1. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Dirty Dancing,' Miranda Lambert, Drake

    August 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts. The movie -- which will be remade by Lionsgate studios…

  2. Eric Church on Surprise No. 1 Album: 'It's Really Restoring My Faith'

    August 05, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Eric Church picked up his first No. 1 this week when third album "Chief" debuted atop both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts. But a recent show at Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyo., provided a reality check. "I stepped off the bus into a pile of horse shit,"…

  3. U2, Bon Jovi Lead Forbes List of 25 Highest-Paid Musicians

    June 16, 2011 4:11 PM EDT Touring is the clearest way to millions in the music business these days, as Forbes' new list of the 25 highest-paid musicians shows. U2 leads the pack with $195 million, due in no small part to their record-breaking "360" tour, which has grossed more than $700 million over two…

  4. Scotty McCreery Makes Historic Start, Lauren Alaina Bows On Country Songs

    May 30, 2011 11:05 AM EDT After winning the 10th season of "American Idol" Wednesday (May 25), Scotty McCreery blasts onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart at No. 32 with coronation track "I Love You This Big." McCreery performed the song after hearing host Ryan Seacrest…

  5. From Sea To Shining Sea, FM Radio Salutes America

    May 02, 2011 4:05 PM EDT A s previously reported , following the news that U.S. forces had killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday , many New York FM radio shows this morning (May 2) reacted by airing pro-American music and commentary. Across the country, other stations in a variety of formats have joined the wave of…

  6. Miranda Lambert Leads Early ACM Awards Winners

    April 03, 2011 10:14 PM EDT "The House That Built Me" helped Miranda Lambert quickly match her win total from last year's Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday night, while Lady Antebellum took home three trophies, including as artist and producer on album of the year "Need You Now." The two…

  7. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert to Perform at ACM Awards

    March 02, 2011 11:06 AM EST Entertainer of the Year nominees Taylor Swift , Toby Keith , Miranda Lambert , Keith Urban , Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean will perform on the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS on April 3, the network said Wednesday. The special, produced for TV by dick clark productions,…

  8. Faith Hill, Chrissie Hynde Ready for 'Chaotic' Super Bowl Weekend

    February 03, 2011 11:43 AM EST "Chaos" is the common term Faith Hill and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde use as they prepare for their live "CMT Crossroads" Super Bowl weekend telecast from Dallas. "It's going to be chaotic and it's live and that's going to bring an element of…

  9. 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…

  10. 2010 CMA Awards Echo On Country Songs

    November 23, 2010 1:05 PM EST The two hosts, and a legendary performer, translate their exposure on the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards (Nov. 10) into their latest successes on Billboard's Country Songs chart. 'ME': After winning his first coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year title, co-host Brad…

  11. Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

    November 10, 2010 7:17 AM EST Taylor Swift was named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards, becoming the youngest person to win the award at age 20. The pop sensation also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for "You Belong With Me." She's the first songwriter to win that award…

  12. Hot Tours: Rush, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley

    October 21, 2010 1:33 PM EDT Rush takes the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tours chart with totals reported from the Time Machine Tour that played North American venues from late June through early October. The tour schedule included concerts at outdoor amphitheaters and arenas along with appearances at state fairs in Minnesota …

  13. Toby Keith's 'Gun' Fires at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 13, 2010 11:00 AM EDT One country superstar follows another as Toby Keith replaces Kenny Chesney atop the Billboard 200 with "Bullets in the Gun" selling 71,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey" slips to No. 2 with 65,000 (down 64%). …

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins

    October 07, 2010 4:35 PM EDT LIMA LEAPFROGS LIVERPOOL: As previously reported , the "Glee" cast swells its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts. The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio's McKinley High trails only…

  15. Kenny Chesney's 'Whiskey' Eyes Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 07, 2010 11:30 AM EDT K enny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey" may retain the top slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, though there's an outside chance Toby Keith's new "Bullets in the Gun" could fire up at No. 1, depending on how the rest of the week shakes out.…

  16. Toby Keith Kicks Back with 'Bullets in the Gun'

    September 24, 2010 4:05 PM EDT Every time country star Toby Keith puts out a new album, he braces himself to spend a few days living a bizarre, sped-up Groundhog Day-like existence. "I get up and sit in a room and start doing interviews for country morning shows all across the country," he says. "They are…

  17. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber, Yusuf

    August 26, 2010 10:56 AM EDT Country music superstar Brad Paisley tops the Hot Tours chart with his headlining performance at the 7th annual New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. He is the third country star to headline the multi-act festival event held during the summer months at the…

  18. Toby Keith Firing Off Singles from 'Bullets'

    August 24, 2010 4:45 PM EDT Country icon Toby Keith was so prolific in writing for his new album, the forthcoming "Bullets in the Gun," he actually took two songs off the album that he felt were potential singles. "When I finished cutting the tracks, I felt like I had six or seven singles," Keith,…

  19. Chart Beat Wednesday: Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Rod Stewart

    July 28, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 'IT'S' NO. 1: Carrie Underwood collects her 10th No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Undo It" lifts 2-1. The song is the third leader from Underwood's "Play On" album, following "Cowboy Casanova" and "Temporary Home." Underwood plated three…

  20. U2, Beyonce, Britney Make Forbes 'Top-Earning Musicians' List

    July 19, 2010 4:47 PM EDT U 2 , AC/DC , Beyoncé , Bruce Springsteen and Britney Spears are among the musicians who earned the most money in the past year, according to a new Forbes list. The magazine released its ranking of the top-earning musicians from June 2009 to June 2010 and determined that U2 reigned supreme…

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