1. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Ignites On Country Charts

    September 19, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with "Fuse," which arrives with 98,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth top start on the country tally and his second on the Billboard 200. ...

  2. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke 'Lines' Up At No. 1 On Pop Songs

    July 08, 2013 4:15 PM EDT At four weeks atop the Hot 100 and counting, Thicke scores his first Pop Songs chart leader. Plus, new No. 1s for Jennifer Lopez and La Arrolladora Banda el Limon Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Mon ...

  3. Lauren Alaina Debuts 'Barefoot' Single, Eyes Album for Later This Year

    May 10, 2013 3:52 PM EDT Lauren Alaina, debuted a sassier side of herself when she took the "American Idol" stage on Thursday to perform her new single "Barefoot and Buckwild." Prior to the performance, she introduced the song on a video interview, exp ...

  4. The Year In Country 2012: Georgia Rules With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Luke Bryan Wins Big at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:47 AM EST Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards. (Getty Images) Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Sing ...

  7. Luke Bryan Hits Jackpot at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:00 AM EST 0 0 0 'Tailgates and Tanlines' Star Snags Nine Awards; Carrie Underwood Adds to Her Collection Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home n ...

  8. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio ...

  9. Haley Reinhart Is Latest 'Idol' Alum to Lose Major Label Deal

    November 21, 2012 9:40 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart is the latest casualty of a major label deal cut short. Interscope Records, the Universal Music Group label with exclusive rights to alumni of the Fox show, is not picking up the 22-year-ol ...

  10. Back In Black: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Celebrate Live Music's Comeback

    November 07, 2012 7:04 AM EST The artice below on this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is from a Special Feature in the new issue of Billboard on the conference and the state of touring. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia ...

  11. Blake Shelton's CMA Award Victory Reflects Continuing Power of Television For Country Music

    November 06, 2012 12:00 PM EST Perhaps no one was more shocked than Blake Shelton when he received the entertainer of the year award from presenters Reba McEntire and Tim Allen during the 46th annual Country Music Assn. Awards on Nov. 1. He hadn't imagined the digits were ...

  12. Luke Bryan Tops American Country Awards Nominees

    October 10, 2012 8:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday ...

  13. Country Countdown: Eric Church Takes 'Springsteen' to No. 1

    June 14, 2012 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Album Chart, Alan Jackson Scores 13th No. 1, Jana Kramer Debuts in Top 5 Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 ...

  14. Country Countdown: Universal Nashville's Mike Dungan Predicted Eric Church's No. 1 Success

    June 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with Chief last summer, then-EMI Nashville/Capitol Nas ...

  15. Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

    June 11, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012) Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniab ...

  16. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  17. Hank Williams, Jr. to Pay Tribute to His Dad at CMT Awards

    June 04, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 CMT Music Awards Producer John Hamlin Talks Show Surprises, Women of Country + More We're fast approaching one of the biggest nights in country music with the 2012 CMT Music Awards -- a highlight of CMA Music Festival week. The show, airing Wed ...

  18. Toby Keith & Kristen Bell to Host CMT Awards

    May 21, 2012 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's CMT Music Awards will be hosted by country star Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell when it airs June 6 from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. "Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CM ...

  19. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead CMT Nominations

    April 23, 2012 1:27 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift atop the list, look no further than the CMT Music Awards nominations for proof country music's new favorite color is blonde. Underwood earned five nominations, L ...

  20. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift wi ...

  21. 'Idol': Jeremy Rosado First Finalist to Go, Lauren Alaina & Mary J. Blige Perform

    March 09, 2012 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 In the end, not even J-Lo could save Jeremy Rosado. After earning a spot in the Top 13 via Lopez's wild card pick (and bringing the judge to near-tears last week), the smooth-voiced 19-year-old became the first "Idol" contestant elimi ...

  22. 'American Idol' Top 25: Females Fizzle at Semi-Finals

    March 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Ladies, you've got some catching up to do. The Top 12 female semi-finalists of "American Idol" took their turn onstage Wednesday night (Feb. 29), after the show's male contestants crooned for votes the night before. While the guy ...

