Johnny Cash has taken out this ad in Billboard magazine thanking the country music community for its unending support. This article explains more. Johnny Cash just rocks. (Via

But what’s excellent is that he’s been in the Radio 1 hitparada for quite some time, and his version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” (click here for video, 32megs Quicktime) is at Number 1 now. His latest album, American IV: The Man Comes Around includes a pretty amazing version of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” which also topped the R1 Hitparada.

Update Thu Jul 3, 2:08 pm: Alert reader Janet Dagley Dagley has fact-checked my ass. The photo, ad and story are four years old. It is true, however, that “Hurt” is on top of the Radio 1 Hitparada, but we’ll see what happens this week.