1. Johnny Marr Blasts Spotify As The 'Opposite To Punk Rock'

    December 19, 2013 5:03 AM EST Johnny Marr isn’t a fan of Spotify. The British guitar great has slammed the streaming service by suggesting it hinders the artist community. “I'm not a supporter,” the former Smiths guitarist tells the NME. “I think it entirely hampers new bands, and the situation that Thom Yorke and…

  2. Previously Unheard Johnny Cash Song Surfaces in Album Trailer

    December 18, 2013 9:11 PM EST "She Used to Love Me a Lot" was originally recorded by David Allan Coe in 1984. A trailer for an upcoming Johnny Cash release -- his fourth posthumous album since his 2003 death -- features a previously unheard song, Rolling Stone reports . The 40-second trailer for "Out Among…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Robby Johnson's Debut Single Goes 'South'; Album Set for 2014

    December 18, 2013 6:30 PM EST Though the weather outside might be a little bit frightful, "South Of Me," the romantic new single from newcomer Robby Johnson has many fans feeling delightful as the year comes to an end. He told Billboard that the sound of song stems from being on a winning team. "When you…

  4. Joe Henry Has New Solo Album, Johnny Cash Project Lined Up for 2014

    December 17, 2013 8:00 AM EST After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour." "I'm…

  5. Country Legend Ray Price Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:12 PM EST Ray Price, one of country music's most beloved voices, died at home Monday afternoon at the age of 87, his family said through a spokesman. Price had been hospitalized in Texas recently, and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic cancer since late last year. On Thursday …

  6. Jim Brickman Makes 'Magic' With Johnny Mathis, Megan Hilty on New Christmas Album

    December 16, 2013 2:30 PM EST Musician extraordinaire Jim Brickman is at it again. The talented musician is currently on tour promoting a brand new Yuletide collection titled "The Magic Of Christmas." It’s a disc that he is excited for his fans to hear. "I love this record. I was trying to make something…

  7. Johnny Mathis Q&A: 'This Time Of Year Is Magical'

    December 13, 2013 11:05 AM EST The icon talks his highest-charting AC hit since 1978, his new star-studded duets album and holiday memories With "Sending You a Little Christmas," with Jim Brickman, the legendary Johnny Mathis is enjoying his milestone 50th hit on Adult Contemporary chart. As the song…

  8. Nelson Mandela Passes: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    December 05, 2013 4:20 PM EST Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  9. Echosmith, 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 04, 2013 12:00 PM EST It's December, meaning plenty of musicians are getting into the holiday spirit -- like Echosmith, for instance. The California indie pop act shot a video for its rendition of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and Billboard has the exclusive premiere. The oft-covered…

  10. Ed Sheeran & Macklemore Stroll Down ‘Sesame Street’: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    November 22, 2013 10:00 AM EST Get a first look at the chart-topping stars' upcoming guest appearances "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" For Ed Sheeran and Macklemore, a couple Hot 100 hits and good publicists did the trick. For its upcoming 45th season, which will premiere…

  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. Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins Team Up for 'Hall of Fame Bluegrass'

    November 15, 2013 3:30 PM EST Junior Sisk is enjoying a hot streak as a bluegrass performer – henceforth his recent IBMA win for Male Vocalist of the Year. Joe Mullins is also enjoying much success inside bluegrass circles both as an artist and as a radio personality. But, as the old adage states, sometimes two voices…

  13. Inside Daddy Yankee's Digital-Only 'King' Album

    November 11, 2013 5:30 PM EST Despite Latin's continued reliance on physical sales, one of reggaeton's biggest stars releases online-only album When reggaeton trailblazer Daddy Yankee releases an album, it usually debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. So why celebrate the fact that Yankee…

  14. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 2004 compilation album, "Legend of the Wu…

  15. Buena Vista Social Club Plots Farewell Tour

    November 07, 2013 5:30 PM EST The global Cuban phenomenon will say "Adios" with world tour in 2014-2015 Buena Vista Social Club, which began as a group of Cuban senior citizens who rose to global stardom after being recruited by Ry Cooder for a historic recording session in Havana, will reportedly say "…

  16. The Band Perry Hitches Its Wagon to Europe

    October 31, 2013 10:15 AM EDT When the bulk of the Band Perry's American fan base is sitting down to turkey dinners in late November, giving thanks for the good fortune that's already arrived, the Perrys will be somewhere in Europe on a mission to build their future. The We Are Pioneers tour kicks off in…

  17. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  18. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  19. Morrissey's 'Autobiography': 10 Things We Learned About Moz

    October 24, 2013 1:28 PM EDT key takeaways from Moz's tell-all, from his feelings about the Smiths and his first serious relationship to that time he was almost on "Friends." Published in the United Kingdom late last week, "Autobiography" is Morrissey's long-awaited life story,…

  20. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:23 PM EDT The legend's new 'To All the Girls …' marks his record-padding 46th top 10 on the Top Country Albums chart Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the…

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