1. Leftovers From Last Week: 'Glee,' Santana, Akon

    October 05, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With last week's charts bursting with numerous notable achievements , headlined by Zac Brown Band , Nelly and Kenny Chesney , here is a recap of a few additional praiseworthy feats before all charts are refreshed with new data Thursday (Oct. 7) on Billboard.com. COUNTRY POP: Among last…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

  3. April 22, 2009

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Country singer-songwriter Paul Davis dies of a heart attack at a hospital in Meridian, Miss., at the age of 60. 2003 – Songwriter Felice Bryant dies in Gatlinburg, Tenn., at the age of 77. 1998 – It is announced that Faith No More is breaking up. 1989 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Like a…

  4. April 21, 2009

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Soul singer Al Wilson dies of kidney failure in Fontana, Calif., at the age of 68. 2007 – Australian pub rocker Lobby Loyde dies of cancer in a Melbourne hospital. He is 66. 2004 – Future Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gets voted off Season 3 of “American Idol.” 2003 – Soul singer Nina…

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss The Billboard Hot 100, Leona Lewis, Paul Davis (R.I.P.) and more! NO COUNTRY FOR HOT 100? Fred, I love your books and Chart Beat, just wish you were in print again. You say the Hot 100 is based on airplay and sales, so explain how country songs with no sales can…

  6. Chart Beat Chat

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Petit Papa Noël," non-debut BB200 No. 1s, duets and more! JOYEUX 'NOEL' Hello Fred! It's a nice surprise to learn that "Noel" ("Christmas" in French) by Josh Groban is No. 1 this week. As a French [citizen] I'm very proud that…

  7. Then Came the Night

    April 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT From the pretentious title cut to the inclusion of a Diane Warren song, Tommy Shane Steiner's debut is pretty much devoid of substance. From the pretentious title cut to the inclusion of a Diane Warren song, Tommy Shane Steiner's debut is pretty much devoid of substance. Pseudo-edge…