1. 10 Hottest Holiday Albums of 2012

    November 28, 2012 3:35 PM EST If it seems like everyone is putting out a Christmas album this year, it's no coincidence: holiday albums have become one of the few surefire ways to still sell music. Not only was Michael Buble's "Christmas" the second biggest seller last year, the top 200 holiday albums…

  2. Kelly Clarkson Has Some 'Bowie Meets U2' Music in Her Back Pocket

    November 20, 2012 1:50 PM EST Getting some new songs together for her upcoming greatest hits album may have put Kelly Clarkson on the path for her next set of all-new material. The inaugural "American Idol" champ tells Billboard that she recorded six new songs for "Greatest Hits -- Chapter One," out…

  3. Yo La Tengo Announces New Album & Tour Dates

    November 14, 2012 12:05 PM EST Veteran indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo will release "Fade," the follow-up to their previous album "Popular Songs," on Jan. 15, 2013, through Matador. The label announced the release date for the group's 13th studio album, as well as YLT's 2013 touring schedule, on…

  4. Tweet Out the Vote: Lady Gaga, Ted Nugent + More Head to the Polls

    November 06, 2012 1:40 PM EST If there's one thing you can glean from monitoring Twitter on this fine election day, it's that celebrities are voters, too, and boy do they love talking about it. Stars ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Ted Nugent and Reba McEntire to Justin Bieber are all chiming in today with self…

  5. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Find Bliss at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:35 PM EDT Shelton-Lambert Household Takes Home Entertainer, Female, Male and Song of the Year Honors Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie…

  6. Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Tops Billboard 200

    October 31, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Tony Bennett, Gary Clark Jr., Stone Sour and Lady Antebellum also debut in the Top 10 of this week's chart. As earlier reported , Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen…

  7. Updated Projections: Taylor Swift To Launch Atop Billboard 200 With 'Red'

    October 27, 2012 9:45 AM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Sunday, Oct. 28) at around the 1.1 million mark,…

  8. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney to Perform at CMA Awards

    October 08, 2012 12:40 AM EDT Carrie Underwood , Kenny Chesney , Eric Church and the Band Perry have joined the roster of performers at the 46th Annual CMA Awards on November 1. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean , Dierks Bentley , Luke Bryan , Kelly Clarkson , Little Big Town , Miranda Lambert , Brad…

  9. ABC's 'Nashville' Teams With Big Machine: Exclusive

    October 02, 2012 11:00 PM EDT A song co-written by the Civil Wars ' John Paul White will be the first single released from the ABC show "Nashville" that premieres Oct. 10, due on the label of Taylor Swift -- Big Machine. The new series set in and around the music industry and politics in Nashville will…

  10. Reba McEntire Stepping Aside as 2013 ACM Awards Host

    September 27, 2012 8:08 PM EDT Reba McEntire is ending her run as host of the Academy of Country Music Awards. She's stepping aside after a record 14 appearances. Her last two were with co-host Blake Shelton , who will return on the 2013 edition of the awards show. McEntire first hosted the show in 1986 and gracefully…

  11. Carrie Underwood Blows Nashville Away in Hits-Packed Tour Stop

    September 24, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Since she first hit the charts in 2005, Carrie Underwood has been one of the hottest stars in country music. She's probably the one act in the format who could record "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and take it straight to the top of the charts. That being said, Underwood brought her …

  12. CMA Awards: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominations

    September 05, 2012 11:30 AM EDT The nominations for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced Wednesday morning (September 5), and more than any year in recent memory, a changing of the guard was reflected in the finalists. There was no mention of George Strait, Reba McEntire, or Rascal Flatts in the…

  13. Tony Bennett To Release Latin Music 'Duets' Album in October

    August 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 'Viva Duets' to feature collaborations with Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan and more. After a pair of "Duets" albums allowed Tony Bennett to revisit classic songs with the help of some younger stars, the 85-year-old singing legend is returning to the format, this…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Kristen Kelly Has 'Ex' Factor

    July 11, 2012 12:00 PM EDT One of the most buzzed-about moments during the Sony Music Cruise aboard the General Jackson during the 2012 Country Radio Seminar earlier this year was the debut of Kristen Kelly. Since then, the Texas native has continued to generate a lot of attention with the release of her debut single, …

  15. 615 Spotlight: Dee Hilligoss Strikes a Chord With 'Too Soon'

    June 27, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Whether it be caring for a loved one, or promoting her music, Dee Hilligoss is in it for the long haul. Currently on the road promoting her new single, "Too Soon," she is excited about the impact the song has had thus far. "We just released it, and it's available on iTunes…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Rachel Holder Stands Out With 'In Your Arms,' Lady Gaga Cover

    June 13, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with singer Rachel Holder, and you will indeed be charmed by the wide-eyed innocence and stunning vocal range of the East Tennessee native. She recalls a night where she showed just what nerve she had -- much to her parent's surprise. "I was at a Vince Gill…

  17. Edens Edge Debut Was Worth the Wait

    June 12, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Rising Country Trio Talk First Two Singles, Rascal Flatts Tour & More E dens Edge 's self-titled debut hits stores Tuesday (June 12), with an deluxe edition also on sale at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. According to the Big Machine trio's Hannah Blaylock, it's a day…

  18. Country Countdown: Carrie Underwood Scores 12th No. 1

    June 07, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Underwood claims her 12th No. 1 on Country Songs, while spending a fifth week atop Country Albums. C arrie Underwood claims her 12th No. 1 on Country Songs , as "Good Girl" gains 2.6 million audience impressions and flies 4-1. It's her 12th trip to the summit since she first…

  19. Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11

    May 23, 2012 10:40 PM EDT During the long, grueling "American Idol" season, Phillip Phillips was never once revealed to be in the group of lowest vote-getters on the show. On Wednesday night, his name was finally announced -- but for a totally different reason. The Leesburg, Ga. native became the 11th winner…

  20. Country Singer Skylar Laine Sent Home on 'American Idol'

    May 04, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Last season's "American Idol" saw two country singers consistently rise above their competitors en route to the top two and the show's finale. Unfortunately for Skylar Laine, "Idol" voters weren't looking for a second straight twanged-out finale. Skylar, the…

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