1. Morning Fix: Britney's 2-Year Vegas Residency; M.I.A.'s Bird Flip vs. NFL; Skrillex, Warren Haynes to Hit Billboard Touring Conf.; Univision Mulling IPO

    September 20, 2013 8:24 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BRITNEY SPEARS' 2-YEAR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY: FULL DETAILS (Q&A) Beginning in December, Las Vegas will be the only place on earth where you’ll be able to see Britney Spears perform over the ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Lady Antebellum Set for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 08, 2013 6:20 PM EDT Country trio Lady Antebellum should nab its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Golden . Industry sources project the new release will sell around 150,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 12. The new ...

  4. Gary Allan Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    January 30, 2013 10:35 AM EST Country singer Gary Allan notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as "Set You Free," his ninth studio album, debuts atop the list with 106,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It grants him his best sales week ever, surpas ...

  5. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Dance/Club Play Songs: Chart Highlights

    January 28, 2013 3:19 PM EST Bieber scores his first leader on the list. Gary Allan, meanwhile, takes over top Country Airplay and Lady Antebellum soars onto the survey in with 'Downtown.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts e ...

  6. Gary Allan Set for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    January 24, 2013 5:21 PM EST After a Billboard chart career that dates back to 1996, country singer Gary Allan is on course for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that his new release, Set You Free , may sell around 80,000 to 90,000 cop ...

  7. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  8. Gary Allan Cracks Top 10, Cassadee Pope Has 'Stupid' Debut

    December 20, 2012 4:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Gary Allan cracks the Country Airplay top 10 for the first time in exactly five years, as "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" leaps 12-9 in its 16th chart week. He most recently entered the upper tier when "Watching Airplanes" rose ...

  9. Gary Allan Offers Free Song With Sandy Donation

    December 04, 2012 9:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Many people in the northeast section of the United States have been affected by the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, and those events have moved country star Gary Allan beyond words - so he's trying to help with his music - and video. The clip ...

  10. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Cruise Up Country Charts

    November 15, 2012 4:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Greg Bates Scores First Country Airplay Top 10 With 'Did It for the Girl' Luke Bryan scores his fifth overall and third consecutive leader on the Country Airplay tally, as "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" steps 2-1, interrupting a two-wee ...

  11. Chart Highlights: Demi Lovato Leaps To No. 1 On Pop Songs

    September 03, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singer/actress scores her first leader on the list with 'Give Your Heart a Break.' Plus, new No. 1s for Neon Trees, Usher and Little Big Town. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Fin ...

  12. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery i ...

  13. Sunny Sweeney Prepares For Country Throwdown Tour's Nashville Stop

    June 29, 2012 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The third annual Country Throwdown Tour Fired Up by Kingsford® has had fans clamoring for more at each stop, and as the tour prepares to come to a close with a July 8 Nashville stop at The Woods at Fontanel, the buzz is being heard all around Music ...

  14. Gary Allan's Next Album Will Be 'Super Rock, Super Up'

    June 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country star Gary Allan is "deep into" his ninth album, and after tackling tough emotional terrain on 2007's "Living Hard" and 2010's "Get Off on the Pain" (both Top 5 on the Country and Billboard 200 charts) ...

  15. Backbeat: CMA Fest Attracts Over 70,000; Blake Shelton, Gary Overton, WME Execs Hang in Press Room

    June 12, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Blake Shelton makes a point during the press conference prior to his performance at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. (Photo: Vernell Hackett) Milder weather and expanded seating at LP Field for the night shows brought in more fans to the CMA Music ...

  16. Bubbling Under: Marina & the Diamonds Shine

    June 08, 2012 2:12 PM EDT Marina & the Diamonds While Marina & the Diamonds (Marina Diamandis) has flirted with U.S. chart success in the past, the Elektra/Atlantic act could be on its way to its first hit single with "Primadonna." The track, from her rec ...

