1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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&…

  11. '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…

  12. 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…

  13. Foo Fighters Top U.K. Charts, End Adele's 11-Week Run

    April 18, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Adele's 11-week unbroken run of supremacy on the U.K. album chart was ended yesterday (Sunday) by Foo Fighters , as "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at No. 1. The singles chart also welcomed a new leader, as "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope…

  14. Foo Fighters Flying Towards First No. 1 Album

    April 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT After nearly 16 years, six studio albums, a live set and a greatest hits package -- Foo Fighters are finally heading for its first No. 1 album next week. Industry prognosticators suggest their new "Wasting Light" album could sell over 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday,…

  15. Adele's '21' Hits 1 Million, Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A dele 's "21" album not only returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (up two spots), but also becomes the first to sell more than a million copies this year. With 88,000 sold this past week (down 6%) according to Nielsen SoundScan, "21's" total rises to 1.03…

  16. Alison Krauss Talks New Album 'Paper Airplane,' Reunion With Union Station

    March 25, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Best-known for 2007's "Raising Sand," the multiplatinum collaboration with Robert Plant that won six Grammy Awards, including album of the year, Alison Krauss is now preparing to release her 14th album, "Paper Airplane," on April 12 on Rounder Records. It's not…

  17. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival in its tenth year. Buffalo Springfield'…

  18. Steve Earle Explores Mortality on New Album and Novel, Talks 'Treme'

    January 24, 2011 11:42 AM EST S teve Earle didn't intend for his new album and upcoming novel -- both titled "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" -- to connect, but in hindsight he's not surprised they did. "This is the longest I've ever taken to write a record," Earle, who'…

  19. Steve Earle: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:49 PM EST Steve Earle Title TBD Date TBD Earle recently finished recording his 14th studio album with producer T Bone Burnett. The follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning 2009 release, "Townes," will include "The City," the song he wrote for his character in HBO's "Treme,…

  20. John Waite Unearths Old Tunes, 'Punk Energy' for New Album

    December 30, 2010 4:00 PM EST J ohn Waite set out to rock on "Rough & Tumble," which will be his first new studio album in four years when it's released on Feb. 22. And he's pleased to say that's what he accomplished on the 11-song set. "Coming off the back of the live album [this year&…

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