1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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, ...

  10. 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, ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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, ...

  34. Why So Few Female Stars In Country Radio? Theories Abound

    October 24, 2013 1:18 PM EDT For a format that primarily targets women, country radio is playing surprisingly few female artists these days. Equally surprising is how few women there are behind the scenes making programming decisions, as detailed here  last week. This week, ...

  35. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:39 PM EDT Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the Girls…" enters at No. 2. He also claims his best Nielsen SoundScan week and ...

  36. Backbeat: Kentucky Headhunters, Chris Janson and Jaida Dryer Bring the Noise to the Int'l Entertainment Buyers Assoc.

    October 23, 2013 11:54 AM EDT Performing at the Bobby Roberts Co. showcase at the International Entertainment Buyers Assn. in Nashville today were the Kentucky Headhunters , Chris Janson and Jaida Dreyer . Pictured from left (above) are the HeadHunters’ Greg Martin (who told ...

  37. Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam captures its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lightning Bolt" strikes atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pearl Jam also previously topped the Billboard 200 wit ...

  38. I.R.S. Nashville Imprint Names John Grady President

    October 22, 2013 7:45 PM EDT Veteran Nashville music executive John Grady has been named the president of I.R.S. Nashville, a new label based on the imprint started 34 years ago and revived by EMI two years ago. Grady will continue serving as partner at Crush Management.   ...

  39. Q4 Label Special: Columbia's Rob Stringer on Big Releases, Dark Horses, Gift Cards, 'No Daft Punk Xmas Record' (From the Magazine)

    October 21, 2013 3:15 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories" 1.1 million TEA, 794,000 copies No. 1 (peak), 21 weeks J. Cole, "Born Sinner" 768,000 TEA 609,000 copies No. 1, 17 weeks One Direction, "Take Me Home" 721,000 ...

  40. Avett Brothers, Paul McCartney Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 18, 2013 8:38 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album, while rock legend Paul McCartney is heading for the top five with his latest effort, "New." Also aiming for the top five are the Avett Brothers, wi ...

  41. Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April (Breaking)

    October 18, 2013 4:30 PM EDT .869 k 1.029 k 52 0 New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made. The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg an ...

  42. Latin Stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT Two Latin stars make their respective debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week: Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Ins ...

  43. Country Music’s Dearth of Females Extends Well Beyond the Artists

    October 17, 2013 2:07 PM EDT Lately, much ado has been made in the consumer press about country music’s female troubles. While format insiders know this is an issue that pops up -- to varying degrees -- about every five years or so, critics have been wound up over the fa ...

  44. Pearl Jam Heading for Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Lightning Bolt'

    October 16, 2013 8:31 PM EDT Pearl Jam is on course for its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's latest album, "Lighting Bolt," will sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Oct. 20, industry sources say. ...

  45. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 For Third Week

    October 16, 2013 2:10 PM EDT Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, Ylvis' "The Fox" darts to the Hot Digital Songs top 10 and Justin Bieber and Eminem soar into the Hot 100's top 20.   "Royals" crowns ...

  46. NFL, MLB & NBA: How Music Biz Can Get a Bigger Slice of Sports Pie

    October 15, 2013 5:31 PM EDT The following is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music package and examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands this year will spend on sports. This special section includes "The Big Scor ...

  47. Country Songwriters Find the Fast Track to Radio in Technology

    October 15, 2013 1:53 PM EDT The great songwriters in country music history had one very basic way to create a song: Sit down with a guitar, a pen and a sheet of paper; find some words or a melody; then frame them with the right chord structure. There were exceptions, of co ...

  48. Showcase Director Matt McDonald's Top 5 CMJ Music Marathon Survival Tips (Video)

    October 15, 2013 10:33 AM EDT With the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon kicking off today Tue., Oct. 15 and running through Sat,. Oct. 19 with some 1,277 bands playing some 80 venues, dozens of panels and thousands of fans, artists and industry expected to attend, the New York City f ...

  49. Luke Bryan Tops Hot Tours Chart with $25 Million Sold

    October 15, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Country star Luke Bryan earns his first No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours tally with more than $25 million in ticket sales reported from the second North American leg of the Dirt Road Diaries tour, his first major effort as a headliner. The summer j ...

  50. Lady Antebellum Delay Tour Until 2014

    October 14, 2013 11:41 PM EDT Lady Antebellum is postponing the start of its 60-date concert tour. The Nashville, Tenn.-based country music trio says on its website it will now begin the 60-plus city tour Jan. 10 in Peoria, Ill. Lady A had been scheduled to start the tour No ...

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