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Emerging Country: Music Runs in the Family for Newcomer Brandon Ratcliff

Welcome to Emerging Country Artist Spotlight, a Billboard series where we highlight an up-and-coming act who is making a splash in the genre. This week’s pick is country singer-songwriter Brandon Ratcliff, who credits early albums by Eric Church and

Beyonce Drops ’90s-Inspired BeySearch Merchandise Collection Celebrating Her Career Highlights

Beyoncé is back with some new merchandise for fans. The pop and R&B legend released the BeySearch Collection, which went live on her official website around 1 p.m. ET on Friday (Aug. 9). The fresh capsule was inspired by

How YBN Cordae Went From Waiting Tables To Hitting the Charts

From: Suitland, Md.Age: 21Label: Atlantic Like Father, Like Son: YBN Cordae — who was born Cordae Dunston in Raleigh, N.C. — grew up listening to the music his father loved: Nas, Talib Kweli and Mos Def. He spent hours watching YouTube

Brooks & Dunn Visit Their New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit: ‘It’s Really Mind Boggling’

Brooks & Dunn were on hand Thursday evening (Aug. 8), for the unveiling of their new exhibit Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Ahead of the

Executive Turntable: Moves at Peermusic, AG Artists and Country Music Association

Kathy Spanberger, president, peermusic announced on Tuesday (Aug. 6) that the company has promoted Tuff Morgan to vp of A&R. In his new position, Morgan will lead peermusic’s A&R efforts in the Pop and Urban genres for the company’s US offices. He will

Bill Walton Throws Horrendous First Pitch, Delays Game On “Grateful Dead Night”

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton had himself a hell of a time at the San Diego Padres’ “Grateful Dead Night” on Thursday, including an impromptu discussion with the umpires and coaches that delayed the start of

Rick Ross Joins Cast of ‘Coming to America’ Sequel

The Bawse is coming to the big screen. Rick Ross has landed a role in Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to the popular 1988 comedy starring Eddie Murphy, reports Billboard. The MMG mogul joins a cast

Shambhala Founder Jimmy Bundschuh on Maintaining the Event’s Independent Status: ‘It’s the Opposite Model of Most Festivals’

While maintaining independent status is a challenge for any festival, Shambhala has kept its indie bonafides for more than two decades. Taking place on a 500 acre farm — fully operational the rest of the year — in

Midland Compares Tour Must-Haves, Favorite Trios & More Ahead of New Album

Midland has spent the past three years touring behind the success of breakout singles “Drinkin’ Problem” and “Burn Out,” both of which are on the band’s 2017 debut album, On the Rocks, and hit No. 3 on Billboard’s

Ty Dolla $ign Pays Tribute to Mac Miller at Tiny Desk Concert

On the one-year anniversary of Mac Miller’s Tiny Desk concert, Ty Dolla $ign paid tribute to his late friend with an emotional performance of their 2016 collaboration, “Cinderella.” “This for Mac Miller right here, y’all,” said Ty,