1. Chart Moves: 'Frozen' Soundtrack Is Highest-Charting for Animated Film Since 'Cars'

    December 05, 2013 8:07 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction's "Midnight Memories" blasted in at No. 1 with 546,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first time a group has debuted atop the list wit ...

  2. Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return

    December 05, 2013 11:06 AM EST 'Tis the season for us to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts ret ...

  3. Ryan Bingham Sets First Post-‘Crazy Heart’ Film Project (Exclusive)

    December 05, 2013 9:00 AM EST Ryan Bingham has written the main title theme and will produce the music for the film “A Country Called Home,” his first film music project since winning an Oscar and a Grammy for 2009’s “Crazy Heart.”   The film will be the full-length directoria ...

  4. Grammy Nominations Show Preview: Booking Strategies, the Move to Friday, Water Cooler Moments

    December 05, 2013 8:00 AM EST Lorde, Drake, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are among the performers on this Friday's (Dec. 6) Grammy Nominations Concer Live produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Li ...

  5. One Direction Scores Historic Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart, Sells 546K

    December 04, 2013 10:28 AM EST One Direction's "Midnight Memories" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   The act makes history as the first group to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums ...

  6. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley: Judge Allows Lawsuit Claiming They Stole Song

    December 04, 2013 4:06 AM EST Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are suddenly facing a very serious lawsuit after a federal judge in Nashville refused on Tuesday to dismiss a songwriter's claim of having her song stolen to create the duo's pla ...

  7. Chart Moves: Mary J. Blige 'Holiday' Sales Sizzle, AWOLNATION's 'Symphony' Sees Big Gain

    November 28, 2013 11:19 AM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" returned to No. 1 , spending a second week in the top slot. The album sold 120,000 copies last week (down 43%). Last week's No. 1, Lady Gaga' ...

  8. New Signings: Lindsey Stirling Signs to Reach Music, WME Inks Wale, Paradigm Nabs Solange

    November 25, 2013 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to mitchell.peters@b ...

  9. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake Win Big at American Music Awards

    November 24, 2013 11:47 PM EST Though plenty of stars shined at the 2013 American Music Awards, the night belonged most of all to Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. Both were tied for most awards won on the night -- three each -- until the "Red" star took home the mo ...

  10. American Music Awards 2013: Full Winners List

    November 24, 2013 8:55 PM EST Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the biggest winners at the 2013 American Music Awards  on Sunday. Check out a full list of winners below. Pitbull, Producer Larry Klein Preview This Weekend's ...

  11. Any Prop In A Storm: Badly Behaved Fans Use Anything To Get Close To Stars

    November 22, 2013 4:12 AM EST Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams Paisley, recently made headlines for being the subjects of a cruel hoax in which an adult fan pretended to be a dying child in order to gain sympathy from -- and telephone access to -- the coupl ...

  12. Chart Moves: Interscope Replaces Itself at No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Ellen DeGeneres' Debuts in Top 40

    November 21, 2013 7:57 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , Lady Gaga replaced her labelmate Eminem atop the list as “ARTPOP” debuted at No. 1 with 258,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" fell to No. 2 w ...

  13. La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho Storms Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2013 5:05 PM EST La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho, an iconic regional Mexican band, debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week at No. 20 due to a spike in online activity centered around three high-profile concert dates. The Social 50 ranks ...

  14. Madonna Tops Forbes' 2013 World's Highest Paid Musicians List Followed By Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi

    November 21, 2013 1:27 PM EST Madonna was this year's top earning musician, according to Forbes' annual report that was released Wednesday. The Queen of Pop rakes in $125 million before taxes, agents and managers fees, the financial magazine estimated. The majority o ...

  15. Pitbull, Producer Larry Klein Preview This Weekend's American Music Awards (Video Q&A)

    November 20, 2013 7:13 PM EST   After unfurling the Red Carpet for this weekend's American Music Awards at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre with ABC's Mark Bracco, show producer Larry Klein and host Pitbull gave Billboard an inside look at this weekend's program. ...

  16. Lady Gaga Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'ARTPOP,' Beatles 'Live at the BBC' Debuts No. 7

    November 20, 2013 11:05 AM EST As forecast last week, Lady Gaga debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new set, "ARTPOP." It sold 258,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   It's the second No. 1 set for Gaga, who also debuted at No ...

  17. Florida Georgia Line Talk New Deluxe Album, American Music Awards, MSG Dreams, More (Video Q&A)

    November 19, 2013 12:10 PM EST   Florida Georgia Line's Brian "BK" Kelley and Tyler Hubbard sat down with Billboard backstage following their Artist Development Case Study panel (complete with Fireball shots) at our Touring Conference . Here, the duo, whose tra ...

