1. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion ...

  2. Waylon Jennings' Collectibles to be Sold at Auction, Including Buddy Holly's Motorcycle & Willie Nelson's Hair

    September 04, 2014 7:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 A collection of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings ' belongings will go on public auction this fall, including a rare 1958 motorcycle originally owned by Buddy Holly and locks of Willie Nelson 's braided hair. Waylon Jennings' Wido ...

  3. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT 1.468 k 96 60 Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] ...

  4. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 on Top Country Albums in 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 4:01 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more. With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longes ...

  5. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  6. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will block both acts from the No. 1 slot. Industry sources forecast D ...

  7. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The British singer's aiming for No. 2 Billboard 200 next week, behind Lana Del Rey's likely No. 1 British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums ...

  8. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 18, 2014 4:12 PM EDT 5.118 k 784 0 Sam Smith and Linkin Park set for debuts in the top three Lana Del Rey is on course for her first No. 1 album, as "Ultraviolence," which was released on June 17, should debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources ...

  9. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers& ...

  10. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time p ...

  11. Cher Claims Top Spot on Hot Tours with $15.5M in Revenue

    May 29, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Cher takes her Dressed to Kill tour to No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue reported from the legendary entertainer’s ongoing North American trek. Sold out performances from April 23 through May 17 are i ...

  12. Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top 3

    May 15, 2014 12:05 AM EDT 9 2 0 Wednesday night's 500th episode of American Idol has plenty to celebrate: Harry Connick, Jr. has confirmed that he will be back for the show's fourteenth season. "I have had a blast,” he said of his experience so far. Although he coul ...

  13. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait ha ...

  14. Eric Clapton Records JJ Cale Tribute Album With Tom Petty, Willie Nelson & More

    April 30, 2014 2:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 A year after Cale's death, Clapton pays tribute to one of his greatest influences Legendary guitarist JJ Cale is best known for pioneering the Tulsa Sound and writing two songs ("After Midnight" and "Cocaine") that Eric Clap ...

  15. Willie Nelson To Receive 5th-Degree Black Belt

    April 28, 2014 7:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Headed Stranger is getting his fifth-degree black belt. Country music icon Willie Nelson is scheduled Monday to achieve another level of mastery in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul. He'll show off his fighting chops at an Austin stud ...

  16. Willie Nelson Inducted In Austin City Limits Hall

    April 27, 2014 1:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson. The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in t ...

  17. Neil Young Quietly Releases Covers Album for Online Sale

    April 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Young’s new covers album “A Letter Home” was quietly released for sale Friday without formal announcement. The album is out via Jack White’s Third Man Records online shop on 12-inch vinyl a day before Record Store Day. It will be sold through p ...

  18. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT 1 1 0 In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, ...

  19. Willie Nelson's Armadillo Stolen, Returned in Nevada: 'The Showgirls Were Nice'

    April 02, 2014 6:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las Vegas-area show. Officials at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson say the critter, named Ol ...

  20. Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan Among Austin City Limits Hall Inductees

    March 31, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the inaugural inductees to the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. As the TV concert series of the same name celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, it's creating the hall of fame to honor peop ...

  21. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. Heart Pulls Out of SeaWorld Show Amid Peti ...

  22. Harry Belafonte Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

    March 07, 2014 2:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Boston's Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte. The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out his tongue u ...

  23. Engelbert Humperdinck Pairs With Gene Simmons, Elton John on First Duets Album

    February 27, 2014 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Engelbert Humperdinck decided to do an album of duets -- a two-disc, 23-track duets set with Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Il Divo, Willie Nelson, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Wynonna Judd and more -- for one simple reason: He'd never done it before ...

  24. Coldplay, Pitbull & More Set For 2014 iTunes Festival At SXSW

    February 19, 2014 11:17 AM EST Apple's iTunes Festival is coming to SXSW this year.  Today (Feb. 19), Apple announced the lineup for the 2014 iTunes Festival taking place at SXSW. The free concert series, running from March 11 - 15, will include performances by Coldplay, Im ...

