1. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  2. Album Review: Garth Brooks' 'Man Against Machine' Marks a Solid Return for the Country Star

    November 12, 2014 2:49 PM EST When Garth Brooks was asked at a July press conference what his first studio album in 13 years would sound like, he replied, "Garth music" -- and damned if he wasn't on the money. Man Against Machine is no reinvention, but rather a continuation. As the top-selling artist of…

  3. The Jazz June Talks Comeback Album 'After the Earthquake' and the Emo Revival

    November 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Jazz June frontman Andrew Low is the first to use the phrase “emo revival” in speaking with Billboard, so he’s clearly been paying attention to his band’s career arc -- whether he admits it or not. Truthfully though, Low comes off as accomplished and well-adjusted as his band’s excellent…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Pharrell Shows Off Inventive Song Choices in His First Playoffs

    November 12, 2014 10:10 AM EST After veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton showed them how it's done on Monday, The Voice 's season-seven playoffs continued on Tuesday. The round has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach, and also introduced the…

  5. Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' Shines Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 11, 2014 2:35 PM EST He extends his active streak of No. 1s to 13. Blake Shelton boasts the longest active No. 1 streak on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, and he adds yet another leader on this week's chart (dated Nov. 22), as "Neon Light" rises 2-1 to become his 13th…

  6. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  7. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  8. Watch: Lily Allen Discusses Stillborn Son In Emotional Interview

    November 09, 2014 2:04 PM EST Lily Allen opened up about giving birth to her stillborn son in 2010 during an emotional interview on the The Jonathan Ross Show , which aired Saturday (Nov. 8). Lily Allen Dresses as Dr. Luke for Halloween Party “I think it’s difficult for anybody regardless of what world it is that they…

  9. Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations & More During CMA Awards Week

    November 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST "We decided to amp it up and do everything twice as much." CMA Awards week is jammed packed with various functions for all country artists, from beginning to end. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big The week began with awards presentations from SESAC,…

  10. Tim McGraw Exits Red Light Management

    November 06, 2014 6:42 PM EST Tim McGraw exited Red Light Management suddenly last week after five years with the firm, sources tell Billboard . During an interim period, McGraw is working with his former manager, Scott Siman . McGraw has had a fruitful five years at Red Light, where he was managed by founder Coran…

  11. Chuck Dauphin Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 06, 2014 6:06 PM EST Longtime radio and music journalist Chuck Dauphin won the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award. Dauphin -- who has been a contributing writer for Billboard since 2011, as well as The 615 columnist for Billboard.com -- accepted the award at the 48th annual CMA awards in Nashville on Wednesday…

  12. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Concerts Heat Up Hot Tours Chart

    November 06, 2014 4:46 PM EST Topping the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) are Enrique Iglesias and rapper Pitbull with $25.7 million in ticket sales from the 2014 leg of their joint tour through U.S. and Canadian markets. Promoted by Concerts West, a division of AEG Live, the tour visited 21 cities during…

  13. CMA Awards Ratings Down a Bit From Last Year

    November 06, 2014 3:16 PM EST But ABC sees growth in teen & kid viewers. The 48th annual CMA Awards ratings dipped slightly this year, with 16.1 million viewers tuning in to Wednesday night's broadcast compared to last year's 16.8 million. CMA Awards 2014: 10 Things You Didn't See ABC did see growth…

  14. CMA Awards 2014: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 06, 2014 3:58 AM EST You saw the performances. You saw the fashions. You saw the winners. But unless you were on the red carpet or backstage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, there is so much you didn't see, such as these 10 items: - New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge was in obvious euphoria…

  15. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big

    November 05, 2014 11:40 PM EST Luke Bryan took home top honors at the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 5), winning for Entertainer of the Year. "I've never met Garth Brooks before," the singer said of the man who presented him with the trophy. "Can I have another…

  16. CMA Awards 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 05, 2014 8:00 PM EST The 2014 CMA Awards have begun! Check back here for an updated winners list all night! CMA Awards 2014: Who Should Win/Who Will Win | Producers Give Scoop on the Show  | Live Blog Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan -- WINNER Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban Female…

  17. Happy Birthday, Bryan Adams & Ryan Adams! Celebrate With Our 'Which Adams?' quiz

    November 05, 2014 3:25 PM EST Today, we celebrate the birthdays of Canadian rock icon  Bryan Adams  (55) and American rocker  Ryan Adams  (40), two singer-songwriters who are not related, but happen to share the same last name, the same birthday -- oh, and their first names rhyme, causing all sorts of confusion. Though…

  18. Kool & the Gang, Rixton Performing at 2014 Billboard Touring Awards

    November 05, 2014 12:02 PM EST The upcoming 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will feature performances by R&B/funk legends Kool and the Gang and English pop band Rixton , it was announced Wednesday. The ceremony, taking place Nov. 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, honors the concert industry's top…

  19. SoundCloud Nets First Deal with a Major Label

    November 04, 2014 6:42 PM EST Warner Music Group signs on the dotted line with the music service with the most listeners. SoundCloud has confirmed its first deal with a major music company. The company, which brings 175 million listeners into its orange ecosystem per month, has tied the knot with Warner Music Group and…

  20. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    November 04, 2014 5:30 PM EST Nashville has always been known as a songwriter's town, and that perception has been bolstered in the past decade by the increasing success of the CMA Songwriters Series. The series celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by expanding into television and drawing standing-room-only…

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