1. Coca-Cola Cowboys (and Cowgirls) Get Their Share of New Soda Campaign

    April 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT Hits by Jimmy Wayne, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift appear on Coke cans, bottles. As a homeless teenager, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne ’s life turned around when he met an elderly woman, Bea Costner , who hired him to cut her lawn every week. She would compensate him with $20 and a Coca-Cola…

  2. Jimmy Wayne Talks 'Walk to Beautiful' Autobiography & Why He Told His Story

    December 14, 2015 4:15 PM EST "I'm putting these words down to help people out there who might be going through the same thing," he says. Sometimes, it's the little things that can stir a memory -- and lead to greater dividends down the road. Country star Jimmy Wayne recalls mowing the grass for an…

  3. Luke Bryan & More Country Stars Take You Home for the Holidays in 'A Country Faith Christmas' Book

    November 25, 2015 4:27 PM EST Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price gathers recipes, stories & more in new book. Deborah Evans Price is one of country music’s most esteemed journalists. Her byline has appeared in  Billboard ,  Nash Country   Weekly, Rolling Stone and countless other magazines. Now Price -- the…

  4. Tweet Out the Vote: Lady Gaga, Ted Nugent + More Head to the Polls

    November 06, 2012 1:40 PM EST If there's one thing you can glean from monitoring Twitter on this fine election day, it's that celebrities are voters, too, and boy do they love talking about it. Stars ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Ted Nugent and Reba McEntire to Justin Bieber are all chiming in today with self…

  5. Best Of 2009: Part 2

    December 16, 2009 5:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  6. Jimmy Wayne Pulls Himself Up By His (Cowboy) Bootstraps

    November 17, 2009 1:52 PM EST The bright lights and roaring crowds of New York's Madison Square Garden are a long way from the juvenile detention centers of North Carolina where Jimmy Wayne spent parts of his youth. With a new single, a cover of the Hall & Oates classic "Sara Smile," at No. 32 on…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Happy (Early) Holidays

    October 22, 2009 6:49 PM EDT IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE ...: More than a week before Halloween, and five weeks before Thanksgiving, the Billboard 200 is being decorated with a sleighful of yuletide albums. Five new holiday sets enter the Billboard 200, led by Bob Dylan 's "Christmas in the Heart…

  8. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make their first visit to Country Songs, took the…

  9. Chart Beat: Kris Allen, SWV, Green Day, Al B. Sure!

    May 21, 2009 2:42 PM EDT HE IS THE CHAMPION: In a night featuring performances from Queen, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Carlos Santana, Keith Urban, Queen Latifah, Steve Martin, David Cook, Jason Mraz and the Black Eyed Peas, owners of more than 200 combined Billboard Hot 100 entries, it was Kris…

  10. Reba McEntire Signs With Valory Music

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville and signed with the Valory Music Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. McEntire's debut single on Valory will s Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Sheriff, Xanadu, Hot Country Songs chart and more! I BOUGHT THE SHERIFF Dear Fred, Last week, you mentioned that "When I'm With You" by Sheriff had one of the longest journeys to reach No.1 on The Billboard Hot 100: more than five years from May…

  12. 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…

  13. T.I.'s 'Like' Still Tops On Hot 100

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A week after setting a new record with 71-1 jump, T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to download sales of more than 176,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A week after setting a new record with 71-1 jump, T.I.'s "Whatever…

  14. Exclusive: Jewel Goes Country With New Label

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Jewel has a new label and a new genre to boot. The artist has signed a multi-album deal with newly launched Nashville-based independent Valory Music Company and will pursue success o Singer/songwriter Jewel has a new label and a new genre to boot. The artist has signed a…

  15. Tunes On TV

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television October 1 - 7, 2007. MONDAY, Oct. 1 "Control Room Presents," MyNetworkTV Featured artist(s): Maroon 5. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): Ben Harper (also scheduled: Sean Penn, Barry Sonnenfeld). "The Tonight Show with…

  16. New, Veteran Country Acts Land Deals

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record deals for country artists both new and established. The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record deals for country artists both new and…

  17. First CMA Music Fest Artists Confirmed

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson are among the initial slate of performers set to appear at the 2005 CMA Music Festival. Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson are…

  18. 2004 BMI Country Awards Winners

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST BMI Country Awards Winners Here are the 2004 BMI Country Awards Winners: BMI Country Song of the Year "FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS" Shania Twain Loon Echo, Inc. Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc. BMI Country Songwriter of the Year Casey Beathard BMI Country Songwriter…

  19. ZZ Top To Close Houston Arena

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT ZZ Top will play the final concert at Houston's Compaq Center, formerly known as the Houston Summit. The Nov. 22 show will mark the band's 23rd appearance at the venue, longtime home to the Houston Ro ZZ Top will play the final concert at Houston's Compaq Center, formerly known…

  20. Lonestar Takes 'Front Porch' On The Road

    September 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Country quartet Lonestar will embark next month on the 22-city Acoustic on the Front Porch tour, set to kick off Oct. 23 in Columbus, Ohio. The group will be supporting its career-spanning disc "Great Country quartet Lonestar will embark next month on the 22-city Acoustic on the Front…

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