  25. Pete Seeger: A Personal Tribute

    January 28, 2014 8:07 AM EST This is how I first learned from Pete Seeger that we only move forward when we all pull together: We stood in a line, our feet braced against the gentle rocking of the boat, our young fingers grasping the thick, braided halyard. Then, at the di ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Ken Burns Making Documentary on Country Music

    January 20, 2014 4:02 PM EST PBS documentary maker Ken Burns is examining the roots of country music and how it has changed through the present day for a multi-episode series on public broadcasting. Country fans have a wait ahead of them, though. PBS said Monday that Burns� ...

  28. Ray Price Remembrance: ‘A Good Fella, A Damn Good Singer ’

    December 17, 2013 12:07 PM EST Ray Waddell is Billboard's executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment. When I heard Ray Price’s final public statement as he went home to face the end of his life, I can’t say I was surprised, not by his ...

  29. Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood Among Newest Cancellations at SeaWorld

    December 14, 2013 6:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery and .38 Special among the only artists left on the bill. SeaWorld continues to come under scrutiny as more and more musicians back out of its Brews, Bands and BBQ concert series amid petitions and protests stemming from ...

  30. Heart Pulls Out of SeaWorld Show Amid Petition, Documentary

    December 07, 2013 3:27 PM EST 0 0 0 Following in the footsteps of predecessors Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, Heart has canceled an upcoming performance at SeaWorld Orlando in light of a petition created following the release of documentary film "Blackfish." According t ...

  31. Morning Fix: Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Due Jan. 14; Sillerman on Rock in Rio Deal; AMAs Winners' List; Blur Cancel Big Day Out Appearance

    November 25, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, 'HIGH HOPES,' OUT 1/14/14 Bruce Springsteen today announced the release of his 18th studio album 'High Hopes,' which is set for release on ...

  32. Willie Nelson Readies Another Memoir

    October 30, 2013 6:15 PM EDT At age 80, Willie Nelson is ready to say it all. Little, Brown and Company announced Wednesday that the country music superstar has a book deal with the publisher. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums Although Nelson is the ...

  33. Willie Nelson's Tell-All Autobiography Due in 2015

    October 30, 2013 1:04 PM EDT At age 80, Willie Nelson is ready to say it all. Little, Brown and Company announced Wednesday that the country music superstar has a book deal with the publisher. Although Nelson is the author of several books, Little, Brown promises that this ...

  34. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Spends Year on the Charts, Eric Clapton's 'Unplugged' Returns

    October 25, 2013 3:52 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Pearl Jam claimed its fifth No. 1 album with the arrival of "Lightning Bolt." The set logged the largest debut this year for a rock album, starting with 166,000 sold, according to Nielsen So ...

  35. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:39 PM EDT Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the Girls…" enters at No. 2. He also claims his best Nielsen SoundScan week and ...

  36. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:23 PM EDT The legend's new 'To All the Girls …' marks his record-padding 46th top 10 on the Top Country Albums chart Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums ...

  37. Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam captures its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lightning Bolt" strikes atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pearl Jam also previously topped the Billboard 200 wit ...

  38. Avett Brothers, Paul McCartney Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 18, 2013 8:38 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album, while rock legend Paul McCartney is heading for the top five with his latest effort, "New." Also aiming for the top five are the Avett Brothers, wi ...

  39. Avett Brothers, Paul McCartney Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 18, 2013 8:13 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album, while rock legend Paul McCartney is heading for the top five with his new effort, "New." Also aiming for the top five: Avett Brothers, with its lates ...

  40. Willie Nelson On The Road Again After Shoulder Injury

    September 27, 2013 1:02 AM EDT An improving Willie Nelson will make his festival date this Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., after all, and he's bringing a friend. A news release from festival organizers said Nelson has recuperated enough from a shoulder injury that he's ...

  41. Willie Nelson Pulls Out of Live Dates With Shoulder Injury

    September 26, 2013 12:07 AM EDT Willie Nelson has been forced to pull out of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival and three other shows due to a shoulder injury. Nelson's publicist said Wednesday that the 80-year-old country music star is under a doctor's orde ...

  42. Willie Nelson On the Hunt for Toy Armadillo Stolen At NY Concert

    September 25, 2013 1:49 AM EDT A missing toy armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. A stuffed armadillo beloved by a member of Nelson's crew was stolen from the stage at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, after a Nelso ...

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

    September 24, 2013 5:47 AM 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 Sarat ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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