1. Justin Bieber's Grammy Snub: Why Did 'Believe' Get Overlooked?

    December 06, 2012 2:10 PM EST An Analysis of the teen superstar's lack of nominations. No Bieber, no Grammys. It's a simple statement that became an obvious Twitter hashtag the instant that the 55th annual Grammy Award nominations were announced on Wednesday night (Dec. 5) and 18-year-old pop superstar Justin…

  2. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift 's ninth week…

  3. Alicia Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 05, 2012 11:00 AM EST Alicia Keys crowns the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time in her career, as her fifth studio album "Girl On Fire" debuts atop the list with 159,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keys previously led the list with her first four albums (three studio sets and a live release)…

  4. Craig Campbell: 'Outta My Head' Was Sent to Him By Mistake

    November 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST Craig Campbell's phone has rung quite a bit, since his debut single "Family Man," hit radio a couple of years ago. But, sometimes, the phone call is for the other Craig Campbell in Music City -- one of the town's most respected publicists. The singer relates a story about…

  5. Demi Lovato, PSY & Diana Ross To Headline 'Christmas in Washington'

    November 29, 2012 3:15 PM EST "The X Factor" judge Demi Lovato , "Gangnam Style" sensation PSY and Diana Ross will headline the annual "Christmas in Washington" special airing Dec. 21 on TNT. 10 Hottest Holiday Albums of 2012 Late-night host Conan O'Brien will lead the telecast, to be…

  6. 10 Hottest Holiday Albums of 2012

    November 28, 2012 3:35 PM EST If it seems like everyone is putting out a Christmas album this year, it's no coincidence: holiday albums have become one of the few surefire ways to still sell music. Not only was Michael Buble's "Christmas" the second biggest seller last year, the top 200 holiday albums…

  7. Rihanna Gets First No. 1 Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut Top Five

    November 28, 2012 11:00 AM EST The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200 albums chart, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally. As earlier reported , Rihanna 's "Unapologetic" opens at No. 1 with 238,000 sold…

  8. Scotty McCreery Eyes More Christmas Albums in His Future

    November 27, 2012 11:15 AM EST Country Star Talks Holiday Favorites, Keith Urban on 'Idol,' and Next Studio Album: "I'm trying to put my own stamp on it" Usually, an artist will wait a few years before putting out a Christmas album. But not Scotty McCreery , who has just released the Yuletide…

  9. Haley Reinhart Is Latest 'Idol' Alum to Lose Major Label Deal

    November 21, 2012 9:40 AM EST "American Idol" season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart is the latest casualty of a major label deal cut short. Interscope Records, the Universal Music Group label with exclusive rights to alumni of the Fox show, is not picking up the 22-year-old singer's option for future recordings…

  10. Kip Moore's 'Beer' Bounces Up Country Charts, Jason Aldean Debuts Big

    October 25, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Kip Moore scores his second and quickest top 10 on the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart, as the artist's third single, "Beer Money," steps 11-10 in its 18th chart week. Moore's first to reach the upper tier was "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," which…

  11. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Rolls to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 24, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The country star motors to his first No. 1, while two other country males -- Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson -- also net top five debuts As forecasted a week ago,' "Locked Out of Heaven" ascends 22-9 with Greatest Gainer honors (106,000, up 99%). The lead single from Mars&…

  12. Brandy, Scotty McCreery Aiming For Top Five Debuts On Billboard 200 Chart

    October 20, 2012 9:30 AM EDT As previously reported, country star Jason Aldean is charging his way to a big debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the singer's "Night Train" is on course to shift around 400,000 (if not more) copies by the end of the tracking week on…

  13. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 17, 2012 7:49 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's "Night Train" is steamrolling its way to a big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources suggest that the album will sell around 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 21. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will…

  14. Muse's 'The 2nd Law' Leads Seven Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    October 10, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Miguel, Three Days Grace, Diana Krall, Cher Lloyd also crash this week's chart. Rock band Muse earns its highest charting album ever as "The 2nd Law" debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The set sold 101,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the…

  15. Mumford & Sons, Green Day, No Doubt Debut at Nos. 1-3 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The top three slots on the Billboard 200 chart get rocked this week as the rock bands Mumford & Sons , Green Day and No Doubt see their latest efforts start at Nos. 1-3, respectively. Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, "Babel," opens atop the list with 600,000 sold…

  16. Scotty McCreery: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 7:05 PM EDT No. 4: Scotty McCreery Last Year's Rank: 4 Birthdate: October 9, 1993 (age 18) Why He's Hot: Which country artist enjoyed the best first-week sales tally of 2011? Just a few months removed from winning "American Idol," Scotty McCreery became the answer to that question,…

  17. Mac Miller: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 7:00 PM EDT No. 5: Mac Miller Last Year's Rank: 6 Birthdate: January 19, 1992 (age 20) Why He's Hot: After Mac Miller enjoyed a breakout year in 2011 when his album, "Blue Slide Park," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, the Pittsburgh rapper continued his upward trajectory…

  18. Lady Antebellum Announces Christmas Album, 'On This Winter's Night'

    September 10, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Country superstars Lady Antebellum will follow its best-selling "Own The Night" album with its debut holiday full-length. "On This Winter's Night," out Oct. 22, will feature 11 holiday staples -- as well as a title track that's a Lady A original -- and expand…

  19. Nicki Minaj Brings Out Lil Wayne, Drake & More in NYC Pepsi Show

    August 15, 2012 3:15 PM EDT To those who think Nicki Mina j has fully immersed herself in pop, think again. Not to discredit the dabbling she's doing in the genre -- take a listen to the second half of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" -- but yesterday's free Nicki Minaj concert, sponsored by Pepsi and…

  20. Q&A: Queensryche Talks Lawsuit, Plans 'Return to History' Tour

    August 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's been a long, strange summer for rock that's heralded plenty of shocks. The news bulletins for 2012 include the overseas incarceration of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe; the deaths of such talents as Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and engineer George Marino; Van Halen's…

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