1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Cha ...

  4. Willie Nelson to Pay $500 Fine For Marijuana Possession

    June 09, 2011 6:45 AM EDT SAN ANTONIO - When Willie Nelson is on the road again, he will be traveling without a Texas drug charge hanging over his head. A West Texas prosecutor said on Wednesday that the legendary singer and songwriter has pleaded no contest to a misdemean ...

  5. Wiz Khalifa Live Q&A Part 2 - rolling papers debut, album influences, making music and movies with snoop dogg, plans for summer, origins of wiv khalifa, next mixtape, smoking with willie nelson

    Wiz Khalifa Live Q&A Part 2 - rolling papers debut, album influences, making music and movies with snoop dogg, plans for summer, origins of wiv khalifa, next mixtape, smoking with willie nelson

    June 07, 2011 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wiz Khalifa Live Q&A Part 2 - rolling papers debut, album influences, making music and movies with snoop dogg, plans for summer, origins of wiv khalifa, next mixtape, smoking with willie nelson Videos Willie Nelson ...

  6. Taylor Swift Says Broadway Inspired Her 'Speak Now' Tour

    June 01, 2011 8:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 In another era, it was enough for artists from Hank Williams to Randy Travis to show up in a city, unpack their gear and play. Stage production for Willie Nelson was simply unfurling a Texas flag and launching into "Whiskey River." But as ...

  7. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 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 ...

  8. Billboard Bits: T-Pain and Ke$ha Get Cozy, Gaga Tops Oprah in Forbes Power List

    May 18, 2011 7:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T-Pain, Ke$ha Get Cozy in Twitpic Are Ke$ha and T-Pain in love? The pop singer and Auto-Tune star have been tweeting at each other since Sunday, and the playful rapport c ...

  9. Flaming Lips, Neko Case Party in Ohio's Hocking Hills at Nelsonville Music Fest

    May 16, 2011 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Your weird party in the woods... I hope it goes on for 500 thousand more years," Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne told the crowd Saturday night (May 14) at the Nelsonville Music Festival. "I'm perfectly one of you." PHOTOS ...

  10. Farm Aid Announced For Kansas City

    May 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) - Farm Aid, the group created in 1985 by Willie Nelson and his musical buddies to raise money for family farmers, will hold its annual concert August 13 in Kansas City, Kansas, organizers said on Wednesday. Launched during the de ...

  11. Blind Boys of Alabama's First Country Album Draws Willie Nelson, Vince Gill

    May 07, 2011 9:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 During the course of their seven-decade career, the Blind Boys of Alabama have logged several noteworthy achievements: induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, five Grammy Awards and performances before three U.S. presidents. However, one longt ...

  12. Priscilla Ahn, TV/Film Synch Star, Gets Ready To 'Grow Up'

    May 05, 2011 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Folk singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn is more than a cute girl with a guitar. She's also a "guilty pleasure for indie rock dudes" (or so says her label's senior VP of marketing Zach Hochkeppel), a rising star in Japan, and a new w ...

  13. Chaz Fest Offers Freaky, Funky Alternative to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    May 03, 2011 2:50 PM EDT While hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe flock to the world-renowned 42nd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to catch national acts like Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi and Willie Nelson as well as local legends Allen Toussai ...

  14. Up in Smoke: 15 Musician Marijuana Busts

    April 20, 2011 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article Some say that weed and music go together like ... well, weed and junk food. Hard to get high without a solid soundtrack, and through the years, we've found that the artists behind those smokin' tracks know how some of their f ...

  15. Gil Robbins, Highwaymen Member & Folk Singer, Dies at 80

    April 10, 2011 5:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Gil Robbins, a folk singer, guitarist and member of the early 1960s group the Highwaymen , has died. He was 80. Robbins died Tuesday at his home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico, Tracey Jacobs said Saturday night in an email to The Associated Press. Jacobs ...

