1. Blind Boys of Alabama Team With Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on 'I'll Find a Way'

    September 07, 2013 10:00 AM EDT For the four octogenarians in the Blind Boys of Alabama, settling down isn't part of their plan. After 70-plus years of existence, the last dozen have seen the non-sighted gospel quartet at its most inventive, experimenting with blues, country and hip-hop and collaborating with Lou…

  2. Marty Raybon Talks Transition to Bluegrass

    September 03, 2013 5:35 PM EDT When Marty Raybon released his latest bluegrass album, "The Back Forty," he told Billboard that one of his goals was to lift his career to a place where he could be a nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association awards. This year, got his wish. When the nominations…

  3. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  4. Kip Moore Begins Work on 'Intense' Second Album

    August 27, 2013 4:05 PM EDT The past couple of years have seen plenty of things for Kip Moore to write home about. He has enjoyed success with three straight hits, "Something 'Bout A Truck," "Beer Money," and his latest "Hey, Pretty Girl." Moore and his label, MCA Nashville,…

  5. 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…

  6. Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range Lead Bluegrass Awards Nominations

    August 14, 2013 7:00 PM EDT The Gibson Brothers have steadily built one of the top careers in Bluegrass music – culminating in last year’s win for Entertainer of the Year. This afternoon's announcement of nominations for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards reflected their top-level status, as the duo…

  7. Jeff Bhasker On 'Yeezus,' Collaborating With P!nk & Looking 'To Evolve My Sound'

    August 09, 2013 4:58 PM EDT "You'll still be listening to ['Yeezus'] in 10 years, 20 years — not whatever else album came out today. I love Wale, but I don't think that's the music people are going to actually say, 'That's what defined this year.' That's what Kanye…

  8. Vince Gill's 'Bakersfield' Tribute Hits Top Five on Country Albums

    August 08, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Vince Gill and steel guitar master Paul Franklin bow at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with "Bakersfield," a collaborative tribute set honoring the city's two biggest musical figures, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. With Hot Shot debut honors and…

  9. Beyonce's New Haircut: Fans React Via Twitter and Instagram

    August 08, 2013 12:45 PM EDT This morning (Aug. 8), the world awoke to a newly-defined Beyoncé. The superstar uploaded a few “selfies” on Instagram, revealing that she had chopped off her golden locks and switched to an edgier pixie cut. Opinions on Instagram and Twitter have wavered from praise-worthy support to…

  10. Lil Twist Arrested for Suspected DUI in Justin Bieber's Fisker

    July 11, 2013 5:00 PM EDT The rapper known as Lil Twist has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence after being stopped in California while he was behind the wheel of Justin Bieber's luxury sports car.   Justin Bieber Apologizes to Bill Clinton Christopher Moore, 20, was pulled over…

  11. Kip Moore's 'Girl' Hits Top 10, Video Premiere Spikes Taylor Swift's 'Red'

    July 11, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Kip Moore claims his third top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Hey Pretty Girl," which rises 11-9. He previously reached the upper tier with "Beer Money," which rolled to No. 7 last December, and "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," which…

  12. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Snoop Dogg, Slayer, Television Top Eclectic Austin Lineup

    July 10, 2013 11:40 AM EDT It will be an eclectic, nostalgia-filled weekend at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, with Snoop Dogg, Slayer, Television and MGMT among the headliners for the three-day event to be held November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Organizers announced the lineup on Wednesday for…

  13. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson Star in Toby Keith's Twister Relief Concert

    July 07, 2013 7:54 AM EDT Some of country music's biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that strafed the state. Organizers of the Twister…

  14. Queensryche, 'Queensryche': Track-By-Track Review

    June 24, 2013 11:10 AM EDT First, Queensrÿche endured guitarist Chris DeGarmo's 1997 departure. Then came last year's firing of singer Geoff Tate, whose assertion that he holds 81% of the act's songwriting credits sparked rampant commentary about exactly what each member has contributed to the band.…

  15. 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…

  16. Sammy Hagar Joining Okla. Tornado Relief Concert

    June 19, 2013 10:09 PM EDT The former Van Halen frontman will join Toby Keith, Garth Brooks and more at the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert. Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is joining a star-studded country music concert planned to benefit victims of last month's deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. Toby Keith…

  17. Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips & More to Perform At Rock for Oklahoma Benefit

    June 18, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon and the Flaming Lips have been confirmed to perform at the Rock for Oklahoma Benefit on July 23 in Oklahoma City, along with a full cast of big name rock performers. "We couldn't be more proud to lend a hand to home state," Jared Followill, bassist for Kings of…

  18. CMT Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV

    June 06, 2013 2:08 AM EDT The Color Purple: The red carpet is clearly passé. The Academy of Country Music used to have an orange rug, the Country Music Assn. favors black, and the CMTs – you’re lookin’ at purple. What shade of purple? That was up for debate. Kip Moore said it was “dark purple,” Katie Armiger…

  19. Carrie Underwood Performs Emotional Tribute to Tornado Victims at CMT Music Awards

    June 06, 2013 12:45 AM EDT The CMT Music Awards are often noted for their irreverence, and sometimes for the shock value of pairing country performers with acts from outside the format. While this years' telecast had plenty of those moments this year -- with appearances from Nelly and Lenny Kravitz, there was…

  20. Phonat, 'Identity Theft': First Listen

    June 03, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Twerky noir via Skrillex’s OWSLA label. OWSLA keeps to the policy of “doing things the weird way,” according to its founder Skrillex, with the release of Phonat’s “Identity Theft” EP, dropping tomorrow. While its six tracks have the dystopian hum that unifies so much of the work of Sonny…

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