1. Kris Kristofferson to Play Andrew Jackson in History Miniseries

    May 30, 2014 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 History's "Texas Rising" has cast its president. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson has been tapped to play President Andrew Jackson in the eight-hour miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The event series, from A+E Studios and ...

  2. Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    January 27, 2014 11:07 AM EST 0 0 0 Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014 music , Grammys , Grammys 2014 , interview , 2014 , red carpet , Merle Haggard , Billboard , willie nelson , Awards Grammys Grammys Merle Haggard Willie Nelson Kris ...

  3. Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony

    January 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST 0 0 0 The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday, they bear-hugged it out. ...

  4. Grammy Week: Songwriters Behind Eminem, Bonnie Raitt, Adele, More Step Into the Spotlight at 'A Song Is Born'

    January 24, 2014 2:29 PM EST Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding numb ...

  5. Neil Young Honored at Grammy Producers & Engineers Wing Event

    January 22, 2014 3:24 PM EST Legendary rock musician Neil Young was celebrated Tuesday night by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy. Young, 68, received his award on stage during the group's seventh annual Grammy week celebration at The Village, a h ...

  6. Billboard's Guide to Grammy Week: All the Shows, Parties and Events To Be Seen

    January 21, 2014 6:07 PM EST As snow envelops the East Coast, what better time to take advantage of the cloudless, 80-degree Los Angeles weather and a party or 12? Grammy Week is routinely host to the biggest and best industry events of the year, and 2014 is shaping up to b ...

  7. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking ab ...

  8. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 12:26 AM EDT Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late "Cowboy" Jack Clement - three men whose influence still ripples across the surface of modern music - are now members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The three were saluted by stars Garth Brooks, ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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  12. Ray Price is Battling Pancreatic Cancer

    November 06, 2012 6:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Ray Price , a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has announced he is battling pancreatic cancer. The singer told the San Antonio Express that he has been fighting the disease for six months, undergoing chemotherapy. He confirmed that the tumo ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Johnny Cash Music Festival Aims to Restore Icon's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Johnny Cash Music Festival hits Jonesboro, Arkansas on Friday, October 5. With a lineup of Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley , and the Civil Wars, executive producer Bill Carter tells Billboard that assembling talent for the festival, ...

  15. CMA Awards: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominations

    September 05, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 The nominations for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced Wednesday morning (September 5), and more than any year in recent memory, a changing of the guard was reflected in the finalists. There was no mention of George Stra ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Album Reviews: Owl City, Imagine Dragons & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT IMAGINE DRAGONS Night Visions Producers: Alex Da Kid, Imagine Dragons KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Release Date: Sept. 4 Though he hasn't yet reached the level of Dr. Luke and RedOne, English songwriter/producer Alex Da Kid has helmed enough hit s ...

  18. Jamey Johnson Releasing Hank Cochran Tribute Album

    August 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is set to release "Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran," on Oct. 16. The Buddy Cannon -produced homage to the late country great Hank Cochran , which will be available first on vi ...

  19. Backbeat: Moby Kicks Off KCRW's 'Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live' Show at L.A.'s Annenberg Space For Photography

    July 17, 2012 1:43 PM EDT Moby performing the acoustic portion of his set on the lawn of the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Fans stood on the lawn of the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles this past weekend (July 14) as Mo ...

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billbo ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Adele Tops Billboard Music Awards, Hot Performances By Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Stevie Wonder, More

    May 20, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Pat Houston (left) with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina who accepted the Billboard Millennium award for her mother following an emotional tribute by Jordin Sparks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) Adele ha ...

  25. One of Levon Helm's Last Waltzes: Amnesty Int'l Song Released Today

    May 03, 2012 6:40 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- One of the last studio recordings by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Levon Helm was also one of the closest to his heart. Helm, his longtime friend and producer Larry Campbell and a crew of musicians and technicians reco ...

  26. Willie Nelson Releases 'Roll Me Up' with Snoop Dogg and More For 4:20

    April 20, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 They may seem like an odd musical pairing, but one thing that Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have in common is an appreciation for weed. And so today being 4/20, the two made sure that their enthusiast fans were treated to a musical celebration of the ...

  27. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known ...

  28. Miike Snow, 'Happy To You': Video Track-By-Track

    March 29, 2012 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miike Snow , the Swedish indie pop group that released sophomore album "Happy To You" earlier this week, first delivered captivating dance tracks like "Animal" and "Silvia" on their surprisingly successful 2009 self-tit ...

