1. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

    June 08, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Rihanna catches up to a Beatle, Clarkson tops another chart and Underwood does what no other artist had before in the Country Songs chart's 68-year history. As her "Where Have You Been" bounds 11-9 on the EXTRA STRENGTH: Kelly Clarkson collects her second Adult Contemporary No.…

  2. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  3. Chart Juice: B.o.B Earns R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1

    May 10, 2012 2:30 PM EDT B.o.B debuts his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," at the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 76,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The No. 1 launch mirrors the debut of his first album, "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," which premiered…

  4. Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba Goes Solo: 'It's Gonna Be Loud'

    May 04, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has been especially prolific these last ten months, releasing with his band an album of acoustically performed chestnuts, "Damnesia," last summer, then an EP as theHELL , a side project with Angels & Airwaves' Atom Willard. Now he's…

  5. Kip Moore, Eric Church Crack Top 10 on Country Songs

    April 26, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Hank Williams III meanwhile Scores Hot Shot Debut at No. 16 on Country Albums Newcomer Kip Moore claims his first top 10 and Eric Church collects his fourth and fastest trip to the upper tier, completing his second set of two straight top 10's on Country Songs. Moore's debut single …

  6. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift with three. This year's nominations were…

  7. Montgomery Gentry Gets in the Ring With TNA Impact Wrestling

    April 14, 2012 12:20 PM EDT If you mention the phrases country music and professional wrestling together, you might get a few blank stares. However, the two worlds are a lot more alike than what you might think, and with the partnership between TNA Impact Wrestling, Average Joe's Entertainment and Montgomery Gentry…

  8. Puddle of Mudd Frontman Charged With Cocaine Possession

    April 04, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Wesley Scantlin Pled Not Guilty in L.A. County Court Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin has been charged with felony cocaine possession, TMZ reports. When he was arrested on Jan. 12, Scantlin was found to be in possession of powder and pills, but when the Los Angeles District Attorney&…

  9. Dierks Bentley Delivers 'Home' for a Ninth No. 1

    March 16, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Dierks Bentley logs his 9th No. 1 and completes his third set of two leaders with "Home," which draws 35.7 million audience impressions and steps 2-1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart. The title cut and second single from his current album follows lead track "Am I the…

  10. Kid Cudi on WZRD Chart Success: 'I'm Not Out Here Taking Crazy Pills'

    March 09, 2012 1:15 PM EST "WZRD," the experimental psych-rock collaboration between Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius, notched the only top 10 debut on this week's Billboard 200 , landing at No. 3 with 66,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For Cudi -- who slammed his…

  11. Exclusive: Fred Durst Talks Cash Money, Lil Wayne & Limp Bizkit

    March 07, 2012 11:50 AM EST First Single 'Sounds Like a Monster'... Will Be Free... Video Coming Soon L imp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst had barely touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday when he was readying to head to Miami to put finishing touches on "Ready to Go," the collaborative track with Lil…

  12. Limp Bizkit-Lil Wayne Single Has 'Hip-Hop-Rock Swagger,' says Birdman

    March 01, 2012 9:00 AM EST Cash Money Co-CEO Says That Limp Bizkit was 'Perfect Match' For Label A new collaboration between Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne is coming: the single is titled "Ready To Go," and will be released online next week. And Cash Money founder and co-CEO Bryan "Birdman"…

  13. Limp Bizkit to Break Stuff for Cash Money

    February 24, 2012 9:35 AM EST Cash Money had a stellar 2011 with platinum-plus releases by Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne and now the company founded by brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams is spreading the wealth signing major label artists like rap-rock band Limp Bizkit. …

  14. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  15. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire…

  16. Watch: All 2012 Super Bowl Music-Related Ads

    February 06, 2012 9:00 AM EST Music was back in a big way at the Super Bowl Sunday night. Artists like Elton John , Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue and The Darkness made on-camera appearances, while Echo & The Bunnymen , The Cult and James Brown had some of the most talked-about synchs. All in all, the top four publishing…

  17. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy's Facebook and Twitter pages. Awards co…

  18. Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Prepping Album

    January 23, 2012 4:50 PM EST Imagine you're Kim Dotcom -- the co-founder of the succesful but recently seized online file sharing site, Megaupload. Imagine you were recently charged with criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit and remanded in custody, as Kim Dotcom has been. What would your next…

  19. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:55 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday (Jan. 19), and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500…

  20. Waylon Jennings Tribute Album Attracts Family, Fans Like Jewel & Dierks Bentley

    January 05, 2012 4:45 PM EST Shooter Jennings on Dad's Legacy: 'He Doesn't Need Any Help From Me at Keeping It Alive' Friends and family of the late Waylon Jennings recently came together at the Nashville studios of Sirius/XM for a special taping to promote the Jan. 24 Feb. 7 release of "Waylon:…

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