1. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and More Set to Perform at NBC Benefit Concert for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

    May 24, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Following through on his promise of an assured benefit show for victims of the Oklahoma Tornado that ravaged the area this week, "The Voice" judge and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton has organized a "Healing in the Heartland" concert/telethon to air on NBC live on…

  2. George Strait Scores 86th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    May 15, 2013 7:15 PM EDT The King of Country pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s all-time George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Give It All We Got Tonight" rises 12…

  3. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  4. George Jones Returns to Billboard Country Charts

    May 02, 2013 12:55 PM EDT The late legend ranks at his highest spot on Hot Country Songs since 1990, as his classic 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' charts again Legendary producer Billy Sherrill gets the last laugh on his dear friend and fellow Country Music Hall of Fame honoree George Jones, as "He…

  5. Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Other Hall of Famers Mourn George Jones

    April 26, 2013 3:56 PM EDT PHOTOS: Remembering The Possum • George Jones Dead at 81 • The King of Country Charts • Stars React on Twitter • Jones' Billboard Interview Loretta Lynn , Merle Haggard and other living legends of country music are taking George Jones' death hard, an unsurprising reaction to the…

  6. George Jones Mourned on Twitter by Country Stars & More

    April 26, 2013 12:40 PM EDT When the sad news about the death of country icon George Jones broke today (April 26), stars from Nashville and beyond took to twitter to mourn the loss and share memories of the music legend. Here's a smapling of what Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Martina…

  7. Casey Donahew Band Brings 'Red Dirt' Sound To Top 10

    April 25, 2013 4:00 PM EDT A bevy of titles infuse the Top Country Albums chart's top 10 without the aid of country radio Casey Donahew Band leads a string of top 20 debuts onto Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, none of which are driven by mainstream, large-market country radio airplay.   A staple on…

  8. Luke Bryan Scores Upset at ACM Awards, but Miranda Lambert Is Big Winner

    April 07, 2013 11:19 PM EDT The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards proved to be one fine education in partying, country style. Many of the evening's performances from Las Vegas proved to be very much attitude laden -- and the winners reflected this, with Luke Bryan taking the top prize, in what will…

  9. Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and More Join ACM Awards Presenters

    April 03, 2013 9:54 PM EDT Miranda Lambert, John Fogerty, Kacey Musgraves and other stars will present at the April 7 ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and other stars will take the stage as 48th Annual ACM Awards presenters, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced on Wednesday. John…

  10. Stevie Wonder, Hunter Hayes Teaming Up at ACMs

    April 02, 2013 8:46 AM EDT Ahead of Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, show producers revealed several performance details during a conference call with reporters on Monday. Among the revelations: Taylor Swift and Keith Urban will join Tim McGraw for a performance of "Highway Don’t Care," and Hunter…

  11. Blake Shelton on New Album, 'Voice' Future: 'Something Has to Give at Some Point'

    March 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT For reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton, the title of his new album -- "Based On A True Story" -- is about as realistic as it gets. The album, which is in stores Tuesday, is full of songs that the singer can identify with first hand. "Every song on the album,…

  12. The Band Perry: Billboard Cover Story

    March 15, 2013 4:30 PM EDT After 18 months and a false start with super-producer Rick Rubin, the Band Perry returns with "Pioneer" ... Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot and making of the album This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard.…

  13. 615 Spotlight: Ashley Monroe's 'Like a Rose'

    January 25, 2013 2:40 AM EST For a Pistol Annie's sophomore album, the timing is just right Every so often, an album by a female vocalist comes around that makes a truly lasting impact. Emmylou Harris's "Roses In The Snow," Reba McEntire's "Whoever's In New England" or Lee Ann…

  14. Tim McGraw Adds 'One' More Country Airplay Top 10, Blake Shelton Bounds On Country Songs

    January 17, 2013 4:05 PM EST Meanwhile, Train's "Bruises" with Ashley Monroe enters top 50. Tim McGraw notches his 48th top 10 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "One of Those Nights" lifts 12-9. McGraw first reached the bracket the week of March 26, 1994, with "…

  15. Luke Bryan to Join Blake Shelton as ACMs Co-host, Show Set for April 7

    January 08, 2013 8:42 PM EST Luke Bryan is joining Blake Shelton to co-host the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy also says in a Tuesday news release that this year's show will be held April 7 and Brad Paisley will host the ACM Fan Jam, a satellite event held simultaneously with the awards show. Reba…

  16. Kelly Clarkson Engaged: 'Happiest Night of My Life!'

    December 15, 2012 8:45 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is officially off the market. The season one "American Idol" champion took to Twitter on Saturday to make the announcement to her fans, tweeting "I'M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y'all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with…

  17. Jana Kramer Hopes You Like 'Whiskey'

    December 06, 2012 5:40 PM EST A new single for the "Why Ya Wanna" star, who plays the Bonfire Jam in Florida this weekend What a year it's been for Jana Kramer , the country newcomer whose debut single "Why Ya Wanna" reached No. 3 on Country Songs and who this weekend shares a bill with Gretchen…

  18. 10 Hottest Holiday Albums of 2012

    November 28, 2012 3:35 PM EST If it seems like everyone is putting out a Christmas album this year, it's no coincidence: holiday albums have become one of the few surefire ways to still sell music. Not only was Michael Buble's "Christmas" the second biggest seller last year, the top 200 holiday albums…

  19. Kelly Clarkson Has Some 'Bowie Meets U2' Music in Her Back Pocket

    November 20, 2012 1:50 PM EST Getting some new songs together for her upcoming greatest hits album may have put Kelly Clarkson on the path for her next set of all-new material. The inaugural "American Idol" champ tells Billboard that she recorded six new songs for "Greatest Hits -- Chapter One," out…

  20. Yo La Tengo Announces New Album & Tour Dates

    November 14, 2012 12:05 PM EST Veteran indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo will release "Fade," the follow-up to their previous album "Popular Songs," on Jan. 15, 2013, through Matador. The label announced the release date for the group's 13th studio album, as well as YLT's 2013 touring schedule, on…

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