1. Ken Burns Sets Country Music Doc for 2018

    January 21, 2014 11:40 AM EST PBS documentary maker Ken Burns is examining the roots of country music and how it has changed through the present day for a multi-episode series on public broadcasting. Country fans have a wait ahead of them, though. PBS said Monday that Burns' country music project isn't set to…

  2. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  3. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

  4. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  5. Neil Young at Carnegie Hall: Live Review

    January 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST The legendary singer-songwriter delivers classic performances of classic songs on night two of his Carnegie run When tickets went on sale for Neil Young's four-night run at Carnegie Hall, there was no announcement regarding the format of the shows: would it be solo acoustic? Would…

  6. Country Legend Ray Price Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:12 PM EST Ray Price, one of country music's most beloved voices, died at home Monday afternoon at the age of 87, his family said through a spokesman. Price had been hospitalized in Texas recently, and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic cancer since late last year. On Thursday …

  7. Is Britney Spears' 'Britney Jean' Really Her Most Personal Album? An Investigation

    December 04, 2013 12:30 PM EST A deep dive into the pop superstar's eight studio albums shows where her newest ranks on a "personal" level. When Britney Spears began setting up her eighth studio album, "Britney Jean," earlier this year, the word "personal" kept popping up. "I can…

  8. Eric Church: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 29, 2013 9:30 AM EST With "The Outsiders," due in February, Church is bringing his harder-rocking country sound to the next level. "It's important for the health of the format that we all don't follow the leader, that we branch out" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy…

  9. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  10. Justin Bieber Reveals He Gets Weekly Phone Call From Will Smith

    November 20, 2013 9:56 PM EST With the amount of negative press Justin Bieber has been receiving these days, it may not seem like he has a voice of reason teaching him right from wrong -- but he does, and it's Will Smith. In an extensive cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter released today (Nov. 20),…

  11. Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts

    October 29, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he's jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett's natural ease at singing and songwriting. "I feel like I've really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,"…

  12. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  13. Old Crow Medicine Singer Talks Opry, Sharing a CMA Nomination With Bob Dylan

    October 24, 2013 3:00 PM EDT The string band Old Crow Medicine Show was invited to become a member of a rather exclusive club in August: The Grand Ole Opry. "There always seems to be these dream moments in a country music life – like when Merle Haggard whispers something in your ear," lead singer Ketch Secor…

  14. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:23 PM EDT The legend's new 'To All the Girls …' marks his record-padding 46th top 10 on the Top Country Albums chart Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the…

  15. Thomas Rhett Makes Multi-Generational History On Country Airplay Chart

    October 15, 2013 11:05 AM EDT With 'It Goes Like This,' Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the chart's history with a parent that previously reigned as a soloist As "It Goes Like This" shoots 4-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett…

  16. Lorde, HAIM Bring Girl Power To Alternative

    October 11, 2013 1:05 PM EDT With the acts' debut full-length releases atop the rock and alternative album charts, pop production and female vocals have become more common at the formats "Girl power is definitely back in a big way at the alternative format," declares WROX Norfolk, Va., program…

  17. Tyler Farr Goes 'Redneck Crazy' Ahead of Debut

    September 27, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Tyler Farr has fond memories of his hometown of Garden City, MO, a "very rural town" he says, with a population of about 1,000. In Garden City you'll find "no red lights, no fast food, one diner, two gas stations – one beer, bait, and ammo shop – where you can go in and…

  18. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  19. Emmylou Harris, Shovels & Rope Win Big at Americana Awards

    September 19, 2013 9:56 AM EDT The power of two voices raised in harmony was on display Wednesday night at the Americana Music Honors & Awards as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the husband-wife duo Shovels & Rope earned top honors. Each duo won two awards during the annual roots rock celebration at Ryman…

  20. Woody Guthrie's Hometown to Rebuild Singer's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2013 9:03 PM EDT When Woody Guthrie's dilapidated boyhood home was ordered torn down in the late 1970s, the demolition reflected the strained relationship between conservative Oklahoma and the native son famous for his folk singing and progressive politics. Those tensions persisted for more than a…

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