1. Ask Billboard: Records About Records

    May 07, 2010 7:55 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. THE SO-LO-DOWN Hi Gary, Get ready ...

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'

    April 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 NEW DIRECTIONS: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 18, 1989, Madonna 's "Like a Prayer" soared in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. 21 years, one month and three weeks later, the song makes its second Hot 100 appearance, again as the ...

  3. Hot Tours: André Rieu, George Strait, Taylor Swift

    April 29, 2010 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with a heavily back-dated reported gross from 53 European concerts dating from November through February. The shows, primarily in France and Germany, were part of the classical artist¹s th ...

  4. Nichols Grabs Third No. 1, First Since 2005

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Up 2.3 million audience impressions, traditional stylist Joe Nichols gets his third No. 1, and first in more than four years, as "Gimmie That Girl" (Show Dog-Universal) advances 3-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs. With 33.9 millio ...

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: Crash Kings, Carrie Underwood, STP

    March 31, 2010 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALTERNATIVE KINGS: Crash Kings complete a 20-week climb to the summit of Alternative Songs, as their first chart entry, "Mountain Man," hikes 2-1. The band crowns the chart with its introductory track less than two months after Phoenix rei ...

  6. Lady Antebellum Returns To No. 1, Marvin Sapp Debuts Big On Billboard 200

    March 24, 2010 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 L ady Antebellum 's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week (93,000; down 11%), but the big album chart news is the arrival of Marvin Sapp 's "Here I Am" at No. 2 with 76,0 ...

  7. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum . Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Mirand ...

  8. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum. Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Miran ...

  9. Zac Brown Band, "Highway 20 Ride"

    January 29, 2010 3:54 PM EST 0 0 0 On "Highway 20 Ride," the fourth single from Zac Brown Band 's million-selling "The Foundation," there's no fried chicken, no beer and no sand to be found. Consider it a sign of frontman Brown's softer side, and pr ...

  10. Everything Breaks Open For Matt Morris

    January 22, 2010 5:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Matt Morris is one of those new guys on the scene who's actually been around longer than you might remember. Now bearded and tattooed, the 30-year-old singer/songwriter got his start as a pre-teen on Disney's "The New Mickey Mouse Clu ...

  11. Chart Beat Wednesday: Lady Gaga, Reba, Muse

    January 06, 2010 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 'MONSTER' SMASH: "I'm so happy I could die." Such is Lady Gaga 's exuberance upon learning that, with a 2-1 lift for "Bad Romance" on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, she becomes the first artis ...

  12. 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: ...

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Janet, Reba

    December 24, 2009 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: A new decade brings a new No. 1 to the Billboard Hot 100, as rookie Ke$ha rises 2-1 with "TiK Tok." The 22-year-old, born Kesha Rose Sebert, is the first solo female to ascend to the summit with a maiden chart entry ...

  14. 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: ...

  15. Chart Beat: Best of 2009, Part 1

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST 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 ...

  16. Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood Bring Holiday Cheer To 'Very Special Christmas 7'

    November 24, 2009 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 With a lineup that includes Miley Cyrus , Carrie Underwood , Colbie Caillat , Sean Kingston and others, the seventh "A Very Special Christmas" Special Olympics benefit album has a younger audience in its crosshairs. "That was the game ...

  17. Ask Billboard: Swift's Lucky 13 Top 40 Hits

    November 20, 2009 6:17 PM EST 0 0 0 TRIVIAL MATTERS Hi Gary, Regarding the topic in last week's "Ask Billboard," while some people may be bored by music trivia, I find that there is absolutely nothing boring about it. After all, shows like "American Top 40" wo ...

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Multi-Format Diva Domination

    November 12, 2009 5:31 PM EST 0 0 0 CARRIE: Carrie Underwood 's third album "Play On" opens atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums. The set is her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following 2007's "Carnival Ride." Her first release, "Some Hearts ...

  19. Paisley Focused On Duties, Not Noms At CMA Awards

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley is up for seven trophies at Wednesday's (Nov. 11) Country Music Association Awards, but his duties as co-host with Carrie Underwood and performer will keep his attention elsewhere. He welcomes all distractions. "It's a ...

  20. Chart Beat Wednesday: Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire

    November 03, 2009 7:08 PM EST 0 0 0 BOYZ IN A FAMILIAR 'HOOD: Old is new again this week. Boyz II Men bow at No. 34 on Adult R&B (viewable at billboard.biz ) and No. 99 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Can't Make You Love Me." The song had last appeared on a Bi ...

  21. Chart Beat Wednesday: Jay Sean, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood

    October 07, 2009 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'DOWN' IS UP: What goes up must come down. In this case, it's because of "Down." After a record 26-week reign with "I Gotta Feeling" (the last 14 weeks) and "Boom Boom Pow" (12 weeks directly prior), the ...

  22. Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift To Perform At CMA Awards

    October 06, 2009 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 43rd annual Country Music Association awards will offer fans one of the last chances to see Brooks & Dunn before they split next year . The popular duo joins a star-studded lineup, including all five entertainer of the year nominees, schedul ...

  23. Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift To Perform At CMA Awards

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 43rd annual Country Music Association awards will offer fans one of the last chances to see Brooks & Dunn before they split next year. The popular duo joins a star-studded lineup, including all five entertainer of the year nominees, schedu ...

