1. James Otto Talks 'Somewhere Tonight,' His First Single Since 2010

    November 03, 2014 6:03 PM EST James Otto -- one of country music's most distinctive voices -- is back at radio with "Somewhere Tonight," his first single since 2010 (watch the lyric video below). The singer tells Billboard he's elated to have new music to share with his fans. "I've had the…

  2. Country Singer James Otto Hospitalized in Nashville, Cancels Shows

    September 08, 2010 4:25 PM EDT Country singer James Otto is hospitalized in Nashville. He was admitted to an area hospital Tuesday for an abdominal illness and is canceling his weekend shows in Clarksville, Tenn., and Berea, Ohio. Otto says in a statement that he has "been feeling badly on and off for a while now but…

  3. Travis Tritt Going Indie For New Album

    June 30, 2010 10:22 AM EDT Twenty years after releasing his first album -- the double-platinum, reputation-staking "Country Club" -- Travis Tritt plans to take his recording career into his own hands. The Georgia-based country star tells Billboard.com that before he releases his follow-up to 2007's "…

  4. Jamey Johnson Reveals 'Guitar Song' Details

    June 09, 2010 10:28 AM EDT J amey Johnson will give fans plenty of new material when he releases "The Guitar Song," his follow-up to 2008's award-winning, gold-certified "That Lonesome Song," on Sept. 14. "The Guitar Song" spreads 25 songs across two CDs -- including "Macon,"…

  5. Taylor Swift Makes History At Country Music Awards

    November 12, 2009 7:23 AM EST Taylor Swift claimed a piece of music history when she became the youngest artist ever to win the coveted title of Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Awards. Swift, 19, also claimed awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year for her song "Love Story"…

  6. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to co-host the Nov. 11 ceremony with Carrie…

  7. Les Paul Remembered By Musicians And Fans

    August 14, 2009 11:36 AM EDT Following the announcement yesterday of Les Paul's death at the age of 94, many of his fellow musicians, producers, and guitar acolytes stepped forward to remember the man who changed the course of modern music and recording. "Les was a renaissance man. He was many things, a great…

  8. Chart Beat: Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Britney Spears

    July 15, 2009 5:13 PM EDT LADY FIRST, PART 1 : Lady Gaga becomes just the third artist in the 16-year history of the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart to collect three No. 1s from a debut album. "LoveGame" rises 2-1, marking Lady Gaga's third No. 1 following "Just Dance" (two weeks) and "…

  9. Paisley, Newfield Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    February 11, 2009 10:25 AM EST Country superstar Brad Paisley leads the pack of Academy of Country Music Award nominees with six nods, it was announced today (Feb. 11) during a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. Perhaps the most surprising news came in the form of five…

  10. Warner Acts Go Covers Crazy For Compilation

    January 13, 2009 12:43 PM EST A host of unusual covers can be found on "Covered, A Revolution in Sound: Warner Bros. Records," due Feb. 24. On it, 11 current Warner Music Group acts cover a classic tune from the label's back catalog. Amongst the most intriguing are the Flaming Lips covering Madonna's …

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    December 19, 2008 11:36 AM EST <b><i>A brand new Fred Bronson Chart Beat Chat column will return the week of December 29, 2008 after a brief break for the holidays. Enjoy his most recent column below.<br /> </i></b> DID THE CRITICS SPEAK? Hello Mr. Bronson, Are you going to publish your…

  12. Chesney, Strait, Sugarland Lead CMA Noms

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards. Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards. George Strait and duo Sugarland each nabbed five nominations, with…

  13. Chart Beat: Jason Mraz, B.B. King, 'Gypsy'

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Jason Mraz, B.B. King, "Gypsy" and more! 'YOURS' SONG: The little bedroom demo that could gives Jason Mraz his first top 10 hit on the Hot 100. "I'm Yours" was written in 2004 while Mraz was working on his "Mr. A to Z…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss downloads, Leona Lewis, Fergie and more! DOWNLOADABLE, BUT WHEN? Hi Fred, I look forward to Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat every week! Who determines when a song is made available for paid download? Once a song is selected as a single, are there factors that…

  15. Leona Lewis Holds Onto Hot 100 No. 1

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on The Billboard Hot 100 as the track holds tight at No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week. Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on the Billboard Hot 100 as the track holds tight at No. 1 for a fourth non…

  16. Chart Shakers

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis, Daughtry and Tim McGraw lead the list of the Hot Shot Debuts, Pacesetters and Greatest Gainers on this week's Billboard charts. Hot Shot Debuts: Leona Lewis sets a new chart record as she takes Hot Shot Debut honors on The Billboard 200 , becoming the first new British solo…

  17. 52OnTV

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 25-31, 2006. MONDAY, DEC. 25 "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade," ABC Featured Artist(s): Beyonce, Daniel Powter, Andrea Bocelli, RBD, Bianca Ryan, Miley Cyrus, Michael Bolton, Paris Bennett, Aly & AJ. "The Late Show With David…

  18. Big & Rich Ride Again

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST A year-and-a-half after shaking up the country music industry with their debut album, Big & Rich are at it again. A year-and-a-half after shaking up the country music industry with their debut album, "Horse of a Different Color," Big & Rich are at it again. On the pair'…

  19. Cowboy Troy

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Road whiplash is setting in, blurring one stop into the next and sleep is at a premium. 'Not complaining just explaining,' he says. Dude! I have been running constantly. It feels as if we are having great fun everywhere we go, however, trying to remember the city we just left is…

  20. Cowboy Troy's Wild Ride

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Cowboy Troy made an appearance at the May 17 Academy of Country Music Awards, he joked about the odds of which would happen first: Garth Brooks coming out of retirement or Troy himself having a No. 1 album. Troy clearly came much closer than…

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