1. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  2. What's Your Favorite Film Soundtrack? 'Guardians,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Almost Famous' & More (Poll)

    July 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The tracklist for the official soundtrack of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" just dropped and it's awesomely different than your typical superhero movie soundtrack. There are no fine-tuned collaborations from Top 40 artists and, as a matter of fact, there's not any…

  3. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Kelsey Waldon Hits 'The Goldmine'

    May 21, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Kelsey Waldon says that while her style of country offers a more traditional slant, she can certainly identify with many of the lyrics on the radio these days. She just chooses to go a different route.  "I definitely know about those things," she admits. "I grew up on a dirt…

  5. James House Is Back With 'Broken Glass, Twisted Steel' Album, Tour

    April 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT As an artist, James House placed nine records on the Billboard country charts between 1989 and 1996, with the biggest being 1995’s "This Is Me Missing You," which hit No. 6 in 1995 – almost two decades ago. Since that time, he has also found success as a songwriter with hits from…

  6. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  7. John Rich Stalker Told to Stop ‘Playing Games’ Or Face Jail

    April 23, 2014 11:09 PM EDT A Nashville judge issued a stern warning on Wednesday to a man accused of stalking country music singer John Rich. The Tennessean reports the judge told Mark "Chris" Sevier to stop "playing games" with the court or go to jail. Sevier faces two counts of aggravated stalking…

  8. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  9. 'Nashville Wives' to Go 'Deeper' Than Your Typical 'Housewives' Reality Show

    February 24, 2014 9:50 AM EST Expect some "explosive" moments and an inside look at what it's like to be a country star's better half on the new TNT series It's a big night for six of Music City's most interesting women – as TNT debuts the new series "Private Lives Of Nashville Wives…

  10. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  11. Lou Pearlman Clings to His Boy-Band Dreams: The First Prison Interview

    January 24, 2014 3:28 PM EST The 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys impresario insists he'll find the next Justin Timberlake when he's released in 2029. Here, he speaks for the first time from prison where he's serving 25 years for a Ponzi scheme This article first appeared in the new issues of The…

  12. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  13. Lady Gaga Recruits Elton John, RuPaul for Muppets Thanksgiving Special

    November 29, 2013 7:49 PM EST “Touch me in the dark / Put your hands all over my body parts,” Lady Gaga demanded in the family special that earned the post-"Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" slot on ABC this year. But there’s getting felt up, and then there’s feeling up actual felt, which brings us to her costars,…

  14. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  15. Lynn Anderson Lends Voice to Nearly Lost 'Betty Swain Project'

    September 24, 2013 1:00 PM EDT In the course of her long and illustrious career, Lynn Anderson has been involved with many interesting and fulfilling projects. However, her latest is something very different for the legendary singer. Anderson has a pair of cuts on the new collection, "The Betty Swain Project."…

  16. 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…

  17. Sheryl Crow Takes Country By Storm

    September 06, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Nine-time Grammy winner talks "Feels Like Home," her first album of country music. "It's great to be in a format where music and songwriting are still alive and well" Sheryl Crow is entering new territory on Tuesday (Sept. 10) with the release of "Feels Like…

  18. 615 Spotlight: Petrella Celebrates 25 Years as the 'First Lady of Country Soul'

    August 21, 2013 6:47 PM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a career that has ran the gamut during her 25 years in the business. Petrella, dubbed The First Lady of Country Soul, is out with a new album entitled "Shine On Me." "I'm really excited about it," the singer tells…

  19. Carrie Underwood Builds An Uncertain Future On Classic Past

    August 07, 2013 4:16 PM EDT "I'm too proud to drop keys," says country superstar as she prepares to release "The Blown Away Tour: Live" DVD A blonde country singer in her late 20s sits nearly motionless, knees crossed while she belts out a from-the-gut power ballad. If you closed your eyes,…

  20. The Civil Wars Track-By-Track Review: Joy Williams Breaks Down New Album

    August 05, 2013 12:25 PM EDT After winning two Grammys for their self-released debut "Barton Hollow," the Civil Wars recorded a follow-up… and, while on tour in Europe, went their separate ways. Singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White brought in more instruments, added deeper textures and, in…

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