1. Kenny Rogers Breaks Down His Biggest Duets: 'There's a Chemistry Between Us'

    October 09, 2013 3:30 PM EDT In part two of our look back at the career of Kenny Rogers to celebrate this week’s release of his newest work, "You Can’t Make Old Friends," we shine the spotlight on the collaborations that Rogers has been a part of. Aside from Willie Nelson, duets have perhaps been as much a…

  2. Kenny Rogers' Ten Biggest Billboard Country Hits

    October 07, 2013 10:00 AM EDT This week, we at The 615 look back on the legendary career of Kenny Rogers. As the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee prepares to release "You Can't Make Old Friends" for Warner Brothers on Tuesday (Oct. 8), we highlight his career with a three-part series. Today, we…

  3. Joan Jett Storms Back With New Album: Go Behind the Scenes of Her 'Any Weather' Video

    October 03, 2013 12:20 PM EDT "It came in fits and starts," Joan Jett says of her eleventh solo album. "I'd think, 'I can't do this anymore' - but the more I just let go, things started pouring out." There's certainly a sense of catharsis to "Unvarnished," Jett'…

  4. Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' & 12 More Two-Album/One-Year Releases

    October 01, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake released “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” the other half of his comeback spring album yesterday (Sept. 30). With the singer performing at both the iTunes and iHeartRadio Music Festivals recently, recent talk show appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ”Late Night with Jimmy…

  5. Zac Brown's Southern Ground Festival Cooks Up Big Duets and Fiery Set From Grace Potter

    September 30, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Zac Brown 's Southern Ground Festival rolled into Music City this past weekend, offering a little something for everybody – and not just music. A wide array of craftsmen were present both days, selling their wares, as were an impressive number of regional chefs who cooked for the…

  6. Willie Nelson On The Road Again After Shoulder Injury

    September 27, 2013 1:02 AM EDT An improving Willie Nelson will make his festival date this Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., after all, and he's bringing a friend. A news release from festival organizers said Nelson has recuperated enough from a shoulder injury that he's able to keep his evening slot at the Zac…

  7. Kenny Rogers Plays the Hits, Duets With Kellie Pickler at Benefit Concert

    September 26, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Though the Ryman Auditorium had its' beginnings as a tabernacle that riverboat captain Tom Ryman had built for revivalist Samuel Porter Jones to preach the word, last night saw two of the biggest crowd reactions coming from songs about gambling and an (almost) love affair. Kenny Rogers…

  8. Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean Lead Country Charts

    September 26, 2013 12:50 PM EDT At six weeks, Bryan's 'That's My Kind of Night' is the longest-leading No. 1 on Hot Country Songs since 2005. Plus, Moore bows atop Top Country Albums and Aldean rules Country Airplay With a sixth week atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, Luke Bryan's …

  9. Jack Johnson Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Country artists Justin Moore, Chris Young and Billy Currington all make Top 10 bows as well Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "From Here to Now to You" bows atop the list with 117,000 sold in its first week, according to…

  10. Tim McGraw Notches 50th Country Airplay Top 10

    September 24, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The singer scores an historic milestone, as "Southern Girl" rises 12-9 It's a golden week for country superstar Tim McGraw, whose "Southern Girl" jumps 12-9 to become his 50th top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. (All charts will be refreshed, as…

  11. Kacey Musgraves Opens Same Trailer, Different Tour In NYC: Live Review

    September 20, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Fast-rising country music star feels right at home in the big city Get to know Kacey Musgraves. Her penchant for salty, "real talk" narratives has cast her as a sort of anti-Taylor Swift. The country world has embraced her, though she's still known as the favorite country…

  12. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  13. Luke Bryan Leads Country Songs, Albums Charts

    September 12, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Bryan is the first male artist to top the charts simultaneously since 2004. Plus, Florida Georgia Line is off to a start not seen since 1992 with new single "Round Here" Luke Bryan leads Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts for a fourth straight week,…

  14. Kacey Musgraves Loves That She's Turning You On to Country Music

    September 12, 2013 1:15 PM EDT "Merry Go 'Round" singer talks about her whirlwind year, which includes six nominations for the CMA Awards The past 12 months are ones that Kacey Musgraves won't be forgetting anytime soon. She's enjoyed success with the singles "Merry Go 'Round" and…

  15. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Leads Pop Songs For 10th Week

    September 09, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Billboard's Song of the Summer is just the 12th title to reach a reign of double-digit weeks on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias and Florida Georgia Line Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  16. Alabama Earns Highest Charting Album on Billboard 200

    September 05, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The veteran group bows at No. 8, and No. 2 on Top Country Albums, with its collaborative tribute collection. Plus, Luke Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a third week Alabama posts its best rank and sales week in seven years on Top Country Albums, as "Alabama & Friends" bows…

  17. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Madonna Songs?

    September 03, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Readers rank the Material Girl's best material. Plus, a trip through AC chart history and more songs that became hits three times As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  18. Kenny Rogers Announces 'You Can't Make Old Friends' Album, Duet With Dolly Parton

    September 03, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Kenny Rogers is reuniting with an old friend. Actually, make that two old friends. The singer will be releasing "You Can't Make Old Friends" for Warner Brothers on Oct. 8 -- He was signed to the Warner imprint, Reprise, during his hit-making days with the First Edition back…

  19. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  20. Big Sean, Juicy J and Alabama Tribute Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 30, 2013 11:13 PM EDT Big Sean could reach No. 2 with his "Hall of Fame," with rock act Avenged Sevenfold set to bow in the top spot. Rappers Big Sean and Juicy J, along with a new tribute album to country band Alabama, are headed for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry…

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