Merle Haggard

  1. Chart Moves: Trio of Tribute Albums Arrive on Billboard 200, Luke Bryan's ACM Gain, Cyndi Lauper's 'Unusual' Returns

    April 10, 2014 9:23 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack refused to budge from the No. 1 slot, clocking a ninth week atop the tally. The set sold 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Five ...

  2. ACMs Exec Producer R.A. Clark on Jay Brown Getting Shakira; Blake vs. Luke; Merle Haggard Tribute (Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 5:38 PM EDT ACM Awards executive producer R.A. Clark has been at this a long time -- 15 years and counting. The producer (and son of the late Dick Clark) helped put the show’s deep roots in the country music traditions of the west -- and the Bakersfield and H ...

  3. Country Music: America’s Labor Party (feat. Spotify Playlist)

    August 29, 2013 11:13 AM 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 weekend. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsl ...

  4. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best Country Song & Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:24 AM EST from twang and swing to rock and beyond, the best of the genre's diverse offerings had two things in common: heart and soul b est Country Song "Blown Away" Songwriters: Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Artist: Carrie Underwood From: Blown ...

  5. Rolling Stones Rock N.J. With Springsteen, Gaga, Others; Mourn Newtown at Final '50' Concert

    December 16, 2012 8:18 AM EST (Kevin Mazur, WireImage ) The Rolling Stones blew the roof off of New Jersey's Prudential Center last night, putting a cap on their brief 2012 run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. With a packed Prudential Cent ...

  6. Songwriter to Songwriter: Jamey Johnson to Hank Cochran

    October 08, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Jamey Johnson fetes country legend on new tribute album. At the very end of the spare, evocative "That's Why I Write Songs," the last track on Jamey Johnson's 2010 double-album "The Guitar Song", Johnson offers, bar ...

  7. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw Smash Record for NYC-Area Country Show With More Than 56K

    August 13, 2012 6:38 AM EDT Kenny Chesney concert is synonymous with summer and tailgating. Fans know this firsthand and keep coming back for more, helping the country singer top records year after year. Last summer, Chesney broke a 29-year-old record for most country ticket ...

  8. Donna Hilley, Former Sony ATV Nashville CEO, Dead at 65

    June 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Donna Hilley, who spent 31 years at Sony/ATV Nashville -- eventually becoming the company's president and CEO -- and was one of the most prominent female publishing executives in country music, died Wednesday [June 20] of an extended illness. ...

  9. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  10. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  11. Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

    June 06, 2012 9:12 AM EDT When Willie Nelson left Nashville for Austin in 1972, he wasn't exactly sure what direction the move would take him. What he did know was that he was dissatisfied with the music he was making in Nashville, and he was spending a lot of time in ...

  12. Bruce Springsteen's Enduring Effect on the Country Charts Influences Two Top 10 Singles

    May 08, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss. He's just taken on a different context. Bruce Springsteen, the most prominent rocker of the 1980s, is now a symbolic fencepost in modern country. If there's any doubt how much the New Jersey singe ...

  13. Kenny Roberts, Famed Singing Cowboy Yodeler, Dies

    April 30, 2012 4:03 PM EDT Famed singing cowboy yodeler, Kenny Roberts died yesterday at his home in Athol, Mass. He was 85. A noted country music performer for more than 65 years, Roberts was known as "America's King of the Yodelers" for his trademark perfor ...

  14. Dick Clark Could Rock, but He Started Out Country

    April 19, 2012 1:04 PM EDT The music universe is reeling due to the passing this week of Dick Clark at 82. Between his numerous television and radio credits, Clark enjoyed one of the longest entertainment careers of all time. While many obituaries today will (and should) fo ...

  15. Keith Urban Gets Surprise Invite To Join Grand Ole Opry

    April 11, 2012 3:56 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Keith Urban was slyly dropping hints about the surprises he had in store at the All For The Hall benefit concert this week, but little did he know the night's biggest surprise was aimed at him. Vince Gill and members ...

  16. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  17. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  18. Backbeat: What Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney All Share At Country Radio Seminar

    February 24, 2012 4:00 PM EST (L-R): Capitol Nashville COO Tom Becci; Capitol Nashville SVP Marketing Cindy Mabe; Capitol/EMI Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan; Alan Jackson; Capitol/EMI Nashville SVP Promotion Steve Hodges; EMI Nashville VP Promotion Angela Lange and ...

  19. George Strait Scores 85th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    February 06, 2012 4:16 PM EST George Strait pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 68-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 85th top 10 o ...

  20. Backbeat: Windish Agency, Ticketfly Throw L.A. Taco Party For Touring Execs @ New Echo Park Digs

    February 06, 2012 12:07 PM EST The Windish Agency president Tom Windish (left) welcomes the company's Chicago-based booking agent Sam Hunt to the firm's Los Angeles office in Echo Park, which opened last year. The new office is conveniently just steps away from Los An ...

  21. Web Trends: Johnny Otis, 'Godfather of R&B,' Dies at 90

    January 19, 2012 4:40 PM EST Google Trends: 10. Travis Barker - Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker threatens legal action over leaked nude photographs 12. Merle Haggard - Country singer Merle Haggard is hospitalized with pneumonia and had to cannel the rest of his tour dates. 14 ...

  22. Backbeat: The Gourds Celebrate Vanguard Records Debut Album At L.A. Release Party

    September 16, 2011 12:53 AM EDT "This is the biggest night of our career," Gourds accordionist/keyboardist Claude Bernard joked early on during the alt-country band's album release party at Los Angeles' Echo on Sept. 13. But the ear-to-ear smiles on concertgo ...

  23. Alabama Returns To Hot Country Songs Summit After 17 Years

    May 24, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Alabama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama last ruled Hot Country Songs with "Reckless" the week of No ...

  24. Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler Salute Paul McCartney at Kennedy Center Honors

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gwen Stefan i , Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow were among the performers who delivered stirring tributes to legendary entertainers during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. The ceremony, which honored Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, country singe ...

  25. Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney Receive Kennedy Center Honors Salute

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand today to salute entertainment luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, country singer Merle Haggard, composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones with the Kennedy Center Honors in Wash ...

  26. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will ...

  27. Merle Haggard Sues Environmental Group

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Country star Merle Haggard has sued an environmental awareness group, claiming it illegally used his name and likeness to raise money. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Chancery Court against the Green Train, a Nashville-based organization, and it ...

  28. Haggard Teams With Cracker Barrel

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country legend Merle Haggard has released "Working Man's Journey" through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a home-style restaurants and gift shops chain. The collection of 12 previously unreleased recordings is on sale now for $11. ...

  29. BMI To Honor Haggard

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Country music legend Merle Haggard will be honored with BMI's prestigious Icon award during the performing rights organization's 54th annual country awards, set for Nov. 4 in Nashville. Country music legend Merle Haggard will be honored ...

  30. Country Singer Bonnie Owens Dies

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped build the careers of country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, has died. She was 76. Owens died at a Bakersfield hospice hospital Monday after a Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped ...

  31. Update: Three Haggard Shows Back On

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After initially pulling the plug on all of his dates for the rest of the year due to respiratory problems, Merle Haggard has decided to move forward with three Texas shows in early October. After initially pulling the plug on all of his dates for ...

  32. Haggard's Health Nixes Concert Dates

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nine gigs scrapped due to respiratory problems. Country legend Merle Haggard, 68, has cancelled his dates for the remainder of the year due to respiratory problems. A brief tour was to begin Oct. 1 in San Antonio. A total of nine dates in Texas, A ...