1. Charlie McCoy Honors Hank Williams on 'Lonesome Whistle'

    July 26, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Charlie McCoy remembers getting the call some three years ago that he would be one of three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's an honor that he still can't believe at times, even today. "It's amazing," says McCoy. "Some days I wake up, and go…

  2. Q&A: Joe Walsh on 'Analog Man' and Post-Eagles Touring

    June 29, 2012 5:05 PM EDT While for many Joe Walsh is best known for his work with the Eagles, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has also enjoyed tremendous success as a member of the James Gang, and as a solo artist. He just released "Analog Man," his first solo album in 20 years, earlier this month, and will…

  3. Friday Flashback: Remembering Cindy Walker

    March 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT With the lone exception of Dolly Parton, it could be said that Cindy Walker was possibly the finest female songwriter in the history of country music. One of the more prolific writers in the format's history, she composed such classics as "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves and …

  4. Video: Will the 'Real Mitt Romney' Please Stand Up?

    March 22, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Lawyer who created viral Eminem/Romney mashup says use of the song is fair use. Mitt Romney takes on the form of Eminem in the latest viral video burning up YouTube, a mash-up of the GOP frontrunner's speeches set to the tune of "The Real Slim Shady." The man behind it all is…

  5. Van Halen Tour Review: It's the Eddie Show

    February 21, 2012 10:30 AM EST 'Eddie Van Halen Is Better Than Any Pyrotechnic Special Effect' Kool & the Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell asked the sold-out crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills if it was ready to party. Then if it was ready for Van Halen. Then if it was ready for David Lee Roth. The…

  6. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a family of sharecroppers, Gray, whose real…

  7. Barbara Orbison Dead at 60: Icon's Wife Was Steward of His Music

    December 07, 2011 9:50 AM EST Barbara Orbison, widow of rock n' roll pioneer Roy Orbison, died Tuesday on the 23rd anniversary of her husband's death, a family spokeswoman said. She was 60. Barbara Orbison died from pancreatic cancer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center surrounded by her sons, said publicist…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean

    October 28, 2011 1:05 PM EDT '21' = 13: As "21" logs a lucky 13th week at No. 1 on the IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE ...: As Justin Bieber bows (boughs?) on the Hot 100 at No. 11 with "Mistletoe," the first single from the teen star's holiday set, "Under the Mistletoe,…

  9. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of "The Playboy Club," singing …

  10. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as part of a separately-named, non-all-star…

  11. Chris Isaak Says Early Elvis Is 'In My DNA'

    August 18, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Chris Isaak says the forthcoming "Beyond The Sun" -- a collection of songs by Sun Records artists that he recorded in the famed Memphis studio -- is "an album I've been wanting to do probably my whole life." "If you asked me... If I had to be in a life or death…

  12. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 2011 6:55 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. ADULT …

  13. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Romeo Santos

    May 19, 2011 6:55 PM EDT THE LOVE OF 'GLORY': As previously reported , Lady Gaga blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 with "The Edge of Glory." The third single from "Born This Way," due Monday (May 23), follows the title cut, which spent its first six chart weeks at No. 1…

  15. Roy Orbison's Top Hot 100 Hits: A Playlist

    April 20, 2011 5:04 PM EDT The top 10 highest-ranking songs of Roy Orbison's career span nearly three decades, from his breakthrough "Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)" in 1960 to his final smash, "You Got It," in 1989. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of his birth, Billboard.com presents a…

  16. Roy Orbison's 75th Celebrated With New Singles Set

    April 15, 2011 2:32 PM EDT The B sides disc is just as interesting as the run of hits, for a number of reasons. Because Orbison wrote so much of his own material with partners Melson and Dees, and because he had such good outside material to draw from, both sides of his singles were generally strong, and Orbison's…

  17. 'American Idol' Hopeful John Wayne Schulz Released Album As a Teen

    February 02, 2011 10:27 PM EST If cowboy, country singer and "American Idol" hopeful John Wayne Schulz appeared comfortable during his Austin audition that aired Tuesday night (Feb. 2), there's a good reason -- the 23-year-old released an album by the time he was 14 years old. The ten-track set, titled "…

  18. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' Career Sales

    January 14, 2011 1:05 PM EST 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. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  19. Jason Mraz May Turn 'Tons of Material' Into Two New Albums

    August 26, 2010 10:35 AM EDT J ason Mraz says he has "tons and tons of material" for his next album -- and may, in fact, be working on two. "I've got two very different-sounding albums," Mraz, who won two Grammy awards for 2008's platinum "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things," tells…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

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