1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Chart Beat

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Kimberley Locke and more! BIGGEST JUMP OF THE CENTURY: Thanks to street date violations, the physical CD release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (TBD/ATO) entered The Billboard 200 last week at No. 156. This week, the album becomes the…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," top 10 songs of 2007, Sally Shapiro and more! KEEN FOR MEAN AND GREEN Thank you for sharing that question [about the artist credit for a ringtone] and please thank Anthony Colombo and everyone at Billboard for…

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch," adult contemporary music, performing rights societies and more! IN THE 'MEAN' TIME Fred: I was perusing the 2007 year-end lists on Billboard.biz when I spotted an error that made my heart shrink three sizes.…

  6. Chart Beat Chat

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Kimberley Locke, Christine Perfect, Leona Lewis and more! THE PERFECT E-MAIL Hi Fred. Last week, Mike Burk inquired about female artists who had success under both their maiden and married names. Christine Perfect had success in Great Britain as singer and…

  7. Ask Billboard

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Keith answers readers' questions on Mariah Carey, Kimberly Locke, retail exclusive albums and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . CHART STOPPER Keith, There has been a lot of news about how retail…

  8. Chart Beat

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Kimberley Locke, Garth Brooks, Juanes and more! SIGNS OF THE SEASON: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. How do I know? Easy: the signs are everywhere. Stores are filled with shoppers, houses are decorated with colorful lights and Kimberley Locke is No. 1 on the…

  9. Chart Beat

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Rihanna, Christmas songs, Disney albums and more! DANCING IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT: Rihanna's latest dance single, "Shup Up and Drive" (SRP/Def Jam), shifts into first place on Hot Dance Club Play, giving the singer from Barbados her seventh chart-topper on this…

  10. Chart Beat

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses songwriter Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and more! SUPER TROUP-ER: The record for the longest span of Billboard top 10 hits by a songwriter has been shattered. A 12-8 climb for Fergie's "Clumsy" (will.i.am/A&M) gives the late Bobby Troup a…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Radiohead, chart lovers, "American Idol" contestants and more! THE 'RAINBOWS' CONNECTION Fred: You've certainly heard by now about Radiohead's plan to sell its new album "In Rainbows" as a pay-what-you-want download. While…

  12. 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…

  13. Billboard Bits: The Police, Locke/Aiken/Studdard, Grammys

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police have added six more shows to their fall North American tour itinerary, including a fifth at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2. The other new dates are Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C.; N The Police have added six more shows to their fall North American tour itinerary,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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'…

  16. Chart Beat Chat

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Shop Boyz, American Idols, "World Idol" and more! WHAT CAN ONE PERSON DO? Fred- I need your advice. Before you start making any assumptions, I am not your typical "American Idol" fan. I am a married man in my 30s who happens to enjoy watching …

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Chart Beat

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses John Lennon, Joan Armatrading, Kimberley Locke and more! JOHN: For the third year in a row, a song written by John Lennon makes its debut on The Billboard Hot 100. The latest Lennon composition to see chart ink is Green Day's remake of "Working Class Hero," a…

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