1. Hunter Hayes Performs Surprise Show, Hits Studio With John Legend

    June 08, 2014 7:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Quite a bit of what fans see during the CMA Music Festival is scripted and planned. However, there are always a few surprises that filter into the week's worth of activities. Hunter Hayes definitely gave his fans a little something extra on Fri ...

  2. 'Now 50' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT After 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside for the "Now 50" compilation. "Now 50" debuts at No. 1 with 153,000 copies sold in the week ending May 11, according to ...

  3. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Tom Petty's 'Fever' Rises

    May 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-five years ago this week, his first solo album began its Billboard 200 climb (and wouldn't back down). Plus, remembering key chart feats for Hunter Hayes, Janet Jackson, and R.E.M. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones fr ...

  4. Hunter Hayes Breaks the Flaming Lips' Guinness World Record While Raising Awareness of Child Hunger

    May 10, 2014 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 It’s official: country singer Hunter Hayes has broken the Guinness World Record for the most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours — all in an effort to help end child hunger. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever ...

  5. Hunter Hayes' 'Storyline' Heading for Top Three on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 09, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Twenty-two-year-old Hunter Hayes is aiming for his highest charting album yet on the Billboard 200, as his sophomore set, "Storyline," could debut at No. 3 next week. Industry sources forecast the album, which was released on May 6, may ...

  6. Hunter Hayes' 'Storyline' Heading for Top Three on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 09, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Twenty-two-year-old Hunter Hayes is aiming for his highest charting album yet on the Billboard 200, as his sophomore set, "Storyline," could debut at No. 3 next week. Industry sources forecast the album, which was released on May 6, may ...

  7. Hunter Hayes: Billboard Photo Shoot & 'Storyline' Interview

    Hunter Hayes: Billboard Photo Shoot & 'Storyline' Interview

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  8. Hunter Hayes Partners With ConAgra Foods, P&G to Fight Child Hunger

    March 03, 2014 3:50 PM EST Hunter Hayes, ConAgra Foods, and P&G announced a partnership today that will help raise awareness of the issue of child hunger. On specifically marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products, one can find an eight-digit code. For each code entered ...

  9. Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Hits 1 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 6:44 PM EST Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album crosses the 1 million sales mark, becoming the first debut set to do so since last October. The set rises 7-6 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling another 30,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 2 ...

  10. Chart Highlights: Passenger Rides To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Let Her Go'

    February 03, 2014 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 The song tops another chart, months after breaking through in the U.K. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Grea ...

  11. Chart Moves: John Legend Jumps Up The Hot 100; Shakira Debuts On Hot Latin Songs; Hunter Hayes Has 'Invisible' Touch On Hot Country Songs

    January 31, 2014 12:33 PM EST As previously reported, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" races to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" bounds into the chart's top 10. Who else clears hurdles on Billboard song charts this week ...

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  13. Silver Lining: 25 Years Of Country Cares For St. Jude Kids

    January 24, 2014 1:36 AM EST There’s no greater testament to the power of radio to make a positive difference in the world than the half-billion dollars country stations have raised in the last 25 years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last week in Memphis, many of ...

  14. Grammys: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Hunter Hayes to Perform

    January 21, 2014 8:29 PM EST The Grammys have added another handful of performers to Sunday night's broadcast on CBS. Gary Clark Jr. and Hunter Hayes are the latest awards show set list additions, as well as a finale number that features Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the S ...

  15. Clear Channel Announces iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin with Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood

    January 08, 2014 5:26 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment got such an overwhelming response to country music performers during the iHeartRadio Music Festivals, they've decided to start one geared toward country fans. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival will b ...

  16. CMT's 'Artists of the Year' Special Honors Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line & More

    December 04, 2013 1:54 AM EST 7 0 0 CMT's celebration of country music's top artists of 2013 was a complete dude fest. Whether it was saluting Tim McGraw as a more-relevant-than-ever trailblazer, acknowledging the genre's love-hate relationship with Florida Georgia Line ...

