1. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

  2. Brantley Gilbert Is Ready for a Throwdown: Singer Talks Album, Rowdy Next Single

    May 21, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert releases new album "Just As I Am" this week, and industry sources tell Billboard it has a strong chance to be the second best seller of the week, in all genres, behind Coldplay. The Georgia native admits hearing talk like that takes him by surprise. "It's…

  3. Josh Kaufman Wins 'The Voice' Season 6: Watch

    May 20, 2014 11:01 PM EDT After weeks of competition, the sixth season of "The Voice" was trimmed down to Blake Shelton's country teen Jake Worthington, Usher's soul man Josh Kaufman and Adam Levine's YouTube star Christina Grimmie. All three comeback kids performed their last competition…

  4. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  5. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  6. As I Lay Dying Singer Gets 6 Years For Murder Plot

    May 16, 2014 9:23 PM EDT The lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying has been sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his wife. U-T San Diego reports 33-year-old Timothy Lambesis was sentenced Friday in San Diego County. He had pleaded guilty to soliciting murder. Authorities say Lambesis hired an…

  7. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  8. Michael Eavis, Founder of Glastonbury Festival, To Receive U.K.'s MITs Award

    May 16, 2014 2:36 AM EDT Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who turned a small concert on his property into the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trust’s Award.  Eavis will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution to the U.K.’s live music industry and…

  9. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  10. Keith Urban Interviews 'American Idol' Music Supervisors Backstage: Exclusive

    May 14, 2014 11:57 AM EDT An essential part of "American Idol" is the music that the contestants perform. On episode six of Idle Chatter, Keith Urban talks to "the boys of the band" – Rickey Minor (band leader), Dorian Holley (vocal coach) and Tim (music supervisor) – about the decision making…

  11. Rewinding The Charts: In 1978, The Bee Gees Sparked Disco Fever

    May 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Gibb brothers' 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack broke chart records that still stand today Thirty-six years ago, the Bee Gees became the kings of disco and made chart history in the process. At the height of bell-bottom and satin-shirt mania in 1978, the pop group's…

  12. Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch

    May 13, 2014 6:55 AM EDT Young hit the 1947 Voice-O-Graph to record "Crazy" live on television Neil Young and Jack White teamed up for a bit of show-and-tell on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," demonstrating to the host and viewers the method by which they made Young's new…

  13. Rick Springfield Opens-Up On Writing, Religion, Sex & Suffering

    May 13, 2014 1:42 AM EDT When Rick Springfield arrives just before 4 p.m. for a soundcheck at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan’s Union Square -- the location for a 7 o’clock acoustic performance and the first signing for his new book, "Magnificent Vibration" -- there are already several dozen fans in line.…

  14. Kelly Rowland Marries Manager Tim Witherspoon

    May 13, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Kelly Rowland has put a wedding ring on it. The former Destiny’s Child singer quietly got hitched to her manager and boyfriend Tim Witherspoon over the weekend, sources confirm to Billboard.  The 33-year-old’s big day took place May 9 in Costa Rica, with Beyonce and her sister Solange…

  15. Happy Mother’s Day: Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West Shout-Out Moms on Twitter

    May 11, 2014 3:28 PM EDT In honor of Mother’s Day, musical artists from across all genres are coming out of the woodwork to pay tribute to their moms on this special day. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom In addition to Billboard’s Mother’s playlist - which includes everything from from 2Pac…

  16. Hunter Hayes Breaks the Flaming Lips' Guinness World Record While Raising Awareness of Child Hunger

    May 10, 2014 1:50 PM EDT It’s official: country singer Hunter Hayes has broken the Guinness World Record for the most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours — all in an effort to help end child hunger. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever Beginning on May 9 with a performance on …

  17. Code Picks of the Week: Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and More

    May 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Promise Land – Vega (Original Mix) [DOORN] The Italian duo continue to bend big room rules with a finely crafted production that could slot into any main stage festival set this summer without falling prey to the cookie-cutter tendencies of its contemporaries. Bassnectar ft. Rye Rye – Now…

  18. Kip Moore Talks Intense New Single, Upcoming Tour With Tim McGraw

    May 07, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Kip Moore was in the mood to talk Nashville, his new single, and Tim McGraw's b-ball skills ahead of a super-intimate gig for Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers over the weekend at the Listening Room. "This city is exploding," he said. "I was talking about it the other…

  19. Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin to Perform on Billboard Music Awards

    May 06, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Pete Wentz and Wiz Khalifa are among the presenters for the May 18 event on ABC Miley Cyrus and Ricky Martin have joined the growing list of performers on the upcoming 2014 Billboard Music Awards . The BBMAs will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand…

  20. Yahoo to Stream Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet Show

    May 06, 2014 9:15 AM EDT Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker and more will host the two-hour stream from the “Samsung Red Carpet LIVE!" All the red carpet action from this year’s Billboard Music Awards will be streamed live online through Yahoo.  CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award:…

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