1. Blake Shelton, 'Based On A True Story...' Track-by-Track Review

    March 26, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Country superstar/"Voice" coach Blake Shelton is all about getting personal  on "Based On A True Story…," his seventh studio album to date. "Every song on the album, I've either been through those situations, or I'm going through them right now,"…

  2. 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)…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. ACM Awards 2013: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Lead Nominees

    February 13, 2013 11:09 AM EST The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today via a digial press conference. When the final nominations were all tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording artist Eric Church led the nominations with…

  6. Dave Clark Five Founder Rick Huxley Dies

    February 13, 2013 6:58 AM EST Rick Huxley, bass player and founding member of the Dave Clark Five, part of the first brigade of the “British Invasion,” has died at the age of 72. The quintet – comprising Huxley, Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson and Denis Payton -- carved up a big slice of success on both sides of…

  7. Bruce Springsteen's Night at MusiCares: Sting, Mumford, Chesney Honor The Boss

    February 09, 2013 9:10 AM EST The power of Bruce Springsteen reached beyond the musical Friday night when he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Before he even hit a note or anyone sang any of his songs, Springsteen made his voice heard early on during an auction of an…

  8. Nicki Minaj Has a New Look, But Lost a Hairdresser

    January 11, 2013 4:50 PM EST Nicki Minaj -- notorious for her flamboyant (see: loud!) and distinctive (see: crazy!) style, featuring wigs that defy color coordination and modern day style notions -- has apparently lost the will to clash and appall. The Young Money rapper has been going through a fashion evolution…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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"…

  15. 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…

  16. Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence Frontman, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

    November 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Mitch Lucker, frontman for the deathcore band Suicide Silence , died Thursday of injuries in a Southern California motorcycle crash. He was 28. Lucker lost control of his black 2013 Harley-Davidson in Huntington Beach at 8:55 p.m. on Halloween night and slammed into a Main Street light pole,…

  17. Songwriters Hall of Fame: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Honor the Greats

    October 08, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter among the honorees in Nashville. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Cohn, Bekka Bramlett and J. Fred Knobloch were among those paying tribute Sunday night (Oct.7) as Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Arata were…

  18. Oct. 5, 2002: Kelly Clarkson Scores First 'American Idol' No. 1

    October 05, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Ten years ago today, an 'Idol' alum reigned for the first time. Ten years ago today, an "American Idol" contestant crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as original series champion Kelly Clarkson blasted from No. 52 to No. 1 with coronation ballad "A…

  19. Chart Highlights: Ke$ha, Rihanna Blast Back Onto Pop Songs

    October 01, 2012 3:05 PM EDT The singers soar onto the chart, which Maroon 5 leads with 'One More Night.' Also: new No. 1s for Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons and Carlos Vives. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  20. MNDR: Style Council

    August 23, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Chart Article "It's not really that different from when I was a teenager," says Amanda Warner, front-woman of MNDR, concerning her style. "I've always been a tomboy, so I don't really worry about hair, makeup and those things." Touting a wardrobe consisting…

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