  16. Robbie Robertson Returns To TV, But No Concerts or Festivals Planned

    April 01, 2011 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 R obbie Robertson , who has performed only one concert in the last 35 years, has no intentions of taking to concert stages after making his first television performance in more than a decade on April 5 and 6. "I made a movie saying I'm gon ...

  17. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the ...

  18. Willie Nelson Should Sing for Court, Says Prosecutor

    March 29, 2011 4:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 A Texas prosecutor says Willie Nelson can resolve marijuana possession charges by agreeing to plead guilty, pay a fine - and sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court. County Attorney Kit Bramblett says he recommended the penalties ...

  19. Tony Bennett Taps Amy Winehouse for 'Duets II,' Due in September

    March 25, 2011 2:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 T ony Bennett will sing alongside a laundry list of pop stars -- including the reclusive Amy Winehouse -- on "Tony Bennett: Duets II," the follow-up to his 2006 release "Duets: An American Classic." Winehouse, Lady Gaga , Carrie ...

  20. GO TO WORK, DO YOUR BEST: LEE BRICE JOINS WILLIE NELSON'S TOUR

    March 18, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 After Charting As A Songwriter And Artist, Lee Brice Joins Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour Country artist Lee Brice is out on the Higher Education tour with his friends Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr. But one might say Brice has been pursui ...

  21. Lee Brice Touring With Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson After Banner Year

    March 09, 2011 7:10 AM EST It's a tough decision to make -- tour with one of your best buddies in country music or with one of your heroes. Fortunately for Lee Brice, whose "Love Like Crazy" was Billboard's most played country song in 2010, he gets to do ...

  22. AUSTIN'S NEW LIMITS: ACL LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER

    March 02, 2011 1:00 PM EST 0 0 Austin City Limits Live At The Moody Theater Opens As New Home To Famed TV Show And Large Venue For America's Live Music Capital On a Monday night last November, about 300 people took turns riding a freight elevator to the sixth floor of the Univ ...

  23. Snoop Dogg Previews Kanye, Willie Nelson Collabs at 'Doggumentary' Album Listening

    February 20, 2011 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 "I'm just trying to keep this Snoop thing popping," declared Snoop Dogg while previewing his 11th studio album, "Doggumentary" (Priority/Capitol, March 29), at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood. The rapper played 21 track ...

  24. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortune ...

  25. 29 Black Music Milestones: Ray Charles' 'Georgia' Becomes State Song

    February 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 While the song "Georgia On My Mind" had been around for thirty years when Ray Charles -- at the suggestion of his driver -- learned the words and recorded it in 1960, it wasn't until the piano man sang the tune that it became a hit... ...

  26. New Orleans Jazz Fest Line-Up Announced; Bon Jovi, Arcade Fire, Ms. Lauryn Hill to Headline

    January 20, 2011 12:26 AM EST 0 0 0 The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the S ...

  27. Country Throwdown Returns With Willie Nelson

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Country Throwdown tour, this year branded as Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown, returns with confirmed acts Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. 4fini Productions, ...

  28. In 'Country Strong' Movie, Gwyneth Paltrow Channels Her Inner Singer

    January 07, 2011 4:22 PM EST 0 0 0 "Country Strong," out in theaters today (Jan. 7), represents an odd amalgamation of entertainment genres. Pop stars Britney Spears and Michael Jackson inspired the film's heartbreaking theme, fleshed out by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is cas ...

  29. Billboard Bits: Is Kim Kardashian Collaborating With Kanye West?

    December 29, 2010 6:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Is Kim Kardashian Collaborating With Kanye West? Kim Kardashian, who is supposedly working with The-Dream on her debut album, may have another rap collaboration up her sl ...

  30. Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler Salute Paul McCartney at Kennedy Center Honors

    December 29, 2010 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 G wen Stefani , Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow were among the performers who delivered stirring tributes to legendary entertainers during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. The ceremony, which honored Paul McCartney , Oprah Winfrey, country singer ...

  31. Win a Carlos Santana Signed Guitar!

    December 16, 2010 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 For more than 40 years, Carlos Santana has reigned as one of the most accomplished and distinguished guitarists in rock. Now, you have a chance to own a six-string christened by the guitar god himself. In celebration of his new single "¡Claro Q ...

