1. George Jones: Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Shelia Shipley, Evelyn Shriver, Many More Share Memories

    April 26, 2013 5:57 PM EDT George Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer in history, died Friday morning (April 26) in Nashville after a brief hospitalization. He was 81. In the hours after his death, Billboard.biz spoke with some of his friends, fel ...

  2. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Country Songs Chart

    January 04, 2013 6:45 PM EST 1 0 0 Meanwhile, Zac Brown's 'Goodbye' Says Hello to Radio Summit After bridging decades of chart history with nine weeks at No. 1 on Country Songs late last year, a holiday-driven digital surge for Taylor Swift 's "We Are Never E ...

  3. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headl ...

  4. Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise's to No. 1 on Country Songs, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    December 13, 2012 2:20 PM EST 0 0 0 The duo concurrently starts on Country Albums at No. 3 with its debut set 'Here's to the Good Times' In the first turnover atop Billboard's Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audi ...

  5. Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise's To No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    December 13, 2012 2:15 PM EST In the first turnover atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming and expanded radio panel hybrid, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" s ...

  6. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio ...

  7. Cassadee Pope Wins 'Over You,' Taylor Swift Ties Record on Country Charts

    November 29, 2012 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 After a head-turning performance of Miranda Lambert 's "Over You" on the November 19 episode of NBC's "The Voice," contestant Cassadee Pope opens atop Country Digital Songs with 152,000 downloads, according to Nielsen S ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Find Bliss at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shelton-Lambert Household Takes Home Entertainer, Female, Male and Song of the Year Honors Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network teleca ...

  10. Marty Stuart Releases Churning, Twang-Filled 'Woodpile'

    April 20, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Forty years ago this fall, Marty Stuart rode a Greyhound to Nashville from the streets of Philadelphia -- Mississippi. His intention was to visit with Roland White, the mandolin player for Lester Flatt. Stuart had no idea that he would be offered a ...

  11. Connie Smith Enjoys Her Hall of Fame Moment

    March 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was just an ordinary evening in the household of Connie Smith and her husband, Marty Stuart, when they were interrupted. "Marty and I were in the kitchen about suppertime, and the phone rang," Smith recalls in an interview with Billboar ...

  12. Class Notes: Country Hall of Fame Gets It Right

    March 07, 2012 1:49 PM EST 0 0 0 When it comes to his place in the modern era of country music, Garth Brooks has no peers. After all, who has sold more records or concert tickets during his time in the spotlight? When it comes to female country performers, it could be argued that C ...

  13. Garth Brooks Among Three Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

    March 06, 2012 1:20 PM EST Country superstar Garth Brooks, singer Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus "Pig" Robbins are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Billboard Partners With 'Stache, Target for Country Music Mini-Mag The announceme ...

  14. Garth Brooks Leads 2012 Country Hall of Fame Inductees

    March 06, 2012 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Connie Smith, Hargus "Pig" Robbins Also Become Members Country superstar Garth Brooks , singer Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus "Pig" Robbins are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The announcement was m ...

  15. Country Music Hall of Fame: Class of 2012 Cheat Sheet

    January 26, 2012 8:15 AM EST 0 0 0 In February, the Country Music Hall of Fame typically announces the name of three new inductees into the ranks of the genre's most exclusive class. With that in mind, we'd like to offer our thoughts on who might be the honorees in the indi ...

  16. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 1

    December 27, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 From the arrival of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" to the "Glee" cast's toppling of a King (of Rock & Roll) to Katy Perry matching an achievement by another King (of Pop), 2011 brought several notable chart records. I ...

  17. Country Legend Bill Anderson Looks Back on His 'First Ten Years'

    December 13, 2011 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson was at the WSM studios visiting the show of Eddie Stubbs recently when he took a trip back in time. Stubbs was playing Anderson's 1957 recording of "City Lights," a song that changed his ...

  18. Taylor Swift: Birthday Girl, By-The-Numbers

    December 13, 2011 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 "I'm so 22 right now," birthday girl Taylor Swift Tweeted this morning (Dec. 13). In honor of her special day, Chart Beat spotlights a host of the chart records that Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year and the top country artist o ...

  19. Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler Help Opry Go 'Pink'

    October 25, 2011 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Traditionally, the color of the famous barn backdrop of the Grand Ole Opry is red. However, this past Saturday, the color scheme changed just a little -- for a great cause. "Opry Goes Pink" was the theme of the evening at the famous WSM Ra ...

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Adele, Richard Marx

    May 05, 2011 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'MEAN' STREAK: Taylor Swift is having the last laugh on the brand of critic she skewers in her latest Country Songs top 10, "Mean." As the song lifts 12-9, Swift has reached the chart's top 10 with all 13 of her singles (exc ...

  21. Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers

    October 26, 2010 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Upon the release of Taylor Swift 's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago. Swift firs ...

  22. Waltrip, Bentley Added To Sound & Speed

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip, country star Dierks Bentley and country legends Connie Smith and Charlie Louvin have joined the roster of racing and country music celebrities that will appear at Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by Su ...