  17. Bubbling Under: Marina & the Diamonds Shine

    June 08, 2012 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Marina & the Diamonds, Margo Rey, Florida Georgia Line and Michael Lynche Marina ...

  18. Justin Moore Embraces Tour With Blake Shelton

    March 09, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Justin Moore has a very talented A&R staff at The Valory Music Group, the label for which he records. But, there's someone else who has a vested interest in his career that has a pretty good winning percentage as well -- his wife, Kate, who ...

  19. Sunny Sweeney's Challenge to Brad Paisley

    March 06, 2012 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 After Pranking Star on Last Day of Tour, Says 'Dude, Get Me Back' S unny Sweeney admits that the past couple of weeks would have to stand tall among the highlights of her career so far. After a 2011 to remember, where she entered the top t ...

  20. Lionel Richie, George Strait Light Up CRS in Nashville

    February 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Day one of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar is in the books. The day started with the opening ceremonies at the Nashville Convention Center with the presentation of the annual Humanitarian Awards to stations in small, medium, and large markets followi ...

  21. Trace Adkins Readies 'Proud To Be Here' In Wake of Home Fire

    August 01, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although Trace Adkins' new album, "Proud to be Here," arrives Aug. 2 through Show Dog Universal, the Louisiana-born singer has other things on his mind. "It's really been hard," says Adkins, whose Brentwood, Tenn. home ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Billboard, CMA Reteam For Country Music Summit

    February 18, 2011 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Assn. (CMA), will take place June 6-7 in Nashville. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as artist show ...

  24. Country Albums Rule Top Three on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 11:17 AM EST 0 0 0 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), ...

  25. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Luis Miguel

    September 30, 2010 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country acts take center stage on this week's Hot Tours chart, claiming four of the top 10 slots on the list. Leading the pack at No. 1 is Brad Paisley who takes the top ranking with $4.5 million in box office grosses reported from eight dates ...

  26. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rihanna

    July 21, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 'FALL' ARRIVES: Two of the four highest debuts on Billboard's Country Songs chart since the survey's adoption of Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990 belong to Kenny Chesney , as "The Boys of Fall" storms the chart at No. ...

  27. Chart Beat Thursday: Bret Michaels Rocks On

    July 15, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 ROSY: Veteran rocker/"Celebrity Apprentice 3" champion Bret Michaels inks his highest rank on the Billboard 200 i n almost 20 years, as "Custom Built" arrives at No. 14. His prior charted solo effort, "Rock My World," d ...

  28. Hear Jerrod Niemann's Debut, Win Tickets

    July 09, 2010 9:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 Best-known as a songwriter who has penned tracks for JERROD NIEMANN: SIX QUESTIONS As a successful songwriter, why release a cover tune as your lead single? I've always loved the song, but I wasn't sure the first song should be a cover. Th ...

  29. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

    July 08, 2010 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of "California Gurls," Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song: "It's so great that ( Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ') 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that eve ...

  30. VIDEO: Country Artist Gary Allan On Tour Plans, Songwriting and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Gary Allan sat with Billboard at the Billboard Country Music Summit and discussed his upcoming touring plans, his songwriting process, bull riding and more. For more exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billb ...

  31. PHOTOS: Live At The Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard Country Music Summit, click here . For full coverage of the BCMS, click here . Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Big Kenny, Gary Allan and the country music biz w ...

  32. Full Coverage: Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country's Biggest Stars Out For CMA Music Festival June 11, 2010 Country music’s biggest stars are mostly working for free this week as the CMA Music Festival has the genre catering heavily to the brand’s ultra-core fans. VIDEO: Digital Strat ...

  33. Gary Allan Joins Billboard Summit

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gary Allan has signed on as a panelist at the inaugural Billboard Country Summit June 7-8 at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Allan joins a group of live-talent executives for “Country Road,” sponsored by Bridgestone Arena and moderated by Billbo ...

