1. 615 Spotlight: Corey Wagar Hopes You 'Hate My Boyfriend'

    December 14, 2011 6:30 PM EST Country newcomer Corey Wagar has been getting an education over the past few months -- but not in the classroom. The singer-songwriter, 18, has been touring the United States promoting her album "On The Edge," as well as her current single "I Hate My Boyfriend." She tells…

  2. Freshman Haze: Stacy Barthe

    December 14, 2011 11:40 AM EST For Stacy Barthe, the decision to become a songwriter came as easy to her as the skill itself. The New York native always had a knack for pairing the right words to the right melody, most of which were produced by her partners from the Surf Club -- consisting of Hit-Boy, Chase'N Cashe,…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Eric Lee Beddingfield Mingles With Legends

    November 16, 2011 12:30 PM EST How many newcomers can lay claim to having Country Music Hall of Famers like Dolly Parton and George Jones on their first two albums? Well, Georgia native Eric Lee Beddingfield is one, and he's very mindful of the honor. 615 SPOTLIGHT is Billboard.com's weekly look at an emerging…

  4. Crosby & Nash Latest to Sing for Occupy Wall Street

    November 08, 2011 7:59 PM EST More than 40 years after "Ohio" took aim at the Kent State shootings, David Crosby and Graham Nash brought their iconic protest songs to the struggles of a new generation on Tuesday. The duo, half of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, performed an unamplified set in Manhattan's…

  5. Roger Waters Announces 'The Wall' 2012 North American Dates

    November 01, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters has announced the return of his stadium live show based around the group's 1979 classic "The Wall" to North America in 2012. The production will invade the continent for a 36-show tour that begins May 1, 2012 in Houston. After Pink Floyd first…

  6. CMJ 2011: 15 Things That Will Rock

    October 18, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to… find the next great buzz band? Indie enthusiasts have ascended upon New York City this week for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off today (Oct. 18) and runs through Saturday. Will the proverbial "they" find…

  7. Joss Stone Enjoys New Freedom on 'LP1'

    July 22, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Sometimes making an album doesn't have to be complicated, as Joss Stone discovered firsthand this spring. The British soul singer's fifth studio release -- "LP1," due in stores July 26 as the first release through her own Stone'd Records and in partnership with indie…

  8. Dolly Parton, "Better Day"

    June 17, 2011 10:00 AM EDT On her second album for her Dolly Records, Dolly Parton puts on a big smile to cheer up scorned lovers and doomsday predictors, celebrate her work ethic and finally move on from bad situations. The album's dozen story songs-11 penned solely by Parton-are filled with uplifting sentiment…

  9. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Backs Gay Marriage, Devo Scouts Charlie Sheen

    March 09, 2011 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears on Gay Marriage: 'I Think Everyone Should Be Treated Equally' In her e-mail interview turned cover story for OUT Magazine, the "Femme Fatale" herself revealed her views on other…

  10. Steven Tyler Loses His Cool on 'Idol,' the Judges Find 'The One' at San Fran Auditions

    February 10, 2011 9:05 AM EST "Just because somebody farts, you let them finish singing." And so began "American Idol" auditions in San Francisco last night (Feb. 9), as a disgruntled Southern blonde stormed away from the judges in tears, disparaging their apparent intolerance of flatulating-tone-deaf-…

  11. Neil Young to Receive Humanitarian Award at Junos

    January 27, 2011 11:37 AM EST N eil Young will be honored with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at Canada's 40th annual Juno Awards Mar. 27 in Toronto, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced. Young, who was forced to cancel an appearance at the 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg to recuperate…

  12. Devo Postpones 2010 Tour Dates Due to Injury

    October 27, 2010 10:07 AM EDT Devo has been forced to cancel or postpone its remaining 2010 tour dates due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, the band announced today. According to the statement, a glass shard "sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone," after which he…

  13. Q&A: Jamey Johnson Gets Serious on 'Guitar Song'

    September 15, 2010 2:04 PM EDT The setting is Music Row, specifically RCA Studio A on the last day of August, and It doesn't seem you were writing songs to get on the radio, but it has to feel great that so many people love this record ("That Lonesome Song" has sold 815,000 copies in the U.S., according to…

  14. Devo Announce North American Tour Dates

    July 20, 2010 3:49 PM EDT Devo have announced dates for a North American tour beginning July 23 in Kansas City, Mo. The art-rockers released "Something For Everybody," their first album in 20 years, on June 15, after an online campaign that surveyed fans on everything from album art to the track list (read…

  15. Jamey Johnson Reveals 'Guitar Song' Details

    June 09, 2010 10:28 AM EDT J amey Johnson will give fans plenty of new material when he releases "The Guitar Song," his follow-up to 2008's award-winning, gold-certified "That Lonesome Song," on Sept. 14. "The Guitar Song" spreads 25 songs across two CDs -- including "Macon,"…

  16. Rick Ross featuring Ne-Yo, "Super High"

    April 23, 2010 1:17 PM EDT On "Super High," the champagne- and caviar-flavored lead single from Rick Ross ' upcoming "Teflon Don," the Florida rapper congratulates himself on his success by counting his jewelry, cars, and penthouses over a lush '70s soul soundscape. He offers no apologies…

  17. Danny Gokey: I Want To Do Country 'For The Rest Of My Life'

    March 22, 2010 5:12 PM EDT Fueled by a return performance on "American Idol," Danny Gokey bowed at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with his 19 Recordings/RCA Records debut, "My Best Days." Coming in at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 , the album sold 65,000 first-week copies, according…

  18. SXSW: Video of South-By's Past

    March 01, 2010 12:56 PM EST As a delectible preview of our roving cameras at SXSW 2010, come with us as we look back at all the cool clips we got of artists caught in the act at SXSW last year. Tori Amos got metaphysical about her album, the Hold Steady talked barbeque ad beer, Devo showed us their flower pot hats and…

  19. Danny Gokey, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"

    February 12, 2010 4:05 PM EST Danny Gokey placed third on the 2009 season of "American Idol" and inked a deal in Nashville to pursue a country music career. He's off to a great start with this buoyant single that showcases his strong, soulful voice and upbeat persona. Written by veteran Music Row writers…

  20. Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh Talks Winter Olympics, New Hats

    February 12, 2010 3:04 PM EST Legendary art rock band Devo will perform live at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Feb. 22 during a Victory Ceremony, which will be the band's first network broadcast performance in 20 years. Devo will be one of 15 headlining acts, including Feist , Usher and the Fray , who will…

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