1. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

  2. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies

    September 26, 2012 10:05 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once…

  3. Ray Stevens Laments Lack of Comedy on Radio

    March 08, 2012 7:00 PM EST With such notable recordings to his credit as "In the Mood," "Shriners' Convention," as well as the perennial Yuletide classic "Santa Claus Is Watching You," Ray Stevens has become one of the biggest comedy recording stars of all time. The entertainer looks…

  4. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Aug. 4, 1958, from Ricky Nelson 's "…

  5. Ray Stevens Has YouTube Hit With Pro-Arizona Song

    June 01, 2010 6:29 PM EDT Country singer-songwriter Ray Stevens, best known for his satirical songs, has racked up almost 1.9 million YouTube views with his "Come To The USA" video in little more than two weeks. The controversial musician's latest song is a comment on Arizona's immigration law - he…

  6. Taylor Swift Wins BMI Award For Top Song

    November 11, 2009 7:32 AM EST Taylor Swift started what could be an interesting week with her second straight song of the year award at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, where Kris Kristofferson was honored as an icon. Swift won for her song "Love Story" at the ceremony on Tuesday (Nov. 10) - the night before…

  7. May 26, 2009

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Rapper Xzibit’s two-week-old son, Xavier Kingston Joiner, dies from complications of premature birth. 2006 – Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, welcome their fist son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, born in Los Angeles. 2004 – Fantasia Barrino wins…

  8. May 17, 2009

    May 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Hard Candy,” Madonna. 2008 – A pregnant Ashlee Simpson marries Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy in the backyard of her parents’ home in Encino, Calif. 1992 – Bandleader Lawrence Welk dies in Santa Monica, Calif., of pneumonia at age 89. 1983 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:…

  9. This Day in Music

    May 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, taking home four honors, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. Keith picks up album of the year f 2004 - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards,…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Wilson was the surprise winner in the female voca 2005 - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music…

  11. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lavigne wins for favorite female artist and breakthrough artist, as well as the style awar 2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the…

  12. This Day in Music

    May 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, taking home four honors, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. Keith picks up album of the year f 2004 - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards,…

  13. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Wilson was the surprise winner in the female voca 2005 - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music…

  14. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lavigne wins for favorite female artist and breakthrough artist, as well as the style awar 2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses corrected charts, Akon, "Weird Al" Yankovic and more with his readers. DIFFERENT CHART, DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES As you know, a Nielsen SoundScan error caused by delayed data from one retailer forced Billboard to recompile most of its charts for the issue dated Oct. 7.…

  16. Chart Beat

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks wrests The Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 crown away from Shakira and Wyclef Jean, plus news on Taylor Swift, Billie Joel and Rascal Flatts. 'HIPS' SLIPS; HICKS CLICKS: America's love affair with "American Idol" hasn't abated, as evidenced by the series…

  17. This Day in Music

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>The British punk revivalist band Manic Street Preachers refuse to play a concert to mark the opening of Wales' parliament because Queen Elizabeth II is present. The Welsh group has vowed 2004 - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>They Might Be Giants begins offering its second MP3-only release, the EP "Working Undercover For The Man." Comprised of all new, previously unreleased studio recordings, the eight-song s 2005 - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the…

  19. Chart Beat

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ne-Yo, James Blunt, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Sting and Jessi Colter are among those making noteworthy moves and news. RAPID TRANSIT: The turnover rate of No. 1 songs on The Billboard Hot 100 continues at an accelerated pace, the fastest in eight years. After just one week at the…

  20. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Newcomer Nelly Furtado grabs five 2001 Juno Awards nominations for her debut album, "Whoa Nelly!"<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the…

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