1. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1997, 'Wannabe' Spiced Up the Hot 100 at No. 1

    February 16, 2015 8:05 AM EST The Spice Girls reigned with their debut smash 18 years ago. Plus, remembering chart feats by Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Expose. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Feb. 16, 1985 After arriving with the uptempo…

  2. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits Highlighted in New Collection

    May 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT For almost 90y years, the Grand Ole Opry has come to symbolize the best of what is associated with country music. A brand new four-CD set shines the spotlight on some of that illustrious musical history with the release of Grand Ole Opry By The Decades – a collection that is available…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Mark Box Talks 'Fields of Home' EP

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Country newcomer Mark Box knows there is at least one person who is not a huge fan of at least one of the songs on his new release: his mother. "My mom doesn't like the song 'The Man My Mama Tried To Raise' too much," he says with a laugh. "She said 'For one…

  4. Pam Tillis Brings Craig Morgan and Lorrie Morgan Along for 'Hee Haw' Tribute

    March 03, 2014 6:00 PM EST Pam Tillis – the soaring voice behind hits like "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Mi Vida Loca" is getting to showcase another side to her world-class talent. Tillis is helping to organize Tuesday night's "Pop! Goes Rochelle" benefit for Nashville's Rochelle…

  5. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Dolly Parton Takes '9 To 5' To No. 1

    February 17, 2014 8:05 AM EST Thirty-three years ago this week, the country icon ruled the Hot 100 with her workplace anthem. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and the Spice Girls Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  6. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top 70 Country Songs 1989-2014

    January 13, 2014 3:07 PM EST It was 70 years ago this month -- January 1944 -- that Billboard began charting the popularity of country tunes with the format's main chart now known as Hot Country Songs. In celebration the vital genre's continued vibrancy, we're honoring the chart's anniversary with…

  7. Sammy Kershaw Talks 'Big Hits,' a Planned Blues Album and His 'Roots & Boots' Tour

    December 05, 2013 1:15 PM EST Sammy Kershaw revisits history a bit on his latest release, "Big Hits: Volume One." The veteran performer has re-cut many of his hits that he made famous some two decades ago for Mercury Records. He says he jumped at the opportunity. "The technology has changed so much in this…

  8. Thomas Rhett's Year Keeps Getting Better With 'It Goes Like This'

    October 25, 2013 1:30 PM EDT It's a pretty safe bet that Thomas Rhett was within earshot of a radio this past weekend, as "American Country Countdown" host Kix Brooks announced the Georgia native as the owner of nation's top country song, in terms of radio airplay, with his latest release, "It…

  9. Sammy Kershaw Teams With 'Roots & Boots' Touring Partners for New Album

    June 18, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Sammy Kershaw remembers his first brush with stardom. The singer was a youngster when he was backstage at a show in Louisiana that he was opening for George Jones. Kershaw paints a vivid picture of the "Possum" walking in with a pair of baby blue cowboy boots that left an…

  10. Joe Diffie Releases 'Shotgun' Single, Preps New Album Following Jason Aldean's Tribute

    June 17, 2013 5:30 PM EDT In October, when Jason Aldean released his latest album "Night Train," the song that seemed to get the most attention was "1994," a tribute to the music of Joe Diffie. The track ended up becoming the second single from the album, recently peaking at No. 10 on the Hot…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  13. Sammy Kershaw Fast-Tracks His Second Christmas Album

    November 18, 2012 8:00 AM EST Sammy Kershaw is no stranger to the world of holiday music. The country music favorite's 1994 platter "Christmas Time's A Comin'" (which featured the classic "Daddy Stuff") remains a favorite. Kershaw has just released a second Yuletide-themed collection, …

  14. Jason Aldean, 'Night Train': Track-by-Track Review

    October 09, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Jason Aldean separated himself from the pack by ignoring conventional country boundaries, first with a duet with Kelly Clarkson on "Don't You Wanna Stay" and more aggressively with the country-rap "Dirt Road Anthem." His willingness to take risks, and his commitment…

  15. 'Hey, Joe Diffie!' Jason Aldean Gives '90s Star a Shout on New Album

    September 20, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Get ready to shout "Joe Diffie!" at Aldean concerts ... "Pretty dang cool," says classic country singer Ten songs in, Jason Aldean 's new album, "Night Train," throws out a curve ball that will have crowds of 20-somethings chanting the name of a classic…

  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. Roots & Boots Tour Unites Trio of Country Veterans

    June 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Collectively, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, and Aaron Tippin have placed over one hundred songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. So, filling up a concert set list is no problem for the talented trio of country singers. Still, there is a definite strength in numbers, so when the veteran…

  18. Chart Beat Wednesday: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Yoko Ono

    April 07, 2010 1:05 PM EDT '20' TO 1: Zac Brown Band 's "The Foundation" becomes the eighth major label debut album in the Nielsen BDS-monitored data era to yield at least three No. 1s on Country Songs, as "Highway 20 Ride" rolls 2-1. The song follows "Chicken Fried" and …

  19. February 13, 2009

    February 13, 2009 5:49 PM EST - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each. 2002 - Country outlaw Waylon Jennings dies in his Arizona home after a long battle with…

  20. This Day in Music

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Academy Award-winning film composer Elmer Bernstein dies in his sleep at his Ojai, Calif. home after a long illness. He is 82. Bernstein wrote the music for more than 200 films and television s 2004 - Academy Award-winning film composer Elmer Bernstein dies in his sleep at his Ojai,…

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