1. Stars Come Out For Davis' Pre-Grammy Party

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Whitney Houston's appearance at Clive Davis' celeb-soaked, pre-Grammy concert party last night (Feb. 9) in Los Angeles fueled speculation that the diva would be among the night's performers -- but her Whitney Houston's appearance at Clive Davis' celeb-soaked, pre…

  2. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008," an update of a song…

  3. Chart Beat Chat

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Babyface, Diana Ross, "American Idol" and more! SHOULD BABYFACE TAKE A BOW? In your most recent Chart Beat column, you state, "Babyface's remake of James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain' on the Mercury label climbs 12-10, equaling the…

  4. The Billboard Q&A: Chris Daughtry

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Chris Daughtry sounds a bit bleary the day after the recent American Music Awards, and for good reason. Chris Daughtry sounds a bit bleary the day after the recent American Music Awards, and for good reason. "Oh, yeah, we all celebrated," he promises, still basking in the glow of…

  5. The Year In Charts 2007: An Early Peek

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that comprise Billboard's Year in Music & Touring issue, which will be on newsstands tomorrow (Dec. 14) and online at Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that…

  6. Daughtry Wins Big At American Music Awards

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Chris Daughtry may not have won "American Idol," but his band, Daughtry, earned high enough honors at the American Music Awards last night (Nov. 18) to share the spotlight with Carrie Underwood and Ju Chris Daughtry may not have won "American Idol," but his band, Daughtry,…

  7. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Nana Mouskouri will receive a platinum…

  8. Faulkner, West Assume Control On U.K. Charts

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner capped his impressive emergence as a U.K. chart presence yesterday (Aug. 26) by following the top 10 single "Dream Catch Me" (Ugly Truth) with a No. 1 debut f British singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner capped his impressive emergence as a U.K…

  9. Chart Beat

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Billie Holiday, Constantine Maroulis, Chaka Khan and more! LADY DAY: There's no point in even doing any research to confirm that the record has been set for the longest gap between appearances on a Billboard singles chart. I mean, who could have a longer hiatus than 62…

  10. Chart Beat

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses "Stand By Me," the Cyruses, Daughtry and more! SEAN BY ME: "Stand by Me" is one of the classic songs of the 20th century. It has charted on The Billboard Hot 100 by eight different artists, and that's not counting the sampling of this evergreen in Sean…

  11. Chart Beat

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses "Hey There Delilah," "Hairspray," "Everything" and more! THE NAME GAME: There was a time when girls' names ruled the Hot 100. In 1962, Tommy Roe's "Sheila" was succeeded by the Four Seasons' "Sherry." But it'…

  12. Chart Beat Chat

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss American Idols, Rihanna's "Umbrella," Nielsen Soundscan and more! FANTASIA FAN Hi Mr. Bronson, Just wanted to thank you for your kind and supportive words regarding Fantasia Barrino and her career. I've been a big fan of Fantasia ever since her…

  13. Chart Beat

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Porter Wagoner, American Idols, Paul McCartney and more! LONGEST POSSIBLE SPAN: He appeared on the very first country album chart, dated Jan. 11, 1964. And this week he returns to that same chart, after an absence of 24 years. Porter Wagoner, who will turn 80 in August, is back…

  14. Chart Beat

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses American Idols, Rihanna, the Beach Boys and more! 'UMBRELLA' REIGNS: When Rihanna leapt 34-1 with "SOS" in May 2006, it was the second-biggest move to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard Hot 100. This week, the Barbadian-born singer takes an even bigger…

  15. Chart Beat

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses American Idols, Enrique Iglesias, Snow Patrol and more! SEPTEMBER TO MAY ROMANCE: Does September of last year seem like a long time ago? In chart terms, it's almost an eternity. But for those of you who can recall last fall, the week of Sept. 16, 2006 was when Carrie…

  16. Chart Beat

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Paris Bennett, Maroon 5, Barbra Streisand and more! WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE BENNETT: As the sixth season of "American Idol" is about to come to an end, another contestant from season five makes a debut on the Billboard charts. Fifth place finalist Paris Bennett shows…

  17. Chart Beat Chat

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Maroon 5, "American Idol," Eurovision and more! 5 OUT OF FIVE Hello Fred, Such an exciting week on the Hot 100. With Maroon 5 at No. 1, I was "wondering" if they are coincidentally the fifth act with '5' as part of their name. I'…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Diane Warren, changing song titles and more. IT'S NOT WHERE YOU FINISH Hi Fred, I saw that Bucky Covington, the eighth-place finalist on season five of "American Idol," debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 this week. It…

  19. Chart Beat

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Beyonce, Shakira, Elliott Yamin and more! LIAR, LIAR, CHART ON FIRE: In the nearly 49-year history of The Billboard Hot 100, no song has ever jumped 90 places or more -- until this week. Breaking the old record of an 88-place move, "Beautiful Liar" (Columbia) by the…

  20. Modest Mouse Steers Its 'Ship' To No. 1 Debut

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Modest Mouse scores the first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 of its career this week as "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" debuts on top. The Epic set moved 129,000 copies in the United States Modest Mouse scores the first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 of its career this…

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