1. Can These Women Make CDs Cool Again?

    June 13, 2014 6:05 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . The market for CDs may be crashing, but the creators of ZinePak are doing their best to keep hope alive. A New York-based startup, the company seeks to recapture the pleasu ...

  2. Big Machine, Cox Media Group Sign Direct Licensing Deal

    June 12, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Some country artists are getting more royalties when their music is played on AM/FM radio. Big Machine and Cox Media Group announced Thursday a direct licensing deal that will pay Big Machine for plays of its music on terrestrial and Internet radi ...

  3. Miranda Lambert Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is L ...

  4. Miranda Lambert Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT 28.215 k 539 6 As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That s ...

  5. Miranda Lambert Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 04, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Country star Miranda Lambert is set for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- and her best sales week yet. The singer's new release, "Platinum," could sell upwards of 175,000 copies in the week ending June 8 -- accordi ...

  6. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:42 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming f ...

  7. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT 5 4 0 As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming fro ...

  8. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out ...

  9. Taylor Swift Cancels Thailand Concert Following Political Unrest

    May 27, 2014 4:07 AM EDT Taylor Swift has canceled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d'etat. Concert promoter BEC-Tero announced Tuesday on its website that the concert was canceled "due to recent events in Th ...

  10. Katy Perry's Tour Costume Designer Dishes On 'Prismatic' Concert Outfits

    May 22, 2014 11:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 When it comes to wildly colorful costumes, few people know how to make a more jaw-dropping statement than Katy Perry. From her "Birthday" music video featuring five wacky outfit changes to wild animals roaming around in the jungle-themed & ...

  11. Luke Bryan Locks Up Nos. 1 And 2 On Country Airplay Chart

    May 20, 2014 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The star becomes the first act in the chart's 24-year history to command the top two spots simultaneously Luke Bryan dominates Billboard's Country Airplay chart with his ninth No. 1, as "Play It Again" lifts 3-1 in its 12th chart ...

  12. 'Frozen' Spends Lucky 13th Week At No. 1; Lindsey Stirling Bows At No. 2

    May 07, 2014 11:00 AM EDT As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, selling 106,000 copies (down 8 percent) in the week ending May 4, acc ...

  13. Taylor Swift, Jay Z & Beyonce, Janelle Monae Shine At Met Gala

    May 06, 2014 2:15 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in fashion and the entertainment industry donned their best formal attire, including sweeping ball gowns and the white-tie-and-tails ensembles men were told to wear, at the 2014 Met Gala on Monday night (May 5). Met Gala ...

  14. Radio Disney Music Awards 2014: Selena Gomez, One Direction, Taylor Swift Among Winners

    April 27, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Other top winners were One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony and Becky G Selena Gomez was the big winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (April 26) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, walking away with Song of ...

  15. One Direction's 'You & I' Video Returns Group to Top 10 on Social 50

    April 24, 2014 6:28 PM EDT After a nine-week absence from the top 10 on the Social 50 chart, One Direction returns to the region, vaulting 14-8 after the debut of their video for "You & I" on April 18. The nine-week vacation from the region was the group' ...

  16. Prince William, Duchess Kate Learn To DJ: Watch

    April 24, 2014 6:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 He might be the future King of England, but Prince William won’t be commanding big sums as a DJ anytime soon. It was all smiles when William and his wife, Duchess Kate, had a spin on the decks during a visit to a community music center for youth in ...

  17. Taylor Swift Surprises Fan at Bridal Shower (Watch)

    April 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 After showing up unexpected at a fan’s hospital room undergoing cancer treatment last month, Taylor Swift has surprised again by showing up at a bridal shower in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday.  Bride-to-be Gena Gabrielle, a longtime fan of Swift’s, mail ...

  18. 'Frozen' Spends 10th Week at No. 1 On Billboard 200; Sales Climb Past 2 Million

    April 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Tha ...

  19. 'SNL' Recap: Ed Sheeran Previews 'x' Songs, GOP Invades Coachella, Taylor Swift Pops In

    April 13, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently graced the cover of Billboard , paid a visit to "Saturday Night Live" on April 12 to preview two new tracks from his upcoming sophomore album, "x," due June 23 on Atlantic Records. Ed ...

  20. Ed Sheeran's 'Sing' Off To Fast Start At Radio, Retail

    April 08, 2014 3:50 PM EDT After its first day, the singer/songwriter's collab with Pharrell is drawing praise from radio and racking download sales After its first day of availability , Ed Sheeran's "Sing," which Pharrell Williams co-wrote and co-produ ...

  21. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 30, 2014 9:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, a recap of Gaga's best-selling albums, songs and more; Soko's quick Hot 100 run; and your favorite one-word-titled hits As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to ...

  22. Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' Video Prompts Social 50 Chart Re-Entry

    March 27, 2014 9:27 PM EDT Two former collaborators make big moves on the Social 50 chart, as both Lady Gaga and Beyonce shake up the tally. Lady Gaga re-enters the tally at No. 26 in the wake of the debut of her music video "G.U.Y." on March 22. With the debut co ...

  23. Man Accused of Saying He's Taylor Swift's Husband Ordered to Stay Away

    March 25, 2014 4:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 A man accused of saying he is married to Taylor Swift and threatening to harm her family was ordered Tuesday to stay away from the Grammy-winning singer for three years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted Swift a restraining ...

  24. George Strait Rides Away From the Center of His Industry

    March 25, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Technology plays an enormous role in what entertainment succeeds at any given time. When recordings evolved from an experimental novelty to a mature business during the 20th century, both sound and visual recordings changed to accommodate those ad ...

