1. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert Pop Corks On Country Charts

    March 06, 2014 4:54 PM EST The former's 'Riser' shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the latter's 'Bottoms Up' is the toast of Hot Country Songs Dierks Bentley nets his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "Riser" arrives with 63,000 sold, according…

  2. ACM Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Set to Perform

    March 06, 2014 1:06 PM EST The first round of performers for next month's ACM Awards has been announced, and there's no shortage of star-wattage for the annual country music blowout. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and The Band Perry -- all nominees this…

  3. Pop Shop Podcast: ScHoolboy Q, MKTO Interview, Iggy Azalea & More

    March 06, 2014 11:05 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  4. Andre 3000 Is Jimi Hendrix: Watch First Clip

    March 06, 2014 10:15 AM EST A clip from the Jimi Hendrix biopic "All Is By My Side," starring Outkast's Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) has surfaced online ahead of the film's SXSW screening. In the video, Benjamin's Hendrix is shown flirting with Imogen Poots' Linda Keith, onetime…

  5. 2NE1 Sets New U.S. Record for Highest-Charting, Best-Selling K-Pop Album With 'Crush'

    March 05, 2014 9:55 PM EST The female quartet snags the accomplishment without revealing any album material prior K-pop notches its biggest sales week yet for an album, thanks to 2NE1. The girl group's new album "Crush" opens at No. 61 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,000 copies in the week…

  6. Girls' Generation Hits the Billboard 200

    March 05, 2014 8:32 PM EST The girl group's new EP surpasses America's previously highest-charting K-pop album For the first time as all nine members, Girls' Generation earns a spot on the Billboard 200 with its new EP, "Mr. Mr." The all-Korean set hits No. 110, selling just over 3…

  7. Jewel Recording 'Pieces'-Inspired Album

    March 05, 2014 7:07 PM EST Jewel launches a crowdfunding campaign to bring fans to Nashville to watch her "make a record that is really pure and me" … The singer-songwriter also tells Billboard she's writing an autobiography Jewel's next album will be a companion piece to her 12-times platinum 1995…

  8. Keith Urban Unveils T-Shirt Line With a Purpose

    March 05, 2014 4:52 PM EST Sure, Simon Cowell and his signature black crew-neck tees may seem ancient to "American Idol" viewers, now that Keith Urban is officially the singing show's reigning T-shirt king. And now, the country singer has launched his own line of graphic tees. By Keith Urban -- which…

  9. Rick Ross, Pharrell Aiming for Top Spots on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 05, 2014 4:10 PM EST Rick Ross is on course for his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rap king's just-released set, "Mastermind," may sell between 150,000 and 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 9 (so say industry forecasters). Meanwhile, the red-hot Pharrell -…

  10. ScHoolboy Q's 'Oxymoron' Debuts at No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST As forecast, ScHoolboy Q's major-label debut,"Oxymoron," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the new album is ScHoolboy Q's first in a joint…

  11. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  12. 2NE1 Vs. Girls' Generation: K-Pop Girl Group Battle Raging on the Charts

    February 28, 2014 9:22 PM EST Both acts are expected to make impressive debuts As two of K-pop's biggest international acts, Girls' Generation and 2NE1 dropping albums within days of each other was sure to stir up a competitive chart battle in both their native South Korea and abroad. According to early chart…

  13. Romeo Santos and Kid Cudi Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 28, 2014 8:15 PM EST The Latin artist and rapper would follow ScHoolboy Q, whose "Oxymoron" is expected to hit No. 1 The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo Santos, Beck and Dierks Bentley. ScHoolboy Q&…

  14. Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Hits 1 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:00 PM EST The album is the first debut by a woman to sell a million copies since 2011 Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album has crossed the 1 million sales mark, becoming the first debut set to do so since last October. The set rises 7-6 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling another 30…

  15. No 'Ordinary' Year: Most Oscar Song Nominees Are Hot 100 Hits

    February 28, 2014 4:57 PM EST As U2's "Ordinary Love" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, the song becomes the third of this year's four Academy Award nominees for best original song to reach the tally. This is the first time since 1998 where three of the year's song nominees have…

  16. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  17. 'American Idol' Lands New Low for a Winner's Debut Album

    February 28, 2014 2:48 PM EST After a number of delays, Candice Glover's debut album, "Music Speaks," has arrived on the Billboard 200 starting at No. 14. It's the 2013 "American Idol" winner's first album, and sold 19,000 copies in its first week (ending Feb. 23), according to Nielsen…

  18. Bubbling Under: Broods' 'Bridges' Crosses To Radio

    February 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Broods, Hozier and KES Broods Auckland, New Zealand, brother-sister duo Broods (Caleb and Georgia Nott) close in on the Alternative Songs…

  19. Rick Springfield Announces Tour With Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

    February 28, 2014 9:00 AM EST Rick Springfield will take a break from his own solo tour this summer to co-headline a multi-city trek with old friends and fellow hitmakers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Springfield, Benatar and Giraldo will launch the tour June 29 at Raleigh's Red Hat Amphitheater with additional dates…

  20. Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald Record Country Album With Brad Paisley, Sara Evans

    February 28, 2014 8:00 AM EST The classic rock veterans are collaborating with Zac Brown, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Love and Theft and more for a country tribute album Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and Sara Evans are among the country acts teaming with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new…

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