1. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  2. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  3. Megan Washington Wins Settlement With Qantas

    July 14, 2014 1:55 AM EDT Megan Washington has landed a "significant sum" from Australia’s Qantas after she argued the airline had used one of her performances without permission. The singer-songwriter had performed the carrier’s theme song “I Still Call Australia Home” during its 90th birthday celebrations…

  4. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  5. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on Live TV or 'Shitting on People's Dreams'

    June 30, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Ludacris reveals why rappers have less of a chance of success on the ABC show, and Brad Paisley advises upcoming hopefuls to go with a hot Disney track. Of the three "Rising Star" experts, Kesha seems much more constrained in her commentary in comparison to Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

  6. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  7. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay 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 below. All our…

  8. Bob Weir and Ratdog Lead All-Star HeadCount Jam in Brooklyn

    June 05, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Bob Weir and Ratdog hit the lanes of Brooklyn Bowl last night for an intimate club gig in celebration of participatory democracy organization HeadCount's 10th Anniversary Benefit. The two sets were packed with a host of Grateful Dead classics and special guests, including appearances by…

  9. Gregg Allman, Filmmakers Sued Over 'Midnight Rider' Train Death

    May 22, 2014 1:41 AM EDT Singer Gregg Allman was sued Wednesday along with movie producers, a railroad company and others accused of being responsible for the February death of a young camera assistant when a freight train slammed into a film crew in southeast Georgia. The lawsuit filed in Chatham County State Court…

  10. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  11. CODE First Play: Claude VonStroke, 'Urban Animal' Remixes

    April 30, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Claude VonStroke always has an ear to the ground for forward-thinking sounds, and the forthcoming remix package for his third album “Urban Animal” reflects it. The Dirtybird boss tapped Berlin-based Detroit product Jimmy Edgar to rework “Lay it Down Re-Smoked,” the bumping track by DJ Nehpets…

  12. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  13. What was Coachella 2014’s Best Dance Music Moment? (Poll)

    April 21, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Once confined to smaller stages, dance music has occupied an increasingly growing footprint at the desert music festival. This year’s edition was no exception to this trend, as Coachella featured some of the most exciting dance artists in the game playing on marquee stages. COACHELLA 2014:…

  14. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  15. Black Stone Cherry, 'Me And Mary Jane': Exclusive Video Premiere

    April 16, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Black Stone Cherry is giving their fans a bite out of the Southern rock band's new album with the release of lead single "Me and Mary Jane." The new track, which Billboard exclusively premieres below, is lifted from Black Stone Cherry's fourth studio album "Magic…

  16. The Who’s Roger Daltrey To Attend IndyCar at Long Beach

    April 13, 2014 11:42 PM EDT Who's next at Long Beach? Just the lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey. Daltrey's latest amazing journey takes him to the streets of Long Beach, where the famed frontman will mix racing with philanthropy at the Toyota Grand Prix. Roger Daltrey: The Who 'Might Do Other Things,…

  17. 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…

  18. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  19. Maceo Plex, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles and More Headline DJ-Focused APEX Tour

    March 07, 2014 1:17 PM EST There’s an unspoken irony in America’s EDM explosion: many of the most popular DJs are more popular for their work as producers than their DJing. Launching this April, the 10-city APEX tour from Embrace Presents and the Liaison Artists agency aims to reconnect to the roots of dance music by…

  20. Toadies, 'Stop It': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 03, 2014 10:52 AM EST Listen to an unreleased bonus track (a Pylon cover) from the 20th anniversary edition of "Rubberneck" ... Also, the band is nearly done recording its sixth studio album Toadies may be gearing up for a big 20th anniversary celebration this year -- and there's new versions of its…

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