1. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the all-time record by teleporting 97-1 with …

  2. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, 'At Last,' Coldplay

    January 29, 2009 5:49 PM EST THIS IS YOUR 'LIFE': For the second time in her career, Kelly Clarkson sets the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on the Hot 100. This week she does it with a 97-1 bound for "My Life Would Suck Without You" (RCA), narrowly surpassing the 96-1 jump Britney Spears'…

  3. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Dylan, Lindsay Lohan

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson and more! A HIT, ONE MORE TIME: For the second week in a row, the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 has been broken. Just seven days ago, I was writing about T.I. and Rihanna racing…

  4. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  5. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  6. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

  7. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  8. Catching Up With Past "American Idol" Finalists

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malakar and Ace Young were among many former "American Idol" contestants assembled to guest star on "American Idol Extra," the Fox Reality Channel series that airs Thursdays. Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malakar and Ace Young were among many former "…

  9. Chart Beat Chat

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah," Usher's "Love In This Club" and more! 'HALLELUJAH' CHORUS Hi Fred, For anyone who still has doubts that "American Idol" is changing the landscape of music,…

  10. American Idols Live Tour / Aug. 29, 2007 / East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping up the sixth installment of the wildly popular Fox reality show, the top 10 from the season chugged on and embarked on the massive 59-dat The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping…

  11. 'Idol' Finalists Unveil Extensive Tour Plans

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As has become a summer tradition, the top 10 finalists from "American Idol" will hit the road together, beginning July 6 in Sunrise, Fla. The extensive itinerary will run through Sept. 22 in Mancheste As has become a summer tradition, the top 10 finalists from "American Idol…

  12. 'American Idol' Unveils Top 24 Finalists

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST No more audition silliness -- it's time to get serious on "American Idol." The Fox talent show trimmed down the competition last night (Feb. 14), leaving 24 semifinalists -- 12 men and 12 women -- to No more audition silliness -- it's time to get serious on "American…