  32. Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey Saluted At Kennedy Center Honors

    December 06, 2010 10:28 AM EST 0 0 0 President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand today to salute entertainment luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney , country singer Merle Haggard , composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones with the Kennedy Center Honors in Wash ...

  33. POTW: Madonna, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry

    December 03, 2010 2:48 PM EST 0 0 0 Madonna busted a move, Kanye West wrapped for the kids, Christina Aguilera locked hands with her new boo, Keri Hilson , Katy Perry and Sugarland 's Jennifer Nettles saluted, Justin Bieber made funny faces, Willie Nelson mean-mugged, Mariah Care ...

  34. Willie Nelson Arrested, Charged with Pot Possession in Texas

    November 27, 2010 1:03 AM EST 0 0 0 A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint ...

  35. Tricky Stewart Talks Jessica Simpson, 'Burlesque' Production

    November 12, 2010 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 C. "Tricky" Stewart can count his share of firsts when it comes to chart-topping records. But the songwriter/producer has been focusing on different kinds of firsts lately. In addition to producing two songs ("Stay," "Keep Y ...

  36. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites l ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. The Doobie Brothers Go "Crazy"

    September 23, 2010 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 One August night a few weeks ago, as the Doobie Brothers were playing before 18,000 ardent fans in Montana, founding guitarist Pat Simmons looked out into the audience. "I see this guy in dreads; he's probably 18 years old. He's got h ...

  39. Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann Announces '7 Walkers' Release

    September 16, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Walkers, the funk-rock collaboration between Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Louisiana guitarist Papa Mali, has announced the Nov. 2 release date for their self-titled debut album via Response Records. "7 Walkers," which is des ...

  40. Jerry Lee Lewis Enlists Legendary Friends for New Album

    August 31, 2010 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 J erry Lee Lewis wants to make one thing clear: The title of his new album, "Mean Old Man," isn't a reference to the Killer himself. "No, it has nothing to do with me whatsoever," the 74-year-old rock'n'roll legend ...

  41. BACKBEAT: Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson Honored

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music community came together in Downtown Nashville on August 29 to celebrate pioneers Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson with the seventh annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award . Vince Gill hosted the ceremony for a packed ...

  42. Weekly Chart Notes: Lil Wayne, Lady Antebellum, John Mellencamp

    August 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'ABOVE' AND BEYOND: With his highest career debut as a lead artist, Lil Wayne becomes one of just 10 acts in the Billboard Hot 100 's history to make at least 60 visits to the survey. "Right Above It" soars in as the Hot 100 ...

  43. Jason Mraz May Turn 'Tons of Material' Into Two New Albums

    August 26, 2010 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 J ason Mraz says he has "tons and tons of material" for his next album -- and may, in fact, be working on two. "I've got two very different-sounding albums," Mraz, who won two Grammy awards for 2008's platinum "We ...

  44. Ryan Bingham Reteams with 'Crazy Heart' Producer T-Bone Burnett

    August 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 R yan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett swept the awards season earlier this year, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for their original song "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart." And if there's one superstition even musici ...

  45. Norah Jones To Release Collaborations Albums

    August 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Norah Jones will release "…Featuring," an album featuring her musical collaborations of the past decade. The 18-songs set will be released on Nov. 2 on EMI's Blue Note Records. Ray Charle s, Willie Nelson , Dolly Parton , Outkast and ...

  46. Lee Brice Makes History with 'Love Like Crazy'

    July 18, 2010 10:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 L ee Brice made history when the Garth Brooks hit "More Than a Memory" -- a song Brice co-wrote with Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana -- became the first single to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Now he's maki ...

  47. Doobie Brothers Go "Crazy' On New Album

    July 06, 2010 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Doobie Brothers have reunited with 70s producer Ted Templeman for their first new album in a decade, "World Gone Crazy," which is due out on Sept. 28. Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston tells Billboard.com that the group and Templeman -- who he ...

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