1. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  2. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  3. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  4. Luke Bryan No. 1, Carrie Underwood Soars Onto Country Airplay Chart

    October 07, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Bryan notches his 10th leader, while Underwood makes her grandest career entrance. Luke Bryan claims his 10th career leader on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart and becomes the only artist to score three No. 1s this year, as "Roller Coaster" rumbles 2-1. Bryan's other…

  5. Exclusive: 'Pop Nation' Musical Celebrates '90s Boy Bands & Bubblegum Divas

    October 06, 2014 6:18 PM EDT If you've ever had a long argument about which band was better,  Backstreet Boys  or *NSYNC ,  Pop Nation  is your theatrical experience. The new show, merging music, theater and the nightclub experience, will begin performances at Hudson in New York City on Nov. 14.  Pop Nation …

  6. Who Will Dominate Country Music’s Packed Year-End?

    October 06, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks bring firepower to an already beefy fall release schedule. The fourth quarter is looking robust, with big releases ranging from Kanye West to Barry Manilow , but its secret weapon is an unusually strong slate from the country sector. “It’s the…

  7. Blake Battling Babs for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Blake Shelton is in the hunt for his second No. 1 album, but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way Blake Shelton might nab his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Bringing Back the Sunshine … that is, unless Barbra Streisand ’s Partners puts up a fight. Blake…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Darius Rucker's 'Homegrown Honey' Video Shows a Country Girl Conquering New York City

    October 02, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Darius Rucker -- a Grammy winner as a member of Hootie and the Blowfish and as a smooth country singer -- released a new video for his single "Homegrown Honey." Watch it below. "Homegrown Honey" features an easy to remember refrain: "Honey, honey, honey, you'…

  11. Meghan Trainor Hits No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Fueled by the success of 'All About That Bass,' Trainor travels 3-1 on the tally. Plus, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett enter in the top 20. Meghan Trainor takes over as the top artist in the U.S., rising 3-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  12. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  13. 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,…

  14. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  15. Kenny Chesney Brings 'American Kids' to 'Conan'

    September 30, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Kenny Chesney, who recently released his new album The Big Revival , stopped by Conan last night to play his latest hit, "American Kids." Watch the video below: "American Kids" peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100 , and it's currently No. 3 on Hot Country Songs . Chesney…

  16. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  17. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  18. 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…

  19. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  20. Quotes of the Week: Madonna and Nicki Werk It, Lorde’s Makeup Mishap and More

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT "We go hard or we go home we gon' do this all night long! #werk" Madonna hit the town with rap's reigning queen Nicki Minaj , posting an Instagram of their adventures and captioning the pic with a hashtag that suggests a possible collabo. "I can’t stop farting today…

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