1. 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…

  2. 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),…

  3. Lady Gaga Gets Sensual With R. Kelly, Pokes Fun at Herself on 'SNL': Watch

    November 17, 2013 1:09 AM EST Lady Gaga showed she can poke fun at herself with the best of them during her first hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. The singer, who follows Miley Cyrus as musicians who have both hosted and performed during the show's 39th season this year, performed…

  4. Lady Gaga Hams It Up in 'SNL' Promos: Watch

    November 13, 2013 12:00 PM EST Lady Gaga takes the stage on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, pulling double duty as host and musical guest. More 'SNL' Eminem Gets Assist From Rick Rubin, Skylar Grey on 'SNL': Watch Miley Cyrus Parodies Government Shutdown, Performs the Hits on 'SNL&…

  5. Josh Thompson Cracks 'Cold Beer' Ahead of Second Album

    November 05, 2013 9:00 AM EST Josh Thompson's brand new single, "Cold Beer With Your Name On It" marks a return to radio for the singer, and nobody is more pumped than the singer himself. "I'm very excited to have some new music out. It's been awhile. It feels good to have a single out. You…

  6. 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,"…

  7. 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…

  8. Ask Billboard: Is Katy Perry's 'Prism' Better Than 'Teenage Dream'?

    October 25, 2013 7:35 PM EDT A look at possible singles from - and the future success of - Perry's new album. Plus, women are ruling the Hot 100 at a nearly historic level As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Luke Bryan Announces 'That's My Kind of Party' Tour for Winter 2014

    October 19, 2013 3:51 PM EDT Luke Bryan is coming to your city, and you can crash his party -- if you want, of course. The country star wraps up the Dirt Road Diaries Tour, his most recent series of dates, next Saturday (Oct. 26), but Bryan is already gearing up for his next tour, according to the singer's website…

  12. 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…

  13. Miley Cyrus Parodies Government Shutdown, Performs the Hits on 'SNL'

    October 06, 2013 2:10 AM EDT Saturday night with Miley was neither the trainwreck nor the twerk-filled spectacle many expected it to become. Instead, the second episode of the new season of "Saturday Night Live" was just the right amount of audacious and, at best and worst, your usual episode of the NBC…

  14. 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…

  15. Justin Moore Forges His Own 'Path'; Watch Him Perform 'Point at You'

    September 27, 2013 12:55 PM EDT "They tell me I'm too country to do TV," says Justin Moore, whose third Valory Music album, Off the Beaten Path, bows atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and claims No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 97,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "I've…

  16. Kristy Lee Cook Finds 'Love' With Randy Houser on New Single

    September 26, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Broken Bow's Kristy Lee Cook has just released a new single, "Wherever Love Goes," and she tells Billboard she's very excited to have new music for her fans -- particularly a duet with Randy Houser, an artist she's a big fan of.  "I am so excited to have a…

  17. The Dismemberment Plan on 'Uncanney Valley' and Their 'Shocking' Reunion Success

    September 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The indie rock cult heroes, back with their first album since 2001, talk staying alive online and leaving their "alienation" behind. When the Dismemberment Plan turned off the lights a decade ago, the Washington, D.C. indie act didn't expect to come back to a packed house. …

  18. 'John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes' Interactive Album App to Launch

    September 23, 2013 11:52 AM EDT All proceeds to benefit WhyHunger's global anti-hunger campaign A new interactive album app called "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes" will launch Nov. 5, exclusively through the iTunes App Store. Directed by filmmaker Michael Epstein, the app chronicles the legendary singer…

  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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