1. 'Dallas' and Country Music a 'Natural Fit'

    June 11, 2012 5:20 PM EDT "Dallas," the iconic series that made Friday nights "Must See TV" long before NBC did the same for Thursdays with their classic series of comedies, was well represented at the recent CMA Music Festival. Saturday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame a TNT gave those in…

  2. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."…

  3. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 2:15 PM EDT The pairing of country superstars could lead to just the second top 10 start in the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era. In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star,"…

  4. Chart Highlights: Adele, Taylor Swift, Madonna Notch New No. 1s

    March 19, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Adele ascends to the Adult Contemporary summit, Swift crowns Country Songs and Madonna is the dancing queen again Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  5. Stars to Celebrate Johnny Cash's 80th With Concert

    February 28, 2012 8:50 AM EST A diverse all-star lineup will celebrate the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with an April concert. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny…

  6. 'Idol' Hollywood Week Begins: A Whole Lot of Ups & Downs (Literally)

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST Soooo... how about the ending of last night's "Idol"? It wouldn't have mattered if the performances on last night's first edition of Hollywood Week had featured the most talented crop of young singers the show had ever seen (for the record: it didn't), all thanks…

  7. Dailey & Vincent Stray From the Norm in 'Gospel Side'

    January 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST Chart-topping bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent know they've got a good thing going with their marketing agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Their music is sold there, and if you look at their touring bus, you don't have to look close to see the restaurant chain's…

  8. Ricky Skaggs Inspires Top Wins at ICM Awards

    October 31, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Faith, family and country music were celebrated Friday night (Oct. 28) at the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky Skaggs was the evening's top winner, claiming the Entertainer of the Year award as well as the trophy…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean

    October 28, 2011 1:05 PM EDT '21' = 13: As "21" logs a lucky 13th week at No. 1 on the IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE ...: As Justin Bieber bows (boughs?) on the Hot 100 at No. 11 with "Mistletoe," the first single from the teen star's holiday set, "Under the Mistletoe,…

  10. Lady Gaga in Moving Tribute to 'Big Man' at Little Kids Rock

    October 21, 2011 5:55 PM EDT At Thursday night's Little Kids Rock benefit at New York's Edison Ballroom, surprise guest In addition to a silent auction featuring signed drumsticks by Ringo Starr and signed guitars by Slash and Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, the event featured a spirited live auction hosted by…

  11. Evanescence, Lauren Alaina Targeting Billboard 200 Top 10

    October 14, 2011 6:15 PM EDT As previously reported, Evanescence could be cruising to its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the band's self-titled third release may sell more than 110,000 by week's end on Sunday, Oct. 16. Watch Our Live Q&A With…

  12. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as part of a separately-named, non-all-star…

  13. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. AS STUDENTS…

  14. Chris Isaak Says Early Elvis Is 'In My DNA'

    August 18, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Chris Isaak says the forthcoming "Beyond The Sun" -- a collection of songs by Sun Records artists that he recorded in the famed Memphis studio -- is "an album I've been wanting to do probably my whole life." "If you asked me... If I had to be in a life or death…

  15. Smokey Robinson Tapped for ELLA Award: 'I'm Very Honored By This'

    August 09, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Smokey Robinson first met Ella Fitzgerald some 50 years ago and calls her "my mom, just such a wonderful lady. I loved her so much, and she was always so sweet to me." Now he's getting an award named in Fitzgerald's honor. The Motown legend will be the recipient of the…

  16. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  17. 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano: 5 Theories Behind Her Elimination

    April 08, 2011 11:17 AM EDT I know what you're thinking: how did this happen? Why did Pia Toscano, the frontrunner of all "American Idol" frontrunners, get sent home in ninth place? And how is it that Ryan Seacrest didn't better prepare us for the outcome? Where was the buzz of a "shocker you…

  18. Eddie Kirkland, Blues Legend, Killed in Car Crash

    February 28, 2011 10:36 AM EST Eddie Kirkland, an 88-year-old blues legend known as the "Gypsy of the Blues" was killed in Florida when his car turned into the path of a Greyhound bus. Kirkland was traveling southeast on U.S. Highway 98 in Crystal River, north of Tampa, about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when he tried to…

  19. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortunes at Sunday's (Feb. 13) festivities? A…

  20. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 3

    December 21, 2010 5:35 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

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