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The Band Perry, "Done"
Current Billboard Country Chart Position: 15
Yes, "cauc-pop." What else to call the Nashville radio hits that, since Dolly went disco, have drawn so fully on the deepest tradi ... More >>
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or whenever are in the ... More >>
By Chris Gray
The passion of Randy Travis has been one of the saddest and most compelling musical dramas of the past year. One of Nashville's most beloved and seemingly mild-mannered singers (now a North Texan) has suddenly gone full-on Johnny Paycheck, brawling in church parking lots, popping out ... More >>
Editors' note: Each week in this space, chart-watcher Robert Myers will offer his reactions to all the new entries on the Hot 100, Billboard's big board for popular songs.
The late-summer doldrums continue in the world of Hot 100 debuts with two less-than-stunning rap records that won't be on the c ... More >>
After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>
Tonight at the Bowery Ballroom, the Afghan Whigsthe Cincinnati torchbearers for damaged soul musicreturn to the stage after 13 years on hiatus, and if their performances on last night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon are any indication, tonight's sold-out show will be full of the band's ... More >>
Whatever you thought of her performance at this year's Super Bowl, Madonna's halftime appearance had the desired effect: It drummed up awareness for her first album in four years, the longest recording gap of her career.
When the Billboard 200 album chart is tallied in the middle of this week, Madg ... More >>
BLRHerman Cain, only slightly less coherent when given the Bad Lip Reading treatment.For several months, it's been hard to take a stroll around the internet without tripping on the Bad Lip Reading video series, which overdubs new speech onto familiar popular videos.
The results bear a super ... More >>
Lady Gaga.Today the radio behemoth Clear Channel announced a festival celebrating the relaunch of its online service iHeartRadio, which currently allows listeners to tune into the chain's terrestrial-radio outlets from all over the country (as well as about 150 digital-only stations) and whic ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXFarewell, Jacob. It always happens. My end-to-end favorite contestant has never, ever won American Idol. They usually do pretty well, but they always flame out within a few weeks of the finish line because of some combination of nerves, bad choices, mass bad taste, and the f ... More >>
So: The Voice. The big challenge. American Idol has been the dominant ratings force in American TV for a full decade now, but none of the other networks has really managed to do much with that show's format, which seems like a relatively easy thing to steal. (Or they haven't made a big singin ... More >>
Frank Micelotta / FOXShakira goes country, kind of"Picture this:" says Ryan Seacrest. "Rascal Flatts and Shakira." I'm picturing it, I'm getting up, I'm turning off my TV.
Sigh. If only that were an option. Instead, I can't actually look away from the trainwreck that is another results show ... More >>
Can this man get Ted Leo paid?This week's album chart is topped by Justin Bieber, with the Canadian idol's My World 2.0 bubbling back into the No. 1 slot despite a 65% sales drop from the previous week. World moved 102,000 copies, enough to best last week's No. 1, Usher's Raymond Vs. Raymond, ... More >>
Andrew Garcia: cornball bubblefunk. Photo by Michael Becker / FOXFirst things first: Two hours? To hear nine people sing for a minute and a half each? That is some ridiculous shit. Is FOX that starved for programming? They couldn't have lopped off like half an hour and run an old episode of P ... More >>
Sade, hiding. Photo courtesy ThinkTank Marketing.This week's album charts were topped by Sade's Soldier Of Love, the smoky soul singer's sixth full-length and first since 2000's Lovers Rock. Soldier accomplished the rarer-than-ever feat of going gold in its first week of release, selling 502, ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: the iTunes sales plugging Top 9!
all photos courtesy of FOXWallet-chain widower Danny Gokey
The producers simply can't justify another two-hour show with only nine contestants remaining, so they've graciously cut back to 90 min ... More >>