1. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  2. Album Review: Kenny Chesney Mixes Country Salvation With a Good Time on ‘The Big Revival’

    September 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Like Jimmy Buffett in a cowboy hat, Kenny Chesney keeps assuring us there's virtually no problem that a cold beer on a tropical island won't set right. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems isn’t just the title of his 2002 multimillion-selling album -- it's Chesney's motto.…

  3. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  4. Exclusive Premiere: Hear Jackie Evancho's Spellbinding Take On 'Your Love'

    September 22, 2014 10:06 AM EDT Former America’s Got Talent star Jackie Evancho’s voice keeps getting better and better. She wowed American audiences on the NBC show at the age of 10, and now at 14, she isn’t slowing down. Evancho has a new album called Awakening out Sept. 23, and she’s premiering one of its tracks today,…

  5. Karlos Rose Triumphs With Third Tropical No. 1

    September 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT The Bachata singer becomes the youngest artist to post three No. 1s on Tropical Songs, while Plan B enters Top Latin Albums. At 18 years old, Karlos Rosé becomes the youngest artist to log three No. 1s on the Tropical Songs chart as "Niña de Mi Corazon" soars 12-1. (He beats…

  6. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  7. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  8. Madonna Aiming for 2015 Album Release, 'Having a Lot of Fun' With Diplo

    September 12, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Madonna 's been hard at work on her upcoming new album -- as evidenced by her prolific posts on Instagram -- and is planning for it to be released in 2015, according to a representative. Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo , who has turned up in multiple…

  9. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  10. Nicki Minaj's High School Won't Let Her Come Back and Talk to Students

    September 12, 2014 10:23 AM EDT People that "don't want none" of Nicki Minaj : Nicki Minaj's high school. According to the rapper, her old high school in NYC doesn't want her coming back to speak to students. "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined…

  11. Billboard Cover Story Preview: 'The Voice' Coaches Discuss Season Seven & More

    September 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Photographed exclusively for Billboard by Smallz + Raskind The four superstar coaches from The Voice will grace the cover of Billboard ahead the singing competition show’s upcoming season seven, which premieres Sept. 22 on NBC. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani,…

  12. New Web Series 'True Trans' Features Laura Jane Grace From Against Me!

    September 04, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Laura Jane Grace , the frontwoman of the band Against Me! and one of the most visible transgender figures in music, will appear in a new web series coming to AOL in October. The series, True Trans , which takes its title from the Against Me! song " True Trans Soul Rebel ," features…

  13. Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

    September 03, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Danika Portz's debut single "Greatest Show On Earth" definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer. The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a…

  14. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  15. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  16. Demi Lovato Thanks DJs for Dance Club Songs No. 1

    August 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Plus: Imogen Heap scores her second leader on Dance/Electronic Albums, Amy Grant bows with her 'Remixes' set, and Deorro dominates at radio. Demi Lovato lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "Really Don't Care," which rises 2-1. It's her…

  17. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  18. Watch Sara Bareilles Sing 'Smile' Over Emmys In Memoriam Tribute

    August 25, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Sara Bareilles graced the Emmys 2014 stage on Monday (Aug. 25) night to perform "Smile" for the In Memoriam segment. Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmys The tribute included Casey Kasem , Don Pardo , Lauren Bacall , Maya Angelou , and many more. When Bareilles…

  19. 2014 MTV VMAs: Best & Worst Moments, From Political Pleas to Fashion Flubs

    August 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT The 2014 VMAs won't go down in MTV history as one of the best, but this year's show did give us a few touching and genuinely surprising moments, from Miley's plea for homeless youth to Blue Ivy's flawless hands. Sunday night also had its fair share of screwups: Production…

  20. Sam Smith Stuns VMAs With Gorgeous, No Frills Performance

    August 24, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Sam Smith didn't have the craziest or the flashiest VMA performance, but when he took the stage to deliver the gentle, gorgeous "Stay With Me," he didn't need tricks to wow the Forum crowd. Get More: 2014 VMA , Artists.MTV , Music , Sam Smith There was no twerking,…

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