1. Chart Beat: T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Usher, Flo Rida, T-Pain

    November 26, 2008 2:02 PM EST Fred Bronson discusses T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Christmas albums and more! DOUBLING UP: For the first time in the 50-year history of the Hot 100, two lead artists hold down the top four positions on the chart, dividing this territory equally between them. T.I. stands pat at No. 1 and slides…

  2. Taylor Swift Soars To No. 1 Debut

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST With the best sales week for a country album in a year, 18-year-old Taylor Swift debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with her sophomore set, "Fearless." The Big Machine release With the best sales week for a country album in a year, 18-year-old Taylor Swift…

  3. Chart Beat: 'Change Is Gonna Come,' Rihanna, Janet

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart action from "Change Is Gonna Come," Rihanna, Janet and more! IN THESE CHANGING TIMES: We've all heard the word "change" quite a bit during the last two years, and with the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, the idea that…

  4. Taylor Swift On Track For No. 1 Debut

    November 12, 2008 1:56 PM EST Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 , based on data from Nielsen SoundScan 's Building chart, released today (Nov. 12). Unweighted sales of the teen star's "Fearless" (Big Machine) through the close of yesterday stood at 217,000.…

  5. Taylor Swift On Track For No. 1 Debut

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, based on data from Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Nov. 12). Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, based on data from Nielsen SoundScan's…

  6. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    November 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift broadens her global reach on her sophomore album, T-Pain keeps the party going, the Flaming Lips complete their long-in-the-works Christmas movie and an "Idol" runner-up unveils his debut "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta's self-titled debut (19…

  7. Coldplay, Leona Lewis Join AMA Lineup

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay and Leona Lewis have been added to the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, Billboard.com can reveal. The event will be held Nov. 23 at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Coldplay and Leona Lewis have been added to the performance lineup for the American Music…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Chart Beat

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kanye West, AC/DC, "Mamma Mia!" and more! 'LOVE' IS IN THE TIER: Only 10 songs have entered The Billboard Hot 100 in the top three this millennium; the 10th song to begin its chart life in this elite tier is Kanye West's "Love…

  11. Chart Beat

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Joan Baez, Cliff Richard, Pink and more! GOT A JOANS FOR YOU: It's been 29 years and two weeks since Joan Baez appeared on the Billboard album chart, but her long hiatus is over, thanks to the debut of "Day After Tomorrow" (Razor & Tie) at…

  12. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (19 weeks),…

  13. Chart Beat Chat: Estelle, Kid Rock, Tami Chynn, Coldplay

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Estelle, Kid Rock, Tami Chynn, Coldplay and more! 'BOY' OVERBOARD Dear Fred, Nowadays we are accustomed to seeing songs immediately peak high on The Billboard Hot 100 with the sudden availability of digital downloads, then fall down with a thud the…

  14. Kara DioGuardi Named New 'Idol' Judge

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. DioGuardi, whose work includes…

  15. Chart Beat: David Archuleta, Rihanna, Brandy and Monica, Journey, Isaac Hayes

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses David Archuleta's chart position, Rihanna 'Bowing' on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Monica and Brandy's return to the charts and more! 'CRUSH' TO JUDGMENT: Different artists have different feelings about the Billboard charts. Some follow the ups…

  16. Rihanna Fends Off Archuleta Atop Hot 100

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna begins a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Disturbia," but barely fended off the best chart debut in more than 18 months, in the form of David Archuleta's "Crush." His track Rihanna begins a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  17. Idols Live / July 31, 2008 / Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There couldn't be a better mantra than "practice makes perfect" for the "American Idol" contestants. Although these kids are a far cry from perfection, by the time the top 10 head out on tour after th There couldn't be a better mantra than "practice makes…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Ask Billboard

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on David Archuleta, the best rappers alive, Britney Spears and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . ARCHULETA OFF THE MARKET? Hello Keith, There are a lot of rumors…

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