1. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  2. Rosanne Cash Praises 'Meticulous' Restoration of Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

    August 18, 2014 4:30 PM EDT According to the U.S. Census, the population of Dyess, Arkansas, is 515. On Saturday, that number seemed to double as throngs of people descended upon the northeast corner of the state for the dedication of Johnny Cash 's boyhood home . Newly renovated by Arkansas State University with…

  3. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  4. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  5. Former Destiny's Child Member Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

    July 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT The singer was allegedly partying with two NFL players the night before Former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of disorderly conduct in Conway, South Carolina, according to police. The 33-year-old singer was booked at 4:55 a.m. on…

  6. Jamie Lynn Spears Video Exclusive: The Stories Behind 'The Journey' EP Songs

    May 27, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Fans of rising country sensation Jamie Lynn Spears will be very happy about the release of her new EP, "The Journey," today (May 27). As she shares a special playlist of video clips in which she explains the stories behind the songs, the singer tells Billboard says she'…

  7. Jake Owen Shows Signs of Growth at Western Kentucky University: Live Review

    April 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The April 24 show mostly focused on cuts from Owen's 2013 album, "Days of Gold" Jake Owen has witnessed some of the best live shows in the business, having paid his dues as the opener for such country superstars as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. So one could only assume the RCA…

  8. Mickey Gilley Back on Stage Five Years After a Fall: 'I Couldn't Move. I Was Scared to Death'

    March 27, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Last Friday was a big night in the career of Mickey Gilley. The veteran performer hit the stage in Claremore, Oklahoma. It was the first date that Gilley has played on the road in five years – a time span that was traumatic for the Louisiana native. "On July 5, 2009, I fell, and was…

  9. Billboard and Twitter Partner to Create 'Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts'

    March 27, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Billboard and social media platform Twitter today announced an exclusive, multi-year partnership to create Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts. The charts, which will launch in the coming weeks, will track U.S. music conversations among the millions of Tweets sent each day. Combining…

  10. 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…

  11. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:23 PM EDT The legend's new 'To All the Girls …' marks his record-padding 46th top 10 on the Top Country Albums chart Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Erin Enderlin's 'Labor of Love'

    August 07, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin – who releases her new EP "I Let Her Talk" next week, is excited about getting some new music out to the public. After all, she's been working on it for a while. "It's so cool and exciting," Enderlin told Billboard. "I feel…

  13. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  14. 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…

  15. George Strait, 'Love Is Everything': Track-by-Track Review

    May 13, 2013 12:00 PM EDT In a career that has seen five of his albums win the CMA Album of the Year trophy, a new release from George Strait is always a cause for celebration. But, in the case of "Love Is Everything," it truly is an album worth giving a listen to, and then, and then again. In fact, it…

  16. Wanda Jackson, Kentucky Headhunters Lead Arkansas Delta Rockabilly Festival

    May 02, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Just like the blues flows through the mid-south, so does the history of rockabilly music. Of course, the birthplace of the style is typically regarded as 706 Union Avenue- the address of Sun Records. But, in Helena, Arkansas – not too far away from the town where that history was made,…

  17. George Jones Funeral: Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Kid Rock, Laura Bush and More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 2:08 PM EDT George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funeral has turned out to be a farewell fit for a…

  18. Blake Shelton, 'Based On A True Story...' Track-by-Track Review

    March 26, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Country superstar/"Voice" coach Blake Shelton is all about getting personal  on "Based On A True Story…," his seventh studio album to date. "Every song on the album, I've either been through those situations, or I'm going through them right now,"…

  19. Q&A: Paul Jolley on Negativity, Country-Pop Plans and Knowing He Was a Goner on 'American Idol'

    March 22, 2013 11:18 AM EDT Paul Jolley belted out Heart's "Alone" on Thursday's "American Idol" elimination night, however, it wasn't enough to convince the judges to use their one and only "save." It was a bittersweet evening for the 23 year-old who was sent home from…

  20. Connor Christian & Southern Gothic Enters Top Country Albums, Carrie Underwood Gains Post-Grammys

    February 21, 2013 9:23 PM EST Country/rock act Connor Christian & Southern Gothic opens atop Heatseekers Albums with 'New Hometown.' Eclectic country/rock band Connor Christian & Southern Gothic garners its first national chart ink with "New Hometown," which draws double Hot Shot Debut…

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