  29. Stars to Celebrate Johnny Cash's 80th With Concert

    February 28, 2012 8:50 AM EST 0 0 0 A diverse all-star lineup will celebrate the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with an April concert. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in "We Walk the ...

  30. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST 0 0 0 The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox ...

  31. Kid Rock Leads Bash for Legendary Nashville Club

    November 17, 2011 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 It's going to be a big rockin' time in Nashville next Wednesday (Nov. 23) as Kid Rock, one of country music's biggest ambassadors, will be turning Music City's Broadway into a party zone! In conjunction with the singer's con ...

  32. White House Going Country: Lauren Alaina, Band Perry to Perform

    November 17, 2011 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performin ...

  33. Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry Heading to White House for Country Celebration

    November 16, 2011 7:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performin ...

  34. Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin Pay Tribute to Guy Clark

    November 14, 2011 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 He's one of the most revered writers to ever roam Music City, and the cream of the musical crop will be paying tribute to the great Guy Clark with the release of "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark." "Guy's song ...

  35. Ask Billboard: Observing Remembrance Day

    November 11, 2011 6:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and coun ...

  36. 'Na Na Hey Hey' Co-Writer Paul Leka Dies

    October 25, 2011 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 A Repetitive Chorus Helped the Song Reach No. 1 in 1969. Then a White Sox Organist Tried It Out Music industry veteran Paul Leka, best known for co-writing a No. 1 song with a repetitive chant of "na na na na… na na na na… hey hey, goodbye,&quo ...

  37. Decemberists, Thievery Corporation Top 'Last Call's' Greek (Theatre) Week

    September 15, 2011 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 NBC's music-oriented talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" will kick off its 11th season Sept. 20 with performances filmed this summer at the Greek Theatre. Performances from last week's concert headlined by Thievery Corporation ...

  38. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as ...

  39. Weekly Chart Notes: Jeff Bridges, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan

    August 25, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 BRIDGES' SPAN: Although Jeff Bridges makes his first visit to an array of Billboard album charts at age 61, he's hardly a newcomer to making music. The actor/singer starts at No. 2 on Folk Albums , No. 5 on Rock Albums, No. 10 on Country A ...

  40. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troub ...

  41. Marshall Grant, Who Brought 'Boom Chicka Boom' to Johnny Cash's Band, Dies

    August 09, 2011 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Not all pioneers know exactly where they're going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two. Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant - the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sund ...

  42. Randy Travis Mulls Special Concert for 'Storms of Life' Anniversary

    July 20, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 An album featuring 21 guests isn't a shabby way to celebrate a silver anniversary. And Randy Travis is hoping that something more -- a TV special or a concert, perhaps -- might happen to commemorate the 25 years since his triple-platinum major ...

  43. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  44. La 5a Estacion's Natalia Jimenez Strikes Out On Her Own

    June 21, 2011 9:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 As a teenage music conservatory student in Madrid, Natalia Jimenez entered her eight-piece band in a rock contest in the nearby town of Torrelodones. But then, on the day of the show, the band backed out. Undaunted, Jimenez got on her motorbike with ...

  45. Jeff Bridges Taps 'Crazy Heart' Collaborators, Rosanne Cash for Solo Album

    May 10, 2011 11:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 A track from the late Stephen Bruton that was left out of the film "Crazy Heart" will lead off Jeff Bridges' first solo album in 11 years. EMI's Blue Note will release the disc on Aug. 16. Bridges and his producer T-Bone Burnett ...

  46. Barbra Streisand Performing at Grammys

    February 08, 2011 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Another legend is going to be appearing at this Sunday's Grammy awards - this time, it's Barbra Streisand . Streisand is a nominee for best traditional pop vocal album for "Love Is The Answer," and she'll be performing on th ...

  47. Photos: Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Buffalo Springfield Rock Bridge School

    October 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's not every day that Neil Young , Pearl Jam , Elton John & Leon Russell , Buffalo Springfield and a dozen other renowned rockers gather on the same stage for a weekend-long jam, but at the 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit (Oct. 23-24) i ...

  48. Ray Charles and Johnny Cash 'Lost' Duet Surfaces

    October 22, 2010 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The discovery of letters involving two icons of American music- Johnny Cash and Ray Charles -has led to the release of a "lost" duet the two recorded nearly 30 years ago. "Why Me, Lord?," written by Kris Kristofferson , was recor ...

  49. Jerry Lee Lewis Looks Back on Career for 75th Birthday

    September 29, 2010 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 "The Killer" is running low on ammo as he marks his 75th birthday on Wednesday. Jerry Lee Lewis can still pound out "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire" on his piano, and he just released a ...

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