1. Katy Perry, Juicy J Ride Into the GRAMMYs With 'Dark Horse'

    January 26, 2014 9:20 PM EST Katy Perry may have been the fourth performer at tonight's GRAMMYs, but she was the first to put on an elaborate showing. After chill sets from Beyonce, Lorde and Hunter Hayes, Perry—along with rapper Juicy J—transformed the stage into a gothic, wizard basement party for their go at …

  2. New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik & Songwriter/Author Alex Woodard Team Up for 'Breathe the Sky': Exclusive Premiere

    January 23, 2014 10:57 AM EST The Americana-influenced track tells the story of a man's unflinching optimism while dying from Lou Gehrig's Disease. "For the Sender: Love Is (Not a Feeling)" – the second installment of the ongoing music-meets-literature project of Alex Woodard – is shaping up to be one…

  3. Blake Shelton Uses R&B Effect to Make a Country Impression on Latest Hit

    January 22, 2014 10:34 AM EST The new Blake Shelton single is a study in contrasts. "Doin' What She Likes" features a guy who's mostly been tamed but still harbors a wild streak. It's a love song that was written in the middle of a hunting expedition. And it's a country single that might…

  4. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top 70 Country Songs 1989-2014

    January 13, 2014 3:07 PM EST It was 70 years ago this month -- January 1944 -- that Billboard began charting the popularity of country tunes with the format's main chart now known as Hot Country Songs. In celebration the vital genre's continued vibrancy, we're honoring the chart's anniversary with…

  5. Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 Music Preview

    January 09, 2014 12:10 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to an extra-long episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  6. iHeartRadio Country Festival Announced With Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood

    January 08, 2014 11:15 AM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment got such an overwhelming response to country music performers during the iHeartRadio Music Festivals, they've decided to start one geared toward country fans. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival will be held March 29 in Austin, Texas, with Luke…

  7. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  8. Luke Laird's 'Blessed' Year on Country Charts

    December 26, 2013 1:40 PM EST It's definitely been a year to remember for hit Nashville songwriter Luke Laird. He has been responsible for ten top-40 singles on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, including three No. 1s. In addition, the Pennsylvania native added producer to his resume -- for Kacey Musgraves'…

  9. The Year In Pop: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde Take On The One Percent (Opinion)

    December 23, 2013 12:35 PM EST had its opulence anthems, but we sang along to "Thrift Shop" and "Royals" more loudly. Has hating the upper class ever been so cool in pop music? With America in post-"Occupy" mode, the middle class remains constantly suspicious of the wealthy. And…

  10. Train Artist Jukebox Video: The Band Talks Favorite Songs of 2013

    December 19, 2013 3:10 PM EST For the three musicians of multiplatinum band Train, 2013 has been a year on the road bringing their music to fans around the globe -- and prepping new music. The trio recently sat down with Billboard.com editor M. Tye Comer ( @MTye ) to talk about their world tour in support of 2012's…

  11. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST A duo that wasn't even signed to a major label two years ago dominates Billboard's year-end country charts Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label…

  12. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  13. CMT's 'Artists of the Year' Special Honors Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line & More

    December 04, 2013 1:54 AM EST CMT's celebration of country music's top artists of 2013 was a complete dude fest. Whether it was saluting Tim McGraw as a more-relevant-than-ever trailblazer, acknowledging the genre's love-hate relationship with Florida Georgia Line, the precociousness of Hunter Hayes or the…

  14. Ron White To Host CMT's Artists Of The Year Special

    November 20, 2013 3:21 AM EST Comedian Ron White will host CMT's celebration of 2013's top country music stars, making this year's show something of a boys club. "CMT Artists of the Year" honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw will air live for the…

  15. Maximum Exposure 2013: The Top 10 Platforms That Move Music Now

    November 15, 2013 8:00 AM EST A Longer Version of This Cover Story Appears in The New Billboard -- Own It ! • Subscribe • Buy a Copy • Billboard on iPad Whether they're performing at an awards show, rocking the stage at a huge festival, or licensing your tune for a commercial spot, there are numerous ways for…

  16. Britney Spears Named VH1 'Save the Music' Ambassador

    November 08, 2013 9:09 PM EST Britney Spears doesn't just have a new album on her plate in the coming months -- in fact, she has an extra responsibility afforded to her, courtesy of VH1. The pop star has been named one of VH1's "Save the Music" ambassadors, Rolling Stone reports . Spears is joined by…

  17. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  18. OneRepublic's 'Star' Map: Inside The Group's Latest Top 10 Single

    November 05, 2013 12:23 PM EST Four months after its release, the band's "Counting Stars" single has ridden a wave of synchs to become its biggest global hit. When Interscope president John Janick spoke with Billboard in mid-October about the ­label's fourth quarter, he was just as hopeful about an…

  19. Hunter Hayes Talks New Music: 'I Didn't Sit and Write Another 'Wanted''

    November 05, 2013 11:17 AM EST "I've got about 60-some songs I've written for the next record" After taking the "Encore" edition of his debut album to the top of the Country Albums charts and exploring some fresh musical directions on its new tracks, Hunter Hayes says he's "very…

  20. Colombian Reggaeton Star J Balvin Talks 'La Familia,' Picks His Favorite 5 Videos

    October 30, 2013 4:56 AM EDT “I want to try and make my own movement,” says J. Balvin, the rising reggaeton star, whose album “La Familia” was just released on Capitol Latin. “We are going to conquer the world.”   Maybe its not such a lofty goal for the Colombian artist, whose following extends from (logically) South…

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