1. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recentl ...

  2. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , ...

  3. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart ...

  4. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather tha ...

  5. George Jones Monument Unveiled at Cemetery

    November 19, 2013 1:56 AM EST A large monument honoring the late country singer George Jones has been unveiled at his Nashville gravesite and his widow has announced a college scholarship in his name. Fans of the singer who died in April at the age of 81 crowded about the ceme ...

  6. Watch Dean Dillon's Poignant BMI Icon Award Acceptance Speech In Full: Video

    November 06, 2013 6:33 PM EST Dean Dillon, who has penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career, was honored as the newest BMI Icon at Tuesday night's (Nov. 5) BMI Country Awards. After Strait, Chesney, Luke Bryan and Lee An ...

  7. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

    September 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT More star wattage has been added to the upcoming sold-out tribute concert for the late, great George Jones.  The country singer's widow, Nancy Jones, announced on Monday morning that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, ...

  8. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM 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. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. George Jones: 'Amazing Grace' Album Set

    July 31, 2013 12:23 PM EDT In 2002, George Jones coaxed legendary producer Billy Sherrill out of retirement to record a collection of Gospel favorites. Eleven years later, and mere months after the legendary singer's death, "Amazing Grace" will be released on ...

  11. Danielle Bradbery Crowned Winner of 'The Voice' Season 4

    June 18, 2013 11:15 PM EDT A Texan teenager whose singing experience was limited to performing in her bedroom was crowned the winner of the fourth season of “The Voice” on Tuesday.   Danielle Bradbery, 16, from the Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas, bested two more experie ...

  12. Danielle Bradbery Wins 'The Voice'

    June 18, 2013 11:05 PM EDT A Texan teenager whose singing experience was limited to performing in her bedroom was crowned the winner of the fourth season of “The Voice” on Tuesday.   Danielle Bradbery, 16, from the Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas, bested two more experienc ...

  13. George Jones Biopic on the Horizon

    June 18, 2013 4:45 PM EDT It appears that the colorful story of George Jones will be heading to the big screen. Earlier today, it was announced that 28 Entertainment has acquired the rights to the story of Jones and his wife Nancy. The project, written by Dennis L. Baxter ...

  14. Naomi Judd Slams CMT for George Jones Tribute

    June 13, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Since last week's CMT Music Awards, some in the industry have made some comments concerning the telecast's relatively short tribute to George Jones upon his recent passing. On the show, the singer was briefly mentioned, and the Maveric ...

  15. Backbeat: Marty Stuart Welcomes New Talent and Veteran Performers to His 12th-Annual Late Night Jam

    June 06, 2013 3:48 PM EDT “I believe in the youngsters,” Marty Stuart , the singer, songwriter and organizer of Wednesday night's 12th-annual "Late Night Jam," told Billboard.biz. “I was thinking back over the guest list today, and it’s kind of staggeri ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Announced, to Air Sep. 18 on AXS TV

    May 14, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdal ...

  18. George Jones Tribute Concert to Feature Garth Brooks, Kid Rock and More

    May 07, 2013 4:15 PM EDT November 22 was slated to be one of the biggest farewell concerts of all time, with well over 40 acts scheduled to appear at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for what was to be the final concert of George Jones's career. Following the singe ...

  19. George Jones' Final Concert Reimagined As Tribute: Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, More to Perform

    May 07, 2013 2:14 PM EDT Perhaps it’s only fitting that George Jones, once nicknamed “No Show Jones,” won’t be physically present at what was to be his final concert.   But thanks to a few of his friends and fellow artists, the show will go on. George Jones Funeral: Bra ...

  20. George Jones: An Appreciation By Brad Paisley

    May 03, 2013 5:50 PM EDT "The Possum" took every setback life threw at him and turned it into music I grew up a huge fan of George Jones. I was familiar with the legends, the hard-luck stories, the accounts of missed gigs and drunken riding-mower notoriety. I ...

