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Eminem Shares Career-Spanning 'Shady Classics' Mixtape
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:57:00 -0500

Eminem's Shady XV compilation, which collects two discs worth of music to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, is out on November 24th, but the set's 28 songs isn't enough to fully tell the story of the rapper's label. Eminem has remedied that by releasing a free mixtape called...

 Jimmy Fallon's 'Lip Sync Battle' Gets Spinoff TV Show
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:56:00 -0500

One of the most beloved routines from Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show reign is about to get its own television show: Lip Sync Battle, based on those ridiculous competitions that pit the late night host up against celebrities to see who can pantomime pop songs better, will head to Spike TV in 2015. Fallon...

 Weekend Rock Question: What's Leonard Cohen's Best Song?
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:07:00 -0500

Leonard Cohen turned 80 earlier this year, and he celebrated by releasing his new album Popular Problems. It's quite possibly the best LP ever created by an octogenarian, and next month he's releasing the CD/DVD Live In Dublin. There's no word on future tour dates, but we're all hoping...

 Dustin Lynch Shares Career Trepidation, Centers Himself With Garth
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:56:00 -0500

When Dustin Lynch first arrived on the scene, he did so brilliantly, busting out of the gate with the single "Cowboys and Angels." The ballad peaked just shy of the top spot at Number Two, a good sign for anyone that a prosperous career was looming. But Lynch, a Tennessee...

 Amy Adams' Long-Delayed Janis Joplin Biopic Moves Forward
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:11:00 -0500

The long-in-the-works Janis Joplin biopic, Get It While You Can, will begin shooting in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Francisco with Amy Adams starring as the singer. Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée is in negotiations to helm the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ron Terry, who previously...

 Carrie Underwood Describes Somber Song 'Little Toy Guns'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:44:00 -0500

The only song on Carrie Underwood's Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album that fans have not yet heard is "Little Toy Guns," which sounds like it could be the prequel to her 2012 hit, "Blown Away." Though she's keeping it under lock and key until her new compilation's December 9th release...

 UNICEF Launches John Lennon–Inspired #IMAGINE Campaign
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:25:00 -0500

UNICEF has launched a new campaign, #IMAGINE, to draw attention to the challenges children face around the world and help raise money for the organization. Yoko Ono,  Hugh Jackman and ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus presented it to the UN General Assembly at the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights...

 Watch Willie Nelson Duet With Sister Bobbie on 'Who'll Buy My Memories?'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:33:00 -0500

When federal agents raided Willie Nelson's home on November 9, 1990, they weren't looking for drugs. Instead, the feds were intent on seizing most of Nelson's worldly possessions — including his recording studio, instruments, memorabilia and more than 20 properties in four different states — to help pay off the...

 Frankie Ballard Revels in Number One Success of 'Sunshine & Whiskey'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:14:00 -0500

This week, Frankie Ballard has the Number One song on Billboard's Country Airplay chart with "Sunshine & Whiskey," the title track from his second album, which also contains his first chart-topper, "Helluva Life." The singer-guitarist's self-titled 2011 debut, however, didn't fare as well, with its two singles unable to crack...

 Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, One Direction to Play 'SNL' Next Month
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:03:00 -0500

Saturday Night Live has announced the musical guests and hosts who will appear on the show throughout the rest of 2014. Nicki Minaj will perform on the December 6th episode with host James Franco, Charli XCX will make her SNL debut on the December 13th with host Martin Freeman, and One Direction will grace the stage on December 20th...

 Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum Help Kick Off Football Championship Festivities
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:29:00 -0500

While people are still placing bets on college football's final four, there are four big names in country music who've been tapped to play the inaugural pre-championship concert. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will take the stage January 9th for the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party...

 Stream Ex-Default Singer Dallas Smith's Guitar-Driven New Country EP, 'Lifted'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:26:00 -0500

More than a decade before he rebranded himself as one of Canada's best-selling country newcomers, Dallas Smith was a grunge rocker. His four-piece band, Default, went platinum on both sides of the American border around the turn of the 21st century, armed with a batch of sludgy, guitar-driven songs —...

 Watch Metallica Nail 'Enter Sandman' on 'Late Late Show'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:33:00 -0500

"Here tonight is a band who are the runner-up on American Idol, wasn't it fellas," Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson joked introducing Metallica on the penultimate night of the metal gods' week-long residency. With only two nights left, Metallica decided to bust out "one of their signature tunes," as...

