1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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.   ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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. ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. CMJ Showcase Director Matt McDonald on the Value of the Music Marathon in 2013 (Video)

    October 14, 2013 4:30 PM EDT With CMJ Music Marathon season upon us (it runs Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Saturday Oct. 19) and some 1,277 band expected to play and thousands of fans, artists and industry expected to attend the New York City festival, Billboard.biz sat down wit ...

  24. NFL, VH1 Prepping Six Pre-Super Bowl Concerts (Exclusive)

    October 14, 2013 1:10 PM EDT The following excerpt is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music Package which examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands will this year spend on sports. This special section includes "The ...

  25. Taylor Swift Opens $4 Mil. Education Center at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

    October 12, 2013 1:27 PM EDT It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City. The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of th ...

  26. Miley Cyrus Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Pusha T and Panic! at the Disco Aiming for Top 5

    October 11, 2013 9:13 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, Miley Cyrus is set for a No. 1 debut with "Bangerz," while rapper Pusha T and rock act Panic! at the Disco are on course for top five bows with their latest efforts. As previously report ...

  27. Sony/ATV Nashville's Troy Tomlinson Named Chairman of the Tennessee Film, Ent. & Music Commission

    October 11, 2013 5:17 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing  Nashville President and CEO Troy Tomlinson was named chairman of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development  Commissioner Bill Hagerty. ...

  28. Keith, Jennings, Nelson: Second-Generation Performers Making Their Own Way In Country Music

    October 11, 2013 3:00 PM EDT If you consider Jon Bon Jovi to be an uncle, you fell asleep every night to the sounds of live music being played in your living room or performed onstage with a parent when you were barely out of training pants, you may have all the makings of ...

  29. Bubbling Under: Actor/Singer Mack Wilds Debuts At R&B/Hip-Hop

    October 11, 2013 10:52 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: Mack Wilds, Echosmith, Brandy Clark and Ayah Marar. Mack Wilds Mack Wilds makes h ...

  30. Chart Moves: Joan Jett Returns to Billboard 200, Randy Travis Album Hits Top 40 on Country Albums, Remixed Rush Debuts

    October 10, 2013 8:25 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was all about Justin Timberlake, as the star earned his second No. 1 album this year. His new "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)" debuted atop the chart, selling 350,000 copies, according to ...

  31. Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead American Music Awards Nominations

    October 10, 2013 8:52 AM EDT The nominations are in for the American Music Awards, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis could be among the big winners come November 24 on ABC. The rap duo earned nominations in six categories including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, ...

  32. Taylor Swift Sets Songwriting Record

    October 08, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Taylor Swift has set a record with the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The organization announced Tuesday that it would name Swift as its songwriter/artist of the year. This is her sixth win, beating out five-time winners Vince ...

  33. Lorde's 'Royal' Reign Spurs Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 03, 2013 7:40 PM EDT In the same week Lorde rises to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash single "Royals," she also debuts on the Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wiki ...

  34. From Radio to Racecar Driver: Rob Bodle’s Surprising Career Transition

    October 03, 2013 2:01 PM EDT After more than 20 years in radio, Rob Bodle is enjoying an unlikely second act many of his former colleagues would envy -- as a racecar driver. Bodle, who was known as Rob “Carpenter” during his broadcasting days, also works as a freelance moto ...

  35. Country Music Association Awards 2013 Voter Guide (PDF)

    October 03, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The Country Music Association's 47th annual CMA Awards  -- "Country's Biggest Night"  -- airs tonight, 8/7c Nov. 6 on ABC. This special Country Music Association Awards publication, in PDF form below, was created in partners ...

  36. Drake Leads Debut-Filled Top 4 on Billboard 200 Followed by Kings of Leon, Cher, Elton John

    October 02, 2013 11:00 AM EDT The Billboard 200's top four albums are all debuts this week, led by Drake's "Nothing Was the Same," which launches at No. 1 with 658,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last Friday, industry sources forecast that the s ...

