1. Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts

    October 29, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he's jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett's natural ease at singing and songwriting. "I feel like I've really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,"…

  2. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  3. Pusha T Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    October 17, 2013 10:02 PM EDT Virginia rapper Pusha T scores his first top 10 album as a solo artist as “My Name is My Name” opens at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The set moved 75,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pusha is half of rap duo the Clipse which posted four top 10s during the 2000s…

  4. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  5. Johnny Cash's Hot Country Hits: 14 Unforgettable No. 1 Songs

    September 12, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Ten years ago today, the world learned of the passing of Johnny Cash. Putting Cash in proper historical perspective is not the easiest of tasks. After all, while he was certainly a country legend, “The Man In Black” -- more than possibly any other artist -- was able to transcend genres…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves Visit the Cash Cabin

    September 11, 2013 7:00 PM EDT The family trio Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves recently picked up a career boost from the pages of Billboard Magazine. In the July 26 edition which discussed new sounds and trends in country music, Ray Waddell said the group was "A rocking country act, ready to turn up the…

  7. Sheryl Crow, 'Feels Like Home': Track-By-Track Review

    September 09, 2013 10:05 AM EDT SHERYL CROW "Feels Like Home" Producers: Sheryl Crow, Justin Niebank Warner Brothers Release Date: Sept. 10 After over two decades of making records, Sheryl Crow enters into a new phase of her recording career with the Warner release of "Feels Like Home." Her decision to…

  8. Rihanna’s Costume Designer Adam Selman Debuts NYFW Collection: Exclusive Interview

    September 06, 2013 2:41 PM EDT Selman's sexy line premiered yesterday. He talked to Billboard about Rihanna being a muse, his love for disco, and his line's inspiration.  Our Behind the Seams homeboy Adam Selman’s fashion week debut was intimate, sexy and lustful. The creative visionary behind Rihanna's…

  9. Avenged Sevenfold: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Tapping its partnership with gaming franchise 'Call of Duty,' Avenged Sevenfold is poised for big things with the old-school metal wallop of "Hail to the King" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Last October, metal…

  10. Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

    August 13, 2013 4:46 PM EDT If you were to look at just his chart statistics as a solo artist, the career of Tompall Glaser might not seem particularly legendary. He only placed eight singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart between 1973 and 1978, with only two rising to the top 40. However, Glaser --…

  11. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke Triples Up At No. 1 With 'Blurred Lines'

    August 12, 2013 5:05 PM EDT The smash is the first to top Pop Songs, Rhythmic and Adult Pop Songs simultaneously since 1999. Plus, new No. 1s for Lorde and Brett Eldredge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the…

  12. Nashville Legend 'Cowboy' Jack Clement Dead

    August 08, 2013 1:20 PM EDT "He became a giant figure in the business, establishing his own publishing company and recording studio" In a town where individuality might often be looked at as the exception rather than the rule, "Cowboy" Jack Clement was a true original who marched to the beat of…

  13. Al Jourgensen Hangs Up Ministry, Talks Memoir and Projects With Trent Reznor, Lil Wayne

    August 06, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Industrial icon also has comic book planned with an "arch enemy who's based on Ted Nugent. I fight for good, and this guy just shoots deer and writes songs about vaginas" Al Jourgensen is saying yes to more books but no to more Ministry albums after the Sept. 6 release of …

  14. George Jones: 'Amazing Grace' Album Set

    July 31, 2013 12:23 PM EDT In 2002, George Jones coaxed legendary producer Billy Sherrill out of retirement to record a collection of Gospel favorites. Eleven years later, and mere months after the legendary singer's death, "Amazing Grace" will be released on Bandit Records on Sept. 10. The singer died…

  15. Vince Gill Talks 'Bakersfield': Exclusive

    July 26, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Tuesday, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin release their highly anticipated album "Bakersfield" on MCA Nashville. The set is a tribute to the music made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – with five songs selected from the catalog of both.  The album also pays homage to the…

  16. Skillet Performs, Talks Crossover Success In Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    July 09, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Here's your pass to the band's exclusive interview and performance in Billboard's New York studios Christian alternative/hard rock band Skillet earned its second No. 1 album on the Christian Albums chart last week with "Rise," which also entered the Billboard…

  17. Restless Heart's Greg Jennings Reflects On Career Via New Greatest Hits LP

    June 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Revisiting some of the band's biggest hits In the midst of their 30th anniversary tour and celebration, Restless Heart has just released "Playlist: The Very Best of Restless Heart," via RCA/Legacy. Guitarist Greg Jennings says that the release comes at a fortunate time. “It’s…

  18. Skillet Just Keeps Getting Hotter With 'Rise': Exclusive Album Preview Video

    June 21, 2013 12:28 PM EDT It's a warm, breezy afternoon, and platinum Christian rock band Skillet is settled on the patio at Warner Music's Nashville headquarters, anxious to talk about its new album, "Rise," due June 25 on Word/Atlantic.  "It's a story about your typical American…

  19. Florida Georgia Line Reaches No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    June 20, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line scores its first leader on Top Country Albums, as "Here's to the Good Times" rises from its previous No. 3 peak to No. 1 with 33,000 copies sold (up 20%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its 28th week. The duo's album is the first in more than a…

  20. The Mowgli's, 'Say It, Just Say It': First Listen

    June 13, 2013 1:24 PM EDT With the release of their debut album “Waiting for the Dawn” set for next week (June 18), today The Mowgli’s premiere a cut from the effort “Say It, Just Say It” exclusively on Billboard. The song boasts a huge hook, where lead singer Colin Louis Dieden promises to stay on his love…

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