1. Blake Battling Babs for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Blake Shelton is in the hunt for his second No. 1 album, but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way Blake Shelton might nab his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Bringing Back the Sunshine … that is, unless Barbra Streisand ’s Partners puts up a fight. Blake…

  2. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as…

  3. Pop Shop Podcast: Tove Lo on ‘Habits’ Hot 100 Run, Katy Perry’s Dancing & Refusing To Censor Lyrics

    October 02, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts 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. Darius Rucker's 'Homegrown Honey' Video Shows a Country Girl Conquering New York City

    October 02, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Darius Rucker -- a Grammy winner as a member of Hootie and the Blowfish and as a smooth country singer -- released a new video for his single "Homegrown Honey." Watch it below. "Homegrown Honey" features an easy to remember refrain: "Honey, honey, honey, you'…

  5. Meghan Trainor Hits No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Fueled by the success of 'All About That Bass,' Trainor travels 3-1 on the tally. Plus, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett enter in the top 20. Meghan Trainor takes over as the top artist in the U.S., rising 3-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  6. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' Debuts at No. 1

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bennett and Gaga edges out Kenny Chesney, who debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga. The standards album,…

  7. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  8. Kenny Chesney Brings 'American Kids' to 'Conan'

    September 30, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Kenny Chesney, who recently released his new album The Big Revival , stopped by Conan last night to play his latest hit, "American Kids." Watch the video below: "American Kids" peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100 , and it's currently No. 3 on Hot Country Songs . Chesney…

  9. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  10. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  11. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are battling for No. 1 Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with…

  12. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  13. Quotes of the Week: Madonna and Nicki Werk It, Lorde’s Makeup Mishap and More

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT "We go hard or we go home we gon' do this all night long! #werk" Madonna hit the town with rap's reigning queen Nicki Minaj , posting an Instagram of their adventures and captioning the pic with a hashtag that suggests a possible collabo. "I can’t stop farting today…

  14. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  15. Morning Roundup: Mary J. Blige Performs New Songs & 9 More Stories to Know

    September 25, 2014 10:18 AM EDT PornHub Records reveals itself: Not content with helping to briefly boost Coolio’s admittedly flaccid career a couple months ago, PornHub is launching its own record label , debuting with a talent contest open to all comers, from flute-based folk to classic hardcore. Kendrick Respects His…

  16. Kenny Chesney Heading for Eighth No. 1 Album

    September 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s new duets album may debut at No. 2. Country superstar Kenny Chesney is heading for his eighth No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his new set, The Big Revival , may sell around 125,000 to 135,000 copies in the week…

  17. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  18. Album Review: Kenny Chesney Mixes Country Salvation With a Good Time on ‘The Big Revival’

    September 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Like Jimmy Buffett in a cowboy hat, Kenny Chesney keeps assuring us there's virtually no problem that a cold beer on a tropical island won't set right. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems isn’t just the title of his 2002 multimillion-selling album -- it's Chesney's motto.…

  19. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  20. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

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