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J. Cole

J. Cole Charts Year's Highest Hip-Hop Sales Week with '2014 Forest Hills Drive'; Taylor Swift and Pentatonix Stay Strong

Dec 2014 14:01PM EDT

J. Cole debuts at no. 1 with the year's highest-selling hip-hop debut, '2014 Forest Hills Drive.' Taylor Swift and Pentatonix keep sales up.READ MORE

Craig Wayne Boyd of "The Voice" Season 7

'The Voice' Season 7 Recap & Review: And the Winner is...

Dec 2014 23:31PM EDT

And the winner is... Craig Wayne Boyd. After months of competition, The Voice season seven came to a conclusion on Tuesday night (Dec. 16) and Blake Shelton's classically rooted country singer beat out Damien, Matt McAndrew and Chris Jamison to become the seventh "Voice."READ MORE

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves Adds February Dates To 'Same Tour, Different Trailer' Tour [FULL SCHEDULE]

Dec 2014 15:09PM EDT

Country star Kacey Musgraves has extended her "Same Tour, Different Trailer" tour into 2015, The Boot reports. The 2015 leg of the tour will kick off on Feb. 12 in Norfolk, Virginia, and finish up on Feb. 28 in Richmond, Virginia, with stops in North Carolina, Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Tennessee in between. Tickets are on sale right now through Musgraves's website.READ MORE

Craig Wayne Boyd of "The Voice" Season 7

'The Voice' Season 7: Craig Wayne Boyd "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" Music Video is All Love [WATCH]

Dec 2014 12:35PM EDT

In a new twist this year, The Voice gave its season seven finalists the chance to record an original single and an accompanying music video. Last night (Dec. 15), in a performance-filled penultimate episode, finalist and the lone Team Blake Shelton survivor Craig Wayne Boyd debuted his country fried single, "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." The track, which blends in perfectly to the modern country music landscape, now has an official music video and studio recording.READ MORE

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan Thanks Fans for Support After Brother-in-Law's Death at American Country Countdown

Dec 2014 10:56AM EDT

Luke Bryan was not able to attend this year's CMT Artists of the Year ceremony because of a death in the family. The country superstar was on hand last night, Dec. 15, at the American Country Countdown Awards to perform "Roller Coaster" and receive the Male Vocalist of the Year Award. He took some time during his speech to thank his fans for their support after the passing of Ben Lee Cheshire. "I wanna get serious just for a second. I wanna thank all of my fans — for the past couple of weeks of my life — for keeping my family in your prayers. And I wanna also recognize the country music community," he said, CMT noted. Cheshire was married to Bryan's sister Kelly, who died in 2007.READ MORE

Lauryn Hill

8 Artists Who Are Taking Too Long To Release New Albums

Dec 2014 21:51PM EDT

This has been a pretty exciting couple of days for fans of both Modest Mouse and D'Angelo, with both artists announcing their first new albums in quite some time (Modest Mouse's last album came out in 2007, while D'Angelo's was 2000). Now that these two artists have finally decided to release some new music, here are eight more artists that have been taking far too long to put out new albums.READ MORE

Lorde at BBC Radio 1

10 Best Cover Songs Of 2014

Dec 2014 16:41PM EDT

Because cover songs don't garner nearly as much traction on the radio or the charts as they once did, artists these days treat them more like fun little experiments, where they can try out things they normally wouldn't on one of their albums or original singles. This has resulted in plenty of inventive and fascinating covers, especially this past year. Here are the year's 10 best cover songs (in no particular order).READ MORE

Shania Twain

Shania Twain Releases Anti-Domestic Violence PSA for Royal Canadian Mounted Police [WATCH]

Dec 2014 16:03PM EDT

Shania Twain has been a little quiet on the music front in recent years, but she's still looking to make a big statement in other areas. Today (Dec. 15), Twain teamed up with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for a Public Service announcement regarding domestic abuse in Canada.READ MORE

