1. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  2. Exclusive: Kellie Pickler Teases Fifth Album, Talks Meeting Her Idols

    August 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Nashville is a place where dreams have a magical way of coming true, and for a select group of music fans on Saturday night, Kellie Pickler delivered a too-good-to-be true performance for an intimate crowd just south of Music City. In addition to performing, Pickler chatted with Billboard and…

  3. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  4. Rosanne Cash Praises 'Meticulous' Restoration of Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

    August 18, 2014 4:30 PM EDT According to the U.S. Census, the population of Dyess, Arkansas, is 515. On Saturday, that number seemed to double as throngs of people descended upon the northeast corner of the state for the dedication of Johnny Cash 's boyhood home . Newly renovated by Arkansas State University with…

  5. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  6. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter

    August 11, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Cher, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Quincy Jones all remember the comedian online. As news broke that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams had died Monday of a suspected suicide, an outpouring of condolence and appreciation came from the music world via social media.  Miley Cyrus, Katy…

  7. Billy Gilman Grows Up: From 'One Voice' to 'Say You Will'

    August 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Billy Gilman is back. The former child country star -- best known for 2000's tender "One Voice" -- has just released a brand new single, "Say You Will." It's the first solo single from Gilman in over five years, though he did spearhead the 2012 charity release …

  8. Exclusive: The Band Perry to Play High School Concerts to Promote Safe Teen Driving

    August 01, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Winners of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign will be treated to Band Perry shows. The Band Perry will be touring all fall in support of 2013's Pioneer , both on their own headlining dates and as part of Blake Shelton 's Ten Times Crazier Tour. But the country trio will…

  9. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  10. Exclusive: Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Reba McEntire's Video for 'Pray For Peace'

    July 25, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On Monday, Reba McEntire released the video for her song "Pray For Peace." Now Billboard has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the clip, which also features Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn and Caroline Kole. Check out the exclusive video below:   Since sharing the…

  11. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  12. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay…

  13. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  14. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  15. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  16. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  17. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  18. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  19. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  20. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

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