1. Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

    November 10, 2010 7:17 AM EST Taylor Swift was named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards, becoming the youngest person to win the award at age 20. The pop sensation also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for "You Belong With Me." She's the first songwriter to win that award…

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow Talks 'Country Strong' At Premiere

    November 09, 2010 8:04 AM EST Gwyneth Paltrow learned to play guitar and immersed herself in country music to pull off her latest role. Paltrow told the Associated Press at the world premiere of "Country Strong" on Monday (Nov. 8) in Nashville, Tenn., that she wanted her portrayal of a superstar singer to be as…

  3. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

  4. Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers

    October 26, 2010 9:05 AM EDT Upon the release of Taylor Swift 's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago. Swift first graced a Billboard tally when her debut…

  5. 'Barbra Streisand': What's In A Name?

    October 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Iconic entertainer Barbra Streisand has charted three times on Dance/Club Play Songs. In 1979, she reached No. 13 with "The Main Event/Fight" and No. 1 for four weeks with the Donna Summer duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." The legendary diva notched her third and…

  6. Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow & Miranda Lambert Sing "Coal Miner's Daughter"

    September 10, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Loretta Lynn has been a country star since her first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" reached the top 20 of the Country Songs chart in 1960. But it was her 1970 smash, "Coal Miner's Daughter," that became her most iconic. Now, forty years after it topped Country…

  7. Train Rolls To 100th Adult Pop Songs No. 1

    September 08, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With a 2-1 advance for "If It's Love," Train collects the 100th No. 1 title in the 14-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart. The survey premiered in the Billboard issue dated March 16, 1996, as an offshoot of the Adult Contemporary chart, a…

  8. Faith Hill Plays Free Show For Katrina's Victims

    August 25, 2010 7:56 AM EDT Faith Hill says giving back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill said before headlining a free concert Tuesday evening (Aug. 24) in New…

  9. Chart Beat Wednesday: Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Rod Stewart

    July 28, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 'IT'S' NO. 1: Carrie Underwood collects her 10th No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Undo It" lifts 2-1. The song is the third leader from Underwood's "Play On" album, following "Cowboy Casanova" and "Temporary Home." Underwood plated three…

  10. Carrie Underwood Marries Hockey Beau Mike Fisher in Southern Ceremony

    July 11, 2010 12:17 AM EDT Country-pop idol Carrie Underwood married her hockey player beau Mike Fisher at a Southern ceremony on Saturday (July 10), People.com reports. The couple tied the knot under a tent at a luxury resort near Atlanta, Ga. before 250 friends and family. The ceremony, which RadarOnline.com…

  11. Country, Rock Stars Join For 'Nashville Rising' Benefit

    June 23, 2010 10:29 AM EDT Nashville Rising was as much a celebration of Music City as it was a flood-relief benefit concert. Star after star - including surprise visitor Sandra Bullock - professed their love and admiration for the city and its people, who have been praised for handling one of the state's most…

  12. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1997

    June 15, 2010 11:05 AM EDT REMINISCE SOME TIME: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated June 14, 1997, a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. , whose "Hypnotize" had reigned for three weeks that May following his death in March 1997, debuted at No. 1, as "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith…

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crowned champ bows atop Billboard's Rock…

  14. Paul McCartney Sings with President Obama & Kevin Jonas, Serenades First Lady

    June 03, 2010 2:30 PM EDT President Barack Obama and Paul McCartney sang "Hey Jude" Wednesday night with Kevin Jonas, Jack White , Faith Hill , Dave Grohl , Stevie Wonder and a host of other names at the White House, where the former Beatle received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.…

  15. Paul McCartney Ready For White House Gig

    June 02, 2010 5:51 PM EDT After all those hits along the long and winding road to fame, you'd think nothing would fluster Paul McCartney . Think again. Sir Paul confessed he was "slightly nervous" in the leadup to Wednesday's big concert at the White House, where President Barack Obama was…

  16. Jonas Brothers, Other Stars To Honor Paul McCartney

    May 24, 2010 7:18 PM EDT The Jonas Brothers , Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld are among an all-star lineup that will honor Paul McCartney next month at the White House. McCartney will receive the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. It will be presented at a concert June 2…

  17. Tim McGraw: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 20, 2010 4:35 PM EDT Dates: Through Aug. Support: Lady Antebellum , Love and Theft Ticket prices: $25-$65 (Purchase tickets here ) McGraw has been one of the most consistent touring artists in country music for the past decade. He notched country's highest-grossing tour with wife Faith Hill a couple of years…

  18. Ask Billboard: "Glee," Olivia Newton-John, Bee Gees

    May 14, 2010 4:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TOTAL "GLEE"-CLIPSE OF THE CHART? Hi Gary, With the "Glee"…

  19. Brad Paisley on Nashville Flood: 'I Saw Determination in the Wake of Tragedy'

    May 14, 2010 2:07 PM EDT In a special op-ed for Billboard, Brad Paisley shares how he, Taylor Swift, Tim, McGraw, Faith Hill and Vince Gill and other stars are helping Nashville recover from a devastating flood. -- It seemed like it was never going to quit raining. While I was busy placing buckets under the leaks in…

  20. Ke$ha, Jack White Among Hometown Artists Pitching In For Nashville

    May 10, 2010 2:55 PM EDT Nashville may be the country music capital of the world, but at a time when its struggling to rebuild from devastating floods, its billing as Music City has never been as fitting. Recording artists from all genres who call Nashville home are responding to the disaster. Pop star Ke$ha flew in…

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