1. Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar Legend, Dies at 78

    July 29, 2015 10:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Buddy Emmons -- one of the most influential musicians ever on the steel guitar -- died Wednesday (July 29) at the age of 78. Born Buddy Gene Emmons on Jan. 27, 1937, in Mishawaka, Indiana, his love of the instrument began when his father bought him ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Happy Birthday, Billboard's Country Songs Chart!

    January 08, 2013 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 The first incarnation of the survey premiered on Jan. 8, 1944. Billboard's Country Songs chart celebrates its anniversary today, having debuted on this date in 1944. The survey started as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" rankin ...

  4. 615 Spotlight: Jaida Dreyer's 'Confessions'

    October 10, 2012 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ontario native Jaida Dreyer knows how fortunate she is. The artist, currently promoting her single, "Confessions," was handpicked by highly esteemed producer Byron Gallimore to be the flagship artist for his new Streamsound label. "I& ...

  5. Loretta Lynn's 50th Year at Opry Toasted by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack

    September 27, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 1960, country newcomer Loretta Lynn and her husband "Mooney" traveled across America on what many country historians call one of the first of what we call 'radio tours' today. One of their destinations was Nashville, where the ...

  6. Ricky Skaggs Calls 30 Years With Opry a 'Precious Gift'

    May 16, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been 30 years since the legendary Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb made a young Kentucky musician's dream come true by inducting him into the Grand Ole Opry. Ricky Skaggs shared the memory on stage last night during a special Opry show ce ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 615 Spotlight: Teea Goans Marries Tradition & Drive in Debut

    January 11, 2012 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Teea Goans is one artist that is definitely doing what she loves to do. The singer, who grew up in rural Missouri, was inspired by the music she heard on her local radio station. "As a kid, I grew up listening to an AM radio station that played ...

  10. Friday Flashback: Kind of 'Blue Christmas'

    December 16, 2011 10:23 PM EST 0 0 0 With the holidays just around the corner, let's turn the spotlight on one of the season's top Yuletide tunes -- one that has a rich country history. Though Elvis Presley's 1957 recording of "Blue Christmas" stands now as the ...

  11. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Ha ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST 0 0 0 CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No ...

  17. Actor, Country Star Jerry Reed Dies At 71

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died of complications from emphysema at 71. Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like ...

  18. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lavigne wins for favorite female artist and breakthrough artist, as well as the style awar 2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops t ...

  19. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer O ...

  20. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lavigne wins for favorite female artist and breakthrough artist, as well as the style awar 2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops t ...

  21. Chart Beat

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Beyonce, Hank Williams Jr., 2006-2007 hits and more! LIKE THE TITLE SAYS: "Irreplaceable," indeed. Beyonce's latest hit has stretched its reign over the Hot 100 to six weeks, making it the second-longest running No. 1 o ...

  22. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer O ...

  23. To 'Know' Him Is To Love Him

    March 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Throughout his life, Willie Nelson has been a fan of fellow Texas native Cindy Walker, whose songs have been recorded by Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Wade Ray and Bing Crosby. Throughout his life, Willie Nelson has been a fan of fellow Texas native Cindy ...

  24. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Newcomer Nelly Furtado grabs five 2001 Juno Awards nominations for her debut album, "Whoa Nelly!"<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops ...

  25. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1964 - </b>Long John Baldry forms Hoochie Coochie Men.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 ...

  26. Nelson Album Pays Homage To Walker

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Throughout his life, Willie Nelson has been a fan of fellow Texas native Cindy Walker, whose songs have been recorded by Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Wade Ray and Bing Crosby. Throughout his life, Willie Nelson has been a fan of fellow Texas native Cindy ...

  27. Chart Beat

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Madonna ties a Presley record and Strait moves up the country list, plus Bon Jovi and Carrie Underwood. 'HUNG' UP: By moving up 14-7 on The Billboard Hot 100, Madonna's "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) generates a great deal of char ...

  28. O'Jays, Ronettes, Tokens Enter Vocal Hall Of Fame

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducted its seventh class today (July 6) in Wildwood, N.J., honoring 17 vocal trios, quartets, duos and other harmony, doo-wop and R&B groups. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducted its seventh class today (July 6) i ...

  29. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lavigne wins for favorite female artist and breakthrough artist, as well as the sty 2003 - With three trophies, Avril La ...

  30. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary N ...

  31. This Day in Music

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>The London Court of Appeal, in a long-running dispute, rules that the Spice Girls must pay an Italian scooter maker an estimate $1.5 million in damages and legal costs for misrepresentin 2002 - The London Court of Appeal, i ...

  32. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary N ...

  33. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chart-based stories on Dirty Vegas, Sean Combs, Eminem, and Nickelback. TRUE BRIT: Paul Harris was born in Blackheath in South London. Ben Harris (no relation) was born in Bromley, Kent. Steve Smith was born in Eltham, also in South London. That hap ...

  34. Country Songwriter Harlan Howard Dies

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Harlan Howard, the country songwriter who wrote "I Fall to Pieces," "Busted," and more than 100 other hits, died yesterday (March 3) in Nashville. He was 74 and had suffered from heart trouble, accord Harlan Howard, the country s ...