1. Joanna Smith: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 10:37 AM EST Joanna Smith Genre: Country With its playful spirit and thoughtful observations on rural life, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joanna Smith's music evokes both Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Produced by Jimmy Ritchey (Vince Gill, Randy Owen) and Phillip White (Rascal Flatts, Reba…

  2. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire Co-Hosting Country Music Awards

    January 12, 2011 4:01 PM EST Country singer Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire as co-hosts of the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which takes place Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will be broadcast live from MGM's Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. "This is an…

  3. 11 Country No. 11s For '11

    January 11, 2011 2:05 PM EST "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst." Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice president/adult music notes the frustration associated with a No. 11 peak on a Billboard survey. "If you peak at No. 2, at least you can…

  4. Billy Ray Cyrus Salutes the Troops With New Country Record

    January 02, 2011 8:00 AM EST With the release of "I'm American," Billy Ray Cyrus sees his career coming full circle. The album reunites Cyrus with Buddy Cannon, the producer responsible for his move to Nashville, and resurrects "Some Gave All," a 20-year-old salute to the military that serves as…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Tim McGraw

    December 30, 2010 2:05 PM EST MARS' RETURN TRIP: Bruno Mars becomes the sixth solo male in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history to send his first two radio singles as a lead act to No. 1, as "Grenade" ignites 2-1. Mars first topped the Hot 100 as a lead artist with "Just the Way You Are"…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Michael Jackson, Lonely Island, Reba McEntire

    December 23, 2010 4:35 PM EST RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard's charts. While "Michael" arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" (2-1) and Susan Boyle 's "The Gift" (1-2), Michael Jackson 's…

  7. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 4

    December 22, 2010 4:05 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  8. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 1

    December 14, 2010 3:05 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  9. Top 25 Tours of 2010

    December 08, 2010 4:18 PM EST Chart Article Concert attendance may have hit a low and tour cancelations may have been common this summer, but in 2010, many touring bands and soloists still made it work. Rock, pop, country, oldies, international -- artists of all genres hit the road and came back with full pockets to prove…

  10. Carrie Underwood Top Winner At American Country Awards

    December 07, 2010 7:17 AM EST When it comes to Las Vegas, Carrie Underwood is a sure bet. Underwood won her second country music artist of the year award of 2010 in Sin City on Monday night (Dec. 7). She earned it at the inaugural American Country Awards about eight months after she won the top honor at the Academy of…

  11. Hot Tours: Metallica, Eagles, Eminem & Jay-Z

    November 18, 2010 12:47 PM EST Legendary heavy metal band Metallica takes the top spot on Hot Tours as nears the end of its World Magnetic Tour that began just over two years ago. The act earns its No. 1 ranking with more than $15 million in box office grosses reported from three of the arenas on the last leg of the tour,…

  12. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late legend…

  13. Susan Boyle Tops Billboard 200, 'Glee' Reigns On Digital Songs

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's a "Dream" come true: the cast of Fox TV's "Glee" and Susan Boyle rock the top of Billboard's charts this week. "Glee's" cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" was the top selling song in the U.S. last week, as it'll…

  14. Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith Performing at American Country Awards

    November 15, 2010 5:25 PM EST The American Country Awards will kick off with some star power with Toby Keith , Rascal Flatts , Reba McIntire and Blake Shelton performing on the inaugural show. Josh Turner also is set to perform and Lady Antebellum , Laura Bell Bundy , Rodney Carrington , Jewel and Bret Michaels will make…

  15. Favorite Musicians Of All Time: 28 Stars Sound Off

    November 15, 2010 1:29 PM EST As 2010 starts to wind down and thoughts turn to what has been the best music of the year, we've set our sights on even bigger things and asked over two dozen stars from every genre -- from B.o.B. and Paramore to Sheryl Crow , Trey Songz , Drake , Maroon 5 and Blake Shelton -- who is…

  16. 5 Must-See Moments at the 2010 CMA Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:03 PM EST Although the main event of the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards were obviously the nine televised honors themselves, last night's (Nov. 10) show packed in performances from almost every major country star in its three-hour span. Duets from Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson , as…

  17. Brad Paisley Wins Entertainer of the Year at CMA Awards

    November 10, 2010 11:20 PM EST The Country Music Association Awards were Miranda Lambert 's and Blake Shelton 's party, but Brad Paisley crashed the festivities. Lambert won three awards, including album of the year, on her 27th birthday and her fiance Shelton grabbed two. But an emotional Paisley, a young gun…

  18. Susan Boyle Battling Taylor Swift for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 5:03 PM EST Two of music's leading ladies are about to meet again on the charts. Susan Boyle , who finished 2009 with the year's second-biggest selling album according to Nielsen SoundScan, is eyeing the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 next week. Standing in her way? The woman who took home…

  19. Nelly's 'Dream' Makes No. 1 A Reality

    November 10, 2010 1:05 PM EST SWEET 'DREAM': Nelly extends his lead for most Pop Songs No. 1s among rappers, as "Just a Dream" rises 2-1. The song is the hip-hop star's fifth No. 1, distancing him further from Eminem , who ranks second with three rap toppers. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow …

  20. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

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