  24. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1983

    September 29, 2009 4:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 'TOTAL ECLIPSE' OF THE CHART: This week in 1983, Bonnie Tyler ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The song's all-star cast included E Street Band members Roy Bittan on keyboards an ...

  25. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make ...

  26. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to c ...

  27. Brad Paisley Leads CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to ...

  28. Colbie Caillat's No. 1, Miley Crashes Party On Billboard 200

    September 02, 2009 10:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 As predicted, Colbie Caillat's "Breakthrough" breaks on through to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The "Bubbly" singer/songwriter's sophomore album sold 106,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  29. Ask Billboard: Battle of the Divas, Round 3

    August 28, 2009 4:30 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. DIVA DOMINANCE, ROUND 3 Hi Gary, I ...

  30. Chesney, Swift, Sugarland To Appear On ABC Special

    August 28, 2009 10:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Highlights of this summer's CMA Music Festival will air Monday on ABC, with performances by Kenny Chesney , Brad Paisley , Taylor Swift , Sugarland , Reba McEntire , Kid Rock and many more. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock ...

  31. Chesney, Swift, Sugarland To Appear On ABC special

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Highlights of this summer's CMA Music Festival will air Monday (Aug. 31) on ABC, with performances by Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Reba McEntire, Kid Rock and many more. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night ...

  32. Chart Beat Thursday: Reba, Black Eyed Peas, Daughtry

    August 27, 2009 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 IF YOU SEE HER (SHE'S PROBABLY AT NO. 1): Billboard's Country Albums chart first appeared in the magazine issue dated Jan. 11, 1964, and this week, the 45-year-old survey coronates a new queen. Reba McEntire claims her 11th No. 1 on Countr ...

  33. Reba McEntire Nets Second No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 26, 2009 11:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's all about country music on top of the Billboard 200 for the third week in a row, as Reba McEntire scores her second topper on the chart. McEntire's "Keep On Loving You" enters at No. 1 with 96,000 copies, according to Nielse ...

  34. Reba McEntire Nets Second No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's all about country music on top of the Billboard 200 for the third week in a row, as Reba McEntire scores her second topper on the chart. McEntire's "Keep On Loving You" enters at No. 1 with 96,000 copies, according to Niel ...

  35. Reba McEntire Nets Second No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Strait hands off the Billboard 200's top spot to fellow country veteran Reba McEntire as the diva lands her second No. 1 on the chart. Her "Keep On Loving You" concurrently debuts at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart—her ...

  36. Video Q&A: Reba McEntire "Keeps On"

    August 17, 2009 3:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 For 25 of the more than 30 years that Reba McEntire has been in the music business, she recorded for MCA Nashville. Now the veteran Country hitmaker has a few new moves up her sleeves -- not only is she back with "Keep On Lovin' You," ...

  37. Brooks & Dunn To Split In 2010

    August 11, 2009 10:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brooks & Dunn are done. Best-selling country duo Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their Web site Monday saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. "This ride has been everything an ...

  38. Reba McEntire @ Billboard.com

    Reba McEntire @ Billboard.com

    July 28, 2009 12:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reba MacEntire talks to Billboard.com reba mcentire , interview , vuclip , Interview , Reba McEntire Videos Interview Reba McEntire ...

  39. Ask Billboard: Beatles, Kenny Chesney, Pink

    June 19, 2009 2:55 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. WHERE THE BOYS ARE Hi Gary, This ...

  40. Alan Jackson Celebrates 20 Years With Free Show

    June 09, 2009 2:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 You'd think Alan Jackson might want to celebrate two decades in the music business by taking a day off. Instead, the laid-back singer will mark the occasion by performing a free concert. "It's just something we wanted to do," Jac ...

  41. Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell Join Hall Of Fame

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in an at times emotional ceremony that saluted them for their music as well as their contributions to bringing the genre to a mass audience t ...

  42. Coachella Fest Posts Second Biggest Year Ever

    April 21, 2009 2:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival rang up its second biggest year ever, with an aggregate attendance of 160,000, according to producer Paul Tollett, president of Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. The event was held April 17-19 at the ...

  43. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At ACM Show

    April 06, 2009 9:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year at the 44th Academy of Country Music awards, securing her status as country's hottest star on a night that felt like a changing of the guards. Underwood became only the seventh woman in 39 year ...

  44. Ask Billboard: Remakes and One-Hit Wonders

    April 03, 2009 11:25 AM 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. JUST DUET Hi Gary! It doesn' ...

  45. March 28, 2009

    March 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Freaky Tah of Lost Boyz dies of a gunshot wound in Queens, N.Y. He is 27. 1996 – Phil Collins announces he is leaving Genesis. 1995 – Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announce they are separating after 21 months of marriage 1986 – No. 1 ...

  46. Ask Billboard: Basia, Bon Jovi and The Boss

    March 27, 2009 1:46 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. BASIA'S BACK Hi Gary, I can& ...

  47. Chart Beat- "Slumdog Millionaire," American Idol, Flex

    March 26, 2009 1:09 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 ...

  48. March 16, 2009

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Daniel MacMaster, former lead singer of Bonham, dies of pneumonia at a hospital in Ontario, Canada at the age of 39. 2008 – Former ABBA drummer Ola Brunkert, 62, is found dead with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish is ...

  49. McEntire, McBride Announced For CMA Fest

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, reigning Country Music Association new artist of the year award winner Lady Antebellum, country star Trace Adkins, rising star and "Dancing with the Stars" sensation Julianne Hough and rising star Miranda ...

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