1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. '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, ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Grammy Nominations Concert Returning to L.A.

    September 18, 2013 10:02 AM EDT After shaking things up in Nashville last year, the Recording Academy is bringing the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! back to Los Angeles. The hour-long CBS concert special will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 ...

  13. How Blake Shelton Navigates The Terrain Between The CMAs and 'The Voice'

    September 17, 2013 12:28 PM EDT It’s no secret that country artists campaign during awards season. Or that the biggest cluster of potential Country Music Assn. votes reside in Nashville, the business center for the genre. Still, Blake Shelton certainly didn’t orchestrate all o ...

  14. Janelle Monae, Arctic Monkeys and Sheryl Crow Heading For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    September 13, 2013 9:33 PM EDT Here’s a look at next week’s Billboard 200 albms chart: Janelle Monae is set for her first top 10, Arctic Monkeys is making a strong return and Sheryl Crow's aiming for her ninth top 10 set. Monae's "The Electric Lady" should ...

  15. Chart Moves: Bastille's 'Bad Blood' Debuts, Fleetwood Mac's 'Opus' Opens, Little Big Town's 'Tornado' Celebrates Anniversary

    September 13, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, budding pop princess Ariana Grande claimed her first No. 1. Her debut album, "Yours Truly," has sold 138,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Behind Grande at No. 2, ...

  16. Katy Perry Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 13, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Billboard's Social 50 chart has a new No. 1 this week, as Katy Perry returns to the top for the first time in more than a year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace ...

  17. Toby Keith's Tornado Recovery Benefit Raises $2M

    September 12, 2013 1:05 AM EDT A tornado relief concert organized by country performer Toby Keith has raised $2 million that will go to a fund run by the United Way of Central Oklahoma - and there's still more money to be counted. Organizers told the Norman Transcript ne ...

  18. Katy Perry's 'Roar' Rules Hot 100 For Second Week, Lorde Reaches Top 3

    September 11, 2013 2:27 PM EDT Once again, Katy Perry's "Roar" makes the loudest noise on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song rules the survey for a second week, fueled in large part by the premiere of its video last week. Meanwhile, Lorde and Lana Del Rey & ...

  19. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 10, 2013 11:02 AM EDT Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist in country music last year, and it was no surprise that the singer likewise enjoyed a big morning on Tuesday, as nominations were announced for the 47th Annual Country Music Ass ...

  20. Country Music Association Partners with Billboard for 2013 CMA Awards Voter Guide

    September 10, 2013 10:00 AM EDT This year for the first time the Country Music Association has partnered with Billboard for an official Voter Guide to the 47th Annual CMA Awards. Available with the Oct. 19 issue of Billboard (on sale Oct. 12) and delivered to all CMA members, ...

  21. 2013 CMA Awards: Full Nominations List

    September 10, 2013 9:29 AM EDT Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line today announced nominees for the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift led all nominees with six nominations each, including nods for Female Vocalist of the Year and A ...

  22. George Strait Sets Dates for Last Run on the Road

    September 09, 2013 2:16 PM EDT George Strait will finish off his two-year farewell tour in the biggest house in his home state of Texas -- the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. The country superstar held a rare news conference Monday at the stadium to announce the last l ...

  23. Chart Moves: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Night Visions’ Celebrates One-Year Anniversary on Billboard 200

    September 06, 2013 8:55 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200, rock band Avenged Sevenfold claimed its second No. 1 album as "Hail to the King" started atop the list with 159,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four new arrivals into the top 10, ...

  24. Ariana Grande vs. Tamar Braxton In Battle for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 06, 2013 8:21 PM EDT New albums from Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton are battling it out in a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest that Grande’s debut effort, "Yours Truly," may sell between 115,000 and 120,000 copi ...

  25. Kenny Chesney Tops Hot Tours Chart With $10.1 Million Gross

    September 06, 2013 7:02 PM EDT Kenny Chesney is No. 1 among the current slate of Hot Tours with box office grosses totaling $10.1 million reported from the final two stops on the No Shoes Nation tour. The first concert included in this week’s tally was a sold out amphitheater ...

  26. Michael Jackson's New Instagram Account Causes Surge on Social 50 Chart

    September 05, 2013 9:57 PM EDT The late Michael Jackson makes a 14-position leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart (27-13) following online activity around his birthday (Aug. 29) and the launch of his Instagram account. Paul McCartney, Prince, Robert Plant: Why Veteran Musi ...

  27. Avenged Sevenfold Earns Second No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    September 04, 2013 11:04 AM EDT DUTY CALLS   • Subscribe • Buy a Copy • Billboard on iPad Rock band Avenged Sevenfold comes flying in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. The group's sixth studio album, "Hail to the King," opens atop the list, selling 159,00 ...

  28. Concert for Sandy Relief's Robin Hood Foundation Sues Patriot Communications Over 'Millions' in Missed Donations

    August 31, 2013 11:19 PM EDT A charity that helped organize last year's star-packed Concert for Sandy Relief says millions of dollars in donations were left on the table due to spotty service from the company tasked with processing the donations. In a lawsuit filed Wed ...

  29. Big Sean, Juicy J and Alabama Tribute Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 30, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Rappers Big Sean and Juicy J, along with a new tribute album to country band Alabama, are headed for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Sean's new "Hall of Fame" could sell approximat ...

  30. New Signings: Boy George Signs with Kobalt, Rick Ross to ICM Partners, BMG Chrysalis US Land the Orwells

    August 30, 2013 7:30 AM EDT 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.Pete ...

  31. MTV VMAs Spur Early Gains for Miley Cyrus, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, and More

    August 29, 2013 8:38 PM EDT Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake were all big winners during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), even though only Timberlake actually won any awards. Cyrus and Thicke paired for a buzzed-about performance during the Aug. 25 s ...

