1. Bauhaus' Peter Murphy Working on New Album 'Lion,' Hunting 2014 Release

    May 21, 2013 11:18 PM EDT Peter Murphy may be on the road playing Bauhaus songs at the moment, but his next batch of new music won't be far behind. The singer is eyeing an early 2014 release for "Lion," the follow-up to 2011's "Ninth." The album was hatched during sessions with producer…

  2. Beatles Guitar Sells to the Tune of $408,000

    May 20, 2013 5:52 AM EDT An electric guitar played by late Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison has fetched $408,000 at auction -- twice the sum it was expected to go for. The semi-hollow-body electric guitar was sold to an unidentified bidder at the Music Icons event, held Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in…

  3. 13 Awesome Songs About Las Vegas

    May 17, 2013 2:58 PM EDT With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards coming up Sunday, May 19th at 8|7c on ABC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, we thought it's the perfect time to pay homage to the many songs that have been penned in the city's honor. Some express the joys of hitting the…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey Adds To Hot 100 Legacy

    May 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the debut of "#Beautiful," Carey pads her historic Hot 100 discography. Plus, Michael Jackson's music is reaching new generations and Rod Stewart returns As "#Beautiful" bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24, Mariah Carey continues as one of the chart&…

  5. Pistol Annies Shoot Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 16, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Nearly doubling the trio's previous best weekly Nielsen SoundScan sum, Pistol Annies' sophomore set "Annie Up" bows at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 83,000 sold. The threesome of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley previously debuted at No. 1 with …

  6. Lady Antebellum Scores Third No. 1 Album, 'Gatsby' Debuts Strong at No. 2

    May 15, 2013 1:45 PM EDT "Now 46," Pistol Annies, Rod Stewart also notch Top 10 debuts this week. Country trio Lady Antebellum earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as its new "Golden" debuts with 167,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold slightly better than…

  7. Shovels and Rope, Emmylou Harris Lead Americana Awards Nominees

    May 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley,…

  8. 615 Opinion: Glaring Omission From the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame

    May 10, 2013 2:41 PM EDT Look around at the names of the members of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International Hall of Fame, and you see some of the greatest writers in country music history. Names like Hank Williams, Bill Anderson, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Matraca Berg, and Mike Reid are all…

  9. Dear Mama Playlist: 20 Songs for Mother's Day

    May 10, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Chart Article From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting "Mother" at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother's Day, this Sunday (May 12). Raise a glass this Mother's Day, and let these songs be your…

  10. Cher's 86-Year Old Mother, Georgia Holt, Makes Chart Debut

    May 09, 2013 7:23 PM EDT The singer's "Honky Tonk Woman" -- initially recorded in 1980 -- bows at No. 13 on Heatseekers Albums. 86-year-old Georgia Holt -- better known as Cher's mother -- makes her Billboard chart debut this week. Holt arrives at No. 13 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 43 on Top…

  11. The 10 Best Charting Movie Soundtracks Ever: 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Purple Rain' and More

    May 07, 2013 3:23 PM EDT This Friday (May 10) will mark the release of the Baz Luhrmann-directed incarnation of book-based classic “The Great Gatsby.” Ahead of its theatrical debut, today (May 7) the effort’s soundtrack, “Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby,” hits stores. Acclaimed rapper Jay…

  12. Ashley Monroe: Pistol Annies Not Aiming for Radio Hits

    May 06, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Ashley Monroe tells Billboard that when she, Miranda Lambert, and Angaleena Presley first came up with the idea for the Pistol Annies, some didn't quite grasp their concept. "When we first had the idea of doing the album (2011's Hell On Heels) everybody said 'What?"…

  13. 10 Awesome Las Vegas Music Residencies in 2013

    May 02, 2013 11:15 AM EDT In a town of over-the-top attractions, these are Las Vegas' must-see musical events on right now. Harking back to the Rat Pack's glory days at the Sands Hotel and Casino, or Elvis Presley's more than 800 sold-out shows at the Las Vegas Hilton, Vegas's tradition of…

  14. Willie Nelson's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 30, 2013 4:38 PM EDT Happy 80th Birthday Willie! Eighty years ago in tiny Abbott, Texas, Willie Hugh Nelson was born. To call him a stylist is simply an understatement; there is nobody who writes like him, and there is certainly nobody who sounds like him. We've gone back and taken a look at the ten…

  15. Willie Nelson: Still a Country Maverick After 80 Years

    April 29, 2013 3:35 AM EDT America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson. As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music.…

  16. George Jones' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 27, 2013 3:40 PM EDT George Jones placed more records on the Billboard Country singles chart than any other artist, with 143 making the top-40, and 13 of those making it all the way to the top slot. We've compiled a list of his top 20 songs, ranked by overall chart performance and based on chart…

  17. George Jones, Country Music Icon, Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:27 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones entered the hospital on April 18 with fever and…

  18. Pistol Annies Give Birth to 'Annie Up': Our Happy Hour Q&A With Country's Hottest Mavericks

    April 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT It's happy hour at the Timothy Demonbreun House, a dignified Nashville mansion with historical significance, and as Pistol Annies knock back a couple after a long media day for new album "Annie Up," the ladies are very much enjoying each others' company as they…

  19. 'Idol' Alums, Including Season 3's 'Pen Salesman,' Thrive on 'The Voice'

    April 24, 2013 9:59 AM EDT Fans of The Voice may have noticed two familiar faces from American Idol this season: season nine’s Luke Edgemon and season three top 10 finalist Jon Peter Lewis, who is competing as part of the duo Midas Whale. Both men advanced in Monday night’s battle round, with Midas Whale retaining…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift Ties For 10th-Most Top 40 Hot 100 Hits All-Time

    April 19, 2013 8:29 PM EDT The singer tallies her 41st top 40 Hot 100 hit, lifting her into a 10th-place tie among acts with the most such entries in the chart's history. Plus, P!nk marks a new career milestone. As "Highway Don't Care," with Tim McGraw, rolls 42-25 on the Billboard Hot 100,…

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