Chet Atkins played the guitar. Bob Wills played the fiddle. Earl Scruggs played the banjo, and did he ever. Scruggs, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88, revolutionized the way that the banjo was played, influencing countless of musicians in the process.
It's a happy holiday for Josh Groban, as the singer nabs his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "Noel" ... It ascends to the chart's top slot with a career-high 405,000 -- thanks partially to his surprise performance on the favorite-things edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last week ... It's the first Christmas album to crown The Billboard 200 since Kenny G's "Miracles" in 1994 ... With a big bump, the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack runs back into the top 10 and surpasses Daughtry's "Daughtry" as 2007's top-selling album ... This year's "American Idol" winner, Jordin Sparks, sees her self-titled album bow at No. 10, while Keith Urban's first greatest-hits set lands right behind her at No. 11.