1. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  2. Maddie & Tae's 'Girl' Jumps Into Top 20 on Hot Country Songs

    August 07, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" hits a half-million in sales and Florida Georgia Line's Motley Crue cover debuts. Rookie duo Maddie & Tae make a notable jump on Hot Country Songs with their counterculture anthem "Girl In a Country Song," which leaps 26-16…

  3. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Debut Atop Artist 100

    August 07, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The group’s historic week continues after finally reaching the top of the Billboard 200 for the first time in its illustrious career. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 breaks into the Artist 100 top 10. 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers debut at No. 1 on the…

  4. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  5. Jason Aldean Named Top Digital Male Country Artist (Ever) By RIAA

    August 05, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Jason Aldean now owns the distinction of being the most downloaded dude in country music history. On Monday (Aug. 4), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that the star has notched over 21.5 million certified digital song downloads or on-demand streams, making him…

  6. Brigitte DeMeyer Explains How Gregg Allman Inspired 'Savannah Road'

    August 01, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Brigitte DeMeyer thought she had something special when she released her current album, Savannah Road , but the Americana-inspired artist tells Billboard she was not prepared for the attention the album has received from critics and fans alike -- not to mention one legendary fellow artist. …

  7. 5 Seconds of Summer Soar to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    July 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT The group takes over at the top, fueled by No. 1 start on the Billboard 200. Also jumping: OneRepublic and Jason Aldean. 5 Seconds of Summer jump 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, dethroning Sam Smith , who slips to No. 2 after two weeks at the top. The list, which launched three weeks…

  8. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  9. 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as the Australian group's self-titled full-length debut album arrives atop the list. The set sold 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan, following the album's release on July…

  10. Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair

    July 30, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears," says the Queen of Soul, who is scheduled to perform Thursday night. There may be plenty of opportunities for…

  11. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  12. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  13. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  14. Country Star Jason Aldean Gets Sexy on New 'Burnin' It Down' SIngle

    July 22, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Fans of Jason Aldean will want to hit iTunes or tune into their favorite radio station today. The country superstar released “Burnin’ It Down” -- the lead single from his sixth studio disc, due out before the end of the year. The seductive track marks a change in gears for Aldean, who has…

  15. Jason Aldean: 'Burn It Down' Tour Review

    July 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour gives the singer a chance to do things in a big way – and he took full advantage of that on Saturday (July 19) night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a bill that saw a possible trio of nominees for the upcoming CMA Entertainer of…

  16. Sunny Sweeney 'So Happy' With Latest Album 'Provoked'

    July 18, 2014 6:10 PM EDT It's been three years since the last album from Sunny Sweeney, and the songstress hopes that her fans are looking forward to the August 5 release of her third disc, "Provoked," as much as she is. "I am about to bust, I'm so happy," she exclaims to Billboard. …

  17. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande & More Pick Up New Teen Choice Awards Nominations

    July 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominees was unleashed late Thursday, and just like Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, Iggy Azalea leads the pack . The Australian rapper picked up five more nominations, in addition to her previous nod for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. Ariana…

  18. Sam Smith Tops Billboard Artist 100

    July 17, 2014 11:36 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter rises 2-1, fueled by continued strong album sales and another Hot 100 top 10 Sam Smith takes over atop the landmark new Billboard Artist 100 chart, rising 2-1.  The list, which launched last week, provides the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to…

  19. Florida Georgia Line's 'Dirt' Plows To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The duo blasts 40-1 and debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 11 with the first single from its sophomore album Florida Georgia Line cleans up with its highly-anticipated new single, "Dirt," the new No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The song rockets from No. 40 to No. 1…

  20. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

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