1. Taylor Swift's Top 10 Biggest Career Moments

    December 13, 2012 11:55 AM EST The Oct. 22 release of "Red," Taylor Swift's fourth album and another surefire hit, represents a watershed moment for the 22-year-old. After taking the music industry by storm as an upstart singer-songwriter with great tunes and an instantly relatable persona, Swift has now…

  2. Garth Brooks Gets Teary During Country Hall of Fame Induction

    October 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor were among the legends who honored Brooks on Sunday night. Garth Brooks promised he'd be emotional during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. But the tears started before he made it all the way into the building. Reflecting on personal…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Cloverdayle Talk 'Kids,' Tour

    October 03, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Chad and Rachel Hamar, who comprise rising new country duo Cloverdayle, admit that there are many different sounds that influenced them on their debut single "Like We Were Kids Again," as well as their album "9 Miles Down A Ten Mile Road." "Both of us came such a…

  4. Carly Rae Jepsen Releases 'This Kiss' Single: Listen

    September 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT With little more than a week to go before her U.S. debut album "Kiss" hits shelves, Carly Rae Jepsen has released her newest single, "This Kiss." The catchy pop track follows Jepsen's smash single, "Call Me Maybe," and her duet with Owl City , "Good…

  5. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss' Album Due Sept. 18

    August 07, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen is omnipresent on TV and radio this year and has been sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for weeks, but this year's breakout star has only just announced the release of her debut U.S. album. The upcoming record, titled "Kiss," album will drop Sept. 18…

  6. Mary Chapin Carpenter's 'Ashes and Roses' Documents Tough 5 Years

    June 15, 2012 4:05 PM EDT M ary Chapin Carpenter has enjoyed one of folk and country music's most critically acclaimed careers for over 20 years. Albums such as "Shooting Straight In The Dark" (1990) and "Stones In The Road" (1994) have earned her a reputation as one of the most honest singer…

  7. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, 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. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  8. Carole King: 'It Would be Lovely to Retire'

    May 10, 2012 9:26 PM EDT The voice behind dozens of standards like "It's Too Late," ''You've Got a Friend" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" says her music-making days are likely over. Carole King , now a best-selling author, doubts she will ever write another…

  9. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  10. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicians entertained 2,800 guests with a dozen…

  11. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire…

  12. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones , Matthew and Gunnar Nelson,…

  13. Taylor Swift Brings Out James Taylor, Selena Gomez in NYC: Video

    November 23, 2011 11:40 AM EST Taylor Swift closed her "Speak Now World Tour" with her best friend and the man her parents named her after. The 21-year-old brought out James Taylor and Selena Gomez at her concert Tuesday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. Swift said her parents named her after Taylor…

  14. White House Going Country: Lauren Alaina, Band Perry to Perform

    November 17, 2011 9:30 AM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  15. Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry Heading to White House for Country Celebration

    November 16, 2011 7:43 PM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  16. Kenny Loggins Glows About Newest Musical 'Brother'

    November 10, 2011 2:05 PM EST Hit-making singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins joined country music's biggest party last night, kicking off the 45th annual CMA Awards performing "Footloose" with Blake Shelton, who went on to collect his second consecutive male vocalist of the year trophy. Loggins' current…

  17. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, 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. CHRISTMAS IN…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Foster the People, Richard Marx

    October 14, 2011 11:05 AM EDT ADELE'S ADULT ADULATION: "There are two sounds right now: Adele ... and everyone else." That's how an industry colleague says that his two teenage children recently described what they're hearing on the car radio of late when driving with dad. Billboard's charts…

  19. Tori Amos Talks New Album & 'Little Earthquakes' at 20

    September 17, 2011 12:01 PM EDT A classically trained pianist and songwriter, Tori Amos has spent nearly 20 years challenging expectations and the very concept of "mainstream-friendly." As an icon of the '90s alternative boom, she sang openly about religion, rape and the steamy underbelly of femininity,…

  20. Carole King Preps First Holiday Album

    July 27, 2011 4:20 PM EDT The holiday season is coming early for Carole King . The quintessential singer-songwriter reveals to Billboard.com that she's releasing her first-ever festive record -- aptly titled "A Holiday Carole" -- on November 1. 100 Hot Holiday Songs "A Holiday Carole" features…

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