1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  10. Faithfull Surrounded By Stars On New Album

    January 22, 2009 5:08 PM EST Veteran vocalist Marianne Faithfull is surrounded by top-shelf collaborators on the album "Easy Come, Easy Go," due March 17 from Decca. The Hal Willner-produced project, his first full album with Faithfull since 1987, features covers of Morrissey's "Dear God Please Help…

  11. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. Ertegun was critically injured when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New Yor 2006 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell…

  12. Fogerty Revisits 'Blue Ridge' On New Album

    December 10, 2008 12:01 AM EST A pair of returns will mark a creative outburst from John Fogerty in 2009. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman is finishing work on "John Fogerty: The Return of the Blue Ridge Rangers," a sequel of sorts to his 1973 solo set of vintage country and roots covers, "…

  13. This Day in Music

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sonic Youth principal Kim Gordon offers the U.S. premiere of her film, "Perfect Partner," and participates in a live performance of the soundtrack at Montclair State University in Montclair, N. 2006 - Sonic Youth principal Kim Gordon offers the U.S. premiere of her film, …

  14. This Day in Music

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup adds the U.K. to its list of European conquests as its novelty hit "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" goes straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. 2002 - Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup adds the U.K. to its list of European conquests as its…

  15. Cash 'Folsom' Box Loaded With Unreleased Tracks

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new three-disc CD/DVD box set that features unreleased material from Johnny Cash's legendary 1968 concerts at Folsom State Prison in California will be released Oct. 14 via Columbia/Legacy. A new three-disc CD/DVD box set that features unreleased material from Johnny Cash's…

  16. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. Ertegun was critically injured when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New Yor 2006 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell…

  17. This Day in Music

    October 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Sonic Youth principal Kim Gordon offers the U.S. premiere of her film, "Perfect Partner," and participates in a live performance of the soundtrack at Montclair State University in Montclair, N. 2006 - Sonic Youth principal Kim Gordon offers the U.S. premiere of her film, …

  18. This Day in Music

    October 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup adds the U.K. to its list of European conquests as its novelty hit "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" goes straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. 2002 - Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup adds the U.K. to its list of European conquests as its…

  19. The Billboard Q&A: Merle Haggard

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hard as it is to believe, Merle Haggard has never made a bluegrass album in his more than 40 years of recording. Until now. For the first time in 80-some records, "The Bluegrass Sessions" puts Hag, as Hard as it is to believe, Merle Haggard has never made a bluegrass album in his…

  20. Sarah Johns

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One of the first triumphs of Sarah Johns' country music career was getting flipped off by audiences when she opened shows for Toby Keith. One of the first triumphs of Sarah Johns' country music career was getting flipped off by audiences when she opened shows for Toby Keith. That…

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