  23. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael d ...

  24. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls loses his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stage and i 2000 - Halfway into the first song of the b ...

  25. Chart Beat

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat and more! 'JUNO' AND THE PAYDIRT: Last week, I asked if the "Juno" soundtrack will be "Uno," as in No. 1 on The Billboard 200. We didn't quit ...

  26. Chart Beat

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Kimberley Locke and more! BIGGEST JUMP OF THE CENTURY: Thanks to street date violations, the physical CD release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (TBD/ATO) entered The Billboard 200 last week at ...

  27. Chart Beat

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Vince Guaraldi and more! YES ON 'NO': Normally, it's not polite to discuss a woman's age, but when it comes to reporting chart records, civility goes out the window. In 2003, less than a mon ...

  28. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael d ...

  29. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls loses his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stage and i 2000 - Halfway into the first song of the b ...

  30. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Country Music Hall of Fame member Kitty Wells, 81, and her husband, Johnny Wright, 86, perform their farewell show in Nashville. Appearing at the Nashville Night Life Club, they entertai 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin ...

  31. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>Nancy Sinatra makes the announcement at a press conference in the capital that the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., have worked out an agreement t 2000 - Halfway into the first song o ...

  32. ON TV

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for April 3-9, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 3 “Good Morning America,” ABC Featured artist(s): The Pretenders (also scheduled: Lucy Liu, Stephen Lanzalotta). “Today,” NBC Featured artist(s): Pink (also scheduled: Antonio Banderas). “ ...

  33. Chart Beat

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Jack Johnson's 'Curious' No. 1, Carrie Underwood's lengthy country run, plus Pink, Wisin and Yandel and other chart tibits. THE MONKEY TIME: Jack Johnson's fourth chart entry on The Billboard 200 is his first to reach pole p ...

  34. Chart Beat

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Manilow taking 1950s songs to No. 1, Underwood extending her country reign and Bent Fabric returning to the Billboard charts are just a few of this week's chart-tastic stories. UNCHAINED MELODIES: You can't beat the songs of the '50s ...

  35. McBride Makes Time For Country Classics

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, Martina McBride decided to pay homage to the classic country music on which she was raised. After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, M ...

  36. Cover Time

    October 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, Martina McBride decided to pay homage to the classic country music on which she was raised. After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, M ...

  37. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>Nancy Sinatra makes the announcement at a press conference in the capital that the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., have worked out an agreement t 2000 - Halfway into the first song o ...

  38. Womack's Back, And Back To Her Roots

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After a three-year break between albums, Lee Ann Womack is back with a new set that has Music Row buzzing. Returning full circle to her country roots, "There's More Where That Came From" ...

  39. Hot Product

    February 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Lee Ann Womack 'From' Me To You After a three-year break between albums, Lee Ann Womack is back with a new set that has Music Row buzzing. Returning full circle to her country roots, "There's More Where That Came From" (due ...

  40. Stars Come Out For George Jones

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 George Jones will be the subject of an all-star tribute to air Nov. 25 on PBS. George Jones will be the subject of an all-star tribute to air Nov. 25 on PBS. Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Martina McBride and Wynonna ...

  41. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quic 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin ...

  42. Top Artists Saddle Up For RodeoHouston

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Beyoncé. George Strait, Alan Jackson and John Mayer are among the artists who will grace the RodeoHouston concert stage next spring. Set for March 2-21, the 72nd Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Beyoncé. George Strait, Alan Jackson and John Mayer ar ...

  43. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls loses his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stag 2000 - Halfway into the first s ...

  44. Haggard Descends On 'UFO Music Fest'

    June 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Merle Haggard will stage the first UFO Music Fest July 5 in Roswell, N.M., at the Bob Crosby Arena on the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The bill will also feature special guests Marty Stuart a Merle Haggard will stage the first UFO Music Fes ...

  45. Haggard, Stuart Lead 'Barnyard' Tour

    June 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Marty Stuart will shepherd a six-act country music festival through America's heartland beginning July 6 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The two-month Electric Barnyard Tour will also feature Merle Haggard, BR Marty Stuart will shepherd a six-act countr ...

  46. Skaggs Goes Live On 'Charleston Music Hall'

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from Billboard magazine. Ricky Skaggs' only live album to date has been "Live in London," a 1985 Epic set recorded at the height of his country chart success. But with the March 25 release of "Live at the Charleston Mus ...

  47. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2002 12:00 AM EST - Eddy Shaver, a talented guitarist and son of Texas singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, dies in his sleep while at home in Waco, Texas. Shaver, 38, played guitar with his father in the roots roc 2000 - Eddy Shaver, a talented guitarist and son ...

  48. Cash Appears Among 'Kindred Spirits' On Tribute

    July 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Along with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, and Travis Tritt, country legend Johnny Cash appears on his own upcoming tribute album, "Kindred Spirits." Due Sept. 24 from Lucky Along with the likes of Bruce Springste ...