1. Amy Grant Overwhelmed With Emotion on 2014 Santa Train Ride: 'It Was Just Beautiful'

    November 23, 2014 1:24 PM EST "We sang a little bit -- it was just beautiful,” Amy Grant says. It’s a tradition that has been going strong in the heart of rural Appalachia since 1943 -- The Santa Train. Engineered by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CSX, Food City, and Dignity U Wear, the…

  2. Code Picks of the Week: Alesso, Pusha T, Shift K3Y

    November 07, 2014 3:34 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Alesso ft. Tove Lo, "Heroes" (Amtrac Remix) [Alefune] The Kentucky producer pitches down Lo's vocals and delivers a…

  3. Michael Cleveland Talks Great Response to Flamekeeper's 'On Down the Line' Album

    November 07, 2014 3:27 PM EST The critics are raving about On Down the Line, the latest Compass disc from bluegrass heavy-hitters Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper . The leader of the band says they are humbled by the kind words the project has received. "It's been really great to have it out," he tells…

  4. Red vs. Blue States: Key Takeaways From Pandora's Political Data Crunch

    November 04, 2014 5:46 PM EST Below are some key takeaways we learned from a data set provided to Billboard by Internet radio giant Pandora, which split the states between Democratic and Republican (blue and red), and then listed each state's favorite genre stations through the month of September. Whoever you&…

  5. Man Jailed for Posting Song Lyrics to Facebook Won't Face Charges

    October 29, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. The lyrics 31-year-old James E. Evans posted in August included the words "student bodies lying dead in the halls" and…

  6. Big Ten Mascots Dance Around to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

    October 22, 2014 5:28 PM EDT The mascots for various Big 10 teams were able to put aside their bitter rivalries to work together -- such is the power of Taylor Swift . The Mascots made a collaborative video soundtracked by Swift's "Shake It Off." Check it out below. The video includes tricycles, marching…

  7. Watch Drake Completely Airball a Three-Point Shot

    October 20, 2014 10:20 AM EDT We know we’re giving Drake a hard time here, but we think he can take a little teasing. The 2014 ESPYs host was on court with the University of Kentucky basketball team doing a little pre game shoot-around before a preseason game. Unfortunately for him, ESPN’s camera caught him at the worst…

  8. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  9. Album Review: Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley's 'American Middle Class' a Strong, Focused Debut

    October 14, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Angaleena Presley 's strong solo debut album, American Middle Class , is sure to be lumped in with work from country's other prominent female singers from the last few years. This association is partially because Presley first gained attention as a member of the Pistol Annies with…

  10. Southmen Quartet Pianist Roy Bray Killed in Crash

    October 13, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Police say a singer and pianist with a Christian musical group was killed when an RV he was driving crashed over the weekend on a highway in central Indiana. The Boone County Sheriff's Department says 61-year-old Roy Bray of Trenton, Kentucky, was driving the RV carrying the Southman…

  11. Loretta Lynn Performs First Full Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

    October 11, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The 82-year-old icon played numerous hits from her six-decade career. Friday night (Oct. 10) was a historic night at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. It’s hard to believe, but it was the first time Loretta Lynn performed a full show at the revered venue. Loretta Lynn Reflects on…

  12. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  13. Taylor Swift Tweets Love to Fan's 'Shake It Off' Grocery Store Dance

    October 07, 2014 4:03 PM EDT Want Taylor Swift to acknowledge you? Start taping yourself dancing to "Shake It Off," stat. Following up on her praise for the group of Kentucky frat guys who weren't afraid to bust a move to Swift's latest, on Tuesday (Oct. 7), Swift tweeted some love to a young fan…

  14. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  15. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  16. Meghan Trainor No. 1 On Hot 100, Jeremih Hits Top 10, Jennifer Lopez Debuts

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a third week and takes over atop Radio Songs. Plus, Jeremih's 'Don't Tell 'Em' jumps 12-10 and Jennifer Lopez blasts in at No. 18 with 'Booty.' Meghan Trainor's ode to booty…

  17. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  18. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's All-Female Top Five For Second Week

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM EDT 0 For a second straight week, women shut out men in the top five, led by Trainor's debut hit 'All About That Bass.' It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100 's top five again, as Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" heads up an all…

  19. Watch Cute Frat Guys Lip-Sync to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

    September 12, 2014 1:38 PM EDT They never miss a beat. So, it turns out, just about  everyone  loves  Taylor Swift 's pop foray -- even college frat guys. Members of the Delta Sigma Phi Beta Mu fraternity at Transylvania University in Kentucky recently uploaded their own lip-syncing music video for "Shake It Off,…

  20. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

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