1. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  2. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music

    August 08, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "They said, 'Y'know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player,'" Gibbons explains. ZZ Top is celebrating its 45th year as a band this year, commemorating it with the new compilation The Very Baddest of ZZ Top . But guitarist Billy Gibbons tells…

  3. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  4. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance

    January 18, 2014 1:45 AM EST On Jan. 18, 1964, the Fab Four graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' entered the Hot 100 at No. 45. Music, and our charts, would never be the same Fifty years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the…

  5. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  6. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  7. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chicago home. She said he had been sick but…

  8. The Top-Charting Holiday Albums Of The Past 25 Years

    December 01, 2010 2:45 PM EST It's the most wonderful time of the year for holiday albums. Make that the most wonderful time of the past 52 years . On the Billboard 200 released Thursday (Nov. 25), Susan Boyle 's holiday-themed "The Gift" spent a second week at No. 1, fending off Jackie Evancho 's…

  9. February 13, 2009

    February 13, 2009 5:49 PM EST - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each. 2002 - Country outlaw Waylon Jennings dies in his Arizona home after a long battle with…

  10. This Day in Music

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an airliner crash in Switzerland. She is 34. 2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is…

  11. This Day in Music

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Renowned dobro player Bashful Brother Oswald dies in Nashville after a lengthy illness. He is 90. Although only a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1995, Oswald played on the Opry stage for mo 2002 - Renowned dobro player Bashful Brother Oswald dies in Nashville after a lengthy…

  12. Chart Beat: Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou Harris and more! THE STATE OF CAPITOL: The stars have aligned for the Hollywood-and-Vine label. With Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" moving up one rung from 2-1 and Katy Perry's "I Kissed…

  13. This Day in Music

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail 2002 - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after…

  14. This Day in Music

    November 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an airliner crash in Switzerland. She is 34. 2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is…

  15. This Day in Music

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Renowned dobro player Bashful Brother Oswald dies in Nashville after a lengthy illness. He is 90. Although only a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1995, Oswald played on the Opry stage for mo 2002 - Renowned dobro player Bashful Brother Oswald dies in Nashville after a lengthy…

  16. Chart Beat

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Mims, Justin Timberlake, Trace Adkins and more! MIMS THE WORD: In the almost 49-year history of the Hot 100, only four songs have jumped to No. 1 from below the top 30. The first was Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This," which soared 52-1 the week of Oct. 5,…

  17. This Day in Music

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail 2002 - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after…

  18. This Day in Music

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1991 - </b>Cyndi Lauper is married in Manhattan to actor David Thornton.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an…

  19. Chart Beat Chat

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, George Michael and more. BACK TO THE 'DANCE' To: Mr. Fred Bronson I see on the Adult Contemporary chart that Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most" has hit No. 1 (for the week ending Nov. 18). I know that the…

  20. This Day in Music

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Veteran rock band Santana sees its newest release "Supernatural" jump to the top spot at the nation's retailers. It's the Carlos Santana-led group's first No. 1 release in 28 years.<br c 2002 - Renowned dobro player Bashful Brother Oswald…

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