1. Brandy Clark Does Her Part to Keep Traditional Country Alive With '12 Stories'

    October 18, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Many people inside the country music business are buzzing about singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, and with good reason. Her new album, "12 Stories," will be released on Tuesday, and the reviews have been nothing but positive. Clark's mindful of the attention. "If I can…

  2. Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 16, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Panic! at the Disco and Pusha T also score Top 5 debuts on this week's albums chart. As forecast last week, Miley Cyrus debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new release "Bangerz," selling 270,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  3. Bubbling Under: Actor/Singer Mack Wilds Debuts At R&B/Hip-Hop

    October 11, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Mack Wilds, Echosmith, Brandy Clark and Ayah Marar   MACK WILDS Mack Wilds makes his first chart appearances this week, as…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Emily Hearn Makes 'Promises'

    October 09, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Listen to the somber "Cutting Ties," off Hearn's just-released EP It might be a little bit tough to label the music of Emily Hearn -- who released her new EP "Promises" yesterday. We just prefer to call it good, and maybe a little bit eclectic. That's music to…

  5. Gimme Five: Ariana Grande's Most Inspirational Female Singers

    October 09, 2013 1:59 PM EDT The "Yours Truly" singer shows love for Whitney Houston, Judy Garland & more. Last month, Ariana Grande's first studio album, "Yours Truly," scored a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart , making the 20-year-old Nickelodeon star just the 15th solo…

  6. Britney Spears' '…Baby One More Time' Anniversary: 15 Little-Known Facts

    September 30, 2013 2:13 PM EDT To commemorate Brit's debut single turning 15, here are a few things you might not know about the song's recording, music video and chart history. Monday (Sept. 30) marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Britney Spears' debut single, "…Baby One More Time,"…

  7. Kacey Musgraves Opens Same Trailer, Different Tour In NYC: Live Review

    September 20, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Fast-rising country music star feels right at home in the big city Get to know Kacey Musgraves. Her penchant for salty, "real talk" narratives has cast her as a sort of anti-Taylor Swift. The country world has embraced her, though she's still known as the favorite country…

  8. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  9. CMA Awards 2013: Full Nominees List

    September 10, 2013 10:26 AM EDT It's an early morning in the Big Apple, but Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line were early risers, as the two acts announced nominees in all categories for the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift stand out with six nominations apiece,…

  10. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute: Listen to Full Album

    September 09, 2013 6:00 PM EDT It seems that the legendary group Alabama is making musical news in a way that is similar to their glory days of the 1980s and 1990s. They are in the middle of their first tour in close to a decade, and will soon embark upon the high seas on the Alabama & Friends Festival At Sea cruise…

  11. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Is Billboard's Song of the Summer

    September 05, 2013 10:10 AM EDT Having led the weekly Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks beginning in June, the track is the first summer season No. 1 by a lead solo male since 2004 Ending the (lack of) suspense, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) officially clinches the top spot…

  12. Fall Music Preview 2013: The 52 Hottest Albums

    September 03, 2013 3:41 PM EDT Summer's over and that means fall 2013's slate of new albums is heating up. From Avicii to Lady Gaga, Eminem to Pearl Jam, Enrique Iglesias to Miley Cyrus and Keith Urban to Cher, Billboard spotlights the hot hip-hop, pop, rock, R&B, latin, and country releases that will…

  13. Brandy Clark, '12 Stories': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 9:41 AM EDT Release Date: Oct. 22 Label: Slate Creek Records Brandy Clark has had songs cut by the likes of Sheryl Crow and Reba McEntire, and scored No. 1s as co-writer on the Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" and Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart." Yet a recording…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: The 27 Songs To Spend At Least 10 Weeks Atop The Hot 100

    August 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is the latest such lengthy leader. Chart Beat analyzes the characteristics of these monster hits. Plus, radio gets in on the Katy Perry/Sara Bareilles similarities and the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart celebrates a birthday The latest chart…

  15. Mike Will Made It: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 09, 2013 12:10 PM EDT How the man behind Kanye West's "Mercy" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" became the hottest producer in the Game PatchWerk Recording Studios is housed in a light gray concrete bunker tucked behind a busy McDonald's on a tight corner on Atlanta'…

  16. LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian To Star In VH1 Series

    August 07, 2013 11:52 PM EDT Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes already get a lot of tabloid attention. Now the 40-year-old actor and his singer-actress wife are parlaying their notoriety into a new VH1 series tentatively titled, "LeAnn & Eddie." The six-episode series is scheduled to debut later this year or…

  17. 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…

  18. Hot 100 55th Anniversary By The Numbers: Top 100 Artists, Most No. 1s, Biggest No. 2s & More

    August 02, 2013 9:54 AM EDT In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 -- which now celebrates its 55th anniversary -- has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. So in addition to the Hot 100 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs…

  19. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  20. Essence Festival 2013: Beyonce, Tamia, Janelle Monae Take Over The Superdome

    July 08, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The last day of the 19th annual Essence Music Festival started around 8 a.m. CDT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with an all-star gospel tribute to Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins, and finished around 1 a.m. Monday morning (July 8) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when…

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