Beginning today (April 21), Billboard's "Chart Beat" will be found exclusively online at Billboard.com. The column will be posted every Thursday afternoon -- a full day earlier than it was previously
Beginning today (April 21), Billboard's "Chart Beat" will be found exclusively online at Billboard.com. The column will be posted every Thursday afternoon -- a full day earlier than it was previously available.
Each week, chart expert Fred Bronson reports on the performance of artists, labels and titles on Billboard's various sales, airplay and combined tallies in "Chart Beat," putting their feats in historical context and pointing out interesting trivia. Bronson has been authoring the column since 1993.
"'Chart Beat' has long been one of the most popular features in Billboard. By moving the full column online, it will become more influential than ever and more music fans around the globe will be able to enjoy Fred Bronson's unique and entertaining insights," says Ken Schlager, co-executive editor of Billboard.
Bronson will continue to discuss all matters relating to the charts in his weekly online forum "Chart Beat Chat," which will still be posted every Friday on Billboard.com. Items that formerly appeared in the online-only "Chart Beat Bonus" feature will now be included as part of the main "Chart Beat" column.
This week will also bring a new Billboard to readers, with the launch of a completely redesigned magazine. In addition to increased coverage of topics such as brand marketing, digital music, mobile technology, legal and management, the magazine will boast bold covers, redesigned charts and new graphical elements as part of a new design sensibility.
The first "new look" issue will be dated April 30 and will be available on U.S. newsstands tomorrow (April 22).