1. Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line Remain Atop Country Charts

    January 03, 2014 11:30 AM EST With a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, Garth Brooks' box set "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" marks the most weeks atop the tally for the Oklahoman in a dozen years. It's ...

  2. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' 2013's Best Selling Album, 'Blurred Lines' Top Song

    January 02, 2014 7:18 PM EST Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" finish 2013 as the year's top selling album and song in the United States, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Timberlake� ...

  3. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  4. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart With Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 9:58 AM EST With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks. Justin Bieber Tells Twitter: � ...

  5. Eminem, Rihanna Top Hot 100; Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' Debuts

    December 26, 2013 6:06 PM EST Eminem and featured artist Rihanna notch a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Monster," which holds off Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber" at No. 2, also for a third week. Meanwhile, Beyonce bounds onto the c ...

  6. Beyonce Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Album Nearing 1 Million U.S. Sales

    December 26, 2013 2:09 PM EST 'Beyonce' Closing In on 1 Million U.S. Sales Beyonce on Self-Management, Following Madonna’s Footsteps, Developing Other Artists Beyonce Tops Billboard 200, R. Kelly and Childish Gambino Debut in Top 10 Beyonce's new self-titled alb ...

  7. A Crate-Digger's Christmas Playlist by Paul Cebar

    December 23, 2013 2:55 PM EST Paul Cebar , is a musician out of Milwaukee Wisconsin. His new Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound record "Fine Rude Thing" is out Jan 14 and the band will be on tour this winter. While charmed by the odd balm of a New Orleans Christmas, 15 or s ...

  8. Beyonce Still Set for Second Week at No. 1, Garth Brooks for No. 2

    December 20, 2013 7:06 PM EST Beyonce is still on track to score a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast her self-titled album to sell around 260,000 -- if not more -- in the tracking week ending Sunday, Dec. 22. The surprise album bowed on Dec. 1 ...

  9. Beyonce Most Social Artist of the Week, No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 20, 2013 6:40 PM EST Following the surprise debut of Beyonce's new self-titled album -- which sent social networks and the Twittersphere ablaze with chatter about the diva -- she jumps to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 ranks th ...

  10. Eminem, Rihanna Remain Atop Hot 100 With 'The Monster'

    December 18, 2013 1:56 PM EST The song scores a second week at No. 1, while A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera surge into the top five.   Eminem and featured artist Rihanna tally a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Monster," which holds of ...

  11. 'Harlem Shake,' Miley and Beyonce: Music High on Google's Year-End Search Rankings

    December 17, 2013 2:43 PM EST Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year. Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men. Former South African Pr ...

  12. Ray Price Remembrance: ‘A Good Fella, A Damn Good Singer ’

    December 17, 2013 12:07 PM EST Ray Waddell is Billboard's executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment. When I heard Ray Price’s final public statement as he went home to face the end of his life, I can’t say I was surprised, not by his ...

  13. Ray Price's 37-Year Run on the Billboard Charts: 46 Top Tens, Eight No. 1's

    December 16, 2013 7:45 PM EST With 109 titles charted between 1952-89, Ray Price's history on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart spans more than 37 years with 46 top 10 entries, eight of those reaching No. 1. The country legend died Monday at his home in Texas after ...

  14. Ray Price, Country Music Legend, Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:00 PM EST Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, one of country music’s towering icons and a singer’s singer, died Monday at the age of 87. Price recently entered hospice after hospitalization in Texas and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic ca ...

  15. Billboard Music Awards Announced For May 18, Returning to ABC

    December 16, 2013 11:30 AM EST ABC and Dick Clark Productions have announced the 2014 Billboard Music Awards are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18. The show will showcase this year’s biggest music star ...

  16. Beyonce Trending Toward No. 1 on Billboard 200, Childish Gambino Top 10

    December 13, 2013 6:48 PM EST As previously reported , Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when the chart's top 10 is revealed on Dec. 18. The release has suddenly thrown off what was expected to be ...

  17. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label home, Republic Nashville, to new heights. YEAR-END CHARTS:  Top Country Art ...

  18. Australia’s Country Music Biz Rocked By Golden Guitars Rift

    December 13, 2013 4:23 AM EST Australia’s typically-collegiate country music scene is going through a bout of infighting and finger-pointing just weeks out from the genre’s biggest party of the year. The legendary singer-songwriter John Williamson quit as president of the Coun ...

  19. R. Kelly's 'Black Panties' Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    December 11, 2013 6:52 PM EST R. Kelly is set to collect his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The singer's latest album, "Black Panties," is on course to sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15 -- so s ...

  20. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including ne ...

  21. Grammys 2014 Country Award Categories: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill But No Ashley Monroe

    December 07, 2013 9:52 AM EST As most year-end critics' lists will undoubtedly proclaim, 2013 has been a year where newcomer Kacey Musgraves has dazzled with a sound that is both traditional and irreverent. That being said, it's little surprise that the singer finish ...

  22. Grammy Noms Reflect Recording Academy’s Newfound Love for Popular Music (Analysis)

    December 06, 2013 11:30 PM EST Culturally resonant singles received their due in the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards as songs and artists that dominated radio airplay, streaming and social media were represented in the four major categories.   Grammy Awards 2014 ...

  23. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all ...

  24. Britney Spears, Jake Owen, 'Sound of Music' Set for Top 20 on Billboard 200

    December 06, 2013 7:48 PM EST Britney Spears' new album, "Britney Jean," is the biggest new release of the week and it's heading for a high debut on Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 115,000 and 120,000 copies by the e ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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' ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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. ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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, ...

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