1. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Topped the Hot 100

    November 09, 2015 8:05 AM EST Thirteen years ago, the rapper began a 12-week reign. Plus, remembering chart feats by Mariah Carey, Rihanna & Rod Stewart. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. Nov. 9, 2002 Eminem begins his longest stay…

  2. Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on 'Me and Conway' Album

    November 18, 2014 6:12 PM EST The vocal similarities between Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty have always been something of a double-edged sword. "It was a struggle at times," the singer tells Billboard . "On one hand, what a compliment. But, then someone would say, 'You know, you sound too much…

  3. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1990, It Was Mariah Carey's 'Time' to Shine Again

    November 10, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 1990, 'Love Takes Time' led the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Rod Stewart and Ginuwine. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov. 10, 1990 Mariah Carey scored her second…

  4. George Strait Scores 86th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    May 15, 2013 7:15 PM EDT The King of Country pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s all-time George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Give It All We Got Tonight" rises 12…

  5. 615 Picks: Top 10 Country Albums of the Year

    December 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We'll look at top singles tomorrow (Dec. 20), but first let's nail down the best albums in the genre -- from a former TV star to an 80s pop icon to a tribute album to one of…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Amber Hayes' 'Any Day Is a Good Day'

    November 14, 2012 3:45 PM EST Whether discussing the careers of Hall of Fame members Conway Twitty or Jean Shepard, or current superstars such as Taylor Swift, Oklahoma native Amber Hayes has a definite sense of reverence for the country format as a whole. That love for what she does sparkles through in her sophomore…

  7. Jake Owen Talks No. 1s, 'Brothers' Tour & New Single

    June 20, 2012 1:45 PM EDT After being a chart presence since 2006's "Yee Haw," Jake Owen is in the thick of his hottest streak yet. With the recent ascension of "Alone With You" into the top spot on the Hot Country Singles chart, Owen has rung up back-to-back number one hits. The RCA recording…

  8. Roots & Boots Tour Unites Trio of Country Veterans

    June 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Collectively, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, and Aaron Tippin have placed over one hundred songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. So, filling up a concert set list is no problem for the talented trio of country singers. Still, there is a definite strength in numbers, so when the veteran…

  9. Spotlight: Glen Templeton Delivers 'Sing That Song Again'

    May 23, 2012 5:10 PM EDT One of the biggest buzzes in Nashville the past few months has been the success of Black River Entertainment. The label has helped Craig Morgan enjoy a huge hit at radio with "This Ol' Boy," and they look to do the same with Glen Templeton's new single, "Sing That…

  10. Dick Clark Could Rock, but He Started Out Country

    April 19, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The music universe is reeling due to the passing this week of Dick Clark at 82. Between his numerous television and radio credits, Clark enjoyed one of the longest entertainment careers of all time. While many obituaries today will (and should) focus on his ties to the world of rock and roll,…

  11. Back on Track: Darryl Worley Returns With New Single, Label After Break

    March 23, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Growing up in the scenic area of Savannah, Tenn., Darryl Worley was surrounded by Southern legends and traditions growing up. He grew up not far from Shiloh, a Civil War battlefield. His mother worked at an area bank where one of her regular customers was "Walking Tall" lawman…

  12. 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…

  13. George Strait Scores 85th Country Songs Top 10

    February 06, 2012 4:05 PM EST G eorge Strait pushes closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for the most top 10s in the 68-year history of Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 85th top 10 on the tally, a sum second only to Arnold's…

  14. Country Music's Top 10 Singles of 2011

    December 20, 2011 2:00 PM EST The year has seen some very memorable single releases in the country genre. While it may be a little tough to select ten, that's what lists are for, right? So, here are The 615's picks for the ten best records you heard -- along with one you may have missed -- in alphabetical order.…

  15. Friday Flashback: Please Don't Sing, Conway Twitty

    November 18, 2011 1:00 PM EST Hello darlin' nice to see ya For our Friday Flashback this week, we transport to 1969. One of country music's all-time greatest songs was recorded some 42 years ago today, but it nearly didn't happen quite like it did. Conway Twitty had made a successful jump from rock to…

  16. Brad Paisley Gets One-of-a-Kind Honor From the Grand Ole Opry

    October 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In the 86-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, many historic moments have taken place. Hank Williams debuting in 1949 with "Lovesick Blues." A truck driver named Elvis on the Ryman stage. Garth Brooks and "Friends In Low Places." So as amazing as it sounds, something…

  17. George Jones Turns 80: 'I Never Thought About Dying'

    September 14, 2011 5:50 PM EDT A packed house of artists, industry professionals, and a few fans turned out Tuesday (Sept. 13) at Rippy's in downtown Nashville to celebrate the 80th birthday of "The Possum," George Jones . The Country Music Hall of Famer, who has placed more entries on Billboard's…

  18. George Strait Scores 84th Country Songs Top 10

    September 05, 2011 12:45 PM EDT G eorge Strait climbs closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s in the 67-year history of Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Here for a Good Time" rises 11-9. The song is Strait's 84th top 10 on the tally, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late…

  19. Jason Aldean Working On Next Album, Possible Hip-Hop Duet

    June 07, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Country star and current Billboard cover boy Jason Aldean discussed his next album and a possible hip-hop collaboration when he sat down with Billboard for a Live Q&A yesterday (June 6). The Q&A was broadcast from Nashville, where Aldean spoke Monday as a panelist at the Billboard…

  20. Alabama Returns To Country Songs Summit

    May 23, 2011 11:05 AM EDT A labama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley 's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama had last ruled Country Songs with "Reckless" the week of Nov. 27, 1993. The group's…

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