1. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  2. August Alsina Ascends To No. 1 On Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    October 08, 2013 12:57 PM EDT New Orleans newcomer August Alsina picks up his first Billboard airplay chart-topper, as "I Luv This Shit," on which he's co-billed with Trinidad James, jumps 4-1 on the Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay ranking. The Knucklehead-produced track rises by 18%…

  3. Emmylou Harris, Shovels & Rope Win Big at Americana Awards

    September 19, 2013 9:56 AM EDT The power of two voices raised in harmony was on display Wednesday night at the Americana Music Honors & Awards as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the husband-wife duo Shovels & Rope earned top honors. Each duo won two awards during the annual roots rock celebration at Ryman…

  4. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  5. Spotlight On Bleona

    September 09, 2013 11:51 AM EDT From Albanian fests to Timbaland's studio, Bleona has U.S. success in her sights. Bleona Qereti is the most famous pop singer from the small European nation of Albania, where the press have likened her to Madonna, in her bold visual style and attitude. At the age of 14, the young diva…

  6. Luke Bryan Doubles Up Atop Hot Country Songs, Top Country Albums

    August 22, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The singer is the fourth artist to crown both lists simultaneously this year. Plus, big news on Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge As previously reported, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with the third-largest sales week…

  7. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  8. Johnny Cash Festival Lands Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin for Aug. 17 Event

    July 19, 2013 5:35 PM EDT August 17 promises to be a big night of entertainment at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, as the Johnny Cash Music Festival will stage its' third annual benefit show at the school. Concert producer Bill Carter has once again assembled a very strong lineup, with Vince…

  9. Iconic Nashville Radio Station Dips Into the Archives for Live Album

    July 12, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Since the 650 signal blasted onto the airwaves in 1925, the call letters WSM have represented the best in American Music. Whether it be the pop music performed on the legendary "Waking Crew" show, morning shows featuring Hank Williams and Flatt & Scruggs, or the legendary…

  10. Mark McGrath Talks Summerland Tour Split, New Sugar Ray & 'Idol' Judges Table

    June 27, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Singer says Sugar Ray's next album will likely be posted for free on its web site. Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath says there's no hard feelings between him and Everclear's Art Alexakis after the two Summerland Tour co-founders parted ways for the coming season. "I thought…

  11. 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…

  12. 'The Voice' Down to 3 Finalists By 2 Coaches

    June 12, 2013 10:10 AM EDT Though "The Voice" nabbed the honor of Best Reality Competition Series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards on Monday night, not everybody on the NBC singing show can be a winner. Tuesday night's episode narrowed the field down to three singers and just two coaches,…

  13. At 'The Voice' Recording Sessions, Top Five Acts Coach Themselves

    June 10, 2013 4:15 PM EDT At the weekly recording sessions for "The Voice," Sasha Allen charges into a song and has a finished recording within three or four takes. The two Texans, Danielle Bradbery and Amber Carrington, also the least experienced of the remaining contestants on "The Voice,"…

  14. Adam Levine Loses 2 Strong Singers on Shocking 'Voice' Episode

    May 29, 2013 8:47 AM EDT Adam Levine did not have a good night on Tuesday's live episode of "The Voice." In one of the most shocking episodes to date, two members of Team Adam were sent home on Tuesday. America decided that both Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill would not continue on the show. Simmons, a…

  15. Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert Line-up for Memorial Day Fest

    May 27, 2013 2:32 PM EDT Some of country music's big names, including Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band, take the stage at the Bayou Country Superfest at LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest. The festival's producer, Quint Davis, said the talent and…

  16. Florida Georgia Line Sets Hot Country Songs Record

    May 23, 2013 11:55 AM EDT With a 12th week at No. 1, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" breaks the record for the most chart-topping weeks for a title by a duo in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.   "Cruise" also extends the list's longest reign by any act…

  17. Ciara's Nicki Minaj-Assisted, 'I'm Out,' Song Leaks: Listen

    May 22, 2013 4:49 PM EDT Ciara's much anticipated Nicki Minaj- assisted song, "I'm Out," hits the 'net via In Flex We Trust . "Ladies it's your song/ So as soon as this come on/ You should get out on the floor/ Go and get your sexy on/ If you know that you better than the new…

  18. 'The Voice' Top 10 Critique Song Choices, Talk Most Stressful Moments

    May 21, 2013 4:40 PM EDT The top 10 finalists of "The Voice" came out with performances Monday that ranged from acceptable to polished, a sign that in its fourth season, "The Voice" may have its strongest overall class yet. Based on Monday's show, observed live inside the studio on the…

  19. Jennifer Lopez Appointed Chief Creative Officer of NUVOtv

    May 16, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez is the newly appointed chief creative officer of NUVOtv. The versatile J-Lo was announced last fall as a creative partner with the English-language Latino network, but her role was solidified Wednesday as NUVOtv held its upfront for advertisers and prepared for a re-launch of…

  20. 'The Voice' Top 10 Revealed: Blake and Adam Top the Rookies

    May 15, 2013 10:37 AM EDT After a night of heated performances and risky choices on "The Voice," two singers were sent home on Tuesday night, leaving 10 singers to vie for the winning title. Robin Thicke kicked off the live results show by performing his new single "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and…

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