1. Pistol Annies Shoot Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 16, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Nearly doubling the trio's previous best weekly Nielsen SoundScan sum, Pistol Annies' sophomore set "Annie Up" bows at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 83,000 sold. The threesome of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley previously debuted at No. 1 with …

  2. Lady Antebellum Scores Third No. 1 Album, 'Gatsby' Debuts Strong at No. 2

    May 15, 2013 1:45 PM EDT "Now 46," Pistol Annies, Rod Stewart also notch Top 10 debuts this week. Country trio Lady Antebellum earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as its new "Golden" debuts with 167,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold slightly better than…

  3. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  4. Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes to Perform at CMT Music Awards

    May 13, 2013 10:40 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Pistol Annies will don their best cowboy boots for their live performances at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Beside being the night's entertainment, Underwood, Hayes, Little Big Town, Bryan and Swift are among the nominees for…

  5. Willie Nelson Receives Honorary Doctorate

    May 12, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Boston's Berklee College of Music also gave degrees to Carole King and Annie Lennox. Willie Nelson is a doctor – at least an honorary one. The music legend received an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music during the Boston school’s commencement ceremony…

  6. 'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Selling Big, Heading for No. 2 on Billboard 200

    May 11, 2013 10:55 AM EDT The Baz Luhrmann film's all-star soundtrack looks to land below Lady Antebellum's "Golden." The all-star soundtrack to the film "The Great Gatsby" is off to a fast start. Industry forecasters suggest the new compilation album, which was released this past…

  7. Florida Georgia Line Doubles Up Atop Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay Charts

    May 09, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line is the first act to simultaneously dominate Hot Country Songs and the Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay tally with separate titles since the former chart adopted a multi-tiered methodology (airplay, sales and streaming) last fall, while also becoming the first rookie…

  8. ABBA Museum Opens in Sweden

    May 06, 2013 11:43 PM EDT You can thank ABBA for the music. And so much more. A museum devoted to the pop superstars opening in Stockholm on Tuesday will celebrate the band's long list of hits. But it will also show off paraphernalia, including the helicopter featured on the cover of its "Arrival"…

  9. Ashley Monroe: Pistol Annies Not Aiming for Radio Hits

    May 06, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Ashley Monroe tells Billboard that when she, Miranda Lambert, and Angaleena Presley first came up with the idea for the Pistol Annies, some didn't quite grasp their concept. "When we first had the idea of doing the album (2011's Hell On Heels) everybody said 'What?"…

  10. Willow Smith's Disappearing Act, And Why 'Whip My Hair' Wasn't A Fluke

    April 29, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Why is the 12-year-old artist singing "Inject my soul with darkness"? Pop Shop takes a closer look. Last February, one week after Willow Smith dropped out of the starring role of Marcy Media (which is run by Jay-Z) and Overbrook Entertainment's big-budget film remake of …

  11. 'Glee' Recap: Musical Theater Magic and a Touch of Bad Editing

    April 26, 2013 1:31 PM EDT The magic of musical theater is the beating heart of "Glee," be it when they transform pop music into plot, or take and transform classic numbers to suit their purposes. We've had a decent amount of the pop lately, and a whole lot of musical fluff, but this episode finally…

  12. Pistol Annies Give Birth to 'Annie Up': Our Happy Hour Q&A With Country's Hottest Mavericks

    April 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT It's happy hour at the Timothy Demonbreun House, a dignified Nashville mansion with historical significance, and as Pistol Annies knock back a couple after a long media day for new album "Annie Up," the ladies are very much enjoying each others' company as they…

  13. Rock Hall of Fame Inducts Rush, Public Enemy and Heart at Passionate Ceremony

    April 19, 2013 5:32 AM EDT The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled "A Night to Celebrate Rush" as the Canadian trio's fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and made their presence known. Rock Hall Red…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "American Idol": Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah…

  15. Brad Paisley, 'Wheelhouse': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Brad Paisley tackles numerous subjects on his eighth studio album "Wheelhouse." His most controversial album to date, Paisley produced the LP himself and it features hot-button topics ranging from racism, religion, and domestic abuse. Latest Reviews: Paramore's "Paramore…

  16. ACM Awards 2013: 10 Best Moments

    April 08, 2013 7:00 AM EDT All Things ACMs Miranda Lambert Owns the Night Missed It? Watch the 10 Best Moments Stevie & Hunter Heading to the Studio? 8 Backstage Moments What You Didn't See at the ACMs Concert Red Carpet and Show Photos Check Out a Full Winners List The Academy of Country Music Awards…

  17. Luke Bryan Scores Upset at ACM Awards, but Miranda Lambert Is Big Winner

    April 07, 2013 11:19 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards proved to be one fine education in partying, country style. Many of the evening's performances from Las Vegas proved to be very much attitude laden -- and the winners reflected this, with Luke Bryan taking the top prize, in what will…

  18. Darius Rucker Rolls 'Wagon Wheel' to No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    April 04, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The song marks Rucker's sixth leader on the list. Plus, Blake Shelton bows atop Top Country Albums, Hunter Hayes reigns on Country Airplay and Taylor Swift starts 'Trouble' on country radio Darius Rucker ends a two-year absence from the top of Hot Country Songs, as "…

  19. Pop Shop Picks: Pistol Annies, Krewella, Betty Who & More

    March 29, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! PISTOL ANNIES "Hush…

  20. Blake Shelton, 'Based On A True Story...' Track-by-Track Review

    March 26, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Country superstar/"Voice" coach Blake Shelton is all about getting personal  on "Based On A True Story…," his seventh studio album to date. "Every song on the album, I've either been through those situations, or I'm going through them right now,"…

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