1. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  2. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  3. Blake Shelton Scores Record-Tying Fifth Country Airplay No. 1 From 'Story'

    June 30, 2014 10:15 PM EDT 'My Eyes' marks the fifth leader from 'Based On a True Story …,' matching the No. 1 output of Brad Paisley's '5th Gear' in 2007-08 Blake Shelton ties a vaunted Country Airplay chart record, and extends another that he already owned, as "My Eyes,"…

  4. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It's a Blast, Isn't It?'

    June 23, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Six out of ten acts successfully raised the Wall on the first episode of "Rising Star," but the performer with the brightest smile after the ABC show's premiere was none other than the friendly expert, Brad Paisley. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works &…

  5. Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dies at 86

    June 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT The Grand Ole Opry vet died on June 21 following a brief illness at age 86 Country music has lost one of its veteran entertainers with the passing of Grand Ole Opry performer Jimmy C. Newman. The performer died on June 21 in a Nashville hospital following a brief illness. He was 86.…

  6. Sturgill Simpson Shuns 'Tailgating and Spring Breaks' on New Album

    May 16, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Sturgill Simpson's latest album, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music," has been garnering some great early reviews. Not that he's had a lot of time to read them, as he's got other things on his mind. "Our first child is coming in about a month, and everything…

  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. 615 Spotlight: Reagan Boggs Talks 'Quicksand' Album, Pearl Jam Cover

    April 02, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Reagan Boggs is what one might call a "throwback artist." Her music definitely sounds like what you might have heard on country radio in the 1970s and 1980s, bringing to mind such legendary ladies as Emmylou Harris or Jessi Colter. It's a sound that definitely shows up in her…

  9. Blake Shelton Sets No. 1 Record, Debuts Duet With Shakira On Country Airplay Chart

    April 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Shelton scores an unprecedented 11th consecutive leader with 'Doin' What She Likes,' while his and Shakira's 'Medicine' arrives Blake Shelton rewrites the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the history of the Nielsen BDS-based Billboard Country…

  10. Les Claypool Talks Twangy Duo, Primus' Future

    March 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The bassist-vocalist grew up listening to "hillbilly stuff" and found a natural fit in the roots-flavored Duo de Twang; also says Primus is talking about recording their version of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" soundtrack With Les Claypool, you have to…

  11. Trace Adkins' Wife Files for Divorce

    March 26, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The wife of country star Trace Adkins has filed for divorce. WSMV-TV reports that Rhonda Adkins filed paperwork Tuesday in Williamson County, citing "irreconcilable differences" between the couple. The Adkins' have been married 16 years and have three children. Rhonda Adkins…

  12. Marty Stuart, Fabulous Superlatives Shine on Staples, Deep Cuts: Live Review

    February 10, 2014 9:58 PM EST Country stars dive into catalog at Nashville show Going to a Marty Stuart show is somewhat of a different experience than most country music concerts. Hit records aren’t necessarily front and center. Friday night’s show at the Franklin Theatre was ample proof of this. Stuart didn’t ignore his…

  13. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  14. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Return to 'Bakersfield' With Expanded Edition

    January 21, 2014 3:05 PM EST Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield" - which was originally released this past July has definitely made an impact with traditionally minded country music fans, as the set made many "Best of" lists for 2013. One group of people that definitely took notice of…

  15. 10 Best Country Albums of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 20, 2013 4:55 PM EST With best singles established, it's time for The 615 to shine a spotlight on 2013's best albums. This year featured a little bit of something for everyone, with some dazzling performances all around. At the end of the day -- or year -- we had a feeling it would come down to two…

  16. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

  17. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Tinie Tempah & Lady Gaga

    November 08, 2013 5:44 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. " alt="" align="right"> Best: Tinie Tempah Tinie Tempah, who just celebrated his 25th birthday, looked slick as he attended the Beats by Dre party, which…

  18. Kellie Pickler Returns With 'The Woman I Am'

    November 08, 2013 4:00 PM EST Kellie Pickler gets personal on her new album, "The Woman I Am," out Nov. 11. If you need proof of this, take one listen to "Selma Drye," a song about a person that Pickler knew very well -- her great grandmother. The singer wrote the song with Billy Montana and Phillip…

  19. Blake Shelton Scores 15th Country Airplay No. 1

    November 05, 2013 11:05 AM EST The coach on NBC's 'The Voice' narrowly bests Tim McGraw for the radio ranking's new leader In one of the tightest No. 1 battles since Billboard's Country Airplay chart switched from a plays-based to an audience impressions-based methodology almost nine years ago,…

  20. Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' & 12 More Two-Album/One-Year Releases

    October 01, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake released “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” the other half of his comeback spring album yesterday (Sept. 30). With the singer performing at both the iTunes and iHeartRadio Music Festivals recently, recent talk show appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ”Late Night with Jimmy…

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