1. Chris Stapleton: Get to Know Writer Behind Tracks for Luke Bryan, Adele, Blake Shelton & More

    May 04, 2015 5:03 PM EDT Country singer Chris Stapleton releases a new album, Traveller , on Tuesday. It's Stapleton's solo debut at age 37, but you've been probably been hearing him for years without knowing it: As a Nashville songwriter, he's written songs for nearly every big name in country…

  2. Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

    January 25, 2013 6:24 PM EST A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable. Miguel's "Adorn" joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping 20 weeks or more, as his smooth ballad tops…

  3. Uncle Kracker Takes Country Seriously on 'Midnight Special'

    November 19, 2012 4:50 PM EST Take a listen to "Nuthin' Changes," a cut from Uncle Kracker's new "Midnight Special" album, and you will hear a reference to a famous singer named Williams. But, it might not be the one you're thinking about. Sure, the Detroit native is a Hank Williams, Jr.…

  4. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a family of sharecroppers, Gray, whose real…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Train, Florence + The Machine

    January 13, 2011 2:05 PM EST SOUNDTRACK STRENGTH: Starring Gwyneth Paltrow , Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester , "Country Strong" grossed $7.3 million upon its nationwide premiere Jan. 7-9. The haul translated to a sixth-place finish in box office receipts in its opening weekend. On the subsequent Billboard'…

  6. Train Rolls To 20th Week Atop Adult Contemporary

    January 05, 2011 1:05 PM EST Exactly a year after it debuted on the chart, Train 's "Hey, Soul Sister" returns to the Adult Contemporary summit, logging its 20th week at No. 1. All charts will be refreshed on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 6). Since the Adult Contemporary survey launched 50 years ago this…

  7. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

  8. Kid Rock, Alice In Chains, Skynyrd Rock Detroit

    July 19, 2009 1:49 PM EDT A pair of home town stadium concerts over the weekend gave Kid Rock and a couple of his support acts an opportunity to showcase new material for the 40,000 fans who attended each show. In Rock's case it was a reflective song called "In Times Like These" that he performed as the…

  9. Kid Rock, Alice In Chains, Skynyrd Rock Detroit

    July 19, 2009 1:18 PM EDT A pair of home town stadium concerts over the weekend gave Kid Rock and a couple of his support acts an opportunity to showcase new material for the 40,000 fans who attended each show. In Rock's case it was a reflective song called "In Times Like These" that he performed as the…

  10. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, Uncle Kracker

    July 17, 2009 3:36 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CATALOG VS. CURRENT, CONTINUED (AGAIN) Hi Gary, As usual, thanks for all you…

  11. Uncle Kracker Serves Up 'Happy Hour'

    June 17, 2009 7:46 AM EDT Uncle Kracker closes a five-year gap between albums with the Sept. 15 release of "Happy Hour," his fourth full-length effort and first outing since "Seventy Two and Sunny" in 2004. "Smile," the first single from the 12-song set -- and "probably the most…

  12. Ask Billboard: 'N Sync and Gulf War Songs

    April 10, 2009 2:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TAKE TWO, TAKE TWO Hi Gary, I enjoyed last week's Ask Billboard…

  13. Chart Beat

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Chris Brown, Leona Lewis, Colby Caillat and more! LEONA'S TRIPLE PLAY: "Bleeding Love" (SyCo/J) returns to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 for a second time, making Leona Lewis the first artist to have three separate turns at No. 1 since January 1979, when Chic&…

  14. Chart Beat

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Janet Jackson, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne and more! THE JACKSONS: One Jackson replaces another at the top of The Billboard 200, with Janet Jackson's "Discipline" (Island) giving way to Alan Jackson's "Good Time" (Arista), while another Jackson…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss song credits, top AC songs, ageism and more! CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE Fred, I have a question that I feel strikes a chord with many chart historians. It appears that Billboard has become pretty liberal with its designation of which artists get credit on a…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about everything from video downloads, Spanish hitmakers and the action on Billboard's country and adult contemporary charts. VIDEO CHARTS THE RADIO STAR Recently, iTunes has been offering music videos for purchase. Considering that they are actual purchases of a…

  17. Kid Rock / Feb. 3, 2006 / Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST There ain't no party like a Dee-troit party -- at least that's what the natives like to claim. But there's certainly no party like a Kid Rock show in his hometown -- especially when the guest list has There ain't no party like a Dee-troit party -- at least that's what…

  18. CHART BEAT

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Elton John, Catherine Britt, Carly Simon, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and John Barry. COUNTRY COMFORT: It was just a couple of weeks ago that Elton John generated chart news by scoring two simultaneous top five hits on the U.K. singles chart.…

  19. Mariah & No. 1: 'Together' Again

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Once again, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" sits on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The single has topped the chart for nine non-consecutive weeks, interrupted for one week for the chart-topping deb Once again, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" sits on top of…

  20. CHART BEAT

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Carole King, Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, Zucchero, Willie Nelson, Mariah Carey, the Del McCoury Band, Paul Hardcastle, Elvis Costello and more. WE STILL LOVE HER TOMORROW: In the lyrics of her very first hit, Carole King asked, "Will…

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