1. Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Added to Ryan Seacrest's NYE Lineup

    December 18, 2013 2:02 AM EST Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Icona Pop are confirmed to the lineup for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" telecast. The traditional New Year's Eve party will again be aired live on Dec. 31 at ABC from 11:30 p.m. The…

  2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars Highlight Year-End Hot 100 Chart

    December 13, 2013 8:05 AM EST The duo's 'Thrift Shop' is the chart's top song of 2013, while Bruno Mars is the ranking's top artist of the year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut chart smash "Thrift Shop," featuring vocalist Wanz, is the No. 1 song of the year on the Billboard Hot…

  3. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST A duo that wasn't even signed to a major label two years ago dominates Billboard's year-end country charts Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label…

  4. How We Charted the Year 2013

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Streaming data shakes up tallies, tracking viral hits It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. It feels like just yesterday Billboard was honoring Adele and One Direction as top artist and top new artist, respectively, of 2012. But then again, that was before the world revisited the merits of…

  5. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  6. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the "…

  7. Parmalee Tops Country Airplay Chart With 'Carolina'

    December 10, 2013 1:35 PM EST The group is the first multi-member act since Florida Georgia Line to tally a first No. 1 Parmalee achieves its first leader on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay radio chart, as "Carolina" climbs 3-1. The band far outshines the peak rank of its lone prior entry, …

  8. Grammys 2014: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Lead Country Nominees

    December 07, 2013 9:52 AM EST As most year-end critics' lists will undoubtedly proclaim, 2013 has been a year where newcomer Kacey Musgraves has dazzled with a sound that is both traditional and irreverent. That being said, it's little surprise that the singer finished prominently in the Grammy nominations…

  9. Grammy Nominations Pop With Jay Z, Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    December 06, 2013 11:45 PM EST Culturally resonant singles received their due in the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards as songs and artists that dominated radio airplay, streaming and social media were represented in the four major categories. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List In selecting Daft…

  10. Grammy Nominations 2014: 10 Big Surprises

    December 06, 2013 11:31 PM EST From Sara Bareilles to Ariel Rechtshaid, see which artists offered the biggest shocks. This year's Grammy nominations -- unveiled live Friday night (Dec. 6) during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown To Music's Biggest night" show in Los Angeles --…

  11. Jon Pardi Keeps Country's Good Times Rolling With 'Up All Night'

    December 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Earlier this year, after his first single, "Missin' You Crazy," fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.…

  12. Will.i.am Warms-Up For World Tour With TV Special

    December 06, 2013 2:12 AM EST Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas member-turned-solo-star and a judge on the U.K. version of singing talent show "The Voice," will be the subject of a behind-the-scenes TV documentary special about his upcoming debut solo world tour. Shine International, part of Elisabeth Murdoch'…

  13. Garth Brooks Returns to Top Country Albums Summit

    December 05, 2013 5:20 PM EST The country icon scores his first No. 1 on the chart in six years with his new box set. Plus, Florida Georgia Line takes over atop Hot Country Songs Garth Brooks returns to Top Country Albums, as "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" debuts at No. 1 with 164,000…

  14. Grammy Predictions 2014: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 04, 2013 7:00 PM EST Expect big nights for JT, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde. But who else is striding into the major categories? On Friday night (Dec. 6), the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's…

  15. Phillip Phillips Artist Jukebox: Watch Him Share His Top 5 Songs of 2013

    December 04, 2013 1:05 PM EST With 2013 winding down, Phillip Phillips visited the Billboard studios and sat down with Billboard.com editor Tye Comer ( @MTye ) to discuss the huge year he's had, to listen to some of his music, and to share five songs that have been part of the soundtrack to his life in 2013, from…

  16. 615 Spotlight: 'The Voice' Alum Adley Stump 'Working My Butt Off,' Releases New EP

    December 04, 2013 1:05 PM EST Adley Stump has come a long way since "The Voice." The singer was featured on the show during its' second season, and says that she is proud to include the NBC series on her resume. "Overall, I feel very lucky to have been on the season that I was on," she tells…

  17. CMT's 'Artists of the Year' Special Honors Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line & More

    December 04, 2013 1:54 AM EST CMT's celebration of country music's top artists of 2013 was a complete dude fest. Whether it was saluting Tim McGraw as a more-relevant-than-ever trailblazer, acknowledging the genre's love-hate relationship with Florida Georgia Line, the precociousness of Hunter Hayes or the…

  18. Chart Highlights: Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Rihanna, Ricky Martin Score New No. 1s

    December 02, 2013 5:45 PM EST Also taking over Billboard charts: Martin Garrix, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Passenger, Joe Nichols and more. Plus, the Holiday Airplay chart returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  19. Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton Returning as ACM Awards Hosts

    December 02, 2013 5:15 PM EST Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are returning as hosts of next year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The country music stars teamed up last year and things went so well they're coming back for the April 6 awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The academy also announced Monday that…

  20. Colby Dee Drops 'Missed The Exit' EP

    November 28, 2013 4:00 PM EST Colby Dee continues to make impressive inroads on her path to stardom. The stunning songstress -- featured in "The 615 Spotlight" back in July -- has just issued her first EP, "Missed The Exit." "Honestly, this is my little baby," she tells Billboard. "It’s…

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