1. Farm Aid 2013: Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 23, 2013 11:16 PM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratog ...

  2. Toby Keith's Tornado Recovery Benefit Raises $2M

    September 12, 2013 1:05 AM EDT A tornado relief concert organized by country performer Toby Keith has raised $2 million that will go to a fund run by the United Way of Central Oklahoma - and there's still more money to be counted. Organizers told the Norman Transcript ne ...

  3. Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

    August 13, 2013 5:41 PM EDT If you were to look at just his chart statistics as a solo artist, the career of Tompall Glaser might not seem particularly legendary. He only placed eight singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart between 1973 and 1978, with only two ...

  4. Backbeat Byte: At Outside Lands, Dawes Drummer Griffin Goldsmith Hints at 'Big News' for Band's Vanity Label

    August 13, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Billboard caught up with drummer Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes backstage at the Sutro stage just following the band's incendiary set late Sunday at Outside Lands , where he was hanging out with Jessica Phelps from their management company Q Pr ...

  5. Jody Payne, Willie Nelson Guitarist, Dies at 77

    August 10, 2013 10:52 PM EDT Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, has died. He was 77. Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday (August 10) at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got u ...

  6. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson Star in Toby Keith's Twister Relief Concert

    July 07, 2013 7:54 AM EDT Some of country music's biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that straf ...

  7. Scalpers Pass On Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

    July 05, 2013 4:30 AM EDT A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public. Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Gart ...

  8. Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, Taking Farm Aid to Upstate NY

    June 14, 2013 4:00 AM EDT Singer Willie Nelson is taking his annual Farm Aid benefit concert to upstate New York with an all-day festival of music and locally grown food in September. The event in Saratoga Springs, 28 miles north of Albany, will feature Nelson and other Fa ...

  9. Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music Fest to Feature Willie Nelson, Band of Horses

    May 06, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival is back for a third year. The event will be held in Charlestown, SC's Blackbaud Stadium on Oct.19 and 20. As in previous years, ZBB will close both Saturday and Sunday's per ...

  10. Willie Nelson's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 30, 2013 4:38 PM EDT Happy 80th Birthday Willie! Eighty years ago in tiny Abbott, Texas, Willie Hugh Nelson was born. To call him a stylist is simply an understatement; there is nobody who writes like him, and there is certainly nobody who sounds like him. We've ...

  11. Randy Rogers Band Plays It Anything But Safe on 'Trouble'

    April 30, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Today, the Randy Rogers Band releases their new album, "Trouble," on MCA Nashville. The group's namesake says the album is one that represents a different sound for the Texas-based band. Rogers credits that excitement to working wit ...

  12. Amos Lee, At Farm Aid Benefit, Says He'’s Finished With Followup To Chart-Topping “'Mission Bell'

    April 29, 2013 2:43 PM EDT "“This is something I believe in,”" singer/songwriter Amos Lee said, relaxing offstage moments after playing a intimate benefit concert in Manhattan April 24 for Farm Aid , the music-industry-backed group that supports American farmers ...

  13. Willie Nelson: Still a Country Maverick After 80 Years

    April 29, 2013 3:35 AM EDT America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson. As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and salu ...

  14. Willie Nelson Turns 80th B'day Concert Into Texas Blast Benefit

    April 19, 2013 3:50 AM EDT Willie Nelson said Thursday that he will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. The country music icon still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles ...

  15. Willie Nelson to Host Fundraiser for Texas Blast Victims

    April 19, 2013 3:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson said Thursday that he will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. The country music icon still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles ...

  16. Outside Lands 2013: Paul McCartney, Phoenix and Nine Inch Nails Top Lineup

    April 16, 2013 12:36 PM EDT Paul McCartney is adding to his busy summer with top billing at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will take root in San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park from August 9 - 11. For his first time at OSL, the former Beatl ...

  17. Outside Lands 2013: Paul McCartney, Phoenix and Nine Inch Nails Top Lineup

    April 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, The National, Willie Nelson are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 9-11 Paul McCartney is adding to his busy summer with top billing at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which wi ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Green Day, Chicago Blues, 'Sound City’ to Screen at SXSW

    January 31, 2013 3:01 PM EST SXSW will screen the world premieres of two films about Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day as well as films about the racial mix in the 1960s Chicago blues world, Burning Man and the travels of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz. In addit ...

  20. Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management

    January 22, 2013 6:43 PM EST Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients. Best know ...

