1. Ricky Skaggs Calls 30 Years With Opry a 'Precious Gift'

    May 16, 2012 11:45 AM EDT It's been 30 years since the legendary Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb made a young Kentucky musician's dream come true by inducting him into the Grand Ole Opry. Ricky Skaggs shared the memory on stage last night during a special Opry show celebrating his 30th anniversary with the…

  2. Sleigh Bells 'Reign of Terror': Track-By-Track Review

    February 22, 2012 4:15 PM EST When listeners first encountered Sleigh Bells in early 2010 (or late 2009, if they were ahead of the curve), most were not sure what to think. Pummeling electronic beats, hardcore guitar arpeggios, angelic female vocals, no choruses. It defied logic, yet somehow, it worked. The sound was…

  3. Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot

    February 21, 2012 11:50 AM EST The men behind "Against the Wind," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" are heading into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Steinman, as well as Don Schlitz and the musical-writing duo Harvey…

  4. Country Music's Very Good Grammy Night

    February 13, 2012 4:20 PM EST Emotion reigned supreme at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, from the dramatic return and triumph of Adele to Jennifer Hudson's stunning tribute to Whitney Houston. Nashville was well represented as well, with some of the biggest stars in country music making appearances. All About the…

  5. Grammys 2012: Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night

    February 12, 2012 11:30 PM EST Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at the 2012 Grammy Awards, topping the ceremony with Album of the Year for "21" and taking home both Song and Record of the Year for "Rolling in the…

  6. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicians entertained 2,800 guests with a dozen…

  7. Track Review: Sleigh Bells, 'Comeback Kid'

    January 23, 2012 10:30 AM EST SLEIGH BELLS Comeback Kid (3:00) Producer: Derek Miller Writers: Derek Miller, Alexis Krauss Publisher: SONGS Mom + Pop With few choruses in sight and beats so assaulting they're practically metal, Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells earned unexpected buzz for their 2010 debut, "Treats."…

  8. Dierks Bentley Returns 'Home' to Country

    January 21, 2012 9:00 AM EST When Dierks Bentley steps onstage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 2 to launch his new album, "Home," the show may feel like a walk down memory lane. "I played gigs on Lower Broadway for a number of years. I'd walk by the building at three o'clock in the…

  9. 12 No. 12 Country Hits for 2012

    January 17, 2012 7:05 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain cherished and notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking R&B/hip-hop hits, including Prince 's debut song "Soft and…

  10. Sleigh Bells, 'Reign of Terror': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 10:12 AM EST Sleigh Bells Title: Reign of Terror | Release Date: Feb. 21 In 2010, Sleigh Bells ( @sleighbells )were the right band for the right moment: a wave of hype, a deal with both M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Recordings and Mom + Pop Records and a skull-rattling, ear-punishing, yet exhilaratingly novel…

  11. 11 Artists' Favorite Albums of 2011

    December 16, 2011 2:25 PM EST What blockbuster Brit singer crossed all genre lines to make Skrillex , Zac Brown Band and Kelly Clarkson 's lists of the best albums of the year? Which rapper tag-team won Joe Jonas ' heart? Which international darlings insisted that some 2010 albums were still where it's at?…

  12. Sleigh Bells Issue New Track, 'Born To Lose': Listen

    December 15, 2011 5:15 PM EST Sleigh Bells , the Brooklyn noise-pop duo that broke out in 2010 with debut album "Treats," is getting ready for a busy 2012 that will see the release of their sophomore disc, "Reign of Terror." The crackling first track issued from the album, "Born To Lose,"…

  13. Sleigh Bells Tease 'Heavy' Sophomore Album

    December 02, 2011 10:07 PM EST Don't look for Sleigh Bells to lighten up in 2012: the indie duo's next album will be titled "Reign of Terror," the group announced with a new video teaser on Friday. The video, soundtracked by a chugging riff coated in the band's signature extreme distortion,…

  14. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field. In the Best Country Solo Performance slot,| SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED "I'm flying pretty high right now," Aldean told the press backstage at the Grammy…

  15. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  16. White House Going Country: Lauren Alaina, Band Perry to Perform

    November 17, 2011 9:30 AM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  17. Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry Heading to White House for Country Celebration

    November 16, 2011 7:43 PM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  18. Nigel Tufnel Day: 11 Loud Moments in Music

    November 11, 2011 11:00 AM EST Today, music fans are getting loud and turning it up to 11 in an homage to Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel's awe-inspiring line in the classic 1984 mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap." It's 11/11/11, or "Nigel Tufnel Day," and here at Billboard we're…

  19. Joe Nichols: 'It's All Good' Is More Than an Album Title

    November 08, 2011 10:40 AM EST Joe Nichols has seen rougher days in his past. He's gone through a well-publicized battle with alcoholism, and has witnessed several changes at his record company (Universal South, now Show Dog-Universal Music) over the years. However, that's all in the past, and the title of…

  20. Keith Urban Needs Throat Surgery

    November 03, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Country Star Will Go on Vocal Rest Until 2012, Cancel Benefit Concert in January Keith Urban will undergo a minor throat surgery later this month to remove a polyp from his vocal chords, it was announced on Thursday. The out-patient procedure will require the Australian country star to spend…

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