1. Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts

    October 29, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he's jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett's natural ease at singing and songwriting. "I feel like I've really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,"…

  2. Chart Highlights: Eric Church Earns Highest His Debut Ever On Country Airplay With 'Outsiders'

    October 28, 2013 4:40 PM EDT 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 below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com and Billboard.biz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of…

  3. Gregg Allman Set for All-Star Tribute Concert

    October 23, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The Allman Brothers, Sam Moore, Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, Eric Church and several others have signed on to pay tribute in concert to Gregg Allman early next year. "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman" will be held Jan. 10 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre…

  4. Kip Moore Tees Up 'Young Love' as Next Single

    October 22, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Kip Moore has had an undeniable streak of success as of late, as his string of successes has resulted in a nomination for the New Artist Of The Year prize at the upcoming 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. The singer has just announced that "Young Love" will be the lead…

  5. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  6. Above & Beyond Surprises with Skrillex and a Stellar Acoustic Show: Review

    October 15, 2013 1:49 PM EDT About two-thirds of the way into their mostly-acoustic performance on Sunday night, their second in a row at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater, Above & Beyond asked their friend with nice glasses, Sonny Moore, to join them on stage. Moore, of course, is multiple-Grammy-winning DJ Skrillex,…

  7. Thomas Rhett Makes Multi-Generational History On Country Airplay Chart

    October 15, 2013 11:05 AM EDT With 'It Goes Like This,' Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the chart's history with a parent that previously reigned as a soloist As "It Goes Like This" shoots 4-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett…

  8. 'Carrie' Soundtrack: HAIM, Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit In the Mix

    October 08, 2013 2:36 PM EDT Fans will be showered with a bucket of indie rock when the soundtrack for upcoming horror remake "Carrie" is released on Oct. 15. Columbia Records announced today they will release the 12-song album three days before the film hits theaters. Artists include HAIM, Vampire Weekend,…

  9. Busker Busker Sweeps K-Pop Hot 100 With Eight Top 10 Entries

    October 05, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The indie band dominates the K-Pop chart despite a controversial interview from drummer Brad Moore. Plus, chart highlights from INFINITE, Lim Chang Jung and more. More than a year after the release of Busker Busker's smash-hit "Cherry Blossom Ending," which achieved an…

  10. Alan Jackson's 'Bluegrass' Red Hot On Top Country Albums Chart

    October 03, 2013 3:45 PM EDT The icon's sonic sojourn launches atop Bluegrass Albums and at No. 3 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton Six months after scoring his second No. 1 start on Christian Albums with "Precious Memories: Volume II," Alan Jackson's …

  11. Drake Leads Debut-Filled Top Four On Billboard 200

    October 02, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon, Cher and Elton John all stride into the Top 5 in their first weeks of release. The Billboard 200's top four albums are all debuts this week, led by Drake's "Nothing Was the Same," which launches at No. 1 with 658,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  12. Kings of Leon, Cher and Elton John Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200

    September 27, 2013 9:40 PM EDT Kings of Leon's "Mechanical Bull" should give the band its third consecutive top five album as Drake takes No. 1. It will be busy on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as a slew of big-name acts are heading for high debuts. As previously reported on Wednesday, Sept.…

  13. Justin Moore Forges His Own 'Path'; Watch Him Perform 'Point at You'

    September 27, 2013 12:55 PM EDT "They tell me I'm too country to do TV," says Justin Moore, whose third Valory Music album, Off the Beaten Path, bows atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and claims No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 97,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "I've…

  14. Gibson Brothers Rule At the International Bluegrass Music Awards

    September 27, 2013 1:15 AM EDT The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year for a second straight year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night as well as three other group and individual trophies. Eric Gibson was named songwriter of the year and his New York-based quintet also won vocal group of…

  15. Kenny Rogers Plays the Hits, Duets With Kellie Pickler at Benefit Concert

    September 26, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Though the Ryman Auditorium had its' beginnings as a tabernacle that riverboat captain Tom Ryman had built for revivalist Samuel Porter Jones to preach the word, last night saw two of the biggest crowd reactions coming from songs about gambling and an (almost) love affair. Kenny Rogers…

  16. Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean Lead Country Charts

    September 26, 2013 12:50 PM EDT At six weeks, Bryan's 'That's My Kind of Night' is the longest-leading No. 1 on Hot Country Songs since 2005. Plus, Moore bows atop Top Country Albums and Aldean rules Country Airplay With a sixth week atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, Luke Bryan's …

  17. Jack Johnson Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Country artists Justin Moore, Chris Young and Billy Currington all make Top 10 bows as well Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "From Here to Now to You" bows atop the list with 117,000 sold in its first week, according to…

  18. Miley Cyrus Opens-Up On 'Racist' VMA Criticism, Censorship & Double-Standards

    September 25, 2013 5:23 AM EDT Miley Cyrus is still talking about the twerking VMA performance that launched a thousand complaints. This time, she lashes out at critics who think her performance was racist or a "minstrel show," in which she used her black dancers as props. "I don't keep my producers…

  19. Jack Johnson Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Avicii and Chris Young for Top 10

    September 20, 2013 8:07 PM EDT EDM star Avicii could notch the genre's highest debut for a first solo album with "True." Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is on course for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while EDM superstar Avicii is aiming for a top 10 debut with his first album, "True.…

  20. P!nk's 'Truth About Love Tour' Special to Premiere in December on EPIX

    September 20, 2013 5:22 PM EDT "There will be laughs. There will be tears. Who's with me!" -- So belts the carnival barker in a new trailer for "P!nk: The Truth About Love Tour," the pop superstar's upcoming concert special premiering Dec. 7 on EPIX. The special (110 minutes) gives fans an…

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