1. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 06, 2013 11:00 AM EST Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the band’s second No. 1 album. It also bowed atop the list with its last set, 2010's "The Suburbs." However, that…

  2. Kelly Clarkson, 'Duck Dynasty' Christmas Albums Set for Top 10

    November 01, 2013 8:57 PM EDT New Christmas albums from Kelly Clarkson and the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty" are on course for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Clarkson's new "Wrapped In Red," which is her first holiday effort, may sell around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking…

  3. Bubbling Under: 'Nashville' Star Chris Carmack Segues To Radio

    November 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Chris Carmack, K Camp, Parade of Lights and Lobo     CHRIS CARMACK Actor/musician Chris Carmack, who plays singer Will…

  4. Eric Church, Joe Nichols Shine On Hot Country Songs

    October 31, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Released simultaneously on Oct. 22 to radio and digital retailers, Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rockets 50-6 on Hot Country Songs and blows in at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs (81,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).     Following an early bow on Hot…

  5. Arcade Fire Bound for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 30, 2013 8:22 PM EDT Arcade Fire is heading for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the band's new album, "Reflektor," may sell around 135,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 3. That sum should be enough to surpass whatever the…

  6. 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,"…

  7. 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…

  8. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  9. Thomas Rhett's Year Keeps Getting Better With 'It Goes Like This'

    October 25, 2013 1:30 PM EDT It's a pretty safe bet that Thomas Rhett was within earshot of a radio this past weekend, as "American Country Countdown" host Kix Brooks announced the Georgia native as the owner of nation's top country song, in terms of radio airplay, with his latest release, "It…

  10. 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…

  11. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne Tells Husband Chad Kroeger, 'Let Me Go'; Kacey Musgraves' 'Arrow' Lands On Country Airplay

    October 21, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Lavigne and Kroeger chart their first collaboration on Adult Pop Songs, while Kacey Musgraves' same-sex relationship equality anthem finds support at country Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  12. 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…

  13. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

  14. 'Cruise' Co-Writer Chase Rice Goes 'Bigger' With 'Ready Set Roll'

    October 15, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Regardless of what happens next in his career, Chase Rice knows that he will be attached to one of the biggest country chart singles in Billboard history: Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise." Rice, one of the co-writers of the song, says that making his initial impact on the…

  15. 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…

  16. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, Drake, Bastille Score New No. 1s

    October 14, 2013 2:35 PM EDT Perry's 'Roar' ties a record on Dance/Club Play Songs, Drake makes history on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Bastille notches its first Alternative Songs leader. Plus,Thomas Rhett takes over atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  17. Steve Aoki Teams Up with Neff for T-Shirt Line: Exclusive

    October 14, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Electro house musician Steve Aoki joins the likes of Lil Wayne and Deadmau5 in their pursuit of sartorial swag. After a chance meeting at a poker table in Las Vegas, Steve Aoki has become the latest artist to hook up with streetwear brand Neff and create his own line of colorful skate-and…

  18. Stagecoach Festival Lineup: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church to Headline

    October 10, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Other artists include Florida Georgia Line, Loretta Lynn and country-rock pioneer (and Monkee) Michael Nesmith A big batch of artists for next year's Stagecoach music festival was announced on Thursday (Oct. 10), with organizers tapping party-country hitmakers Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean…

  19. Kendrick Lamar Subtly Disses Drake In 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

    October 03, 2013 12:14 PM EDT "Nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control.'" "Nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control,'" Kendrick Lamar raps during Top Dawg Entertainment's cypher at the 2013 BET Awards, which airs on Tuesday, October 15 at 8pm…

  20. My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear to Rock Times Square for CBGB Festival

    October 01, 2013 4:06 PM EDT My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear and the Wallflowers will perform in the heart of Times Square in New York City on Oct. 12 during a free event for the growing CBGB Music and Film Festival, now in its second year. Over two dozen bands and artists will perform on five outdoor stages throughout…

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