1. Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Other Country Stars Hit Alabama for 4th Annual Rock the South Festival

    June 22, 2015 6:10 PM EDT The 4th annual Pepsi’s Rock the South festival in Cullman, Ala., brought over 40,000 fans to the southern town to hear some of country music’s marquee acts -- and to also help out local causes in the process.  The event  began four years ago to as ...

  2. 8 Music-Related Reasons Nashville Is Buzzing Right Now

    June 01, 2015 12:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nashville has hit full stride in its It city-ness -- the fancy new restaurants, carloads of transplants, and construction of high-rises are all unstoppable. But at its heart, Nashville still lives up to its very first nickname -- Music City -- as it ...

  3. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson's 'Gone' Goes To No. 1

    March 31, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2005, the original 'American Idol' scored the top song at pop radio. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Bangles, Kenny Chesney and Leona Lewis Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven ...

  4. Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart

    March 04, 2014 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The song becomes one of the elite titles to spend at least 26 weeks atop an airplay ranking Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" joins an exclusive club of songs that have led an airplay chart (that Billboard currently produces each week) ...

  5. Kid Rock Takes 'Pay Cut' With $20 Tickets on Summer Tour

    April 08, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Kid Rock will take a "pay cut" this summer, or at least risk one, by structuring a deal that allows for a $20 ticket price across the board at amphitheaters, and working with promoter Live Nation to lower prices on everything from b ...

  6. Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

    January 25, 2013 6:24 PM EST A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable. Miguel's "Adorn" joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping ...

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  8. Cassadee Pope Wins 'Over You,' Taylor Swift Ties Record on Country Charts

    November 29, 2012 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 After a head-turning performance of Miranda Lambert 's "Over You" on the November 19 episode of NBC's "The Voice," contestant Cassadee Pope opens atop Country Digital Songs with 152,000 downloads, according to Nielsen S ...

  9. Uncle Kracker Takes Country Seriously on 'Midnight Special'

    November 19, 2012 4:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Take a listen to "Nuthin' Changes," a cut from Uncle Kracker's new "Midnight Special" album, and you will hear a reference to a famous singer named Williams. But, it might not be the one you're thinking about. Sure ...

  10. Kid Rock & Sean Penn Bury Political Stereotypes in 'Americans'

    October 11, 2012 9:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tolerance and togetherness are the messages of "Americans," a new short film quietly leaked online Wednesday by Kid Rock and Sean Penn. The nearly 11-minute piece, written by the duo and executive produced by Rock is designed "to tear ...

  11. Brantley Gilbert: Topping 'Halfway to Heaven' Will Be Tough

    October 05, 2012 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brantley Gilbert wondered what all the commotion was about on the morning of September 5. His phone has started going crazy, as people were calling to congratulate him on being named a New Artist of the Year finalist by the Country Music Association ...

  12. Chart Moves: Justin Bieber on Hot 100 Chart Rebound With 'Love'

    August 03, 2012 2:37 PM EDT As previously reported, Carly Rae Jepsen holds on for an eighth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" for the longest run at the top this year. Katy Perry's "Wide Awa ...

  13. Win Watershed Music Festival Tickets

    July 24, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Watershed Music Festival is shaping up to be one of summer's biggest parties, with a lineup that is one of the strongest of any of the country music festivals around. Taking place August 3-5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. ...

  14. Guest Post: Jay Frank on NPR's Emily White Vs. David Lowery: Is Stealing Music Really The Problem?

    June 21, 2012 9:30 AM EDT This guest post by Jay Frank originally appeared on his website FutureHitDNA.com . Frank is the owner and CEO of DigSin and the author of "Futurehit.DNA" and "Hack Your Hit." He was formerly the Senior VP of Music Strategy for ...

  15. Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Hot Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star," on Sunday's (April 1) CBS telecast of the 47th Annual Academy of Country ...

  16. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pairing of country superstars could lead to just the second top 10 start in the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era. In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a ne ...

  17. Kenny Chesney's Top 20 Country Hits

    December 12, 2011 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article He had the sixth biggest tour of the year , the seventh biggest Country Songs hit of the year , and the 10th biggest Country Album . In short, 2011 has been very good to Kenny Chesney. To celebrate his big year, we've compiled his ...

