takes 'Springsteen' to No. 1

    June 14, 2012 2:10 PM EDT On Album Chart, Alan Jackson Scores 13th No. 1, Jana Kramer Debuts in Top 5 Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with "Chief"…

  16. Lil Kim Brings Out Missy Elliott, Eve For NYC Show

    May 19, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Last night (May 18), Lil' Kim brought her "Return of the Queen" tour to Bronx's Paradise Theater for a comeback show that promised surprise guests as well as billed opening acts Saigon , Papoose , Cassidy and Shyheim. Her rolodex still runs deep, with rappers including…

  17. After The Smoke: Battle of the Bands 2012 Southeast

    May 14, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Chart Article Northwest After the Smoke beat out two other groups in the Billboard.com vote to become the finalist in the southeast region. The band has now hit the road to Las Vegas where they will play against the other finalists head to head at the May 18 Battle of the Bands concert. The…

  18. Exclusive: Kaskade, Steve Angello, Announced For Inaugural EDMBiz Conference

    May 02, 2012 10:30 AM EDT In case anyone on the planet still believes Electronic Dance Music isn't a serious business, a list of speakers for this June's inaugural EDMBiz conference announced today by Insomniac Events should dispel any illusions. Popular EDM DJs Kaskade and Steve Angello of Swedish House…

  19. Watershed Festival: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert to Kick Off New Event

    April 27, 2012 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and promoter Brian O'Connell are leading the charge for a new country festival where the music and atmosphere will rival the serene, natural beauty of the landscape. Watershed Music Festival will take place August 3, 4 and 5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre east…

  20. Norah Jones, Target Team Up for Deluxe 'Little Broken Hearts'

    April 25, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Exclusive First Listen: Bonus Track 'I Don't Wanna Hear Another Sound' Target and Norah Jones are teaming up for a deluxe edition of Jones' new album "Little Broken Hearts," featuring three exclusive bonus tracks. The set is due May 1 and will have a 6-month…

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