  37. New Signings: Warner Music Nabs Ylvis, WME Inks Leah Turner, Maximum Artist Adds Lalah Hathaway, Warner/Chappell Signs Danny Orton

    October 02, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@billboard.com for inclusion in our regular report. Click here for the ...

  38. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 01, 2013 10:05 PM EDT It's official: As expected, Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the second-largest sales week of 2013. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same': The Billboard Cove ...

  39. Justin Timberlake Heading for Second No. 1 Album this Year, Lorde Aiming For No. 3 (Updated)

    October 01, 2013 7:16 PM EDT Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2" is bound for the top of the Billboard 200, according to industry forecasters. While Billboard has yet to announce this week's top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, we're ...

  40. Chart Moves: Grateful Dead's Highest Charting Album Since 1987, Mumford & Sons' 'Sigh' Hits 3 Million & Josh Groban's TV-Fueled Return

    September 27, 2013 11:59 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jack Johnson scored his fourth No. 1, as "From Here to Now to You" arrived atop the list with 117,000 sold  in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Also noteworthy was how there ...

  41. Kings of Leon, Cher and Elton John Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200

    September 27, 2013 9:40 PM EDT It will be busy on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as a slew of big-name acts are heading for high debuts. As previously reported  on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Drake's new album "Nothing Was the Same" is heading for a very st ...

  42. 'Get Off My Lawn': Readers Respond to Country's 'Image Problem'

    September 27, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Last week’s column  drew comments from readers in such disparate country music hotbeds as Australia and Brazil. Citing recent critical comments about current country music from some of the format’s own stars, including Zac Brown and Gary Allan, ...

  43. Has Country Music Gone One Toke Over The Line?

    September 24, 2013 4:02 PM EDT When Toby Keith records a song titled “Weed With Willie,” we get the joke immediately. Willie Nelson’s marijuana usage is, by now, both legendary and widely viewed as kind of a quirkily adorable habit for an 80-year-old country singer whose ow ...

  44. Backbeat: Farm Aid 2013 -- Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 24, 2013 5:47 AM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Sarat ...

  45. Clear Channel Prepping IHeartRadio Country Music Fest, TV Awards For 2014 (Exclusive)

    September 23, 2013 8:21 AM EDT In a wide-ranging video Q&A (below) at the IHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas with Billboard Saturday night, John Sykes, Clear Channel president of entertainment enterprises and Tom Poleman, Clear Channel President of national programming p ...

  46. Jack Johnson Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Avicii and Chris Young Aiming For Top 10

    September 20, 2013 9:06 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is on course for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while EDM superstar and recent Billboard cover act Avicii is aiming for a top 10 debut with his first album, "True." Industry sources suggest ...

  47. Chart Moves: Album Sales Hit New Low; Madonna's 'MDNA World Tour' Debuts; Earth, Wind & Fire Reaches Chart High

    September 20, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Keith Urban beat out the Weeknd for the No. 1 slot by less than 3,000 copies. Urban's "Fuse" debuted at No. 1 with 98,000 copies, while the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" started w ...

  48. Zac Brown, Kacey Musgraves on Confronting Country Music’s Image Problem

    September 19, 2013 3:52 PM EDT 7 1.187 k 71 3 0 Like every genre of music, country has its fans and its detractors. But when those detractors include some of the format’s own hit-making artists, country might well be grappling with an image problem even as it enjoys some of its biggest ...

  49. Jack Johnson, Justin Moore Vying for No. 1 on the Billboard 200

    September 18, 2013 7:52 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson and country singer Justin Moore are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. At the present, industry sources forecast that Johnson's new album, "From Here to Now to You," mig ...

  50. Keith Urban Edges Out the Weeknd for No. 1 Spot on Billboard 200 By Less Than 3K Copies

    September 18, 2013 11:32 AM EDT Last week's race for the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 between Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton was nothing compared to the showdown on this week's tally. Country star Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 with "Fuse," edging out t ...

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