Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond

Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond

Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.

The last "Ask Billboard" (Dec. 19) analyzed Capitol Records having discounted Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" for 69 cents in the iTunes store, as well as the label having released a remix of the song featuring B.o.B. As "One" could make her album "Teenage Dream" the first to yield six Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, readers shared their thoughts on whether chart rule changes might be needed in light of such potential chart history.

After I responded with my take on several aspects of the subject, here are reader responses, plus more of my thoughts.

Also in this super-sized last mailbag of the year, readers (and yours truly) count down 2011 musical favorites.


Dear Gary,

I have followed the Billboard charts since 1971 and would like to weigh in on the so-called controversy concerning, Hunter Hayes, Cheryl Wheeler, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland (Cindy and Bobby Brady!) and others and present their stories.

And, it's you who often provide the best ideas for columns, such as readers' beloved hobbies of keeping personal charts; songs that may now be "uncoverable" due to passe lyrics; and, even the intricacies of Billboard chart policies. I read all e-mails to (and apologize for when I can't respond).

Please know that your thoughts, enthusiasm and, above all, knowledge, are always vastly appreciated.

Happy holidays, have a safe and healthy new year and here's to the Beat going on in 2012!