1. Jim Ed Brown Returns With First Solo Album in 30 Years

    January 20, 2015 5:30 PM EST Today, country music legend Jim Ed Brown releases In Style Again on Plowboy Records. It marks his first solo project since the 1980s, and he's glad to be back. "I love getting to do new music," Brown tells Billboard . "I'm so excited to be working with Plowboy…

  2. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  3. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  4. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop…

  5. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  6. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  7. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and Iggy Azalea are also part of the fourth annual lineup. The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher,…

  8. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits Highlighted in New Collection

    May 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT For almost 90y years, the Grand Ole Opry has come to symbolize the best of what is associated with country music. A brand new four-CD set shines the spotlight on some of that illustrious musical history with the release of Grand Ole Opry By The Decades – a collection that is available…

  9. 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…

  10. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  11. Chart Highlights: Johnny Mathis Scores 50th Adult Contemporary Hit

    November 18, 2013 4:35 PM EST The icon becomes just the fifth artist to reach the historic milestone. Plus, Kelly Clarkson adds to the onslaught of holiday debuts, Broken Bells return and Mandisa makes chart history Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  12. Jim Ed Brown Enlists Bobby Bare for First New Music in Decades

    May 16, 2013 5:50 PM EDT In a career that has spanned well over five decades, talk to Jim Ed Brown and you will find an artist with a renewed sense of vigor and vitality. The legendary Grand Ole Opry star has just released a new single, "In Style Again," which is his first release since 1989. "Isn&…

  13. George Jones Honored at Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and All Around Nashville

    April 29, 2013 11:50 AM EDT A single candle was lit at Nashville's Ernest Tubb Record Shop, where only a handful of Jones CDs remained on the shelves Over the weekend following the passing of George Jones, the singer's voice could be heard all around classic country circles. Nowhere was the loss of Jones…

  14. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major nominees for the Grammys, being held Feb.…

  15. Barenaked Ladies' 'Animal House' Musical will Go 'Places You Never Expected'

    July 06, 2012 1:00 PM EDT There will likely be togas and food fights and strange initiation rites, but the stage adaptation of "Animal House," with music by Barenaked Ladies , will not be a rote recasting of the hit 1978 film. "We got a call from the producers of the show, and they said, 'We like…

  16. Gene Watson Tackles Gene Watson in New Hits Collection

    March 27, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Ask any number of country performers from Randy Travis to Joe Nichols to Alan Jackson, and they will tell you that the music of Gene Watson has been one of their biggest influences. That makes the veteran performer beam. "I'm thankful there's some of the newer artists who value…

  17. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  18. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  19. NBC 'Sing-Off' Winners Committed Deliver Uplifting Debut

    August 23, 2011 5:00 PM EDT When Therry Thomas talks about the music his vocal group Committed has been singing since winning the second season of NBC's Sony-produced music competition show, "The Sing-Off," he calls it "positive thought music." While still rooted in the music that the a cappella…

  20. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition

    May 06, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

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