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  1. Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert

    August 03, 2014 12:16 PM EDT Keith Urban says he's 'horrified' by reports of a possible sexual assault at his concert last weekend south of Boston. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert Eighteen-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston ...

  2. The Greatest of Oz: Concert Promoter Michael Chugg's Legendary 50 Years

    July 01, 2014 1:29 PM EDT From ABBA to Keith Urban, Australia's Michael Chugg celebrates a half-century of concert promotion. This article first appeared in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine . Michael Chugg has a surprising well of energy, especially for a man ...

  3. Marc Anthony Leads Hot Tours with $5.1 Million Mexican Trek

    June 27, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Marc Anthony heads up the weekly slate of top-grossing Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from a string of concerts in Mexican markets during May and June. The brief four-week swing was a continuation of the Latin pop star’s Vivir Mi Vida tour ...

  4. My First 'American Idol': An Intern's Tale

    April 24, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The stage may be smaller in person, but the talent -- especially at the judges' table -- feels much bigger. I might not fit into what is now the stereotypical "American Idol" fangirl demographic, but growing up on the show that chan ...

  5. Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?

    March 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q had a great time at his first South By Southwest a few years ago, but found himself getting angry this year as he played a series of shows at the annual music conference and festival. Related Articles The $1 Million Buy-In: B ...

  6. Chart Moves: Jake Bugg's 'American Idol' Performance Leads to 551% Sales Gain, Celtic Woman Collects 10th No. 1

    March 06, 2014 8:33 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, ScHoolboy Q nabbed his first No. 1 with "Oxymoron," while the top 10 welcomed a total of six debuts. That's the most arrivals in the top 10 since last November. Outside the very busy top ...

  7. Chart Moves: Keith Urban Drives 'Cop Car' Up Hot Country Songs; Cage The Elephant Scores First Triple A No. 1; Christopher Cross Ends Top 10 Drought

    February 28, 2014 9:30 AM EST As previously reported, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 and John Legend leaps 11-4 with "All of Me" to land his first Hot 100 top 10. Who else is happy thanks to notable moves on Billboard song c ...

  8. Australia’s Record Biz Suffers Double-Digit Drop In Digital ‘Transition’ Year

    February 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Australia’s recorded music market suffered a double-digit slump in 2013 as digital finally replaced the CD as the top format, new data reveals.  Annual recorded music revenue in 2013 declined by 11.6% to Australian $351.6 million ($313 million), a ...

  9. 'Frozen' Chills For Second Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    January 15, 2014 11:00 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while Beyonce's self-titled album is also stationary, at No. 2.   'Frozen' Musical Is Headed to Broadway 'Frozen' Ma ...

  10. The New 'American Idol': A Cheeseburger, a Coke and a Smile (and Shut the F--- Up)

    January 13, 2014 1:08 PM EST The biggest difference viewers will notice when "American Idol" season 13 kicks off on Jan. 15? Not the snazzy Roman numeral logo or the postcard-inspired, Greetings from Asbury Park-esque graphics denoting each audition city. With a new ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Chart Moves: A Great Big Jump For A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera; Volbeat's Victorious At Rock; Howard Jones Notches First Top 10 In 21 Years

    November 29, 2013 5:57 PM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week. Who else tops and makes other notable moves on song charts this week? -- A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera: After the premiere of the o ...

  14. Bubbling Under: Basic Vacation Gets To Work

    November 22, 2013 10:28 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents 'Bubbling Under,' a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vice, Basic Vacation, the Cadillac Three and Jabo Basic Vacation Basic Vacation may ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: UMPG signs Miley, Keith Urban and Julian Bunetta, Warner/Chappel Gets Mustaine, Slash and Much More

    November 19, 2013 12:22 PM EST -- Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Miley Cyrus to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement for her album "Bangerz." In a statement, UMPG president, North America Evan Lamberg said Cyrus is "reinventing ...

  16. Chart Moves: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs; Beyonce's 'Bodied' Returns; James Wolpert Hits New 'Voice' High

    November 15, 2013 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week and Lady Gaga debuts at No. 8 with "Dope." Who else is royalty (or at least worthy of mention …) on song charts this week?  -- Keith ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. How The Weeknd Went From Internet Mystery to Billboard 200 No. 2

    September 25, 2013 4:20 PM EDT What does it mean for an artist to succeed on his/her own terms in 2013? The Weeknd -- the 23-year-old, famously elusive R&B singer born Abel Tesfaye -- sold 95,000 copies of his major label debut album "Kiss Land" last week, accor ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Chart Moves: Robin Thicke Ties R&B/Hip-Hop Mark; Imagine Dragons Return To Hot 100; Arcade Fire Ignites

    September 20, 2013 1:23 PM EDT As previously reported, Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" smashes its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it's her first No. 1. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week? -- Robin Thicke: Wit ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Morning Fix: iTunes Radio's Report Card; Pandora/ASCAP Ruling: 'All In' or 'All Out'; 'Spotify Landmark' Launches

    September 19, 2013 8:21 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE ITUNES RADIO'S PROMISE VS. ITS DELIVERY: A REPORT CARD iTunes Radio, after much chatter and speculation, has finally gone live as a feature in Apple Inc.’s new iOS 7 operating system, which a ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Join 'American Idol' Judges Panel

    September 03, 2013 1:18 PM EDT It's official: Fox has named Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban as American Idol's newest judges panel. The trio will kick off production on season 13 on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Boston. "I have always been a huge fan o ...

