1. Hank Williams, Jr. to Pay Tribute to His Dad at CMT Awards

    June 04, 2012 3:45 PM EDT CMT Music Awards Producer John Hamlin Talks Show Surprises, Women of Country + More We're fast approaching one of the biggest nights in country music with the 2012 CMT Music Awards -- a highlight of CMA Music Festival week. The show, airing Wednesday, will be hosted by perennial fan…

  2. Country Countdown: Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs to No. 1

    May 24, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Also, Willie Nelson's 'Heroes' Bows at No. 18 on Billboard 200 Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs , as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" rises 3-1 in its 33rd chart week. Meanwhile, new songs by…

  3. CMT Awards: Willie Nelson, Band Perry Join Performers

    May 22, 2012 10:50 PM EDT The 2012 CMT Music Awards has added some country heroes to its lineup. Willie Nelson, Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry and Hank Williams Jr. are all set to perform at the awards show, Billboard has learned. The new acts will join Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley,…

  4. Kip Moore, Eric Church Crack Top 10 on Country Songs

    April 26, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Hank Williams III meanwhile Scores Hot Shot Debut at No. 16 on Country Albums Newcomer Kip Moore claims his first top 10 and Eric Church collects his fourth and fastest trip to the upper tier, completing his second set of two straight top 10's on Country Songs. Moore's debut single …

  5. Jack White Gives Career Retrospective at Third Man SXSW Show

    March 17, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Karen Elson surely knew the answer when she asked her audience Friday night at the Stage on Sixth: "Are you ready for Jack?" The night was dedicated to Jack White's Third Man Records label, but as his ex-wife plainly knew, he was the star of the show and the reason a line of…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. No Longer a 'Bored' Kid, Hunter Hayes Adjusts to the Hype

    March 12, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Over the past several months, there has been a considerable amount of hype concerning Louisiana native Hunter Hayes. He not only co-produced his debut Atlantic album with Dann Huff, but he plays every instrument on the set. After seeing Hayes at the CRS New Faces Show last month, we'd…

  9. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  10. Johnny Cash's 80th Birthday, Legacy To Be Celebrated

    February 07, 2012 9:10 AM EST Like Elvis or Hank Williams , Johnny Cash retains a certain cachet in current popular culture even in death. More proof of his enduring legend is on the way as plans to celebrate what would have been the American icon's 80th birthday unfold later this month and year. There will be a…

  11. Country Music Hall of Fame: Class of 2012 Cheat Sheet

    January 26, 2012 8:15 AM EST In February, the Country Music Hall of Fame typically announces the name of three new inductees into the ranks of the genre's most exclusive class. With that in mind, we'd like to offer our thoughts on who might be the honorees in the individual categories this year. In the Modern…

  12. Josh Thompson Revs Up 'Change Is Comin' Tour

    January 25, 2012 10:00 AM EST Exclusive: Tour Dates, Plus 'Way Out Here' Star Talks New Record The music industry tends to shift into high gear in January following a restful Christmas holiday. One country star who is definitely in that mindset right now is Josh Thompson . Not only is the Wisconsin native…

  13. 12 No. 12 Country Hits for 2012

    January 17, 2012 7:05 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain cherished and notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking R&B/hip-hop hits, including Prince 's debut song "Soft and…

  14. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones , Matthew and Gunnar Nelson,…

  15. Waylon Jennings Tribute Album Attracts Family, Fans Like Jewel & Dierks Bentley

    January 05, 2012 4:45 PM EST Shooter Jennings on Dad's Legacy: 'He Doesn't Need Any Help From Me at Keeping It Alive' Friends and family of the late Waylon Jennings recently came together at the Nashville studios of Sirius/XM for a special taping to promote the Jan. 24 Feb. 7 release of "Waylon:…

  16. Country Music Preview: 10 for 2012

    January 03, 2012 3:30 PM EST is only a few days old, but there are a few things that we are really looking forward to in the world of country music. There are some big tours and quite a few big albums coming down the turnpike, and it's already looking to be a banner year. Here are ten things to look forward to:…

  17. Country Music's Biggest Moments of 2011

    December 29, 2011 6:30 PM EST There have been many memorable moments in the world of country music in 2011. While choosing only ten might be a little difficult, these are moments that really got people talking during the year. More Country: Top Singles | Top Albums | The Year in Country Glen Campbell's Sad News The…

  18. 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,…

  19. CMT Awards: Hank Jr. Walks Off, as 5 Stars Honored

    November 30, 2011 9:20 AM EST Brad Paisley fully endorses the format of the CMT Artists of the Year celebration. Paisley was one of five country music stars honored Tuesday night during a taping of the second annual event, joining Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift. He loved the idea of already…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Lady Gaga, Brantley Gilbert

    November 25, 2011 2:45 PM EST Upon its Hot 100 debut, 'Rumour Has It'/'Someone Like You' becomes the 'Glee' cast's highest-charted mash-up. MONSTER MASH-UP: The cast of Fox's HOT 'COUNTRY' SONGS: Note to aspiring country artists: it pays to laud the genre as specifically…

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