1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. '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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Tupac, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. Among Inductees To National Recording Registry

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Recordings by Tupac Shakur , Willie Nelson , R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of "Gypsy" are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. Under the terms of ...

  22. Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. Among Inductees To National Recording Registry

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recordings by Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of "Gypsy" are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced Wednesday to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. Under the terms of 2000& ...

  23. Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ramon Ayala Record Pro-Immigrant Song

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Del Castillo are some of the artists featured on "Claro Que Se Puede," a new pro-immigrant track to be released next month. The track will appear on "Proyecto de Amor" ("project of love&qu ...

  24. Comedians Play Rock Stars at Bonnaroo

    June 12, 2010 12:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Comedians were living out their rock star (or bluegrass star) dreams throughout the first full day of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. And they showed they can carry a tune, too. Bonnaroo Main | Bonnaroo 2010 Photos 10 Awesome Bonnaroo Moment ...

  25. Jamey Johnson Reveals 'Guitar Song' Details

    June 09, 2010 10:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 J amey Johnson will give fans plenty of new material when he releases "The Guitar Song," his follow-up to 2008's award-winning, gold-certified "That Lonesome Song," on Sept. 14. "The Guitar Song" spreads 25 songs a ...

  26. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party. "They're just kind of loose and fun, and they're geared that way - to have fun," he ...

  27. Ray Charles On The Charts

    May 27, 2010 5:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ray Charles ' legacy on the Billboard charts stretches back to 1949, when - as part of the Maxin Trio with G.D. McKee and Milton Garred - he charted his first single with "Confession Blues." The cut reached No. 2 on what was then call ...

  28. Web Trends: 'American Idol,' Janet Jackson, Bret Michaels, David Cook and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11am) 3. Janet Jackson on American Idol 6. Bret Michaels on American Idol 16. Janet Jackson New Haircut 17. Joe Cocker Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, Alice Cooper and Bret Michaels were among the special guests that ...

  29. Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett Take Rural Route To 'Better' Album

    May 24, 2010 1:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Amex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 3 -- seven weeks after he releas ...

  30. Shelby Lynne Plots Own Course With 'Tears'

    April 23, 2010 2:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 S helby Lynne says that having her own label, the newly inaugurated Everso Records, for her newly released "Tears, Lies, and Alibis" will mean more music quicker from her in the future. "I have all kinds of plans," Lynne tells Bi ...

  31. Concord Group Acquires Rounder Records

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Concord Group, which owns Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Prestige, among others, announced it has acquired Rounder Records. Forty year old Rounder’s roster includes Alison ...

  32. Grammy Winners On The Charts

    February 02, 2010 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Highlighted by Lady Gaga 's show-opening duet with Elton John , Beyonce 's cover of Alanis Morissette 's "You Oughta Know" and Pink taking her acrobatic act previously performed on last year's MTV Music Video Awards to ...

  33. Rothbury Festival Postponed Until 2011

    January 25, 2010 6:38 PM EST 0 0 0 The annual Rothbury music festival at Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Mich., will not be held in 2010, organizers said Friday. Producers are hoping the event will return in 2011. Rothbury producers Madison House Presents and AEG Live said in a news rel ...

  34. Willie Nelson Teams With T-Bone Burnett For Rounder's 40th Anniversary

    January 15, 2010 1:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Country music legend Willie Nelson has teamed with celebrated producer T-Bone Burnett for "Country Music," an album which marks the first release of his recently inked deal with Rounder Records. "Country Music" is due on April 13 ...

  35. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Susan Boyle, Willie Nelson

    December 31, 2009 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 $TILL NO. 1: Ke$ha says that the "$" in her name is an ironic ode to her belief that, "There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money." Regardless, the cash is pouring in, thanks to the success of "TiK ToK,&q ...

  36. Best Of The 2000s: By-The-Numbers

    December 30, 2009 1:30 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: ...

  37. Best Of The 2000s: Part 1

    December 22, 2009 11:30 AM 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: ...

  38. David Broza Puts Townes Van Zandt 'Poetry' In Motion

    December 01, 2009 4:07 PM EST 0 0 0 D avid Broza only met the late Townes Van Zandt once. But he apparently made quite an impression on the Texas music icon. When he died in 1997, Van Zandt -- who had performed with Broza at a marathon Writers in the Round concert during 1994 in Houst ...

  39. Taylor Swift Wins BMI Award For Top Song

    November 11, 2009 7:32 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift started what could be an interesting week with her second straight song of the year award at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, where Kris Kristofferson was honored as an icon. Swift won for her song "Love Story" at the cere ...

  40. Taylor Swift Wins BMI Award For Top Song

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift started what could be an interesting week with her second straight song of the year award at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, where Kris Kristofferson was honored as an icon. Swift won for her song "Love Story" at the ce ...

  41. McCartney, Coldplay Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 14, 2009 5:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sir Paul McCartney , Coldplay and the Ting Tings were among those honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Oct. ...

  42. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 1:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band , Pearl Jam , Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel ), Elvis Co ...

  43. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel), Elvis Cos ...

  44. Hot Tours: U2, Kenny Chesney, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp

    August 27, 2009 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 With box office grosses topping $188 million, U2 closed out the European leg of its "360 Tour" in the U.K. with a final show at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Aug. 22. The 10-year-old Welsh venue was the last of 15 stadiums in 10 cou ...

  45. New Norah Jones Album Due In November

    August 20, 2009 5:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter Norah Jones will move away from jazz roots on her fourth studio album, due in November on Blue Note Records, her label announced today (Aug. 20). Producer Jacquire King ( Kings of Leon , Modest Mouse ) is working with Jones on the ...

  46. Warren Haynes Q&A

    August 19, 2009 3:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter/guitarist Warren Haynes is rock 'n roll's iron man. A maverick on both the business and creative sides of his career, Haynes splits duties as integral players in both the Allman Brothers Band and the Dead with his own har ...

  47. Chart Beat Thursday: Whitney Houston, Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato

    July 30, 2009 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 MANY HAPPY RETURNS: A host of veterans enjoy warm welcomes back to Billboard charts this week. After co-hosting listening parties in Los Angeles, New York and London, attended by such collaborators as Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats and celebrities incl ...

  48. Kris Kristofferson's Latest Cuts 'Closer To The Bone'

    July 27, 2009 9:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kris Kristofferson considers his new album, "Closer to the Bone," a "sequel" of sorts to 2006's acclaimed "This Old Road." "Emotionally, 'Closer to the Bone' is very much like 'This Old Road,� ...

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