1. Joanna Smith: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 10:37 AM EST Joanna Smith Genre: Country With its playful spirit and thoughtful observations on rural life, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joanna Smith's music evokes both Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Produced by Jimmy Ritchey (Vince Gill, Randy Owen) and Phillip White (Rascal Flatts, Reba…

  2. Steel Magnolia Spins Reality TV Fame Into Chart Success with Debut Album

    January 21, 2011 3:48 PM EST Reality TV exposure can be either a blessing or a curse for a new act. For Steel Magnolia , season-two winner of CMT's "Can You Duet?," that exposure has definitely been a blessing by way of a top five single ("Keep On Lovin' You") and an opening slot on Brad…

  3. In 'Country Strong' Movie, Gwyneth Paltrow Channels Her Inner Singer

    January 07, 2011 4:22 PM EST "Country Strong," out in theaters today (Jan. 7), represents an odd amalgamation of entertainment genres. Pop stars Britney Spears and Michael Jackson inspired the film's heartbreaking theme, fleshed out by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is cast as fallen singer Kelly Canter. Meanwhile,…

  4. Billboard Bits: Is Kim Kardashian Collaborating With Kanye West?

    December 29, 2010 6:31 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Is Kim Kardashian Collaborating With Kanye West? Kim Kardashian, who is supposedly working with The-Dream on her debut album, may have another rap collaboration up her sleeve -- with Kanye West . The two were…

  5. Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler Salute Paul McCartney at Kennedy Center Honors

    December 29, 2010 11:15 AM EST G wen Stefani , Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow were among the performers who delivered stirring tributes to legendary entertainers during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. The ceremony, which honored Paul McCartney , Oprah Winfrey, country singer Merle Haggard , composer Jerry Herman and…

  6. Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey Saluted At Kennedy Center Honors

    December 06, 2010 10:28 AM EST President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand today to salute entertainment luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney , country singer Merle Haggard , composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones with the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Hollywood's A-List was…

  7. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late legend…

  8. Nelly's 'Dream' Makes No. 1 A Reality

    November 10, 2010 1:05 PM EST SWEET 'DREAM': Nelly extends his lead for most Pop Songs No. 1s among rappers, as "Just a Dream" rises 2-1. The song is the hip-hop star's fifth No. 1, distancing him further from Eminem , who ranks second with three rap toppers. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow …

  9. Photos: Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Buffalo Springfield Rock Bridge School

    October 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT It's not every day that Neil Young , Pearl Jam , Elton John & Leon Russell , Buffalo Springfield and a dozen other renowned rockers gather on the same stage for a weekend-long jam, but at the 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit (Oct. 23-24) in Mountain View, Calif., the pairings of…

  10. 'Barbra Streisand': What's In A Name?

    October 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Iconic entertainer Barbra Streisand has charted three times on Dance/Club Play Songs. In 1979, she reached No. 13 with "The Main Event/Fight" and No. 1 for four weeks with the Donna Summer duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." The legendary diva notched her third and…

  11. Kenny Chesney Scores A Perfect 10

    September 29, 2010 1:05 PM EDT THE 'FALL' GUY: A week after the onset of autumn (Sept. 22), Kenny Chesney fittingly tops Country Songs with "The Boys of Fall," which rises 2-1. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 30) on Billboard.com. The football-themed tale grants Chesney a Country Songs No.…

  12. Darius Rucker Aims to Extend Win Streak with 'Charleston'

    September 17, 2010 4:16 PM EDT D arius Rucker admits that the pressure's on, but he doesn't mind. The first three singles from his 2008 Capitol Records Nashville debut, "Learn to Live," hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The album itself debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and was…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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