1. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  2. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  3. Chart Highlights: Aretha Franklin Tops Dance Club Songs for First Time in 16 Years

    December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST The icon's cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' returns her to No. 1. Plus, new leaders for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  4. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  5. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  6. Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

    December 18, 2014 12:25 PM EST Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums. Carrie Underwood storms Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set…

  7. Ray Price Remembered by Wife Janie, One Year After His Death

    December 16, 2014 6:55 PM EST Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price . For his widow, Janie, it was as if the world had seemingly come to an end. "It was actually four months before I could even leave my home," she says. "I just honestly stayed…

  8. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  9. Luke Bryan Hits ACCA Stage After Brother-in-Law's Death: 'It's Nice to Feel Loved'

    December 15, 2014 8:42 PM EST Bryan wins Male Vocalist of the Year at American Country Countdown Awards. It's been a roller-coaster month for Luke Bryan . At last month's American Music Awards, he was named Favorite Male Country Artist, but only a week later, his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, died…

  10. BSBB Round 2: Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea JAMIESON COX: I live and work in a university town, and if “number of times heard while walking by a raging kegger” was an…

  11. BSBB Round 1: Justin Timberlake, "Not a Bad Thing" vs. Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Not a Bad Thing Justin Timberlake This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan MAURA JOHNSTON: If the whole of Timberlake's soupy ballad operated in the gauzy mode of its first 17 seconds, it would win this…

  12. BSBB Round 1: Luke Bryan, "Play It Again" vs. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Play It Again Luke Bryan Turn Down For What DJ Snake & Lil Jon MAURA JOHNSTON: Luke Bryan used the jittery, endlessly building "Turn Down For What” to psych up the crowd right before he appeared onstage to dole out…

  13. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  14. American Country Countdown Awards: You're Invited to 'Country Music's Christmas Office Party'

    December 11, 2014 3:03 PM EST The inaugural ACCAs will air live Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards will take place Monday night live from Nashville's Music City Center on Fox. In a crowded landscape of country music awards shows, what will set this one apart? "We view…

  15. RaeLynn & Luke Bryan Leap On Country Charts

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST RaeLynn , a second-season contestant on NBC's The Voice , returned to the show Dec. 2 and performed her current single, "God Made Girls." The visit proved valuable, as "Girls" flies 17-7 on Hot Country Songs , adding Digital Gainer applause, as the track vaults 12-1…

  16. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  17. Everyone Was Getting Wasted to Luke Bryan Songs This Year

    December 10, 2014 5:40 PM EST More people wanted to drink a beer to Luke’s music than any other artist on jukeboxes in 2014. With 2014 drawing to a close, it's not just Billboard that's busy working on its year-end charts . Digital jukebox leader TouchTunes announced its annual top-played songs and…

  18. Kenny Chesney to Perform & Receive Groundbreaker Award at American Country Countdown Awards

    December 10, 2014 12:10 PM EST Kenny Chesney has dominated the country charts and filled arenas across the country for two decades now, so it's no wonder that he was chosen to receive the Groundbreaker Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on Monday. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees for 2014 American…

  19. What's Your Favorite Album of 2014?

    December 10, 2014 11:30 AM EST The Frozen Soundtrack leads Billboard's Year-End Albums chart , but maybe you can't let that go. Beyonce , Taylor Swift , and One Direction are all battling it out behind the Frozen juggernaut. And don't forget about country: Luke Bryan , Garth Brooks , and Florida Georgia…

  20. The Year in Country: Luke Bryan Leads Artist List, Brett Eldredge Rules Radio

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST could easily be hailed as the year of Luke Bryan . Then again, Florida Georgia Line , Brett Eldredge and Miranda Lambert scored noteworthy genre success, as well. Seel All the Year End Charts Here! Georgia native Bryan finishes the year as the top overall country artist (and the year&…

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