1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Chart Beat

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred tackles news on "Hannah Montana," Justin Timberlake, "American Idol" and more! THE STATE OF 'MONTANA': "Hannah Montana" isn't the first fictional character to appear on a Billboard chart, but the teenage singer portrayed by Miley Cyrus in the…

  4. Chart Beat

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses George Strait, Kellie Pickler, JoJo and more! THE STRAIT LIFE: All chart records, even the ones that go unchallenged for years, are bound to be broken one day. For the last 20 years and three weeks, Conway Twitty has held the record for having the most No. 1s on the Hot Country…

  5. Chart Beat

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry make their chart debuts plus news from Livingston Taylor/Carly Simon, Gnarls Barkley, Dixie Chicks and more! TAYLOR AND CHRIS: When last we checked, 18 "American Idol" contestants had charted in Billboard. Two weeks ago, that total jumped to 19 when…

  6. Chart Beat

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nelly returns to the top of the Hot 100 for a fourth time, Carrie Underwood notches a pair of country No. 1s and new Billboard charts are among this week's topics. 'GRILLZ' GONE WILD: A surprise 5-1 move carries Nelly to the top of The Billboard Hot 100. "Grillz" …

  7. Chart Beat

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Behind chart stats relating to "Up on the Housetop," American Idols, deSol, Madonna and Maria Carey. HOME RUN FOR ‘HOUSETOP': As predicted here last week, there is a new No. 1 song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Kimberley Locke's seasonal "Up on the…

  8. CHART BEAT

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Carole King, Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, Zucchero, Willie Nelson, Mariah Carey, the Del McCoury Band, Paul Hardcastle, Elvis Costello and more. WE STILL LOVE HER TOMORROW: In the lyrics of her very first hit, Carole King asked, "Will…

  9. CHART BEAT

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, R. Kelly, Jessica Simpson, Mary Mary and more. HE TAUGHT THE BAND TO PLAY: When the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts…

  10. CHART BEAT

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Bo Bice, Elton John, Mary Mary, Chris Hillman, A&M and more. BO CLOCKS IN AT NO. 1: There's good news and bad news for fourth season "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, but it all adds up to a lot of chart news as his debut…

  11. CHART BEAT

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Mariah Carey, Dave Brubeck and more. BO TIED WITH CARRIE: The top two finalists from the fourth season of "American Idol" make their debuts under their own names this week, which may come as a surprise to…

  12. Ask Billboard

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers reader questions about "American Idol," Broadway soundtracks and more. 'IDOL' CHATTER Hi Keith, My hubby and I are huge "American Idol" fans. Can you tell us what "American Idol" singer (not necessarily winner) has the highest…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Green Day, Tamyra Gray, Gretchen Wilson, Rascal Flatts and chart rules with readers. GREEN MATTER Hi Fred! As always, I read and enjoy "Chart Beat" every week and I just read what you wrote about Green Day getting its first No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.…

  14. Hot Product

    November 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fantasia 'Free' To Be Fantasia Not many artists work on their debut album with producers on the level of Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Jerkins, but then again, being an "American Idol" has its privileges. For "Free Yourself," due this week via J…

  15. Fantasia Debut Bolstered By R&B Vets

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Not many artists work on their debut album with producers on the level of Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Jerkins, but then again, being an "American Idol" has its privileges. Not many artists work on their debut album with producers on the level of Missy Elliott, Jermaine…

  16. Ask Billboard

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Emma Bunton, Toby Keith and more. IT'S ABOUT TIME Keith, I've sent questions before and I've never gotten you to publish them online, but I know you must get thousands of them so I just really thank you for all the info. I…

  17. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart escapades of k.d. lang, Usher and Fantasia. THE 49-ER: Every one, two or three years, k.d. lang charts a new album on The Billboard 200, as she has been doing since her debut on May 28, 1988 with "Shadowland." Her latest, "Hymns of the…

  18. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart feats involving Reba McEntire, Josh Gracin, Nelly, Usher and Christina Milian. TO LOVE 'SOMEBODY': Reba McEntire holds at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks with "Somebody" (MCA). This latest hit is tied with the 2001…

  19. 'Idol' Sets 4th Season Auditions

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Auditions for the fourth season of the Fox series "American Idol" will take place across two months beginning Aug. 4 in Cleveland. Auditions for the fourth season of the Fox series "American Idol" will take place across two months beginning Aug. 4 in Cleveland. Auditions…

  20. CoverGirl Launching Record Label

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Cosmetics brand CoverGirl has inked a deal with Atlantic Records to a create a new record label, CG Vibes. Cosmetics brand CoverGirl has inked a deal with Atlantic Records to a create a new record label, CG Vibes. The first release will be a limited-edition compilation, "CG Vibes: Music…

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