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  1. Luke Bryan Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With 'What Makes You Country'

    December 11, 2017 11:00 PM EST Luke Bryan is aiming for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 next week with his latest studio album What Makes You Country . Industry forecasters suggest the country star’s set, which was released on Dec. 9 through Capitol Nashville, could launch ...

  2. Leon Rhodes, Guitarist for Texas Troubadours, Dies at 85

    December 11, 2017 9:47 PM EST Country guitarist Leon Rhodes, who was an essential component of Ernest Tubb ’s Texas Troubadours, died Saturday at his Nashville home. He was 85. The 1960s guitar great sold his bed at a young age to buy his first six-string, he said during the 2 ...

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Is Certified Diamond by RIAA

    December 11, 2017 6:41 PM EST Fresh off her latest record-breaking album Reputation , Taylor Swift  has reached a new milestone with her back catalog. Her sophomore album,  Fearless, was certified diamond by the RIAA on Monday (Dec. 11). Diamond status means the 2008 album has ...

  4. Burning Man Proposes Increasing Event Capacity to 100,000 People

    December 11, 2017 6:31 PM EST Nobody could have predicted that a small spiritual gathering of locals in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1986 would have turned into a staple of pop culture that hauls in tens of thousands of people from all over the world. Cue Burning Man, the cov ...

  5. Bill Hearn, CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group, Dies at 58

    December 11, 2017 5:49 PM EST He passed away Sunday following a long fight with cancer. Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) chairman and CEO William Ray "Bill" Hearn died on Sunday at the age of 58 in Nashville, Tennessee, following a long fight with cancer. Hearn w ...

  6. The Year in Christian & Gospel Charts: Hillsong Worship & Tamela Mann Lead Lists

    December 11, 2017 5:04 PM EST Plus, Lauren Daigle leads ladies at Christian for a third straight year. Praise and worship collective Hillsong Worship is Billboard 's Top Christian Artist of 2017, as well as Top Christian Duo/Group, thanks in part to its genre-smashing sin ...

  7. The Year in Dance/Electronic Charts: The Chainsmokers, Marshmello & Calvin Harris Score

    December 11, 2017 4:58 PM EST The Chainsmokers are the No. 1 Dance/Electronic Artist of 2017 & "Something Just Like This" tops year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. The Chainsmokers seemed ubiquitous once again in 2017 (from "Paris" and beyond), co ...

  8. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop Charts: Drake Three-Peats as Top Artist, Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Top Album

    December 11, 2017 4:52 PM EST Men dominate the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists list; no women among top 10 for first time since 1983. Drake scores a three-peat as he reigns as the year-end top R&B/hip-hop artist for the third straight year and fourth time overall. (In addition ...

  9. The Year in Country Charts: Sam Hunt Rides 'Back Road' to Top Artist & Song Honors

    December 11, 2017 4:44 PM EST Plus, Chris Stapleton boasts 2017's top two country albums. On the strength of his massive hit "Body Like a Back Road," Sam Hunt is Billboard 's Top Country Artist of 2017 . "Body" is also the No. 1 hit of the year on ...

  10. The Year in Charts 2017: Ed Sheeran Is Top Artist, Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Rules Billboard 200

    December 11, 2017 4:36 PM EST Following a male-dominated year on the charts, the year-end top 10 rankings of the overall top artists, Billboard 200 albums & Billboard Hot 100 songs are all populated by men. For the first time since 1984, the entire top 10 of Billboard ’s 2 ...

  11. Transgender People Can Enlist in the Military Next Month, Despite Trump Tweets

    December 11, 2017 3:57 PM EST The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government woul ...

  12. The Year In Social & Streaming Charts: BTS, 'Despacito,' Kendrick Lamar & More

    December 11, 2017 3:00 PM EST One might argue the ubiquitous nature of BTS ’ 2017 – the K-pop boy band’s ascent from occasional novelty on the  Billboard  charts to a group with a bona fide shot at debuting among its English-language peers with each and every release – begins ...

  13. The Year In Latin Charts: Daddy Yankee, 'Despacito,' Shakira & Ozuna Lead

    December 11, 2017 3:00 PM EST Following in 2016’s footsteps, urban music overwhelmingly ruled  Billboard ’s Latin charts in 2017, as eight of the top 10 Latin artists of the year fit the genre. Familiar faces like Daddy Yankee , J Balvin , Nicky Jam and Maluma rub elbows with ...

  14. The Year In Rock Charts: Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man & Metallica Reign

    December 11, 2017 2:18 PM EST Imagine Dragons are 2017's Top Rock Artist & "Believer" rules Hot Rock Songs. Plus, Metallica's 'Hardwired… to Self-Destruct' is 2017's Top Rock Album. Considering the likely expectations for Imagine Dragons& ...

  15. Rick Ross' Manager Black Bo Passes Away

    December 11, 2017 1:48 PM EST Rick Ross ' longtime manager, Black Bo, has passed away. There are still few to no details regarding the cause of Bo's death, at 57-years-old. The  Rich Forever  artist broke the somber news Friday, (Dec. 8) while speaking at the lavish ...

  16. Ed Sheeran & Beyonce's 'Perfect' Tops Billboard Hot 100

    December 11, 2017 1:02 PM EST Plus, Camila Cabello's "Havana" reaches No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart & Halsey's "Bad at Love" hits the Hot 100's top 10. Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé 's "Perfect" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 (date ...

  17. Two of San Francisco's 'Native Sons' Set to Open August Hall Near Union Square in 2018

    December 11, 2017 12:58 PM EST Live Nation-booked 1,000-cap room will be connected to Fifth Arrow, a bar, restaurant and mini-bowling alley Earlier this year, Jodi Goodman , president at Live Nation Northern California had heard a rumor that two San Francisco natives -- music i ...

  18. Lorde, Bleachers, Kacey Musgraves, The National and Spoon Set for the Ally Coalition's Jan. 24 Talent Show: Exclusive

    December 11, 2017 12:44 PM EST Grammy album of the year nominee Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Bleachers, Shamir, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National and Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon have all signed on for The Ally Coalition’s 4th annual Talent Show, to take pla ...

  19. Apple Confirms Acquisition of Shazam, Calling It a 'Natural Fit'

    December 11, 2017 12:33 PM EST Apple has confirmed the acquisition of London-based music discovery app Shazam in a sale reported to be in the ballpark of $400 million . In a statement provided to Billboard , Apple declined to go into specifics about financial aspects of the dea ...

  20. Jennifer Lopez's Record-Setting Las Vegas Residency Comes to a Close With Final Shows in 2018

    December 11, 2017 12:30 PM EST Tickets for final performances go on sale Friday, December 15. On August 13, 2016,  Jennifer Lopez ’s "All I Have" residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas hit a milestone, having notched over $1 million in ticket sales. It was the hig ...

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