1. Billboard Bits: Bon Jovi/Big & Rich, Cornelius

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The 2007 Arena Football League season will kick off this year with a brand new theme song by Bon Jovi and country act Big & Rich. Jon Bon Jovi and bandmate Richie Sambora co-wrote "We Got It Goin' The 2007 Arena Football League season will kick off this year with a brand new…

  2. Brooks & Dunn, Paisley Lead CMA Nominations

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn and Arista Nashville labelmate Brad Paisley dominated the field with six nominations each for the 40th annual Country Music Association awards, which will be held Nov. 6 in Nashville Brooks & Dunn and Arista Nashville labelmate Brad Paisley dominated the field with six…

  3. Sugarland Slims Down For New 'Ride'

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Breakthrough country act Sugarland has set a Nov. 7 release date for its sophomore Mercury album, "Enjoy the Ride." The group, which has slimmed down from a trio to a duo since the release of its smas Breakthrough country act Sugarland has set a Nov. 7 release date for its sophomore…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    May 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the 4 “Ws” in country, discrepancies in methodology, Rihanna and some of the biggest climbs yet this year. JOURNALISM 101 Hi Fred, I've always enjoyed your column and wanted to drop you a line to point out a chart oddity on the Hot Country Songs chart. The four most recent…

  5. Rihanna Stays Strong On Hot 100

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna's "SOS" maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut also holds atop the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts for a second frame. Rihanna's "SOS" maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut…

  6. Rihanna's 'SOS' Rockets To No. 1 On Hot 100

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna's "SOS" leaps 33 rungs to seize the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the five-week run of Daniel Powter's "Bad Day," which falls to No. 2. "SOS" also rises 7-1 on the Rihanna's "SOS" leaps 33 rungs to…

  7. Ask Billboard

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Dannii Minogue, Sugarland and Paris Hilton. UNDER PRESSURE Hi Keith, Do you have any news on the new Dannii Minogue album? If and when it comes out, will it be released in the United States? I have seen the video for a song called "So Under…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Rihanna, Billboard's AC chart and Eurovision Song Contest with readers. SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Dear Fred, Why is Rihanna's "SOS" only No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100? It's No. 7 on the Pop 100 and No. 2 on the Pop 100 airplay chart. SOS! Please help me…

  9. Chart Beat

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ann Nesby, Dixie Chicks return to the charts, plus news on Daniel Powter and Nick Lachey. PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR GRANDMA: It was a double dose of good news for singer Ann Nesby this week. Moments after finding out that her granddaughter Paris Bennett had survived being in the bottom two…

  10. Charts: Powter Stays Hot, Bon Jovi Scores With Country

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" holds firm atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week, extending its run to five straight weeks. The cut also remains No. 1 on the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts for the same Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" holds firm atop the Billboard Hot…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the T.I., chart jumps, Jennifer Nettles, Bon Jovi and more with readers. DID T.I. SET A RECORD? Fred, Last week T.I's "What You Know" jumped 35 positions on the Billboard Hot 100. This got me thinking about other rap singles that have charted and I couldn't…

  12. Sugar High

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Nettles goes for a ride at the CMT Music Awards. Jennifer Nettles of the group Sugarland is passed through the crowd after diving into the audience at the April 10 CMT Music Awards in Nashville. News Jennifer Nettles …

  13. Näshville Rock City

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As Bon Jovi wins its first CMT Award and locks keep getting longer in Nashville, a former hair-metal junkie investigates. Turn on CMT and wait for a video by Keith Urban, Jack Ingram, Big and Rich or Rockie Lynne. Mute the volume. Now unearth your '80s hair-metal collection from the…

  14. CMT Awards Lucky For Underwood, Urban

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood was the top winner at last night's (April 10) CMT Music Awards, landing two of the three awards for which she was nominated. Meanwhile, Keith Urban took home the evening's top prize, Carrie Underwood was the top winner at last night's (April 10) CMT Music…

  15. 2006 CMT Music Awards Nominees

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the 2006 CMT Music Awards, to be handed out April 10 in Nashville Below are the final nominees for the 2006 CMT Music Awards, to be handed out April 10 at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, in a ceremony airing live on CMT. CMT MUSIC AWARDS VIDEO OF THE…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about everything from cover songs and "American Idol" to digital downloads and the action on Billboard's country charts. ACE: OFF BASE? Fred, First of all, hats off to your light and fact-filled response to [a] serious letter a few weeks ago. I'm…

  17. Paisley, Sugarland, B&D Top ACM Nominations

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST With six nominations, Brad Paisley is the top nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, to be held May 23 in Las Vegas. Sugarland and Brooks & Dunn are each up for five honors. With six nominations, Brad Paisley is the top nominees for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.…

  18. Grammy Nominations: Artists React

    December 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST With news of Grammy Awards nominations sinking in, statements are flying as record labels recognize the nods received for the Recording Academy's 48th annual event. Among the notices, top nominee Kany With news of Grammy Awards nominations sinking in, statements are flying as record…

  19. Chart Beat

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Madonna ties a Presley record and Strait moves up the country list, plus Bon Jovi and Carrie Underwood. 'HUNG' UP: By moving up 14-7 on The Billboard Hot 100, Madonna's "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) generates a great deal of chart news this week. The most important feat is…

  20. Womack, Urban Lead 2005 CMA Winners

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lee Ann Womack and Keith Urban were the top winners at the Country Music Association Awards, held tonight (Nov. 15) at New York's Madison Square Garden. Womack won the album of the year trophy for "Th Lee Ann Womack and Keith Urban were the top winners at the Country Music…

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