1. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  2. Hunter Hayes Performs Surprise Show, Hits Studio With John Legend

    June 08, 2014 7:05 AM EDT Quite a bit of what fans see during the CMA Music Festival is scripted and planned. However, there are always a few surprises that filter into the week's worth of activities. Hunter Hayes definitely gave his fans a little something extra on Friday with a surprise performance downtown.…

  3. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week started on the right foot, especially for Carrie…

  4. CMT Music Awards: John Legend, ZZ Top, Lzzy Hale Storm Nashville

    June 04, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Though Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards signified the kickoff of the massive CMA Music Festival, there were plenty of non-country artists shaking things up throughout the evening. This was apparent from the beginning of the telecast, as ZZ Top took to the stage first with some…

  5. Jason Derulo, John Legend Among CMT Awards' Unlikely Guests

    June 03, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Don't be too shocked when Jason Derulo pops out onstage with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line during the CMT Music Awards. The 24-year-old R&B singer is one of several surprising guests on Wednesday night's country music video awards show (8 p.m. EDT), keeping with CMT'…

  6. Chart Highlights: John Legend's 'All Of Me' Crowns Fifth Airplay Chart

    June 02, 2014 4:35 PM EDT As it rises 2-1 on Adult Contemporary, the ballad becomes one of an elite group of songs to dominate at least five singular-format radio airplay charts. Plus, new No. 1s for Justin Timberlake, Idina Menzel and Billboard Hot 100 leader Iggy Azalea Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a…

  7. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  8. The Black Keys Earn First No. 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    May 21, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rascal Flatts also score a Top 5 debut, while Dolly Parton scoops up just her second Top 10 album with "Blue Smoke" Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's …

  9. Michael Jackson, Black Keys Vie for No. 1

    May 16, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton and Tori Amos Heading for Top 10 There's a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as both Michael Jackson's "Xscape" and the Black Keys' "Turn Blue" have their sights set on the top slot.  Industry sources suggest…

  10. Hunter Hayes 'Storyline' Storms Top Country Albums Chart

    May 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second No. 1 set. Plus, Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett reach new chart highs Hunter Hayes notches his second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and his first to debut atop the list, as "Storyline" bows with 69,000 sold, his best-ever…

  11. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  12. 'Now 50' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Hunter Hayes, Sarah McLachlan, Atmosphere & more score Top 10 debuts this week. After 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside for the "Now 50" compilation. "Now 50" debuts at No. 1 with 153,000 copies sold…

  13. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Tom Petty's 'Fever' Rises

    May 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-five years ago this week, his first solo album began its Billboard 200 climb (and wouldn't back down). Plus, remembering key chart feats for Hunter Hayes, Janet Jackson, and R.E.M. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

  14. Hunter Hayes Breaks the Flaming Lips' Guinness World Record While Raising Awareness of Child Hunger

    May 10, 2014 1:50 PM EDT It’s official: country singer Hunter Hayes has broken the Guinness World Record for the most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours — all in an effort to help end child hunger. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever Beginning on May 9 with a performance on …

  15. Hunter Hayes' 'Storyline' Heading for Top Three on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 09, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Twenty-two-year-old Hunter Hayes is aiming for his highest charting album yet on the Billboard 200, as his sophomore set, "Storyline," could debut at No. 3 next week. Industry sources forecast the album, which was released on May 6, may sell between 70,000 and 75,000 copies in the…

  16. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever

    May 09, 2014 5:32 PM EDT The days are getting longer, summer is almost here, and stars like Hunter Hayes and Jack White are trying their hands at music record-breaking. We're celebrating the best way we know how: with a long, long look at the record-breaking "longest" moments on the Billboard charts.…

  17. 'Now 50' Eyeing Top of Billboard 200 Chart

    May 07, 2014 6:58 PM EDT The latest "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilation may bring an end to the "Frozen" soundtrack's reign at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast "Now 50" to sell more than 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday…

  18. Hunter Hayes Leads Country's Youth Revolution, Without a Pickup Truck or Beer in Sight

    May 06, 2014 1:28 PM EDT With new album "Storyline," 22-year-old prodigy Hunter Hayes is leading country's youth revolution -- without a pickup truck or beer can in sight. Strolling into a trendy eatery in Las Vegas, Hunter Hayes, casually clad in jeans and a gray T-shirt, is teeming with the youthful…

  19. Miranda Lambert Leads Nominees for CMT Music Awards (See Complete List)

    May 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan tie for second with five nominations each Miranda Lambert has turned a diverse, productive year of music into an impressive set of nominations at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Lambert leads the field with six nominations-- two for her independent work, two for…

  20. Imagine Dragons Frontman to Receive Songwriters Hall of Fame Honor

    April 15, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Dan Reynolds, frontman of the chart-conquering rock band Imagine Dragons, will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Related Articles Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Ray Davies, Donovan for Class of 2014 Imagine Dragons to Perform at Billboard…

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