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Reba McEntire Prepares for Return to Grand Ole Opry Stage, Recalls Nearly Getting Bumped for Dolly Parton 40 Years Earlier

Country Music Hall Fame member Reba McEntire can pretty much gain entrance anywhere she wants to nowadays, but in 1977, things were a lot different. She recalls to Billboard her first time on the Grand Ole Opry, where she was greeted like a newcomer. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” says McEntire. “I had just come to

Mel Tillis, Longtime Country Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 85

Mel Tillis, a Florida native who defined the word e”ntertainer” in the field country music, died Sunday (Nov. 19) after a long illness in a Florida hospital. He was 85. One the most colorful personalities the music business has ever seen, the Country Music Hall Fame member enjoyed success as a writer, actor, and performer,

6 Ways Diana Ross Has Earned Her Gay Icon Status

At this year’s American Music Awards (Nov. 19), Diana Ross will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to music. It goes without saying that the self-monikered “Boss” deserves the title after slaying the game for nearly 60 years starting with the iconic girl group The Supremes before becoming a magnetic solo act

Watch Gary Clark Jr. Rip Through the Beatles' 'Come Together' at The Forum: Premiere

Gary Clark Jr.'s bluesy re-imagination The Beatles' classic “Come Together” has already garnered major attention through the cover's ficial music video set to the Justice League movie trailer. This morning (Nov. 17), Clark is adding another layer to the re-imagining the track exclusively through Billboard: a new video himself performing his version “Come Together” live at The Forum in Los

Fantasia Celebrates 'Christmas After Midnight': First Holiday Album and Tour

As the holiday season fast approaches, Fantasia has already unwrapped a few gifts. The singer not only released her first yuletide album, Christmas After Midnight. The set doubles as the first project under her Rock Soul Entertainment banner Concord Records. In support Christmas After Midnight, the Grammy Award winner will kick f a national tour

Hot 100 Chart Moves: N.E.R.D Scores First Hot 100, With Rihanna Duet 'Lemon'

Plus, moves for G-Eazy & Dua Lipa. As previously reported, Post Malone's “rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, tallies a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Nov. 25). Meanwhile, Sam Smith's “Too Good at Goodbyes” surges to a new peak, jumping from No. 10 to No. 4, as his sophomore album,

Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’’: The Guitar Part Everyone Learns How to Play

“Okay, now just place your pinkie on the bottom string, third fret. Strum. Strum again. Pull f the pinkie and strum again. Now do you remember how to play an A?” I don’t remember who taught me how to play the simplified version “Free Fallin’” on the acoustic guitar that had been in my house

Macklemore’s Latest Effort Falls Flat Without Ryan Lewis

Macklemore’s mainstream moment arrived too loudly and precipitously, and he always seemed to be too pure an underground rap guy to know exactly what to do about it. His breakthrough hit was a sneering, anti-commercial screed about things dumb people do wrong when they suddenly come into money and influence. I can’t think the last

3 Doors Down Is the Perfect Band to Play Trump’s Inauguration

With major black and mainstream pop musicians effectively boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration, event planners have been compelled to rely on artists with a large popular following who hail from culturally marginal genres. Classical crossover, a schlocky genre predicated on slavish devotion to a mirage European high culture, is well-represented by the 16-year old platinum-selling plaster

Rejoice, Stoners and David Attenborough Fans: Blue Planet II Is on Its Way

Hopefully last night’s premiere Planet Earth II got you thirsty for more nature and more David Attenborough because Blue Planet II has been green-lit by BBC America. According to Deadline, the series will document the planet’s oceans “from icy-white polar seas to vibrant blues the coral atolls, from the storm-tossed green Atlantic coastline to the

Macklemore Announces Dates For His 'Gemini Tour'

Macklemore fans are rejoicing this morning upon hearing that the rapper has announced his upcoming Gemini Tour. The 19-date trek will kick f in Portland on October 6th. Along the way there will be stops in San Francisco, Houston, Milwaukee, Toronto and Philadelphia. The last show is scheduled for November 14th in Boston. Tickets go

Big Boi Announces The 'Daddy Fat Saxxx' Tour (Dates Inside)

With his “BOOMIVERSE” album now available, Big Boi is ready to hit the road in support it. The Outkast rapper just announced the dates for the first leg his “Daddy Fat Saxxx” tour, which kicks f September 2nd in Chicago. Additional stops include New York City, Boston and Detroit, before winding down in Nashville on

Beatnick & K​ ​Salaam ft Tech N9ne & Wrekonize – "Movin It"

Check out the lead single f Beatnick & K-Salaam’s forthcoming album, The Bluest Flame, which is set to drop August 25.

Lecrae Announces Nationwide “All Things Work Together” Tour

 Lecrae is getting ready to head out on the “All Things Work Together Tour” this fall. The nationwide trek kicks f on October 4 in Memphis and comes to a close on December 6 in Chicago. Lecrae is set to release his new album, All Things Work Together, this September. “This is my favorite album and the most

Post Malone Announces 'Stoney' Tour (Dates Inside)

Post Malone has announced a North American headlining tour named after the “Stoney” LP. The 30-day trek kicks f September 2 in Chicago at the North Coast Festival and will travel through all major markets until the end October. Stoney Tour Dates September 02 – Chicago, IL – North Coast FestivalSeptember 09 – Anaheim, CA