Tag: Billboard

Wade Jessen passes

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wade Ray Jessen, the head of several of Billboard magazine’s charts, including the bluegrass music chart, passed away in the early hours of March 5, 2015, due to a massive heart-attack. The 53-year-old media veteran and country music champion was being treated in Summit Medical […]


On this day #8 – Ballad of Jed Clampett

| January 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

On this day ….. On this day 50 years ago, January 19, 1963, the Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs’ recording of the Ballad of Jed Clampett topped the Billboard Hot Country singles charts. The song spent 20 weeks on the charts and was in the […]


Albums of The Year? – 2012 Edition

| December 31, 2012 | 2 Comments

Billboard has released their year-end list of the top albums in bluegrass music. As always for the magazine’s charts, these are strictly based on sales as measured by SoundScan, and dependent on both Billboard and SoundScan’s definition of “bluegrass.” Here is their 2012 list: 15. Bright Morning Stars — The […]


Poll: does chart action affect purchase decisions?

| August 7, 2012 | 12 Comments

Our poll this week asks whether airplay or sales chart reporting has an impact on your music purchases. Here at Bluegrass Today, we publish both a weekly and a monthly chart that measures how often new bluegrass songs get played on the radio. Other publications, […]


Billboard bluegrass

| January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

What do Alison Krauss, comedian/actor/novelist/art buff Steve Martin, classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, classic rocker Tommy Shaw, and country star Dierks Bentley have in common? And what does that list have in common with Trampled by Turtles, Steve Ivey, Dr. Elmo (he of Grandma Got Run […]


Cherryholmes debuts at #3 on Billboard Bluegrass chart

| October 6, 2005

People in the biz have been predicting great things for this family band, who just recently released their debut release for Skaggs Family Records. Their stage presentation is dynamic and engaging, and the four siblings have been developing into legitimate talents with a flair for […]


Michelle Nixon & Drive debut on Billboard chart

| September 10, 2005

What More Should I Say, the most recent Pinecastle release for Michelle Nixon & Drive, debuted this week on the Billboard Magazine bluegrass chart at #46. This chart is compiled using Soundscan reports, a service of the Nielsen Company – the same folks who compile […]