1. A$AP Rocky Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    January 23, 2013 11:00 AM EST As forecasted a week ago, rapper A$AP Rocky bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his debut album "Long.Live.A$AP," selling 139,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Long.Live.A$AP" is the first debut album to hit No. 1 since fellow rapper 2 Chainz&…

  2. Tim McGraw Adds 'One' More Country Airplay Top 10, Blake Shelton Bounds On Country Songs

    January 17, 2013 4:05 PM EST Meanwhile, Train's "Bruises" with Ashley Monroe enters top 50. Tim McGraw notches his 48th top 10 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "One of Those Nights" lifts 12-9. McGraw first reached the bracket the week of March 26, 1994, with "…

  3. Tim McGraw's 'Freedom' Tour Kicks Off in May

    January 15, 2013 4:11 PM EST Tim McGraw is heading back on the road this summer on the Two Lanes of Freedom tour, hitting 30 cities in North America between May and July. "Let's leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free,"…

  4. Tim McGraw: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 11, 2013 4:00 PM EST New year, new label, new album -- McGraw charges back with "Two Lanes of Freedom." Seated inconspicuously in a corner booth at Nashville's Sportsman's Grill less than a week before Christmas, Tim McGraw seems to have found a little peace on earth. Professionally, at least …

  5. Bruce Springsteen's MusiCares Tribute: Sting, Neil Young to Honor The Boss

    January 02, 2013 10:05 AM EST Other Artists to Perform at Grammy Week Event Include Kenny Chesney, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith; Jon Stewart to Host Bruce Springsteen will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week with a tribute event featuring performances by some of the biggest names in music,…

  6. Dixie Chicks to Headline Craven Country Jamboree Festival in July

    December 26, 2012 7:06 PM EST The Dixie Chicks will headline the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan, Canada, on July 13, according to CMT . The country act, which did not play a show in 2012, will step in for Lady Antebellum at the festival. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw are also on the four-day event's bill.…

  7. Gary Allan Cracks Top 10, Cassadee Pope Has 'Stupid' Debut

    December 20, 2012 4:50 PM EST Gary Allan cracks the Country Airplay top 10 for the first time in exactly five years, as "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" leaps 12-9 in its 16th chart week. He most recently entered the upper tier when "Watching Airplanes" rose 13-10 on the chart dated Dec. 29, 2007 (this…

  8. Top 25 Tours of 2012

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Chart Article Artists are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 9, 2011, to Nov. 13, 2012. The Best of 2012: The Year in Music | The Year in Touring 1 Madonna Total Gross: $228,406,085 Number of Shows: 72 Total Attendance: 1,635,176 Number of Sell-Outs: 72 list…

  9. 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…

  10. Taylor Swift's Top 10 Biggest Career Moments

    December 13, 2012 11:55 AM EST The Oct. 22 release of "Red," Taylor Swift's fourth album and another surefire hit, represents a watershed moment for the 22-year-old. After taking the music industry by storm as an upstart singer-songwriter with great tunes and an instantly relatable persona, Swift has now…

  11. Ne-Yo Would 'Definitely' Make a Country Record, Fun.'s Vocal Problems + More Grammys Concert Backstage Moments

    December 06, 2012 9:25 AM EST Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Hunter Hayes React to Grammy Nominations Backstage at the Grammy Nominations "Concert Live!!" on Wednesday, several of the night's biggest nominees -- Hunter Hayes, Fun., the Lumineers -- dropped by to give thanks and offer some reactions on being…

  12. Cassadee Pope Wins 'Over You,' Taylor Swift Ties Record on Country Charts

    November 29, 2012 12:30 PM EST After a head-turning performance of Miranda Lambert 's "Over You" on the November 19 episode of NBC's "The Voice," contestant Cassadee Pope opens atop Country Digital Songs with 152,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Concurrently the newcomer posts…

  13. Chart Juice: Ne-Yo Nabs Fourth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST After Ne-Yo 's last album "Libra Scale" debuted and peaked at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2010, the singer/songwriter returns to the chart's summit with "R.E.D." moving 66,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set joins the…

  14. Billboard Touring Awards: Roger Waters, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen Win Big

    November 08, 2012 9:30 PM EST Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Antebellum were among tonight's (Nov. 8) big winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, hosted by actress and comedienne Sandra Bernhard…

  15. Kenny Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' Tour Set for 2013

    November 08, 2012 1:00 PM EST Kenny Chesney will mark 20 years on the road with the "No Shoes Nation" tour, scheduled to roll through stadiums throughout North America starting on March 16 in Tampa, Florida. The first round of dates includes 17 stadiums in cities ranging from Dallas to Denver to Boston, however…

  16. Chart Highlights: Tegan And Sara Get 'Closer' With Alternative

    November 05, 2012 5:35 PM EST Almost eight years after first appearing on Billboard charts, the twin sister duo scores its first Alternative Songs entry with 'Closer.' 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…

  17. CMA Awards 2012: Miranda Defends Blake's Win, Tim Talks Election + More Backstage Moments

    November 02, 2012 9:35 AM EDT With four awards show in five days, it's been a busy week in Nashville. SESAC, ASCAP and BMI honored their top songwriters and publishers earlier in the week, but the festivities wound to a close last night with the 46th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena. Hosted by Brad Paisley and…

  18. 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…

  19. CMA Awards 2012: Full Winners List

    November 01, 2012 11:00 PM EDT A running list of winners at the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards: CMA AWARDS 2012: Highlights • Photos: Scenes From Red Carpet • Full CMAs Winners List • Photos: Best Photos From the Show Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert Male…

  20. CMA Awards to Seek Doantions for Sandy Victims

    November 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Handing out trophies isn't the only mission when country music's biggest stars take the stage Thursday night for the Country Music Association Awards: They'll be reaching out to help those affected by superstorm Sandy. "Country fans are so amazing and so giving," co…

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