  21. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  22. New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup: Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5 Performing

    January 17, 2013 1:25 AM EST lineup also includes Hall & Oates, Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer. Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac and Hall & Oates are among the acts headlining this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The outdoo ...

  23. Justin Bieber's Marijuana Photos: Does The Public Care? (Poll)

    January 07, 2013 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Vote now! On Friday night (Jan. 4), TMZ posted photos of Justin Bieber allegedly smoking marijuana with friends inside a Newport Beach hotel room, and the inevitable backlash from both the pop star and his fans occurred in the hours and days that fo ...

  24. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  25. New Year's Eve: 13 Hot Shows to Ring In 2013

    December 28, 2012 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Across the country, music fans will be kicking off 2013 at massive arenas and intimate venues, at overwhelming raves and scintillating hip-hop shows, at rock showcases and pop explosions. Which New Year's Eve experience is right for you? Check ...

  26. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best Country Song & Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:24 AM EST from twang and swing to rock and beyond, the best of the genre's diverse offerings had two things in common: heart and soul b est Country Song "Blown Away" Songwriters: Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Artist: Carrie Underwood From: Blown ...

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  28. Concord Music Being Shopped to Private-Equity Firms, Not Strategic Suitors

    December 05, 2012 8:27 PM EST Reports that the Concord Music Group is up for sale are true, knowledgeable sources say. But there is one key factor that appears to have been overlooked thus far: management is controlling the company's sale process so far. Consequently, Con ...

  29. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  32. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Find Bliss at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shelton-Lambert Household Takes Home Entertainer, Female, Male and Song of the Year Honors Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network teleca ...

  33. Weekly Chart Notes: Heart Rocks On With 'Fanatic'

    October 13, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The venerable rockers' noteworthy year continues with the arrival of their new album at No. 24 on the Billboard 200. Thirty-six years after first arriving on the Billboard 200 with the hard rock classic "Dreamboat Annie," which reache ...

  34. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent Onto Hot 100

    October 11, 2012 5:14 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains bulleted at No. 2. Plus, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Adel ...

  35. Nelly Detained After Heroin Found on Bus: Report

    October 11, 2012 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nelly and his camp seem to have gotten themselves in a bit of trouble. While driving through Texas Wednesday night (October 10), the "Hot in Herre" rapper was stopped and detained at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca after offici ...

  36. Six Questions with James Dolan

    October 10, 2012 6:43 AM EDT He's a blues musician who opens for the Eagles, gets covered by Willie Nelson and is managed by Irving Azoff. And he also happens to have a day job running Cablevision, the Madison Square Garden Co., the New York Knicks and the New York Ran ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Johnny Cash Music Festival: Dierks Bentley, Willie Nelson Salute Man in Black

    October 07, 2012 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 At a press conference during Friday's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Dierks Bentley might very well have made a statement that might best sum up the legacy of the "Man In Black." "A lot of people think the Joh ...

  39. Backbeat: Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Crazy Horse Rock To Support Farm Aid 2012

    September 25, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Willie Nelson, left, draws a smile from Neil Young as the two play Young's song "Homegrown" at Farm Aid 2012. (Photo: Ebet Roberts) "They know now, after 27 years, that we weren't kidding," said Willie Nelson , chatti ...

  40. Fiona Apple Arrested for Hash Possession

    September 20, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fiona Apple was arrested Wednesday in a Texas town notorious for catching celebrities with drugs. According to TMZ , hashish and a small amount of marijuana was found on the singer's tour bus during a search in the small border town of Sierra B ...

  41. 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, ...

  42. Band of Horses' Peaceful, Easy Feeling

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Alt-country group matures with fourth album 'Mirage Rock'. Things are good for Band of Horses. The South Carolina alt-country quintet's third album, "Infinite Arms", was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award and debuted at No. ...

  43. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Band of Horses Exclusive: Making of 'Slow Cruel Hands of Time'

    September 04, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Band Of Horses chose the legendary and well-credentialed Glyn Johns ( Bob Dylan , the Beatles , the Who , Led Zeppelin , the Eagles ) to produce its forthcoming fourth album, "Mirage Rock," the group knew it was making a conscious dec ...

  46. Hal David's Chart Legacy: From 'Raindrops' to 'Close to You;' Dionne Warwick to Notorious B.I.G.

    September 02, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Hal David's sensitive and romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip and cool melodies and together, the celebrated pair of composers charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Hal David, Legendary Songw ...

  47. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  48. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery i ...

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