1. 615 Spotlight: PawnShop Kings Talk EP

    April 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT For brothers Joel and Scott Owen, who comprise The PawnShop kings, the term "home" is entirely relative to the situation at the moment. That's how Scott describes their growing-up experience. "We spent most of our youth growing up in California," he told Billboard. …

  2. ACM Awards: Merle Haggard Honored in Tribute From George Strait, Miranda Lambert

    April 06, 2014 10:59 PM EDT Merle Haggard was honored with a special tribute from George Strait and Miranda Lambert at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Lambert and Strait performed "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" and "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" in a tribute medley to…

  3. 'The Walking Dead' Soundtrack, Vol. 2: Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 21, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As "The Walking Dead" nears the end of its fourth season, the popular horror drama is serving up a new soundtrack. Republic Records and TV network AMC have teamed to present "The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack -- Vol. 2 (Season 4)" -- and Billboard has the exclusive…

  4. 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…

  5. 615 Spotlight: Ryan Broshear Embraces the 'Moment' With Back-to-Basics Approach

    February 05, 2014 6:29 PM EST Country newcomer Ryan Broshear received a little bit of good news recently, as he was named as one of The 615’s "10 Artists To Watch" for 2014. "I was completely surprised," he said of the news. "We were coming back from New York, and we were meeting with some people.…

  6. Beyonce's GRAMMYs Performance Outfit, Deconstructed

    January 26, 2014 10:03 PM EST The singer stunned during her opening performance of "Drunk in Love" with husband and rapper Jay Z. This is what she wore. Similar to Beyonce's sultry, sexy style in the " Drunk in Love " music video, the superstar channeled that same vibe for her opening Grammys…

  7. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' Shoots To No. 1 On Pop Songs

    January 13, 2014 4:15 PM EST The band lands its third No. 1 at the format. Plus, Rascal Flatts returns and new No. 1s for Stone Sour, Marc Anthony and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Robby Johnson's Debut Single Goes 'South'; Album Set for 2014

    December 18, 2013 6:30 PM EST Though the weather outside might be a little bit frightful, "South Of Me," the romantic new single from newcomer Robby Johnson has many fans feeling delightful as the year comes to an end. He told Billboard that the sound of song stems from being on a winning team. "When you…

  9. 'Sunny' Returns Joe Nichols To No. 1 On Country Airplay Chart

    December 03, 2013 11:05 AM EST 'Sunny and 75' marks the traditional country singer's first leader since 2010 Joe Nichols ends a lengthy absence from No. 1 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay radio chart, as "Sunny and 75" rises 2-1. His fourth No. 1 becomes his first leader since "…

  10. Chart Highlights: Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Rihanna, Ricky Martin Score New No. 1s

    December 02, 2013 5:45 PM EST Also taking over Billboard charts: Martin Garrix, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Passenger, Joe Nichols and more. Plus, the Holiday Airplay chart returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  11. Eric Church, Joe Nichols Shine On Hot Country Songs

    October 31, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Released simultaneously on Oct. 22 to radio and digital retailers, Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rockets 50-6 on Hot Country Songs and blows in at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs (81,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).     Following an early bow on Hot…

  12. Scotty McCreery, Luke Bryan Highlight Country Chart Action

    October 24, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Former 'American Idol' champ McCreery earns a chart achievement not managed since 1993, while Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a 10th week Scotty McCreery becomes the second solo male to debut at No. 1 with his first two non-seasonal sets of original material in the nearly 50…

  13. Joe Nichols Makes Noise With 'Crickets': 'It's a Fresh Kind of Sound for Me'

    October 04, 2013 12:20 PM EDT Joe Nichols will be the first to admit that his newest project, "Crickets," is just a little bit different than anything he has released before.  "It's a fresh kind of sound for me, a little more progressive than I've done before," he says of the disc, which…

  14. Vince Gill Talks 'Bakersfield': Exclusive

    July 26, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Tuesday, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin release their highly anticipated album "Bakersfield" on MCA Nashville. The set is a tribute to the music made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – with five songs selected from the catalog of both.  The album also pays homage to the…

  15. T.G. Sheppard & Kelly Lang Talk Historic Ryman Auditorium Debut

    June 25, 2013 10:00 AM EDT “Anytime you get a chance to be involved where there is so much history, it’s like being a football player and playing in a certain stadium that you’ve always loved." Husband and wife T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang are about to make a little bit of musical history together. This Saturday…

  16. Toad the Wet Sprocket Caught Off Guard By Fan Support for New Album

    June 19, 2013 1:11 PM EDT When Toad the Wet Sprocket made the decision to bring "New Constellation", their first set of fresh material in 16 years, to Kickstarter they had set a cost limit of $50,000 and promised investors they'd get to hear the album the moment the band reached their goal.…

  17. Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Embrace 'Bakersfield' Sound on New Album

    June 10, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Country fans who yearn for the sounds from a bygone era will want to circle the date of July 30 on their calendar. MCA Nashville will release "Bakersfield," a new collaborative project from Vince Gill and steel guitar virtuoso Paul Franklin. The album serves as a tribute to the…

  18. Chart Highlights: Wale, Tiara Thomas Rule R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    April 29, 2013 5:25 PM EDT The rapper scores his second leader on the list, while Thomas hits No. 1 with her first entry. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk (as previously reported), Calvin Harris and Thompson Square. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  19. George Jones Honored at Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and All Around Nashville

    April 29, 2013 11:50 AM EDT A single candle was lit at Nashville's Ernest Tubb Record Shop, where only a handful of Jones CDs remained on the shelves Over the weekend following the passing of George Jones, the singer's voice could be heard all around classic country circles. Nowhere was the loss of Jones…

  20. Mindy McCready Remembered At Nashville Memorial

    March 07, 2013 5:28 AM EST Mindy McCready's time in Nashville was filled with music, and her memorial service in Music City reflected that. Old friends Bryan White, Lorrie Morgan and Bekka Bramlett sang for McCready and family members spoke about her difficulties and triumphs during the hour-long remembrance…

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