1. 8. Scotty McCreery: 21 Under 21 (2013)

    September 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Last Year's Rank: 4 Birthdate: October 9, 1993 (Age 19) Why He's Hot: Scotty McCreery will be celebrating his 20th birthday a little bit differently than most people his age. Just six days after he officially leaves his teens, the North Carolina native will release "See You…

  2. Scotty McCreery Sets 'See You Tonight' Album Date

    August 27, 2013 11:46 AM EDT Country star Scotty McCreery will release his sophomore album, "See You Tonight," on Oct. 15. The album marks a "big step" forward for the former "American Idol" winner, who co-wrote five of the 13 new songs. "I have been writing for a long time now, since…

  3. Scotty McCreery Debuts New Trio Featuring NC State Head Coach, Chancellor

    August 26, 2013 5:31 PM EDT College football season is just a few days away, and Scotty McCreery seems to be ready for it. The singer took a respite from his touring schedule over the weekend to welcome back his fellow Wolfpackers to North Carolina State by making a little bit of history in the process. The "…

  4. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  5. Cole Swindell Rides 'Chillin' It' to Label Deal

    July 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Success of Georgia native's independent debut single leads to pact with Warner Bros. Country newcomer Cole Swindell recently recalled his first concert experience was Randy Travis. The singer was one of his earliest influences, as he recalled yesterday to Billboard. "Growing up,…

  6. Scotty McCreery Sued By Former Manager

    July 10, 2013 10:45 AM EDT "American Idol" season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is being sued by his former manager, Todd Cassetty. Cassetty filed suit against the 19-year old singer in Davidson Country, Tenn., claiming McCreery hasn't paid him for services rendered. "Celebrities should be required to…

  7. Sarah Darling Soaks Up the Sun in Flirty 'Little Umbrellas' Video: Watch

    July 05, 2013 10:55 AM EDT Country singer talks new music, her tour with Scotty McCreery and working outside the label system Sarah Darling had just parted ways with her label, Black River. Most artists might take a while to figure out what they want to do next, but for the songstress, the music literally made the…

  8. Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol' Season 12

    May 16, 2013 10:29 PM EDT Third time's a charm for Candice Glover. The South Carolina native, on her third "American Idol" after auditioning in seasons 9 and 11, became the first female winner of the show since season 6's Jordin Sparks, scoring the largest number of votes to defeat runner-up…

  9. Jon Bon Jovi Applauds New Jersey’s New Overdose Law

    May 03, 2013 12:23 AM EDT Just a few months after his daughter survived a drug overdose, Jon Bon Jovi joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Thursday for the signing of a law to encourage reporting of overdoses so victims don't end up dead. Bon Jovi called the law a lifesaver and encouraged other states to do…

  10. George Jones Mourned on Twitter by Country Stars & More

    April 26, 2013 12:40 PM EDT When the sad news about the death of country icon George Jones broke today (April 26), stars from Nashville and beyond took to twitter to mourn the loss and share memories of the music legend. Here's a smapling of what Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Martina…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: No Clear Front Runner With Only Four to Go

    April 25, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Many things set the 12th season of "American Idol" apart from its recent predecessors (namely, ALL DEM GIRLS), but one of the most noticeable changes has to do with the front runner. And by that, I mean that there really isn't one. Last season, everyone pretty much knew…

  12. Scotty McCreery Finds Perfect Balance With University and Pop Life

    April 23, 2013 3:44 AM EDT Scotty McCreery is a 19-year-old with a schedule more hectic than most. He’s currently balancing his attendance at North Carolina State University with a booming music career. “I have school Monday through Wednesday and we hit the touring circuit Thursday through Sunday,” says McCreery.…

  13. 'American Idol': It's an All-Lady Top Five as Lazaro Goes Home

    April 11, 2013 10:48 PM EDT For the first time in "American Idol" history, the top five of the show is all one gender -- in this case, female. After making it to the top six despite poor reviews by judges, Lazaro Arbos received the lowest number of votes Thursday night (April 11), forcing the 22-year-old…

  14. ACMs Live From the Orleans: Five Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 08, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Portions of the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast were broadcast from the Orleans Arena, about a mile from the MGM Grand where the main event was held. Here are a few of the highlights of the night -- back stage and on. All Things ACMs Miranda Lambert Owns the Night Missed It? Watch…

  15. Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and More Join ACM Awards Presenters

    April 03, 2013 9:54 PM EDT Miranda Lambert, John Fogerty, Kacey Musgraves and other stars will present at the April 7 ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and other stars will take the stage as 48th Annual ACM Awards presenters, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced on Wednesday. John…

  16. Lil Wayne, 'I Am Not A Human Being II': Track-By-Track Review

    March 22, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Lil Wayne's nearly two-decade tenure in rap has been punctuated with moments of audacity that not even the grimiest rappers dare touch. Wayne's led a double life in the game, where one moment he is yearning to penetrate pop territory and the next he's firing back as the …

  17. Phillip Phillips: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 07, 2013 5:00 PM EST The 'Home' star has turned the top-selling coronation song in "American Idol" history into a gold album During the final week of 2012, the most recent "American Idol" champion, Phillip Phillips , saw his debut album cross the half-million sold mark. It occurred…

  18. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. 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 our…

  19. Britney Spears' Potential 'X Factor' Exit: How Much Would It Hurt?

    December 28, 2012 12:05 AM EST Two weeks after Antonio "L.A."Reid confirmed that the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be his last on the judges panel , rumors of Britney Spears' exit from the show spread like wildfire on Thursday (Dec. 27), following a report from Us Weekly…

  20. 'X Factor' Finale Top 5: Britney's Face, One Direction, Carly's Climb + More Moments

    December 21, 2012 1:20 PM EST Thursday night's (Dec. 20) "X Factor" finale seemed destined to be a nail-biter following a too-close-to-call competition show during which all three finalists turned in some of their best performances of the 2012 season. The final results didn't disappoint, with Tate…

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