1. 'The Voice': Hopefuls Duke It Out for the Judges' Affections

    May 11, 2011 4:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Voice's" first mano-a-mano round Tuesday (May 10) saw the show's four coaches taking on the role of promoters and pairing their singers to duke it out in the show's boxing ring. Intriguingly, the four took different app ...

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Adele, Richard Marx

    May 05, 2011 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'MEAN' STREAK: Taylor Swift is having the last laugh on the brand of critic she skewers in her latest Country Songs top 10, "Mean." As the song lifts 12-9, Swift has reached the chart's top 10 with all 13 of her singles (exc ...

  3. Reba McEntire, Monica, Sia Join 'The Voice' As Judge Advisors

    April 29, 2011 4:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's not just about the four musician coaches anymore on NBC's "The Voice." The network announced on Friday that Reba McEntire , Monica , Sia and music producer Adam Blackstone have joined the series as new advisors who will help ...

  4. 10 All-Female Hit Collaborations

    April 26, 2011 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Rihanna and Britney Spears sharing space atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "S&M," and with Spears having released a remix of "Till the World Ends" featuring Ke$ha (the song's co-writer) and Nicki Minaj , all-female co ...

  5. Adele's '21' Hits 1 Million, Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A dele 's "21" album not only returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (up two spots), but also becomes the first to sell more than a million copies this year. With 88,000 sold this past week (down 6%) according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  6. Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year at ACM Awards

    April 03, 2011 11:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 M iranda Lambert won four prizes at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday but lost the coveted entertainer of the year honor to Taylor Swift in a major surprise. Swift, who picked up four nominations, had watched from her seat throughout the ...

  7. Miranda Lambert Leads Early ACM Awards Winners

    April 03, 2011 10:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The House That Built Me" helped Miranda Lambert quickly match her win total from last year's Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday night, while Lady Antebellum took home three trophies, including as artist and producer on album o ...

  8. Miranda Lambert Calls ACM Entertainer of the Year Nom 'Surreal'

    April 01, 2011 8:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country singer Miranda Lambert has had a great year. Between nabbing Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Assocation Awards and winning her first Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "The House That Built Me,&qu ...

  9. Miranda Lambert On ACM Entertainer of the Year Nomination: 'Surreal'

    April 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Country singer Miranda Lambert has had a great year. Between nabbing Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Assocation Awards and winning her first Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "The House That Built Me,& ...

  10. Reba McEntire Joins Country Music Hall of Fame

    March 01, 2011 1:34 PM EST 0 0 0 The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Braddock , Reba McEntire , and Jean Shepard will become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. McEntire will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while She ...

  11. Reba McEntire, Bobby Braddock, Jean Shepard Join Country Music Hall Of Fame

    March 01, 2011 11:01 AM EST Reba McEntire (Photo: Getty Images) The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Braddock, Reba McEntire, and Jean Shepard will become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame . McEntire will be inducted in the "Modern ...

  12. Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney Lead ACM Award Nominations

    February 01, 2011 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 M iranda Lambert , one of country music's hottest entertainers, led the way on Tuesday with seven nominations for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including her first Entertainer of the Year nod. Lambert learned firsthand of her ...

  13. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Preview, Big Four Metal Fest

    January 26, 2011 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Photos, Clip Surface Zombie outfits, Katy Perry wigs and the famed "Thriller" dance -- Glee 's Super Bowl Sunday episod ...

  14. Joanna Smith: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 10:37 AM EST 0 0 0 Joanna Smith Genre: Country With its playful spirit and thoughtful observations on rural life, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joanna Smith's music evokes both Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Produced by Jimmy Ritchey (Vince Gill, Randy Owen) an ...

  15. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire Co-Hosting Country Music Awards

    January 12, 2011 4:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Country singer Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire as co-hosts of the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which takes place Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will be broadcast live from MGM's Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air ...

  16. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire Co-Hosting Country Music Awards

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Country singer Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire as co-hosts of the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which takes place Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will be broadcast live from MGM's Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will ai ...

  17. 11 Country No. 11s For '11

    January 11, 2011 2:05 PM EST 0 0 0 "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst." Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice president/adult music notes the frustration associated with a No. 11 peak on a Billboard survey. &qu ...

  18. Billy Ray Cyrus Salutes the Troops With New Country Record

    January 02, 2011 8:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With the release of "I'm American," Billy Ray Cyrus sees his career coming full circle. The album reunites Cyrus with Buddy Cannon, the producer responsible for his move to Nashville, and resurrects "Some Gave All," a 20-yea ...

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Michael Jackson, Lonely Island, Reba McEntire

    December 23, 2010 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard's charts. While "Michael" arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" (2-1) and Susan Boyle 's "The ...

  20. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 1

    December 14, 2010 3:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," &q ...

  21. Carrie Underwood Top Winner At American Country Awards

    December 07, 2010 7:17 AM EST 0 0 0 When it comes to Las Vegas, Carrie Underwood is a sure bet. Underwood won her second country music artist of the year award of 2010 in Sin City on Monday night (Dec. 7). She earned it at the inaugural American Country Awards about eight months after ...

  22. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST 0 0 0 STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to A ...

  23. Susan Boyle Tops Billboard 200, 'Glee' Reigns On Digital Songs

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 It's a "Dream" come true: the cast of Fox TV's "Glee" and Susan Boyle rock the top of Billboard's charts this week. "Glee's" cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" was the top selling s ...