  18. Why Everyone On the Florida Georgia Line Case Study Panel at the Touring Conference Was Grinning Ear-To-Ear (And It Wasn't Just the Fireball)

    November 16, 2013 10:06 PM EST Attendees of Billboard’s Touring Conference couldn’t have asked for a better artist development case study than Florida Georgia Line. How this year the duo went from virtual unknowns to having the longest running No. 1 of all-time on the Hot Cou ...

  19. Lady Gaga Still Heading for No. 1, Beatles Set for 31st Top 10 Album

    November 15, 2013 6:46 PM EST As reported earlier this week, Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" album seems destined for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week, securing the diva her second chart-topping set. Presently, industry sources forecast the album to sel ...

  20. Anatomy of a Hit: Craig Campbell’s ‘Outta My Head’

    November 15, 2013 1:04 PM EST A single’s chart history is measured in weeks and milestones, but never in beards. So when Craig Campbell’s “Outta My Head” began what ultimately became a marathon journey up the Country Airplay chart, it was funny -- at first -- when one of the ...

  21. Bon Jovi, George Strait, One Direction, Coachella, O2 Arena, Live Nation, CAA Among Big Winners at 2013 Billboard Touring Awards

    November 14, 2013 9:30 PM EST Bon Jovi, One Direction, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Rolling Stones and George Strait were among tonight's (Nov. 14) big winners at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.   The awards, hosted by the Howa ...

  22. Ed Hardy to Receive 2014 President’s Award by Country Radio Broadcasters

    November 13, 2013 4:21 PM EST Ed Hardy, president of the Country Music Association Board of Directors, has been announced as the recipient of Country Radio Broadcasters' 2014 President's Award. The award will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinne ...

  23. Eminem's 'MMLP2' Set for No. 1 With 750K, Celine Dion Heading for No. 2

    November 08, 2013 7:35 PM EST As reported earlier , Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" album is unstoppable, as it will easily debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 with the second-largest sales week of the year. Industry sources say the set could se ...

  24. New Signings: BMG Chrysalis Inks Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, Slash to Warner/Chappell, Primary Wave Nabs Melissa Etheridge

    November 08, 2013 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to mitchell.peters ...

  25. Deborah Evans Price Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 08, 2013 1:06 AM EST Acclaimed freelance journalist and author Deborah Evans Price has been feted with the 2013 Country Music Assn (CMA) Media Achievement Award.  A long-time contributor to Billboard Magazine, Price received the accolade during the 47th Annual CMA A ...

  26. Country Labels Revive Two Forgotten Arts: Artist Development—And Patience

    November 07, 2013 8:20 PM EST There are still periodic examples of record companies going one and done with an artist—as in, dropping them from the roster after just one failed single. But country music labels notably appear to more often to be playing the long game of late, ...

  27. Mariah Carey Hits New High on Social 50 Chart

    November 07, 2013 8:06 PM EST The Halloween holiday helps Mariah Carey hit a new peak on the Social 50, as a photo of the diva’s children sparks her re-entry at No. 24.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, ...

  28. A Look Back at Key Milestones at the CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 8:46 AM EST Here's a look at some key moments in the history of the Country Music Association Awards, which honor the best of the country music (the 47th annual CMAs air on Wednesday night). - 1967 : The first CMA Awards were not televised. It is bille ...

  29. George Strait, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 12:23 AM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the ...

  30. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Win Again At CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:45 PM EST The Country Music Association Awards continued to show its love for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on Wednesday night while giving a nod to new duo Florida Georgia Line and doling out a few more awards to Taylor Swift. Lambert won her fourth ...

  31. CMA Awards 2013: Full Winners List

    November 06, 2013 8:40 PM EST Country music's biggest night is here, with Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift leading the pack with six nominations apiece. Other top nominees include Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw. We'll be updating the list of winners ...

  32. Watch Dean Dillon's Poignant BMI Icon Award Acceptance Speech In Full: Video

    November 06, 2013 6:33 PM EST Dean Dillon, who has penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career, was honored as the newest BMI Icon at Tuesday night's (Nov. 5) BMI Country Awards. After Strait, Chesney, Luke Bryan and Lee An ...

  33. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 For Sixth Week; Eminem Lands Four Tracks in Top 20, Most As Lead Since Beatles in 1964

    November 06, 2013 2:10 PM EST Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Eminem and One Direction soar onto the chart with top 10 debuts. The bow for Eminem is especially notable, as, among other honors, the song grants the rapper ...

  34. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 06, 2013 11:00 AM EST Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the band’s second No. 1 album. It also bowed atop the list with its last set, 2010 ...