  23. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  26. 'American Idol's' Casey Abrams Signs With Concord Music Group

    January 09, 2012 9:51 PM EST "American Idol's" Casey Abrams has signed with Concord Music Group. The season 10 finalist, who was famously saved during week five of the competition (and eventually eliminated on April 28) was a fan favorite from the start thanks ...

  27. Country Music's Biggest Moments of 2011

    December 29, 2011 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 There have been many memorable moments in the world of country music in 2011. While choosing only ten might be a little difficult, these are moments that really got people talking during the year. More Country: Top Singles | Top Albums | The Year in ...

  28. White House Going Country: Lauren Alaina, Band Perry to Perform

    November 17, 2011 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performin ...

  29. Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry Heading to White House for Country Celebration

    November 16, 2011 7:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performin ...

  30. Casting Crowns Scores Top Billboard 200 Debut, Adele Back at No. 1

    October 26, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Adele 's "21" jumps back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week (rising 2-1), marking its 13th week atop the tally. That's the most weeks at No. 1 since the soundtrack to "Titanic" set sail in 1998 and spe ...

  31. Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler Help Opry Go 'Pink'

    October 25, 2011 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Traditionally, the color of the famous barn backdrop of the Grand Ole Opry is red. However, this past Saturday, the color scheme changed just a little -- for a great cause. "Opry Goes Pink" was the theme of the evening at the famous WSM Ra ...

  32. Ask Billboard: 'Idol'-izing Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina

    October 23, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and coun ...

  33. Adele & Casting Crowns: Duking It Out For No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 21, 2011 11:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 As we reported on Wednesday , Christian band Casting Crowns could be on its way to its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with "Come to the Well." However, a certain British songbird named Adele is putting up quite the fight ...

  34. Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rock band Evanescence returns to the Billboard 200 chart, scoring its second No. 1 album, as its self-titled third set bows with 127,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act, led by singer Amy Lee, last released an album in 2006, when ...

  35. Evanescence, Lauren Alaina Targeting Billboard 200 Top 10

    October 14, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported, Evanescence could be cruising to its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the band's self-titled third release may sell more than 110,000 by week's end on Sunday, Oc ...

  36. Evanescence & Five Finger Death Punch Eyeing Top Of Billboard 200 Chart

    October 12, 2011 9:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 After a long five-year wait, Evanescence is back-and perhaps headed for its second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The band's new self-titled third studio release could sell around 110,000 to 125,000 copies by week's end on Sunday ...

  37. 'Idol's' Scotty McCreery Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No ...

  38. 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery Makes History At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 ...

  39. Lauren Alaina Jumps From 'Idol' to 'Wildflower' on Debut Album

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 ''Before I was on 'American Idol,' I thought it would be so easy," says Lauren Alaina , the "American Idol" season 10 runner-up. "It was so shocking to me how much hard work I had to put into it. I'm so g ...

  40. 'Idol' Finalists Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina Announce Debut Albums

    August 12, 2011 11:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 After releasing their first music videos one day apart from each other, "American Idol" season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina will issue their debut albums one week apart from each other this fall on Mercury Nashvill ...

  41. 'Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery's First Video: Watch 'I Love You This Big'

    August 10, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 For once, Scotty McCreery is trailing behind Lauren Alaina. Two days after the "American Idol" season 10 runner-up dropped her first video (for "Like My Mother Does"), reigning "Idol" McCreery has released his first vid ...

  42. 'Idol' Finalist Lauren Alaina Debuts 'Like My Mother Does' Video: Watch

    August 09, 2011 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nearly three months after being named the runner-up of Season 10 of "American Idol," Lauren Alaina premiered the music video for her first single, "Like My Mother Does," on Monday (Aug. 8). The video is full of pictures and home ...

  43. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, U2, Motley Crue

    August 05, 2011 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bon Jovi tops the Hot Tours ranking with box office grosses reported from the June dates of the European leg of its Live 2011 Tour. Ticket sales from 10 markets generated over $38.6 million (US$) during the month, with attendance counts totaling 417 ...

  44. 'American Idol' Vet Haley Reinhart Signs With Interscope

    July 25, 2011 3:07 PM EDT She may not have made it to the finals last season, but fans can expect more to come from Haley Reinhart. The 20-year old singer has inked a deal with Interscope records, the same label to snag ninth place finisher Pia Toscano . Though reports sur ...

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