1. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  2. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  3. Exclusive: Little Simz Showcases 'Boss Moves' on Her New EP 'Age 101: Drop 3|000'

    December 18, 2014 11:15 AM EST English rapper Little Simz believes in taking matters into her own hands. Though she's only 20, she's already got her own label, AGE 101. "What's new?" she asks at the beginning of her latest EP, Age 101: Drop 3|000 . "I didn't want to sign to anyone so I…

  4. Eurythmics Co-Founder Dave Stewart Gets OK to Shoot Video in Louisiana Jail

    December 16, 2014 10:30 PM EST Local officials in west Louisiana say former Eurythmics singer and guitarist Dave Stewart plans to film a new music video early next year in their century-old Gothic Revival jail. Secretary-treasurer Tayra DeHoven says the Beauregard Parish Police Jury had voted to allow it if she OK'd…

  5. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  6. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  7. BSBB Round 1: Rixton, "Me and My Broken Heart" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Me and My Broken Heart Rixton Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX MAURA JOHNSTON: Maroon 5 abandoning their "slight update of Hall & Oates" post resulted in quite a bit of jostling for the position; Rixton, a…

  8. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  9. The 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST Country music has had plenty of highlights in 2014. Read on for our list of the 10 best country singles of the year. (And see our list of the 10 best country albums here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim…

  10. Joanna Newsom Guests On Radiohead's 'Spooks' From 'Inherent Vice' Soundtrack

    December 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST New Radiohead music you say? Well, sort of. For the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson flick Inherent Vice , Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood put a new spin on the band’s 2006 non-album track “Spooks,” with some help from the film’s star, singer-songwriter-turned-actress Joanna Newsom . Check out the…

  11. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  12. Joanna Newsom 'Had a Strong Sense That I Didn't Know What I Was Doing' in 'Inherent Vice'

    December 08, 2014 3:10 PM EST Newsom's husband, Andy Samberg, also helped her out: "He gave me general, very functional acting pointers, along the lines of ways to not be freaked out." Aside from an appearance on Portlandia and in an MGMT music video, avant-garde singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom never…

  13. Why Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Can't Buy His Favorite Artist's Sculpture

    December 05, 2014 1:44 AM EST Many of artist Thomas Houseago's works are too massive to fit in anyone's home. "I wanted to get a piece like six months ago and I didn't have a place to put it," says the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea , who tracked down the artist through Houseago's Beverly…

  14. Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae Among American Country Countdown Awards Presenters

    December 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST Sara Evans , Hunter Hayes , Maddie & Tae , Scotty McCreery and Kip Moore are all among the presenters announced for the first ever American Country Countdown Awards, joining hosts Florida Georgia Line at the Dec. 15 event.  Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations &…

  15. King of Spain Pays Bertelsmann HQ a Visit

    December 02, 2014 12:18 PM EST King Felipe VI of Spain visited the German media company Bertelsmann in Guetersloh on Tuesday and met the owning family, the Mohns. Family spokesperson Liz Mohn , Bertelsmann's Supervisory Board Chairman Christoph Mohn , and Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe welcomed Felipe de Borbón y…

  16. John Mayer Among 'Late Late Show' Fill-In Hosts

    November 26, 2014 5:46 PM EST Singer John Mayer , filmmaker Judd Apatow and comic Drew Carey will be among the guest hosts that will fill in on CBS' The Late Late Show before new host James Corden takes over in March. Did John Mayer Date Katherine Heigl? The network on Wednesday (Nov. 26) announced its plans for…

  17. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  18. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  19. Cole Swindell Brings His Fans 'Down Home' With New EP

    November 20, 2014 7:29 PM EST has been a banner year for Cole Swindell . Between his own singles "Chillin' It" and "I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," as well as writing such hits as "Roller Coaster" for Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett 's "Get Me Some Of That," Swindell…

  20. Exclusive: RiFF RAFF Wants to Be the 'EDM Justin Bieber'

    November 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST RiFF RAFF is going EDM. The eccentric Houston rapper confirms with Billboard that he'll be joining Golden Hare Management Group, home to rising tropical house artists Kygo and Thomas Jack . After meeting Kygo, Jack and manager Myles Shear at Mad Decent Boat Party over the…

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