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Country Radio Shines Light on 'New Faces': Ram Report
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:41:00 -0500

So far during this year's Country Radio Seminar, the annual gathering of radio executives in Nashville, the gatekeepers of the airwaves have been treated to dynamic late-night gigs from Steven Tyler, the Cadillac Three and Sam Hunt, and standing-O luncheon performances from Chris Stapleton and Darius Rucker. But tonight marks the centerpiece of...

 Merle Haggard Makes Surprise Return to the Stage
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:33:00 -0500

After canceling his February tour dates due to health concerns from double pneumonia, Merle Haggard returned to the spotlight this past weekend at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for a show that also included Toby Keith. It was the singer's first appearance since calling off his February 2nd performance in Riverside, California,...

 Warner Music Settles 'Happy Birthday' Lawsuit for $14 Million
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:57:00 -0500

Warner Music's publishing wing Warner/Chappell has settled a lawsuit challenging its hold on "Happy Birthday to You" for $14 million, paving the way for the song to finally enter the public domain, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The settlement comes after United States District Judge George H. King ruled in...

 DMX Hospitalized in Stable Condition After Collapse
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:39:00 -0500

UPDATE: DMX has been released from the hospital, his attorney told the Associated Press. "He's good and in great spirits," added Swizz Beatz on Twitter.

DMX has been hospitalized after he collapsed in a hotel parking lot Monday, police in Westchester, New York confirmed to The Daily News.


 Henry Rollins, Hannibal Buress Tapped for 9:30 Club Variety Show
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:39:00 -0500

Henry Rollins and Hannibal Buress will contribute to a new variety show set at Washington D.C.'s famed 9:30 Club, scheduled to air on public television this spring.

Live at 9:30 will kick off its 12-episode run this April, while the first three shows will boast musical performances from Garbage, Tove Lo, the Jesus and Mary...

 Slay Anything: Is Beyonce Beyond Criticism?
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:03:00 -0500

Beyoncé's recent music video, "Formation," offered a stunning kaleidoscope of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina imagery: Beyoncé lying atop a New Orleans police car as it sinks into an abandoned street flooded with water, she and her dance troupe shimmying in an empty pool, a child clad in a Mardi Gras...

 Max Weinberg on 'River' Tour, What He Learned From Bruce Springsteen
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:25:00 -0500

"The River is my summer record," Max Weinberg said between sips of a cocktail in a hotel bar in Pittsburgh — the drummer's reward after three hours onstage earlier in the evening at the Consol Energy Center, the night before Bruce Springsteen opened his 2016 tour with the...

 Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen Join Country Night Lights Lineup
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:04:00 -0500

Country Night Lights, the Athens, Ohio-based country music festival, has announced plans to return for a second year of existence. The festival will close out a packed summer of country festivals on September 23rd and 24th at the Venue of Athens, a 178-acre site that lives within two miles of Ohio...

 25 Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:24:00 -0500

On February 15th, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj will both be returning to the Grammys — and both will be vying to take home their first trophy. Like Patti Smith (one nomination), Nas (11) and Snoop Dogg (17), neither has won a gramophone of his or her own. Here's a rundown...

 How 'Vinyl' Taps Into the Secret History of Seventies Rock
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:13:00 -0500

Welcome to New York, 1973: The spirit of rock & roll is a cesspool of money, drugs and bodily fluids. It's the same unholy trinity that fuels Vinyl, the excellent and hotly awaited new HBO tale of the Seventies music business, executive-produced by the glimmer twins of Martin Scorsese and...

 FarmBorough Country Music Festival Canceled
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:48:00 -0500

FarmBorough, New York City's country music festival set for June 17th through 19th, has been canceled. This was to be the second year for the event, which launched in June 2015 at New York's Randall's Island Park. Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith were tapped as headliners.

A message on  Taylor Swift, the Weeknd Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Noms
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:41:00 -0500

Taylor Swift leads the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations with a whopping eight, while 2015's breakout pop star the Weeknd followed closely behind with seven.

The two pop stars will compete for both Song of the Year as well as the inaugural Album of the Year award. In the former category, Swift's "Blank...

 Billy Currington on His Lost Songs and Staying Mellow
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:28:00 -0500

Billy Currington may want to start making a note every time he feels some magic in the writing room.

The singer, whose Summer Forever Tour with Kelsea Ballerini launches on February 19th in San Antonio, had actually forgotten about the existence of his latest single "It Don't Hurt Like It Used...

