1. CMA Awards' Exec Producer Gives the Inside Scoop on This Year's Show -- From the All-Star Duets to the Surprise Guests

    November 03, 2014 5:53 PM EST An interview with CMA's executive producer Robert Deaton Robert Deaton is a very busy man. As executive producer of the CMA Awards, Deaton is preparing for the 48th Annual CMA Awards live on ABC Wednesday night (Nov. 5) from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. On Friday, he'll…

  2. Album Review: Country Singer Sam Hunt Already Sounds Post-Country on His Debut Album

    October 30, 2014 2:13 PM EDT In the past, singers used to climb the ranks in their own genre before breaking into the mainstream. In country, rap, or R&B, there was a path: first, you showed that you could play by the rules. After proving your ability to color within the lines, you could peel off. But in a fast…

  3. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  4. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  5. 'The Voice' Recap: Taylor Swift Is a Really, Really Good Coach

    October 29, 2014 5:26 AM EDT Someone get Taylor Swift a spinning red chair ASAP. The Voice's revived knockout rounds continued on Tuesday night, with Swift sitting in as a universal guest mentor to the contestants of Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams . And for the second night this…

  6. The Voice' Recap: Taylor Swift Reintroduces Knockout Round

    October 28, 2014 3:54 AM EDT The Voice's knockout rounds were revived on Monday night, with universal guest mentor Taylor Swift in the ring for rehearsals. Equally advising the contestants of Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams , the "Shake It Off" singer doled out her top tips…

  7. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: '5 Seconds of Summer' Hits Half-Million in Sales

    October 24, 2014 9:19 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Florida Georgia Line claimed its first No. 1 with Anything Goes . The set, released through Republic Nashville Records, sold 197,000 in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third consecutive country album to top the…

  8. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years

    October 24, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The icon vaults 50-21 with 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You.' Plus, Jason Aldean logs the longest reign by a solo male in 51 years and Florida Georgia Line storms Top Country Albums at No. 1. With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me opening in select markets…

  9. Razor & Tie Buys Back Kidz Bop

    October 24, 2014 8:17 AM EDT Razor & Tie has bought back sole ownership of its Kidz Bop brand in a deal that closed this week. The label, which founded the brand, sold a 50 percent stake in Kidz Bop to ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, back in 2006. In addition to a best-selling album series, the…

  10. Justin Bieber's 100th Week at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    October 24, 2014 1:56 AM EDT 0 Justin Bieber has reached a new Billboard chart milestone: his 100 th week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart . The pop star’s Instagram-shared pictures of his training session with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather caused an 87 percent jump in reaction on the platform (and a 119…

  11. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  12. Florida Georgia Line Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

    October 23, 2014 3:30 PM EDT As its album 'Anything Goes' debuts atop the Billboard 200, FGL continues the succession of country acts ruling the Artist 100. Plus, Tove Lo reaches the top 10. Florida Georgia Line is the top music act in the U.S., vaulting 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . The jump makes the…

  13. Taylor Swift on 'Ellen': Her Biggest Fears and Adam Levine's Big Weakness

    October 23, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift is happy to perform in front of sold-out arenas, but don't put her close to a sea-urchin. The singer will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, October 27th -- the same day her new album 1989 hits stores. A couple clips from her interview with Ellen have been…

  14. Blake Shelton Asks Taylor Swift if She's a 'Crazy Girl' In Goofy 'The Voice' Promo

    October 22, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift on The Voice is clearly going to be appointment TV. Swift is stopping by for one night only as a special mentor to all the contestants, and in a new promo for next week's episode, it's clear Swift had a great time just being Taylor on the program. "I'm known…

  15. Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bob Seger, The Game, U2 and Hoodie Allen also score Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes . The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the…

  16. 'The Voice' Recap: Final Battles Wrap With a Young Joaquin Phoenix Look-alike

    October 21, 2014 11:18 PM EDT The battles wrapped on 'The Voice' on Tuesday, with the felt presence of one of the series' other rotating coaches. "Don't try to ever be Christina Aguilera ! I can't be her, and neither can you!" shouted Stevie Nicks at one point to two of Adam Levine&…

  17. Jason Aldean Tops Country Airplay, Keith Urban Hits Top 10, Toby Keith Returns

    October 21, 2014 2:45 PM EDT With the longest-running No. 1 this year on the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart and a head-turning bow atop the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums last week, Jason Aldean extends his chart-topping celebrations, as "Burnin' It Down" steps 2-1 to become his 12th leader…

  18. 'The Voice' Recap: Battles Continue, But Gwen Stefani Can't Steal Singers

    October 21, 2014 4:12 AM EDT The second week of battles began on The Voice on Monday, filled with matches not only of the singers, but also the coaches. Particularly, Gwen Stefani . The No Doubt breakout (who previewed the music video for her latest single, "Baby Don't Lie," after the episode) previously…

  19. Jason Aldean Jumps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 16, 2014 4:01 PM EDT As his album 'Old Boots, New Dirt' debuts atop the Billboard 200, Aldean is the second country act to top the Artist 100. Jason Aldean is the top artist in the U.S., charging 7-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The jump makes him the second country act ever to lead the list;…

  20. Exclusive: Pepsi Names Emma Quigley First North American Head of Music

    October 16, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Pepsi has named Emma Quigley its first North American head of music, a new position for the beverage company. Quigley most recently served as VP of global marketing at Capitol Music Group, having previously spent three years as VP-international of Capitol parent EMI Music and another four…

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