1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart weeks, Beyoncé and Trisha Yearwood. 53 CARD PICK-UP Dear Fred: In your Dec. 22, 2005, "Chart Beat" column, you mentioned that, "'Don't Forget About Us' is the eighth No. 1 of 2005 on the Billboard Hot 100. That's the fewest amount of…

  2. Evolution Of The Banjo On Display

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Consider the evolution of the humble banjo. It morphed from a hollow gourd, strummed by African slaves, into an elegant toy for Victorian society ladies. Later, it grew into one of the mainstays of bl Consider the evolution of the humble banjo. It morphed from a hollow gourd, strummed by…

  3. Mom Fights Downloading Suit On Her Own

    December 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court. It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart rules, Elvis' chart career, his favorites of 2005 and more with readers. WHY ISN'T 'CHRISTMAS' PRESENT? Hi Fred, I noticed that "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey is the No. 1 song on the digital download chart. My question…

  5. This Day in Music

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1959 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Why," Frankie Avalon. This last No. 1 song of the '50s has the shortest title of any chart topping hit.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1989 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Another Day in…

  6. Chart Beat

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mariah ties an Elvis record, 'Georgia' and 'Postman' return to the charts, and American Idols and Madonna are among those making chart news. WHY YOU'LL REMEMBER 'FORGET': It was already Mariah Carey's most successful year on the charts, but she manages…

  7. Juliet

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Desperate times call for desperate measures. September 25 Let me write about last night: Philadelphia We pulled up to the World Café and there was already a band on. I went to the dressing room that we had used 2 weeks ago to lay down. It was full of guys who were in the 3 bands on before us.…

  8. Ask Billboard

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers reader questions about Cher, Gwen Stefani and the Beatles. 'BELIEVE' IN CHER Hi Keith, I have read several times how you recount album sales for artists such as Britney Spears, Madonna, Michael Jackson and so forth. But for quite a while I have wondered what…

  9. Seasonal Music Splits The Crowd

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST A lot of people appreciate the onslaught of seasonal music that floods airwaves, stores and just about everywhere during December, according to a Billboard.com poll. But a lot of people don't. A lot of people appreciate the onslaught of seasonal music that floods airwaves, stores and…

  10. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1996 - </b>Tony Bennett is rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. Bennett is just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with President and Mrs. Clinton wh 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen…

  11. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton dies in Queens, N.Y., after a long hospitalization. He is 90.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Madonna, Bing Crosby and re-releases with readers. IS MADONNA THE MOST? Hi Fred! I'm really surprised no one has said anything about Madonna's performance on the album chart compared to all other female artists. She had her sixth studio album, "Confessions on a…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Concertgoers at the Shrine Auditorium get more than they bargain for during the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball. Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, part of the popular R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, partially undr 2004 - Studio 8, the Detroit-area studio where Eminem recorded "…

  14. Chart Beat

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chart news about Mariah Carey, Kristine W, James Blunt and Nelly, as well as Fred's top singles and albums of the year. GIFT-WRAPPED: For the first time in the short history of Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, a track that is not a current hit ranks No. 1. The 11-year-old song …

  15. 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…

  16. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Garth Brooks says on TNN's "Crook & Chase" show that he plans to keep an "extremely low" profile in 2000 and then will "probably" announce his retirement at the end of the year, hint 2003 - Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham…

  17. Ween / Dec. 2-3, 2005 / Boulder, Colo. (Boulder Theater, Fox Theater)

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a neighboring universe not so far away from this one, Ween are bigger than U2 or Led Zeppelin. Somehow, in our dimension, the duo's transgressive humor and tape-warped vocals have masked their scar In a neighboring universe not so far away from this one, Ween are bigger than U2 or Led…

  18. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital from injuries sustained in an earlier ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne has…

  19. Depeche Mode / Dec. 3, 2005 / Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata)

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST For the Depeche Mode fans that caught the group's show in Atlantic City, N.J., the evening was an experience where the masses fervently worshipped their musical god with dance and hollered prayers. For the Depeche Mode fans that caught the group's show in Atlantic City, N.J., the…

  20. Depeche Mode Set For Coachella, Documentary Due

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST As expected, the seventh Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will return April 29-30 to Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. The first night will be headlined by legendary electro-pop act Depeche As expected, the seventh Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will return April 29-30…

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