1. Merle Haggard Cancels Shows Due to Illness

    September 16, 2010 3:20 PM EDT Country music icon Merle Haggard has canceled the rest of his September schedule of shows due to illness. Haggard publicist Tresa Redburn says Haggard has a chest infection and is doing well. The 73-year-old had surgery for lung cancer in 2008 but she says the illness is unrelated. Haggard is…

  2. Paul McCartney, Oprah, Merle Haggard Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 07, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Oprah Winfrey is giving up control over one show she'll be in this fall: the Kennedy Center Honors. The 56-year-old TV host and actress will be honored at the 33rd annual event in Washington on Dec. 5, along with musician and former Beatles member Paul McCartney , dancer, choreographer…

  3. Miranda Lambert Makes History With 9 CMA Award Nominations

    September 01, 2010 11:15 AM EDT M iranda Lambert made history Wednesday morning when she was nominated for nine CMA Awards, the most ever for a female country music artist. She'll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton . Lady A earned the second most nominations with five and Shelton…

  4. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  5. Kid Rock To Host CMT Awards, Offer Songs For Download

    April 30, 2010 2:02 PM EDT After laying relatively low in recent months, Kid Rock is gearing up for some greater visibility as he prepares for the expected fall release of his next album. The Michigan-based rocker, who's currently on the high seas finishing his first Chillin' The Most Cruise, has been…

  6. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Elvis Presley, Rihanna

    January 14, 2010 12:35 PM EST 'ANIMAL' KINGDOM: And Ke$ha thought she had reason to party before. As previously reported , the 22-year-old leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with her debut smash "TiK ToK," while her introductory album, "Animal," roars onto the Billboard 200 at No.…

  7. Peter Wolf Taps Shelby Lynne, Neko Case For 'Souvenirs'

    January 04, 2010 9:14 AM EST Peter Wolf has set an April 6 release date for "Midnight Souvenirs," his seventh solo album and first set of new material in eight years. "It's music based on the influences that I enjoy and grew up with," the J. Geils Band frontman tells Billboard.com about the 14…

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Susan Boyle, Willie Nelson

    December 31, 2009 11:30 AM EST $TILL NO. 1: Ke$ha says that the "$" in her name is an ironic ode to her belief that, "There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money." Regardless, the cash is pouring in, thanks to the success of "TiK ToK," which leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a…

  9. Bonnaroo 2010 Dates, Presale Announced

    November 19, 2009 3:58 PM EST The ninth Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be held June 10-13, 2010, on its usual site in Manchester, Tenn., an hour southeast of Nashville. The first round of ticket pre-sales begins Friday, Nov. 27; a lineup announcement is expected early next year. Ticket sale information can be found…

  10. Keith Urban, Sugarland To Headline 2010 Stagecoach Festival

    October 08, 2009 2:09 PM EDT Keith Urban , Toby Keith , Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are confirmed to headline the fourth annual Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival, it was announced today (Oct. 8). The two-day outdoor fest will take place April 24-25, 2010 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.…

  11. Bonnaroo 2009 A Huge Success, Attendance 'Up Dramatically'

    June 15, 2009 10:27 AM EDT Phish wrapped Bonnaroo 2009 last night ( with a sit-in from Bruce Springsteen ), drawing the curtain on what producers feel was their most successful event ever on many levels. Check out Billboard's Full Bonnaroo Coverage : Performance and backstage video , photos , set reviews , and…

  12. Phish Jams With Springsteen On Bonnaroo's Closing Night

    June 15, 2009 8:14 AM EDT Headliner met headliner on Bonnaroo's final evening as Bruce Springsteen joined Phish on stage Sunday to close out the four-day festival in grand fashion. After being introduced by Phish frontman/guitarist Trey Anastasio as his "boyhood hero and still hero," Springsteen first…

  13. Chart Beat: 3OH!3, Bob Dylan, Jason Aldean

    May 07, 2009 2:19 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. 3'S…

  14. Steve Earle Ready To Take 'Townes' On The Road

    May 07, 2009 12:22 PM EDT Steve Earle, whose new album of Townes Van Zandt songs arrives in stores next week, is set to hit the road later this month. After a string of radio gigs and in-store appearances at local record shops - including an appearance on the Tavis Smiley Show on May 13 - Earle will embark on a proper…

  15. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  16. Tanya Tucker Debuts Single, Talks New Album

    April 17, 2009 3:08 PM EDT "Love's Gonna Live Here" - Tanya Tucker Listen to our exclusive stream of Tanya Tucker's new single "Love's Gonna Live Here." Few artists have had longer or more colorful careers than Tanya Tucker. Country music's original teen sensation, Tucker landed…

  17. Peter Wolf Preps Solo Record, J. Geils Reunion

    April 14, 2009 3:08 PM EDT It's been seven years since Peter Wolf last released a solo album, but the J. Geils Band frontman is planning to end that drought later this year. Wolf tells Billboard.com that his as-yet-untitled album, his first since "Sleepless" in 2002, will be out "sometime during the…

  18. Charlie Louvin Returns At 81 With Two New Albums

    April 03, 2009 4:36 PM EDT "I was going to call these albums 'Heaven' and 'Hell,' " Charlie Louvin says in his smooth Southern drawl. He's talking about his two most recent projects, which he recorded last year at the age of 81: the gospel collection "Steps to Heaven" and…

  19. Booker T.'s New Band: The Drive By Truckers

    March 31, 2009 9:12 AM EDT Two years ago, Booker T. Jones went to South by Southwest and ended up performing with his old band and connecting with a new one. After playing a showcase with the MG's—the Stax Records house band that backed Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others and became famous for instrumentals…

  20. Country Songs Inspire TV Dramas

    March 13, 2009 11:30 AM EDT Country songs can sure tell stories. Now the TV production company Granada America wants to make some of those stories into a series of one-hour TV dramas. The film-producing duo of Mark Roberts and Lorena David ("Strangers With Candy," "Extreme Dating") pitched the…

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