1. Chart Beat Chat

    May 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the 4 “Ws” in country, discrepancies in methodology, Rihanna and some of the biggest climbs yet this year. JOURNALISM 101 Hi Fred, I've always enjoyed your column and wanted to drop you a line to point out a chart oddity on the Hot Country Songs chart. The four most recent…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses slow turnover of No. 1s, digital sales, chart methodology and more with readers. DISPARATE DOMAINS Dear Fred, There's another piece of trivia for which the slow turnover of No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is partially responsible. This year…

  3. Margot & The Nuclear So & So's Band Together

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT So what do you call an ensemble that plays singer/songwriter tunes with an indie bent that are too smart for top 40? The Bowery Ballroom in New York has a large stage for a 600-capacity venue, giving bands ample room to move during a show. But the space was still a squeeze for the eight-piece…

  4. Stars Unite For Anti-War Concert

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Activists and musicians took the stage for the "Bring 'Em Home Now" concert in New York. Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha (left), R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe (center) and Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner pose before taking stage at the March 20 Bring 'Em Home…

  5. Artists Rock Against Iraq War In New York

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Moby and surprise guest James Iha all performed last night (March 20) in New York for the Bring 'Em Home concert, marking the third anniversary of the United States-le Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Moby and surprise guest James Iha all performed last…

  6. Stipe, Bright Eyes Rock Against Iraq War

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Devendra Banhart and Peaches have signed on for "Bring 'Em Home Now," a March 20 concert at New Yo R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright,…

  7. Il Divo Zooms Past Jamie Foxx To Claim No. 1

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for the No. 1 slot with a chart-topping debut on The Billboard 200. One of five debuts in the chart's top 10, "Ancora" notches a career-best chart position for Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for…

  8. This Day in Music

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Rapper Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is indicted in New York Criminal Court on two assault charges stemming from the Dec. 1 stabbing of record executive Lance "Un" Rivera.<br c 2002 - Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack,…

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart fans, 'bullets,' his love of Swedish music and a lot more with readers this week. IRAQ (SO FAR AWAY) Was there a watershed moment when the Billboard charts became a fan tool as well as an industry tool? I often read you patiently explain that the charts exist…

  10. This Day in Music

    January 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1993 - </b>A 29-cent U.S. postage stamp bearing the likeness of a 1950s-era Elvis Presley is issued at a post office near the King's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. The U.S. Postal Service held 2005 - Australian artists including Kasey Chambers, "Australian Idol…

  11. Juliet

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Television is addictive, venting is theraputic. September 18 3:18 pm There is a tom cruise movie on now. Come on Jim, you can’t be serious about watching this. I can’t avoid the tv situation because wireless internet only works in the living room. Tom is young and she is hot And the music wow…

  12. Juliet

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The perils of touring are many and include tables and chairs. September 11 I woke up this morning in Philadelphia. Four years later… God Bless us all. Last night was a trip. It’s midnight and I’m back in NY I spent the day with friends… in another life. Right, the show… None of us knew what…

  13. New Jagged Edge Due In December

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST R&B outfit Jagged Edge will on Dec. 20 release its fifth album, which features collaborations with John Legend and rapper Big Duke of Boyz N Da Hood. R&B outfit Jagged Edge will on Dec. 20 release its fifth album, which features collaborations with John Legend and rapper Big Duke of…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Madonna and top 40 radio with readers. 'HUNG UP' ON THE DANCE CHART Dear Fred, Madonna just scored her 34th No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart. Is this a record for being a solo artist with the most No. 1s on any Billboard chart? Who has the record for the most No…

  15. Mike Peters

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Dead Men Walking tour continues, a new Alarm album is mastered and future plans are made. Thursday 13th October-Colchester Long drive down to Colchester today so I whiled away the hours watching 'No Direction Home', the Bob Dylan film put together by Martin Scorsese. What an…

  16. J.D. Fortune Named New INXS Singer

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After a 13-week public audition, J.D. Fortune has been named the new frontman of rock group INXS. After a 13-week public audition, J.D. Fortune has been named the new frontman of rock group INXS. The one-time homeless singer was selected by the band from a field of 15 that had been whittled…

  17. Model Beckford Sues Diddy Companies

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Model Tyson Beckford, known for his ads for Ralph Lauren Polo, has sued companies owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs, saying his image and likeness were used without his permission to promote a clothing line Model Tyson Beckford, known for his ads for Ralph Lauren Polo, has sued companies…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses charts and more with readers. MAYBE WE NEED A PUBLICIST Dear Fred, I read your column every week and find it endlessly fascinating as my interest in the pop charts goes back many years, as will become evident by my question to you. I read with interest the letters in…

  19. Dirty Three Finds Its Voice On New Album

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran instrumental trio the Dirty Three adds vocals to the mix for the first time in its career on "Cinder," its seventh studio album. Veteran instrumental trio the Dirty Three adds vocals to the mix for the first time in its career on "Cinder," its seventh studio album.…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini requires an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceration. 2004 - Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a…

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