  17. Ron White To Host CMT's Artists Of The Year Special

    November 20, 2013 3:21 AM EST Comedian Ron White will host CMT's celebration of 2013's top country music stars, making this year's show something of a boys club. "CMT Artists of the Year" honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter ...

  18. Britney Spears Named VH1 'Save the Music' Ambassador

    November 08, 2013 9:09 PM EST Britney Spears doesn't just have a new album on her plate in the coming months -- in fact, she has an extra responsibility afforded to her, courtesy of VH1. The pop star has been named one of VH1's "Save the Music" ambassadors, ...

  19. BMI Reports Record Annual Collections, Distributions

    September 23, 2013 8:00 AM EDT BMI reported its highest collections in the year, taking in $944 for the year ended June 30, 2013. That represented a 5% increase over the nearly $899 million collected in the prior year. Moreover, the company paid out royalty distributions of ...

  20. Pepsi's Frank Cooper Talks iTunes Radio, Exclusive Brand Channels (Exclusive)

    September 18, 2013 6:56 PM EDT Apple’s long-awaited launch of iTunes Radio on Wednesday brings an exclusive list of sponsors -- McDonald’s, Nissan, and Procter & Gamble among them -- but only one with its own branded stations. Pepsi, iTunes Radio’s premier beverage spons ...

  21. Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Tribute Album to Include Miguel, Hunter Hayes

    September 17, 2013 1:03 PM EDT Miguel, Hunter Hayes and John Grant are among the nine artists who have finished tracks for a "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tribute album that is expected to be released next year, marking the 40th anniversary of the Elton John classic. &q ...

  22. Chart Highlights: Selena Gomez 'Get's New No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    July 01, 2013 3:05 PM EDT The singer ties for the fastest climb to No. 1 on the ranking since 2000 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. ...

  23. CMT Awards Book Record Sponsors, Nationwide Expands Jana Kramer Relationship

    June 05, 2013 4:58 PM EDT Wednesday’s CMT Awards will be supported by “without a doubt the highest volume and probably the most meaningful advertiser integrations,” says Anthony Barton, CMT’s senior VP of integrated marketing. This year’s ceremony, held in the middle of ...

  24. Backbeat: Creative Artist Agency's Unofficial CMA Week Kickoff BBQ Brings Out Hunter Hayes, More

    June 04, 2013 11:24 AM EDT The 21st Annual CAA BBQ was packed last night at Creative Artist Agency’s downtown Nashville offices, serving as an unofficial kickoff of CMA Music Festival week. A big pile of school supplies were donated, as usual, for the Pencil Foundation. ...

  25. Hunter Hayes Announces CMT Tour, Talks 'Encore' Album Out June 18

    June 04, 2013 10:20 AM EDT "They say you have your entire life to write your first record. I feel like I've had my entire life to dream about this headline tour," says Hunter Hayes, who will top the 12th annual CMT On Tour this fall. Hayes' Let's Go ...

  26. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne 'Never' Lands On Pop Songs

    April 15, 2013 3:08 PM EDT Lavigne and Selena Gomez preview forthcoming albums with debuts on Pop Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out th ...

  27. ACMs Live From the Orleans: Five Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 08, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Portions of the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast were broadcast from the Orleans Arena, about a mile from the MGM Grand where the main event was held. Here are a few of the highlights of the night -- back stage and on. All Things ACMs Mira ...

  28. Backbeat: Warner Nashville's ACM Party Draws New Talent – RaeLynn, Angie Johnson – and Top Managers to MGM Grand

    April 08, 2013 11:36 AM EDT The buzz of Hunter Hayes rightfully permeated the Warner Nashville party held outdoors at the MGM Grand after the ACM Awards concluded. Warner Nashville president John Esposito was thrilled to hear that Hayes had been hanging out with Stevie W ...

