1. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  2. Kiss Frontman Paul Stanley Hails Rock Hall 'Victory,' Talks Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

    December 17, 2013 4:56 PM EST Kiss is letting bygones be bygones with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After years of some charged rhetoric from the band members over Kiss' exclusion, Paul Stanley tells Billboard that news the group will be inducted as part of the class of 2014 is "terrific" and…

  3. Max Frost, 'White Lies': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 13, 2013 3:00 PM EST "White Lies," the new single from promising Atlantic Records singer-songwriter Max Frost, injects some soul into a recent Beats by Dre TV commercial, and has now been paired with a stark new music video. Watch the "White Lies" clip, premiering exclusively on Billboard.com,…

  4. St. Vincent Announces 2014 Tour, New Album

    December 10, 2013 9:54 PM EST One day after announcing a new album and releasing its first single, St. Vincent has confirmed a tour in 2014 in support of the record. According to Pitchfork , the indie singer-guitarist, real name Annie Clark, will embark on a 30-date North American tour, beginning Feb. 26 at New York'…

  5. Josh Homme, Duff McKagan Among Musicians Set for 'Portlandia' Cameos

    December 10, 2013 9:05 PM EST A given episode of hit TV show "Portlandia" might feature a flurry of celebrity cameos in addition to a rotating cast of players, and the new season of the IFC sketch comedy show should prove to be no different. Today (Dec. 10), IFC confirmed the fourth season of "Portlandia,…

  6. 'Simply Bluegrass' DVD Takes Flight After Ricky Skaggs Gets On Board

    December 10, 2013 11:40 AM EST Fans of bluegrass music will be excited about the recent taping of "Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass," a DVD collection that will feature many of the masters of the genre – as well as many of the format's most exciting newcomers like super duo Dailey & Vincent and…

  7. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  8. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  9. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  10. Lady Gaga Gets Sensual With R. Kelly, Pokes Fun at Herself on 'SNL': Watch

    November 17, 2013 1:09 AM EST Lady Gaga showed she can poke fun at herself with the best of them during her first hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. The singer, who follows Miley Cyrus as musicians who have both hosted and performed during the show's 39th season this year, performed…

  11. Lady Gaga Splits With Manager

    November 04, 2013 7:55 PM EST Lady Gaga and her longtime manager Troy Carter are no longer working together, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes some 24 hours after the pop star openly wept through a performance of new song "Dope" at the YouTube Music Awards. Showbiz411 first reported…

  12. How Fred Armisen Teamed with The Clash for Funny Or Die

    October 16, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Ian Rubbish, a British punk character Fred Armisen introduced in his last season on “Saturday Night Live” this past spring, has teamed up with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon in a new video for Funny Or Die. The six-minute clip, called "The Last Gang In Town," was filmed…

  13. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

  14. Ja Rule Returns to Acting After Two Years in Prison

    October 03, 2013 1:08 AM EDT Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper's missteps. "People used to ask, `Well, you know he's a felon?' And I would say, `Well, so am I…

  15. Arcade Fire Debuts Funky 'Reflektor' Single With Interactive Video

    September 09, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Update (at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 9): Arcade Fire just hopped on Twitter and released a second, more conventional (but still very so so creative) video not at all related to the one that dropped two hours ago. It actually features the band, when they're not wearing huge masks and such. Watch…

  16. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    August 29, 2013 1:01 PM EDT In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, however, that entered him into the record books: As a solo artist, 13 of his singles went to No. 1 -- the most by a male…

  17. 'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2' Soundtrack: Exclusive Album Premiere

    August 27, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Following up the Grammy-winning soundtrack to "Boardwalk Empire," HBO's acclaimed series about 1920s Atlantic City, gave the show's music guru a chance to reward fans with a "cornucopia of musical gems" from that era, which was then evolving into the jazz…

  18. Judas Priest Hell Bent for Rock Fantasy Camp's First Metal Edition

    August 26, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Rob Halford talks Vegas and the legendary band's next album: "It's heavy. It's something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with" Rob Halford is curious to see who -- and what -- turns up in Las Vegas early next year when he and his Judas Priest bandmates…

  19. Dove Awards Nominees Include Chris Tomlin, Lecrae and Colton Dixon

    August 21, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The nominations for the 44th Annual Dove Awards were announced this morning, with a diverse slate of top artists including Steven Curtis Chapman, Lecrae and TobyMac all in the mix for inspirational music's biggest night. Chris Tomlin, who topped the Billboard 200 chart in January with…

  20. 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…

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