1. George Jones: An Appreciation By Brad Paisley

    May 03, 2013 5:50 PM EDT "The Possum" took every setback life threw at him and turned it into music I grew up a huge fan of George Jones. I was familiar with the legends, the hard-luck stories, the accounts of missed gigs and drunken riding-mower notoriety. I was mesmerized by his voice, like almost…

  2. 615 Spotlight: Chris Janson's 'Better I Don't' Follows Tim McGraw Success

    April 17, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Chris Janson has seen his career heat up in major fashion over the past year. As a writer, he enjoyed his breakthrough success with Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah," and he is finding favor with radio programmers nationwide, as his current single "Better I Don't," is…

  3. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  4. Garth Brooks Gets Teary During Country Hall of Fame Induction

    October 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor were among the legends who honored Brooks on Sunday night. Garth Brooks promised he'd be emotional during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. But the tears started before he made it all the way into the building. Reflecting on personal…

  5. Loretta Lynn's 50th Year at Opry Toasted by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack

    September 27, 2012 2:00 PM EDT In 1960, country newcomer Loretta Lynn and her husband "Mooney" traveled across America on what many country historians call one of the first of what we call 'radio tours' today. One of their destinations was Nashville, where the goal was to try to land a spot on the Grand…

  6. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  7. Josh Turner Releases 'Punching Bag,' Tries Out Nicknames

    June 13, 2012 5:45 PM EDT All throughout country music history, many artists have nicknames. George Jones is known as "The Possum." Bill Anderson is known as "Whisperin' Bill," and Josh Turner might become known by one of two different monikers that fans will hear on his new album, "…

  8. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Young Jeezy Take Over 2012 Summer Jam

    June 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT After Lil' Wayne Orders Nicki Minaj to Cancel Set, Nas Steps Up, With Hill's Help, at Hot 97 Fest Hip-hop beefs aren't new to Hot 97's Summer Jam. One of the most notorious feuds was ignited on the Summer Jam stage in 2001. Jay-Z and Nas 's rivalry took physical form…

  9. Music, Laughs Served Up at 'Larry's Country Diner'

    May 24, 2012 2:32 PM EDT There is a show business saying about knowing your audience. Larry Black definitely knows the country audience. Since the mid 1990s, he has been the brainpower behind the wildly successful "Country's Family Reunion" DVD series. He also produces and hosts the popular series …

  10. Class Notes: Country Hall of Fame Gets It Right

    March 07, 2012 1:49 PM EST When it comes to his place in the modern era of country music, Garth Brooks has no peers. After all, who has sold more records or concert tickets during his time in the spotlight? When it comes to female country performers, it could be argued that Connie Smith has few peers as well. Dolly…

  11. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  12. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery from surgery, Adele called the procedure …

  13. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  14. Josh Thompson Revs Up 'Change Is Comin' Tour

    January 25, 2012 10:00 AM EST Exclusive: Tour Dates, Plus 'Way Out Here' Star Talks New Record The music industry tends to shift into high gear in January following a restful Christmas holiday. One country star who is definitely in that mindset right now is Josh Thompson . Not only is the Wisconsin native…

  15. Surviving Cast Members Salute 'Hee Haw'

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST It was June 15, 1969. Man was still a month away from landing on the moon. The country was still heavily entrenched in the Vietnam War. And, if you were watching CBS Television that night, you saw a new series called "Hee Haw." Though the critics balked at the show's mix of…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Teea Goans Marries Tradition & Drive in Debut

    January 11, 2012 5:30 PM EST Teea Goans is one artist that is definitely doing what she loves to do. The singer, who grew up in rural Missouri, was inspired by the music she heard on her local radio station. "As a kid, I grew up listening to an AM radio station that played traditional country music," she…

  17. Dick Clark: 40th New Year's Eve Bash to Feature Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    December 29, 2011 5:10 PM EST Forty years ago, Dick Clark's New Year's Eve special was created to give young people an alternative to a seasonal institution, bandleader Guy Lombardo. Now Clark's annual show is the institution. "New Year's Rockin' Eve," with Clark and Ryan Seacrest, pays…

  18. Country Legend Bill Anderson Looks Back on His 'First Ten Years'

    December 13, 2011 3:35 PM EST Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson was at the WSM studios visiting the show of Eddie Stubbs recently when he took a trip back in time. Stubbs was playing Anderson's 1957 recording of "City Lights," a song that changed his life forever when recorded by Ray Price the…

  19. Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler Help Opry Go 'Pink'

    October 25, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Traditionally, the color of the famous barn backdrop of the Grand Ole Opry is red. However, this past Saturday, the color scheme changed just a little -- for a great cause. "Opry Goes Pink" was the theme of the evening at the famous WSM Radio show in Nashville, as the night was…

  20. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 2011 6:55 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. ADULT …

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