1. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  2. Ronnie Milsap on New 21-Disc RCA Collection: 'It's My History'

    October 24, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Ronnie Milsap would be lying if he said that the possibility of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame hadn't entered his mind -- but, when he got the news, he tells Billboard  it still took him by surprise. "I was here at the house," he recalls, "and some…

  3. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  4. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  5. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  6. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  7. Eric Church: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 29, 2013 9:30 AM EST With "The Outsiders," due in February, Church is bringing his harder-rocking country sound to the next level. "It's important for the health of the format that we all don't follow the leader, that we branch out" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy…

  8. Amazon Adventure: A Singer-Songwriter's Account Of Teaching … And Learning

    October 01, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Last year, Chart Beat spotlighted New York-based singer-songwriter Sarah J as she recapped the process, step by step, of what it's like to audition for NBC's "The Voice." This summer, Sarah undertook a different kind of mission: teaching music and more in the Amazon.…

  9. Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

    July 29, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As the summer festival economy continues to enjoy its boon era at the same time the wider music industry remains unsure what it's going to be when it grows up, every promoter has no doubt felt the pressures that force fests to either make room for outside controlling interests -- big…

  10. Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?

    July 05, 2013 9:05 PM EDT In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  11. Austin City Limits 2012: Chili Peppers 'Mess With Texas,' Avett Bros Rock Sunday

    October 15, 2012 12:15 PM EDT A weekend of mud, sweat and beer came to a close Sunday with a nearly two-hour headlining set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Austin City Limits 2012. "We came here specifically to mess with Texas," frontman Anthony Kiedis told the Austin crowd after kicking off the final set of the…

  12. Lollapalooza 2012: 15 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    August 06, 2012 11:15 AM EDT After the sweltering heat of Friday and the show-halting storm of Saturday, the closing Sunday of Lollapalooza 2012 struck a balance with the sun shining brilliantly on Chicago's Grant Park for the emotional wallop of Florence and the Machine , the ethereal sounds of Sigur Ros , and…

  13. Album Review: Justin Townes Earle, 'Nothing's Gonna Change...'

    March 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Justin Townes Earle Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now Producers: Justin Townes Earle, Skylar Wilson Bloodshot Records Release Date: March 26 Justin Townes Earle has always put a lot of soul into his music (when Steve Earle's your dad, can you do otherwise?), but…

  14. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' Starts on Pop Songs

    February 20, 2012 3:55 PM EST Kelly Clarkson, Gotye and Keith Urban concurrently celebrate new No. 1s 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 surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every…

  15. 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…

  16. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 1

    July 01, 2011 2:05 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. PEN PALS: READERS…

  17. 5 Reasons Scotty McCreery Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 25, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Lauren Alaina picked up some momentum during the final performance night on Tuesday, but the glitter won't be raining down on her during tonight's finale. Here are five reasons why Scotty McCreery is a lock to win: PHOTOS: Scotty McCreery's 'American Idol' Journey 1.…

  18. 'American Idol' Top 12 Guys Offer Promising Start

    March 01, 2011 10:50 PM EST Season 10's first show with a studio audience isn't exactly live. To work out the Top 24 kinks a little while before the Top 12 (or is it 13? Or maybe 15?) kicks into gear, the producers tape these early episodes without the usual time constraints or production pressures. There'…

  19. Garth Brooks Wows Nashville at First of Nine Benefit Concerts

    December 17, 2010 7:25 PM EST If Garth Brooks intended to pace himself at the first of nine sold out shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, that plan changed when he hit the stage for the 7PM Thursday night (Dec. 16) concert. From the moment he hit the stage, serving up the one-two punch of "Rodeo" and …

  20. Carole King & James Taylor / June 30, 2010 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    July 02, 2010 11:22 AM EDT J ames Taylor has described the time when he and Carole King met in 1970 as "the case of the two-timing muse," as each one was equally inspired by the other's songwriting. Their third and final Madison Square Garden show on Wednesday night (June 30) -- part of for Taylor and…

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