1. 'American Idol' Auditionee Nabs a Slow-Dance With Jennifer Lopez: Watch

    August 11, 2014 1:59 AM EDT An American Idol hopeful trying out in Nashville got something better than just a golden ticket. The series released a clip on Thursday that shows a brave soul, who remains anonymous but auditioned with "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith , scor ...

  2. 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 h ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert

    July 29, 2014 9:53 PM EDT An 18-year-old Boston man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl during a Keith Urban concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on July 26. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert The teenage gir ...

  5. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley ...

  6. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert

    July 27, 2014 11:14 AM EDT Emergency service workers from six towns responded to numerous reports of illness at a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Mass. Officials said alcohol consumption was the likely cause. Ambulances arrived from Eaton, Foxboro, Mansfield, North Attleb ...

  7. ‘American Idol' Has Lacked Engaging Contestants, Fox Admits

    July 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about. That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Dexter Roberts Exi ...

  8. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impress ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Coun ...

  12. Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top 3

    May 15, 2014 12:05 AM EDT 9 2 0 Wednesday night's 500th episode of American Idol has plenty to celebrate: Harry Connick, Jr. has confirmed that he will be back for the show's fourteenth season. "I have had a blast,” he said of his experience so far. Although he coul ...

  13. Keith Urban Interviews 'American Idol' Music Supervisors Backstage: Exclusive

    May 14, 2014 11:57 AM EDT An essential part of "American Idol" is the music that the contestants perform. On episode six of Idle Chatter, Keith Urban talks to "the boys of the band" – Rickey Minor (band leader), Dorian Holley (vocal coach) and Tim (musi ...

  14. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Surges on Country Albums Chart After 'Idol' Performance

    May 08, 2014 4:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 The star, and 'American Idol' judge, surges following his performance on the show's May 1 episode With its first top 10 rank in six months, Keith Urban's "Fuse" rockets 21-6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart ...

  15. Brantley Gilbert Tops Country Airplay, Keith Urban Continues Top 10 Streak

    April 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gilbert reigns with 'Bottoms Up,' while Urban links his 31st consecutive top 10. Plus, Dave Grohl's gone country Brantley Gilbert visits the Billboard Country Airplay chart summit for a third time, and makes his fastest flight to the ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Keith Urban Hails 'Diversity' on 'American Idol,' Talks Upcoming Tour

    April 08, 2014 11:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Urban is in the midst of his second season as judge on FOX's "American Idol." The Capitol Nashville recording artist took time out of his busy schedule last week to participate in a teleconference to discuss the show – as well a ...

  18. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Crash the Party and Win Big at ACM Awards

    April 06, 2014 11:20 PM EDT It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the ...

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously ste ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT 1 0 0 UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fo ...

  22. Keith Urban Embarks on Raise 'Em Up Tour This Summer

    March 08, 2014 4:32 PM EST 0 0 0 After concluding his judging gig on "American Idol," Keith Urban will hit the road in North America this summer -- with the Raise 'Em Up tour. According to Radio.com , Urban plans to play multiple shows in the United States and Canada ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Keith Urban Unveils T-Shirt Line With a Purpose

    March 05, 2014 4:52 PM EST Sure, Simon Cowell and his signature black crew-neck tees may seem ancient to "American Idol" viewers, now that Keith Urban is officially the singing show's reigning T-shirt king. And now, the country singer has launched his own lin ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Coldplay, Pitbull & More Set For 2014 iTunes Festival At SXSW

    February 19, 2014 11:17 AM EST Apple's iTunes Festival is coming to SXSW this year.  Today (Feb. 19), Apple announced the lineup for the 2014 iTunes Festival taking place at SXSW. The free concert series, running from March 11 - 15, will include performances by Coldplay, Im ...

  28. The Beatles Celebrated in 'The Night That Changed America': Review

    February 08, 2014 8:46 PM EST The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. History weaves ...

  29. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite for Beatles TV Special

    January 28, 2014 4:40 AM EST No one plays a Beatles song quite like a Beatle. That lesson was learned Monday night when a reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr concluded a tribute to the Beatles that CBS will air on Feb. 9, the 50th anniversary of their first appearance o ...

  30. 'American Idol' Recap: Harsh Harry Connick Jr. Schools Auditioning Twins

    January 17, 2014 10:56 AM EST 0 0 0 It's only the second night of season 13, and Harry Connick, Jr. already has three nicknames. He was dubbed "Harsh Harry" during Wednesday night's season premiere, and was also called "Hatchet Harry" and "Dr. No&quo ...

  31. 'American Idol' Returns With New Judges, New Attitude in Premiere

    January 15, 2014 10:36 PM EST After securing its lowest ratings ever in a season during which the judges' feuds often took precedence over the actual raw talent, "American Idol" returned to its roots with a different panel, slightly altered production and -- per ...

  32. '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 ...

  33. New 'American Idol' Judge Gets Real Ahead of Season 13 Launch: 'I Think We Can Do Better Than What's Out There'

    January 15, 2014 9:53 AM EST 0 0 0 Jennifer Lopez told an audience of "American Idol" fans at Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus that if she were a contestant and could choose her own judges, she would pick the "nice ones" -- Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Abdul, and herself. ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 'American Idol' Finale Heading to New York?

    January 10, 2014 12:49 AM EST For the first time in the Fox show's history, the American Idol finale could take place in New York City.  The network has yet to confirm the rumor, which began circulating on Idol blogs on Thursday afternoon, but a source tells The Hollywood ...

  36. Chart Highlights: Florida Georgia Line Lands Fourth Country Airplay No. 1

    December 23, 2013 5:15 PM EST The duo ties the record for the most career-opening leaders in the chart's history. Plus, U2 likewise makes an historic move and new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Toby Love Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard chart ...

  37. Richard Marx, Heart In Holiday Spirit On AC Chart

    December 23, 2013 10:05 AM EST Their new collaboration scales the tally, granting Marx a second straight year of charting with holiday fare After not appearing on Billboard charts with holiday music for almost 25 years, Richard Marx is now making the practice an annual traditio ...

  38. Harry Connick Jr. on 'American Idol': 'It's a New Show'

    December 19, 2013 7:48 PM EST 0 0 0 New season of FOX singing competition premieres in January American Idol’s season 13 premiere is less than a month away, and new judge Harry Connick, Jr. promises that the deck is not stacked for either a guy or a girl winner. The 46-year-old singer ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde Highlight Grammy Nominations Concert

    December 06, 2013 11:03 PM EST The Grammy Nominations Concert had its share of surprises in the shortlists for many of its big awards Friday night, but the performance aspect of the show also included a few fairly interesting collaborations and renditions of some of the year ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Chart Highlights: Colbie Caillat Returns With 'Hold On'; Volbeat Victorious At Rock

    November 25, 2013 7:30 PM EST The singer/songwriter debuts on Adult Pop Songs with the first single from her next album 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 l ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

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