1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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."…

  6. 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…

  7. '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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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 '…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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.…

  13. Pearl Jam Heading for Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Lightning Bolt'

    October 16, 2013 8:18 PM EDT Pearl Jam is on course for its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the band's latest album, "Lightning Bolt," will sell around 170,000 to 180,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 20. That should easily be enough…

  14. Scotty McCreery, 'See You Tonight': Track-By-Track Review

    October 14, 2013 10:45 AM EDT Scotty McCreery's debut, "Clear as Day," was one of the biggest-selling albums released in country music during 2011. Of course, coming on the heels of his "American Idol" win, the album was put together very quickly. For his follow-up, he (along with producers…

  15. Tyler Farr, Luke Bryan Dominate Country Charts

    October 10, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Farr launches on Top Country Albums at No. 2, while Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for an eighth week So Farr, so good: Tyler Farr becomes the third newcomer this year to debut at No. 2 or higher on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "Redneck Crazy" arrives with 29,000…

  16. Justin Timberlake Scores His Second No. 1 Album Of 2013

    October 09, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Lorde, Tyler Farr and HAIM also guide new albums to Top 10 debuts. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Justin Timberlake achieves the uncommon feat of earning two different No. 1 albums in less than a year. His new release, "The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2," starts at No.…

  17. Gordon Mote Gets Love From Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and More on Latest Album

    October 03, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Gordon Mote -- one of Nashville’s most in-demand session players -- is also one of Gospel music’s most talented artists, which he shows on his new album, "All Things New." The disc gives him a chance to show off his talented family, especially on the emotional "For You,"…

  18. Phillip Phillips: 'American Idol's' Latest Million-Seller

    September 28, 2013 11:28 AM EDT This week, Fox TV's "American Idol" series yields back-to-back million-selling debut albums from its winners for the first time since 2008. 2012 champ Phillip Phillips sold another 4,000 copies of his debut set "The World From the Side of the Moon" this past week…

  19. 21 Under 21: Music's Hottest Minors 2013

    September 25, 2013 12:26 PM EDT 0 They've got hit records, millions of fans, and the kind of success most musicians only dream of -- and they can't even legally uncork a bottle of champagne to celebrate their success. Welcome to Billboard.com's 2013 edition of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking…

  20. 7. Austin Mahone: 21 Under 21 (2013)

    September 25, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Last Year's Ranking: Ones to Watch Birthdate: April 4, 1996 (age 17) Why He's Hot: Austin Mahone has officially crossed over after spending years growing a fan base through YouTube performance and social media. This year, the rising pop singer scored his first-ever Hot 100 single…

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