1. Chart Highlights: Pop, Rap Songs & More

    January 24, 2011 4:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

  2. Ask Billboard: Readers' 2010 Top Picks, Continued

    January 07, 2011 5:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BACK TO DECEMBER …

  3. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late legend…

  4. Staind's Aaron Lewis Talks Tea Party, Goes Country on New EP

    October 07, 2010 5:30 PM EDT With Staind in between album cycles, frontman Aaron Lewis begins a 19-date solo acoustic tour tonight (Oct. 7) at Boston's House of Blues, in support of a five-song EP due out in the spring. Lewis tells Billboard.com the country-based effort, which marks his debut into solo waters, is a…

  5. Darius Rucker Aims to Extend Win Streak with 'Charleston'

    September 17, 2010 4:16 PM EDT D arius Rucker admits that the pressure's on, but he doesn't mind. The first three singles from his 2008 Capitol Records Nashville debut, "Learn to Live," hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The album itself debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and was…

  6. Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey': Track-By-Track Preview

    August 20, 2010 10:11 AM EDT Kenny Chesney 's new album "Hemingway's Whiskey" isn't out until Sept. 28, but the Country chart-topper gave Billboard an in-depth preview, discussing the record's 11 songs track by track, and in the process revealing how he sees himself in his fans, his thoughts…

  7. Staind's Aaron Lewis Starts New Charity, Discusses Solo Debut

    July 06, 2010 10:58 AM EDT Staind frontman Aaron Lewis recently finished recording a country-tinged solo album, and in the coming months he'll meet with his bandmates to write the group's next album. But for now he has one main focus: to reopen his daughter's elementary school in Worthington, Mass.,…

  8. Country Icon Hank Williams Receives Pulitzer

    April 13, 2010 1:49 PM EDT Hank Williams , the country pioneer who is among the most influential singer-songwriters in music, was given a special Pulitzer Prize citation. The Pulitzer board awarded the late singer for his lifetime achievement, based on a confidential survey of experts in popular music. "I don'…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 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. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  12. Charlie Louvin Returns At 81 With Two New Albums

    April 03, 2009 4:36 PM EDT "I was going to call these albums 'Heaven' and 'Hell,' " Charlie Louvin says in his smooth Southern drawl. He's talking about his two most recent projects, which he recorded last year at the age of 81: the gospel collection "Steps to Heaven" and…

  13. Salvation and Sin

    April 03, 2009 4:00 PM EDT At 81, Charlie Louvin Returns With A Pair Of Albums "I was going to call these albums 'Heaven' and 'Hell,' " Charlie Louvin says in his smooth Southern drawl. He's talking about his two most recent projects, which he recorded last year at the age of 81: the…

  14. Ask Billboard: Remakes and One-Hit Wonders

    April 03, 2009 11:25 AM 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. JUST DUET Hi Gary! It doesn't happen a whole lot where initially a song…

  15. Phish Caps Reunion Weekend

    March 09, 2009 10:36 AM EDT “This has been an incredible weekend,” guitarist Trey Anastasio told the crowd on Phish’s final performance of their long awaited reunion shows. The band played another marathon show on Sunday (March 8) to a delighted audience, dipping into a wide range of their back catalog as well as…

  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. Dark And Crazy

    October 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radio, Lee Ann Womack is back with "Call Me Crazy," due this week via MCA Nashville. Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radio, Lee Ann Womack is back with "Call Me…

  18. Streisand, Jones, The Who Nab Kennedy Honors

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT George Jones, Barbra Streisand and the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will receive the Kennedy Center Honors for 2008. Actor Morgan Freeman and choreographer Twyla Tharp will also be honored. George Jones, Barbra Streisand and the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will…

  19. This Day in Music

    September 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in 30 years, Bob Dylan tops The Billboard 200 with "Modern Times." Not only is it the legendary songwriter's first album to reach the throne since "Desire" in 1976, it's also 2006 - For the first time in 30 years, Bob Dylan tops The…

  20. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    August 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Staind expands its horizons both musically and promotionally, David Byrne and Brian Eno team up for their first album in 27 years, Shwayze enjoys an MTV-fueled buzz and Amy Macondald aims for Statesid Rapper Ice Cube's "Raw Footage" (Lench Mob). New albums from veteran…

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