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  1. The Year In Country: Georgia Rules 2012 With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 8:16 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood, but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts ...

  2. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Rolls To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 24, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The country star motors to his first No. 1, while two other country males, Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson, also net top five debuts. As forecast last week , Jason Aldean's "Night Train" chugs to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 ...

  3. Jason Aldean To Play First Country Concert at Boston's Fenway

    October 18, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox. The July 13 appearance will be the initial stop ...

  4. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Album Heading for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    October 17, 2012 7:36 PM EDT Jason Aldean's latest release, "Night Train," is steamrolling its way to a big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources suggest the album will sell around 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Oct. 21 ...

  5. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  6. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  7. Single Reviews: Kreayshawn, Jason Aldean, and Two Door Cinema Club

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT KREAYSHAWN Go Hard (La La La) (3:38) Producers: Boys Noize, Free School, Moritz Friedrich, Jonas Jeberg Writers: various Publishers: various Columbia Records With debut album "Somethin' Bout Kreay" on the cusp of release, Kreayshawn ...

  8. Jason Aldean Soars With Successful New Single

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Jason Aldean's new Broken Bow Records single, "Take a Little Ride," bows at No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs list, marking his highest debut on the chart and achieving the best-selling first week for a single by a male country solo a ...

  9. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Hits Seventh Week at No. 1 on Hot 100

    July 25, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Flo Rida's "Whistle" tops Hot Digital Songs and Ellie Goulding's "Lights" leads On-Demand Songs. "M ...

  10. Adele, Gotye Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 04, 2012 2:33 PM EDT At the mid-way point in 2012, Adele's "21" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), rule as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- selling 3.69 millio ...

  11. Billboard Music Awards: The Winners List

    May 20, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Adele was the biggest winner at tonight's Billboard Music Awards, taking home twelve trophies off the strength of her Grammy-winning album 21 and singles such as the chart-topping "Rolling in the Deep." LMFAO were the second top win ...

  12. Backbeat: Faith Hill, Eli Young Band, David Nail Rock CRS 2012's Final Day

    February 25, 2012 3:47 PM EST The 2012 CRS New Faces line-up. The final day of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2012 featured a variety of panels and events and capped by the annual New Faces Show, which showcased young artists trying to make themselves known at radio. The morning ...

  13. Grammy Sales Bumps: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay Among 20 Grammy-Related Titles in Top 50

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM EST Justin Vernon of Bon Iver whose two Grammy nodes helped his album sell 12,000 units, up 105% from the week before. (Getty Images) While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day ...

  14. Who Will Get Big Grammy Sales Bumps? Adele? Civil Wars? Bruno Mars? Retailers Weigh In

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As the music industry convenes on Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, merchants across America are gearing up for the sales boost that the show always brings. The only question is: Which winners and performers will see the biggest b ...

  15. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Lead Academy of Country Music Awards Noms

    January 26, 2012 11:58 AM EST Nominations were announced for the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday. Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. Following him in nominations is Jason A ...

  16. Adele Leads SoundScan 2011 Year-End Charts With Top Selling Album, Song

    January 04, 2012 5:45 AM EST Though it seemed a foregone conclusion months ago, Adele's "21" and her "Rolling in the Deep" single finish 2011 as the United States' top-selling album and song according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" sold 5.8 ...

  17. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Projected to Be 2011's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    December 16, 2011 8:27 PM EST As we reported on Dec. 14, Michael Buble's "Christmas" album should hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week, so say industry prognosticators. The set could sell another 450,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the ...

  18. Backbeat: Vagrant Founder Likens Country Music to Punk Rock at Dashboard Confessional Show

    December 14, 2011 11:20 PM EST Thursday's (Dec. 1) Dashboard Confessional show at NYC's Irving Plaza brought out an old-school "emotional" crowd, who belted along to every word of hits like "Vindicated" and "Screaming Infidelities" along ...

