1. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  2. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  3. Pop Shop Podcast: Fall Music Preview! (Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction & More)

    September 18, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  4. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  5. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  6. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  7. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

  8. Dustin Lynch Talks New Album 'Where It's At,' Career Tips From Garth Brooks

    September 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his second album Where It's At dropping this week, Dustin Lynch admits he was worried about the sophomore slump -- at least, until he started writing songs for his new album. "For me, this album was easy to make. I was always afraid of album two because you always hear about…

  9. Families Attempting to Settle Jenni Rivera Lawsuit

    September 09, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Attorneys for singer Jenni Rivera 's company and relatives of some of those killed alongside her in a plane crash told a judge on Tuesday (Sept. 9) that they are trying to settle a lawsuit against the late Mexican-American superstar's company. Jenni Rivera's Second Life: The…

  10. Garth Brooks' 'People' Debuts In Country Airplay Chart's Top 20

    September 09, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The star returns with 'People Loving People,' which soars in at No. 19 Garth Brooks surges back onto Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "People Loving People," his first proper radio single in six years, debuts at No. 19. The country/rock track, which starts…

  11. How Lee Brice Turned His Own Wedding Song Into a Country Smash

    September 09, 2014 12:25 PM EDT If there’s one thing Lee Brice has learned during the course of his career, it’s patience. In 2003, the country singer-songwriter-producer, who’s now 35, signed to Curb Records. But after the release of his debut album stalled, he tried a different approach: penning hits for Jason Aldean and…

  12. Watch Garth Brooks Expertly Handle an Onstage Spill

    September 09, 2014 9:50 AM EDT After turning an onstage spill into an acrobatic moment, Garth Brooks has proven he still has it. The country star is in the middle of a comeback after more than a decade away from music (for the most part), so there's understandably some rust he has to shake off. On Sept. 12, in a show…

  13. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & 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…

  14. Why Garth Brooks Should Have Gone With iTunes

    September 08, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The superstar took a gamble by launching his own digital store -- can it pay off? Well, the outlook isn't bright. Last week, Garth Brooks debuted GhostTunes , a new music download store seemingly created to be the exclusive source of Brooks' digital catalog. Although the store has a…

  15. Kelly Clarkson Shares Adorable Photo of Baby Daughter Attending First Concert

    September 06, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Kelly Clarkson has shared an adorable photo of her baby daughter, River Rose Blackstock, attending her very first concert. The honor went to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood , who performed at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on Sept. 5. Kelly Clarkson Welcomes Baby Girl “Got 2 sing with…

  16. Lady Gaga Sings Jazz Songs at New York Fashion Week Party

    September 06, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Attendees included Donatella Versace, Liberty Ross, and singers Maxwell and Miguel. If Lady Gaga 's performing onstage, you better listen. And if you don't, she'll stop singing. Check Out Pret-a-Reporter’s Fashion Week Coverage Here When a loud crowd still chatted at the Plaza…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Brad Paisley & The Ever-Elusive No. 1 Album

    September 05, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Paisley, who has yet to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, nets his fifth No. 2 set. Also: Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' sells a half-million & Ed Sheeran's new EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Ariana Grande 's My Everything debuted…

  18. Waylon Jennings' Collectibles to be Sold at Auction, Including Buddy Holly's Motorcycle & Willie Nelson's Hair

    September 04, 2014 7:42 PM EDT A collection of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings ' belongings will go on public auction this fall, including a rare 1958 motorcycle originally owned by Buddy Holly and locks of Willie Nelson 's braided hair. Waylon Jennings' Widow Talks 'Last Recordings' &…

  19. Garth Brooks' 'People' Poised for Strong Country Airplay Chart Debut

    September 04, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The format icon returns with 'People Loving People,' which is set for a lofty launch. Garth Brooks prepares to make a head-turning debut on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart with "People Loving People," his first proper radio single in six years.…

  20. Garth Brooks Creates Digital Music Partnership

    September 04, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Country star is one of the last holdouts refusing to put his music on iTunes. Garth Brooks isn't just going digital. He's launching his own digital sales service. Garth Brooks Releases Comeback Single 'People Loving People' Brooks announced Thursday (Sept. 4) that he&…

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