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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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, & ...

  3. Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    October 11, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Taylor Swift, the biggest selling album artist over the past 12 months, is Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year. Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to ...

  4. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Kelly Rich

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 29 Kelly Rich VP of sales, marketing and interactive, Big Machine Label Group Website: Bigmachinemusic.com Twitter: @Kkrich12 As VP of sales, marketing and interactive at Big Machine Label Group, Kelly Rich is a key member of the team that hel ...

  5. Tony Bennett Becomes Oldest Living Artist to Top Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Duets II," making the 85-year-old the oldest living act to reach No. 1. His all-star collaborations album bows in the top slot with 179,000 sold ...

  6. Scott Borchetta Talks Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift @ iHeartRadio Fest (Video)

    September 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While artists like Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas grabbed the headlines, country music played a key part of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, which featured performances by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts last w ...

  7. Lady Antebellum Lands Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 21, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , country trio Lady Antebellum nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Own the Night" debuts in the top slot, selling 347,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The launch marks the biggest sales week for an album ...

  8. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart on Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

    September 15, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemor ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Taylor Swift Rockets Up Social 50 With 'Sparks Fly' Video (Watch)

    August 18, 2011 5:40 PM EDT The debut of Taylor Swift's video for her single "Sparks Fly" and a bevy of Teen Choice Awards wins for the singer push her up the Social 50 tally this week. The country/pop superstar zooms 19-10 following "Sparks'" a ...

  11. Ten Lessons From Louie: Advice From Messina Group Founder Louie Messina

    August 10, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Louie Messina, founder of The Messina Group. Photograph by Matt Furman for Billboard. Louis Messina is one of the nation's most successful concert promoters, and his storied career reflects the evolution of the live music industry over four d ...

  12. Despite Taylor, Shania, Reba, Carrie, Country Radio Is Where the Girls Aren't

    July 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT To paraphrase George Strait's No. 5-peaking Hot Country Songs hit from 1992, when it comes to the current state of country radio, female artists are about as gone as a girl can get. For a second consecutive week, no songs by women billed as l ...

  13. Taylor Swift Makes 'Sparks Fly' On Social 50 Chart

    July 14, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Taylor Swift flies up the Social 50, rising 21-14 following buzz generated by the news of her latest single, "Sparks Fly." Swift took to Facebook on July 5 to make the announcement. Currently, the song has 19,000 Facebook plays and 12,30 ...

  14. Beyonce and Target's '4' Plan: Exec Explains Strategy, Store Shortage

    June 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Beyonce is the latest music superstar to team up with Target for an exclusive deluxe edition of her new album. "4," which was released on June 28 and comes with six extra tracks (three new songs and three remixes), 17 minutes of club rem ...

  15. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Close Out CMA Fest

    June 13, 2011 9:53 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Special guests and sing-a-longs helped enhance the Country Music Association Music Festival fan experience at LP Field. Taylor Swift closed out the fourth and final night of concerts Sunday with an energetic set that included ca ...

  16. Diversity of Country Sound on View at CMT Awards

    June 08, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift joined Shania Twain for their own version of "Thelma & Louise." Justin Bieber induced tears from teenagers as he walked the red carpet with Rascal Flatts. And Hines Ward wore cowboy boots. The CMT Music Awards kicked off ...

  17. Country Gigs in Croatia? Panel Explores International Opportunities at Billboard Country Summit

    June 07, 2011 5:44 PM EDT International touring for U.S. country artists is as close as crossing the border into Canada or as exotic as performing in Croatia. Either way, the performers are in a win/win situation because they are adding to their fan base and expanding thei ...

  18. CMT Music Awards Winners List

    June 04, 2011 12:43 AM EDT Winners of the 2011 CMT Music Awards : Video of the year: Taylor Swift, "Mine." Male video of the year: Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." Female video of the year: Miranda Lambert, "The House That Bui ...

