1. Hunter Hayes Talks New 'Encore' LP, Upcoming Tour

    June 27, 2013 1:30 PM EDT "We are all there to sing together -- music that is about our lives, not about anyone in particular." Hunter Hayes is, without a doubt, on top of the world these days. On Tuesday, he was celebrated at Nashville’s BMI offices for the chart-topping success of “Somebody’s Heartbreak…

  2. Craig Morgan Hypes New Single: 'It Will Be the Biggest Song of My Career'

    June 21, 2013 11:30 AM EDT “With this particular single, I’m confident that it will be the biggest song of my career.” There is something about the creative process, particularly when you feel you have something special. Craig Morgan can barely contain himself when he granted Billboard an exclusive interview…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Mike Aiken Talks 'Captains & Cowboys'

    June 13, 2013 9:55 AM EDT The subject matter of Mike Aiken's current album, "Captains & Cowboys," is very close to his heart and soul. It's also something that he knows very well.  "My wife Amy and I have lived on a sailboat for the past twenty years," he told Billboard. "We&…

  4. Goldfrapp Announces 'Tales of Us' Album

    June 11, 2013 12:53 PM EDT U.K. electronic duo Goldfrapp has announced that their sixth studio album, "Tales of Us," will be released on Sept. 10 through Mute Records. The album was recorded by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory at their studio in the "English countryside," according to the press…

  5. Hunter Hayes Announces CMT Tour, Talks 'Encore' Album Out June 18

    June 04, 2013 10:20 AM EDT "They say you have your entire life to write your first record. I feel like I've had my entire life to dream about this headline tour," says Hunter Hayes, who will top the 12th annual CMT On Tour this fall. Hayes' Let's Go Crazy Tour debuts October 10 in Knoxville,…

  6. Jennifer Hudson in Talks to Judge 'American Idol'

    May 27, 2013 5:22 PM EDT The American Idol season 13 judges panel is starting to come together. A source close to the dealings tells The Hollywood Reporter that former finalist Jennifer Hudson is in negotiations to fill one of the three seats. Vulture had previously reported that she was in the running as part of…

  7. Fantasia Talks 'Side Effects of You' Album & Confidence

    May 03, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Strong sales and musical identity propel the 'Idol' winner's fourth album. As the "American Idol" final four tuned up for another showdown recently, season-three winner Fantasia found herself back in the spotlight as well. That's because her fourth album, "…

  8. George Jones Mourned on Twitter by Country Stars & More

    April 26, 2013 12:40 PM EDT When the sad news about the death of country icon George Jones broke today (April 26), stars from Nashville and beyond took to twitter to mourn the loss and share memories of the music legend. Here's a smapling of what Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Martina…

  9. Janelle Arthur First Top 10 Girl to Go on 'American Idol'

    April 18, 2013 11:20 PM EDT After weeks of male eliminations, a girl was going to have to leave "American Idol" eventually. Unfortunately for country fans, that contestant ended up being Janelle Arthur. Arthur, the 23-year-old Tennessee native, became the newest exile from the "Idol" stage…

  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Mosquito': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 1:45 PM EDT In last month's Billboard cover story , Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman Karen O set the record straight -- no one was trying to write a hit on the band's new album. "You can want to do it and you can aim to do it," said the 34-year-old singer, "but it never happens if…

  11. Bubbling Under: B. Smyth Builds 'Leggo' at R&B Radio

    March 08, 2013 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: B. Smyth, Boy, Del Marquis and Brian Weaver B. SMYTH With his debut single "Leggo," featuring 2 Chainz (Motown/IDJMG)…

  12. Pearl Jam's 'Ten' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    February 20, 2013 11:05 AM EST Landmark album is the 22nd full-length to reach 10 million sales in the SoundScan era. Pearl Jam's landmark debut album "Ten" becomes the latest addition to the 10 million-sellers club in the U.S. This week, the 1991 Epic Records release surpasses the 10 million U.S.…

  13. Mindy McCready's Death: Country Stars React on Twitter

    February 18, 2013 1:30 AM EST News of singer Mindy McCready's apparent suicide prompted Country music stars from Carrie Underwood to Jason Aldean to tweet prayers and rememberances.. News of Country singer Mindy McCready's apparent suicide saddened the music world on Sunday night (February 17) and prompted…

  14. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2012

    December 24, 2012 1:35 PM EST From Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' to Fiona Apple, your top picks for 2012. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

  15. Clay Aiken: 'American Idol' is Now All About the Judges

    December 15, 2012 12:00 PM EST "I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore," says the former "Idol" finalist. After a five-year break, Clay Aiken says he was long overdue to bring a Christmas show back on the road. "It doesn't feel like Christmas for me if I'm…

  16. Bonfire Jam Festival Kicks Off in Florida

    December 07, 2012 4:00 PM EST This week, Billboard has previewed this year's Bonfire Jam Festival, which starts today in Chumuckla, Florida. With the "World's Largest Redneck Christmas Parade" and performances from Clay Walker, Jana Kramer and Gretchen Wilson, there's a little something for…

  17. Jana Kramer Hopes You Like 'Whiskey'

    December 06, 2012 5:40 PM EST A new single for the "Why Ya Wanna" star, who plays the Bonfire Jam in Florida this weekend What a year it's been for Jana Kramer , the country newcomer whose debut single "Why Ya Wanna" reached No. 3 on Country Songs and who this weekend shares a bill with Gretchen…

  18. Clint Black Is Back: Readies First New Album in 7 Years

    December 05, 2012 10:25 AM EST Clint Black is mindful that many of his fans are angling to hear new music from the "Nothin' but the Taillights" singer, who hasn't released an all-new studio album since 2005. They might get their wish soon as Black is tinkering with the idea of leaking some songs himself…

  19. Best Selling Albums Since 1991 (Soundscan Era): Adele Joins Elite Club

    November 29, 2012 12:00 PM EST Adele 's "21" joins a rare group of albums this week, as the XL/Columbia set steps past the 10 million U.S. sales mark according to Nielsen SoundScan. It becomes one of only 21 titles to reach that rare threshold since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. "21"…

  20. Adele's '21' Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    November 27, 2012 9:00 PM EST Adele 's mega-selling "21" album continues to rewrite the record books. This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, "21" becomes the 21st album to shift 10…

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