1. Old Crow Medicine Singer Talks Opry, Sharing a CMA Nomination With Bob Dylan

    October 24, 2013 3:00 PM EDT The string band Old Crow Medicine Show was invited to become a member of a rather exclusive club in August: The Grand Ole Opry. "There always seems to be these dream moments in a country music life – like when Merle Haggard whispers something in your ear," lead singer Ketch Secor…

  2. 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…

  3. Scotty McCreery On The Ride for Album No. 2: It ‘Pretty Much Has To Be My Wave Now’

    October 18, 2013 3:31 AM EDT Scotty McCreery rode his 2011 "American Idol" win to a platinum album and several new artist awards. With his second album, "See You Tonight," McCreery says his career is now in his hands alone. "We have been off the show for 2 1/2 years," the 20-year-old said.…

  4. Gordon Mote Gets Love From Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and More on Latest Album

    October 03, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Gordon Mote -- one of Nashville’s most in-demand session players -- is also one of Gospel music’s most talented artists, which he shows on his new album, "All Things New." The disc gives him a chance to show off his talented family, especially on the emotional "For You,"…

  5. Jack Johnson Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Country artists Justin Moore, Chris Young and Billy Currington all make Top 10 bows as well Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "From Here to Now to You" bows atop the list with 117,000 sold in its first week, according to…

  6. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 10, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist in country music last year, and it was no surprise that the singer likewise enjoyed a big morning on Tuesday, as nominations were announced for the 47th Annual Country Music Association Award in New York City. CMA AWARDS…

  7. 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,…

  8. Fania All Stars and Salsa Giants Announce Fall Concert Dates

    August 30, 2013 3:23 PM EDT Marc Anthony continues tour in support of his hit salsa album '3.0.' Salsa's summer comeback continues into fall with the announcement of concerts by Sergio George’s "Salsa Giants" and Salsa’s original super group, the Fania All Stars. Marc Anthony, whose salsa…

  9. Kid's Author Sandra Boynton Goes Country, Enlists Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Ryan Adams and Others for New Album

    August 13, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Famed children's author Sandra Boynton is set for a career first come Sept. 3. The famous scribe – who mixes her words with music – will be releasing "Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs" via Warner Brothers. It's her first collaboration with country music…

  10. Darius Rucker Has Street Named After Him

    August 12, 2013 11:17 PM EDT Darius Rucker has hit the top of the charts both as frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish and as a country artist. And now, he has a street named after him. The street leading to the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina where Hootie and the Blowfish played in the 1990s shortly after…

  11. Former 'Idol' Elise Testone Looks Ahead to Debut Album 'In This Life'

    August 09, 2013 12:10 AM EDT "American Idol" alum Elise Testone makes her home in Charleston, South Carolina, but last week, she returned to her New Jersey roots to celebrate a special occasion: her 30th birthday. The season 11 finalist ushered in the milestone with friends, family and fans who packed into…

  12. Chart Highlights: Jonas Brothers, One Direction Debut On Pop Songs

    July 22, 2013 6:20 PM EDT The boy bands begin with new singles from forthcoming albums. Plus, new No. 1s for Robin Thicke, the Band Perry 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 the surveys listed below.…

  13. Neal McCoy, 'Roll on Mississippi': Song Premiere From 'Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride'

    July 22, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Looking back on his career, Neal McCoy gives a lot of credit to the man who pushed him out into the spotlight as an opening act – Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride. "He stands taller than anyone else in my career," McCoy told Billboard. "I've been…

  14. Bubbling Under: Unsigned Steve Grand Scores Viral Hit With 'All-American Boy'

    July 12, 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: Steve Grand, Fifth Harmony, Chris Stapleton and Rich Homie Quan STEVE GRAND He has no label, no manager and no publicist, but…

  15. Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line Lead 2013 Mid-Year SoundScan Country Charts

    July 03, 2013 6:25 PM EDT During the first six months of 2013, Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story" and Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" dominate country album and digital song tallies, selling 703,000 and 3.1 million respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. OVERALL MID-YEAR…

  16. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 03, 2013 11:30 AM EDT At the mid-way point in 2013, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz), lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the United States, respectively -- selling 2 million…

  17. From 'Harlem' (Shake) To (Bruno) Mars, 2013 Hasn't Been Half-Bad

    July 02, 2013 12:40 PM EDT As we begin the second half of 2013, a look back at some of the most notable chart feats from January through June You've already weighed in on your favorites of the first six months of 2013 in Billboard.com's mid-year awards poll . Let's see how your picks matched up with…

  18. Black Sabbath Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 19, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Big Time Rush, Goo Goo Dolls, the Lonely Island all crash Top 10 of this week's tally. Almost 43 years after Black Sabbath debuted on the Billboard 200 chart, the iconic rock band earns its first No. 1 album this week with the arrival of "13." The set starts at No. 1…

  19. Big Time Rush, 'Man of Steel' Soundtrack Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 15, 2013 9:13 AM EDT Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" film soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Time Rush's new "24/Seven" album could sell around 45,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday,…

  20. Jack Johnson Replaces Mumford & Sons at Bonnaroo

    June 14, 2013 10:18 AM EDT Jack Johnson has been announced as the new Saturday night headliner at Bonnaroo, replacing Mumford & Sons , whose bassist Ted Dwane is recovering from brain surgery earlier this week. In a statement released by festival organizers on Friday, Johnson said he got the call yesterday to…

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