1. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  2. Daryl Hall's 'House' TV Show Gets Renewed

    April 09, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Daryl Hall has yet another reason to celebrate aside from the induction of Hall and Oates into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow night. His critically acclaimed, award-winning performance series "Live from Daryl’s House" has renewed its agreement with Viacom Media Networks’…

  3. ABC's 'Nashville' Shoots For Ratings Boost With Concert Tour & Soundtrack

    April 09, 2014 4:54 PM EDT The drama has an imminent three-city concert tour and fourth soundtrack as ABC hopes to convert listeners into viewers It’s a toss-up whether "Nashville" will return to Nashville. Just two months ago, the hourlong soap set in country music’s epicenter appeared destined for…

  4. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  5. Outside Lands 2014: Kanye West, Tom Petty, The Killers Top Lineup

    April 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto and Death Cab For Cutie are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 8-10 Hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who rented out San Fancisco's ballpark last fall so he could propose to Kim Kardashian, will return to "The City By the Bay"…

  6. Play Ball: Asher Roth Previews Philadelphia Phillies' 2014 Season

    April 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This Philadelphia area native talks Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, the 1993 World Series and more April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team…

  7. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  8. Arthur Smith, 'Dueling Banjos' Writer, Dead at 93

    April 04, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Arthur Smith, a multi-instrumentalist whose song "Feudin' Banjos" later became known as the popular "Dueling Banjos," has died. He was 93. According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, passed away April 3 of natural causes, just two days…

  9. Pete Townshend Writes, Performs Song for 'The Americans' (Exclusive Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For the first time, the Who leader has written a song for television. "It Must Be Done" will appear on the April 30 episode of the FX show Pete Townshend has written his first original song for a television show, composing and performing "It Must Be Done" for FX's …

  10. '78 Project,' Cash and Carter Docs on the Road to Nashville Film Festival

    April 03, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Two films that connect the roots of recorded music with contemporary performers are among the music documentaries playing the Nashville Film Festival in April. "The 78 Project Movie" and "The Winding Stream," both of which had their world premieres at SXSW and include…

  11. Willie Nelson's Armadillo Stolen, Returned in Nevada: 'The Showgirls Were Nice'

    April 02, 2014 6:22 PM EDT A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las Vegas-area show. Officials at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson say the critter, named Ol' Dillo, vanished while audience members…

  12. Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves to Team for 'CMT Crossroads' in June (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The "CMT Crossroads" concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT. The intimate performance will tape in Los Angeles this month, and for the first time…

  13. Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan Among Austin City Limits Hall Inductees

    March 31, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the inaugural inductees to the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. As the TV concert series of the same name celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, it's creating the hall of fame to honor people who made significant contributions to the…

  14. Stevie Nicks To Receive BMI Icon Award in May

    March 31, 2014 5:03 PM EDT There should be a veritable "Landslide" of emotion when Stevie Nicks is honored by BMI with its prestigious Icon Award at the 62nd Annual Pop Awards ceremony, Tuesday, May 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only ceremony will also recognize the…

  15. 'Nashville' Cast Members Going on Tour

    March 31, 2014 4:45 PM EDT More than a year after word first leaked that the stars of country music drama "Nashville" would hit the road, ABC has made it official. The network on Monday announced that stars Charles Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and…

  16. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  17. Willie Nelson and Keith Urban Wrap Inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival at SXSW with Classics

    March 16, 2014 10:21 AM EDT A sampler plate of country music closed out the inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival on Saturday (March 15) at South By Southwest, giving the genre a wide and varied berth after four previous days of rock, pop and rap. The exuberant crowd at the ACL Live at Moody Theater was up for all of it,…

  18. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Up Fake Bands, Asks SXSW Hipsters About Them: Watch

    March 14, 2014 9:32 PM EDT We all know that guy or girl, the one who always knows -- or purports to know -- every band or musician you mention, no matter how obscure the artist. Jimmy Kimmel's penchant for exposing many of those folks as frauds took him to Coachella last year , where he and his crew made up fake…

  19. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  20. Johnny Winter Sets New 'Roots' Album With Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Ben Harper

    March 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Mark Knopfler, Joe Perry and Dr. John are among the guests on the second edition of classic blues covers coming from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. The follow-up to his 2011 album "Roots," Winter's manager…

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