1. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  2. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Coroner's Report Reveals Attendee's Death as Ecstasy Overdose

    July 09, 2014 9:47 PM EDT A 24-year-old California man who was found unresponsive in the parking lot of last month's Electric Daisy Carnival died of an Ecstasy overdose, authorities in Las Vegas said Wednesday. Clark County coroner's officials ruled the death of San Leandro resident Montgomery Tsang an…

  3. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  4. Lucy Hale Q&A: On 'Road Between,' Her Dark Side & Life After 'Pretty Little Liars'

    May 28, 2014 2:32 PM EDT 'A lot of people don't know Lucy the person," the "Pretty Little Liars" star tells Billboard. In 2003, Lucy Hale was a top-five winner on "American Juniors," a one-off reality show on Fox that searched for the next big pop singers in the tween set. She…

  5. Secret Sisters Rattle On About T Bone Burnett, New Album & Nickel Creek Tour

    May 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT You don't have to remind The Secret Sisters about the three-year span between their self-titled debut and their just-released sophomore album, "Put Your Needle Down." They know all too well. "It was a long time in coming," says Laura Rogers. "Most people who have…

  6. ZZ Ward Premiere: Watch 'Last Love Song' Music Video

    April 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Watch the official visual for Ward's latest single, to be used in a new promo for "Pretty Little Liars." "Last Love Song," a highlight from pop-rock singer-songwriter ZZ Ward's 2012 debut album "Til the Casket Drops," has been tapped to appear…

  7. Terri Clark Enlists Fans' Help for New Album

    March 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Veteran country hitmaker Terri Clark is working on a brand new album – one that teams her with one of Nashville's top producers, Michael Knox. "I've known him for a long time," she told Billboard of the man behind the glass on hits by acts such as Jason Aldean and…

  8. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  9. FX's 'Archer' Goes Country With 'Cherlene' Album

    March 17, 2014 5:32 PM EDT "Archer" has gone country. Well, sort of. Viewers of the popular FX series have watched this season as the animated series has featured a plot line that follows the character of Cheryl Tunt into "Cherlene," a full-fledged country superstar. The plot has proven to be so…

  10. Lucy Hale Talks 'Road Between' Album, Shania Twain and Her 'Gut Feeling' to Focus on Music

    March 04, 2014 5:30 PM EST Though Lucy Hale first tasted fame for her role as Aria Montgomery on the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars," it's actually music that is her first love. The singer-actress, and recent People's Choice winner, says that playing the waiting game to showcase her musical…

  11. Lucy Hale's Hearty Debut: 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Storms Hot 100

    January 17, 2014 2:30 PM EST Hale tells Billboard that she wants "to prove people wrong" with her upcoming debut album. With the launch of debut single "You Sound Good to Me" on Jan. 7, "Pretty Little Liars" actress Lucy Hale finally jump-started the music career she began pursuing a…

  12. Rhonda Vincent Satisfies Both Her Country and Bluegrass Sides on 'Only Me'

    January 17, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Only Me," the new 2-CD set from Rhonda Vincent, answers a question that many have been asking for over two decades: "Are you a country or a bluegrass singer?" "I sing bluegrass. I sing country. But, yet, it's only me," she told Billboard. Vincent admits…

  13. Trace Adkins Enters Rehab

    January 16, 2014 1:00 AM EST Country singer Trace Adkins has entered alcohol rehab. Adkins' publicist tells Country Weekly and confirms to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the singer entered rehab after consuming alcohol during the Country Cruising cruise. The 52-year-old "Celebrity Apprentice"…

  14. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top 70 Country Songs 1989-2014

    January 13, 2014 3:07 PM EST It was 70 years ago this month -- January 1944 -- that Billboard began charting the popularity of country tunes with the format's main chart now known as Hot Country Songs. In celebration the vital genre's continued vibrancy, we're honoring the chart's anniversary with…

  15. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  16. 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Lucy Hale Drops 'You Sound Good to Me': Watch

    January 08, 2014 1:09 AM EST Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is celebrating, but it has nothing to do with the "A" chase on the ABC Family show. Eighteen months after the 24 year old signed a record deal with Hollywood Records, Hale unveiled her new music video for the single, "You Sound Good to Me,…

  17. Suspect Arrested In Killing of Doe B.

    December 30, 2013 1:40 PM EST Police have arrested a man on two capital murder charges in the fatal shooting of rapper Doe B. and a woman at an Alabama bar. Six others were also wounded. Montgomery police said Monday that 25-year-old Jason Quan McWilliams of Montgomery turned himself in the previous evening and that he&…

  18. Rapper Doe B Shot and Killed in Alabama

    December 28, 2013 9:50 AM EST :42 p.m.ET: This story has been updated with new information. Up-and-coming rapper Doe B, a member of Grand Hustle's Hustle Gang, was shot and killed in his home town of Montgomery, Ala. early Saturday. He was 22. His management confirmed the MC's death on Twitter. On…

  19. Rosanne Cash Rediscovers Her Roots With 'The River & The Thread'

    December 02, 2013 12:00 PM EST Rosanne Cash admits that when she looks back at her classic work from the 1980s, she feels somewhat removed from the artist that was topping the chart with works like "Seven Year Ache" and "Blue Moon With Heartache" during her years with Columbia Records. "It's…

  20. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

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