1. Neil Young Quietly Releases Covers Album for Online Sale

    April 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Neil Young’s new covers album “A Letter Home” was quietly released for sale Friday without formal announcement. The album is out via Jack White’s Third Man Records online shop on 12-inch vinyl a day before Record Store Day. It will be sold through physical retailers for Saturday’s shopping…

  2. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Mary Sarah Builds 'Bridges' With Country Icons (Song Premiere)

    April 16, 2014 5:17 PM EDT The Texas teen on collaborating with Ray Price, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys and others on her upcoming album Texas-based performer Mary Sarah grew up with the "Opry." She would listen to the WSM radio show from time to time, but also that's where she honed her skills on…

  4. The Tax Man Cometh: 10 Artists That Got Unpleasant IRS Attention

    April 15, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Time to pony up to the IRS. Those that have failed to historically have had to deal with them eventually, whether they liked it or not. Willie Nelson, Ja Rule, Toni Braxton and more can confirm. With the deadline for IRS Tax filing today (Tuesday, April 15, folks!), here's a reminder…

  5. Usher Calls 'Voice' Music Director 'Damn Near Perfect': Watch

    April 14, 2014 1:27 PM EDT Count Usher among the "The Voice" coaches and contestants impressed with the NBC show's musical director Paul Mirkovich. "He's damn near perfect," Usher says in a behind-the scenes video that gets the band leader's take on how the coaches Blake Shelton, Adam…

  6. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  7. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  8. Arthur Smith, 'Dueling Banjos' Writer, Dead at 93

    April 04, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Arthur Smith, a multi-instrumentalist whose song "Feudin' Banjos" later became known as the popular "Dueling Banjos," has died. He was 93. According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, passed away April 3 of natural causes, just two days…

  9. Pete Townshend Writes, Performs Song for 'The Americans' (Exclusive Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For the first time, the Who leader has written a song for television. "It Must Be Done" will appear on the April 30 episode of the FX show Pete Townshend has written his first original song for a television show, composing and performing "It Must Be Done" for FX's …

  10. Willie Nelson's Armadillo Stolen, Returned in Nevada: 'The Showgirls Were Nice'

    April 02, 2014 6:22 PM EDT A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las Vegas-area show. Officials at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson say the critter, named Ol' Dillo, vanished while audience members…

  11. Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves to Team for 'CMT Crossroads' in June (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The "CMT Crossroads" concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT. The intimate performance will tape in Los Angeles this month, and for the first time…

  12. Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan Among Austin City Limits Hall Inductees

    March 31, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the inaugural inductees to the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. As the TV concert series of the same name celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, it's creating the hall of fame to honor people who made significant contributions to the…

  13. Stevie Nicks To Receive BMI Icon Award in May

    March 31, 2014 5:03 PM EDT There should be a veritable "Landslide" of emotion when Stevie Nicks is honored by BMI with its prestigious Icon Award at the 62nd Annual Pop Awards ceremony, Tuesday, May 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only ceremony will also recognize the…

  14. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  15. Willie Nelson and Keith Urban Wrap Inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival at SXSW with Classics

    March 16, 2014 10:21 AM EDT A sampler plate of country music closed out the inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival on Saturday (March 15) at South By Southwest, giving the genre a wide and varied berth after four previous days of rock, pop and rap. The exuberant crowd at the ACL Live at Moody Theater was up for all of it,…

  16. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Up Fake Bands, Asks SXSW Hipsters About Them: Watch

    March 14, 2014 9:32 PM EDT We all know that guy or girl, the one who always knows -- or purports to know -- every band or musician you mention, no matter how obscure the artist. Jimmy Kimmel's penchant for exposing many of those folks as frauds took him to Coachella last year , where he and his crew made up fake…

  17. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  18. Johnny Winter Sets New 'Roots' Album With Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Ben Harper

    March 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Mark Knopfler, Joe Perry and Dr. John are among the guests on the second edition of classic blues covers coming from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. The follow-up to his 2011 album "Roots," Winter's manager…

  19. Soundgarden Rocks SXSW With 'Superunknown' Set; Chris Cornell Talks Album's Anniversary

    March 14, 2014 3:42 AM EDT "If you can single out any of our albums as being, like, the most iconic one, it’s obviously this one," frontman Cornell says of 1994's "Superunknown." It turned out Soundgarden’s performance of its iconic “Superunknown” album on Thursday night (March 13) at the…

  20. Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Launch iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 12, 2014 2:39 AM EDT “We’ve been away a long time,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin told fans on Tuesday night at South By Southwest, “and I can’t think of a better place to come back into the world.” Or a more auspicious one. Coldplay’s first North American show in more than 14 months had the eyes of the world…

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