1. April 12, 2009

    April 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Madonna breaks Elvis Presley’s 37-year record for the most Billboard Top 10 singles by an artist. “4 Minutes,” featuring Justin Timberlake, becomes her 37th Top 10 hit. She had tied Elvis’ record in 2005 with Top 10 hit No. 36, “Hung Up.” 1999 – Country singer Boxcar Willie dies of…

  2. April 10, 2009

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Jazz singer Dakota Staton dies in New York at the age of 76. 2003 – Singer Little Eva dies of cancer at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, N.C., at the age of 59. 1998 – Radio personality Eddie O’Jay dies at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. following complications from two heart…

  3. April 9, 2009

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” tour, the country singer’s first solo outing, kicks off in Minneapolis. 1997 – Country singer-songwriter Mae Axton, 82, dies at home in Hendersonville, Tenn. 1988 – Singer-songwriter Brook Benton dies from complications of spinal meningitis in Queens, N.Y., at…

  4. March 28, 2009

    March 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Freaky Tah of Lost Boyz dies of a gunshot wound in Queens, N.Y. He is 27. 1996 – Phil Collins announces he is leaving Genesis. 1995 – Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announce they are separating after 21 months of marriage 1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rock Me Amadeus,” Falco.…

  5. Elvis Costello Teams With T Bone Burnett For New Acoustic Record

    March 23, 2009 11:15 AM EDT Elvis Costello's newest album, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," sees the prolific singer-songwriter-composer returning to acoustic American roots music for the first time since his 1986 album "King of America." "Sugarcane" will be released June 2 on Hear…

  6. Alexandra Burke Is 'X Factor' On U.K. Charts

    December 22, 2008 10:32 AM EST "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke had her U.K. Christmas No. 1 single confirmed yesterday (Dec. 21), as her version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) debuted at the top with sales of 576,000 units to become the fastest-selling single by a…

  7. Chart Beat Chat

    December 19, 2008 11:36 AM EST <b><i>A brand new Fred Bronson Chart Beat Chat column will return the week of December 29, 2008 after a brief break for the holidays. Enjoy his most recent column below.<br /> </i></b> DID THE CRITICS SPEAK? Hello Mr. Bronson, Are you going to publish your…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The all-star remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) easily debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Although the Band Aid 20 track comes nowhere near the first-week sales of its 19 2004 - The all-star remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas" …

  9. New York Venue City Winery Preps For Opening

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST City Winery, a new New York venue being launched by Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, will open on New Year's Eve with a concert by Joan Osborne. City Winery, a new New York venue being launched by Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, will open on New Year's Eve with a…

  10. This Day in Music

    November 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. The second annual show, which takes place in a ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace, 2005 - Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the…

  11. Pink, Keane Rule U.K. Charts

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As Pink's "So What" (LaFace) started a third week atop the new U.K. singles chart, Keane scored a No. 1 debut with its third album, "Perfect Symmetry" (Universal Island). As Pink's "So What" (LaFace) started a third week atop the new U.K. singles chart,…

  12. Billboard Bits: Les Paul, Animal Collective

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Slash, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, James Burton, the Ventures, Jennifer Batten, Dennis Coffey, Lenny Kaye, Steve Lukather, Barbara Lynn and Alannah Myles have signed on for a Billboard Bits: Les Paul, Animal Collective Slash, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora,…

  13. Naughty By Nature Reunites For New Album

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's turning into a good year for Naughty By Nature. In addition to being one of the five honorees on VH1's recent "Hip-Hop Honors" special, the hip-hop trio has reunited to record a new album set for It's turning into a good year for Naughty By Nature. In addition to…

  14. Letters To Cleo Reuniting For Short Tour

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boston-based rock outfit Letters To Cleo will reunite after an eight-year hiatus for four shows this fall. Boston-based rock outfit Letters To Cleo will reunite after an eight-year hiatus for four shows this fall. Original members Kay Hanley (vocals), Greg McKenna and Michael Eisenstein …

  15. MacKaye, Moore Debate Indie Issues In Brooklyn

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fugazi frontman/Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore took questions from a packed audience at the Brooklyn Book Fair yesterday (Sept. 14) ... Fugazi frontman/Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore took questions from a…

  16. This Day in Music

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - British R&B artist "Long John" Baldry dies in Vancouver after battling a chest infection for four months. He is 64. Having begun his career playing folk and jazz in the late 1950s, Baldry w 2005 - British R&B artist "Long John" Baldry dies in Vancouver after…

  17. Rapper Q Signs To Dupri's TAG Records

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MC Q will be the first artist on the burgeoning TAG label, which is headed by Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri. MC Q will be the first artist on the burgeoning TAG label, which is headed by Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri. Q, born Kareem Savage, was a former member of Da Franchise…

  18. Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Coldplay

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry, the first rock song, Leona Lewis and more! TIME FOR A CHANGE? Dear Fred, It is a significant achievement that Katy Perry has achieved the rock era's 1000th Number One single on the Billboard pop charts with "I Kissed A Girl," which -…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Kanye West emerges a double winner at the 2005 BET Awards, picking up statuettes for best male hip-hop artist and video of the year for "Jesus Walks." 2005 - Kanye West emerges a double winner at the 2005 BET Awards, picking up statuettes for best male hip-hop artist and…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

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