 Hear Beyonce's Spinning, Frenetic New Club Banger '7/11'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:29:00 -0500

The Platinum Edition of Beyoncé's self-titled album is scheduled to arrive November 24th, and after brief snippets of the box set's new tracks, "7/11" and "Ring Off," leaked out early, the entirety of the two songs were finally unveiled Thursday night.

"7/11" is the more frenetic of the two Platinum Edition tracks, a rapid-fire...

 Hunter Hayes Reveals Why He Doesn't Want to 'Get Comfortable' on the Road
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:19:00 -0500

When Hunter Hayes kicked off his Tattoo Your Name Tour earlier this month, he was already thinking of ways to improve the show. As the high-energy performer told Rolling Stone Country during a visit to rehearsals in October, "It's all about keeping it new, so that we don't get comfortable with...

 Ty Herndon Comes Out as a 'Happy Gay Man'
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:00:00 -0500

It's been one of Nashville's worst-kept secrets for years, but Ty Herndon has always thought making his sexuality public would equate to career suicide.

"I've dreamed about being in country music since I was six years old," the singer tells Entertainment Tonight. "It's my life, it’s what I do, it's who...

 Calle 13 Have Won the Most Latin Grammys in History. What's Their Secret?
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:58:00 -0500

Calle 13 have already won 19 Latin Grammys – the most of any act in history – and at tonight's ceremony, the Puerto Rican duo is nominated for nine more. A decade after they began making music together, producer Eduardo Cabra (known on stage as Vistante) and rapper René Pérez Joglar...

 On the Charts: Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits 2 Million Mark
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:11:00 -0500

Album and track sales are down 13 percent this year. Apple may bundle Beats Music with its iOS on iPhones and iPads early next year. YouTube just launched its new streaming service. Spotify made a deal with Uber. Billboard will soon change its charts to reflect streaming data. Need...

 Billboard to Include Streaming Data and Track Sales in Top 200
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:32:00 -0500

Billboard will make a huge change beginning with next week's sales chart, incorporating streaming data and track sales into its formula for determining rankings. So an album like Maroon 5's V, which has been languishing for two weeks at Number 24 might have surged up the charts this week given the massive...

 Hear Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono's Psychedelic 'Merry Xmas (War Is Over)' Cover
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:21:00 -0500

The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono have mistletoe and world peace on the mind, teaming up for a reimagining of Ono and John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" for Amazon's new playlist, "All is Bright."

While Lennon and Ono's original is a simple holiday song with an affecting message bolstered by the beautiful children's...

 Mike Love Memoir, 'Good Vibration: My Life as a Beach Boy,' Due in 2016
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:07:00 -0500

Beach Boys singer Mike Love is going to tell the story of his five-decade tenure in the famously fractious band in the summer of 2016 with the release of his first book, which is tentatively titled Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. It's timed to coincide with the 50th...

 Hear a 'Bootleg' Version of Ryan Bingham's 'Island in the Sky'
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:31:00 -0500

Ryan Bingham will kick off 2015 with the release of Fear and Saturday Night, a collection of songs written in total seclusion — an airstream parked high in the California mountains, far away from the nearest cell phone signal — and inspired by heavy topics like his father's suicide. Before...

 Watch Kristian Bush Reinterpret Sugarland's 'Baby Girl'
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:25:00 -0500

When Sugarland burst on the scene in 2004 with "Baby Girl," the song stood out because of vocalist Jennifer Nettles' elated, woman-power delivery. It just felt like a song a female needed to sing. But Kristian Bush all but dispelled that notion when he reimagined the mid-tempo anthem by adding...

 Watch Jackson Browne Perform the Cautionary 'The Long Way Around'
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:38:00 -0500

Back in September, Jackson Browne captured the spirit of Americana — both literally and figuratively. During the awards ceremony at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Browne was bestowed with the Association's Spirit of America Award and took the stage for a delicately rocking version of "The Long Way Around," the video of...

 Jason Isbell Receives Bizarre Request to Audition for 'The Voice'
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:36:00 -0500

If being an award-winning, critically-adored singer-songwriter ever gets old, Jason Isbell can always fall back on a career as a reality TV show contestant. Today, the Americana Music Association's reigning Artist of the Year received an email from an NBC talent producer, asking him to consider trying out for the...


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