  32. Luke Bryan Spends Second Week Atop Billboard 200 Followed by John Mayer, TGT Debuts

    August 28, 2013 11:01 AM EDT As expected, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as it sells 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). Out of 29 chart-toppers, it's only the sixth album this yea ...

  33. Behind the Boxscore: MetLife Stadium's Ron VanDeVeen On Kenny Chesney's Top-Grossing Concert

    August 26, 2013 3:42 PM EDT This week, country superstar Kenny Chesney earned the top slot on Billboard’s Hot Tours tally with box office totals reported from six venues on his No Shoes Nation tour, which wrapped Aug. 24.   Among this week's reported shows to Billboar ...

  34. Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors' Wins MTV VMAs' Video of the Year Honors (Full Winners List)

    August 25, 2013 11:37 PM EDT The video of the year trophy was the final memorable moment of a night full of them for Justin Timberlake at the MTV Video Music Awards. Timberlake won the top honor for "Mirrors" on the same night he reunited briefly with `N Sync and ...

  35. Earl Sweatshirt, Jimmy Buffett and TGT Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    August 23, 2013 8:04 PM EDT After a week where only two albums debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, next week should provide a healthy influx of new releases to the region. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Aug. 28. John Ma ...

  36. New Signings: August Alsina to Def Jam, Windish Agency Wins Bobby Womack, Frankie Rose Goes and Labrinth to Paradigm

    August 23, 2013 4:03 PM EDT 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 ...

  37. Bud Light's 50 Concerts In 50 States Initiative - Did It Work? (Exclusive)

    August 23, 2013 2:01 PM EDT This story first appeared in the new Billboard Pick-up this issue here ; get your subscription here .   For its first attempt to host 50 concerts in all 50 states on the same day, Bud Light had modest goals for the audience it wanted to reach as ...

  38. Bubbling Under: Will Hoge Makes 'Strong' Start

    August 23, 2013 10:37 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: Will Hoge, Andra Day, Martin Garrix and Schoolboy Q. Will Hoge Will Hoge makes ...

  39. Chart Moves: Washed Out, Valerie June Debut on Billboard 200, Wild Feathers Fly In at No. 1 on Heatseekers

    August 23, 2013 9:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Luke Bryan charged in at No. 1 , selling an impressive 528,000 copies of his latest album, "Crash My Party." It marked the second chart-topper for the country star, who logged a No. 1 earlie ...

  40. Chart Moves: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Songs; Luke Bryan Scores Fifth No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    August 23, 2013 9:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) spends an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Roar" blasts 85-2, and Lady Gaga's "Applause ...

  41. MTV VMAs Set Sponsorship Record Despite 2012 Ratings Slump

    August 22, 2013 8:40 PM EDT MTV’s Video Music Awards have had a rollercoaster couple of years in the ratings, from reaching all-time highs in 2011 thanks to Beyonce’s baby bump to a 50% plunge in 2012. Yet despite last year’s drop, this weekend’s show, broadcast from Broo ...

  42. Getting Out The Vote: Round Two of CMA Awards Online Balloting Underway

    August 22, 2013 1:04 PM EDT The 24-hour period beginning at 8 p.m. on Aug. 19 saw a wealth of country events in Nashville: No. 1 parties for Jake Owen, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw, and a dinner/listening party for Keith Urban’s forthcoming album "Fuse." There’s a ...

  43. John Mayer Aiming for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200

    August 21, 2013 8:33 PM EDT John Mayer is on course for a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 next week with his sixth studio album, "Paradise Valley." Industry sources suggest the set could sell around 150,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Aug. 25. The ...

  44. Luke Bryan, CMA Tapped By Texaco For Country Music Sponsorships

    August 21, 2013 6:54 PM EDT Scoring the year’s third-highest debut on the Billboard 200 isn’t Luke Bryan’s only major achievement in 2013. The country superstar has also booked a multi-pronged sponsorship with Texaco that includes the remaining dates of his Dirt Road Diari ...

  45. Luke Bryan's No. 1 Album and Katy Perry's No. 1 Digital Song Each Sell Over Half-Million

    August 21, 2013 12:00 PM EDT This week, for only the second time in history, an album and a digital song both simultaneously sell more than a half-million copies in a single week. On the Billboard 200 albums chart, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" debuts at No. ...

  46. Luke Bryan Nets No. 1 Album; Katy Perry's 'Roar' Tops Digital Songs

    August 21, 2013 10:58 AM EDT As reported yesterday, country star Luke Bryan nabs his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Crash My Party." The album bows atop the list with nearly 528,000 sold in the week ending Sunday, Aug. 18, according to Nielsen Sound ...

  47. Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 20, 2013 9:14 PM EDT It's Official: Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the third-largest sales week of the year. The country star's new album sold slightly fewer than 528,000 copies in t ...

  48. Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' Sales Forecast Grows to Half-Million

    August 16, 2013 5:12 PM EDT The sales forecast for Luke Bryan's new album just keeps getting brighter. Two days ago, industry prognosticators suggested Bryan's "Crash My Party" album might sell 450,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, A ...

  49. Chart Moves: Lorde's 'Love' Rises, Cody Simpson Surges, the Supremes Return to Billboard 200

    August 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Civil Wars snared its first No. 1 album as its self-titled set bowed in the top slot. The release sold 116,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts i ...

  50. Beyonce's Short Haircut Yields Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    August 15, 2013 8:31 PM EDT After a three-week hiatus from the Social 50’s top 10, Beyonce bounds 26-6 all thanks to a simple haircut.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The char ...

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