1. Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out Release 'Bluegrassed' Collection

    January 16, 2013 5:35 AM EST 'Timeless Hits' arrives via exclusive release from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The first release of the year by a major bluegrass act belongs to Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. "Timeless Hits From The Past… Bluegrassed," an exclusive release from Cracker Barrel Old…

  2. Mad Season Taps Mark Lanegan for 'Above' Reissue, Unreleased Songs

    January 08, 2013 10:12 PM EST Grunge supergroup Mad Season will reissue its lone album with a little help from Mark Lanegan . A three-disc deluxe version of 1995's "Above" will be released April 2 on Legacy Recordings, featuring unfinished material with new vocals and lyrics from the former Screaming Trees…

  3. Chart Highlights: Rolling Stones Debut On Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 07, 2013 6:15 PM EST When the group's frontman has the original moves like Jagger, it shouldn't be too surprising to find them on the tally. 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…

  4. Frank Ocean Cited for Marijuana Possession, Speeding & Suspended License

    January 03, 2013 4:55 PM EST Frank Ocean got into a bit of trouble on New Year's Eve. The singer-songwriter got pulled over in Mono County, California for speeding, according to CBS Local . "Officer [E.] Moore observed a black BMW driving southbound on US-395 exceeding the 65 MPH maximum speed limit,"…

  5. Lil Twist Drove Justin Bieber's Car During Deadly Accident: Report

    January 02, 2013 2:15 PM EST Young Money rapper Lil Twist was reportedly behind the wheel of Justin Bieber's Ferrari sports car when a paparazzo tailing the vehicle was hit by a car and killed on Tuesday night (Jan. 1). According to TMZ , the 19-year-old hip-hop artist was with Bieber at the Four Seasons in Beverly…

  6. Jason Aldean Scores 16th Top 10 on Country Songs

    December 28, 2012 11:45 AM EST Cassadee Pope's 'Over You' Continues Climb, Jumping 21-3 on Country Digital Songs Jason Aldean and Randy Houser fatten their respective top 10 counts on Country Songs , noted as Houser's "How Country Feels" improves 11-8 and Aldean's "The Only Way I…

  7. The Year In Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 9:05 AM EST A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the…

  8. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 24, 2012 6:05 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. 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…

  9. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  10. The Year in New Artists 2012: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen & Fun. Reigned

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST While every year always brings a smattering of new acts that rack up major hits, 2012 produced an unusually robust group of fresh-faced talent. For the first time since 1956, the year's three biggest singles are by acts that earned their first pop hit in the past year. On the Billboard…

  11. The Year In Country 2012: Georgia Rules With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson , Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood , but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts -- Luke Bryan , Jason Aldean , Zac Brown…

  12. Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise's to No. 1 on Country Songs, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    December 13, 2012 2:20 PM EST The duo concurrently starts on Country Albums at No. 3 with its debut set 'Here's to the Good Times' In the first turnover atop Billboard's Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming and expanded…

  13. Soundgarden on 'King Animal' and Why They Shouldn't Have Broken Up

    November 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST Despite the title, Soundgarden's comeback single "Been Away Too Long" is not "specifically about my band getting back together," frontman Chris Cornell says. But the title made it an obvious choice as the leadoff track and first single for Soundgarden's sixth…

  14. 'Pretty Woman' Songwriter Bill Dees Dies

    November 01, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Bill Dees emerged from his days as an out-of-cash young songwriter to pen tunes recorded by Johnny Cash , Loretta Lynn and other country music greats, but the centerpiece of his career was his work with Roy Orbison , including co-writing the classic rock hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman."…

  15. Kip Moore's 'Beer' Bounces Up Country Charts, Jason Aldean Debuts Big

    October 25, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Kip Moore scores his second and quickest top 10 on the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart, as the artist's third single, "Beer Money," steps 11-10 in its 18th chart week. Moore's first to reach the upper tier was "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," which…

  16. Geoff Tate May Use Queensryche Name for Now, Judge Rules

    October 20, 2012 9:45 AM EDT A Washington state judge ruled Oct. 19 that singer Geoff Tate -- who was fired from the band Queensryche after fronting it for 30 years -- may perform with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is settled. Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira…

  17. Luke Bryan Tops American Country Awards Nominees

    October 10, 2012 8:10 AM EDT Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday. Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with…

  18. Top 10 James Bond Theme Songs Ever

    October 05, 2012 10:00 AM EDT James Bond celebrated his 50th anniversary on the silver screen October 5 with the release of Adele 's theme tune for the next Bond film, "Skyfall." The Brit singer's torch song, of course, joins a pantheon of famous 007 tracks. In honor of Bond's birthday and Adele&…

  19. 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…

  20. Bluegrass Music Awards: Steve Martin Honors Earl Scruggs

    September 28, 2012 10:25 AM EDT It was a hard year in the bluegrass world and the loss of icons such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson hung over the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night. The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year and joined Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice as the only multiple winners…

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