1. Gwyneth Paltrow to Sing at CMA Awards

    October 20, 2010 1:45 PM EDT Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month's Country Music Association Awards - as a performer. She'll sing the title track of her new movie, "Country Strong," and will be joined by Vince Gill . The film hits theaters in Los Angeles and Nashville on Dec…

  2. Lil Wayne's 'Human Being' Leaps 16-1 on Billboard 200

    October 20, 2010 11:03 AM EDT Two weeks after Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 exclusively from download sales, its CD release pushes it to No. 1 in its third chart week. The set moves from No. 16 to No. 1 with 125,000 sold (up 443%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  3. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady Gaga, AC/DC Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi , U2 , AC/DC , Lady Gaga , Brad Paisley , Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top artists, tours, venues, and live entertainment firms recognized as finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 4. The…

  4. 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%). …

  5. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead American Music Award Nominations

    October 12, 2010 2:30 PM EDT E minem and Lady Antebellum lead the nomination race for the 2010 American Music Awards, both with five nominations. The nominees were announced today (Oct. 12) in Los Angeles by emcees Taio Cruz and Demi Lovato . Eminem's nominations include Artist of the Year, as well as both Pop/Rock…

  6. The Band Perry Breaks Through with CMA Nod

    October 11, 2010 2:00 PM EDT This time last year only a handful of industry insiders had heard of the Band Perry , three siblings from Greenville, Tenn. Now, as the Oct. 12 release of its self-titled debut album approaches, the trio has already earned a Country Music Assn. Award nomination for vocal group of the year and…

  7. Play Billboard's Music Challenge on Facebook

    October 07, 2010 3:42 PM EDT We know you love music. And since you visit Billboard.com, we know you're interested in digging for info on your favorite bands, rappers, and singers from David Archuleta and Justin Bieber to The XX and Zac Brown Band. To entertain all you fans out there, we created an addictive trivia…

  8. Kenny Chesney Claims Sixth No. 1 Album with 'Hemingway's Whiskey'

    October 06, 2010 11:13 AM EDT K enny Chesney easily grabs his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Hemingway's Whiskey" bows atop the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer's last studio effort, 2008's "Lucky Old Sun," also entered at No. 1, but…

  9. Leftovers From Last Week: 'Glee,' Santana, Akon

    October 05, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With last week's charts bursting with numerous notable achievements , headlined by Zac Brown Band , Nelly and Kenny Chesney , here is a recap of a few additional praiseworthy feats before all charts are refreshed with new data Thursday (Oct. 7) on Billboard.com. COUNTRY POP: Among last…

  10. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Expected to Lead 2011 Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2010 12:08 PM EDT The nominees for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards won't officially be revealed until tonight (Dec. 1) at 10pm EST at the Recording Academy's annual nominations special, broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. But we have a pretty good idea about who is likely to get the…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Zac Brown Band, 'Glee,' Lady Gaga

    September 30, 2010 6:55 PM EDT GOT COUNTRY?: For the first time in its 54-year history, two country bands have led the Billboard 200 in the same year. That's the same amount of the genre's groups that topped the tally from its launch in 1956 through last year. Zac Brown Band becomes the second country band to…

  12. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Reveals Album Artwork, Bruce Springsteen Crashes Engagement Photo

    September 29, 2010 7:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Reveals Album Cover for "Loud" Rihanna has revealed the album cover artwork for her soon-to-be-released "Loud," unveiling it piece-by-piece on her official website. The image is a close…

  13. Zac Brown Band Bows At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 29, 2010 12:35 PM EDT Z ac Brown Band nets its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "You Get What You Give" bows atop the list with 153,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The country act's major label debut, "The Foundation," peaked at No. 9 in May. "Give" also…

  14. Zac Brown Band, Maroon 5 in Race for Billboard 200 Top Spot

    September 28, 2010 5:47 PM EDT As the U.S. music industry awaits for this week's The Billboard 200 chart to be compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, the Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" and Maroon 5's are in a dead heat vying for the No. 1 spot, with each expected to generate about 150,000 units…

  15. Will Kanye, Susan Boyle or Taylor Swift Rule the Holiday Season?

    September 27, 2010 9:34 AM EDT The fate of music retailers' holiday sales season may rest not with a country-crossover auteur or a hip-hop oversharer or even the King of Pop, but with a momsy 50-year-old Scot drawn to show tunes. Yes, Taylor Swift and Kanye West will release chart-topping new albums, and a posthumous…

  16. Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band Vying to Top Billboard 200 Next Week

    September 23, 2010 10:30 AM EDT One close race for No. 1 may by followed by another, as both Maroon 5's "Hands All Over" and Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" are aiming for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that each album could sell…

  17. POTW: Kanye West, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Ciara

    September 17, 2010 12:52 PM EDT Kanye West and designer Gwen Stefani attended the L.A.M.B. fashion show afterparty, Tory Burch dusted West's shoulder off, Courtney Love got glitzy for Narciso, Florence from Florence and the Machine looked angelic in white, Kelly Rowland and Kelly Osbourne sat front row, Ciara towered…

  18. Santana, Michael Buble, Kings Of Leon Preview New Albums

    September 15, 2010 4:45 PM EDT WHAT'S IN STORE: Or, technically, not quite yet in stores. Still, the launch of the fourth-quarter retail blitz impacts multiple airplay charts, where three notable acts debut with lead singles from forthcoming albums. Santana enters Adult Contemporary at No. 25 with "While My…

  19. Zac Brown Band: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 10, 2010 5:24 PM EDT The massively condensed career bio for the Zac Brown Band goes something like this: Talented Georgia musician with instinctive head for business and mad kitchen skills ditches college, makes music, opens a restaurant, works with a wide range of musicians before settling on an alchemic lineup,…

  20. Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"

    September 10, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Collaborations between rising and established artists are common, but when best new artist Grammy Award winner Zac Brown Band taps Alan Jackson for a single, the pairing should be considered momentous. "As She's Walking Away" captures a man's hesitation to share his true…

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