1. CMT Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV

    June 06, 2013 2:08 AM EDT The Color Purple: The red carpet is clearly passé. The Academy of Country Music used to have an orange rug, the Country Music Assn. favors black, and the CMTs – you’re lookin’ at purple. What shade of purple? That was up for debate. Kip Moore said it was “dark purple,” Katie Armiger…

  2. Chart Highlights: Rolling Stones Debut On Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 07, 2013 6:15 PM EST When the group's frontman has the original moves like Jagger, it shouldn't be too surprising to find them on the tally. 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 the surveys listed…

  3. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  4. The Year in New Artists 2012: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen & Fun. Reigned

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST While every year always brings a smattering of new acts that rack up major hits, 2012 produced an unusually robust group of fresh-faced talent. For the first time since 1956, the year's three biggest singles are by acts that earned their first pop hit in the past year. On the Billboard…

  5. Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise's to No. 1 on Country Songs, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    December 13, 2012 2:20 PM EST The duo concurrently starts on Country Albums at No. 3 with its debut set 'Here's to the Good Times' In the first turnover atop Billboard's Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming and expanded…

  6. Kip Moore's 'Beer' Bounces Up Country Charts, Jason Aldean Debuts Big

    October 25, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Kip Moore scores his second and quickest top 10 on the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart, as the artist's third single, "Beer Money," steps 11-10 in its 18th chart week. Moore's first to reach the upper tier was "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," which…

  7. Luke Bryan Tops American Country Awards Nominees

    October 10, 2012 8:10 AM EDT Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday. Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with…

  8. Hank Williams, Jr. to Pay Tribute to His Dad at CMT Awards

    June 04, 2012 3:45 PM EDT CMT Music Awards Producer John Hamlin Talks Show Surprises, Women of Country + More We're fast approaching one of the biggest nights in country music with the 2012 CMT Music Awards -- a highlight of CMA Music Festival week. The show, airing Wednesday, will be hosted by perennial fan…

  9. Country Countdown: Big & Rich Make History With 'That's Why I Pray'

    May 31, 2012 12:00 PM EDT B ig & Rich post the highest debut by a duo in the Nielsen BDS era, as "That's Why I Pray" opens at No. 24 with the Hot Shot Debut, Most Increased Audience and Breaker triple crown on Country Songs . In the 22-plus years since Billboard and Nielsen BDS pioneered technology…

  10. Rascal Flatts Score Their 12th No. 1 With 'Banjo'

    May 03, 2012 4:25 PM EDT R ascal Flatts makes it an even dozen atop Country Songs, as "Banjo" draws 36.5 million impressions and jumps 3-1 on the audience-driven chart, according to Nielsen BDS. That's the first time the trio has topped the list since "Why Wait" dominated for two weeks in…

  11. Jack White Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Jack White visits the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 for the first time, as his debut solo set, "Blunderbuss," arrives with 138,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the rocker's first No. 1 in any form -- he missed the top with his other bands the White…

  12. The Wanted, Lee Brice Heading for Billboard 200 Top 10

    April 27, 2012 9:55 PM EDT It seems a foregone conclusion that Jack White will score his first No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 with "Blunderbuss" while the top 10 could see arrivals from the Wanted, Lee Brice and Kip Moore. Industry sources suggest that White's solo debut album may sell…

  13. Somethin' 'Bout Kip Moore as Hit Single Rises, Album Debuts

    April 26, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Interstate 75 from South Georgia to Tennessee can be a long drive. MCA Nashville recording artist Kip Moore knows this for a fact. The singer remembers making that trek from his native Tifton just a few years ago, questioning himself every mile of the way. "I thought that I lost my damn…

  14. Jack White Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    April 25, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Though Jack White never earned a No. 1 album as part of the White Stripes , he's on course to top next week's Billboard 200 -- as a solo act. His solo debut set, "Blunderbuss," is aiming to bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with around 100,000 to 120,000…

  15. James Wesley Talks New Single, Touring With Taylor Swift & Ronnie Dunn

    March 22, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Much has been made of the glamour of the road life for a studio musician. If you truly want glamour, talk to Broken Bow recording artist James Wesley . "I've got a small fifteen passenger bus that we take out for some of our shorter shows with," he begins. "I've got a…

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