1. 615 Spotlight: Zane Williams, 'Overnight Success'

    July 10, 2013 7:10 PM EDT The title cut of Zane Williams' new CD and current single is "Overnight Success." He tells Billboard that he wouldn't mind if fans thought the tongue-in-cheek lyrics were something he identified with – though he has been perfecting his craft for close to two decades. …

  2. Randy Travis' Heart Condition Has 'Stabilized'

    July 10, 2013 2:47 PM EDT Doctors say the country singer has "shown signs of improvement" since being admitted to a heart hospital in Plano, Texas Randy Travis' health has stabilized, according to hospital officials in Texas, where the country star is receiving treatment for a heart condition. In a…

  3. Randy Travis Remains in Critical Condition

    July 09, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Randy Travis remains in critical condition at a Texas hospital, but his publicist has denied reports that the singer has undergone heart surgery.  "Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery," his rep said in a new statement. "Travis is being treated…

  4. Randy Travis in Critical Condition at Texas Hospital

    July 08, 2013 5:26 PM EDT Country singer Randy Travis is listed in critical condition after being admitted to a Texas hospital on Sunday. According to his rep, the crooner is suffering from complications of viral cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that is caused by a virus. No other information…

  5. 'Glastonbury Effect' Lifts Mumford & Sons to UK Chart Summit

    July 08, 2013 6:52 AM EDT The “Glastonbury effect” shot closing night headliners Mumford & Sons back to the top of the new U.K. album chart on Sunday, also boosting sales for bill-toppers the Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys. On the singles chart, John Newman, the Yorkshire-born vocalist on Rudimental’s…

  6. Brett Eldredge Scores First Top 10 On Hot Country Songs

    July 05, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Brett Eldredge lands his first top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Don't Ya," which hops 12-10 in its 16th week. The track also becomes Eldredge's first top 10 on Country Digital Songs, where it runs 11-9, moving 50,000 downloads during the tracking…

  7. Lamb of God's Randy Blythe to Pen Memoir

    July 03, 2013 9:02 AM EDT Blythe's untitled book will center on his involvement in a fan's death in the Czech Republic Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is prepping the release of his upcoming memoir, which has been picked up by Da Capo Press and scheduled to hit bookstore shelves in the spring of 2014.…

  8. Randy Jackson to Produce Smokey Robinson Duets Album

    July 02, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Randy Jackson has lined up his first gig since leaving "American Idol." The former TV judge is teaming up with Motown icon Smokey Robinson for a duets album due out in the fall. Jackson will produce the collection, which will be released by Verve Records. The track list is…

  9. Superchunk, Merge Records & The State of Independence: Billboard's DIY Issue

    June 28, 2013 3:14 PM EDT For our annual look at independent and DIY artists and businesses, Billboard uncovered the best (and worst) advice to follow -- starting with indie godparents Superchunk and Merge Records. The first tropical storm of the season is closing in on Chapel Hill, N.C., on this June night, but Mac…

  10. Travis Tritt Talks New Album 'The Calm After,' Dueting With Daughter

    June 28, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Travis Tritt returns to the radio world with his first new single since 2007 with a song that you might have heard before -- “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” a 1992 hit from Patty Smyth and Don Henley. And, he’s got a brand new duet partner that he’s very excited for the public to hear -…

  11. Michael Jackson Was Afraid of Concert Promoter, Son Testifies

    June 26, 2013 4:39 PM EDT Prince Jackson describes heated conversation before the "This Is It" tour was going to begin. Michael Jackson's eldest son testified Wednesday that his father was excited about going back on tour before his death but wasn't happy about the pressure that came with the ill…

  12. Michael Jackson's Fatherhood: New Details Emerge in Courtrooms

    June 22, 2013 1:42 PM EDT Courtrooms have supplied the epilogue to Michael Jackson's life. They've provided the forum where his debts have been settled, his final days dissected and his life depicted as a cautionary tale. In nearly four years of court proceedings, two juries have watched Jackson come to…

  13. Florida Georgia Line Reaches No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    June 20, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line scores its first leader on Top Country Albums, as "Here's to the Good Times" rises from its previous No. 3 peak to No. 1 with 33,000 copies sold (up 20%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its 28th week. The duo's album is the first in more than a…

  14. 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.…

  15. Paris Jackson 'Hasn't Had Any Birthdays' Since Michael's Death, Chef Testifies

    June 18, 2013 9:49 PM EDT Michael Jackson's oldest child has "the weight of the world" on her shoulders, Kai Chase told jurors in the civil trial over the King of Pop's death.   Michael Jackson's personal chef described for jurors the home lives of the children during the final months of the…

  16. AEG Live Boss Says Info on Michael Jackson's Health was Conflicting, Tears-Up Recalling His Death

    June 14, 2013 4:27 AM EDT The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts testified Thursday that he received conflicting and confusing information about the singer's health days before his death. AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said he was concerned about information from high…

  17. Bonnaroo 2013: HAIM, Purity Ring and a Feisty Killer Mike Rev Up Thursday

    June 14, 2013 3:10 AM EDT HAIM's kiddie kiss, Killer Mike's Reagan rant, missing Mumfords, & more from Bonnaroo Day 1. As music fans, arts-and-crafts enthusiasts and general hippies poured into Manchester, Tenn. for Day 1 of the 2013 Bonnaroo festival on Thursday (June 13), the names "McCartney,…

  18. AEG Live Chief Tells Court Michael Jackson ‘Had Control Of His Life’

    June 13, 2013 2:46 AM EDT The head of AEG Live LLC told jurors Wednesday that he knew Michael Jackson as a sophisticated, forceful businessman and not the drugged-up performer who's been described throughout an ongoing civil trial filed over the singer's untimely death. Jackson was a far more complex…

  19. Dispatch Call Reveals Details of Paris Jackson's Suicide Attempt

    June 11, 2013 9:08 PM EDT Paramedics were dispatched to Paris Jackson's home on a report that the 15-year-old had taken 20 Motrin pills and cut herself with a kitchen knife, audio of an emergency dispatch released Tuesday shows. The Los Angeles County Fire Department released audio of a call describing the need…

  20. AEG CEO: Company 'Scared to Death' of Jackson Drug Injections

    June 10, 2013 9:47 PM EDT Jurors in the Michael Jackson case were shown an email on Monday in which the top executive at AEG Live LLC expressed grave concerns about treatments Jackson was receiving from his longtime dermatologist. The email sent by AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the company was "scared to…

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