1. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  2. Sam Hunt Scores Country Charts Feat Last Achieved 22 Years Ago

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Newcomer Sam Hunt tops three Billboard country charts -- Top Country Albums , Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay -- as his first full-length set, Montevallo , opens with 70,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Digital sales account for a hefty 71 percent of the sum.) Sam…

  3. Chuck Dauphin Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 06, 2014 6:06 PM EST Longtime radio and music journalist Chuck Dauphin won the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award. Dauphin -- who has been a contributing writer for Billboard since 2011, as well as The 615 columnist for Billboard.com -- accepted the award at the 48th annual CMA awards in Nashville on Wednesday…

  4. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big

    November 05, 2014 11:40 PM EST Luke Bryan took home top honors at the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 5), winning for Entertainer of the Year. "I've never met Garth Brooks before," the singer said of the man who presented him with the trophy. "Can I have another…

  5. CMA Awards 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 05, 2014 8:00 PM EST The 2014 CMA Awards have begun! Check back here for an updated winners list all night! CMA Awards 2014: Who Should Win/Who Will Win | Producers Give Scoop on the Show  | Live Blog Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan -- WINNER Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban Female…

  6. Country-Pop Crossovers: Who Has Moved From Country to Pop and Vice Versa?

    November 05, 2014 2:34 PM EST The CMA Awards are tonight, featuring performances from country elite like Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney . But pop stars are also getting in on the fun: Meghan Trainor is joining Lambert, and Ariana Grande will sing with Little Big Town . These duets emphasize the decreasing distance…

  7. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  8. Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Is Music Publishing's Big Winner in Q3

    November 04, 2014 10:06 AM EST Sam Smith was publishing’s big winner in the third quarter. His “Stay With Me” ranks first for airplay, with both Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group holding an interest in the ballad, while his guest turn on Disclosure ’s “Latch” (UMPG) puts the radio staple in fifth place. As a…

  9. CMA Awards' Exec Producer Gives the Inside Scoop on This Year's Show -- From the All-Star Duets to the Surprise Guests

    November 03, 2014 5:53 PM EST An interview with CMA's executive producer Robert Deaton Robert Deaton is a very busy man. As executive producer of the CMA Awards, Deaton is preparing for the 48th Annual CMA Awards live on ABC Wednesday night (Nov. 5) from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. On Friday, he'll…

  10. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  11. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Tegan and Sara & Calvin Harris Extension, ole Nabs $50m Credit & Joey + Rory

    October 30, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed superstar producer Calvin Harris to an extension of its long-term worldwide publishing deal. Moreover, the deal includes a partnership in Harris' record…

  12. Dolly Parton's Inner Circle Gives the Inside Scoop on the Country Superstar

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT "God has put a lot of great people in my path to help me," Dolly Parton tells Billboard. Here, her team's key players reflect on the country legend -- and she gives the story on them. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her…

  13. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  14. Don't Judge Country Star Sam Hunt Because He Was a Football Player: ‘I Had to Break Down That Stereotype’

    October 28, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Billboard talked with the country singer Sam Hunt about his hit "Leave The Night On," currently at No. 38 and climbing on the Hot 100 . I'd love to hear a little bit about how the song came together, when you first wrote it, the whole trajectory. It's a song I wrote…

  15. Why 'Footloose' Inspired 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn

    October 28, 2014 12:49 PM EDT In a key scene in 2014's top-grossing movie, Guardians of the Galaxy , Chris Pratt 's character Peter Quill tells the interstellar assassin and wallflower Gamora ( Zoe Saldana ) of a legend on Earth called Footloose , in which "a great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire…

  16. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  17. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Announce Joint Tour

    October 27, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Kenny Chesney will merge tours with Jason Aldean for a run of megashows in 2015, as Chesney's Big Revival tour melds with Aldean's Burn It Down for 10 stadium dates. The first shows to go on sale are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015m and San Francisco's Levi’s…

  18. Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams to Perform on 'A Very Grammy Christmas'

    October 25, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Ariana Grande , Maroon 5 , Pharrell Williams and Tim McGraw are among the acts slated to perform on the upcoming A Very Grammy Christmas , which airs Dec. 5 on CBS. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower From Beyonce’s…

  19. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  20. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years

    October 24, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The icon vaults 50-21 with 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You.' Plus, Jason Aldean logs the longest reign by a solo male in 51 years and Florida Georgia Line storms Top Country Albums at No. 1. With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me opening in select markets…

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