1. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  2. Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs

    March 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST The band takes its breakthrough single, 'Best Day of My Life,' to the top of the tally. Plus, moves for Pharrell, Cher, Mariah Carey, Ray LaMontagne, Juanes & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  3. '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…

  4. Cole Swindell Makes Record Start On Billboard 200

    February 27, 2014 12:17 PM EST The singer scores the highest debut for a non-"American Idol" country male in the chart's history. Plus, moves for Home Free, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert and more Cole Swindell makes a record start on the Billboard 200, and joins a throng of rookie male artists that have…

  5. Needtobreathe Appearing on Upcoming Episode of 'Hart of Dixie'

    February 21, 2014 9:45 PM EST Needtobreathe will make its TV series debut on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” in May. The band will perform its current single "The Heart" in the Rammer Jammer restaurant, where many of the show's events take place. The scene tapes on Monday (Feb. 24). They performed the song on …

  6. Cole Swindell Scores First Hot Country Songs No. 1

    February 20, 2014 5:40 PM EST The singer reigns with "Chillin' It," his debut hit. Plus, moves for Eric Church, Frankie Ballard and Scotty McCreery, while a nearly five-year-old Carrie Underwood song surges thanks to a viral video Cole Swindell tops Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with his debut…

  7. Eric Paslay Debuts In Country Albums Chart's Top Five

    February 13, 2014 3:10 PM EST The singer's debut set bows, fueled by hit single 'Friday Night.' Plus, moves for Brantley Gilbert, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and more Singer/songwriter Eric Paslay makes his first appearance on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut set, which…

  8. Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes Show Grammy Growth On Country Charts

    February 06, 2014 4:05 PM EST The singers translate Grammy Awards exposure into sizable chart gains. Plus, moves for Eric Church, Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan The first complete airplay/streaming/sales tracking week following the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards yields noteworthy results for Kacey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. Musgraves&…

  9. Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 29, 2014 10:46 AM EST The nominations were announced for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday morning (Jan. 29), and two of the format's veteran performers found at the top of the nominations list. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE 2014 ACM Awards! Billboard's ACM Awards Live Blog! ACM…

  10. Carrie Underwood Tops Forbes List of Top-Earning 'American Idol' Alums

    January 14, 2014 5:15 PM EST And the winner is... Carrie Underwood, for being "American Idol"'s top-earning alum, according to Forbes' annual list . The country singer raked in approximately $31 million between June 2012 through June 2013, playing 100 shows on tour and signing endorsement deals with…

  11. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  12. Stars Pick Favorite Albums of 2013: Watch Ed Sheeran, R. Kelly, Austin Mahone & More Share

    December 19, 2013 1:36 PM EST With 2013 coming to a close, dozens of music stars (R. Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Austin Mahone, Daughtry, Stevie Nicks, Scotty McCreery, Tyga and more) from all genres revealed their favorite albums of the year for Billboard's cameras -- and you can catch all of their choices in the video…

  13. Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood Among Newest Cancellations at SeaWorld

    December 14, 2013 6:18 PM EST Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery and .38 Special among the only artists left on the bill. SeaWorld continues to come under scrutiny as more and more musicians back out of its Brews, Bands and BBQ concert series amid petitions and protests stemming from the documentary film "Blackfish."…

  14. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST A duo that wasn't even signed to a major label two years ago dominates Billboard's year-end country charts Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label…

  15. 'Duck,' Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith Storm Top Country Albums

    November 07, 2013 4:35 PM EST A trio of albums debuts in the top three for just the third time in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Plus, Florida Georgia Line lands in the Hot Country Songs top 10 again For only the third time in the 22-year Nielsen SoundScan era, three titles debut in the top three of Top Country Albums, led…

  16. Pop Shop Podcast: Katy Perry, Eminem, Lady Gaga & More

    October 24, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's brand-new, 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…

  17. Scotty McCreery, Luke Bryan Highlight Country Chart Action

    October 24, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Former 'American Idol' champ McCreery earns a chart achievement not managed since 1993, while Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a 10th week Scotty McCreery becomes the second solo male to debut at No. 1 with his first two non-seasonal sets of original material in the nearly 50…

  18. Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney, the Avett Brothers and more score Top 10 debuts Pearl Jam captures its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lightning Bolt" strikes atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pearl Jam's '…

  19. Avett Brothers, Paul McCartney Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 18, 2013 8:13 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album, while rock legend Paul McCartney is heading for the top five with his new effort, "New." Also aiming for the top five: Avett Brothers, with its latest release, "Magpie and the Dandelion.…

  20. Scotty McCreery On The Ride for Album No. 2: It ‘Pretty Much Has To Be My Wave Now’

    October 18, 2013 3:31 AM EDT Scotty McCreery rode his 2011 "American Idol" win to a platinum album and several new artist awards. With his second album, "See You Tonight," McCreery says his career is now in his hands alone. "We have been off the show for 2 1/2 years," the 20-year-old said.…

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