  25. Man Ordered to Stay Away, Not Contact Taylor Swift

    March 25, 2014 1:54 PM EDT A man accused of saying he is married to Taylor Swift and threatening to harm her family was ordered Tuesday to stay away from the Grammy-winning singer for three years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted Swift a restraini ...

  26. Taylor Swift Surprises Cancer Patient in NYC, Talks Guitars & Takes Selfies: Watch

    March 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift spent several hours visiting the pediatric center at a New York City hospital over the weekend, and the cameras were rolling when she surprised a 17-year-old girl suffering from cancer. Shelby Huff was Skype-ing with her sister at NYC&# ...

  27. Voting for ACM Entertainer, New Artist Awards Now Live

    March 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Voting for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award is now open online. The distinction, which is awarded to the highest vote-getter at the ACM Awards in April, can now be contested at the ceremony's website . Related A ...

  28. Blink and You'll Miss Taylor Swift in 'The Giver' Trailer: Watch

    March 19, 2014 12:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first trailer for the upcoming film version of Lois Lowry's "The Giver" is out, and if you squint real hard fans get a glimpse of pop-country superstar Taylor Swift in her latest foray into acting. NBC's "Today" sho ...

  29. Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake Top Billboard's 2014 Money Makers

    March 10, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In theater, a triple threat is an artist who has the chops to sing, dance and act. It's a different ballgame in the music biz, where touring and the two avenues of sales (physical and digital) reign supreme. In that regard, there's no a ...

  30. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2014 Money Makers

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT In theater, a triple threat is an artist who has the chops to sing, dance and act. It's a different ballgame in the music biz, where touring and the two avenues of sales (physical and digital) reign supreme. In that regard, there's no ar ...

  31. Taylor Swift, Longtime Publicist Split

    March 07, 2014 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift and her publicist of nearly seven years are parting ways, Billboard has learned. Paula Erickson, whose Nashville-based Erickson Public Relations has handled the singer's press since 2007, informed the Swift management team that she ...

  32. Taylor Swift, Longtime Publicist Are Parting Ways (Exclusive)

    March 07, 2014 11:28 AM EST Taylor Swift and her publicist of nearly seven years are parting ways, Billboard has learned. Paula Erickson, whose Nashville-based Erickson Public Relations has handled the singer's press since 2007, informed the Swift management team that s ...

  33. Wale, Big Boi, Common & Daddy Yankee To Appear On 'Game of Thrones' Mixtape

    March 06, 2014 5:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Could Westeros folk song "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" be getting it's own hip-hop remix? Probably not, but HBO is poise to release a "Game of Thrones" mixtape Friday in preparation for the fantasy show's season 4 debu ...

  34. One Direction, Katy Perry, Austin Mahone Among Nominees for 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards

    February 26, 2014 9:17 PM EST 0 0 0 One Direction is among the major nominees at the Kids' Choice Awards announced earlier this week, and now the boy band is included as a potential award winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards. The Brits are one of many nominees at the awards -- ...

  35. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  36. Country's Super-Sized Stars Downsize for European Success

    February 24, 2014 4:56 PM EST Eric Church’s The Outsiders is the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending Feb. 16, but when he picks up a beer to celebrate, it may be a locally brewed Guinness. That’s because he’ll be in Dublin, the first of a 12-show European tour start ...

  37. Country's Super-Sized Stars Downsize to Pursue European Success

    February 24, 2014 4:02 PM EST Eric Church’s "The Outsiders" is the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending Feb. 16, but when he picks up a beer to celebrate, it may be a locally brewed Guinness. That’s because he’ll be in Dublin, the first of a 12-show Europea ...

  38. Miranda Lambert Finds Emotional Losses Among Technology's Gains

    February 21, 2014 2:39 PM EST As Miranda Lambert worked through a session at Nashville’s Sound Stage a few months ago, she periodically stopped to text messages with cartoony emoticons to songwriter Natalie Hemby (“Pontoon,” “White Liar”), providing clues about the titles she ...

  39. Whitney Houston's Billboard Chart Records

    February 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST Here's a look back at the many chart achievements that the gifted vocalist accomplished. To honor the late, great Whitney Houston on the second anniversary of her passing on Feb. 11, 2012, here's a look back at the many chart achievemen ...

  40. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Bi ...

  41. Grammy Awards Rock Charts, Daft Punk Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST Now that a full week has passed since the Grammy Awards, the Billboard charts are properly rocked by the show and its many winners and performers. (The latest Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking week ended on February 2. It captures the first seven d ...

  42. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  43. GRAMMYs Spur Early Sales Gains for Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves, Pink

    January 27, 2014 5:15 PM EST The official sales figures aren't in yet, but industry sources suggest that some of the GRAMMY Awards' biggest winners could be Kacey Musgraves, P!nk and Daft Punk -- all of which might see sales gains of more than 100% for the week endi ...

  44. Grammys Spur Early Sales Gains for Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves, P!nk

    January 27, 2014 5:02 PM EST The official sales figures aren't in yet, but industry sources suggest that some of the Grammy Awards' biggest winners could be Kacey Musgraves, P!nk and Daft Punk -- all of which might see sales gains of more than 100% for the week end ...

  45. Ed Sheeran Talks Recording New Album With Rick Rubin, Pharrell: Watch

    January 27, 2014 1:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift's BFF discusses recording with Rick Rubin, Pharrell, and "+" collaborator Jake Gosling for his much-anticipated follow-up Ed Sheeran is nearly ready to follow up the sleeper success of his debut album "+" with h ...

  46. Miley Cyrus, Lorde & More Perform at Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Party

    January 26, 2014 3:37 PM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And betwe ...

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