  24. Favorite Musicians Of All Time: 28 Stars Sound Off

    November 15, 2010 1:29 PM EST 0 0 0 As 2010 starts to wind down and thoughts turn to what has been the best music of the year, we've set our sights on even bigger things and asked over two dozen stars from every genre -- from B.o.B. and Paramore to Sheryl Crow , Trey Songz , Drak ...

  25. 5 Must-See Moments at the 2010 CMA Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:03 PM EST 0 0 0 Although the main event of the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards were obviously the nine televised honors themselves, last night's (Nov. 10) show packed in performances from almost every major country star in its three-hour span. Due ...

  26. Brad Paisley Wins Entertainer of the Year at CMA Awards

    November 10, 2010 11:20 PM EST 0 0 0 The Country Music Association Awards were Miranda Lambert 's and Blake Shelton 's party, but Brad Paisley crashed the festivities. Lambert won three awards, including album of the year, on her 27th birthday and her fiance Shelton grabbed t ...

  27. Susan Boyle Battling Taylor Swift for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 5:03 PM EST 0 0 0 Two of music's leading ladies are about to meet again on the charts. Susan Boyle , who finished 2009 with the year's second-biggest selling album according to Nielsen SoundScan, is eyeing the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 next week. Stan ...

  28. Nelly's 'Dream' Makes No. 1 A Reality

    November 10, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 SWEET 'DREAM': Nelly extends his lead for most Pop Songs No. 1s among rappers, as "Just a Dream" rises 2-1. The song is the hip-hop star's fifth No. 1, distancing him further from Eminem , who ranks second with three rap top ...

  29. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several ...

  30. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewr ...

  31. Reba McEntire "All the Women I Am"

    October 29, 2010 2:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Among the many ladies Reba McEntire claims to be on her new studio album, "All the Women I Am," is the type that peppers normal conversation with the phrase "kick it"-as in, "I'd kick it with who I wanted/And never get ...

  32. Loretta Lynn Honored by Kid Rock, Paramore on Tribute Album

    October 22, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Few artists can claim as diverse or loyal a fan base as country music icon Loretta Lynn , as evidenced by the lineup of artists contributing tracks to tribute album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn," due Nov. 9 on Col ...

  33. Gwyneth Paltrow to Sing at CMA Awards

    October 20, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month's Country Music Association Awards - as a performer. She'll sing the title track of her new movie, "Country Strong," and will be joined by Vince Gill . The film hits ...

  34. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 5:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her mo ...

  35. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her ...

  36. Reba McEntire Signs With William Morris Endeavor

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed Reba McEntire to its roster, Billboard.biz has learned. A Nashville-based team will oversee bookings, and Rob Beckham (Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley) serves as responsible agent. WME's Beverly Hi ...

  37. Brooks & Dunn End 20-Year Career at Nashville Show

    September 03, 2010 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 The first song Brooks & Dunn ever sang together has become their last. The country music duo closed out a 20-year career at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night (Sept. 2) with their 1991 debut single, "Brand New Man," d ...

  38. Stadium Entertainment Readies CD To Benefit Fisher House

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Previously released tracks by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley will be included on "My Country: Smash Hits," a country music compilati ...

  39. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Marc Cohn

    July 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT IS A 'TEENAGE' NUMBER: Katy Perry pounces onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 20 with "Teenage Dream," the follow-up to her six-week No. 1 "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg . After her first six chart entries de ...

  40. Chart Beat Wednesday: Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Rod Stewart

    July 28, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'IT'S' NO. 1: Carrie Underwood collects her 10th No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Undo It" lifts 2-1. The song is the third leader from Underwood's "Play On" album, following "Cowboy Casanova" and "T ...

  41. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 2003

    July 13, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 B'DAY: Seven years ago this week, Beyonce bounded to her first solo No. 1s on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. The singer jumped 3-1 on the Hot 100 dated July 12, 2003, with "Crazy in Love," featuring then-future husband ...

  42. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, "Glee"

    June 10, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported , Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rises 2-1 ...

  43. George Strait Tops Billboard's List of Top 25 Country Artists of the Past 25 Years

    June 07, 2010 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 G eorge Strait is No. 1 on Billboard's list of the top 25 country music artists of the past 25 years. Strait tops a list that includes Garth Brooks , Reba McEntire , Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw in its top 5. The list, which Billboard compiled t ...

  44. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crown ...

  45. 20/20 'Vision': Mariah Marks Milestone

    June 02, 2010 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Twenty years ago today, Mariah Carey wrote the first chapter in what has become one of the most exceptional Billboard chart discographies. Carey's debut single, "Vision of Love," entered the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song ...

  46. Chart Beat Tuesday: Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias

    June 01, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 BIG 'HOUSE': Miranda Lambert celebrates her first No. 1 on Country Songs, as "The House That Built Me" rises 2-1. Lambert had previously peaked as high as the runner-up spot with her prior single, "White Liar." (All cha ...

  47. Ask Billboard: Records About Records

    May 07, 2010 7:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THE SO-LO-DOWN Hi Gary, Get ready ...

  48. Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'

    April 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 NEW DIRECTIONS: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 18, 1989, Madonna 's "Like a Prayer" soared in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. 21 years, one month and three weeks later, the song makes its second Hot 100 appearance, again as the ...

  49. Hot Tours: André Rieu, George Strait, Taylor Swift

    April 29, 2010 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with a heavily back-dated reported gross from 53 European concerts dating from November through February. The shows, primarily in France and Germany, were part of the classical artist¹s th ...

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