Craig Morgan

MoonPies for Troops: Craig Morgan Keeps Promise

Dec 2014 11:33AM EDT

Troops heading home for the holidays this December will get a special treat courtesy of country singer Craig Morgan, who helped ship 35,000 MoonPies to USO centers across the United States. A U.S. Army veteran, Morgan assisted the sugary company with a six-month social media campaign in which consumers donated the pies to those currently serving overseas. According to the "Chattanoogan," via The Boot, Morgan is a "lifelong MoonPie fan" with four USO tours under his belt. He has visited more than 32,000 troops in Afghanistan, Guam, Iraq, Japan and elsewhere. This year, he appeared on 250,000 MoonPie retail cartons. "You would be amazed at what a simple taste from home means to someone who is fighting for our country," Morgan said.READ MORE

The White House Christmas Tree

Barack Obama and Family Enjoy Performances from Aloe Blacc, Rita Ora, Hunter Hayes and More at "Christmas in Washington" Concert

Dec 2014 09:23AM EDT

The hottest event in Washington D.C. last night was undoubtedly the Christmas in Washington concert, an annual event now in its 33rd year that brings big acts to perform and raise money for the Children's National Health System. Among the performers this year were Aloe Blacc, Rita Ora, Darius Rucker, Christina Perri and Hunter Hayes. Oh, and President Barack Obama brought his family to the event as well.READ MORE

Collin Raye

Collin Raye 'Everlasting': Singer Drops Romantic Covers Album

Dec 2014 19:49PM EDT

Collin Raye has two Christmas albums under his belt already, so he decided to go with a collection of romantic tunes for his latest album, "Everlasting." The recently released record features 13 cover tunes, including tracks by Billy Joel, Bryan Adams and Elton John. "Before coming to Nashville, I played years in the casinos, waiting to be discovered," Raye said, via The Boot. "These are songs that I would perform. These are the artists that moved me and the songs I truly love." One song in particular has stuck with the 54-year-old throughout his lengthy career. "Like most people, I remember being struck with a melancholy, bittersweet feeling the first time I heard Dan Fogelberg singing 'Same Old Lang Syne,'" he said. "Even though I was only 20 years old when it was first released, I distinctly recall being emotionally moved by the story and inserted myself into it, thinking of a 'past love.'" The album is currently available online, and features the following tracks:READ MORE

Elton John

Seven Musical New Year's Events NOT Happening at Times Square: Pitbull, Lady Antebellum and Elton John Will Ring 2015 in with You

Dec 2014 16:36PM EDT

Surely some other options exist aside from "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." Music Times has combed through the Facebook invites and funny pages to find some other opportunities for New Year's night. Finding someone to spend the evening with is all on you however.READ MORE

Colt Ford

Colt Ford on New Live DVD - 'Crank It Up! Live at Wild Adventures - Singer Says He's "Rated G" Compared to Others & This Project Proves It

Dec 2014 16:06PM EDT

Colt Ford has never been a mainstream country artist, so to speak, but his brand of rap-country filtered its way into the No. 1 spot on the charts when Jason Aldean recorded Ford's "Dirt Road Anthem" in 2010. Since then, Ford has dropped three albums, but continued to plant his flag firmly in independent territory, radio be damned. His first live DVD, 'Crank It Up! Live at Wild Adventures!" proves that while he's not necessarily "mainstream," he's rated G compared to other artists!READ MORE

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line to Headline The Night Before Super Bowl Concert in Phoenix

Dec 2014 18:50PM EDT

Katy Perry won't be the only one performing in Phoenix, Arizona, over the Super Bowl XLIX weekend. Today (Dec. 12), CBS Radio announced a new country music concert set to take place the night before the biggest night in sports, fittingly titled The Night Before.READ MORE

Guthrie Trapp

Acme Feed & Seed 'Trapped Above Ground' Curator Guthrie Trapp Talks 'Getting The Cool Kids'

Dec 2014 13:24PM EDT

The weekly Wednesday night bill at one of America's hottest venues has already featured names such as John Oates, Alan Jackson and "Big Al" Anderson, while Trapp describes himself as "executive producer/host/curator/house band leader/guitar player."READ MORE

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