1. Kellie Pickler Performs New Songs to Close Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 08, 2011 1:39 PM EDT The two-day Billboard Country Music Summit, held in Nashville this week, ended with a rousing performance by Kellie Pickler at Tuesday evening's closing reception, which was hosted by Sony Music Nashville. The Renaissance Hotel ballroom that had hosted a series of roundtables the night…

  2. Kenny Chesney Video Q&A: On Touring, Music and Keeping Fans Happy

    June 08, 2011 1:16 PM EDT It's hard to believe that at one time, Kenny Chesney played in a bar in Brownwood, Texas on his 30th birthday and no one came. "It happened," Chesney assured Billboard's Ray Waddell in an interview at the annual Billboard Country Music Summit, held in Nashville Monday and…

  3. 'The Voice' Debuts Live with Team Aguilera Vs. Team Shelton

    June 08, 2011 1:08 PM EDT C hristina Aguilera was a ball of energy backstage Tuesday (June 7) when "The Voice" wrapped its first live show, as the singer shared her thoughts on her team's performance with a crammed line of journalists. "Tonight I saw enormous growth," Aguilera told Billboard…

  4. Carrie Underwood Video Q&A: On Scotty McCreery, Grand Ole Opry & Her New Album

    June 07, 2011 8:26 AM EDT From her beginnings as an "American Idol" champ to her multi-platinum country success to her recent foray into acting, Carrie Underwood covered a lot of ground during a Monday afternoon Q&A with Billboard's Senior Chart Manager Wade Jessen at Billboard's Country Music…

  5. Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina Sign with Mercury Nashville

    June 06, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina have officially gone from "American Idol" country darlings to labelmates. The season 10 champion and runner-up have signed record deals with Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope to release their debut albums, it was announced Monday (June 6).…

  6. POTW: Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne

    June 03, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez got cozy on vacation, Lady Gaga did her flying nun impression, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery went to Disneyland, and Queen Latifah and Lil Wayne hit the NBA finals. It all happened this week and we've got the pics to prove it. SEE THE…

  7. Adele Cancels Remaining U.S. Tour Dates Due to Illness

    June 03, 2011 2:50 PM EDT British singer Adele has scrapped the remaining nine dates of her sold-out North American tour due to laryngitis. She already had postponed five shows under doctor's orders following her recent diagnosis. While resting in Los Angeles, she met with an Otolaryngology specialist who…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making…

  9. Billboard Bits: Justin Timberlake On Britney Spears, Bjork Releases Details of iPad Album

    June 01, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Timberlake on Britney Spears: 'I Just Don't Think We Were Normal' In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands tomorrow (June 2), Justin Timberlake dishes on his girlfriends, including…

  10. 'Idols' Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina Top Hot 100 Debuts, Adele Still No. 1

    June 01, 2011 4:05 PM EDT A dele 's "Rolling in the Deep" banks a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 2) on Billboard.com, while this year's "American Idol" champion and runner-up roar in with top 20 debuts. "Deep" ascends 2-1 on Radio…

  11. Lady Gaga Tops Billboard 200, Brad Paisley Arrives at No. 2

    June 01, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A s previously reported , Lady Gaga comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as her "Born This Way" set sold 1,108,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. That marks the largest sales week for any album since 2005 and the 17th set to shift a million…

  12. Scotty McCreery Makes Historic Start, Lauren Alaina Bows On Country Songs

    May 30, 2011 11:05 AM EDT After winning the 10th season of "American Idol" Wednesday (May 25), Scotty McCreery blasts onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart at No. 32 with coronation track "I Love You This Big." McCreery performed the song after hearing host Ryan Seacrest…

  13. 'Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Aiming For Hot 100's Top 10

    May 27, 2011 3:09 PM EDT Now that "American Idol" has crowned 17-year old Scotty McCreery as its latest winner , how is his coronation single, "I Love You This Big," selling? Presently, industry prognosticators are projecting that the single may sell around 180,000 downloads by the end of the…

  14. 'American Idol': Lee DeWyze, Nigel Lythgoe Feud Heats Up

    May 27, 2011 1:05 PM EDT It seems there was actually more drama happening off the stage at the "American Idol" finale Wednesday (May 25) night. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Best Performances (Video) After the taping of the show -- which saw Scotty McCreery crowned the Season 10 champ -- executive…

  15. 'Idol' Q&A: Scotty McCreery on His 'Crazy Ride,' Debut Album, Lauren Alaina's Kiss

    May 26, 2011 1:45 PM EDT As expected, deep-voiced country phenom Scotty McCreery defeated Lauren Alaina and took home the "American Idol" season 10 crown last night (May 25), making him the fourth straight male winner in the competition. Although Lauren's performance of "Like My Mother Does"…

  16. 'American Idol' Finale Ratings Up 17% from Last Year

    May 26, 2011 12:20 PM EDT This year's "American Idol" season 10 finale was up 9 percent in the demo and 17 percent in total viewers from 2010, according to preliminary numbers. It rated an 8.9 in the all-important 18 to 49 demo, with 28.2 million viewers. Last year, 24.2 million tuned in. Scotty…

  17. Beyonce Performs New Song, '1 + 1': Watch

    May 26, 2011 11:50 AM EDT B eyoncé is undoubtedly having the best week ever. Coming off of a breathtaking performance of "Run the World (Girls) at the '2011 Billboard Music Awards,' Bey' wrapped her tips around a mic for yet another performance. At last night's 'American Idol' Season…

  18. 'American Idol' Runner-Up Lauren Alaina: 'I Knew Scotty Was Gonna Win'

    May 26, 2011 11:15 AM EDT L auren Alaina may have lost "American Idol" -- but she still feels like a winner after singing with Carrie Underwood . "Carrie has been my Idol since she was on this show in Scotty's position," Alaina told reporters in the press room after Wednesday night's show…

  19. 'American Idol' Finale: The 10 Best Performances (Video)

    May 25, 2011 11:27 PM EDT With a performance lineup as star-studded as any award show, the "American Idol" season 10 finale boasted plenty of buzzworthy moments besides the crowning of its new winner, Scotty McCreery. Everyone from 6) James Durbin & Judas Priest, "Living After Midnight" & …

  20. Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' Season 10

    May 25, 2011 10:25 PM EDT Scotty McCreery, whose deep, syrupy voice has been compared to that of Josh Turner, was crowned season 10's "American Idol" on tonight's (May 25) live finale. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Best Performances (Video) Photos: 'American Idol' Season Finale…

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