 Inside Carrie Underwood's Red-Hot Storyteller Tour: Ram Report
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:18:00 -0500

Carrie Underwood is currently on the road, bringing her Storyteller Tour to arenas around the U.S. But while the music is undeniably rooted in country, the production itself is born of the pop world.

Billed as an "in the round" experience, the concert boasts a circular stage, which Underwood prowls throughout...

 Alice Cooper Talks Guns N' Roses Reunion: 'Where's Izzy?'
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:12:00 -0500

As Alice Cooper began preparing to debut a new Hollywood Vampires tune and pay tribute to Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammy Awards, he marveled at how he and his bandmates, which include Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, could coordinate schedules. One new challenge has been working around...

 Lady Gaga Talks Super Bowl Anthem: 'I Just Sang From My Heart'
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:12:00 -0500

Lady Gaga was universally lauded for her stirring, soaring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off Super Bowl 50. Following her acclaimed performance, Gaga spoke about her mindset going into the National Anthem. "I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean," Gaga told Extra....

 Belly to Reunite for Summer Tour, Release New Music
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:54:00 -0500

Nineties dream pop band Belly announced Monday that they'll reunite later this year for a tour and have begun writing new music.

Belly revealed the news on their official site, though no tour dates have been established. For now, the band did reveal that the summer tour will begin in...

 Go Inside Harley-Davidson, Rolling Stone's Fashion Week Event on Periscope
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:26:00 -0500

Motorcycles, music and style will converge on Wednesday, February 10th, when Rolling Stone and Harley-Davidson throw an exclusive Fashion Week event at Harley-Davidson's New York City-Tribeca dealership. The party will celebrate the motorcycle brand's Black Label Collection, and DJ Cassidy will get it started with a high-energy set, followed by a special intimate...

 Rick Rubin Enlists Flying Lotus, J.J. Abrams for 'Star Wars'-Themed LP
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:59:00 -0500

Producer Rick Rubin has enlisted Flying Lotus, director J.J. Abrams and a crew of electronic artists for Star Wars Headspace, a compilation LP featuring original music blended with samples of sound effects and dialogue from the Star Wars franchise. The 15-track album will be out digitally February 19th via Hollywood Records/American Recordings,...

 Lee Ann Womack Plans West Coast Tour
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:31:00 -0500

Ahead of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next week, two-time 2016 nominee Lee Ann Womack will begin a series of tour dates on the West Coast by taking part in the Americana Music Association's annual Pre-Grammy salute show at the legendary Troubadour on Saturday, February 13th. Nominated for Best...

 Alice Cooper on His Dinner With David Bowie and Ray Bradbury
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:27:00 -0500

When David Bowie died last month, Alice Cooper released a statement in tribute to what he called one of his "lifetime rock & roll theatrical comrades." "We both started in theatrical rock & roll at the same time, and in some cases we challenged each other to go...

 Watch Jenny Lewis, Jimmy Buffett Cover Traveling Wilburys
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:47:00 -0500

Jenny Lewis recast her cover of the Traveling Wilburys hit "Handle With Care" this past Saturday, teaming up with surprise duet partner Jimmy Buffett during a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 

Originally recorded in 2006 with duet partners Ben Gibbard, Conor Oberst and M. Ward, Lewis' speedy take...

 Beyonce's Black Southern 'Formation'
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:52:00 -0500

Announced by a small all-women drum line contingent, 30 black women, led by Beyoncé, appeared in formation at the halftime of the 50th Superbowl. Their style marked a different 50th anniversary, with the afros, black berets and leather commonly associated with the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, founded in...

 Hear Mogwai's Wintry, Slow-Building Instrumental 'Ether'
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:42:00 -0500

Mogwai unleash a trademark post-rock crescendo with "Ether," a slow-building instrumental from their upcoming LP, Atomic. The five-minute epic opens with a foundation of piano and glockenspiel, gradually adding moaning brass, heavy bass guitar and muted tom-toms until a colossal climax. 

"Ether" is the opening track from Atomic, a soundtrack to...

 Beyonce Announces 'Formation' World Tour Following Super Bowl Show
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:28:00 -0500

One day after surprise-releasing a new song and videoBeyoncé followed her Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance with news of the Formation World Tour.

The tour is the singer's first solo trek since her ambitious Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. It kicks off April 27th in Miami, Florida...


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