1. Jerry Douglas Picks Up Mumford & Sons, Eric Clapton for 'Traveler'

    July 17, 2012 12:20 PM EDT If you pick up a copy of "Traveler," the new album from veteran instrumentalist Jerry Douglas, you might be surprised to hear the legendary dobro player sing lead, as he does on the opening track, "On A Monday." It's a never before heard side of Douglas's talent.…

  2. Robert Plant's Band of Joy Concert Gets July 10 DVD Release

    May 31, 2012 7:40 AM EDT DVD and Blu Ray Will Include Three Led Zeppelin Songs Not Seen in Initial 'Live from the Artists Den' Broadcast The concert Robert Plant and the Band of Joy filmed at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium for the TV live series "Artist's Den" will be released on…

  3. Ricky Skaggs Calls 30 Years With Opry a 'Precious Gift'

    May 16, 2012 11:45 AM EDT It's been 30 years since the legendary Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb made a young Kentucky musician's dream come true by inducting him into the Grand Ole Opry. Ricky Skaggs shared the memory on stage last night during a special Opry show celebrating his 30th anniversary with the…

  4. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicians entertained 2,800 guests with a dozen…

  5. 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…

  6. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field. In the Best Country Solo Performance slot,| SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED "I'm flying pretty high right now," Aldean told the press backstage at the Grammy…

  7. White House Going Country: Lauren Alaina, Band Perry to Perform

    November 17, 2011 9:30 AM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  8. Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry Heading to White House for Country Celebration

    November 16, 2011 7:43 PM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  9. Joe Nichols: 'It's All Good' Is More Than an Album Title

    November 08, 2011 10:40 AM EST Joe Nichols has seen rougher days in his past. He's gone through a well-publicized battle with alcoholism, and has witnessed several changes at his record company (Universal South, now Show Dog-Universal Music) over the years. However, that's all in the past, and the title of…

  10. Keith Urban Needs Throat Surgery

    November 03, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Country Star Will Go on Vocal Rest Until 2012, Cancel Benefit Concert in January Keith Urban will undergo a minor throat surgery later this month to remove a polyp from his vocal chords, it was announced on Thursday. The out-patient procedure will require the Australian country star to spend…

  11. 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…

  12. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcomers Thompson Square , who scored seven…

  13. Steve Martin Picked at Bluegrass Awards: Entertainer of the Year

    September 30, 2011 10:15 AM EDT "I want to thank the other nominees -- and thank them for losing," Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin!), with his tongue planted firmly in-cheek, said to the packed crowd Thursday night (Sept. 29) at the 22nd Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards held at…

  14. Folk-Rockers Dawes Get Boost From VH1 'You Oughta Know' Campaign

    September 26, 2011 3:50 PM EDT California has long been romanticized in song. Now folk-rock band Dawes hopes its ode to the Golden State -- "Time Spent in Los Angeles" -- will make waves with a boost from VH1. The Americana act, which released second album "Nothing Is Wrong" (ATO/Sony/RED) in June, is…

  15. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  16. Bonnaroo 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    June 12, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Eminem , Mumford and Sons , and Wiz Khalifa led the list of must-see performances at Bonnaroo 2011 on Saturday (June 11) but there was a ton to see everywhere you looked, from parades to pyrotechnics. The Manchester, TN fest's third day kept the party going with music of every possible…

  17. 2011 Austin City Limits Lineup Announced: Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West Headlining

    May 17, 2011 1:05 AM EDT S tevie Wonder , Arcade Fire , Kanye West , Coldplay , My Morning Jacket , Fleet Foxes and Alison Krauss & Union Station are among the top acts booked for the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for the city's Zilker Park from Sept. 16-18. The 10th ACL Fest, produced by…

  18. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  19. 'Glee' Warblers Album Flies High on Billboard 200

    April 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "G lee Presents the Warblers," the latest entry from the the Fox TV series' line of soundtrack albums, flies in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, debuting with 86,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Warblers" -- a showcase for recent Billboard magazine cover man Darren…

  20. Foo Fighters Earn First No. 1 Album with 'Wasting Light'

    April 20, 2011 10:50 AM EDT As forecasted last week, Foo Fighters finally get their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Wasting Light" debuts atop the list with 235,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The start is the band's second-largest sales week -- trumped only by the No. 2 launch…

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