1. Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on 'Me and Conway' Album

    November 18, 2014 6:12 PM EST The vocal similarities between Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty have always been something of a double-edged sword. "It was a struggle at times," the singer tells Billboard . "On one hand, what a compliment. But, then someone w ...

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1990, It Was Mariah Carey's 'Time' to Shine Again

    November 10, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 1990, 'Love Takes Time' led the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Rod Stewart and Ginuwine. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history N ...

  3. George Strait Scores 86th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    May 15, 2013 7:15 PM EDT The King of Country pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s all-time George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as &quo ...

  4. Third Man Records Announces Sun Records Partnership, Reissuing Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas, Prisonaires

    May 14, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Third Man Records, the Nashville-based label and vinyl manufactory founded by Jack White, announced today a partnership with another Nashville-based label, Sun Records, in order to reissue the iconic label's vast catalog of classic, influen ...

  5. 615 Picks: Top 10 Country Albums of the Year

    December 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST 0 0 0 It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We'll look at top singles tomorrow (Dec. 20), but first let's nail down the best albums in the genre -- from a former TV star to an 8 ...

  6. Conway Twitty

    Conway Twitty

    35 Albums, 35 Songs

  7. 615 Spotlight: Amber Hayes' 'Any Day Is a Good Day'

    November 14, 2012 3:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Whether discussing the careers of Hall of Fame members Conway Twitty or Jean Shepard, or current superstars such as Taylor Swift, Oklahoma native Amber Hayes has a definite sense of reverence for the country format as a whole. That love for what she ...

  8. Is the Rock-and-Pop-ification of Country Good or Bad? Mike Dungan, Radio Execs Weigh In

    October 23, 2012 2:38 PM EDT When the Country Music Assn. unveiled the finalists for its 46th annual awards, the list was met with numerous frowns. It had plenty of room for boundary-challenging acts, but not much space for tradition. Eric Church's "Springsteen,&quo ...

  9. 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. ...

  10. Jake Owen Talks No. 1s, 'Brothers' Tour & New Single

    June 20, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 After being a chart presence since 2006's "Yee Haw," Jake Owen is in the thick of his hottest streak yet. With the recent ascension of "Alone With You" into the top spot on the Hot Country Singles chart, Owen has rung up bac ...

  11. Roots & Boots Tour Unites Trio of Country Veterans

    June 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Collectively, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, and Aaron Tippin have placed over one hundred songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. So, filling up a concert set list is no problem for the talented trio of country singers. Still, there is a defini ...

  12. Spotlight: Glen Templeton Delivers 'Sing That Song Again'

    May 23, 2012 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the biggest buzzes in Nashville the past few months has been the success of Black River Entertainment. The label has helped Craig Morgan enjoy a huge hit at radio with "This Ol' Boy," and they look to do the same with Glen Temp ...

  13. 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 ...

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

    April 19, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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) focu ...

  15. Back on Track: Darryl Worley Returns With New Single, Label After Break

    March 23, 2012 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Growing up in the scenic area of Savannah, Tenn., Darryl Worley was surrounded by Southern legends and traditions growing up. He grew up not far from Shiloh, a Civil War battlefield. His mother worked at an area bank where one of her regular custome ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. George Strait Scores 85th Country Songs Top 10

    February 06, 2012 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 G eorge Strait pushes closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for the most top 10s in the 68-year history of Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 85th top 10 on th ...

  19. Country Music's Top 10 Singles of 2011

    December 20, 2011 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The year has seen some very memorable single releases in the country genre. While it may be a little tough to select ten, that's what lists are for, right? So, here are The 615's picks for the ten best records you heard -- along with one y ...

  20. Friday Flashback: Please Don't Sing, Conway Twitty

    November 18, 2011 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Hello darlin' nice to see ya For our Friday Flashback this week, we transport to 1969. One of country music's all-time greatest songs was recorded some 42 years ago today, but it nearly didn't happen quite like it did. Conway Twitty h ...

  21. Brad Paisley Gets One-of-a-Kind Honor From the Grand Ole Opry

    October 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the 86-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, many historic moments have taken place. Hank Williams debuting in 1949 with "Lovesick Blues." A truck driver named Elvis on the Ryman stage. Garth Brooks and "Friends In Low Places." ...

  22. George Jones Turns 80: 'I Never Thought About Dying'

    September 14, 2011 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 A packed house of artists, industry professionals, and a few fans turned out Tuesday (Sept. 13) at Rippy's in downtown Nashville to celebrate the 80th birthday of "The Possum," George Jones . The Country Music Hall of Famer, who has p ...

  23. George Strait Scores 84th Country Songs Top 10

    September 05, 2011 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 G eorge Strait climbs closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s in the 67-year history of Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Here for a Good Time" rises 11-9. The song is Strait's 84th top 10 on the tally, a sum sec ...

