1. Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Leads Four Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    June 26, 2013 11:00 AM EDT J. Cole, Mac Miller, Kelly Rowland all crash the upper reaches of the album chart. Led by Kanye West's "Yeezus," the entire top four albums on the Billboard 200 chart this week are new entries. West's "Yeezus" arrives with 327,000 -- the third-largest sales…

  2. Album Chart Preview: Kanye West's Lead Over J. Cole Shrinks

    June 22, 2013 10:00 AM EDT J. Cole's "Born Sinner" is edging closer to West's "Yeezus" as the albums enter the weekend. After three full days on sale, Kanye West's "Yeezus" is still forecast to be No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. However, its lead over J.…

  3. Florida Georgia Line Reaches No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    June 20, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line scores its first leader on Top Country Albums, as "Here's to the Good Times" rises from its previous No. 3 peak to No. 1 with 33,000 copies sold (up 20%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its 28th week. The duo's album is the first in more than a…

  4. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Win Big at CMT Music Awards

    June 05, 2013 11:18 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean take home CMT Belt Buckles Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert doubled up on trophies, and Carrie Underwood claimed the biggest Buckle in the Bible Belt during Wednesday's CMT Music Awards, a prologue to the four-day CMA…

  5. 615 Picks: Taylor Swift Poised to Win Big (Again) at CMT Music Awards

    June 05, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Tonight's CMT Music Awards, airing live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, promises to pack a diverse musical punch. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean, the show will feature performances from many of the top stars of the genre, including Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker,…

  6. Hunter Hayes Announces CMT Tour, Talks 'Encore' Album Out June 18

    June 04, 2013 10:20 AM EDT "They say you have your entire life to write your first record. I feel like I've had my entire life to dream about this headline tour," says Hunter Hayes, who will top the 12th annual CMT On Tour this fall. Hayes' Let's Go Crazy Tour debuts October 10 in Knoxville,…

  7. Hooverphonic, 'The Night Before' Album Stream, Video, & Free 'Unfinished Sympathy' Download

    June 03, 2013 1:52 PM EDT The trip-hop outfit sheds the sub-bass on Massive Attack cover. It’s been nearly 20 years since Hooverphonic released “2 Wicky,” a drowsy, Isaac Hayes-sampling seductress of a track that typified the trip-hop era. But their latest album doesn’t have the astro-groove of their original works,…

  8. Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes to Perform at CMT Music Awards

    May 13, 2013 10:40 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Pistol Annies will don their best cowboy boots for their live performances at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Beside being the night's entertainment, Underwood, Hayes, Little Big Town, Bryan and Swift are among the nominees for…

  9. Demi Lovato, 'Demi': Track-By-Track Review

    May 09, 2013 3:10 PM EDT At this point, Demi Lovato's story of success is well-known and does not need to be further dissected. In 2012, the 20-year-old scored her biggest hit to date with the sumptuously simple "Give Your Heart a Break," headlined a well-received summer tour to support her 2011…

  10. 'Idol' Alums, Including Season 3's 'Pen Salesman,' Thrive on 'The Voice'

    April 24, 2013 9:59 AM EDT Fans of The Voice may have noticed two familiar faces from American Idol this season: season nine’s Luke Edgemon and season three top 10 finalist Jon Peter Lewis, who is competing as part of the duo Midas Whale. Both men advanced in Monday night’s battle round, with Midas Whale retaining…

  11. Liz Longley: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    April 16, 2013 11:05 AM EDT After touring with some of the genre's core acts, the folk singer/songwriter readies her new self-titled album. Her Boston show tomorrow, meanwhile, will partially benefit the American Red Cross. "A lot of people leave, but I really wanted to finish and get the most out of it…

  12. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne 'Never' Lands On Pop Songs

    April 15, 2013 3:08 PM EDT Lavigne and Selena Gomez preview forthcoming albums with debuts on Pop Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and more. 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…

  13. White House Hosts Night of Memphis Soul -- Watch Justin Timberlake Sing for Obamas

    April 10, 2013 3:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama said he'd been looking forward to a White House celebration of Memphis soul music for one reason. "Let's face it, who does not love this music?" he asked Tuesday, opening the night's concert in an East Room bathed in amber light and…

  14. Brad Paisley, 'Wheelhouse': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Brad Paisley tackles numerous subjects on his eighth studio album "Wheelhouse." His most controversial album to date, Paisley produced the LP himself and it features hot-button topics ranging from racism, religion, and domestic abuse. Latest Reviews: Paramore's "Paramore…

  15. ACMs Live From the Orleans: Five Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 08, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Portions of the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast were broadcast from the Orleans Arena, about a mile from the MGM Grand where the main event was held. Here are a few of the highlights of the night -- back stage and on. All Things ACMs Miranda Lambert Owns the Night Missed It? Watch…

  16. ACM Awards 2013: Stevie & Hunter to Collaborate, Blake Shocks Miranda and Other Backstage Moments

    April 08, 2013 10:08 AM EDT You saw the glitter, the glamour, and the great performances during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last night on CBS. But, backstage in the press room, there was a lot you didn't see. Here's ten things that didn't hit the airwaves. All Things ACMs Miranda…

  17. ACM Awards 2013: 10 Best Moments

    April 08, 2013 7:00 AM EDT All Things ACMs Miranda Lambert Owns the Night Missed It? Watch the 10 Best Moments Stevie & Hunter Heading to the Studio? 8 Backstage Moments What You Didn't See at the ACMs Concert Red Carpet and Show Photos Check Out a Full Winners List The Academy of Country Music Awards…

  18. Luke Bryan Scores Upset at ACM Awards, but Miranda Lambert Is Big Winner

    April 07, 2013 11:19 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards proved to be one fine education in partying, country style. Many of the evening's performances from Las Vegas proved to be very much attitude laden -- and the winners reflected this, with Luke Bryan taking the top prize, in what will…

  19. Phoenix: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 05, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The French group's last album made it a festival headliner. For a follow-up, the band is using that attention to bring its offbeat impulses to the masses. On April 13, when Phoenix takes the stage to headline the first Saturday of Coachella, it will be the linchpin moment in the…

  20. ACM Awards 2013: Who Will Walk Away With Biggest Honors?

    April 05, 2013 11:55 AM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will host the festivities live over the CBS Television Network. Who will walk away with the evening’s biggest honors? Predicting awards shows is never easy, but we…

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