1. Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Eric Church Debut New Music at UMG Nashville's Country Radio Seminar Showcase

    February 26, 2015 6:18 PM EST What's country music going to sound like for the rest of 2015? Universal Music Nashville's sixth annual showcase at the Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 26 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, gave a pretty convincing indication that the genre could be moving away from "bro…

  2. Meet Haley Georgia, the Former 'American Idol' Hopeful Bringing Country in the Key of Kesha to Nashville

    February 23, 2015 6:16 PM EST Haley Georgia is well aware that an artist's debut single is her first chance to establish an identifiable brand. It's her prerogative if she'd rather use that opportunity to stir up questions. Questions like, "Did she really just say that?" In the first few lines of …

  3. Billboard Cover: Jared Leto on Packing on the Pounds to Play the Joker, Thirty Seconds to Mars' Success and Why He's 'Terminally Dissatisfied'

    February 20, 2015 9:00 AM EST "Do you mind if I eat a little?" Jared Leto asks. "I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours -- and I'm terrible at eating a lot." Leto, 43, is sitting on a battered circular couch in a cavernous white room on the…

  4. Publishing Briefs: Atlas Music Group Sign Eddie & Alex Van Halen, Sony/ATV & Spotify Ink European Licensing Deal

    February 18, 2015 4:11 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  The Atlas Music Group continues to make moves to put the firm at the forefront of the music publishing map. In its latest action, it has signed Eddie and Alex Van Halen to an exclusive…

  5. Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers Want to Know Their Album & Song Sales

    February 17, 2015 11:05 AM EST and they're not shy about asking. Plus, thoughts about Ed Sheeran and more. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

  6. 'Saturday Night Live' 40th Anniversary Special: 10 Best Music Moments

    February 16, 2015 12:40 AM EST Anything that combines Justin Timberlake , Kanye West , Paul McCartney , Keith Richards , Taylor Swift and more music stars is bound to be pretty special. And so it was on Saturday Night Live 's 40th anniversary special Sunday night (Feb. 15), where -- in between tributes to all of…

  7. The Seminal Sparks on Brother Feuds, Being Bowie Contemporaries and Morrissey's Favorite Band

    February 13, 2015 2:47 PM EST In the early 1970s , it was hard to know how to pigeonhole Sparks . Was Kimono My House glam-rock, or Gilbert & Sullivan -pop? Four-plus decades later, brothers Ron and Russell Mael are still as impossible to peg as ever, aside from possibly holding a place as the most consistently witty…

  8. Exclusive: Def Leppard Announces Summer Concert Tour With Styx and Tesla

    February 12, 2015 8:00 AM EST After spending last year on the road as special guests for Kiss , Def Leppard will be back atop the bill this summer and taking Styx and Tesla along for the ride, Billboard is exclusively announcing. The 48-date tour kicks off June 23 in Tampa, Fla., running through Oct. 4 in Bismarck, N.D.…

  9. Eddie Van Halen Visits Smithsonian, Talks Immigrant Roots & Guitar Innovation

    February 11, 2015 10:45 PM EST For Eddie Van Halen , making music is all about having good ears and a talent for experimenting with guitars and amps to create just the right sound. Now 60, Van Halen told The Associated Press he's ready to get back on the road. His band recorded a live album -- its first with founding…

  10. A Thousand Horses on Black Crowes Comparison, 'Smoke' Success & More

    February 11, 2015 8:00 PM EST You take a smidgen of The Black Crowes , throw in a dash of Tom Petty , add a tablespoon of '70s Southern rock, and frame it in a current country context, and you have A Thousand Horses , a new four-man band whose debut single, "Smoke," continues to charge up the Country…

  11. Exclusive: Sony Music Renews Deal with DEL Records for Gerardo Ortiz

    February 11, 2015 2:27 PM EST New Ortiz album due out in May. Indie Mexican music label DEL Records has renewed its agreement with Sony Music US Latin to release and market the recordings of maverick chart-topper Gerardo Ortiz , Billboard has learned. The renewal is the continuation of an agreement first signed five years…

  12. Rascal Flatts Gaining 'Momentum' Heading Into Vegas Residency, Summer Tour

    February 09, 2015 7:44 PM EST Fans of million-selling superstars Rascal Flatts might be wondering how their upcoming nine-show residency Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will be a little different from their normal touring show. At a Nashville press event last week to discuss the…

  13. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & More Score New No. 1s

    February 09, 2015 6:25 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' crowns AC, while Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' tops Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Lillywood & Robin Schulz, Nicki Minaj, Imagine Dragons and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  14. Album Review: Father John Misty's 'I Love You, Honeybear' Is a Touchingly Bizarre Affair

    February 09, 2015 4:32 PM EST Three years ago, singer-songwriter J. Tillman traded morose ballads for mordant wit, headed down the coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and rechristened himself Father John Misty . Surrounding himself with pedal steel, strings and vocal chorales, the former Fleet Foxes drummer cracked wise…

  15. Grammys 2015: 51 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 09, 2015 12:27 AM EST You saw Sam Smith accept four awards and dozens of performers hit the stage on Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast, but that was only part of the story. To see when Taylor Swift had to get up and dance -- and read about her surprise lovefest with Kanye West -- Billboard is here to help.…

  16. Tom Morello, Bonnie Raitt Pay Tribute to Bob Dylan at MusiCares Gala

    February 07, 2015 4:34 PM EST Even though Bob Dylan opted not to play Friday night when he was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year annual dinner at the Los Angeles Convention Center, he had his hand in every performance. Billboard talked to several of the evening's performers on the red carpet about their…

  17. Watch Soulful Singer Tess Henley Collab With Don Was in Exclusive In-Studio Video & Interview

    February 06, 2015 5:07 PM EST Don Was has produced The Rolling Stones , Bob Dylan , John Mayer , and Bonnie Raitt , so when he takes on a little known artist, it's a good idea to listen up. Enter the silky smoothness of Tess Henley , a vocalist-pianist whose classy brand of soulful R&B could hold up in any era of…

  18. A Long Q&A with Eddie Murphy: 'SNL,' Making Reggae Music, Hanging Out with Bowie and Michael Jackson's Spirit

    February 06, 2015 1:58 PM EST Until recently, the combination of Eddie Murphy and reggae most readily brought to mind his classic SNL sketch, " Kill the White People ." Then, without advance fanfare, the 53-year old comic legend quietly dropped "Red Light" online in late 2013. Breaking a two-decade…

  19. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 5: 'Dangerous Bonds'

    February 05, 2015 5:00 PM EST Another week, another episode of Empire . Drama has escalated and for the first time, we finally see Lucious (played by Terrence Howard) and Cookie (played by Taraji P. Henson) rule over their sides of the kingdom in interesting ways. Most of this week's questions come from Lucious'…

  20. Arcade Fire's Win Butler Talks NBA Celebrity Game, His Favorite Players & Finals Pick

    February 05, 2015 10:32 AM EST The indie-rock leader also says he wanted to get Drake to play in this year’s celebrity showdown. Arcade Fire 's Win Butler is more than an NBA fan: the indie rock frontman is a self-admitted basketball nerd and frequent pick-up player, hitting the court whenever his band is not…

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