  35. Dean Dillon, Hunter Hayes, Rodney Clawson, Sony/ATV Among BMI's 2013 Country Awards Honorees

    November 06, 2013 3:56 AM EST Songwriter Dean Dillon penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career in Nashville and several of those artists honored him as the newest BMI Icon at the 61st BMI Country Awards in Nashville. BMI Count ...

  36. George Strait In The CMA Spotlight... Again

    November 05, 2013 1:03 PM EST They're not letting the cowboy ride quietly into the sunset in Music City. Whether he likes it or not, the usually reclusive George Strait is the center of attention this week. Strait is up for entertainer of the year Wednesday night at the ...

  37. George Strait, Josh Kear, Warner/Chappell Among ASCAP Country Music Award Honorees

    November 05, 2013 12:56 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4th in the Grand Ballroom at Nashville’s newly opened Music City Center.  ASCAP Country Music Awards -- Photo Gal ...

  38. Blake Shelton Scores 15th Country Airplay No. 1

    November 05, 2013 11:21 AM EST In one of the tightest No. 1 battles since Billboard's Country Airplay chart switched from a plays-based to an audience impressions-based methodology almost nine years ago, Blake Shelton's "Mine Would Be You" (4-1) becomes hi ...

  39. Kelly Clarkson, 'Duck Dynasty' Christmas Albums Set for Top 10

    November 01, 2013 8:57 PM EDT New Christmas albums from Kelly Clarkson and the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty" are on course for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Clarkson's new "Wrapped In Red," which is her first holiday effort, may sell around ...

  40. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift Makes 'Sweet' Start, Tyga Teams With Justin Bieber on Hot 100

    November 01, 2013 8:07 PM EDT As previously reported , Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Who else crowns and makes notable moves on song charts this week?   -- Justin Bieber : All three releases from Justin Bieber's "Musi ...

  41. Anatomy Of A Hit: Tyler Farr’s ‘Redneck Crazy’

    November 01, 2013 3:38 PM EDT Not since Dixie Chicks’ 1999 hit “Goodbye Earl” has a country song been as reviled by mainstream media—yet beloved by country radio and fans—as Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” But while the Chicks’ song stalled at No. 13, Farr’s hit recently ascen ...

  42. Bubbling Under: 'Nashville' Star Chris Carmack Segues To Radio

    November 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Chris Carmack, K Camp, Parade of Lights and Lobo     CHRIS CARMACK Actor/musician ...

  43. Chart Moves: Def Leppard, Donna Summer Return to Billboard 200 Chart

    November 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Katy Perry climbed in at No. 1 with her new album "PRISM," selling 286,000 copies in its first week. It was one of four new arrivals to the top 10, which also boasted bows from Fifth Harmony ...

  44. Warner Music Nashville's Virtual Record Player Promotes Blake Shelton at CMAs

    October 31, 2013 11:23 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The folks at Warner Music Nashville are showing they know how to get your attention. And this time of year, it's all about attention, with the County Music Association Awards being presented next week. This includes ...

  45. Kelly Clarkson's Wedding, 'Wrapped in Red' Album Spur Social 50 Chart Gain

    October 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Getting married can do wonders for your social life. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot on Oct. 20 and, in turn, hits a new high on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook ...

  46. Lorde's 'Royals' Crowns Hot 100 For Fifth Week

    October 30, 2013 1:43 PM EDT Lorde's "Royals" is the Billboard Hot 100's ruler for a fifth week, helping add to another week of solo women controlling the top three. Plus, OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons enter the top 10 and Lady Gaga starts just outside ...

  47. Willie Nelson's Tell-All Autobiography Due in 2015

    October 30, 2013 1:04 PM EDT At age 80, Willie Nelson is ready to say it all. Little, Brown and Company announced Wednesday that the country music superstar has a book deal with the publisher. Although Nelson is the author of several books, Little, Brown promises that this ...

  48. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Has 2013's Largest Sales Week For a Female Artist

    October 30, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Katy Perry's new "Prism" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 286,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most recent tracking week ended Sunday, Oct. 27. It's the largest sales week this year ...

  49. Loretta Lynn Postpones Two Shows

    October 29, 2013 1:07 PM EDT Country music legend Loretta Lynn is postponing two shows in Iowa because of exhaustion. A statement from Lynn's representative on the singer's website says the 81-year-old started feeling poorly midway through her three-week tour and ...

  50. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 12:26 AM EDT Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late "Cowboy" Jack Clement - three men whose influence still ripples across the surface of modern music - are now members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The three were saluted by stars Garth Brooks, ...

Pages