  19. Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Win Big at American Country Awards

    December 06, 2011 8:00 AM EST While talking to Billboard.com last week about the American Country Awards, host Trace Adkins was quoted as saying "You're going to get some interesting outcomes, I think." Those turned out to be very prophetic words, as Jason Aldea ...

  20. Small But Mighty

    December 01, 2011 4:20 AM EST The Top Independent Artist Nominees 4 Nominations Bon Iver Nominations: record of the year ("Holocene"), song of the year ("Holocene"), best new artist, best alternative music album (Bon Iver) Jagjaguwar In perhaps the most sur ...

  21. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  22. Swift, Aldean, Lambert, Shelton: 2011 Country Music Awards Full Winners List

    November 10, 2011 8:00 AM EST Taylor swift was last night's (Nov. 9) 45th annual Country Music Association Awards' big winner taking home Entertainer of the Year honors and beating out her fellow all-male nominees Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jason Al ...

  23. Taylor Swift, The Band Perry Win Big at 2011 CMA Awards

    November 09, 2011 11:56 PM EST It was a mix of old favorites and new blood at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, as many acts on the show claimed their first trophies. The first award of the night was proof of this, as Republic Nashville's The Band Perry, th ...

  24. Jason Aldean and The Band Perry early CMA winners

    November 09, 2011 9:56 PM EST It's Jason Aldean's party at the Country Music Association Awards, but a melancholy song about dying young by rising stars The Band Perry is the early surprise. Country music's biggest night Wednesday started with unexpected appeara ...

  25. Backbeat: Broken Bow/Stoney Creek Pre-CMA Party Celebrates New Signing Randy Houser, Jason Aldean, Ex-Bartenders Thompson Square

    November 09, 2011 12:08 PM EST From left: Carson James, Leigh Adams, Denny Brown, Jason Aldean, Jon Loba, and Rick Shedd pose with Aldeans double platinum plaque at the Broken Bow/Stoney Creek Records 2nd annual CMA pre-party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville. (Photo by Freder ...

  26. Paisley, Swift, Urban, Aldean or Shelton? Breaking Down CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award

    November 08, 2011 7:47 AM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Everyone's got a theory about what goes into winning the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award. Martina McBride thinks it should go to the artist who makes the strongest connection with fans. J ...

  27. Coldplay Claims Third No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 With 'Mylo Xyloto'

    November 02, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected, Coldplay climbs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its third chart-topping set, "Mylo Xyloto," selling 447,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow for "Mylo" marks the third-largest sales ...

  28. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Thompson Square Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 12:33 PM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newco ...

  29. Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

    October 11, 2011 3:51 PM EDT In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, & ...

  30. Adele's '21' on Track to Be 2011's Best-Selling Album -- Can Anything Top It?

    September 15, 2011 3:33 PM EDT With 3.4 million sold since its debut in February according to Nielsen SoundScan, Adele's XL/Columbia album "21" is the fastest-selling release of any year since 2005. The last set to sell at a quicker clip was 50 Cent's " ...

  31. Rising Country Stars Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Shake-Up CMA Nominations

    September 06, 2011 5:00 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After a decade toiling away at the microphone without much recognition, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton are breaking through in a big way. Two of country's leading men nabbed their first Country Music Association Award ...

  32. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

    September 06, 2011 11:07 AM EDT Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with ...

  33. Game's 'R.E.D.' Debuts at No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 31, 2011 11:00 AM EDT (This story was updated on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. ET to reflect reprocessed SoundScan data. The sales figure for Streisand's "What Matters Most" changed, but its position did not. Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels" now debuts ...

  34. Lil Wayne's 'She Will' Feat. Drake Debuts at No. 1 on Digital Songs; Jay-Z & Kanye Top Billboard 200 Again

    August 24, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's a quiet week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, where Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" holds at No. 1 for a second frame with 177,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 59%), and just two albums bow in the r ...

  35. Beyond Jay-Z and Kanye West, Luke Bryan Has No. 2 Album; Maroon 5 Gets First No. 1 Digital Single

    August 17, 2011 8:48 AM EDT While all eyes were trained on the No. 1-arrival of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" on the Billboard 200 , there is actually other news on both the Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts this week. At No. 2 on the Bill ...