  24. Jason Aldean Working On Next Album, Possible Hip-Hop Duet

    June 07, 2011 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country star and current Billboard cover boy Jason Aldean discussed his next album and a possible hip-hop collaboration when he sat down with Billboard for a Live Q&A yesterday (June 6). The Q&A was broadcast from Nashville, where Aldean spo ...

  25. Alabama Returns To Country Songs Summit

    May 23, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 A labama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley 's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama had last ruled Country Songs with "Reckless" ...

  26. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST 0 0 0 STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to A ...

  27. Nelly's 'Dream' Makes No. 1 A Reality

    November 10, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 SWEET 'DREAM': Nelly extends his lead for most Pop Songs No. 1s among rappers, as "Just a Dream" rises 2-1. The song is the hip-hop star's fifth No. 1, distancing him further from Eminem , who ranks second with three rap top ...

  28. Loretta Lynn Honored by Kid Rock, Paramore on Tribute Album

    October 22, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Few artists can claim as diverse or loyal a fan base as country music icon Loretta Lynn , as evidenced by the lineup of artists contributing tracks to tribute album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn," due Nov. 9 on Col ...

  29. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 5:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her mo ...

  30. Kenny Chesney Scores A Perfect 10

    September 29, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 THE 'FALL' GUY: A week after the onset of autumn (Sept. 22), Kenny Chesney fittingly tops Country Songs with "The Boys of Fall," which rises 2-1. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 30) on Billboard.com. The football-the ...

  31. Ask Billboard: Jewel, Ciara, Ricky Martin

    June 18, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. A JEWEL IS FOREVER Hi Gary, I was ...

  32. George Strait Tops Billboard's List of Top 25 Country Artists of the Past 25 Years

    June 07, 2010 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 G eorge Strait is No. 1 on Billboard's list of the top 25 country music artists of the past 25 years. Strait tops a list that includes Garth Brooks , Reba McEntire , Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw in its top 5. The list, which Billboard compiled t ...

  33. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with ...

  34. Chart Beat Thursday: Loretta Lynn, Madonna, Peter Wolf

    April 15, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 MINING ANOTHER HIT: George Strait isn't the only country legend making chart headlines this week. While the King of Country notches a top 10 on Country Songs in a record 30th consecutive year , as "I Gotta Get to You" zips 12-9, Loret ...

  35. Best Of 2009: By-The-Numbers

    December 29, 2009 3:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: ...

  36. Best Of 2009: Part 2

    December 16, 2009 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: ...

  37. Best Of 2009: Part 1

    December 15, 2009 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: ...

  38. 'Celebration': Madonna's 40 Most Impressive Instants

    September 15, 2009 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Today's Chart Beat entry focuses solely on Madonna , who reaches a milestone in her legendary Billboard chart career. Spotlighting another artist in light of Madonna's latest feat would be, simply, immaterial. TAKE A BOW: 26 years to the c ...

  39. Chart Beat: Black Eyed Peas, Hello Goodbye, Keith Urban

    April 09, 2009 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from ...

  40. Chart Beat: Pink, George Strait, Jamie Foxx

    April 08, 2009 12:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from ...

  41. Chart Beat: Lady GaGa, "Now 30", Taylor Swift

    April 02, 2009 12:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from ...

  42. Chart Beat: Flo Rida, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood

    April 01, 2009 1:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from ...

  43. This Day in Music

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. as his Epic album "Invincible" goes straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a 2001 - Michael Jack ...

  44. Chart Beat Chat: The Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, AC/DC

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss songs that return to No. 1 on the Hot 100, African-American artists on the country chart, AC/DC and more! THEY'RE BAAAAACK! Dear Fred, T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" is the third song this calendar year t ...

  45. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78. 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renais ...

  46. Chart Beat Chat: Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry, Jill Sobule, ABBA, Madonna

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry and Jill Sobule, the year-end singles charts, ABBA and more! I'M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER Hi, Fred. I love Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat. Your knowledge of and interest in music e ...

  47. This Day in Music

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists, is found dead in his New York apartment. He is 61. According to close friend and guitar maker Rick Kelly, who discovers Quine's 2004 - Guitarist Robert Quine, one of p ...

  48. Chart Beat

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Mariah Carey, Josh Kelly, Lil Wayne and more! EQUALS OPPORTUNITY: Mariah Carey collects the sixth No. 1 album of her career on The Billboard 200, a total that ties her with Madonna and Janet Jackson for second place among solo female ...

  49. This Day in Music

    November 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. as his Epic album "Invincible" goes straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a 2001 - Michael Jack ...

  50. Chart Beat Chat

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss father and daughter/son groups, R&B pairings, the Hot 100 and more! ALL IN THE FAMILY Dear Fred, In last week's column, you responded to John Maverick's letter regarding Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus' char ...

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