Willie Nelson

  1. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 on Top Country Albums in 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 4:01 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more. With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longes ...

  2. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  3. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will block both acts from the No. 1 slot. Industry sources forecast D ...

  4. Cher Claims Top Spot on Hot Tours with $15.5M in Revenue

    May 29, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Cher takes her Dressed to Kill tour to No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue reported from the legendary entertainer’s ongoing North American trek. Sold out performances from April 23 through May 17 are i ...

  5. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. Heart Pulls Out of SeaWorld Show Amid Peti ...

  6. Pete Seeger: A Personal Tribute

    January 28, 2014 8:07 AM EST This is how I first learned from Pete Seeger that we only move forward when we all pull together: We stood in a line, our feet braced against the gentle rocking of the boat, our young fingers grasping the thick, braided halyard. Then, at the di ...

  7. Ken Burns Making Documentary on Country Music

    January 20, 2014 4:02 PM EST PBS documentary maker Ken Burns is examining the roots of country music and how it has changed through the present day for a multi-episode series on public broadcasting. Country fans have a wait ahead of them, though. PBS said Monday that Burns� ...

  8. Ray Price Remembrance: ‘A Good Fella, A Damn Good Singer ’

    December 17, 2013 12:07 PM EST Ray Waddell is Billboard's executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment. When I heard Ray Price’s final public statement as he went home to face the end of his life, I can’t say I was surprised, not by his ...

  9. Morning Fix: Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Due Jan. 14; Sillerman on Rock in Rio Deal; AMAs Winners' List; Blur Cancel Big Day Out Appearance

    November 25, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, 'HIGH HOPES,' OUT 1/14/14 Bruce Springsteen today announced the release of his 18th studio album 'High Hopes,' which is set for release on ...

  10. Willie Nelson's Tell-All Autobiography Due in 2015

    October 30, 2013 1:04 PM EDT At age 80, Willie Nelson is ready to say it all. Little, Brown and Company announced Wednesday that the country music superstar has a book deal with the publisher. Although Nelson is the author of several books, Little, Brown promises that this ...

  11. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Spends Year on the Charts, Eric Clapton's 'Unplugged' Returns

    October 25, 2013 3:52 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Pearl Jam claimed its fifth No. 1 album with the arrival of "Lightning Bolt." The set logged the largest debut this year for a rock album, starting with 166,000 sold, according to Nielsen So ...

  12. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:39 PM EDT Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the Girls…" enters at No. 2. He also claims his best Nielsen SoundScan week and ...

  13. Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam captures its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lightning Bolt" strikes atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pearl Jam also previously topped the Billboard 200 wit ...

  14. Avett Brothers, Paul McCartney Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 18, 2013 8:38 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album, while rock legend Paul McCartney is heading for the top five with his latest effort, "New." Also aiming for the top five are the Avett Brothers, wi ...

  15. Backbeat: Farm Aid 2013 -- Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 24, 2013 5:47 AM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Sarat ...

  16. Toby Keith's Tornado Recovery Benefit Raises $2M

    September 12, 2013 1:05 AM EDT A tornado relief concert organized by country performer Toby Keith has raised $2 million that will go to a fund run by the United Way of Central Oklahoma - and there's still more money to be counted. Organizers told the Norman Transcript ne ...

  17. Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

    August 13, 2013 5:41 PM EDT If you were to look at just his chart statistics as a solo artist, the career of Tompall Glaser might not seem particularly legendary. He only placed eight singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart between 1973 and 1978, with only two ...

  18. Backbeat Byte: At Outside Lands, Dawes Drummer Griffin Goldsmith Hints at 'Big News' for Band's Vanity Label

    August 13, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Billboard caught up with drummer Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes backstage at the Sutro stage just following the band's incendiary set late Sunday at Outside Lands , where he was hanging out with Jessica Phelps from their management company Q Pr ...

  19. Jody Payne, Willie Nelson Guitarist, Dies at 77

    August 10, 2013 10:52 PM EDT Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, has died. He was 77. Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday (August 10) at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got u ...

  20. Amos Lee, At Farm Aid Benefit, Says He'’s Finished With Followup To Chart-Topping “'Mission Bell'

    April 29, 2013 2:43 PM EDT "“This is something I believe in,”" singer/songwriter Amos Lee said, relaxing offstage moments after playing a intimate benefit concert in Manhattan April 24 for Farm Aid , the music-industry-backed group that supports American farmers ...

  21. Willie Nelson Turns 80th B'day Concert Into Texas Blast Benefit

    April 19, 2013 3:50 AM EDT Willie Nelson said Thursday that he will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. The country music icon still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles ...