  21. Pitbull Drives Into Top Five on Social 50 Chart

    May 03, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Pitbull and Justin Timberlake make vaults into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, following busy weeks for each star, while affinity for the late George Jones results in his making the survey for the first time.   The Social 50 rank ...

  22. Chart Moves: The Neighbourhood Debuts, Van Halen's '1984' Returns After 20-Plus Years

    May 02, 2013 8:22 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Michael Buble achieved his fourth No. 1 album with "To Be Loved," as the pop singer's latest started with 195,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Fantasia scored ...

  23. George Jones Memorial Evokes Tears, Tributes From Fans and Friends

    May 02, 2013 5:38 PM EDT In the lyrics of George Jones' signature song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," a wreath is placed upon the door of a heartbroken man at a funeral. And when Jones' time came, they placed not just a wreath but a gargantuan spray ...

  24. George Jones Returns to Billboard Country Charts

    May 02, 2013 3:17 PM EDT Legendary producer Billy Sherrill gets the last laugh on his dear friend and fellow Country Music Hall of Fame honoree George Jones, as "He Stopped Loving Her Today" soars back onto Hot Country Songs, some 33 years after Jones bet She ...

  25. George Jones Funeral: Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Kid Rock, Laura Bush and More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 2:08 PM EDT George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funera ...

  26. George Jones Funeral: Brad Paisely, Wynonna Judd, Kid Rock, Laura Bush, More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 12:17 PM EDT George Jones   performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funer ...

  27. Music City Mourns Country Legend George Jones

    May 02, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Thousands of fans who had been waiting in line since the wee hours joined some of country's biggest stars Thursday to pay their respects to George Jones at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. An overflow crowd began lining up at 3 a.m. t ...

  28. George Jones Album Sales Increase 1,000% Following Death

    May 01, 2013 6:03 PM EDT The late country icon George Jones is remembered on the Billboard charts this week, following his his death on April 26. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on April 28, Billboard's new sales charts reflect only three days s ...

  29. George Jones' Album Sales Increase 1,002% Following Death

    May 01, 2013 5:30 PM EDT The late country icon George Jones is remembered on the Billboard charts this week, following his his death on April 26. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on April 28, Billboard's new sales charts reflect only three day ...

  30. George Jones Honored at Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and All Around Nashville

    April 29, 2013 11:50 AM EDT A single candle was lit at Nashville's Ernest Tubb Record Shop, where only a handful of Jones CDs remained on the shelves Over the weekend following the passing of George Jones, the singer's voice could be heard all around classic countr ...

  31. Grand Ole Opry To Hold Public Funeral For George Jones

    April 29, 2013 6:38 AM EDT A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81. Brad Paisley, Mel Tillis and Other Grand Ole Opry Stars Honor George Jones Publicist Kirt Webster ...

  32. Grand Ole Opry to Host Public Funeral for George Jones

    April 29, 2013 12:28 AM EDT George Jones’ funeral will take place Thursday, May 2 at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee – and it will be open to the public. "George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects ...

  33. George Jones Survived ‘No Show’ Period Because Fans Identified With Him

    April 29, 2013 12:11 AM EDT George Jones, who died April 26 in Nashville at the age of 81, worked hard—or rather, played hard—to earn the nickname “No Show Jones.” The moniker came from Jones’ propensity to miss concerts due to his well-chronicled affinity for alcohol and ...

  34. Brad Paisley, Mel Tillis and Other Grand Ole Opry Stars Honor George Jones

    April 28, 2013 1:47 AM EDT Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones, who died April 26 at the age of 81, last played the Grand Ole Opry in 2011, but he was fondly remembered by stars of the venerable institution on the night of his death. Opry ...

  35. George Jones Radio Airplay Soars in the Hours After His Death

    April 27, 2013 7:02 PM EDT Although written as a chilling tragedy ballad with a surprise ending, the chorus of George Jones’ 1989 hit “Radio Lover” could conversely be interpreted as posthumous consolation for the legions of fans he left grieving in the wake of his dea ...