  18. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a ...

  19. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Journey, Jason Aldean Win Big

    November 10, 2011 9:35 PM EST 0 0 0 U2 , Journey , Kenny Chesney , Perry Farrell and Taylor Swift were among the winners at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Awards, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Top touring industry award honorees included Live Nation (Top Promoter), C3 Pre ...

  20. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers re ...

  21. Taylor Swift Covers Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me a River': Watch

    November 01, 2011 8:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift has added Justin Timberlake to her covers roster. Billboard's Woman of the Year covered Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" during her headlining set in her fellow singer's hometown, Memphis, Tenn., on Sunday. Swift&# ...

  22. Uncle Kracker Can't Classify New Album: 'Put It In the Super Fun Section'

    August 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Uncle Kracker gets "greasy and fun" on his fifth studio album, "Postcards From Home," which he plans to release in early 2012 after putting out a first single this fall. "I don't know how to describe it, to be honest wi ...

  23. Kenny Chesney Makes History With Record Country Crowd in NY Area

    August 15, 2011 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 The New York metro area, much maligned for its lack or affinity for country music, hosted what amounted to the market's first country festival in decades with the arrival of Kenny Chesney 's Goin' Coastal tour at the New Meadowlands S ...

  24. Kenny Chesney Video Q&A: On Touring, Music and Keeping Fans Happy

    June 08, 2011 1:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's hard to believe that at one time, Kenny Chesney played in a bar in Brownwood, Texas on his 30th birthday and no one came. "It happened," Chesney assured Billboard's Ray Waddell in an interview at the annual Billboard Country ...

  25. Kenny Chesney Tallies 20th No. 1 On Country Songs

    April 25, 2011 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 K enny Chesney' s "Live a Little" lifts 2-1 to become his landmark 20th No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs airplay chart. All charts will be refreshed Thursday (April 28) on Billboard.com. Dating to his first we ...

  26. Dierks Bentley Recording 'My Kind of Country Music' for New Album

    April 25, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country star Dierks Bentley is "not really in a rush" to put out his next album -- the follow-up to 2010's Grammy Award-nominated bluegrass diversion "Up On the Ridge" -- but he's already got the project well under way. ...

  27. Hot Tours: Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Enrique Iglesias

    March 31, 2011 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 K enny Chesney has begun his Goin' Coastal Tour after a year off from the live stage and takes this week's top Hot Tours ranking based on box office totals reported from the trek's initial five markets. Opening weekend was in Florida ...

  28. Uncle Kracker Recording in Nashville Before Kenny Chesney Tour

    February 15, 2011 4:19 PM EST 0 0 0 U ncle Kracker is headed to Nashville this week to start recording his fifth album and follow-up to 2009's "Happy Hour." "I'm kind of excited -- actually, the most excited I've been in a long time," the former hype ...

  29. Kid Rock Brings Out Sheryl Crow, Rev Run for 40th Birthday Concert in Detroit

    January 16, 2011 12:56 PM EST 0 0 0 A wealth of guests -- including Sheryl Crow , Peter Wolf, Martina McBride , Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Uncle Kracker and Anita Baker -- and nearly 60,000 of his "closest friends" helped Kid Rock celebrate his 40th birthday on Satu ...

  30. Kenny Chesney Returns to the Road With Goin' Coastal Tour

    January 13, 2011 5:58 PM EST 0 0 0 After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- he just announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal Tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium shows (tw ...

  31. Weekly Chart Notes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Train, Florence + The Machine

    January 13, 2011 2:05 PM EST 0 0 0 SOUNDTRACK STRENGTH: Starring Gwyneth Paltrow , Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester , "Country Strong" grossed $7.3 million upon its nationwide premiere Jan. 7-9. The haul translated to a sixth-place finish in box office receipts in its openin ...

  32. Train Rolls To 20th Week Atop Adult Contemporary

    January 05, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Exactly a year after it debuted on the chart, Train 's "Hey, Soul Sister" returns to the Adult Contemporary summit, logging its 20th week at No. 1. All charts will be refreshed on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 6). Since the Adult Conte ...

