1. George Jones, Country Music Icon, Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:27 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones entered the hospital on April 18 with fever and…

  2. Keith Urban Announces More Light the Fuse Tour Dates, at Work on New Album

    March 25, 2013 10:34 PM EDT The first-year "Idol" judge will be on the road until December. When "American Idol" wraps its season May 15-16, first-year judge Keith Urban will hit the road in an effort to reach some of the viewers of the Fox TV show in person. Urban announced 20 more dates March 25…

  3. The Band Perry Gets It 'Done' On Hot Country Songs Chart

    March 21, 2013 5:05 PM EDT The sibling trio launches its new single at No. 23. Plus, Darius Rucker storms the top five and Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift's new duet soars The Band Perry draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 23 on Hot Country Songs with "Done.," the second single from "Pioneer,"…

  4. 'American Idol' Recap: Forgotten Lyrics, Clashing Groups at Hollywood Week

    February 07, 2013 10:00 AM EST "American Idol" group rounds. Long a source of surefire drama during Hollywood week, the round promises that big voices will shine above the rest, and that someone's going to forget their words. I've never much liked the part of the competition, but this season has left…

  5. Happy Birthday, Billboard's Country Songs Chart!

    January 08, 2013 12:15 PM EST The first incarnation of the survey premiered on Jan. 8, 1944. Billboard's Country Songs chart celebrates its anniversary today, having debuted on this date in 1944. The survey started as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" ranking. It was subtitled "(Hillbillies,…

  6. Jake Owen's 'Got' Gains on Country Songs, New EP Explodes Onto Albums Chart

    October 04, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Jake Owen scores his fifth top 10 on the audience-driven Country Songs chart, as "The One That Got Away" gains 3.4 million impressions and shifts 11-8. The track also holds for a second week at its No. 16 peak on Country Digital Songs (20,000 sold). Owen's previous top 10s on…

  7. Waylon Jennings' Widow Talks 'Last Recordings' & Movie Progress

    September 28, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Ask Jessi Colter about the first time she ever saw Waylon Jennings , and she remembers well. "I had gone in the studio to put down a song. I was married to Duane Eddy at the time. I had some songs done by Chet Atkins at RCA, and Duane said 'Why don't do a demo for Waylon?'…

  8. The Beat 9/12: Bridgit Mendler Stops By, Carly Rae Jepsen Drops "This Kiss"

    September 12, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Welcome to the Wednesday, Sept. 12 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. Bridgit Mendler stops by today's edition of …

  9. Josh Turner's Two Albums in Top 20: 'Not How We Planned It'

    September 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Josh Turner fans are seeing double these days. In an industry where artists usually release a new project every twelve to eighteen months, the South Carolina native has two albums out -- within a three month span. In June, the singer issued his latest studio effort, "Punching Bag,"…

  10. Bucky Covington Talks 'Good Guys,' First Album in 5 Years

    September 10, 2012 4:05 PM EDT It's been a long wait for Bucky Covington, but with this week's release of "Good Guys," he finally has new music out. After hitting on Lyric Street Records with hits like "A Different World" and the touching "I'll Walk," the label closed -- putting…

  11. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  12. Johnny Cash Box Set Includes 63 CDs

    August 27, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Though he was associated with Mercury Records and American Recordings for the last fifteen years of his life, The Fabulous Johnny Cash Hymns By Johnny Cash Songs Of Our Soil Now There Was A Song! Ride This Train Hymns From The Heart The Sound Of Johnny Cash Blood, Sweat And Tears Ring Of Fire…

  13. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Smash Record for NYC-Area Country Show

    August 13, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Brothers of the Sun Tour Stop at MetLife Stadium Breaks Chesney's Own Milestone, Set Last Year A Kenny Chesney concert is synonymous with summer and tailgating. Fans know this firsthand and keep coming back for more, helping the country singer top records year after year. Last summer,…

  14. Dueling Tim McGraw Singles Debut on Country Songs

    July 12, 2012 7:05 PM EDT In a rare promotional double-take, Tim McGraw debuts a pair of singles on Billboard's Country Songs chart. But, will both be hits? "Truck Yeah," McGraw's first single for the Big Machine record label, arrives at No. 22 as his best entrance without another artist; he…

  15. GZA, of Montreal, Jens Lekman Rock Northside Festival

    June 18, 2012 1:05 PM EDT For the fourth year, an onslaught of bands and fans descended upon Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods for the Northside Festival for four days of non-stop shows featuring bills filled with recognizable names and promising young guns. Northside now includes film, art,…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  17. Top 11 Moments of 'American Idol' Season 11

    May 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The 2012 edition of "American Idol" had what many called one of the most talented crop of singers in the show's recent memory. In the end, it was Georgia's guitar-picking Phillip Phillips taking home the victory , with young diva Jessica Sanchez claiming the runner-up spot…

  18. Martha's Trouble: Remembering the 'Lost Art' of the Lullaby

    May 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT How the husband-and-wife pop/folk duo turned a family tradition into its new album. From iPads to iPods, video games and all things electronic, it's not just adults who are so often receiving such a steady stream of stimuli these days. Kids are, too. Folk duo Martha's Trouble…

  19. The Killers' Touring Saxophonist Commits Suicide

    April 26, 2012 2:30 PM EDT A saxophone player who toured with The Killers has been found dead in Las Vegas in an apparent suicide. The Clark County coroner's office confirmed Thursday that 33-year-old Thomas Christian Marth was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Monday. He was found in the backyard,…

  20. Taylor Swift Inks Sixth No. 1 Country Song With 'Ours'

    March 22, 2012 12:20 PM EDT On Country Albums, Shooter Jennings Logs His Highest Debut Ever With 'Family Man' T aylor Swift claims her sixth No. 1 and completes her second set of two straight leaders on Country Songs, as "Ours" piles 34.1 million audience impressions and steps 3-1 in its 17th chart…

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