1. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  2. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  3. 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…

  4. Tracy Morgan Recovering After Surgery Following Crash

    June 08, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The actor and comedian, who hosted the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, remained in critical condition but was "more responsive" Sunday Tracy Morgan was recovering Sunday, but was expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly…

  5. Luke Bryan No. 1 'Again' On Hot Country Songs, Lee Brice 'Dance's Into Top 10

    June 05, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Bryan extends the reign of 'Play It Again' to eight weeks. Plus, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer soar Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking the fourth-most weeks at the…

  6. The Never Ending Song Premiere: Hear 'Mulholland Drive' From Debby Ryan's Band

    June 03, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Listen to the preview of the group's upcoming "One" EP, launching at Billboard.com. Debby Ryan, the star of Disney Channel's "Jessie" and formerly of "The Suite Life on Deck," also has grand musical ambitions as the leader of the band the Never…

  7. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  8. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Channels Jimi Hendrix in Right-Leaning Film (Video)

    May 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine is marking the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a heavy metal guitar version of his own that will appear in "America," Dinesh D'Souza's follow-up to "2016: Obama's…

  9. First Pitch Disasters: 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey & More

    May 28, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Juuust a bit outside! Yesterday (May 27), 50 Cent showed up at the New York Mets' Citi Field and threw one of the worst ceremonial first pitches in recent memory. While 50 looked like he could hold his own on the mound – wearing a personalized Mets jersey with "Jackson"…

  10. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Starts at No. 1 With Biggest Debut of 2014

    May 28, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" debuts at No. 2 with the country star's best sales week. Coldplay crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Ghost Stories," collecting its fourth No. 1 album and the biggest sales week of the year. "Ghost…

  11. Jason Aldean Warms Up Indy 500, Talks New Album at Inaugural Firestone Legends Day Concert

    May 25, 2014 2:35 PM EDT “It’s hard not to have fun when you’re in the infield of a race track,” Jason Aldean said addressing the sold-out crowd of 41,000 screaming fans on Saturday night (May 24) at the inaugural Firestone Legends Day Concert on the eve of the 98th Indy 500. Jason Aldean Teams With MLB for Stadium…

  12. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry forecasters. The Billboard 200's new top…

  13. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

  14. Coldplay Heading for Year's Best Sales Week

    May 21, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Coldplay's new album, "Ghost Stories", is on track to score the largest sales week of the year. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on May 19, may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 25. That figure…

  15. Josh Kaufman Wins 'The Voice' Season 6: Watch

    May 20, 2014 11:01 PM EDT After weeks of competition, the sixth season of "The Voice" was trimmed down to Blake Shelton's country teen Jake Worthington, Usher's soul man Josh Kaufman and Adam Levine's YouTube star Christina Grimmie. All three comeback kids performed their last competition…

  16. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias Extends Latin Airplay No. 1s Record

    May 19, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The superstar scores his 26th topper, doubling the total of runner-up Ricky Martin. Plus, new No. 1s for DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Luke Bryan 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…

  17. Florida Georgia Line Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On 'Cruise,' Nelly & Blackjack

    May 15, 2014 12:38 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Florida Georgia Line to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  18. Tennis Plays For Little Kids While Prepping Third Album

    May 13, 2014 2:10 PM EDT The indie-pop duo has been working with producers like the Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Spoon's Jim Eno on the fall LP. This past weekend in New York, Tennis entertained students of the pop blogosphere while opening for Haim at New York's Terminal 5 and headlining Music Hall…

  19. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Surges on Country Albums Chart After 'Idol' Performance

    May 08, 2014 4:26 PM EDT The star, and 'American Idol' judge, surges following his performance on the show's May 1 episode With its first top 10 rank in six months, Keith Urban's "Fuse" rockets 21-6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart following a May 1 performance of the set&…

  20. Kip Moore Talks Intense New Single, Upcoming Tour With Tim McGraw

    May 07, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Kip Moore was in the mood to talk Nashville, his new single, and Tim McGraw's b-ball skills ahead of a super-intimate gig for Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers over the weekend at the Listening Room. "This city is exploding," he said. "I was talking about it the other…

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