1. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, HAIM, Pharrell & More Make Moves

    February 24, 2014 3:05 PM EST Perry sets the Pop Songs weekly plays mark with 'Dark Horse'; HAIM hits its first airplay chart; and Pharrell's 'Happy' continues its multi-format surge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  2. Needtobreathe Appearing on Upcoming Episode of 'Hart of Dixie'

    February 21, 2014 9:45 PM EST Needtobreathe will make its TV series debut on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” in May. The band will perform its current single "The Heart" in the Rammer Jammer restaurant, where many of the show's events take place. The scene tapes on Monday (Feb. 24). They performed the song on …

  3. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  4. Eric Church, Joe Nichols Shine On Hot Country Songs

    October 31, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Released simultaneously on Oct. 22 to radio and digital retailers, Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rockets 50-6 on Hot Country Songs and blows in at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs (81,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).     Following an early bow on Hot…

  5. Kip Moore's 'Girl' Hits Top 10, Video Premiere Spikes Taylor Swift's 'Red'

    July 11, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Kip Moore claims his third top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Hey Pretty Girl," which rises 11-9. He previously reached the upper tier with "Beer Money," which rolled to No. 7 last December, and "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," which…

  6. CMT Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV

    June 06, 2013 2:08 AM EDT The Color Purple: The red carpet is clearly passé. The Academy of Country Music used to have an orange rug, the Country Music Assn. favors black, and the CMTs – you’re lookin’ at purple. What shade of purple? That was up for debate. Kip Moore said it was “dark purple,” Katie Armiger…

  7. 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…

  8. The Year In Country 2012: Georgia Rules With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson , Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood , but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts -- Luke Bryan , Jason Aldean , Zac Brown…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, PSY Remain Hot 100's Mane Men

    November 10, 2012 2:05 PM EST The group's 'One More Night' has galloped past the rapper's 'Gangnam Style' for seven weeks, marking one of the longest periods of non-movement ever in the Hot 100's top two spots. The horse race to the top of the SHINING BRIGHT: Rihanna extends her record…

  10. Chart Highlights: Christina Aguilera's 'Body' Dances Onto Pop Songs

    September 17, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Also: Hunter Hayes scores his first No. 1 on Country Songs and the Lumineers take over atop the Rock and Alternative Songs charts. 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…

  11. Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Celebrate Michael Jackson at Pepsi & Billboard Summer Beats

    August 30, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Swizz Beatz Rocks DJ Set at NYC Blowout on MJ's 54th Birthday Some of R&B's biggest stars paid tribute to the King of Pop on Wednesday night. At Billboard and Pepsi's latest Summer Beats concert, Ne-Yo , Melanie Fiona , Swizz Beatz and DJ Cassidy performed at New York'…

  12. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to Be Honored at Pepsi/Billboard Concert

    August 29, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz and DJ Cassidy will honor the King of Pop with tribute performances Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson 's "Bad" tonight (Aug. 29) at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from…

  13. Country Countdown: Love and Theft, Colt Ford Score No. 1s

    August 16, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Up 2-1 in its 39th week, trio-turned-duo Love And Theft makes chart history with "Angel Eyes," which logs the longest No. 1 climb by a duo or group on Country Songs -- the fourth-slowest by any artist -- during the Nielsen BDS era (since January 1990), surpassing Eli Young Band &…

  14. Grace Potter On Playing To Country Crowds: 'I Love The Horrified Looks'

    August 09, 2012 6:20 PM EDT Rock singer continues on Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers on the Sun tour. Grace Potter says she's having a good time being a "Little Sister of the Sun" on Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw 's Brothers of the Sun stadium tour -- and a mischievous little sister, at…

  15. Country Countdown: Kenny Chesney Keeps Crown, Gloriana Debuts Big

    August 09, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Meanwhile, Jana Kramer Scores First Top 10 Single With 'Why Ya Wanna' Kenny Chesney 's "Come Over" dominates Country Songs for a second week, his first to hold for more than one week since "Somewhere with You" spent three weeks at the summit in January…

  16. Rick Ross Scores Fourth No. 1 Album With 'God Forgives, I Don't'

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "God Forgives, I Don't" bows atop the list with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, topping the 198,000 that "…

  17. Joss Stone & Gloriana Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Singer Joss Stone and country trio Gloriana are both aiming for the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with their newly-released albums. According to industry sources, Stone's "The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2" might sell around 25,000 by week's end on Sunday, Aug. 5, while Gloriana&…

  18. Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Selling Big, Heading for No. 1

    August 01, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Rick Ross is aiming for his best sales week ever, as "God Forgives, I Don't," is tracking to sell around 200,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 5. That number -- forecasted by industry sources -- should easily claim the hip-hop king his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard…

  19. Watch Jana Kramer Talk 'Why Ya Wanna' & 'It Girl' Label

    August 01, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Jana Kramer has a lot of reason to be smiling these days. Her debut album debuted in the top five on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and her first single, "Why Ya Wanna," is closing in on the top ten on the singles chart (it rises to No. 11 this week). Kramer was one of the acts…

  20. The Beat: Gloriana Rocks Nashville, Billie Joe Armstrong Joins 'The Voice'

    July 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT On the latest episode of "The Beat," we're coming to you straight from Nashville, Tenn., where host Jonathan Brooks checked out last night's Summer Beats concert, hosted by Billboard and Pepsi's . In addition to the usual daily news, today's "Beat" has…

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