  28. John Bromell, Former Warner Chappell Australia Head, Dies at 71

    September 01, 2013 9:59 PM EDT John Bromell, the award-winning Australian music executive who led Warner Chappell’s local affiliate for more than a decade, has died in a car accident. He was 71. Bromell crashed his car Saturday (Aug. 31) near his home at Coffs Harbour, New So ...

  29. Chart Moves: Lorde Keeps Leaping With 'Royals'; Miley Cyrus Debuts Next Single; Keith Urban Tops Country Airplay

    August 30, 2013 9:15 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, spends a 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Roar" holds at No. 2. What other moves on the Hot 100 a ...

  30. Chart Moves: Robin Thicke's Rare Double No. 1 Achievement, Maroon 5's New Top 10 Hit on Hot 100

    August 09, 2013 9:15 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a whopping ninth week. The song also earns the largest airplay audience ever on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, racking up 219.8 million in a ...

  31. How Candice Glover Won 'American Idol'

    May 17, 2013 4:02 AM EDT With a flawless voice that recalled past "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn't able to do: She won the title o ...

  32. Keith Urban's Aussie Homeland Dates Top Hot Tours Chart

    April 12, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Keith Urban owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with $5.6 million in box office grosses from two venues on his seven-date tour through Australia which occurred earlier this year.  The award-winning country star played multiple shows in ...

  33. 'American Idol' Ratings Dip, Big Brands Still Line Up

    March 27, 2013 6:50 AM EDT In the heyday of "American Idol," the notion that it could fall ratings victim to a zombie slugfest or standard crime drama would have been laughable. That was then. With Fox's singing contest shedding about 20 percent of its aud ...

  34. Live Nation Country to Launch Faster Horses Country Fest in Michigan

    February 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST This field will be full of country music fans in July. Live Nation Country President Brian O'Connell took this photo with his iPhone from what will be the stage area for the Faster Horses Festival in Michigan Live Nation Country president B ...

  35. Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey Fuss as 'American Idol' Premieres in New York

    January 17, 2013 2:55 PM EST It was a tale of furry clothing accessories, "Mean Girls" quotes and British accents on the season 12 premiere of "American Idol," its first with Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban as judges, joining the stalwart Randy J ...

  36. Adele Wins Best Song Golden Globe for 'Skyfall'; Mychael Danna Wins Best Score

    January 14, 2013 11:42 AM EST Although she has nine Grammy Awards to her name, there was no question as to the sincerity of Adele's surprise when her song "Skyfall" won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, Motion Picture. "Oh my God!" the British s ...

  37. 'X Factor' Update: Britney Spears' Possible Exit Isn't the Only Big Change Coming

    December 28, 2012 6:09 PM EST Days before country singer Tate Stevens was declared the winner of "X Factor's second season in the U.S., show creator and judge Simon Cowell said the show's success was owed to the younger audience it brought to Fox. In the week of ...

  38. 'Voice' Winner Cassadee Pope Debuts at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums Chart

    December 27, 2012 4:00 PM EST A little over a week after NBC's "The Voice" crowned Cassadee Pope its season three winner on Dec. 18, the singer now crowns Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. Her "Voice" best-of album, titled "The Voice: The ...

  39. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  40. Luke Bryan Wins Big at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:47 AM EST Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards. (Getty Images) Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Sing ...

  41. Chart Moves: Hunter Hayes Is A 'Wanted' Man On Hot 100

    November 08, 2012 11:42 AM EST As previously reported , Maroon 5 manages an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," holding off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains at No. 2 for a seventh frame. With those two spots locked u ...

  42. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  43. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  44. EMI Music Canada President Deane Cameron Steps Down

    October 11, 2012 12:09 PM EDT EMI Music Canada's long-serving president Deane Cameron stepped down last week after 35 years with the company, 24 at the helm. Cameron, who made history in 1988 when he became the youngest Canadian president of a major record label, has been ...

  45. FAQ on Approval of Universal Music - EMI Deal

    September 21, 2012 1:50 PM EDT As Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI Music's recorded music division today received approval from both European and U.S. regulators , details have emerged about the exact steps Universal must take to win European Commission supp ...

  46. Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Named 'American Idol' Judges

    September 16, 2012 9:54 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The "American Idol" judges' panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban. The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday, confirming rumo ...

  47. 'X Factor': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The U.K. version of 'The X Factor' launched global stars like One Direction and Leona Lewis. Can Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid do the same thing in the U.S.? The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 year ...

  48. When Blake Met Beyonce

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Nashville songwriters work both sides of the fence. Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showe ...

  49. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Award Nominations

    September 05, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Eric Church grabbed five nominations for this year's CMA Awards -- including nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief , and three nominations for hit song "Springsteen -- to lead all artists, with husband and wife ...

  50. Publishing Briefs: Downtown Goes Country, pigFACTORY Signs Tesla, BMG Looks Global

    June 29, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Downtown Music Publishing moves into country and musical theatre music publishing with the signing of Dave Berg and the songwriting duo of Joe DiPietro and Dave Bryan, who is also the keyboard player for Bon Jovi. Berg, who has received multiple s ...

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