Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of country music with the opening of the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
The NFL is making headlines this week for supposed pay-to-play negotiations with finalists for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, reported to involve Katy Perry, Coldplay and Rihanna. Ongoing negotiations notwithstanding, at least one veteran TV producer is questioning the halftime show's overall value to artists.
Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd, flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes "Clarity" and "Stay the Night."
Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C, his four-song, digital EP which arrives with 8,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan.