1. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  2. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Hootie & The Blowfish Enjoy 'View' From The Top

    May 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1995, the Darius Rucker-fronted band ruled the Billboard 200. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Irene Cara, Gretchen Wilson and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 26, 1984 Give it up for…

  3. Chart Highlights: Mariah Carey, Miguel Blast Onto Radio Rankings With '#Beautiful'

    May 13, 2013 5:10 PM EDT The song soars onto a host of airplay tallies, while Emeli Sande and Intocable net new No. 1s. 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…

  4. Bonfire Jam Festival Kicks Off in Florida

    December 07, 2012 4:00 PM EST This week, Billboard has previewed this year's Bonfire Jam Festival, which starts today in Chumuckla, Florida. With the "World's Largest Redneck Christmas Parade" and performances from Clay Walker, Jana Kramer and Gretchen Wilson, there's a little something for…

  5. Jana Kramer Hopes You Like 'Whiskey'

    December 06, 2012 5:40 PM EST A new single for the "Why Ya Wanna" star, who plays the Bonfire Jam in Florida this weekend What a year it's been for Jana Kramer , the country newcomer whose debut single "Why Ya Wanna" reached No. 3 on Country Songs and who this weekend shares a bill with Gretchen…

  6. 3 Doors Down Pen New Songs for Greatest Hits Album

    June 19, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Chris Henderson Talks New Guitarist, New Songs: "We're still writing songs better than ever, playing better than ever" 3 Doors Down plans to include three brand new songs on a greatest hits set the group is putting out this fall. Guitarist Chris Henderson tells Billboard.com…

  7. ZZ Top 'Down to Seeds & Stems' in Shaping New Album

    March 28, 2012 8:00 AM EDT ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons says that his band's "long-awaited record is still long and awaiting," but he also makes it sound like the wait is nearly over. "It's down to seeds and stems," Gibbons tells Billboard.com, "just picking through the good stuff.…

  8. Eli Young Band's Long Road to Country Songs No. 1

    November 10, 2011 4:00 PM EST Also: Miranda Lambert Tops Country Album Chart... Yet Again Eli Young Band claims their first No. 1 on the radio-fueled Country Songs chart this week with "Crazy Girl," completing the third-longest climb in the modern era of the radio-fueled list. The track steps 2-1 in its 38th…

  9. Miranda Lambert Makes 'Record' Start on Country Albums

    November 10, 2011 10:45 AM EST Radio Catches Up to What Consumers Have Known All Along When it comes to Billboard chart history, Miranda Lambert couldn't have picked a better title for her latest album, "Four the Record." The singer becomes the only artist in the almost 48-year history of Billboard's…

  10. CMAs Preview & Predictions: Female Vocalist

    November 09, 2011 10:45 AM EST Five very familiar faces are vying for female vocalist of the year honors at the CMAs. In fact, they're pretty much the only ladies who ever win. To get you ready for the big show (Wednesday night at 8/7c) The 615 is offering our pick, not that it was easy. Female Vocalist of the Year…

  11. Big & Rich Are 'Swapping Ideas' for a New Album, Says John Rich

    September 08, 2011 1:10 PM EDT With Big & Rich back in active duty since May and with a new song, "Fake I.D.," on the soundtrack of the forthcoming "Footloose" remake, John Rich feels that a new album from the country duo is "inevitable." "First of all, we've got to get through…

  12. Elminated 'Voice' Contestant Cherie Oakley On Getting to No. 1 With Reba

    June 01, 2011 2:52 PM EDT While NBC's "The Voice" has more than its fair share of performers who have released major label records, made popular videos and toured extensively, Cherie Oakley was the lone contestant with a No. 1 under her belt. 'The Voice': Top 16 Finalists Revealed, with a Kiss…

  13. Chart Highlights: Adult Pop, Rap Songs & More

    February 07, 2011 3:35 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…

  14. 11 Country No. 11s For '11

    January 11, 2011 2:05 PM EST "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst." Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice president/adult music notes the frustration associated with a No. 11 peak on a Billboard survey. "If you peak at No. 2, at least you can…

  15. Loretta Lynn Honored by Kid Rock, Paramore on Tribute Album

    October 22, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Few artists can claim as diverse or loyal a fan base as country music icon Loretta Lynn , as evidenced by the lineup of artists contributing tracks to tribute album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn," due Nov. 9 on Columbia Records. Among the set's…

  16. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 5:27 AM EDT It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her more than 50 years of songs. The National…

  17. Chart Beat Tuesday: Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift, Pink

    August 10, 2010 1:05 PM EDT BRAND NEW MEN: Zac Brown Band banks its fourth No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Free" rises 2-1. The new leader makes the group's album "The Foundation" the first major-label debut set to yield four No. 1s on the list since Brooks & Dunn 's …

  18. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:34 PM EDT Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party. "They're just kind of loose and fun, and they're geared that way - to have fun," he said of Wednesday's event, to be aired…

  19. Chart Beat Tuesday: Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias

    June 01, 2010 1:05 PM EDT BIG 'HOUSE': Miranda Lambert celebrates her first No. 1 on Country Songs, as "The House That Built Me" rises 2-1. Lambert had previously peaked as high as the runner-up spot with her prior single, "White Liar." (All charts on billboard.com are refreshed each…

  20. Ask Billboard: Will Young, Miranda Lambert & More

    April 16, 2010 6:30 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. HOME SWEET HOME Hi Gary, Wouldn't it be wise for Will Young 's …

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