1. Spotlight: Canaan Smith's Amazing Start With 'We Got Us'

    February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST Many people believe the toughest part of an artist's career is getting a label deal. And, make no mistake about it, it's not easy getting offered a contract. However, according to Mercury recording artist Canaan Smith, signing on the dotted line is only the beginning. "It'…

  2. David Nail on 'Rain's Ride, Touring With Gavin DeGraw

    February 07, 2012 4:00 PM EST While he was backstage at a recent show, David Nail saw a copy of Billboard Magazine. He began to wonder as he picked it up if this could be the issue that his "Let It Rain" would be listed as the No. 1 song on the country charts. "I could feel the suspense coming up,"…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw

    January 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST '21' SALUTE: As Adele 's "21" tops the Billboard 200 for a 17th week , the set moves closer to the mark for most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a woman. In the 56-year history of the survey, only the Whitney Houston -led soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" has…

  4. Advertisement: Sands

    January 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST ADVERTISEMENT _ _ Chart Article _ _ Cheap Trick Rock Hits & Deep Cuts The trio rocked the Sands in Pa. on the Saturday after Turkey Day! _ Win a Tiesto Winter Weekend Getaway Here's your new chance for Tiesto Tickets, Dinner, Hotel & a Limo to and from Sands. _ Boyz II Men Win…

  5. 11 Artists' Favorite Albums of 2011

    December 16, 2011 2:25 PM EST What blockbuster Brit singer crossed all genre lines to make Skrillex , Zac Brown Band and Kelly Clarkson 's lists of the best albums of the year? Which rapper tag-team won Joe Jonas ' heart? Which international darlings insisted that some 2010 albums were still where it's at?…

  6. Priest Beatboxes the OG Christmas Story: Watch

    December 16, 2011 1:15 PM EST Do you like rap? Do you like the Christmas story? No, the OG Christmas story, the one that's likely to be told by a real-life priest. Well, a real-life priest (vicar, technically) named Gavin Tyte just dropped a three-minute freestyle of the Bible-approved telling via YouTube. Beatboxed…

  7. CMT Awards: Hank Jr. Walks Off, as 5 Stars Honored

    November 30, 2011 9:20 AM EST Brad Paisley fully endorses the format of the CMT Artists of the Year celebration. Paisley was one of five country music stars honored Tuesday night during a taping of the second annual event, joining Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift. He loved the idea of already…

  8. Bush Back Atop Alternative Songs With Self-Released 'The Sound of Winter'

    October 18, 2011 11:05 AM EDT B ush notches its first No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative Songs chart since 1999, and its fifth overall, as "The Sound of Winter" rises 3-1. (All charts will be refreshed Thursday (Oct. 20) on Billboard.com). The first single from "The Sea of Memories,…

  9. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 10/15/2011

    October 15, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @fucktyler : Damn Shit Just Got Real. Hope Ross Is Fine…

  10. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 10/1/2011

    October 01, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @yelyahwilliams : Happy 2nd birthday to our 3rd album,…

  11. J. Cole, Blink-182 Prepare to Rock Billboard 200 Chart

    September 30, 2011 5:45 PM EDT As reported earlier, J. Cole is looking to snag his first No. 1 album -- with his first release -- next week on the Billboard 200 as his "Cole World: the Sideline Story" should easily top the list. Industry sources say the set is on track to sell around 240,000 copies by the end of…

  12. Tony Bennett, 85, Achieves First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Duets II," making the 85-year old the oldest living act to reach No. 1. His all-star collaborations album bows in the top slot with 179,000 sold in its first week according to Nielsen…

  13. Could Tony Bennett Score His First Billboard 200 No. 1?

    September 22, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Legendary singer Tony Bennett may score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week as "Duets II" is on track to sell as many as 155,000 to 170,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to industry prognosticators. The closest the 14-time Grammy Award…

  14. Chart Highlights: Rodney Atkins Takes 'Back Road' To No. 1 On Country Songs

    September 19, 2011 5:15 PM EDT 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. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon…

  15. Gavin DeGraw, 'Sweeter': Video Track-By-Track

    September 19, 2011 2:38 PM EDT "Sweeter," Gavin DeGraw 's fourth album, features the sunny pop-rock sound that fans have appreciated since his first album was released in 2003. The biggest difference this time around? DeGraw has grown as a songwriter since the 2009 release of "Free," and the 34…

  16. O.A.R., 'King'

    September 16, 2011 4:18 PM EDT "Sometimes I just wanna get a little crazy," O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge proclaims not long into the band's Wind-up Records debut, King. And if that's true, the singer must be getting his ya-yas out elsewhere, as there's little delirium to be found on the seventh…

  17. Gavin DeGraw Dusts Off After NYC Street Fight, Delivers 'Sweeter' Album

    September 16, 2011 4:15 PM EDT In the early morning hours of Aug. 8, singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw was assaulted by a group of unknown men in Manhattan's East Village, not far from the bar he co-owns with his brother, the National Underground. DeGraw, 34, was then hit by a taxi following the assault, and rushed to…

  18. Blink-182 Billboard Cover: Sneak Peek

    September 15, 2011 5:45 PM EDT For Blink-182 , breaking up was easy to do. Now, the pop punk band is back with a massive tour and a dynamic new album… but it was no cake walk getting there. We break down the return of Travis, Mark and Tom in this week's Billboard Magazine (out Friday). Awesome cover, right? Also In…

  19. David Cook and Gavin DeGraw Co-Headlining Fall Tour

    September 13, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Gavin DeGraw is returning to the stage following his NYC hospitalization with American Idol winner David Cook.The two will kick off a co-headining tour on Oct. 9, visiting 22 cities through Nov. 10. Carolina Liar will open. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16. DeGraw will perform songs from his…

  20. Bush Is Back With New Lineup & First Album in a Decade

    September 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's been 10 years since the last release from English '90s alternative rock band Bush, but that hasn't left frontman Gavin Rossdale without a soft spot for the group that made him an international rock star. "I love the idea of marriage or committing to someone,"…

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