1. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Win Big at CMT Music Awards

    June 05, 2013 11:18 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean take home CMT Belt Buckles Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert doubled up on trophies, and Carrie Underwood claimed the biggest Buckle in the Bible Belt during Wednesday's CMT Music Awards, a prologue to the four-day CMA…

  2. Mariah Carey Announces Album Release Date

    June 05, 2013 5:30 PM EDT "The New Era Begins," the "#Beautiful" singer posts on Twitter. Mariah Carey's thirteenth studio album has a release date: the pop superstar revealed that her next full-length is due out on July 23, and Island Def Jam has confirmed the date. "The New Era Begins…

  3. 615 Picks: Taylor Swift Poised to Win Big (Again) at CMT Music Awards

    June 05, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Tonight's CMT Music Awards, airing live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, promises to pack a diverse musical punch. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean, the show will feature performances from many of the top stars of the genre, including Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker,…

  4. Michael Jackson Lawsuit Is Extortion Attempt, AEG Live CEO Says

    June 05, 2013 8:54 AM EDT The head of AEG Live told a jury on Tuesday that he believes a lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against the concert promotion company was a baseless extortion attempt. CEO Randy Phillips also said the company bears no responsibility for Jackson's 2009 death, as his mother…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: How Radio Helped Create Zach Sobiech's Hot 100 Hit 'Clouds'

    May 31, 2013 6:30 PM EDT KSTP Minneapolis PD Leighton Peck discusses the station's special relationship with the late singer/songwriter. Plus, Elvis Presley extends a Billboard 200 record and Florida Georgia Line makes waves at pop radio As previously reported , "Clouds" by late singer/songwriter…

  6. Nicki Minaj Confirms 'American Idol' Exit

    May 31, 2013 9:24 AM EDT Rapper Nicki Minaj followed Mariah Carey's lead on Thursday afternoon,announcing via Twitter, "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!" Randy Jackson had previously announced…

  7. Darius Rucker Debuts At No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    May 30, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Darius Rucker posts his third consecutive leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "True Believers" debuts at No. 1 with 83,000 sold, his second-best weekly sales sum, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rucker recorded his biggest week when "Charleston, SC 1966…

  8. Emails Reflect AEG's Execs' Concern On Michael Jackson's Health, Court Told

    May 30, 2013 5:13 AM EDT Jurors hearing a lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live LLC have been shown emails in which top company executives expressed fears about Michael Jackson's health and the amount of time they had to get the singer prepared for his ill-fated series of comeback tours. The messages were…

  9. Jennifer Hudson in Talks to Judge 'American Idol'

    May 27, 2013 5:22 PM EDT The American Idol season 13 judges panel is starting to come together. A source close to the dealings tells The Hollywood Reporter that former finalist Jennifer Hudson is in negotiations to fill one of the three seats. Vulture had previously reported that she was in the running as part of…

  10. Pop Shop Picks: Little Big Town, Arianna, Axwell & More

    May 24, 2013 4:17 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! LITTLE BIG TOWN "Your…

  11. Email Warned of Michael Jackson’s Waning Health, Court Told

    May 24, 2013 7:57 AM EDT A stage manager working on Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concert warned an AEG executive days before the star's death that he was in a physical and mental decline and needed help, according to an email shown to jurors Thursday in court. "I have watched…

  12. Muse to Perform at 'World War Z' Premiere

    May 23, 2013 9:46 PM EDT Muse, whose music is being used in Paramount's "World War Z," will perform for 15,000 fans after the premiere of the film on June 2 in London. In an unprecedented marriage of a full-scale concert and a film premiere, Muse will perform at Horse Guards Parade Ground, St. James…

  13. Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' Headed For Hot 100 Debut

    May 23, 2013 6:32 PM EDT The song from the singer/songwriter, who passed away Monday at 18, could launch in the Hot 100's top 20 next week "Clouds," by late singer/songwriter Zach Sobiech, appears headed for a potentially high debut on next week's Billboard Hot 100, possibly in the top…

  14. Marianas Trench, Drake Lead 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards with six nominations,…

  15. Johnny Cash Museum an 'Indescribable' Experience, Says Brother Tommy

    May 22, 2013 1:00 PM EDT The Johnny Cash Museum, located in downtown Nashville, had its soft opening in late April, but will be throwing an all-day Grand Opening event on May 30. For founder Bill Miller, the opening marks the end of a long process -- one that has taken a lot of twists and turns since they began the…

  16. Zach Sobiech, Terminally Ill Singer Who Channeled His Story Into 'Clouds', Dies at 18

    May 21, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Zach Sobiech, the aspiring young artist who recorded “Clouds,” an inspirational song which dealt with his battle against a rare and terminal form of cancer, has succumbed to his illness. Sobiech, who was just 18, finally lost his battle this week with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. But not…

  17. No Background Check on Michael Jackson's Doctor, Says Lawyer

    May 21, 2013 9:22 PM EDT AEG Live LLC did not conduct any background checks or supervise the doctor who was later convicted of killing Michael Jackson, a corporate attorney testified Tuesday in a lawsuit claiming the concert promoter was negligent in hiring the physician. AEG Live General Counsel Shawn Trell told…

  18. 'The Voice' Top 10 Critique Song Choices, Talk Most Stressful Moments

    May 21, 2013 4:40 PM EDT The top 10 finalists of "The Voice" came out with performances Monday that ranged from acceptable to polished, a sign that in its fourth season, "The Voice" may have its strongest overall class yet. Based on Monday's show, observed live inside the studio on the…

  19. AEG Attorney: Kenny Ortega Worked Without Contract on Jackson Concert

    May 20, 2013 9:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson's doctor was not the only person working on the singer's ill-fated "This Is It" tour without a fully executed contract, a corporate attorney for concert promoter AEG Live LLC testified Monday. The tour's director Kenny Ortega was being paid based on…

  20. Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio Join 'The X-Factor' as Judges

    May 20, 2013 7:54 PM EDT In the continuing game of singing competition musical chairs, "The X-Factor" announced its new lineup of judges in preparation for the show's return this fall. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly , longtime Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin star…

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