1. Linkin Park Leaps To No. 1 On Alternative Songs

    August 25, 2010 1:05 PM EDT PARK'S PLACE: Linkin Park logs its ninth No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, as "The Catalyst" climbs 3-1. At just three weeks, the song completes the fastest flight to the chart's summit since the band's last leader, "New Divide,…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Katy Perry, Billy Ray Cyrus

    August 19, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ONE OF THE BOYS: As "Recovery" spends a sixth week atop the Billboard 200 and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth frame, Eminem joins an elite group of male artists who have led both lists with albums and accompanying singles…

  3. That's How Country Boys (And Girls) Roll

    August 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'GOOD' JOB, JERROD: Billboard's Country Songs chart, to be refreshed, along with all surveys, Thursday on billboard.com, sports several notable feats this week, beginning at the summit. Jerrod Niemann notches his first No. 1, as "Lover, Lover" lifts 3-1. With the…

  4. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rihanna

    July 21, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'FALL' ARRIVES: Two of the four highest debuts on Billboard's Country Songs chart since the survey's adoption of Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990 belong to Kenny Chesney , as "The Boys of Fall" storms the chart at No. 17. (Country Songs will be refreshed…

  5. Country Songwriter Hank Cochran Dead at 74

    July 15, 2010 4:06 PM EDT H ank Cochran , a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold , has died. He was 74. Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hendersonville north of Nashville. He had been in…

  6. Chart Beat Thursday: Bret Michaels Rocks On

    July 15, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ROSY: Veteran rocker/"Celebrity Apprentice 3" champion Bret Michaels inks his highest rank on the Billboard 200 i n almost 20 years, as "Custom Built" arrives at No. 14. His prior charted solo effort, "Rock My World," debuted and peaked at No. 40 in June 2008. As…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

    July 08, 2010 5:45 PM EDT PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of "California Gurls," Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song: "It's so great that ( Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ') 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but ... what…

  8. George Strait Tops Billboard's List of Top 25 Country Artists of the Past 25 Years

    June 07, 2010 1:46 PM EDT G eorge Strait is No. 1 on Billboard's list of the top 25 country music artists of the past 25 years. Strait tops a list that includes Garth Brooks , Reba McEntire , Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw in its top 5. The list, which Billboard compiled to celebrate the genre's big week with…

  9. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  10. 30 Strait Years Of Top 10 Hits

    April 13, 2010 9:00 AM EDT years into his unparalleled career, the "King of Country" shows no signs of abdicating the throne. George Strait reaches an historic Billboard chart milestone, as he collects a top 10 hit on the Country Songs survey in an unprecedented 30th consecutive year. The Country Music…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Black Eyed Peas

    March 04, 2010 2:05 PM EST BACK IN BLACK: Two days after Johnny Cash 's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" was released Feb. 23, Apple announced that the iTunes store had sold its 10 billionth song: Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield muses…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Susan Boyle, Willie Nelson

    December 31, 2009 11:30 AM EST $TILL NO. 1: Ke$ha says that the "$" in her name is an ironic ode to her belief that, "There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money." Regardless, the cash is pouring in, thanks to the success of "TiK ToK," which leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a…

  13. Chart Beat: Darius Rucker, Mariah Carey, Wilco

    August 05, 2009 4:29 PM EDT THREE'S COMPANY: On the Country Songs chart, Darius Rucker becomes the the first act in nearly 17 years to top the chart with their first three format singles, and the fourth act in the past 20 years to do so. Rucker's "Alright" ascends to the top this week, following his…

  14. May 15, 2009

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Shania Twain and producer Robert “Mutt” Lange announce they are separating after 14 years of marriage. 2004 – Blues singer Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. 2003 – Singer-songwriter June Carter Cash dies of complications following heart…

  15. May 8, 2009

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Country musician Eddy Arnold dies at a care facility near Nashville at the age of 89. 2001 – Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black become proud parents. Lily Pearl Black weighs in at 7 lbs., 14 ounces. 2001 – William B. Dial, road manager for Detroit rap act Insane Clown Posse is…

  16. Chart Beat: Willie Nelson, T.I., Taylor Swift, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Priesley

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from Willie Nelson, T.I., Taylor Swift, Lucinda Williams and more! HOW 'LUCKY' CAN YOU GET: He's such an iconic figure, it might seem like Willie Nelson is always hanging out on the Hot Country Songs tally, but the No. 56 debut of "That…

  17. Chesney Wins Again, Lambert Surprises At ACM Awards

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a new voting procedure, Kenny Chesney is still the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year. He won for the fourth straight year last night (May 18), tying Garth Brooks for the record. Despite a new voting procedure, Kenny Chesney is still the Academy of Country Music…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz bands, a 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss.,…

  19. Country Star Eddy Arnold Dies

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country Music Hall of Famer Eddy Arnold died this morning (May 8) at an assisted living center near Nashville. He was 89 and would have celebrated his 90th birthday on May 15. Country Music Hall of Famer Eddy Arnold died this morning (May 8) at an assisted living center near Nashville. He was…

  20. Soulja Boy Fends Off Chris Brown Atop Hot 100

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" makes it a lucky seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but new competition comes from Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss," which soars 22-2 after selling 159,000 Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" makes it…

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