1. Amos Lee Sets Date for 'Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song' Album

    June 05, 2013 9:25 AM EDT After scoring a No. 1 album  on the Billboard 200 chart with 2011's "Mission Bell," folk rock singer-songwriter Amos Lee has set the date for a follow-up, "Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song," to be released on Oct. 1. For the new record, Lee teamed up with…

  2. LeAnn Rimes Lets It Rip on 'Spitfire': Video Q&A

    June 03, 2013 3:00 PM EDT "I feel like I've had a piece of tape over my mouth for a while," singer says of new album, her final release on Curb Records This week marks a watershed moment in the career of LeAnn Rimes, who brings to close her 17-year relationship with Curb Records with the release of…

  3. Grammy Album of the Year: How Much Does Being a Billboard No. 1 Help?

    February 11, 2013 2:39 AM EST Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the 37th Billboard chart-topper to win Grammys' top prize The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. So artistic merit trumps sales and fan popularity. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is it possible to make an informed…

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    January 03, 2013 10:55 AM EST As forecasted last week, Taylor Swift 's "Red" album spends a seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In the sales week ending Dec. 30, 2012 -- the final frame of the year -- the Big Machine Records album sold 241,000 (down 12%) according to Nielsen…

  5. The Year In Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 9:05 AM EST A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the…

  6. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major nominees for the Grammys, being held Feb.…

  7. Risa Binder Covers Taylor Swift's 'Red': Video Premiere

    November 21, 2012 9:30 AM EST Watch the "Paper Heart" singer/songwriter's pillow-fight performance of the Swift track Singer/songwriter Risa Binder has long looked to country singers such as Loretta Lynn and Alison Krauss for inspiration, and now she's paying tribute to one of Nashville's latest…

  8. Bluegrass Music Awards: Steve Martin Honors Earl Scruggs

    September 28, 2012 10:25 AM EDT It was a hard year in the bluegrass world and the loss of icons such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson hung over the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night. The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year and joined Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice as the only multiple winners…

  9. Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb Pair Up on New Album

    September 26, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Unlikely Duo Sing 'Soldier's Son,' Off Bluegrass Icon's 'Music to My Ears' Not too long before Bill Monroe passed away in September 1996, Ricky Skaggs made the "Father of Bluegrass" a promise -- that he, along with acts such as Vince Gill and Alison…

  10. Bubbling Under: Musgraves Makes 'Merry' On Country Songs

    September 21, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kacey Musgraves, Krewella and Blondfire KACEY MUSGRAVES Kacey Musgraves gains momentum with a third-week 42-38 jump on Country…

  11. Kathy Mattea Strips Away Old Habits on 'Calling Me Home'

    September 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT "For me, it was stripping off a layer of my habitual way of singing," Mattea tells us. "It was a little bit like being naked" Kathy Mattea 's last album, 2008's "Coal," topped the Bluegrass Albums chart and earned her a Grammy nomination. Her newest…

  12. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  13. Alison Krauss, Russell Moore Lead Bluegrass Nominations

    August 17, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Many of the top stars in bluegrass music were in attendance Wednesday at Nashville's Loveless Barn as the nominations were announced for the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. Figuring prominently in the mix were Russell Moore & Third Tyme Out, who tallied nine…

  14. Jamey Johnson Releasing Hank Cochran Tribute Album

    August 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is set to release "Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran," on Oct. 16. The Buddy Cannon -produced homage to the late country great Hank Cochran , which will be available first on vinyl starting Sept. 25, features…

  15. Joey + Rory Launch TV Series, New Album

    July 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT With the recent launch of "The Joey + Rory Show" on cable/satellite TV channel RFD-TV, the country couple of the same name has found a highly productive way to mix business and pleasure. Filmed on its farm in Pottsville, Tenn., the series looks at the rural lifestyle as well as…

  16. Jerry Douglas Picks Up Mumford & Sons, Eric Clapton for 'Traveler'

    July 17, 2012 12:20 PM EDT If you pick up a copy of "Traveler," the new album from veteran instrumentalist Jerry Douglas, you might be surprised to hear the legendary dobro player sing lead, as he does on the opening track, "On A Monday." It's a never before heard side of Douglas's talent.…

  17. Pitchfork Music Festival 2012: Invading Hipster Central With My Father

    July 16, 2012 2:00 PM EDT "If you a trill n---a..." "Get your motherfucking hands up!" That first quote is from A$AP Rocky, who's working the crowd at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival like a man possessed and grinning from ear-to-ear like a six-year-old with a secret. The second quote is from…

  18. Candid Covers: Edens Edge Sings Brad Paisley

    July 03, 2012 11:55 AM EDT When country trio Edens Edge -- Hannah Blaylock, Cherrill Green and Dean Berner -- went on tour with Brad Paisley last year, they practiced a version of the country superstar's "Whiskey Lullaby," in preparation for the night when Paisley would join them onstage. They did, and …

  19. Alan Jackson Switches Labels, Gets Emotional With 'Thirty Miles West'

    June 05, 2012 10:05 AM EDT It's 8:30 on a Monday morning as Alan Jackson settles his 6-foot-4-inch frame into a chair in his manager's office. Even though, like most musicians, he often plays late into the night, he's usually an early riser. "I'm always afraid I'm going to miss something,…

  20. Robert Plant's Band of Joy Concert Gets July 10 DVD Release

    May 31, 2012 7:40 AM EDT DVD and Blu Ray Will Include Three Led Zeppelin Songs Not Seen in Initial 'Live from the Artists Den' Broadcast The concert Robert Plant and the Band of Joy filmed at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium for the TV live series "Artist's Den" will be released on…

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