  34. Hot Tours: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Gary Allan, Zac Brown Band

    January 13, 2010 2:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes a fifth appearance on the Hot Tours rankings - and a third stint at No. 1 - since beginning its 2009 winter tour in November. This week's No. 1 ranking is based on reported totals from 12 venues, eleven U.S. arena ...

  35. Gary Allan "Get Off On The Pain" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Gary Allan, "Get Off The Pain" (MCA Nashville) Release Date: March 9, 2010 Since debuting in 1996 with the gold-certified album "Used Heart for Sale," Gary Allan has earned a reputation as a country maverick who wears his heart o ...

  36. Keith Urban, Sugarland To Headline 2010 Stagecoach Festival

    October 08, 2009 2:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Urban , Toby Keith , Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are confirmed to headline the fourth annual Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival, it was announced today (Oct. 8). The two-day outdoor fest will take place April 24-25, 2010 ...

  37. Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Police Lead Touring Award Finalists

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and the Police ...

  38. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2006 - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following ...

  39. Chesney Ramps Up Stadium Dates For '08 Tour

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Kenny Chesney will play 14 stadiums this summer on his 2008 Poets & Pirates tour, the most yet for country's top touring artist. The first stadium on Chensey's route is Williams Brice Stadium in C Kenny Chesney will play 14 stadiums th ...

  40. Chart Beat

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses the Temptations, Carrie Underwood, Chubby Checker and more! PRIME NUMBERS: With new acts charting all the time, it's easy to forget about a group with a legacy as long and as strong as the Temptations. But the quintet, once known ...

  41. Underwood Leads Three Country Debuts Onto Chart

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a Billboard 200 first, three country debuts occupy the Nos. 1-3 slots on the chart, led by Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride." The 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville set sold 527,000 copies in the Unit In a Billboard 200 first, three c ...

  42. Underwood Leads Three Country Debuts Onto Chart

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a Billboard 200 first, three country debuts occupy the Nos. 1-3 slots on the chart, led by Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride." The 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville set sold 527,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen ...

  43. Carrie Underwood Takes 'Ride' To No. 1

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood celebrates her first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and her second chart-topper on Top Country Albums as her sophomore effort "Carnival Ride" debuts with 527,000 ... The unique pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss yield ...

  44. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2006 - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following ...

  45. Lineup Taking Shape For Inaugural Big State Fest

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Also confirmed to appear are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, the Wreckers, Los Lonely Boys, Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert. As tipped here earlier this month, Tim McGraw will headline the bi ...

  46. McGraw, Skynyrd Saddle Up For Big State Fest

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here earlier this month, Tim McGraw will headline the bill for the first Big State Festival, to be held Oct. 13-14 at the Texas World Speedway in Bryan-College Station. Also confirmed to appear are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lyle Lovett and his Lar ...

  47. Stagecoach Festival / May 5-6, 2007 / Indio, Calif. (Empire Polo Field)

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It was craft versus showbiz at the first Stagecoach festival held this past weekend (May 5-6) in Indio, Calif. For the audience, the calculated formulas that rule country airwaves won hands down, thou It was craft versus showbiz at the first Stageco ...

  48. Chesney, Brooks & Dunn Wrap Up Stagecoach Fest

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The first Stagecoach country music festival wrapped yesterday (May 6) in Indio, Calif., with back-to-back headlining sets at the Empire Polo Field from tour mates Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn. The first Stagecoach country music festival wrapp ...

  49. Notorious B.I.G. 'Great' Again On The Billboard 200

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time since November, five of the top 10 albums on The Billboard 200 this week are debuts. The strongest of these, the late Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits," bows at No. 1, selling 99,0 For the first time since November ...

  50. Biggie Best-Of Bows at No. 1

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the late rapper his third chart-topper ... Arcade Fire starts in the runner-up slot with "Neon Bible" and at No. 1 on Top Independent Albu ...

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