1. The History of Country Music Gets an Update

    February 26, 2012 11:00 AM EST Country Music has enjoyed a rich history over the years, and the Country Music Foundation has released what many are considering to be the ultimate history book concerning the genre with the issue of The Encyclopedia of Country Music. A 626-page book of who's who, and what's what in…

  2. Johnny Cash's 80th Birthday, Legacy To Be Celebrated

    February 07, 2012 9:10 AM EST Like Elvis or Hank Williams , Johnny Cash retains a certain cachet in current popular culture even in death. More proof of his enduring legend is on the way as plans to celebrate what would have been the American icon's 80th birthday unfold later this month and year. There will be a…

  3. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones , Matthew and Gunnar Nelson,…

  4. Mike Doughty Opens 'Book of Drugs,' Says J.Lo & Music Thieves Saved His Life

    December 07, 2011 4:40 PM EST On His Soul Coughing Music: 'I Think It's Really, Really Bad' Mike Doughty's 2011 was not bad, not bad at all. The veteran singer/songwriter saw his latest collection of hypnotic, wistful, sometimes absurd acoustic-based missives, "Yes And Also Yes," land the…

  5. Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin Pay Tribute to Guy Clark

    November 14, 2011 2:15 PM EST He's one of the most revered writers to ever roam Music City, and the cream of the musical crop will be paying tribute to the great Guy Clark with the release of "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark." "Guy's songs are literature," says Lyle Lovett,…

  6. Marshall Grant, Who Brought 'Boom Chicka Boom' to Johnny Cash's Band, Dies

    August 09, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Not all pioneers know exactly where they're going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two. Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant - the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sunday morning at age 83 in Jonesboro, Ark.,…

  7. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow's Record Deal Dead, JT Mocks Himself Via Mozart

    May 23, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow's Record Deal Dead Following her leading role in "Country Strong" and numerous performances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow was rumored to be in talks with Atlantic regarding a…

  8. Jeff Bridges Taps 'Crazy Heart' Collaborators, Rosanne Cash for Solo Album

    May 10, 2011 11:07 PM EDT A track from the late Stephen Bruton that was left out of the film "Crazy Heart" will lead off Jeff Bridges' first solo album in 11 years. EMI's Blue Note will release the disc on Aug. 16. Bridges and his producer T-Bone Burnett , who first teamed on "Crazy Heart,…

  9. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez On 'Every Mother Counts' Documentary Soundtrack

    March 11, 2011 10:55 AM EST Starbucks will release a companion CD to Christy Turlington Burns' documentary "No Woman No Cry" that will include music from Rosanne Cash , the Dixie Chicks , Jennifer Lopez , Madonna , Sinead O'Connor , Gwyneth Paltrow and others. The "Every Mother Counts" CD…

  10. Jay-Z Joins List Of Artists-Turned-Authors With 'Decoded'

    November 05, 2010 3:00 PM EDT Reading music is taking on a different meaning of late. That's due to a growing number of high-profile autobiographies and memoirs written by music artists. Among the artists-turned-authors hitting bookstore shelves this year are Susan Boyle , Justin Bieber , Keith Richards, Vince Neil,…

  11. Ask Billboard: Lil Wayne Infects The Hot 100

    October 08, 2010 6:35 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 [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MEDICAL CHART…

  12. Billy Bragg Teams with Rosanne Cash, Joe Henry for New Album

    September 06, 2010 7:28 AM EDT B illy Bragg , Rosanne Cash and producer Joe Henry will be teaming up this fall for a new album that's slated to come out in 2011. The project, Bragg tells Billboard.com, is an outgrowth of Henry's biannual curation of a song cycle at the Ludwigsburger Sclossfestspiele in Germany,…

  13. Rosanne Cash Talks New Memoir, Relationship with Father

    September 03, 2010 5:50 PM EDT As a resident of New York for the last two decades, Rosanne Cash readily admits that she's no longer up on the latest music coming out of Nashville. But thanks to her 11-year-old son, Cash says she's kept up with the likes of Green Day , the Black Eyed Peas and Maino . "He has…

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Marc Cohn

    July 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT IS A 'TEENAGE' NUMBER: Katy Perry pounces onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 20 with "Teenage Dream," the follow-up to her six-week No. 1 "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg . After her first six chart entries debuted between Nos. 65 and 98, Perry has now…

  15. Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett Take Rural Route To 'Better' Album

    May 24, 2010 1:37 PM EDT A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Amex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 3 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the…

  16. Hall & Oates Bassist T-Bone Wolk Dies

    March 01, 2010 9:50 AM EST Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates and also recorded with Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, died Saturday (Feb. 27) of an apparent heart attack. Wolk was to have performed with Hall and Oates today as part of the one-year anniversary…

  17. Best Of 2009: Part 1

    December 15, 2009 4:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: John Mayer, Folk Albums, David Guetta

    November 26, 2009 1:05 PM EST MAYER RULES: John Mayer returns to the summit of the Billboard 200 after six years, as "Battle Studies" launches at No. 1. His "Heavier Things" opened atop the chart dated Sept. 27, 2003. The new set also starts atop Digital Albums and Rock Albums. Here is a look at the…

  19. Billboard 200 Undergoes Makeover

    November 17, 2009 11:31 AM EST Billboard has announced changes in the methodology of the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, while a new sales survey, Folk Albums, will join Billboard's chart menu. Effective with the 2010 chart year, which begins with the charts that will be refreshed on billboard.com…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, Kiss

    October 15, 2009 11:31 AM EDT '3,' OH '3': Check out yesterday's Chart Beat for the many highlights of Britney Spears ' Billboard Hot 100 coronation with "3." Perhaps no one is more excited about the achievement than Spears herself. In the wake of her ascension to No. 1, Spears…

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