1. Steel Magnolia Singer Enters Rehab

    September 30, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Joshua Scott Jones, the male half of country duo Steel Magnolia, has entered treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. Jones made the announcement Thursday afternoon on the duo's web site. "God has been on my heart to announce and make public that I have entered a rehabilitation…

  2. Could Tony Bennett Score His First Billboard 200 No. 1?

    September 22, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Legendary singer Tony Bennett may score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week as "Duets II" is on track to sell as many as 155,000 to 170,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to industry prognosticators. The closest the 14-time Grammy Award…

  3. Billboard Bits: Carrie Underwood Halfway Done New Album, New Avril Lavigne Video

    September 09, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carrie Underwood Halfway Through New Album Carrie Underwood has revealed that she is halfway done with the follow-up to 2009's "Play On." "I've been writing quite a bit. And I've been…

  4. George Strait Scores 84th Country Songs Top 10

    September 05, 2011 12:45 PM EDT G eorge Strait climbs closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s in the 67-year history of Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Here for a Good Time" rises 11-9. The song is Strait's 84th top 10 on the tally, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late…

  5. Jake Owen Finds His Footing With 'Barefoot and Blue Jean Night'

    August 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT With an opening slot on Keith Urban's Get Closer tour and a hot single in hand, Jake Owen is well-primed for the Aug. 29 release of his third RCA album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," out today (Aug. 30). Keith Urban Says 'Get Closer' Tour Will Be 'Inviting' …

  6. Meat Loaf Enlists Lil Jon, Chuck D for Upcoming 'Hell'-ish Album

    August 01, 2011 6:35 PM EDT As he continues to tour in support of his 2010 album "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" -- and to commemorate his 40th anniversary as a recording artist -- Meat Loaf has three new projects in the works, including a studio album that will feature rappers Chuck D from Public Enemy and Lil Jon . …

  7. Ask Billboard: Country, Where The Girls Aren't

    July 29, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  8. Top 25 Tours Of 2011 So Far

    July 27, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Chart Article The Top 25 Tours Of 2011 So Far After the bloodbath of 2010, and the more moderate pain of 2009, the touring industry came into 2011 more than a little gun-shy. As we take stock of the first half of the year, you can almost hear the sigh of relief. Based on numbers reported to…

  9. Amy Winehouse Mourned By Celebs on Twitter

    July 23, 2011 3:15 PM EDT The music world's reaction to Amy Winehouse's untimely passing Saturday (July 23) was swift and heartfelt. Here's our round-up of 27 singers', rockers' and rappers' tweets about the 27 year-old singer's death. Be sure to follow @billboarddotcom for all of…

  10. Shania Twain Returns To Country Songs Chart

    June 20, 2011 4:05 PM EDT The latest stop on Shania Twain 's multi-media comeback blitz: Billboard's Country Songs chart. The star singer/songwriter ends a six-year hiatus from the survey, as "Today Is Your Day" blasts in as the list's highest debut at No. 40. The bow marks the fourth-highest…

  11. Elminated 'Voice' Contestant Cherie Oakley On Getting to No. 1 With Reba

    June 01, 2011 2:52 PM EDT While NBC's "The Voice" has more than its fair share of performers who have released major label records, made popular videos and toured extensively, Cherie Oakley was the lone contestant with a No. 1 under her belt. 'The Voice': Top 16 Finalists Revealed, with a Kiss…

  12. Taylor Swift Says Broadway Inspired Her 'Speak Now' Tour

    June 01, 2011 8:21 AM EDT In another era, it was enough for artists from Hank Williams to Randy Travis to show up in a city, unpack their gear and play. Stage production for Willie Nelson was simply unfurling a Texas flag and launching into "Whiskey River." But as country has moved to bigger venues in a high…

  13. Hot Tours: Lady Gaga, George Strait, Ozzy Osbourne

    May 19, 2011 2:25 PM EDT L ady Gaga tops this week's Hot Tours ranking as the pop superstar posts more than $18.5 million in box office grosses from nine sold out performances on her Monster Ball Tour, that recently wrapped after some 200 shows. Included in the tally are concerts in North American arenas as well…

  14. 'The Voice': Contestants Grapple with Ne-Yo, Marvin Gaye, Who Classics

    May 18, 2011 12:35 PM EDT Oldies radio staples and Ne-Yo 's "Closer" were used to whittle down "The Voice" field Wednesday (May 17), with the four coaches making four smart decisions as they assemble their teams of four singers each. Only one of the battles was truly close. Tje Austin and…

  15. Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Married in Texas Ceremony

    May 15, 2011 11:53 AM EDT Country music's royal couple has officially tied the knot. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were married Saturday night at the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas, People.com reports. Photos: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Country's Royal Couple Among the guests in attendance…

  16. 'The Voice': Hopefuls Duke It Out for the Judges' Affections

    May 11, 2011 4:17 PM EDT "The Voice's" first mano-a-mano round Tuesday (May 10) saw the show's four coaches taking on the role of promoters and pairing their singers to duke it out in the show's boxing ring. Intriguingly, the four took different approaches in cutting one member from each team…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Adele, Richard Marx

    May 05, 2011 5:55 PM EDT 'MEAN' STREAK: Taylor Swift is having the last laugh on the brand of critic she skewers in her latest Country Songs top 10, "Mean." As the song lifts 12-9, Swift has reached the chart's top 10 with all 13 of her singles (excluding holiday fare) promoted to country…

  18. Reba McEntire, Monica, Sia Join 'The Voice' As Judge Advisors

    April 29, 2011 4:13 PM EDT It's not just about the four musician coaches anymore on NBC's "The Voice." The network announced on Friday that Reba McEntire , Monica , Sia and music producer Adam Blackstone have joined the series as new advisors who will help "judges" Christina Aguilera , Cee…

  19. Billboard Bits: New J.Lo Track Leaks, Big Boi Working With Modest Mouse

    April 28, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Big Boi Working on New Modest Mouse Album According to a series of Tweets, Big Boi has been in the studio with Modest Mouse, working with the band on its new record. The OutKast rapper said via his Twitter: "…

  20. 10 All-Female Hit Collaborations

    April 26, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With Rihanna and Britney Spears sharing space atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "S&M," and with Spears having released a remix of "Till the World Ends" featuring Ke$ha (the song's co-writer) and Nicki Minaj , all-female collaborations are enjoying a rare spotlight.…

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