1. Decemberists, Thievery Corporation Top 'Last Call's' Greek (Theatre) Week

    September 15, 2011 2:55 PM EDT NBC's music-oriented talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" will kick off its 11th season Sept. 20 with performances filmed this summer at the Greek Theatre. Performances from last week's concert headlined by Thievery Corporation and shows from earlier in the summer by the…

  2. Randy Travis Mulls Special Concert for 'Storms of Life' Anniversary

    July 20, 2011 2:00 PM EDT An album featuring 21 guests isn't a shabby way to celebrate a silver anniversary. And Randy Travis is hoping that something more -- a TV special or a concert, perhaps -- might happen to commemorate the 25 years since his triple-platinum major label debut album, "Storms of Life.…

  3. Brad Paisley 'This Is Country Music': Track-By-Track Review

    May 24, 2011 11:47 AM EDT Country Music has sometimes been described as three chords and the truth, but leave it to Brad Paisley to demonstrate just how much more expansive the genre can be on his new album, "This is Country Music." Produced by his longtime collaborator Frank Rogers, Paisley's ninth…

  4. 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…

  5. Mac Attack: Five Fleetwood Mac Solo Hits

    May 10, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Billboard charts this week are set to incur a Mac attack. Fleetwood Mac 's "Rumours" is primed to re-enter the Billboard 200 , possibly within the top 30, while the band's Stevie Nicks could crash the top 10 with "In Your Dreams," her first studio album since…

  6. Brad Paisley: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 08, 2011 2:19 PM EDT When Brad Paisley and longtime friend/collaborator Chris DuBois wrote "This Is Country Music," they knew they'd penned more than a catchy title track. They had a blueprint. "The song itself is what inspired the album, which is the best way to have an album come about,"…

  7. Brad Paisley: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 4:32 PM EST Brad Paisley "This Is Country Music" April 19 One of the chart-topping hits from his last album was titled "Welcome to the Future." But the Country Music Assn.'s reigning entertainer of the year Brad Paisley decided to take a look back while crafting his new album, …

  8. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  9. Stone Poneys' Kenny Edwards Dead At 64

    August 20, 2010 8:18 AM EDT Kenny Edwards , an original member of the Stone Poneys country-rock band and longtime collaborator with singer-songwriters Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff , has died in California at age 64. A statement on his website says he died Wednesday (Aug. 19). The Los Angeles Times reports Edwards was…

  10. John Mayer / August 3, 2010 / Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)

    August 05, 2010 5:50 PM EDT "East Coast. All the f**king way," declared a dorky-dressed John Mayer to a crowd of screaming New Jersey fans. Mayer professed his love for the East Coast via adulations of Twizzlers, the Yankees, and certain broadcast news anchors. The singer-songwriter then played a two-hour set…

  11. Rocker Joe Walsh Takes On Namesake Politician

    January 28, 2010 5:25 AM EST Another musician is claiming that a political candidate is tone deaf to the nation's intellectual property laws. And this one has an amusing twist. Joe Walsh of the Eagles isn't happy that a Republican congressional candidate in Illinois has co-opted his song "Walk Away"…

  12. Bachman, Turner Reunite For New Music, Tour

    December 01, 2009 1:46 PM EST Bachman Turner will roll on down the highway again in 2010 -- without the Overdrive. The Bachman-Turner Overdrive principals Randy Bachman and Fred Turner have reunited to record the title track of Bachman's next album, "Rock 'n' Roll is the Only Way Out," which the…

  13. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1982

    October 27, 2009 2:08 PM EDT 'WHO' WAS NO. 1?: This week in 1982, Australia's Men at Work , fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Hay , topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their first U.S. single, "Who Can It Be Now?" In the print issue of Billboard dated Oct. 30, 1982, Chart Beat noted that the song…

  14. Chart Beat Wednesday: Linkin Park, Eagles, Shakira

    August 19, 2009 1:03 PM EDT 'NEW' NO. 1: Same as the old one, and that lifts Linkin Park into elite territory in the history of the Alternative Songs chart. "New Divide" leads the airplay list for a 10th week, making Linkin Park just the second act in the chart's 21-year archives to enjoy reigns…

  15. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 21, 2009 1:23 PM EDT John Fogerty 's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1973 solo debut,…

  16. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 20, 2009 3:00 PM EDT John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut,…

  17. Ask Billboard: Pitbull, Amanda Marshall, Journey

    May 22, 2009 4:32 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. PITBULLL ATTACK Hi Gary! I am not a rap fan, but, as Cuban-born rapper…

  18. April 25, 2009

    April 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing albums and touring. 2007 – Singer-songwriter Bobby “Boris” Pickett dies from leukemia in Los Angeles at the age of 69. 2002 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC is killed in a car crash in Honduras. Lopes is 30. 2000 – Eric Clapton is…

  19. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is…

  20. This Day in Music

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two months earlier with primary sclerosing cholangitis, undergoes transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omah 2000 - Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two months earlier with…

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