1. Thomas Rhett Makes Multi-Generational History On Country Airplay Chart

    October 15, 2013 11:05 AM EDT With 'It Goes Like This,' Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the chart's history with a parent that previously reigned as a soloist As "It Goes Like This" shoots 4-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett…

  2. Lorde, HAIM Bring Girl Power To Alternative

    October 11, 2013 1:05 PM EDT With the acts' debut full-length releases atop the rock and alternative album charts, pop production and female vocals have become more common at the formats "Girl power is definitely back in a big way at the alternative format," declares WROX Norfolk, Va., program…

  3. Tyler Farr Goes 'Redneck Crazy' Ahead of Debut

    September 27, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Tyler Farr has fond memories of his hometown of Garden City, MO, a "very rural town" he says, with a population of about 1,000. In Garden City you'll find "no red lights, no fast food, one diner, two gas stations – one beer, bait, and ammo shop – where you can go in and…

  4. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  5. Emmylou Harris, Shovels & Rope Win Big at Americana Awards

    September 19, 2013 9:56 AM EDT The power of two voices raised in harmony was on display Wednesday night at the Americana Music Honors & Awards as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the husband-wife duo Shovels & Rope earned top honors. Each duo won two awards during the annual roots rock celebration at Ryman…

  6. Woody Guthrie's Hometown to Rebuild Singer's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2013 9:03 PM EDT When Woody Guthrie's dilapidated boyhood home was ordered torn down in the late 1970s, the demolition reflected the strained relationship between conservative Oklahoma and the native son famous for his folk singing and progressive politics. Those tensions persisted for more than a…

  7. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  8. Kelly Clarkson Tweaks 'Pitchy Strippers' at VMAs Plus Other Celebrity Reactions

    August 26, 2013 2:08 PM EDT It's probably safe to say Kelly Clarkson was unimpressed by Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The three-time VMA winner didn't name any names but by the process of elimination, her latest tweet seems to tweak the 20-year-old twerker. Just saw a…

  9. Hugh Laurie Makes It 'Rain': Video Interview

    August 21, 2013 11:30 AM EDT The "House" actor talks to Billboard about his new album, "Didn't It Rain," the blues and the genius of Hank Sr. Hugh Laurie's second album, "Didn’t It Rain," debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 last week, selling 14,000 copies, according to…

  10. 'Breaking Bad' Character Playlist: 8 Songs For The Final Season

    August 09, 2013 2:30 PM EDT From Linkin Park to Taylor Swift, check out the tracks that capture the major characters on the AMC drama. On Sunday night (Aug. 11), AMC's "Breaking Bad" kicks off its final season, beginning the end of the road for the Emmy-winning drama about one likable man evolving…

  11. Vince Gill's 'Bakersfield' Tribute Hits Top Five on Country Albums

    August 08, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Vince Gill and steel guitar master Paul Franklin bow at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with "Bakersfield," a collaborative tribute set honoring the city's two biggest musical figures, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. With Hot Shot debut honors and…

  12. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  13. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Sets Record For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    August 01, 2013 12:42 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line sets the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's "Cruise" notches a 22nd cumulative week at the summit. With its latest week on top, the song passes three other titles that each led for 21…

  14. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Sets Record For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    August 01, 2013 3:26 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line sets the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's "Cruise" notches a 22nd cumulative week at the summit. With its latest week on top, the song passes three other titles that each led for 21…

  15. MLB To Fete Aretha Franklin at ‘Beacon Awards’

    July 25, 2013 11:53 PM EDT Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards on Aug. 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile before the annual Civil Rights Game. The White Sox…

  16. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Ties For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    July 24, 2013 2:19 PM EDT The song logs a 21st week at the summit, matching the mark for the longest command since the chart premiered, in its earliest form, in 1944 Florida Georgia Line matches the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's debut…

  17. Chart Highlights: Jonas Brothers, One Direction Debut On Pop Songs

    July 22, 2013 6:20 PM EDT The boy bands begin with new singles from forthcoming albums. Plus, new No. 1s for Robin Thicke, the Band Perry and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  18. Neal McCoy, 'Roll on Mississippi': Song Premiere From 'Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride'

    July 22, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Looking back on his career, Neal McCoy gives a lot of credit to the man who pushed him out into the spotlight as an opening act – Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride. "He stands taller than anyone else in my career," McCoy told Billboard. "I've been…

  19. Iconic Nashville Radio Station Dips Into the Archives for Live Album

    July 12, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Since the 650 signal blasted onto the airwaves in 1925, the call letters WSM have represented the best in American Music. Whether it be the pop music performed on the legendary "Waking Crew" show, morning shows featuring Hank Williams and Flatt & Scruggs, or the legendary…

  20. Stars Pray for Randy Travis After Brain Surgery

    July 12, 2013 12:28 AM EDT Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis on Thursday after he underwent brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. Travis remained in critical condition Thursday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain Wednesday night, publicist Kirt…

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