1. Taylor Swift Plots First Headlining Tour

    January 30, 2009 11:32 AM EST 0 0 0 As expected, Taylor Swift will embark on her first headlining tour this spring, beginning April 23 in Evansville, Ind. The 52-city trek will feature "multiple costume changes" and a stage with a "fairy-tale castle," according to ...

  2. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, 'At Last,' Coldplay

    January 29, 2009 5:49 PM EST 0 0 0 THIS IS YOUR 'LIFE': For the second time in her career, Kelly Clarkson sets the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on the Hot 100. This week she does it with a 97-1 bound for "My Life Would Suck Without You" (RCA), narrowly sur ...

  3. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Dylan, Lindsay Lohan

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses hot chart action Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson and more! A HIT, ONE MORE TIME: For the second week in a row, the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 has been broken. Just seven days ago, I ...

  4. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot ...

  5. T.I. Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "Paper Trail" debuts at the top this week. The rapper earns his biggest sales week ever with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic set, which moved 568, T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on ...

  6. T.I.'s 'Paper Trail' Leads To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. notches his third straight No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his "Paper Trail" debuts atop the list with 568,000. That figure not only marks the rapper's best sales week ever, but the third-biggest of the year and Atlantic Re ...

  7. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on Th ...

  8. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I. transcends his legal woes on his new album, Jennifer Hudson makes her long-awaited debut, Robin Thicke tries to build on his sophomore success and Faith Hill gets serious about a Christmas album Holiday albums from Bela Fleck and Flecktones (&q ...

  9. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caill ...

  10. Chesney, Strait, Sugarland Lead CMA Noms

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards. Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards. George Strait and duo Sugar ...

  11. Pickler, Brandt, Bamford Join CCMA Line-up

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kellie Pickler and multiple Canadian Country Music Association Award nominees Paul Brandt and Gord Bamford join the line-up of performers on the CCMA Awards Sept. 8 in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, multiple CCMA Award winner Michelle Wright and legendary s ...

  12. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent yea ...

  13. Sugarland: Triple Threat

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Exactly!" Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles exclaims when asked if "Beyoncé to Bill Anderson" is a fair assessment of the duo's music. "Exactly!" Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles exclaims when asked if ...

  14. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the ...

  15. 'Idol' Finalist Kristi Lee Cook Inks Record Deal

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Season seven "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook has signed with 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. The Oregon native, who is preparing for the American Idols Live! Tour 2008, will team with songwri Season seven "American Idol" ...

  16. Taylor Swift Set For 'Hannah' Film, CMA Special

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift is the latest country star to join the cast of "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which is currently filming in Tennessee. Swift, who plays herself, shot her cameo on June 9. Taylor Swift is the latest country star to join the cast ...

  17. Swift, Pickler, Hough To Host CMA Special

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rising star Taylor Swift, "American Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler and two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Julianne Hough will host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" when it airs on ABC this fal ...

  18. Chart Beat: 'In The Heights,' Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses "In the Heights," Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle and more! 'HEIGHTS' HITS THE HEIGHTS: Whenever I'm in New York, I do my best to see as many Broadway shows as possible. Last week I was there for a very short t ...

  19. David Cook Storms The Hot 100 At No. 3 With 'The Time Of My Life'

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. Hot Shot Debuts: There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “Americ ...

  20. Chesney Wins Again, Lambert Surprises At ACM Awards

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Despite a new voting procedure, Kenny Chesney is still the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year. He won for the fourth straight year last night (May 18), tying Garth Brooks for the record. Despite a new voting procedure, Kenny Chesney is ...

  21. Strait, Chesney To Duet At ACM Awards

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes will perform during the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 18 in Las Vegas. Chesney and Strait will duet on "Shiftwork," which reached No. 2 on Hot ...

  22. AARP, Other Charities Score At CMT Awards

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Kellie Pickler took home the most trophies at the 2008 CMT Awards on April 14, it was her designated charity, the AARP Foundation Grandparenting Program, that took home the most money. The charity garnered $15,000 thanks to Pickler's th ...

  23. Pickler, Swift Big Winners At CMT Music Awards

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 She wasn't in the house, but Kellie Pickler went home the night's top winner at the 2008 CMT Music Awards, held Monday (April 14) at Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University. She wasn't in the house, but Kellie Pickler ...

  24. Pickler, Swift Big Winners At CMT Music Awards

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT She wasn't in the house, but Kellie Pickler went home the night's top winner at the 2008 CMT Music Awards, held tonight (April 14) at Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University. Pickler who had a private engagement in Scott ...

  25. Chart Beat

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action on Mariah Carey, Radiohead, R.E.M. and more! MARIAH AND ELVIS REDUX: Mariah Carey didn't break an Elvis Presley record this week, but she did tie one. Just seven days after surpassing Presley's total of No. 1 po ...

  26. New Artists Party For A Cause In Vegas

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sarah Buxton, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Jack Ingram, Jake Owen, Carolina Rain and Lady Antebellum will perform at the second annual Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund "New Artists' Party for a Cause," which wil ...

