1. 615 Spotlight: Hannah Bethel Enjoys Her 'Freedom' on New EP

    November 06, 2013 6:45 PM EST With the holidays just around the corner, Hannah Bethel remembers her very first public performance. It was Amy Grant's classic "Tennessee Christmas."  "That was my very first solo when I was in fourth grade," she recalled to Billboard. "I had cowboy boots on,…

  2. Kenny Chesney Video Q&A: On Touring, Music and Keeping Fans Happy

    June 08, 2011 1:16 PM EDT It's hard to believe that at one time, Kenny Chesney played in a bar in Brownwood, Texas on his 30th birthday and no one came. "It happened," Chesney assured Billboard's Ray Waddell in an interview at the annual Billboard Country Music Summit, held in Nashville Monday and…

  3. Ask Billboard: Swift's Lucky 13 Top 40 Hits

    November 20, 2009 6:17 PM EST TRIVIAL MATTERS Hi Gary, Regarding the topic in last week's "Ask Billboard," while some people may be bored by music trivia, I find that there is absolutely nothing boring about it. After all, shows like "American Top 40" wouldn't have lasted nearly as long as…

  4. Ask Billboard: Beatles, Kenny Chesney, Pink

    June 19, 2009 2:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHERE THE BOYS ARE Hi Gary, This question is not about an artist currently…

  5. Brad Paisley Previews His "American Saturday Night" Album, Tour

    June 04, 2009 5:44 PM EDT “No one can make the album they made 10 years ago with a straight face,” Brad Paisley muses. The singer/songwriter/guitar slinger is siitting in Blackbird Studios, a state of the art Nashville facility owned by Martina McBride and her husband, and putting the finishing touches on his June 30…

  6. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  7. Ask Billboard

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Keith and his readers discuss Ashlee Simpson, Reba McEntire, college charts and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . OUTTA MY TRACKLIST Hi, Keith! In mid-December we heard Ashlee Simpson's comeback…

  8. Chart Beat Chat

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Melinda Doolittle, Mariah Carey's "E=MC2," Jean Manuel de Scarano's birthplace and more! MELINDA/MARIAH Hi Fred, Has Melinda Doolittle already been signed to a record label? She was my favorite contestant on season six of "American Idol.…

  9. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  10. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1997 - </b>Mindy McCready, Kenny Chesney, Jason Sellers, Ray Vega, Sara Evans, Ricochet's Heath Wright, Skip Ewing and Kippi Brannon join catalyst Randy Owen for a special "We Are the World"-style 2001 - R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane…

  11. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1997 - </b>Mindy McCready, Kenny Chesney, Jason Sellers, Ray Vega, Sara Evans, Ricochet's Heath Wright, Skip Ewing and Kippi Brannon join catalyst Randy Owen for a special "We Are the World"-style 2001 - R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane…

  12. 2004 BMI Country Awards Winners

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST BMI Country Awards Winners Here are the 2004 BMI Country Awards Winners: BMI Country Song of the Year "FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS" Shania Twain Loon Echo, Inc. Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc. BMI Country Songwriter of the Year Casey Beathard BMI Country Songwriter…

  13. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashes after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. 2001 - R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and…

  14. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashes after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. 2001 - R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and…

  15. Loving Every Minute

    August 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Mark Wills' fourth Mercury set finds the singer in familiar territory, with a well-produced mix of radio-ready ballads and meaty midtempos. Mark Wills' fourth Mercury set finds the singer in familiar territory, with a well-produced mix of radio-ready ballads and meaty midtempos. It…