1. Kid Rock Joins Uncle Kracker at Detroit BMI Singer-Songwriter Series Finale

    October 23, 2016 5:50 PM EDT Kid Rock surprised his hometown fans on Saturday night (Oct. 22), making a guest appearance with longtime pal Uncle Kracker during the finale show of the BMI Singer-Songwriter Series in Detroit. Rock popped into a chair unannounced at the end of Uncle Kracker's unplugged set for a duet…

  2. Popular Hollywood Actor and Hit Nashville Songwriter Share a Surprising Bond

    August 01, 2016 3:15 PM EDT When J.T. Harding was an aspiring artist living in Los Angeles, the view from his apartment window included a billboard promoting Jay Thomas , then the popular morning host on top 40 KPWR (Power 106). Every day, he would look out the window and see Thomas’ head Photoshopped onto a woman’s…

  3. Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Other Country Stars Hit Alabama for 4th Annual Rock the South Festival

    June 22, 2015 6:10 PM EDT The 4th annual Pepsi’s Rock the South festival in Cullman, Ala., brought over 40,000 fans to the southern town to hear some of country music’s marquee acts -- and to also help out local causes in the process.  The event  began four years ago to assist rebuilding efforts after the 2011…

  4. 8 Music-Related Reasons Nashville Is Buzzing Right Now

    June 01, 2015 12:44 PM EDT Nashville has hit full stride in its It city-ness -- the fancy new restaurants, carloads of transplants, and construction of high-rises are all unstoppable. But at its heart, Nashville still lives up to its very first nickname -- Music City -- as it has since the early 1800 s . Here are eight…

  5. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson's 'Gone' Goes To No. 1

    March 31, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2005, the original 'American Idol' scored the top song at pop radio. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Bangles, Kenny Chesney and Leona Lewis Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 31…

  6. Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart

    March 04, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song becomes one of the elite titles to spend at least 26 weeks atop an airplay ranking Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" joins an exclusive club of songs that have led an airplay chart (that Billboard currently produces each week) for half a year or more, as the track…

  7. Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

    January 25, 2013 6:24 PM EST A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable. Miguel's "Adorn" joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping 20 weeks or more, as his smooth ballad tops…

  8. Cassadee Pope Wins 'Over You,' Taylor Swift Ties Record on Country Charts

    November 29, 2012 12:30 PM EST After a head-turning performance of Miranda Lambert 's "Over You" on the November 19 episode of NBC's "The Voice," contestant Cassadee Pope opens atop Country Digital Songs with 152,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Concurrently the newcomer posts…

  9. Uncle Kracker Takes Country Seriously on 'Midnight Special'

    November 19, 2012 4:50 PM EST Take a listen to "Nuthin' Changes," a cut from Uncle Kracker's new "Midnight Special" album, and you will hear a reference to a famous singer named Williams. But, it might not be the one you're thinking about. Sure, the Detroit native is a Hank Williams, Jr.…

  10. Kid Rock & Sean Penn Bury Political Stereotypes in 'Americans'

    October 11, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Tolerance and togetherness are the messages of "Americans," a new short film quietly leaked online Wednesday by Kid Rock and Sean Penn. The nearly 11-minute piece, written by the duo and executive produced by Rock is designed "to tear down the one-dimensional political…

  11. Brantley Gilbert: Topping 'Halfway to Heaven' Will Be Tough

    October 05, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert wondered what all the commotion was about on the morning of September 5. His phone has started going crazy, as people were calling to congratulate him on being named a New Artist of the Year finalist by the Country Music Association. "I had been so busy out on the road,…

  12. Win Watershed Music Festival Tickets

    July 24, 2012 6:00 PM EDT The Watershed Music Festival is shaping up to be one of summer's biggest parties, with a lineup that is one of the strongest of any of the country music festivals around. Taking place August 3-5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., Watershed is set to feature a versatile…

  13. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 2:15 PM EDT The pairing of country superstars could lead to just the second top 10 start in the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era. In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star,"…

  14. Kenny Chesney's Top 20 Country Hits

    December 12, 2011 4:00 PM EST Chart Article He had the sixth biggest tour of the year , the seventh biggest Country Songs hit of the year , and the 10th biggest Country Album . In short, 2011 has been very good to Kenny Chesney. To celebrate his big year, we've compiled his 20 Biggest Billboard Country Songs hits…

  15. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a family of sharecroppers, Gray, whose real…

  16. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Journey, Jason Aldean Win Big

    November 10, 2011 9:35 PM EST U2 , Journey , Kenny Chesney , Perry Farrell and Taylor Swift were among the winners at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Awards, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Top touring industry award honorees included Live Nation (Top Promoter), C3 Presents (Top U.S. Indie Promoter), Front Line…

  17. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,…

  18. Taylor Swift Covers Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me a River': Watch

    November 01, 2011 8:06 PM EDT Taylor Swift has added Justin Timberlake to her covers roster. Billboard's Woman of the Year covered Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" during her headlining set in her fellow singer's hometown, Memphis, Tenn., on Sunday. Swift's Speak Now World Tour has seen the…

  19. Uncle Kracker Can't Classify New Album: 'Put It In the Super Fun Section'

    August 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Uncle Kracker gets "greasy and fun" on his fifth studio album, "Postcards From Home," which he plans to release in early 2012 after putting out a first single this fall. "I don't know how to describe it, to be honest with you," he tells Billboard.com, adding…

  20. Kenny Chesney Makes History With Record Country Crowd in NY Area

    August 15, 2011 11:40 AM EDT The New York metro area, much maligned for its lack or affinity for country music, hosted what amounted to the market's first country festival in decades with the arrival of Kenny Chesney 's Goin' Coastal tour at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday …

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