1. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  2. Brushville's Waiting Game Leads to Buzzy Debut Album

    December 10, 2014 5:58 PM EST 'It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us,' Brett Gillan says. With the release of their self-titled debut album this fall, there has been a lot of buzz around rising country…

  3. Kenny Chesney to Perform & Receive Groundbreaker Award at American Country Countdown Awards

    December 10, 2014 12:10 PM EST Kenny Chesney has dominated the country charts and filled arenas across the country for two decades now, so it's no wonder that he was chosen to receive the Groundbreaker Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on Monday. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees for 2014 American…

  4. 10 Things We Learned From Billy Corgan's Reddit AMA

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST With a new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy out this week, Billy Corgan  made time to answer questions about "anything" on Reddit yesterday. With a cup of tea in hand, obviously. Here’s what we learned: 1. The shortest (5 minutes) and the longest (5 months) amount of…

  5. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  6. 4 Ways Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift Changed Country Music

    December 09, 2014 10:56 AM EST It might surprise some of Taylor Swift 's fans, but country music had a long and remarkable history before her 2006 debut album, and that grand tradition will continue, even if Swift ends up leaving the genre for good. But there's no doubt that she changed the business of country…

  7. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  8. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  9. Tim McGraw Notches 25th Hot Country Songs No. 1 With 'Shotgun Rider'

    December 05, 2014 5:05 PM EST The veteran scores a milestone leader. Plus, action for Craig Wayne Boyd of NBC's 'The Voice' & more. Tim McGraw scores his first No. 1 in nearly four years on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (and his first on the list since it switched from measuring core…

  10. Two Dixie Chicks Sign with Big Deal for Publishing

    December 05, 2014 2:33 PM EST Big Deal Music has landed two thirds of the Dixie Chicks for a deal, signing Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson to a global publishing agreement for all future songs. The deal marks the first time the two have signed a publishing agreement. Previously, with each owning their own publishing,…

  11. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  12. Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae Among American Country Countdown Awards Presenters

    December 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST Sara Evans , Hunter Hayes , Maddie & Tae , Scotty McCreery and Kip Moore are all among the presenters announced for the first ever American Country Countdown Awards, joining hosts Florida Georgia Line at the Dec. 15 event.  Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations &…

  13. Bob Montgomery, Songwriter for Buddy Holly, Dies at 77

    December 04, 2014 7:57 PM EST He also worked as a producer, starting House of Gold Music and working with Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton & more Nashville stars. Bob Montgomery, a songwriter and producer who wrote hits for pop and country artists from Buddy Holly to Eddy Arnold , has died. Publicist Greg Matusky said…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: J.Phlip

    December 04, 2014 6:03 PM EST Dirtybird's first lady J.Phlip is really hitting her stride. Exclusive Premiere: Aradalan's 'The No Yeah' Fresh off the release of her collaborative Walls EP with Chris Lorenzo, Jessica Phillippe is currently crisscrossing the country on an extensive North American tour.…

  15. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  16. Jana Kramer Is Engaged to Football Player Michael Caussin

    December 03, 2014 7:54 PM EST Country singer Jana Kramer celebrated her 31st birthday in Nashville Tuesday with a pretty great gift: A marriage proposal from her football player boyfriend, Michael Caussin.  Jana Kramer Talks 'Love,' Songwriting and a New Album This Summer "It was a beautiful surprise,…

  17. At CMT Artists of the Year 2014, Luke Bryan's Loss Is Front & Center

    December 02, 2014 9:43 PM EST Chris Cornell & Wiz Khalifa are among the unlikely guests as Bryan, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line & Merle Haggard are honored. You know you're in country music's world when Chris Cornell is just a backup singer. The Soundgarden frontman…

  18. Maureen Kenny Joins Atlantic as SVP of A&R

    December 02, 2014 1:25 PM EST Maureen Kenny is Atlantic Records' new svp of A&R, the label announced on Tuesday. The industry veteran arrives from Republic Records, where she worked with bands ranging from Of Monsters and Men to Weezer in her role as vp of A&R. Prior to joining Republic in 2011, Kenny spent…

  19. 'The Voice' Hits 20 Million Song Downloads

    December 01, 2014 8:07 PM EST Nearing the end of its seventh season The Voice can hang a sign that reads more than 20 million sold. Between its launch in April 2011 and a few days before Thanksgiving the NBC singing competition show sold more than 20 million downloads on iTunes, a milestone commemorated during Monday…

  20. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

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