1. 10 Best Country Albums of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 20, 2013 4:55 PM EST With best singles established, it's time for The 615 to shine a spotlight on 2013's best albums. This year featured a little bit of something for everyone, with some dazzling performances all around. At the end of the day -- or year -- we had a feeling it would come down to two…

  2. Aretha Franklin Recording Album of Classics From Fellow Iconic Female Singers

    December 20, 2013 8:40 AM EST Franklin is working on a "concept" album with Babyface, Don Was and Clive Davis. "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with" The Queen of Soul plans to give the royal treatment to some…

  3. 'Voice' Singer Caroline Glaser Releases Debut EP: Exclusive Premiere

    December 16, 2013 12:45 PM EST This week is shaping up to be a big one for Caroline Glaser. The Missouri native -- and contestant from season four of "The Voice" releases her debut EP, "Caroline Glaser, Vol. One" this week. She started her week with a performance at a place she knows very well: the Fox…

  4. Jake Bugg Chips Away at America With Rick Rubin-Produced Album

    December 12, 2013 3:55 PM EST "I didn't go into the studio thinking I was going to record an album with (Rubin)," Bugg says of "Shangri La," his sophomore effort Jake Bugg's formula for success isn't particularly complicated. "You just write some tunes and see what happens, see what…

  5. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  6. The Beatles Ready Box Set of All 13 U.S. Albums

    December 12, 2013 11:45 AM EST The re-issues drop Jan. 21, leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first trip to America With the 50th anniversary of "Beatlemania" arriving early next year, Capitol Records will re-release all of 13 the Beatles' American releases in a set titled "The U.S.…

  7. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Score Golden Globes Nominations

    December 12, 2013 11:23 AM EST Justin Timberlake's song from "Inside Llewyn Davis," Taylor Swift's track from "One Chance" and Coldplay's closing credits tune from "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" received nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes on Thursday. Timberlake&…

  8. Garth Brooks Earns Ninth No. 1 Album, Britney Spears Debuts At No. 4

    December 11, 2013 10:57 AM EST Garth Brooks earns his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as his new boxed set, "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," jumps 3-1 in its second week.   The sizable package (which contains six CDs and two DVDs) is exclusively sold through Walmart,…

  9. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the "…

  10. Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster Sells for Nearly $1 Million

    December 06, 2013 7:24 PM EST The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million -- the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. A buyer identified only as a private individual agreed to pay $965,000, including the…

  11. Lana Del Rey's 'Tropico': Watch The Daring Short Film In Full

    December 05, 2013 12:19 PM EST The singer has also unveiled the title of her next studio album. Lana Del Rey's long-awaited "Tropico" short film arrived online on Thursday (Dec. 5), and the 27-minute passion project is just that: a work of overflowing, era-traversing passion. Watch the full film below:…

  12. Holiday Albums 2013: 10 Hot Seasonal Releases

    December 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Baby, it's cold outside and all those activities in this winter wonderland feel a little warmer with a soundtrack of tunes from 2013's crop of holiday albums. Pop (Kelly Clarkson), R&B (Mary J. Blige), rock (Nick Lowe), traditional (Susan Boyle), and even plenty of eclectic…

  13. Echosmith, 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 04, 2013 12:00 PM EST It's December, meaning plenty of musicians are getting into the holiday spirit -- like Echosmith, for instance. The California indie pop act shot a video for its rendition of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and Billboard has the exclusive premiere. The oft-covered…

  14. Chart Highlights: Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Rihanna, Ricky Martin Score New No. 1s

    December 02, 2013 5:45 PM EST Also taking over Billboard charts: Martin Garrix, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Passenger, Joe Nichols and more. Plus, the Holiday Airplay chart returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  15. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Displays Iconic Elvis Presley Items

    November 29, 2013 9:50 PM EST Old-time Elvis Presley fans and lots of newer, younger ones flocked to a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Friday to see his stylish ID bracelet, custom-made motorcycle, eye-catching rings and military mementos. The exhibit opened in conjunction with Elvis Presley…

  16. Liberace Exhibit in Vegas A Decadent, Glittering Affair

    November 27, 2013 1:07 AM EST For years, Las Vegas tourists have had no place to pay their respects to one of the glitzy town's founding fathers. The once wildly popular Liberace museum, 2 miles from Sin City's main tourist corridor, closed in 2010 after years of declining patronage, and the famously flamboyant…

  17. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Into Pole Position on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 5:04 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) moved up 2-1 on the singles chart.…

  18. The American Music Awards 2013: 14 Things You Didn’t See On TV

    November 25, 2013 2:32 AM EST In between Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and One Direction racking in their American Music Awards, we were entertained by captivating performances at this year’s show – Katy Perry in a geisha outfit, Lady Gaga and R. Kelly in the Oval Office, and Miley Cyrus and her lip synching kitten.…

  19. The Beatles, Elvis Presley Chart Latest Albums

    November 21, 2013 12:35 PM EST The Fab Four adds its 31st Billboard 200 top 10, while the late King extends his record for the most charted albums It's not 1960-something, although a look at two new entries on the Billboard 200 albums chart might cause a double-take. The Beatles chart their 31st top 10 on the ranking,…

  20. Lady Gaga Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'ARTPOP'

    November 20, 2013 10:59 AM EST As forecast last week, Lady Gaga debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new set, "ARTPOP." It sold 258,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   It's the second No. 1 set for Gaga, who also debuted at No. 1 with her last album, 2011's…

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