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. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  3. Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

    August 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.' "When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship 's Gabe Saporta asks. The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth…

  4. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  5. Watch Arcade Fire and David Byrne Cover Suicide at Brooklyn Show

    August 25, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour continued to trot out distinguished guests Aug. 24, as the indie rock collective welcomed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the stage. Byrne -- who obeyed Arcade Fire’s dress code by wearing a tuxedo -- joined the band for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream…

  6. Hackers Use Twitter Bomb Scare to Divert Sony Exec's Plane

    August 25, 2014 9:51 AM EDT An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility for a denial-of-service attack that knocked out…

  7. Jimmy Fallon Shaves Jared Leto's Beard for a Frenzied Crowd

    August 21, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Jared Leto is tired of looking like Jesus. The 30 Seconds To Mars singer shared as much Wednesday night on the Tonight Show , where -- after Fallon told him he might want to take the beard "down a notch" -- he jokingly shared that he'd been "asked to do a lot of…

  8. 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…

  9. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  10. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  11. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  12. Maddie & Tae's 'Girl' Jumps Into Top 20 on Hot Country Songs

    August 07, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" hits a half-million in sales and Florida Georgia Line's Motley Crue cover debuts. Rookie duo Maddie & Tae make a notable jump on Hot Country Songs with their counterculture anthem "Girl In a Country Song," which leaps 26-16…

  13. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  14. Exclusive: Elijah Blake Premieres '6' / 'Fallen' Video; Talks Upcoming 'Drift' EP

    August 04, 2014 11:54 AM EDT The singer-songwriter will release his 'Drift' EP in September. It takes bravery to be as transparent as Elijah Blake is in his new single, "6." The first single off the singer-songwriter's upcoming EP, Drift , sheds light on the gloom that hovers over Blake's…

  15. Brad Paisley Dedicates Song To Doctor Infected with Ebola

    August 04, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Brad Paisley was so "moved" by the selfless actions of a doctor infected with the Ebola virus, he's dedicated a song to him. The country artist has tweeted to his followers to pray for Dr. Kent Brantly, who he described as “one of those brave souls who risks his life to save…

  16. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Company Suing Over Canceled 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour

    July 29, 2014 3:21 PM EDT U.S. tour was canceled days before it was set to premiere. The story surrounding the U.S. production of Jesus Christ Superstar -- which was canceled days before its official U.S. premiere -- just got messier. Andrew Lloyd Webber 's Really Useful Group production company is taking legal…

  17. SBS Radio Executive & Singer Headed to Mediation: Lawsuit Claims Sexual Assault, Unfair Record Deal

    July 22, 2014 8:21 PM EDT SBS executive Jesus Salas' attorneys will meet with Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander's legal team on Thursday in hopes that both sides can settle a lawsuit which claims the songstress unknowingly signed a contract that forced her to give up most of her earnings. The mediation,…

  18. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

  19. SBS Executive Jesus Salas Says Singer’s Sexual Assault Lawsuit Claims are 'False' (Exclusive)

    July 13, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Up-and-coming Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander accused a high-ranking SBS executive that managed her career of sexual assault and withholding compensation. The Miami-based entertainer alleged in a lawsuit that Jesus Salas threatened and sexually assaulted her when she no longer wanted…

  20. Kansas Bible Company Talks Life as a 12-Man Band, Nashville Dancin' Gig

    July 07, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The Nashville band plans to release its third studio album in early 2015 Despite their name, the group known as the Kansas Bible Company is actually based in Nashville. That makes this Thursday’s appearance as part of  the downtown summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ (presented by Dollar…

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