1. Little Big Town's Little Secret: Natalie Hemby & Barry Dean on Writing Country Hits

    October 02, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Creative Nation songwriters have worked with Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire & many more superstars. In a recent interview, legendary singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin praised the work of Natalie Hemby , who has scored with hits such as "Downtown" ( Lady Antebellum )…

  2. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as…

  3. After Re-Shaping Fashion, MADE Looks to Disrupt Music (With Lyor Cohen in Tow)

    October 02, 2014 12:51 PM EDT The program, which launches Oct. 7, aims to reshape traditional artist development. Since its launch in 2009, MADE Fashion has been disrupting Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by drawing some of the industry’s biggest names, like Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler , away from the New York…

  4. Pop Shop Podcast: Tove Lo on ‘Habits’ Hot 100 Run, Katy Perry’s Dancing & Refusing To Censor Lyrics

    October 02, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest 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…

  5. Raul Midon Returns With 'Don't Hesitate'

    October 01, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Set includes Bill Withers co-write; cover of Who classic 'I Can See for Miles.' At one point in the insightful 2009 film Still Bill , the legendary Bill Withers is shown co-writing a song with fellow singer/songwriter/musician Raul Midón . Now the pair's collaboration is…

  6. Blake Shelton Eyeing No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 01, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Blake Shelton may battle Barbra Streisand for No. 1 on next week's chart. Blake Shelton 's new album Bringing Back the Sunshine has its sights set on the Billboard 200 chart's No. 1 slot -- but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way. Blake Shelton's 'Bringing…

  7. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' Debuts at No. 1

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bennett and Gaga edges out Kenny Chesney, who debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga. The standards album,…

  8. Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban 'Heartbroken' Over Dad's Death

    September 30, 2014 11:08 PM EDT Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban released a joint statement on the death of Kidman's father, beloved psychologist Antony Kidman . "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks. We are all heartbroken but knowing we are in the hearts…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Echosmith's 'Cool' Climbs, Jason Derulo Hits Top 40

    September 27, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The family band's debut single rises, while Derulo's 'Trumpets' sounds a new high note. Plus, moves for Maroon 5, Childish Gambino and the Script. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All About That…

  10. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  11. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are battling for No. 1 Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Bea Miller, Jackie Lee, Sofia Reyes

    September 26, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Bea Miller Fifteen-year-old Bea Miller bubbles under the Adult Pop Songs chart with the pure-pop "Young Blood," her debut single…

  13. Rape Charge From Keith Urban Concert Dropped

    September 25, 2014 9:06 PM EDT Prosecutors have dropped the case against an 18-year-old Boston man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert at which dozens of people were treated for excessive drinking. Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert The Sun Chronicle reports that…

  14. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Garth Brooks' 'Ultimate' Returns

    September 25, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Also: Cannibal Corpse scores its highest charting album ever. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Barbra Streisand made history with her 10th No. 1 album : Partners . With the arrival, she became the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. Streisand led a…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: iHeartRadio Recap, Year of the Booty, Barbra Streisand Tops Chris Brown & More

    September 25, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest 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.…

  16. Mavis Staples' 75th Birthday to Be Honored With Special Chicago Concert

    September 25, 2014 9:59 AM EDT UPDATE: Jeff & Spencer Tweedy, Emmylou Harris, Keb' Mo' and Joan Osborne have been added to this already star-stacked lineup. Legendary singer Mavis Staples turned 75 on July 10, and now her special year is being celebrated with a once-in-a-lifetime concert in her hometown…

  17. Kenny Chesney Heading for Eighth No. 1 Album

    September 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s new duets album may debut at No. 2. Country superstar Kenny Chesney is heading for his eighth No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his new set, The Big Revival , may sell around 125,000 to 135,000 copies in the week…

  18. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  19. Barbra Streisand Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 23, 2014 8:11 PM EDT Streisand is the only act with No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. It's official: Barbra Streisand 's Partners album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making the icon the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. Barbra Streisand&…

  20. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

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