1. Loretta Lynn Performs First Full Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

    October 11, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The 82-year-old icon played numerous hits from her six-decade career. Friday night (Oct. 10) was a historic night at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. It’s hard to believe, but it was the first time Loretta Lynn performed a full show at the revered venue. Loretta Lynn Reflects on…

  2. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  3. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  4. Willie Nelson's Braids Sell for $37,000 at Auction

    October 07, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Willie Nelson 's signature braids sold for $37,000 at an auction in Phoenix on Sunday, included in the roughly 2,000 items sold off that belonged to the late outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings .  Waylon Jennings' Items Up For Auction In Phoenix Other items up for auction…

  5. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  6. Stagecoach 2015 Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton & Tim McGraw to Headline

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The Stagecoach festival announced its 2015 lineup Monday (Oct. 6). The festival -- in its 9th year -- is a huge showcase for country music. Check out the lineup below: Stagecoach Festival 2015 lineup is here! On sale next Tues, Oct 14 @ 10am. info http://t.co/OWo67ynX3O #yeehaw pic.twitter…

  7. Waylon Jennings' Items Up For Auction In Phoenix

    October 04, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings owned a vintage motorcycle that had previously belonged to his close friend, rock `n' roll star Buddy Holly . Jennings was supposed to have been with Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when the crooners were…

  8. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  9. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely on touring as their primary source of income,…

  10. From Kendrick Lamar to Garth Brooks, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 26, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar "I" Interscope/TDE Kendrick Lamar conquered rap with his eye-to-mouth rhymes during the past two years, documenting his Compton, Calif., streets on the impervious Good Kid, M.a.a.d City . The grim extrospection persists on "I," the first peek at his…

  11. Album Review: Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ Attempts Return to Peak Power-Pop Condition

    September 23, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Everything Will Be Alright in the End  may be  Weezer 's best album since 2002's Maladroit , but its competition within the band's catalog isn't exactly steep. Weezer Talks New Music at iHeartRadio Fest: 'We Wanted To Make a Very Deep Album' Instead of…

  12. David Frizzell on His Star-Studded Buddy Holly Covers Album 'Remember Me'

    September 22, 2014 6:17 PM EDT David Frizzell has a lot of memories about the music of Buddy Holly. "When I was first starting out in the business working for Lefty opening his shows, I was singing Buddy Holly songs," he recalls of his older brother. Now, David Frizzell has taken many of those songs and…

  13. Hilary Duff Says She's Up For A 'Lizzie McGuire' Reunion

    September 22, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Why not? This is better than an Ethan Craft sighting in the lunchroom:  Hilary Duff  says she's up for a  Lizzie McGuire  reunion. The singer -- who starred as the titular Lizzie on the Disney Channel sitcom from 2001 to 2004 -- told  Huffington Post  that she's open to a reunion.…

  14. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  15. 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…

  16. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  17. 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…

  18. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Guardians' & 'Frozen' Make Up Almost 40% of 2014 Soundtrack Sales

    September 12, 2014 6:49 PM EDT Also: Miranda Lambert gains thanks to sale pricing, Johnny Winter earns his highest charting album ever & the WOW series continues to rack up big sales. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Maroon 5 nabbed its second chart-topping album as V debuted atop the list, selling 164,000…

  19. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  20. 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 .…

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