  27. The Billboard Q&A: Taylor Swift

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift has accomplished a lot for someone who turned 18 in December. Taylor Swift has accomplished a lot for someone who turned 18 in December. At 11 she was dropping off CDs of her singing to karaoke tracks to Nashville labels; at 14 she sign ...

  28. VH1 To Air 'Station Fire' Special On Sunday

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 VH1 and VH1 Classic will air a one-hour concert special on Sunday (March 23) to remember the five-year anniversary of the fire that killed 100 people during a Great White concert at the Station Nightc VH1 and VH1 Classic will air a one-hour concert ...

  29. VH1 To Air 'Station Fire' Special

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT VH1 and VH1 Classic will air a one-hour concert benefit special on March 23 to remember the five-year anniversary of the tragic fire that killed 100 people during a Great White concert at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. The television ...

  30. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. s ...

  31. Nashville 2.0: Is Taylor Swift The Face Of A Country Revolution?

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "This is for my MySpace people and everybody who voted." With those words at last year's CMT Music Awards, then 17-year-old Taylor Swift, who won breakthrough artist of the year that April night, signaled a new era in country music. ...

  32. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in T ...

  33. Paisley's Four Nods Lead CMT Awards Field

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Brad Paisley's "Online" video received four Country Music Television awards nominations, leading the field for the April 14 ceremony. Brad Paisley's "Online" video received four Country Music Television awards nominatio ...

  34. Chart Beat

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Brad Paisley, Mariah Carey and more! KING OF POP (CATALOG): In its original run, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was on The Billboard 200 for 122 weeks, 37 of which were spent at No. 1. With the re-entry o ...

  35. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Someth ...

  36. Rascal Flatts / Jan. 18, 2008 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Last time Rascal Flatts played New York's Madison Square Garden in 2006 for the Me and My Gang tour, vocalist Gary LeVox ribbed that "only 12 people" attended. This time around, though, a sold-out cro Last time Rascal Flatts played Ne ...

  37. Chart Beat

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Rihanna, Christmas songs, Disney albums and more! DANCING IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT: Rihanna's latest dance single, "Shup Up and Drive" (SRP/Def Jam), shifts into first place on Hot Dance Club Play, giving the singer fr ...

  38. Stagecoach Snags Judds, Coachella Sets Date

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Goldenvoice principal Paul Tollett had made a habit out of luring classic bands back onto the stage at his Coachella festival each spring, and he's worked that magic yet again for the second Stagecoac Goldenvoice principal Paul Tollett had made ...

  39. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Na ...

  40. Tunes On TV

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on television for the week of September 3 - 9. MONDAY, Sept. 3 "The Daily Habit," FUEL Featured artist(s): The Cribs. "Justin Timberlake: FutureSex / LoveShow," HBO Featured artist(s): Justin Timberlake. "The Late Show ...

  41. Paisley, Strait Notch Five CMA Nominations

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field with five nominations each for the Country Music Association Awards, to be held Nov. 7 at the Sommet Center in Nashville. Paisley is up for entertainer, m Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field wi ...

  42. Paisley, Strait Lead CMA Nominations

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field with five nominations each for the Country Music Association Awards, which take place in November in Nashville. Paisley is up for entertainer, male vocalist, album (for “5th Gear”), single (for "T ...

  43. Chart Beat

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Billie Holiday, Constantine Maroulis, Chaka Khan and more! LADY DAY: There's no point in even doing any research to confirm that the record has been set for the longest gap between appearances on a Billboard singles chart. I mean ...

  44. Chart Beat

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Carrie Underwood, the Beatles, Sean Kingston and more! 'SMALL' IS BIG: You already knew that country radio couldn't wait to play the first Carrie Underwood single from her second album. So you shouldn't be surprise ...

  45. Chart Beat

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Hot Country Songs Chart, Rihanna's "Umbrella," Fantasia's "When I See U" and more! JUST 'BECAUSE': A 12-10 move for "Because of You" (MCA) by Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson rewrites ...

  46. Music On TV: July 23 - July 29

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on TV listings for July 23 - July 29, 2007. MONDAY, July 23 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist(s): Kellie Pickler, Sara Moulton, Tory Johnson. "Live with Regis and Kelly," SYN Featured Artist(s): Lifehouse, Mario L ...

  47. Music On TV: July 16 - July 22

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on TV listings for July 16 - July 22, 2007. MONDAY, July 16 "The Sauce," Fuse Featured artist(s): Underoath, Mute Math, Avenged Sevenfold. "Greek," ABC Family Channel Featured artist(s): Plain White T's. "The Dail ...

  48. Chart Beat Chat

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Pink Floyd, Rubinoos' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" vs. Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and more! MANY MOONS Hi Fred, Maybe you've been inundated with this comment, but as I was glancing at ...

  49. Chart Beat Chat

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss American Idols, Rihanna's "Umbrella," Nielsen Soundscan and more! FANTASIA FAN Hi Mr. Bronson, Just wanted to thank you for your kind and supportive words regarding Fantasia Barrino and her career. I' ...

  50. A Higher 'Gear'

    June 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brad Paisley says he called his upcoming album "5th Gear" for a few reasons. It is his fifth album, and a half-dozen of the songs mention some sort of vehicle. And, he adds, the Arista release is "an Brad Paisley says he called his up ...

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