1. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light': Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Worldwide Rights

    April 02, 2015 3:50 PM EDT Tom Hiddleston stars as the country singer. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to I Saw the Light , the story of the legendary country music singer Hank Williams . The film chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and…

  2. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  3. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  4. Tom Hiddleston Preps for Hank Williams Biopic With Surprise Festival Performance

    September 07, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Tom Hiddleston surprised concert goers at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival Saturday, stopping by to perform a cover of Hank Williams ' "Move It On Over." Watch the clup below.  Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams in Biopic The British actor famous for playing the super…

  5. 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…

  6. The Replacements Reuniting for Covers Set

    October 03, 2012 9:54 PM EDT The Replacements will be back with a new covers EP, according to Rolling Stone . The iconic '80s act, which last reunited in 2006, have recorded four tracks in a hometown Minneapolis studio. The band was down to a duo of original members for this session, with singer Paul Westerberg and…

  7. Keith Urban Talks Love of Nashville

    August 16, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Keith Urban has made no secret of his love for Nashville -- past and present, and those emotions shine through loud and clear as the Capitol Nashville recording artist recently took viewers around Music City for an episode of "Going Home" on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music . In his…

  8. Charlie McCoy Honors Hank Williams on 'Lonesome Whistle'

    July 26, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Charlie McCoy remembers getting the call some three years ago that he would be one of three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's an honor that he still can't believe at times, even today. "It's amazing," says McCoy. "Some days I wake up, and go…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  10. Connie Smith Enjoys Her Hall of Fame Moment

    March 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT It was just an ordinary evening in the household of Connie Smith and her husband, Marty Stuart, when they were interrupted. "Marty and I were in the kitchen about suppertime, and the phone rang," Smith recalls in an interview with Billboard. "He looked at the caller ID, and…

  11. Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Keynote: 'Stay Hard, Stay Hungry'

    March 15, 2012 5:30 PM EDT The Boss Was in a Giving Mood, Offering Wisdom & Recounting His Own Musical Journey Declaring that "every important musician in this town is asleep -- or they will be by the time I finished this thing," Bruce Springsteen spent nearly 50 minutes early Thursday afternoon…

  12. Friday Flashback: A Rare Kind of Hit for Dolly Parton

    December 09, 2011 7:00 PM EST The music business is famous for many things, and irony is often among them. Hank Williams -- long regarded as THE singer-songwriter in country music -- did not write the song that became his breakthrough, "Lovesick Blues." Willie Nelson has spent a decade in Nashville as a writer,…

  13. Brad Paisley Gets One-of-a-Kind Honor From the Grand Ole Opry

    October 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In the 86-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, many historic moments have taken place. Hank Williams debuting in 1949 with "Lovesick Blues." A truck driver named Elvis on the Ryman stage. Garth Brooks and "Friends In Low Places." So as amazing as it sounds, something…

  14. Americana Music Awards: Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons Honored

    October 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT While historically Robert Plant and Nashville might not go hand in hand with each other, the legendary Led Zeppelin front man and Music City were pretty good for each other Thursday night (Oct. 13), as he picked up a top album nod at the 10th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards. The…

  15. Rascal Flatts Talk Opry Honor & Natasha Bedingfield Duet

    October 05, 2011 3:30 PM EDT It's a historic week in the career of Rascal Flatts . The trio of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney will join the cast of the Grand Ole Opry this weekend during the show's 86th birthday celebration in Music City. DeMarcus says the trio is still trying to process the…

  16. Bragging? Not in Tony Bennett's Repertoire at London Concert

    October 04, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Most artists playing a show in the week of their No. 1 album triumph would shout their achievements from the stage. Some might play it down a little. Surely only Tony Bennett would not mention it at all. The record-breaking octogenarian is not just the king of the charts with his "Duets…

  17. Hank Williams' 'Lost Daughter' Brings Rare Recordings to Light

    September 19, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Almost six decades after his death, the music of Hank Williams continues to touch lives. One of those people is the daughter he never knew, Jett. Over the past few years, the entertainer (along with older brother Hank Williams, Jr.) has been very involved in bringing Hank's unreleased…

  18. The Dude Abides: Jeff Bridges Delivers a Self-Titled Album

    August 12, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is receiving the kind of exposure for his new, self-titled album that Otis "Bad" Blake would probably kill for. This month, Bridges is booked to perform on "Today," "Live! With Regis and Kelly," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "NPR&…

  19. Keith Urban Lets 500 Fans 'Get Closer' at Tour Rehearsal: Video

    June 10, 2011 3:02 PM EDT "We got a week to get it right -- no pressure." Keith Urban struck a deadpan tone after a hitch Thursday at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium at an exclusive show -- well, not a show, really. He opened a rehearsal for his "Get Closer" tour, slated to open June 16 in…

  20. Taylor Swift Says Broadway Inspired Her 'Speak Now' Tour

    June 01, 2011 8:21 AM EDT In another era, it was enough for artists from Hank Williams to Randy Travis to show up in a city, unpack their gear and play. Stage production for Willie Nelson was simply unfurling a Texas flag and launching into "Whiskey River." But as country has moved to bigger venues in a high…

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