  36. George Jones' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 27, 2013 3:40 PM EDT George Jones placed more records on the Billboard Country singles chart than any other artist, with 143 making the top-40, and 13 of those making it all the way to the top slot. We've compiled a list of his top 20 songs, ranked by overall ...

  37. James Taylor Remembers George Jones and Their 'Bartender's Blues' -- 'It Was Like Life Imitates Art'

    April 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT "It's sort of an amazing turn of events that he would cover a song that had been so much informed by him in the first place," Taylor says of their late-70s hit Sweet Baby James and The Possum -- it sounds like a children's bo ...

  38. George Jones Remembered by Trisha Yearwood

    April 26, 2013 8:40 PM EDT 0 7.057 k 48 0 0 George Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer of all time, died Friday morning at the age of 81. Fellow country singer and friend Trisha Yearwood shared her memories of the singer with Billboard this afternoon. George ...

  39. Garth Brooks on Getting Out-Sung By George Jones: 'It Was an Honor to Get My Ass Kicked That Day'

    April 26, 2013 6:30 PM EDT 5.904 k 63 2 0 Brooks talks fondly of recording "Beer Run" with Jones in 2001 George Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer of all time, died Friday morning at the age of 81. Longtime fan and friend Garth Brooks, who recorde ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Exclusive: George Jones Remembered by Garth Brooks

    April 26, 2013 4:11 PM EDT George Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer of all time, died Friday morning at the age of 81. Longtime fan and friend Garth Brooks, who recorded a duet with Jones in 2001 called “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?) ...

  42. Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Other Hall of Famers Mourn George Jones

    April 26, 2013 3:56 PM EDT PHOTOS: Remembering The Possum • George Jones Dead at 81 • The King of Country Charts • Stars React on Twitter • Jones' Billboard Interview Loretta Lynn , Merle Haggard and other living legends of country music are taking George Jones' d ...

  43. George Jones: The Billboard Interview (2006)

    April 26, 2013 11:50 AM EDT Music legend George Jones passed away in Nashville today at age 81. In this exclusive 2006 interview with Billboard, the country icon talked about his humble beginnings and his road to becoming one of the genre's most cherished voices. The wo ...

  44. George Jones Was King of the Country Charts

    April 26, 2013 11:16 AM EDT He may have been known as the Possum, but on Billboard's country charts, George Jones was a king. Jones passed away this morning at 81. Jones holds the record for the most entries on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart - 166 - from 19 ...

  45. George Jones Was King of the Country Charts

    April 26, 2013 11:05 AM EDT From the time his second single became his first chart entry in October 1955 until his final appearance on Billboard's Hot Country Songs as a featured artist on Aaron Lewis' "Country Boy" two years ago, George Jones distingu ...

  46. George Jones, Country Music Icon, Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:27 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones entered th ...

  47. George Jones Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:23 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones enter ...

  48. Country Icon George Jones Hospitalized, His 'Grand Tour' Halted

    April 19, 2013 2:23 AM EDT Country star George Jones has been hospitalized. Jones postponed weekend concerts in Atlanta and Salem, Va., after doctors admitted him to a Nashville hospital on Thursday. A news release says Jones had a fever and irregular blood pressure duri ...

  49. George Jones on Final Tour, Album: 'It Is a Little Bittersweet'

    January 24, 2013 3:51 PM EST Country icon begins "The Grand Tour" on Feb. 2, is working with Dolly Parton on a final album: "I'm just waiting for her to tell me what to sing and when to sing it!" Over the past six decades, George Jones has performed to ...

  50. 615 Picks: 10 Artists to Watch in 2013

    January 08, 2013 12:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Expect great things from new or emerging artists in the country and Americana worlds in 2013. Here's the 615's picks for ten artists to keep a keen eye on, from the Brooklyn-based Americana band the Lone Bellow to a new album from Pistol A ...

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