1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Chart Beat

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Avril Lavigne, Chris Daughtry, Top Blues Albums and more! IF YOU WISHED 'GIRLFRIEND' WAS HOT: Like me, you might have expected a high debut on The Billboard Hot 100 this week for Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (RCA), based on a high volume of digital…

  5. Chart Beat

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses song titles with celebrity names, Pat Boone, Norah Jones and more! CULT OF PERSONALITY: What do Johnny Cash, Jane Fonda, Grace Kelly and Tim McGraw have in common? They're all on the Billboard charts this week -- not as artists, but as song titles. "Tim McGraw" …

  6. Better 'Late' Than Never: Jones Debuts At No. 1

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST After a three-year absence from The Billboard 200, Norah Jones earns her third No. 1 on the chart with "Not Too Late" (Blue Note), which sold 405,000 first-week copies in the United States, according After a three-year absence from The Billboard 200, Norah Jones earns her third No.…

  7. Chart Beat

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Diana Ross, American Idol and more! 'SCENE' IS BELIEVING: "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) by Beyonce holds off a powerful challenger and remains No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for the eighth week, making it the longest-running chart-topper that advanced…

  8. Daughtry Edges Out 'Dreamgirls' To Claim No. 1

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry's debut RCA album, released under his last name, ascends to No. 1 in its ninth week on The Billboard 200 by selling 65,000 copies in the United States, accord "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry's debut RCA album,…

  9. Chart Beat

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses American Idols, Rodney Atkins, Justin Timberlake and more! 'DIFFERENT' DRUMS BUCKY ONTO CHART: With record ratings for its sixth season premiere (see story here ), the "American Idol" juggernaut rolls on, ready to produce a whole new field of artists who…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss American Idols, Elton John and more. 'IDOL' CHATTER Happy Holidays Mr. Bronson, Now that Taylor Hicks' debut album has had a second week of sales tabulated, we can see that it will not rank among the TV franchise's biggest hits. Some people may…

  11. Chart Beat

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Kimberley Locke, other American Idols, Incubus and more! 'JINGLE' ALL THE WAY: It's beginning to look a lot like Kimberley Locke has a lock on Christmas. For the second year in a row, she tops the Adult Contemporary chart with a seasonal song written in the 19th…

  12. Ciara, Eminem, Stefani Overtake The Billboard 200

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ciara's "Ciara: The Evolution" leads three new titles onto the top three spots on The Billboard 200, bowing at No. 1 with 338,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The compi Ciara's "Ciara: The Evolution" leads three new titles onto the…

  13. Incubus' 'Grenades' Ignite At No. 1

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Incubus earns its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with the Epic set "Light Grenades," which moved 165,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. After six weeks o Incubus earns its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with the Epic…

  14. Chart Beat

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Dean Martin, several American Idols, Johnny Cash and more! HIS SECOND COUNTRY SONG: Dean Martin had pop hits when he covered Stuart Hamblen's No. 2 country tune from 1950, "(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You" and Hank Locklin's No. 5 country song…

  15. Jay-Z Reclaims His 'Kingdom' With No. 1 Debut

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST With a host of major new releases hitting shelves last week in time for post-Thanksgiving shopping, Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come" came out on top of The Billboard 200. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set moved a who With a host of major new releases hitting shelves last week in time for post…

  16. Nickelback, Flatts, T.I., Blige Lead BBMA Finalists

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nickelback, Rascal Flatts, T.I. and Mary J. Blige are being recognized for their achievements as finalists in a leading five categories each for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards. The past 12 months have been particularly good for one Canadian rock band, three Nashville upstarts, a once…

  17. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    November 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z bursts back into the game with a star-studded comeback album, The Beatles are reborn thanks to their original producer, Il Divo aims for further crossover success and Snoop Dogg and the late Tup A three-disc set of mostly unreleased music from troubadour Tom Waits, "Orphans" …

  18. Gwen, Luda, The Fray, Mary J. Join Billboard Awards

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, the Fray and Mary J. Blige have been added to the performance lineup for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, which air live on Fox Dec. 4 from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. T Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, the Fray and Mary J. Blige have been added to the performance…

  19. Janet, Fergie, Killers To Rock Billboard Awards

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Janet Jackson, Fergie and the Killers are the first acts confirmed to perform at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on Fox Dec. 4 from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Janet Jackson, Fergie and the Killers are the first acts confirmed to perform at the 2006 Billboard…

  20. Chart Beat

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Clay Aiken, Miki Howard and more. A THOUSAND = 99: One question I'm asked all the time is if I think the contestants on "American Idol" have staying power. In the past, I've had to say that time will tell... but time keeps passing and, three years after he…

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