1. Maddie & Tae First Female Duo in Country Airplay Top 10 Since 2007

    October 28, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Maddie & Tae notch the first top 10 by a female duo in nearly eight years on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Girl in a Country Song" rises 11-9. The chart hadn't welcomed a female twosome into its upper tier since the Wreckers (pop star-gone-country Michelle…

  2. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as part of a separately-named, non-all-star…

  3. Michelle Branch: The Making of New Album 'West Coast Time' (Exclusive Video)

    August 25, 2011 5:00 PM EDT "What started it all was we had the lyric about Led Zeppelin and we thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we could sing like a Zeppelin reference in the next part?'" Michelle Branch tells Billboard.com before quickly breaking out into that legendary vocal hook from…

  4. Michelle Branch Moves 'Away from My Comfort Zone' on New Album

    July 15, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Michelle Branch "just wanted to get as far away from my comfort zone as possible" while making September's "West Coast Time," her return to pop/rock after a sidestep into country with the Wreckers and her 2010 EP "Everything Comes and Goes." "It would…

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: Alice In Chains, Jason Aldean, Katy Perry

    August 26, 2009 3:24 PM EDT MODERN ROCK: Billboard's rock charts this week boast a number of acts reclaiming the spotlight. Ahead of its Sept. 29 release, "Black Gives Way to Blue," its first album in 14 years, Alice in Chains notches its first top on Alternative Songs since 1996, as "Check My Brain…

  6. Michelle Branch Steps Out Solo Again

    August 10, 2009 11:56 AM EDT A funny thing happened to Michelle Branch on her way to Nashville: She scored hit singles as a member of the Wreckers , a country-pop duo that broke up after one successful album. The Wreckers-Branch and Jessica Harp, a friend and a former backup singer-released three singles during their…

  7. Chart Beat: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Oak Ridge Boys, Hannah Montana

    April 30, 2009 3:31 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. '…

  8. Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack To Play Detroit's Downtown Hoedown

    April 08, 2009 9:32 AM EDT Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins, Phil Vassar and actor Kevin Costner with his band Modern West are among the headliners at this year's 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Detroit. The 27th annual weekend-long festival, acknowledged as the world's largest free country music…

  9. Michelle Branch Finishing Third Solo Album

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Branch plans to stay on the country path she began with the Wreckers on her next solo album. Michelle Branch plans to stay on the country path she began with the Wreckers on her next solo album. The singer/songwriter tells Billboard.com that she's "in that last stage of…

  10. Ask Billboard

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith discusses Britney, Donna and Michelle Branch. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . IN OR OUT OF THE 'ZONE' Hi, I am a huge Britney Spears fan. I was wondering why her album "In The Zone"…

  11. Wreckers Earning Their Keep With Country Fans

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The jump from alternative pop to alternative country hasn't necessarily been seamless. But Michelle Branch tells Billboard.com she doesn't mind, since her new duo the Wreckers with singer/songwriter J The jump from alternative pop to alternative country hasn't necessarily been…

  12. Chart Beat

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Daniel Powter, John Mayer, Alan Jackson and more! 'BAD' IS THE NEW GOOD: A tenacious Daniel Powter maintains his grip on pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart, giving his debut single "Bad Day" (Warner Bros.) a 12th week at the top. That puts "…

  13. Dixie Chicks' 'Long Way' Nests In At No. 1

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the third time in their career, the Dixie Chicks roost on the top of The Billboard 200. The Columbia album "Taking the Long Way" tallied 526,000 copies in its first week of U.S. sales, according t For the third time in their career, the Dixie Chicks roost on the top of The…

  14. The Wreckers Branch Out

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New duo the Wreckers came out of the chute with one huge advantage over other "new" acts: One of its members is Grammy-winning pop star Michelle Branch. It's not every new country act that can land high-profile appearances on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "…

  15. Chart Beat Chat

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the T.I., chart jumps, Jennifer Nettles, Bon Jovi and more with readers. DID T.I. SET A RECORD? Fred, Last week T.I's "What You Know" jumped 35 positions on the Billboard Hot 100. This got me thinking about other rap singles that have charted and I couldn't…

  16. Branch Takes A 'Stand' With Wreckers

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Wreckers, a country-leaning duo that features singer/songwriter Michelle Branch, will release its debut, "Stand Still, Look Pretty," May 23 via Maverick/Warner Bros. Nashville. The Wreckers, a country-leaning duo that features singer/songwriter Michelle Branch, will release its…

  17. One Tree Hill

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Call it near-perfect timing. The soundtrack to The WB's hit drama, "One Tree Hill," hits stores just two weeks after its theme song, Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want to Be," reached No. 1 on the Mainstrea Call it near-perfect timing. The soundtrack to The WB&…