1. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  2. The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd Lift Williams Syndrome Campers' Lives at Country Music Camp

    June 30, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Last week was a special one for 30 campers from across the country, who descended upon Nashville for the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Music Camp. Held June 23-27, the five-day event provided music enrichment through performance and education for campers who have been diagnosed with…

  3. Miranda Lambert Scores Record Fifth Career-Opening No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The singer passes Carrie Underwood, who's begun with four No. 1s. Plus, moves for Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town. As "Platinum" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the…

  4. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  5. Little Big Town's 'Drinking' Song Is the 'Tip of the Iceberg' for New Album

    June 09, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Little Big Town has had a lot going on with the CMA Music Festival being this week in Nashville. On Wednesday, the award-winning vocal group debuted their new single "Day Drinking," on the CMT Music Awards, and also performed the song during their Saturday night LP Field performance…

  6. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  7. Engelbert Humperdinck Pairs With Gene Simmons, Elton John on First Duets Album

    February 27, 2014 2:15 PM EST Engelbert Humperdinck decided to do an album of duets -- a two-disc, 23-track duets set with Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Il Divo, Willie Nelson, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Wynonna Judd and more -- for one simple reason: He'd never done it before. "I figured this'll be my 80th…

  8. Jennifer Nettles Nets Solo No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    January 23, 2014 12:23 PM EST Nettles continues her chart-topping ways first established with Sugarland. Plus, Rosanne Cash and John Pardi debut new sets and Florida Georgia Line remakes Garth Brooks With Sugarland, the duo she comprises with Kristian Bush, on indefinite hiatus, Jennifer Nettles storms onto Billboard&…

  9. Trace Adkins Enters Rehab

    January 16, 2014 1:00 AM EST Country singer Trace Adkins has entered alcohol rehab. Adkins' publicist tells Country Weekly and confirms to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the singer entered rehab after consuming alcohol during the Country Cruising cruise. The 52-year-old "Celebrity Apprentice"…

  10. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  11. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  12. Kellie Pickler Wins 'Dancing With the Stars'

    May 22, 2013 9:23 AM EDT Kellie Pickler came into the final "Dancing With the Stars" episode in second place but finished in first. The 26-year-old country singer won the show's mirror ball trophy Tuesday. "This is amazing!" she beamed to her professional partner, Derek Hough. The pair…

  13. 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…

  14. George Jones: An Appreciation By Brad Paisley

    May 03, 2013 5:50 PM EDT "The Possum" took every setback life threw at him and turned it into music I grew up a huge fan of George Jones. I was familiar with the legends, the hard-luck stories, the accounts of missed gigs and drunken riding-mower notoriety. I was mesmerized by his voice, like almost…

  15. George Jones Funeral: Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Kid Rock, Laura Bush and More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 2:08 PM EDT George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funeral has turned out to be a farewell fit for a…

  16. Justin Timberlake Joins Exclusive Group Of Successful Soloists

    March 27, 2013 11:30 AM EDT JT becomes just the sixth artist to have tallied at least two Billboard 200 No. 1s each in a group and as a soloist. And, half the list consists of Beatles. As previously reported , Justin Timberlake's third solo album, "The 20/20 Experience," debuts at No. 1 on the…

  17. Mindy McCready's Death: Country Stars React on Twitter

    February 18, 2013 1:30 AM EST News of singer Mindy McCready's apparent suicide prompted Country music stars from Carrie Underwood to Jason Aldean to tweet prayers and rememberances.. News of Country singer Mindy McCready's apparent suicide saddened the music world on Sunday night (February 17) and prompted…

  18. Tamia Returns After Six-Year Hiatus With 'Beautiful Surprise'

    September 22, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Six years have elapsed since Tamia's last album, but the singer/songwriter is picking up right where she left off. The R&B artist's fifth album, "Beautiful Surprise," debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart following its Aug. 28 release.…

  19. 615 Artist Spotlight: The Roys

    August 29, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Bluegrass Duo Releases 'New Day Dawning' This week is a big one in the career of rising bluegrass duo The Roys . The brother-sister duo release their second project for Rural Rhythm, "New Day Dawning." It is their follow-up to their well-received "Lonesome Whistle…

  20. Wynonna Judd Resumes Tour After Husband's Crash

    August 28, 2012 10:27 PM EDT Wynonna Judd is going back on tour after her husband lost his left leg in a motorcycle crash. She says in a statement that husband Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser "continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation." Moser was also her drummer. Judd says…

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