  29. Backbeat: Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Sheryl Crow Rock ACM’s Party For A Cause Day Two

    April 07, 2013 3:22 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music and its charitable arm ACM Lifting Lives presented $25,000 each to Wounded Warrior Project and Folds of Honor plus another $10,000 to Nellis Air Force Base Force Support Squadron on the second day of the ACM' ...

  30. ACM Awards 2013: Who Will Walk Away With Biggest Honors?

    April 05, 2013 3:36 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will host the festivities live over the CBS Television Network. Who will walk away with the evening’s biggest honors? P ...

  31. Stevie Wonder, Hunter Hayes Teaming Up at ACMs

    April 02, 2013 8:46 AM EDT Ahead of Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, show producers revealed several performance details during a conference call with reporters on Monday. Among the revelations: Taylor Swift and Keith Urban will join Tim McGraw for a performance of ...

  32. Scooter Braun Teams With ConAgra and Feeding America for Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign, Original Song

    February 26, 2013 1:15 PM EST Scooter Braun has teamed with ConAgra and Feeding America for a multi-faceted campaign in support of Child Hunger Ends Here, an effort to raise awareness and money for the nearly 17 million children facing hunger in the United States.   Anchoring ...

  33. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto t ...

  34. Chart Moves: One Direction, Two Hits; P!nk Ties Katy's Perry's Radio Record; Imagine Dragons Dethrone Muse At Alternative

    February 22, 2013 5:29 PM EST As previously reported, the Billboard Hot 100 undergoes a major shakeup this week as YouTube streaming data joins the chart's methodology. Fittingly, "Harlem Shake," the viral smash from Brooklyn producer Baauer, roars onto the rank ...

  35. Grammy Awards Send Sales Surging on Billboard Charts

    February 13, 2013 12:01 PM EST Though Nielsen SoundScan's latest sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 10 -- the same day as the Grammy Awards -- the Billboard charts still feel the force of music's biggest night. While we will se ...

  36. ACM Awards 2013: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Lead Nominees

    February 13, 2013 11:40 AM EST The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today via a digial press conference. When the final nominations were all tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Florida Georgia Line Interrupts Taylor Swift on Country Charts, Again

    January 10, 2013 2:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Swift Earns Streaming Gainer Honors Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" sails to the top of Billboard's Country Songs chart once again, logging a fourth total week at No. 1. The duo had previously interrupted Taylor Swift's 10-w ...

  39. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and d ...

  40. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 26, 2012 12:40 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts. Find out the top songs ...

  41. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 24, 2012 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out th ...

  42. 2013 Grammy Awards: From The Editor

    December 21, 2012 11:45 AM EST What an amazing year it was for music! In reviewing the charts and essays in our just-published year-end double issue, it was hard to pick a favorite. Taylor Swift's Red sold 1.2 million copies its first week. Adele sold her 10 millionth copy ...

  43. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best Country Song & Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:24 AM EST from twang and swing to rock and beyond, the best of the genre's diverse offerings had two things in common: heart and soul b est Country Song "Blown Away" Songwriters: Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Artist: Carrie Underwood From: Blown ...

  44. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist

    December 21, 2012 11:09 AM EST the breakout stars who shined brightest this year Alabama Shakes Mixing blues-rock and Southern soul, Alabama Shakes began building major buzz following a glowing New York Times review about its 2011 performance at the CMJ Music Marathon. In the m ...

  45. 615 Picks: Top 10 Country Albums of the Year

    December 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST 0 0 0 It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We'll look at top singles tomorrow (Dec. 20), but first let's nail down the best albums in the genre -- from a former TV star to an 8 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Year in New Artists: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen & Fun. Reigned in 2012

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST While every year always brings a smattering of new acts that rack up major hits, 2012 produced an unusually robust group of fresh-faced talent. For the first time since 1956, the year's three biggest singles are by acts that earned their firs ...

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