1. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  2. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  3. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  4. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  5. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:59 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occasionally, and seemingly accidentally,…

  6. Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Honors Hillary Clinton

    October 17, 2013 12:10 AM EDT Hillary Clinton accepted the Elton John AIDS Foundation's first-ever Founder's Award at the organization's annual benefit in New York on Tuesday night. Although she was honored by the accolade, Clinton echoed a theme expressed by many of the stars in attendance: that there&…

  7. 'Country Bumpkin' Singer Cal Smith Dies at 81

    October 11, 2013 9:55 AM EDT Cal Smith -- who enjoyed a rich country career with some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and 1970s, passed away yesterday at his home near Branson, Missouri. He was 81. Smith was born Calvin Grant Shofner on April 7, 1932 in Gans, Oklahoma. However, as many did in the Great Depression,…

  8. Kings of Leon, Cher and Elton John Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200

    September 27, 2013 9:40 PM EDT Kings of Leon's "Mechanical Bull" should give the band its third consecutive top five album as Drake takes No. 1. It will be busy on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as a slew of big-name acts are heading for high debuts. As previously reported on Wednesday, Sept.…

  9. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  10. Janelle Monae, Arctic Monkeys and Sheryl Crow Heading for Billboard 200 Top 10

    September 13, 2013 9:44 PM EDT Keith Urban's "Fuse" looks to top the chart, with the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" close behind. On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart: Janelle Monae is set for her first top 10, Arctic Monkeys are making a strong return, and Sheryl Crow's aiming for her…

  11. Ariana Grande vs. Tamar Braxton: Battle for No. 1 on the Billboard 200

    September 06, 2013 8:12 PM EDT The singers will face off for the top spot as Nine Inch Nails' "Hesitation Marks" heads for No. 3. New albums from Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton are battling it out in a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the former's debut…

  12. Big Sean, Juicy J and Alabama Tribute Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 30, 2013 11:13 PM EDT Big Sean could reach No. 2 with his "Hall of Fame," with rock act Avenged Sevenfold set to bow in the top spot. Rappers Big Sean and Juicy J, along with a new tribute album to country band Alabama, are headed for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry…

  13. TGT, Earl Sweatshirt and Jimmy Buffett Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    August 24, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The R&B trio should land below John Mayer and Luke Bryan, who looks to spend a second week at No. 1. After a week where only two albums debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, next week should provide a healthy influx of new releases to the region. The new Billboard 200 chart's…

  14. Darryl Worley Is Happy to Let Ronnie Milsap Headline His Tennessee River Run Concert

    August 15, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Darryl Worley is gearing up for an exciting weekend of fun in his hometown of Savannah, TN next month – and it's all for a great cause. The singer announced the lineup of events for September 12-14, which will culminate with the 12th Annual Tennessee River Run. This year, Worley will…

  15. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson Star in Toby Keith's Twister Relief Concert

    July 07, 2013 7:54 AM EDT Some of country music's biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that strafed the state. Organizers of the Twister…

  16. Scalpers Pass On Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

    July 05, 2013 4:30 AM EDT A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public. Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Garth Brooks are among the star-studded lineup…

  17. Sammy Hagar Joining Okla. Tornado Relief Concert

    June 19, 2013 10:09 PM EDT The former Van Halen frontman will join Toby Keith, Garth Brooks and more at the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert. Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is joining a star-studded country music concert planned to benefit victims of last month's deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. Toby Keith…

  18. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  19. Alice in Chains, Little Mix & John Fogerty Bound For Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 01, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Rock band Alice in Chains are set for their highest charting album since 1995, as "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" might start in the No. 2 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album might sell around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking…

  20. Darren Criss Debuts New Music on Solo Tour Kickoff: Video + Song Reviews

    May 30, 2013 9:25 AM EDT Darren Criss' much-anticipated first solo tour kicked off last night (May 29) at The Fillmore in San Francisco to fans screaming and singing along -- for the most part. While characteristically a Criss show features fans who know every word of every tune, this time the San Francisco…

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