  22. Outside Lands 2013: Paul McCartney, Phoenix and Nine Inch Nails Top Lineup

    April 16, 2013 12:36 PM EDT Paul McCartney is adding to his busy summer with top billing at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will take root in San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park from August 9 - 11. For his first time at OSL, the former Beatl ...

  23. Harry Connick Jr., Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson Bring Christmas to Austin

    March 11, 2013 5:17 PM EDT The biggest collection of Texas musicians onscreen is in, of all things, a Christmas movie. Set in Austin and starring Harry Connick Jr., the cast of "When Angels Sing" includes Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Sarah Hic ...

  24. Green Day, Chicago Blues, 'Sound City’ to Screen at SXSW

    January 31, 2013 3:01 PM EST SXSW will screen the world premieres of two films about Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day as well as films about the racial mix in the 1960s Chicago blues world, Burning Man and the travels of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz. In addit ...

  25. Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management

    January 22, 2013 6:43 PM EST Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients. Best know ...

  26. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  27. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Concord Music Being Shopped to Private-Equity Firms, Not Strategic Suitors

    December 05, 2012 8:27 PM EST Reports that the Concord Music Group is up for sale are true, knowledgeable sources say. But there is one key factor that appears to have been overlooked thus far: management is controlling the company's sale process so far. Consequently, Con ...

  30. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  31. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  32. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent Onto Hot 100

    October 11, 2012 5:14 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains bulleted at No. 2. Plus, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Adel ...

  33. Six Questions with James Dolan

    October 10, 2012 6:43 AM EDT He's a blues musician who opens for the Eagles, gets covered by Willie Nelson and is managed by Irving Azoff. And he also happens to have a day job running Cablevision, the Madison Square Garden Co., the New York Knicks and the New York Ran ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Backbeat: Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Crazy Horse Rock To Support Farm Aid 2012

    September 25, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Willie Nelson, left, draws a smile from Neil Young as the two play Young's song "Homegrown" at Farm Aid 2012. (Photo: Ebet Roberts) "They know now, after 27 years, that we weren't kidding," said Willie Nelson , chatti ...

  36. Band of Horses' Peaceful, Easy Feeling

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Alt-country group matures with fourth album 'Mirage Rock'. Things are good for Band of Horses. The South Carolina alt-country quintet's third album, "Infinite Arms", was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award and debuted at No. ...

  37. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  38. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Award Nominations

    September 05, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Eric Church grabbed five nominations for this year's CMA Awards -- including nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief , and three nominations for hit song "Springsteen -- to lead all artists, with husband and wife ...

  39. Hal David's Chart Legacy: From 'Raindrops' to 'Close to You;' Dionne Warwick to Notorious B.I.G.

    September 02, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Hal David's sensitive and romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip and cool melodies and together, the celebrated pair of composers charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Hal David, Legendary Songw ...

  40. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  41. Chart Moves: Testament Flies High, Carrie Underwood Gains, Aer Debuts, Elvis Is Back on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2012 7:25 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Rick Ross ruled the top of the Billboard 200 this week, as his "God Forgives, I Don't," bowed atop the tally with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the hip-hop veteran's fourth No. 1 set. Ros ...

  42. Mariah Carey to be Named BMI Icon at Annual BMI Urban Awards

    July 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Carey will join a group that includes the Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, ...

  43. Farm Aid Heading to Hershey, PA

    July 09, 2012 7:43 AM EDT HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming to Hershey in September as the country's small and medium-sized farms face a shifting economic landscape, but board member Dave Matthews sees some hopeful signs in the uncerta ...

  44. Sony Music Entertainment Appoints Adam Block As President, Legacy Recordings

    June 26, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment named Adam Block as president, Legacy Recordings today, a promotion from his previous position as EVP and general manager of the imprint. He will report to Richard Story, president of Commercial Music Group, Sony Music Ent ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Backbeat: Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, John Hogan, More at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson signs autographs for fans during the Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Country Music Summit for 2012 ended with a cocktail party and performances by some of Nashville's upcoming stars, Maggie Rose, Andy Gibson, Kate Ar ...

  48. Carrie Underwood Wins Top Prize at CMT Music Awards

    June 07, 2012 7:56 AM EDT The CMT Music Awards proved to have something for everyone, with 80s rockers to the Presidential candidates getting air time during Wednesday night's telecast. Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the show had enough to keep fans -- at home ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Willie Nelson Talks Songwriting, Snoop Dogg and Family at Billboard Summit in Nashville

    June 05, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Willie Nelson with interviewer Ray Waddell at Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Seto) You don't even have to know about Willie Nelson's history to know that he's got stories. Anyone who wr ...

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