1. George Jones, Country Music Icon, Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:27 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones entered the hospital on April 18 with fever and…

  2. Billy Ray Cyrus Opens Up in Memoir: 'Hopefully, People Learn From My Mistakes'

    April 22, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Since 1992 and the success of a song called "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus has learned all about busy schedules. Over two decades later, there is no sign the Kentuckian is slowing down. The singer is promoting his latest album "Change My Mind," and has also just…

  3. Rock Hall of Fame Inducts Rush, Public Enemy and Heart at Passionate Ceremony

    April 19, 2013 5:32 AM EDT The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled "A Night to Celebrate Rush" as the Canadian trio's fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and made their presence known. Rock Hall Red…

  4. Janelle Arthur First Top 10 Girl to Go on 'American Idol'

    April 18, 2013 11:20 PM EDT After weeks of male eliminations, a girl was going to have to leave "American Idol" eventually. Unfortunately for country fans, that contestant ended up being Janelle Arthur. Arthur, the 23-year-old Tennessee native, became the newest exile from the "Idol" stage…

  5. Katy Perry Is Halfway There on Third Album, Talks New Songs Like 'Double Rainbow'

    April 18, 2013 8:34 PM EDT The pop star is working with collaborators such as Sia, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee and others Katy Perry is halfway through her third album, the follow-up to “Teenage Dream,” which spawned five Hot 100 No. 1 singles. She has yet to feel any pressure. “When I put myself on a…

  6. Record Store Day: Just How Big Is the Big Vinyl Resurgence?

    April 18, 2013 2:27 PM EDT While vinyl's ascension has moved beyond the realm of cool into an important moneymaker for key niches in the U.S. music industry, for all of its growth, the format still remains a small percentage of sales. This article first appeared in Billboard Magazine GET THIS WEEK'S…

  7. 'American Idol': It's an All-Lady Top Five as Lazaro Goes Home

    April 11, 2013 10:48 PM EDT For the first time in "American Idol" history, the top five of the show is all one gender -- in this case, female. After making it to the top six despite poor reviews by judges, Lazaro Arbos received the lowest number of votes Thursday night (April 11), forcing the 22-year-old…

  8. 'Alabama & Friends' Tribute to Feature Luke Bryan, Toby Keith & More

    April 08, 2013 9:10 PM EDT The legendary country group will duet with modern stars on the upcoming set, with Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood and others contributing. Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney are among the artists paying tribute to Alabama on the legendary country group’s “Alabama &…

  9. Randy Houser, Chris Janson Hit the Street During ACM Weekend

    April 08, 2013 1:18 AM EDT Las Vegas is quite different from places like Birmingham or Des Moines. To many, Vegas -- and not NYC -- is the "City That Never Sleeps." Nowhere is that more apparent during ACM Week than on Fremont Street. Impersonators of stars such as Jack Nicholson, Elvis Presley, and John…

  10. Burnell Taylor Eliminated as 'American Idol' Judges Avoid Save Again

    April 04, 2013 11:19 PM EDT Ever since its introduction in season eight, the "American Idol" judges save has been a major player in each season once fan voting comes into play. Matt Giraud got the save in season eight during the top seven show, with Michael Lynche earning redemption in season nine while nine…

  11. Drake Signs With ASCAP: Exclusive

    April 01, 2013 10:38 AM EDT Drake has signed with ASCAP, the company’s VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership, Nicole George-Middleton, told Billboard exclusively today (April 1). "For me, a big part of making music is getting the opportunity to work with people I love, trust and respect," Drake says. "As…

  12. 'American Idol': Devin Velez Exit Interview

    March 29, 2013 10:22 AM EDT After Wednesday night’s shaky group performance of “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” it was no surprise that “American Idol’s” latest castoff was a male. “Idol” celebrated its 450th episode last night, sending Devin Velez packing and leaving only Burnell Taylor and Lazaro…

  13. Devin Velez Exits 'American Idol' in Another Blow to the Boys

    March 28, 2013 11:06 PM EDT Make that girls 3, boys 0. It's been a rough 12th season of "American Idol" for the show's male contestants, who have been constantly overshadowed and overhyped in favor of the ladies. On Thursday night (March 28), the guys hit their lowest point yet, with all three…

  14. John Fogerty, Usher, Carole King Join Rock Hall Performers

    March 26, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Chris Cornell and Cheech & Chong have also joined the list of presenters. A couple of members -- Carole King and John Fogerty -- some veteran Seattle rockers, a legendary comedy duo and Usher are among the latest performers and presenters announced for this year's 28th Annual Rock…

  15. A Tale of Two Queensryches: Hear 'Redemption' Single, Geoff Tate Album Samples

    March 25, 2013 7:51 PM EDT Singer Geoff Tate and his former bandmates each have new albums due later this year under the Queensryche name. Music from both versions of rock band Queensryche has now hit the Internet, supplying fans who are sharply divided about the state of the Seattle group with audio ammunition in…

  16. 'Sunday Kind of Love' Singer Fran Warren Dies at 87

    March 20, 2013 2:36 AM EDT Fran Warren, the singer and actress whose 1947 recording of "A Sunday Kind of Love" is remembered as a classic of the Big Band era, has passed away at the age of 87. According to a statement from a representative, Warren died of natural causes on March 4 -- her birthday. Warren…

  17. Michelle Shocked's Tour Vanishes Following Anti-Gay Comments

    March 19, 2013 7:40 PM EDT UPDATE: Audio of Shocked's entire "rant" has leaked. Listen here . Michelle Shocked has gone silent after a homophobic rant at a San Francisco concert Sunday night that has left her without a U.S. tour. Ten out of eleven of her upcoming concert dates have been…

  18. 'America Got It Right,' Say 'Idol' Judges: Watch

    March 08, 2013 11:55 AM EST "American Idol" has a new top ten, and no doubt viewers at home have strong opinions on whether the right crop was picked. Billboard caught up with two of the judges on the red carpet last night to glean how they were feeling about the picks. 'American Idol' Top 10…

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Soars, but Guys Lag on Eve of Top 10 Reveal

    March 07, 2013 9:01 AM EST While it may seem like a tired thing to say, 2013's "American Idol" girls really are on the money. Measuring up was going to take a superb effort from the 10 remaining guys to even be mentioned as part of the conversation. They tried, sure. But all told, give the continuing…

  20. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Ladies Lay Down the Law

    March 06, 2013 10:38 AM EST Ryan Seacrest has promised "brutal" cuts all season on "American Idol," but no eliminations have been that surprising or, indeed, brutal. That may change this Thursday. Because... wow. Often in 2013, the crop of singing ladies on the show has been touted as one of the…

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