1. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  2. 'Bangerz' Creative Director Previews Miley Cyrus TV Special: 'Intense and Wild'

    July 02, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Miley Cyrus is bringing her headline-grabbing "Bangerz" tour to a living room near you this Fourth of July weekend . The "We Can't Stop" singer kicked off the trek back in February, and with nearly every stop, she's managed to raise eyebrows with her onstage…

  3. Trove of Bob Dylan Acetates, ca. 1969-70, Found in NYC Closet

    July 02, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Most people discover a rogue sock or a handful of wire hangers when emptying a closet during a move. One music historian ended up with much, much more this spring, when two boxes jammed with rare Bob Dylan acetates turned up in a New York City apartment building once used by the rock 'n&…

  4. Ryan Adams Announces New Self-Titled Album

    July 02, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Singer/songwriter releases new solo set Sept. 9. First single “Gimme Something Good” now streaming on Spotify. Ryan Adams will release his self-titled 14th solo album on September 9. The 11-track self-produced album was recorded at Adams’ Pax-Am Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and…

  5. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  6. Beck Opens For Himself After Support Act Drops Out of Detroit Concert

    June 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Beck gave his Detroit fans more than they expected over the weekend, and a very different show than what he's been doing during his current tour — and rest assured no one was complaining. After opener The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger dropped out of the Fox Theatre concert (no explanation…

  7. Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Guitarist's Death

    June 27, 2014 8:34 PM EDT September 15 will mark 10 years since the death of iconic guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's legacy will be celebrated with an event on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the late axeman was buried in 2004 at the age of 55. Johnny's…

  8. Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid Announces Engagement to Courteney Cox

    June 27, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid will hear wedding bells in their future. McDaid, the multi-talented Snow Patrol member, and Cox released simultaneous statements announcing the engagement yesterday (June 26). "I'm engaged to her!," McDaid tweeted . “I’m engaged to him!” Cox…

  9. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  10. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  11. Jeff Bridges on Touring, Austin City Limits, and His 'Pretty Eclectic Show'

    June 24, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is going on the road. The actor, famous for roles in films such as "Crazy Heart," "The Big Lebowski," and "True Grit," is taking his music to fans in the midwest and the east coast this summer, along with his band, The Abiders. The tour, which…

  12. The Go-Gos, Pink Martini, Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

    June 24, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Before a capacity house of about 17,000, Pink Martini, fronted by singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, started off the night with standards including Amado Mio and Sympathique in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Lauderdale took a moment on stage to recall how the band…

  13. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  14. Woody Guthrie Home Restoration Project In Trouble Over Financial Dispute

    June 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. The spat, an ironic turn considering Guthrie's songs that railed against greed, began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood…

  15. Remixing Rock's Style Roots: Where to Find Johnny Cash & Elvis-Inpired Jackets

    June 18, 2014 5:40 PM EDT E-tailer Phoenix Project brings the 1950s style of legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash back to life. Don't step on his blue suede shoes, but you MAY be able to step into them, thanks to Phoenix Project - an e-tailer dedicated to replicating the clothing of 20th-century icons. An Elvis…

  16. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Debuts New Song, Duets with Mark Lanegan, in London

    June 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme capped the band's European tour by playing a rare solo acoustic show as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival in London yesterday (June 16), during which he debuted a new song called "Villains of Circumstance." The dark,…

  17. Ted Nugent Premieres 'Never Stop Believing' Song, Preps Next Album 'Everything': Exclusive (Listen)

    June 16, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Ted Nugent loud 'n' proud about a new album? Now THERE'S a surprise. But the Motor City Madman is even prouder (if that's possible) that there's more where next month's "ShutUp&Jam!," his first new album in seven years. But first, Billboard has…

  18. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  19. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  20. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

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