1. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  2. The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd Lift Williams Syndrome Campers' Lives at Country Music Camp

    June 30, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Last week was a special one for 30 campers from across the country, who descended upon Nashville for the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Music Camp. Held June 23-27, the five-day event provided music enrichment through performance and education for campers who have been diagnosed with…

  3. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It's a Blast, Isn't It?'

    June 23, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Six out of ten acts successfully raised the Wall on the first episode of "Rising Star," but the performer with the brightest smile after the ABC show's premiere was none other than the friendly expert, Brad Paisley. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works &…

  4. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  5. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  6. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  7. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  8. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Releases New Songs Ahead of Opening: Listen

    May 31, 2014 2:47 PM EDT "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur, is only days away from beginning previews at New York’s Palace Theatre on June 2. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical To help stir up buzz, three tracks from the Broadway show have been…

  9. From Sound City to City Sounds: Dave Grohl Talks Risky Foo Fighters Album, HBO Project

    May 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary comes with an album, its own cable docuseries and an ambitious mission to tell the story of America through its indigenous music If Dave Grohl is gunning for the title of rock's top overachiever, he is well on his way. Since forming Foo Fighters in…

  10. Clay Aiken Wins Congressional Primary Following Rival's Death

    May 13, 2014 3:22 PM EDT "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival. Aiken will face Republican…

  11. Tony Awards: Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris Score Nominations

    April 29, 2014 9:16 AM EDT There were a few surprises at the Tony Award nominations announcement on Tuesday morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York City—and not just among the nominees. Just as Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Looking) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) started to announce this year’s list, Hugh Jackman burst onto…

  12. Rewinding The Charts: In 1987, U2 Beat The Beastie Boys

    April 25, 2014 9:05 AM EDT On this date 27 years ago, U2 broke through with its first Billboard 200 No. 1 album U2 went from respected rock band to worldwide superstars in 1987, thanks to the blockbuster success of "The Joshua Tree." The group's fifth album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 dated…

  13. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  14. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers 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 preview of…

  15. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical

    April 07, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Casting is in place for the world premiere of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical about struggling inner-city lives, inspired by and set to the music and lyrics of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Heading the cast of the non-biographical musical drama is Saul Williams, the…

  16. U2, Linda Ronstadt Albums to Be Preserved By Library of Congress

    April 02, 2014 5:07 AM EDT U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25…

  17. Bubbling Under: Fun. Side Project Bleachers Rise At Alternative

    March 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Bleachers, Clean Bandit and Joshua Scott Jones   Bleachers Fun.'s Jack Antonoff flies onto the Alternative Songs chart with new side…

  18. Joshua Scott Jones, 'Honk (If You're Tonky)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    February 26, 2014 10:00 AM EST Half of Steel Magnolia goes solo, models his new video after Beyonce's "Single Ladies" Country fans have become familiar with the bluesy tones of Joshua Scott Jones' voice through his work as part of the duo Steel Magnolia. Together with Meghan Linsey, the duo enjoyed…

  19. Glitch Mob Grabs Top Spot On Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST The Glitch Mob arrives atop Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart with "Love Death Immortality," its first No. 1 on the tally. With 22,000 units scanned, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the set by far surpasses the trio's (Justin Boreta, Ed Ma and Joshua Mayer)…

  20. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador

    February 11, 2014 10:45 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Since being founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of independent music stores around the world, RSD has boasted numerous rock star ambassadors…

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