1. Jay Z's Barneys Deal Yields $1 Million Profit: Report

    January 07, 2014 9:38 PM EST The rapper's clothing deal with the New York company excels despite criticism Despite the criticism surrounding Jay Z's decision to launch a holiday collection with Barneys New York, the luxury retailer recently accused of racial discrimination, the rap mogul's product…

  2. Beyonce Leads for Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 02, 2014 12:54 PM EST Beyoncé's self-titled album racks up a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—the longest run at No. 1 for any album since last April. "Beyoncé" sold another 310,000 copies during the week ending Dec. 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan, down 17% compared with the…

  3. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  4. Buck Owens Autobiography Crafted From Tapes Left By Late Country Legend

    December 30, 2013 6:00 PM EST Much has been written about the career and life of Buck Owens over the years. However, not much has been stated from the words of the man himself. Until the release of the new autobiography, "Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens," it looked like that might never happen.…

  5. Top Breakout Stars of 2013: 10 Artists With Unforgettable Years

    December 30, 2013 4:38 PM EST Had you heard of Lorde at the end of 2012? Could you rattle off a Chance The Rapper verse this time last year? Did you know that the No. 1 Hot 100 song of 2013 would be a debut single that included the phrase "dookie brown leather jacket"? That's the beautiful part of…

  6. Suzy Bogguss Shines Light on Merle Haggard the Songwriter With 'Lucky' Album

    December 23, 2013 6:13 PM EST On February 4, Suzy Bogguss will release "Lucky," a collection of songs from the pen of country music legend Merle Haggard. However, don't tell her that it is a tribute record. She looks at it a little differently. "The truth is that Merle Haggard made records of his songs…

  7. Kacey Musgraves Follows Her Arrow to a Breakthrough Year, Talks Writing With Katy Perry

    December 20, 2013 3:50 PM EST It seems impossible to imagine Kacey Musgraves' breakout debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," without "Follow Your Arrow," a button-pushing song about having a good time in one's own skin. But the track barely made the album, stemming from a last-minute…

  8. Foo Fighters, Roots, Imagine Dragons to Perform Super Bowl Weekend

    December 19, 2013 11:00 AM EST Foo Fighters, The Roots and Imagine Dragons will perform on a cruise ship ahead of the Super Bowl. Foo Fighters Announce First Concerts Since Hiatus The bands will hit the stage on the Bud Light Hotel New York, which will be docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan on the Hudson River. The Super…

  9. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  10. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the "…

  11. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  12. Britney Spears, Jake Owen and 'Sound of Music' Set for Top 20 on Billboard 200

    December 06, 2013 7:09 PM EST As reported earlier, Britney Spears' new album "Britney Jean" is the biggest new release of the week, and it's heading for a high debut on Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album to sell around 115,000 to 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on…

  13. Accounts of Morrissey's Homosexual Relationship Edited Out of U.S. Autobiography Release

    December 04, 2013 9:50 PM EST Morrissey's aptly-named "Autobiography" makes its debut stateside this week, albeit with one hitch: deemphasizing his reported relationship with photographer Jake Owens Walters. The book, published in the U.S. by G.T. Putnam's Sons, removes a photograph of Walters from the…

  14. CMT's 'Artists of the Year' Special Honors Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line & More

    December 04, 2013 1:54 AM EST CMT's celebration of country music's top artists of 2013 was a complete dude fest. Whether it was saluting Tim McGraw as a more-relevant-than-ever trailblazer, acknowledging the genre's love-hate relationship with Florida Georgia Line, the precociousness of Hunter Hayes or the…

  15. Jake Owen Rolls the Dice With 'Days of Gold'

    December 03, 2013 1:30 PM EST "I think that as an artist, sometimes for you to grow, you have to take those risks rather than put out the same song each time" Jake Owen has taken his share of risks over the past few years. His last album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," firmly established him as one of the…

  16. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs

    November 14, 2013 2:46 PM EST The Nov. 6 Country Music Association Awards shake up the Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts   The Nov. 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast on ABC-TV, invigorate Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first…

  17. Eric Paslay Preps Debut Album After 'Friday Night' Success

    November 07, 2013 9:49 PM EST Eric Paslay is next in a long line of country singer-songwriters who, after gaining acclaim for writing a collection of hit songs for other artists, is getting his (Fri)day in the spotlight. CMA Awards Photos:  Show Highlights  |  Red Carpet Fashion The 30-year-old Texan is climbing the…

  18. CMA Awards 2013: 13 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 07, 2013 4:18 AM EST From Luke Bryan’s touching performance of “Drink A Beer” to the pomp and swagger of Florida Georgia Line, last night’s 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards had a little something for everyone. But, there were just as many big moments behind the scenes. As usual, Billboard keeps you…

  19. Alabama Rocks the Ryman: Live Review

    November 04, 2013 8:57 AM EST Should Alabama lead singer Randy Owen ever forget the words to any of his hit songs while on the band's 40th anniversary "Back To The Bowery" tour, he need not worry. More than likely, the audience will have his back. Sunday night, the Country Music Hall of Fame band opened…

  20. Scotty McCreery, Luke Bryan Highlight Country Chart Action

    October 24, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Former 'American Idol' champ McCreery earns a chart achievement not managed since 1993, while Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a 10th week Scotty McCreery becomes the second solo male to debut at No. 1 with his first two non-seasonal sets of original material in the nearly 50…

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