  36. Adele's '21' Scores 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 -- Most Since 2000

    August 10, 2011 11:00 AM EDT With Adele's "21" back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (76,000; down 8%, according to Nielsen SoundScan), the British songstress' set collects its 12th week atop the list. It's the most weeks at No. 1 for an album since Sant ...

  37. Eric Church's 'Chief' Album Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    August 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week , country singer Eric Church takes his third album, "Chief," straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 145,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (with an even bigger sales figure than expected). The debut mark ...

  38. Adele's '21' Marks 11th Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As Adele's "21" heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an 11th nonconsecutive week (up two slots with 77,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan; a gain of 1%), the late Amy Winehouse returns to the top 10 with "Back to Black ...

  39. How Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's 'Don't You Wanna Stay' Has Become a Crossover Adult-Radio Hit

    July 21, 2011 4:56 PM EDT Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" is proving to have staying power. After peaking at No. 31 in a 26-week chart run from November through May, the collaboration returns this week to the Billboard Hot ...

  40. Blake Shelton's 'River' Runs To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 20, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Blake Shelton is more popular than ever. The country singer-turned-"Voice" coach celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Red River Blue" bows atop the list with 116,000 -- his best sales week yet. While he has ...

  41. Beyonce's '4' Continues Reign at No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's an exceptionally quiet week on both the Billboard 200 and Digital Songs charts. On the former, Beyonce's "4" continues to reign at No. 1 for a second week, selling 115,000 (down 63%), while LMFAO's "Party Rock An ...

  42. The 2011 Pop Explosion: Mid-Year Numbers Broken Down By Genre

    July 07, 2011 7:47 AM EDT The sweet sounds of pop music are in control as we take a look at the top selling albums and songs at the mid-year point of 2011. TOP ALBUMS Of the top 20 selling albums -- half of them are pop sets. Leading the pop charge, and the year overall, i ...

  43. Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 06, 2011 6:42 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, Adele's "21" and Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), reign as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- shifting 2,517,000 and 4,120,000 according ...

  44. Beyonce's Scores Fourth No. 1 On Billboard 200 With '4'

    July 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , Beyonce's fourth solo studio album, "4," bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the diva's fourth solo No. 1 and fourth studio set to top the lis ...

  45. Jill Scott Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200, Bon Iver in at No. 2

    June 29, 2011 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott celebrates her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her fourth studio effort, "The Light of the Sun," debuts atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been notching hi ...

  46. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' Continues Dominance -- Even Crosses Into Latin Pop

    June 23, 2011 4:34 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 : -- Adele : "Rolling in the Deep" banks a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a fourth frame atop Hot 100 Airplay (153 million in audience, up 1%, according to Nielsen BDS). It drops, however, ...

  47. Bad Meets Evil -- A.K.A. Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Bad Meets Evil -- the hip-hop duo of Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its "Hell: The Sequel" launching with 171,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set beats out the 11-year-old Jackie Ev ...

  48. Chart Moves: Jason Aldean Has Greatest Gainer on Both Hot 100 and Billboard 200 Charts

    June 16, 2011 2:20 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Jason Aldean: "Dirt Road Anthem" speeds 23-9 with the Hot 100's Greatest Gainer/Digital award . As it flies 16-4 on Hot Digital Songs with 169,000 downloads sold ( up 99% ), the song nets the second-best we ...

  49. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Tops Billboard 200 for a Second Week, Despite Sales Drop

    June 08, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" continues to rule the Billboard 200 for a second week as the set shifts 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down a steep 84% from its historic 1,108,000 start last week. While it&# ...

  50. Jason Aldean: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 06, 2011 11:38 AM EDT Days before embarking on a critical run of amphitheater shows that will solidify his major-league touring status, Jason Aldean shows no signs of stress. Why should he? He's out in the barn -- his "man cave"-- at home, south of Nas ...

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