1. Dan + Shay First Rookie Duo to Debut At No. 1 on Country Albums Chart

    April 10, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The pair does what no other twosome has done in the chart's 50-year history: debut at the summit with a first album. Plus, chart action for Josh Thompson, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and more Dan + Shay become the first rookie duo to arrive at No. 1 on Billboard's Top…

  2. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  3. Band Perry, Kellie Pickler and More Gather for 'All-Star Salute to the Troops'

    April 08, 2014 9:35 AM EDT When The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler and other top country acts took the stage last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops they did more than perform for the military, they gave some of the men and…

  4. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Crash the Party and Win Big at ACM Awards

    April 06, 2014 11:20 PM EDT It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the night, while George Strait repeated his…

  5. Bubbling Under: Nico & Vinz Move In Right Direction With 'Am I Wrong'

    April 04, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Nico & Vinz, SomeKindaWonderful and Joe Bachman   Nico & Vinz After scoring success with its single "Am I Wrong" in…

  6. Johnny Cash Debuts at No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    April 03, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Johnny Cash scores his second posthumous No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Out Among the Stars," his 10th leader overall and first in nearly eight years. The set is a collection of unreleased songs produced in the early '80s by famed Nashville studio man…

  7. Dan + Shay Q&A, 'First Time Feeling' (Warehouse Sessions): Video Exclusive

    April 02, 2014 7:07 PM EDT The "19 You + Me" country duo does an acoustic take on "First Time Feeling" in this exclusive clip. Fresh-faced Warner Bros. Nashville duo Dan + Shay released their debut album, "Where It All Began," earlier this week, and the "19 You + Me" singers…

  8. Brad Paisley to Debut New Single at ACM Awards

    April 02, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are set to perform together and Brad Paisley will show off his new single at this weekend's 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Other newly announced performers include Lee Brice, Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker. More presenters for the CBS…

  9. Blake Shelton Sets No. 1 Record, Debuts Duet With Shakira On Country Airplay Chart

    April 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Shelton scores an unprecedented 11th consecutive leader with 'Doin' What She Likes,' while his and Shakira's 'Medicine' arrives Blake Shelton rewrites the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the history of the Nielsen BDS-based Billboard Country…

  10. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  11. The Band Perry to Open ACM Awards

    March 28, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Country trio The Band Perry have been announced as the opening act at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music. The family band will rock their new single "Chainsaw" on the April 6 telecast, which will also feature a tribute to Merle Haggard and a performance by Hunter Hayes. They…

  12. Luke Bryan, Randy Houser Crack Hot Country Songs Top 10

    March 27, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The singers score their 15th and fourth top 10s, respectively. Plus, moves for Dan + Shay, Brantley Gilbert, Jo Dee Messina and more Luke Bryan and Randy Houser freshen up the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart , as Bryan's "Play It Again" flies 18-9 and Houser&…

  13. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously stepped up her judging game, dispensing…

  15. Tyler, The Creator Arrested After SXSW Riot Incident: Watch

    March 15, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Austin police say the rapper incited a riot at the fest last Thursday Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during his show at the Scoot Inn at South By Southwest music festival. Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future…

  16. Hunter Hayes to Attempt to Break Record for Concerts Played in 24 Hours

    March 15, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Hunter Hayes is out to break the record of live concert endurance. In the name of fighting child hunger, he'll attempt to break the Guinness World Record of concerts played in a 24-hour period this May. More Hunter Hayes: Hunter Hayes Partners With ConAgra Foods, P&G to Fight Child…

  17. Astrella, Donovan's Daughter, Talks Bringing Luxury Music Tees To Bloomingdale's

    March 14, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Astrella, the fashion designer and daughter of psych-pop legend Donovan, will be bringing her line of luxury music t-shirts to Bloomingdale's next month, with the tees featuring classic album covers and coming equipped with a scannable barcode that allows the buyer to download the…

  18. Bubbling Under: Fun. Side Project Bleachers Rise At Alternative

    March 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Bleachers, Clean Bandit and Joshua Scott Jones   Bleachers Fun.'s Jack Antonoff flies onto the Alternative Songs chart with new side…

  19. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  20. Eli Young Band Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums Chart

    March 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The act joins David Nail and Kevin Fowler in setting new bests on the ranking A trio of artists set new career benchmarks in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, led by Eli Young Band's first No. 1 and best career sales week. The group's fifth album, "10,000…

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