1. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  2. Jamie Lynn Spears, Florida Georgia Line Crack Hits at City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

    June 08, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Team Opry edges Team iHeart with 13-11 victory at the 24th annual match during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Bobby Bones also hit the field Chase Rice is currently making waves these days with his current EP Ready Set Roll, but should he…

  3. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  4. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  5. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  6. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  7. Scotty McCreery Robbery Suspect Arrested

    May 07, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Authorities have arrested a suspect in the home invasion robbery of country singer Scotty McCreery and his friends. Mikkail Jamal Shaw, 19, has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy after he turned himself in Tuesday night, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said in a statement. It wasn&…

  8. Scotty McCreery Victimized By Home Invasion

    May 05, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Police say country music singer Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he is a student. Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says officers were called shortly before 2 a.m. today (May 5) to an apartment about…

  9. Bubbling Under: Oh Honey Buzzes, David Fanning Freshens Justin Timberlake's 'Drink'

    April 25, 2014 10:56 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: Oh Honey, David Fanning and Jillette Johnson   Oh Honey Brooklyn's Oh Honey, aka Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins, is sweetening…

  10. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Springs Up Dance Charts to Top 10

    April 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT The lead single from Harris' forthcoming album posts video-aided gains. Plus, chart moves for Disclosure, David Guetta, Dada Life, SOHN and Scotty Boy The momentum of Calvin Harris' "Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and…

  11. Chart Highlights: Jason Derulo Dominates Pop Songs With 'Talk Dirty'

    April 14, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The singer scores his first format leader since 2010. Plus, new No. 1s for the Black Keys, Jerrod Niemann 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. All…

  12. ACM Awards 2014 Red Carpet Show: Watch Live Now

    April 06, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Watch the ACM Awards' red carpet show live right here, right now! 2014 ACM AWARDS | NEWS, PHOTOS, WINNERS & MORE ACM Awards: Show Photos ACM Awards Full Winners List Shakira & Blake Shelton Duet Stevie Nicks & Lady Antebellum Rock 'Rhiannon' 2015 ACM Awards…

  13. Darius Rucker, Scotty McCreery and More Take a Swing at ACM Golf Benefit

    April 06, 2014 2:09 AM EDT The clubs were a-flying Saturday morning in Las Vegas, as Darius Rucker hosted the 2014 ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas. "It's such a great cause," said Rucker, who also hosted the event last year. "They do such great work, and to be a part…

  14. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum to Pay Tribute to Musical Influences at ACMs

    April 05, 2014 7:34 PM EDT At least two of the many artists slated to perform at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are looking forward to the chance to show their love and appreciation for some of the artists that have inspired them in their musical careers. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE Charles Kelley, whose…

  15. George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, David Nail Added as ACM Presenters

    April 05, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Country stars David Nail, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood have been added as presenters for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced.  ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE ACM Awards Lineup: Eric Church, Toby…

  16. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win The Top Categories?

    April 04, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take this place this Sunday night (Apr. 6) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Billboard will be there, providing coverage from the show – as well as aspects of the evening that you won't see on the CBS telecast. Blake…

  17. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  18. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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,…

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