1. Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Peas Lead Grammy Award Nominations

    December 02, 2009 10:34 PM EST Completing the trifecta of the big three categories, Beyonce topped the nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, with 10 total nods, including Album of the Year for "I Am...Sasha Fierce," Record of the Year for "Halo" and Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put…

  2. Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney To Anchor Kentucky Racetrack Festival

    December 01, 2009 10:54 AM EST Churchill Downs, the Louisville racetrack that's home to the Kentucky Derby, has announced plans for a 3-day music festival in 2010 called Hullabalou. Headliners for the event, scheduled for July 23-25, 2010, include Bon Jovi , Kenny Chesney and the Dave Matthews Band . Grounds passes,…

  3. Chart Beat Wednesday: Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Zac Brown Band

    October 28, 2009 3:16 PM EDT THE WINNER BY A MILEY: The new No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart is the 200th leader in the list's history. How far back does the chart date? The survey first appeared in Billboard's pages in the print issue dated Oct. 3, 1992. The artist who notches the tally&…

  4. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to co-host the Nov. 11 ceremony with Carrie…

  5. Zac Brown Band, "Toes"

    August 18, 2009 10:24 AM EDT Zac Brown Band 's third single follows a similar arc of chart success as the group's previous hits, "Chicken Fried" and "Whatever It Is," just as it offers a well-worn imagery. On "Chicken Fried," the band conjured up comfort food and "a pair of…

  6. Chart Beat: Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Britney Spears

    July 15, 2009 5:13 PM EDT LADY FIRST, PART 1 : Lady Gaga becomes just the third artist in the 16-year history of the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart to collect three No. 1s from a debut album. "LoveGame" rises 2-1, marking Lady Gaga's third No. 1 following "Just Dance" (two weeks) and "…

  7. Taylor Swift Has Big Night At CMT Awards

    June 17, 2009 7:57 AM EDT Taylor Swift won video of the year at the Country Music Television awards for "Love Story," an elaborate production that features period costumes as it echoes the story of Romeo and Juliet. Swift won the fan-voted award Tuesday over Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Carrie Underwood and…

  8. Paramore Road Testing 'Mature' New Sound

    June 01, 2009 11:33 AM EDT Paramore's third album is finished, and the group is chomping at the bit to play the new material -- even though most of it will stay on ice until the as-yet-untitled set is released this fall. "It's hard going back to your old stuff after we've been strictly focusing on…

  9. Zac Brown Band Builds Solid 'Foundation'

    May 28, 2009 8:09 AM EDT The Zac Brown Band is enjoying the success of "Whatever It Is," the second single from its platinum major label debut album, "The Foundation." But Brown and company are chomping at the bit to release their next track. Brown tells Billboard.com that the group has already…

  10. Zac Brown Band Building On Big 'Foundation'

    April 29, 2009 8:42 AM EDT It's shaping up to be a big summer for the roots-country act Zac Brown Band. Their Atlantic Records debut "The Foundation" has now been certified gold by the RIAA, for shipping over 500,000 units to retail. Based on the strength of the singles "Chicken Fried" and …

  11. Pearl Jam, Beasties, Dave Matthews To Headline Austin City Limits Fest

    April 28, 2009 1:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts as headliners of the eight edition of the event in Austin's Zilker Park on Oct. 2-4. Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Thievery Corporation, John Legend, the Dead Weather…

  12. Beyonce's 'Obsessed' Tops Weekend Box Office

    April 27, 2009 10:51 AM EDT Sony Screen Gems' suspense film "Obsessed" captivated the domestic box office over its first weekend as the Beyonce Knowles-Idris Elba starrer proved more dominant than expected with an estimated $28.5 million. Three other wide openers saw mixed results. Universal's bare…

  13. iTunes Price Changes Take Effect

    April 08, 2009 11:00 AM EDT The era of one-price-fits-all-songs on iTunes came to an end Tuesday as Apple Inc., the Internet's dominant digital music store, began selling some of its most-downloaded songs for $1.29 apiece. Apple said in January that it would end its practice of selling all individual songs for 99…

  14. Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack To Play Detroit's Downtown Hoedown

    April 08, 2009 9:32 AM EDT Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins, Phil Vassar and actor Kevin Costner with his band Modern West are among the headliners at this year's 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Detroit. The 27th annual weekend-long festival, acknowledged as the world's largest free country music…

  15. 'Slumdog Millionaire' Sweeps Music Oscars

    February 23, 2009 12:37 AM EST "Slumdog Millionaire" swept the music categories at the Academy Awards Sunday night, en route to its evening-leading total of eight Oscars, including best picture. A.R. Rahman won Academy Awards for best original score and best song for "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog…

  16. Slow Ticket Sales Sink Langerado Festival

    February 03, 2009 1:54 PM EST The Langerado Music Festival in Miami is the first large-scale U.S. festival to fall victim to a poor economy in 2009. The seventh annual event, which was set for March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park, has been cancelled "due to sluggish ticket sales," organizers announced. Artists that…

  17. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  18. Keith Urban Names New Album

    January 22, 2009 12:29 PM EST Keith Urban has christened his new album "Defying Gravity" and, as previously reported, will release it March 31 on Capitol Nashville. First single "Sweet Thing" rises 12-8 this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, Urban's 18th top 10 hit there. Urban…

  19. Death Cab, Snoop, Ryan Adams To Rock Langerado

    December 09, 2008 11:27 AM EST Death Cab For Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Dashboard Confessional, Broken Social Scene and Girl Talk lead the bill for the seventh Langerado Music Festival, to be held March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. Thievery Corporation, Slightly Stoopid, Flogging Molly, Chromeo,…

  20. Beyonce Assumes Control Of Hot 100

    December 04, 2008 10:32 AM EST Beyonce notches her fifth solo No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," one more than she scored while a member of Destiny's Child. The cut rises 2-1 after selling 228,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. T.I.&…

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