  33. Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    November 04, 2010 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 K enny Chesney is returning to the road with a vengeance. Country music's top touring draw of the decade announced Thursday he will co-headline nine stadium dates next year with the Zac Brown Band , pairing two top road acts. Kenny Chesney: The ...

  34. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewr ...

  35. Train Rolls To 100th Adult Pop Songs No. 1

    September 08, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 With a 2-1 advance for "If It's Love," Train collects the 100th No. 1 title in the 14-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart. The survey premiered in the Billboard issue dated March 16, 1996, as an of ...

  36. Ask Billboard: Familiar Titles In Top 10

    September 03, 2010 4:15 PM 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 ...

  37. Kid Rock Debuts 'Born Free' Songs at Hometown Shows

    August 16, 2010 11:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 K id Rock took some of the wraps off his next album, "Born Free," during his three-night weekend homestand at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit, debuting six of the songs and announcing the album's release date. Though ...

  38. That's How Country Boys (And Girls) Roll

    August 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 'GOOD' JOB, JERROD: Billboard's Country Songs chart, to be refreshed, along with all surveys, Thursday on billboard.com, sports several notable feats this week, beginning at the summit. Jerrod Niemann notches his first No. 1, as " ...

  39. Ask Billboard: Decade-Defining Artists & Songs

    July 30, 2010 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Whether you're beach-going with California gurls (or ridin' solo), vacation-bound on airplanes or feeling just generally dynamite (perhaps because you're pretty good at drinkin' beer), enjoy this week's mailbag. "Ask Bi ...

  40. Summer Songs Playlist

    July 07, 2010 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article All summer long, we've posted a new weekly, ten-song playlist of tunes from the Hot 100 to listen to get you in the mood for warm weather fun. Now that September's here, it's time to look back on the summer that was with ...

  41. Lynyrd Skynyrd Gets Country Tribute From Eric Church, Jamey Johnson

    June 16, 2010 10:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sixteen years after a group of country music's "Skynyrd Frynds" paid tribute to Southern rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd , another batch of artists is doing the same. Randy Houser , Jamey Johnson , Eric Church and Uncle Kracker are among t ...

  42. Uncle Kracker Mini-Album Premiere

    June 14, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Uncle Kracker' s mini-album, "Happy Hour - The South River Road Sessions," isn't out until next week, but you can hear it all right now exclusively right here. The six-pack of songs, which expands upon last year's album &quo ...

  43. Kid Rock To Host CMT Awards, Offer Songs For Download

    April 30, 2010 2:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 After laying relatively low in recent months, Kid Rock is gearing up for some greater visibility as he prepares for the expected fall release of his next album. The Michigan-based rocker, who's currently on the high seas finishing his first Chi ...

  44. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. ...

  45. Train Back On Track With New Album, Tour

    October 26, 2009 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Train's two-year hiatus after touring to support 2006's "For Me It's You" "probably saved the band and prolonged the life of the band," according to guitarist Jimmy Stafford. "It was a good break," says S ...

  46. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, Uncle Kracker

    July 17, 2009 3:36 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. CATALOG VS. CURRENT, CONTINUED (A ...

  47. Uncle Kracker Serves Up 'Happy Hour'

    June 17, 2009 7:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Uncle Kracker closes a five-year gap between albums with the Sept. 15 release of "Happy Hour," his fourth full-length effort and first outing since "Seventy Two and Sunny" in 2004. "Smile," the first single from the 12- ...

  48. Ask Billboard: 'N Sync and Gulf War Songs

    April 10, 2009 2:05 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. TAKE TWO, TAKE TWO Hi Gary, I enj ...

  49. Kid Rock 'On Fire' In The Studio

    March 16, 2009 5:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock says he's "on fire" in the studio, which has led him to scuttle plans to tour this spring in order to finish work on his follow-up to 2007's double-platinum album "Rock N Roll Jesus." "I really feel like I ...

  50. Lady GaGa Dances Again Atop Hot 100

    January 15, 2009 10:27 AM EST 0 0 0 Lady GaGa begins a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis, after selling more than 213,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The track has shifted 2.14 million do ...

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