  19. Taylor Swift Says Broadway Inspired Her 'Speak Now' Tour

    June 01, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In another era, it was enough for artists from Hank Williams to Randy Travis to show up in a city, unpack their gear and play. Stage production for Willie Nelson was simply unfurling a Texas flag and launching into "Whiskey River." But a ...

  20. It's Official: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sells 1.11 Million

    May 31, 2011 7:36 PM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan beg ...

  21. 2011 Billboard Music Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    May 23, 2011 12:24 PM EDT If you were one of the millions watching the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, you witnessed a star-studded night full surprise performances (Britney Spears!) emotional tributes ( Beyonce and Neil Diamond ), A-list collaborations (Mary J. Blige with Li ...

  22. Britney Spears, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Many More Light Up 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 23, 2011 12:40 AM EDT From Britney Spears delivering a pair of unexpected performances, to pop stars like Justin Bieber and Rihanna taking home trophies, to Beyonce receiving the Billboard Millennium Award after a show-stopping number, the 2011 Billboard Music Awards w ...

  23. Justin Bieber, Eminem Top 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber and veteran rap star Eminem dominated the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, each taking home a total of six awards. For second place there was a six-way tie between Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, Mumford & ...

  24. Jason Aldean Leads CMT Music Awards Nominations

    April 27, 2011 12:08 PM EDT The party just keeps rolling for country music star Jason Aldean . Long left out of major award consideration, Aldean's recent tear continued Wednesday morning when he received a leading four 2011 CMT Music Awards nominations. The singer' ...

  25. Taylor Swift Celebrates 20 Million Sales in London; Heads to Las Vegas for ACMs

    March 31, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift ended her European tour on a celebratory note: Not only did she perform in front of thousands of fans, she got an honor for reaching the 20 million mark in worldwide album sales. A giddy Swift was given a plaque commemorating the mile ...

  26. Nicki Minaj Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200; Dr. Dre Tops Digital Songs

    February 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj crowns the Billboard 200 for the first time, as her "Pink Friday" set steps 3-1 in its 11th week on the list (45,000; up 18%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). "Pink" also pushes past the 1 million total sales mark t ...

  27. Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Top ACM Award Nominations

    February 01, 2011 11:24 AM EST Zac Brown leads the nominees for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, announced Tuesday morning, with a total of nine nominations. (Five with his Zac Brown band, and four for being the producer and co-writer of their hit "As She&# ...

  28. Decemberists' 'The King Is Dead' Tops Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST The Decemberists top the charts. (Photo: Autumn DeWilde) The Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  29. Cake Scores Lowest-Selling No. 1 In SoundScan History

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Digital Songs and Billboard 200 charts couldn't look any more different this week. Sales at the top of the Billboard 200 continue to slide as the No. 1-debuting set-from a rather unlikely band-sold 44,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soun ...

  30. Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Takes No. 1 in Record-Low Sales Week

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST This week, though Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, it does so while earning a dubious honor. With just 52,000 copies sold (down 32%), it earns the distinction of notch ...

  31. Katy Perry, Eminem Win Big at People's Choice Awards

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST On the same day that his album "Recovery" was named 2010's best-selling LP, Eminem topped the music categories at the 2011 People's Choice Awards, earning four trophies during the ceremony Wednesday night (Jan. 5). While the ra ...

  32. Chart Moves: Susan Boyle, Kari Jobe, Mumford & Sons, Big Time Rush

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- Taylor Swift: In the final tracking week of the year (week ending Jan. 2, 2011), Swift's "Speak Now" held at No. 1, selling 77,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 72%) as the chart adjusts back to non-holi ...

  33. Eminem, Taylor Swift Rule Digital Charts for 2010

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Eminem might not be the most tech-savvy dude in the business, but he reigned over the U.S. digital charts in 2010. Not only was he the top-selling artist for overall streams -- his songs last year generated 94 million streams, according to Nielsen ...

