1. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, More Support Oklahoma at Tornado Benefit Concert

    May 29, 2013 10:40 PM EDT "Everyday people are the ones who are making miracles / And it's beautiful," Reba McEntire sings on the chorus of "Everyday People," her 2007 duet with Carole King. On Wednesday night (May 29), as McEntire performed the song in Oklahoma, those words held truer than…

  2. Oklahoma Native Ryan Tedder Hopes Tornado Benefit Concert Raises Awareness

    May 29, 2013 6:36 PM EDT OneRepublic frontman proposes a cellar fund to encourage construction of more underground shelters in Tornado Alley: "This is a turning point," he says Native Oklahoman Ryan Tedder has returned home to participate in tonight's Healing in the Heartland benefit concert that NBC…

  3. Usher, Darius Rucker Join Benefit Concert for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

    May 28, 2013 8:39 AM EDT Usher and Darius Rucker have joined the lineup of performers for the Oklahoma relief concert organized and headlined by Blake Shelton. The May 29 event, titled Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert, will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. NBC is…

  4. Kid Rock, Rolling Stones Talk Scalping & Summer Shows

    May 24, 2013 7:48 AM EDT Kid Rock is a scalper. The 42-year-old Grammy winner, who is launching a summer tour where most tickets are priced at $20, said he's scalping about 1,000 tickets from each show to make up for the cheaper regular price. "I'm in the scalping business, but you know what? We told…

  5. Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol' Season 12

    May 16, 2013 10:29 PM EDT Third time's a charm for Candice Glover. The South Carolina native, on her third "American Idol" after auditioning in seasons 9 and 11, became the first female winner of the show since season 6's Jordin Sparks, scoring the largest number of votes to defeat runner-up…

  6. 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover 'Somewhere' Near the Top

    May 09, 2013 11:30 AM EDT When "American Idol" reaches this stage of its season, it airs the episode one might think would provide the remaining contestants with their best chances at big moments. In a three-round evening, each performer sings a song chosen for them by mentor/record producer Jimmy Iovine,…

  7. The Beatles' 'Let It Be' Musical Coming To Broadway

    May 09, 2013 2:37 AM EDT When Broadway theater landlords find themselves in times of trouble the solution frequently is to plug in a musical hit factory with a built-in fan base. And what more robust fan base than that of the Beatles? Direct from London's West End, the latest Fab Four anthology show, "Let…

  8. Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Lead CMT Music Awards Nominations

    May 07, 2013 8:30 AM EDT Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are the lead nominees for this year's CMT Music Awards. The trio of country music's newest stars are nominated for the top honor, video of the year, along with nine others. The show airs live June 5 on CMT from Nashville, Tenn. Jason…

  9. 'Alabama & Friends' Tribute to Feature Luke Bryan, Toby Keith & More

    April 08, 2013 9:10 PM EDT The legendary country group will duet with modern stars on the upcoming set, with Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood and others contributing. Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney are among the artists paying tribute to Alabama on the legendary country group’s “Alabama &…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: 10 Group Lead Singers Who Could Score Solo Success

    April 07, 2013 8:05 AM EDT With Justin Timberlake reigning post-'N Sync, what other famed group lead singers could rule on their own? Plus, chart honors for Crystal Bowersox, Joe Bonamassa and Bob Dylan The top title on the Billboard 200 for a second week belongs to a singer who first made his name as a…

  11. Paul Jolley Second Guy in a Row Eliminated on 'American Idol'

    March 21, 2013 10:12 PM EDT Paul Jolley pegged himself early on as a contestant looking to align himself within the same side of country that produced artists such as Rascal Flatts and Lonestar -- that is, country, but more on the pop side of it. Twang, but not overpowering or at times noticeable at all. Jolley…

  12. The Band Perry: Billboard Cover Story

    March 15, 2013 4:30 PM EDT After 18 months and a false start with super-producer Rick Rubin, the Band Perry returns with "Pioneer" ... Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot and making of the album This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard.…

  13. Journey Skeptical of Making Another Album

    March 12, 2013 9:40 AM EDT After lukewarm reception to 2011's "Eclipse," band vows to "stay sort of closer to who we are, to who we've been" ... Meanwhile, 40th anniversary plans may include a tribute show at AT&T Park Journey isn't planning to let its 40th anniversary go…

  14. Prodigy, Stone Roses Play A Soggy Future Music Festival Opener

    March 03, 2013 11:54 PM EST The Prodigy and the Stone Roses made a big splash Saturday as the Future Music Festival launched its Australian trek in appalling weather. On what turned out to be an incident-filled day, headliner DJ Avicii was a last-minute cancellation, as the star Swedish DJ was taken to hospital early on…

  15. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2013

    February 22, 2013 12:00 PM EST Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past 12 months. The world may be going more digital by the second, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual musician Moneymakers list. Read More: Madonna, Springsteen Lead 2013 Money Makers Reported…

  16. 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…

  17. Rascal Flatts Are Changing Fans' Lives With Latest Hit: 'It's So Amazing'

    February 12, 2013 12:40 PM EST Over the course of their decade-plus career, Rascal Flatts has enjoyed hits with uptempo fare such as "This Everyday Love" and "Summer Nights," but they also have had quite the success with deep ballads such as "What Hurts The Most," and "These Days."…

  18. Tim McGraw Heading for 15th Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 09, 2013 8:15 AM EST The country superstar's "Two Lanes of Freedom" could top 100,000 copies in its first week Country superstar Tim McGraw is on course for his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new set "Two Lanes of Freedom." Industry sources say the effort is set…

  19. Biffy Clyro Bumps 'Les Mis' From Top of UK Album Chart

    February 04, 2013 7:49 AM EST After landing two previous releases in the top three, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro notched their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with "Opposites." "Get Up (Rattle)" by Dutch duo Bingo Players featuring Far East Movement started a second week atop the singles…

  20. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

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