  34. Eminem, Katy Perry Are 2010's Top Sellers

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Eminem's comeback reached another landmark today, as his "Recovery" LP was officially confirmed as the United States' best-selling album of 2010, with 3.42 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The MC had previou ...

  35. Christmas Lights Up Billboard Sales Charts

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last minute Christmas shopping -- and post holiday purchases -- impact both the Billboard 200 albums chart and Digital Songs tally this week. As forecasted , Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" continues to reign on the albums tally with 276 ...

  36. Posthumous Michael Jackson Album Sells 3 Million Worldwide

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, but he's being challenged by the current queens of music. Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, followed by Susan Boyle's "The Gift. ...

  37. Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson Gunning For Top Ten On Next Week's Charts

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST We're heading into the home stretch of 2010 this week as the final big new album releases of the year reached retail on Tuesday (Dec. 21st). None of them, however, are aiming for the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 next week. It would see ...

  38. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, "Michael" Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. ...

  39. Britney Spears to Get 'Fame' Comic Book

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears is the latest celebrity to have her life turned into a bio-comic. Bluewater Productions -- the company behind the Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and "Glee" comic books -- has announced that it will release "Fa ...

  40. Boyle's 'Gift' Keeps Giving on Billboard 200, 'Tron' Hits Top 10

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "The Gift" racks up its fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling another 243,000 (down 10%) according to Nielsen Soundscan. In its five weeks of release, the set has moved 1.43 mi ...

  41. Taylor Swift Sells Out First Tour Dates In Minutes

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Venue owners coast-to-coast are cheering as the first dates for Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" tour go on sale. The country star sold out two shows at L.A.'s Staples Center in two minutes, while her June 25 stop at Gillette Stadium ...

  42. The Early Look: Black Friday Music Sales Recap

    November 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music business was hopeful for robust shopping on Black Friday, and why not? Overall consumer interest was up from last year, indie retail rolled out special exclusives from artists like U2, Metallica, and the Gaslight Anthem, and a full roste ...

  43. Taylor Swift's Thanksgiving TV Special Competing with Beyonce

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Beyonce's Thanksgiving TV special has just earned a bit of friendly competition: Taylor Swift has announced her own "Taylor Swift: Speak Now" primetime musical show, set to air Thanksgiving night on NBC. The hour-long special will f ...

  44. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Sugarland, Rihanna, Tim McGraw and more

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST A look at some of the most notable movers and shakers on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Sugarland : The three acts populate Nos. 1-3 on the Billboard 200 , mark ...

  45. Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle Vie For No. 1

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two of music's leading ladies are about to meet again on the charts. Susan Boyle, who finished 2009 with the year's second-biggest selling album according to Nielsen SoundScan, is eyeing the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 next week. Sta ...

  46. Country Albums Rule Top Three On Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan) ...

  47. VIDEO: Manager Troy Carter On Lady Gaga Mgmt Strategies

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Coalition Media Group CEO Troy Carter sat down at the Billboard Conference and Awards and discussed the structure of the management team behind Lady Gaga and Greyson Chance, analyzed the set-up of Taylor Swift's recent success, talked Gaga� ...

  48. Country Albums Rule Top Three On Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST On the Billboard 200 , country rules the top three roost for the first time in three years with Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holding court at No. 1 for a second week, Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" arriving at No. 2 an ...

  49. Taylor Swift, Sony/ATV Among Big Winners At BMI Country Awards

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift became the youngest person ever to win the BMI country songwriter of the year crown and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville earned its ninth consecutive BMI country publisher of the year title on Tuesday night at the 58th annual BMI C ...

  50. Web Trends: Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Bob Dylan and more

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 4PM): 4. Wiz Khalifa in jail It was reported online on Tuesday that the rapper was arrested in North Carolina for possession of marijuana. (Also trending at #17) Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Kanye West Performs ‘Gold Di ...

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