1. Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory

    May 20, 2009 10:10 PM EDT Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert. During the two hour-plus season finale, contestants were paired with veteran…

  2. Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa Top Hot 100

    April 09, 2009 7:42 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas rocket to the top of the Hot 100 this week, with "Boom Boom Pow" flying up to No. 1 from No. 39. The quartet was the week's biggest airplay gainer, with an audience gain of 10 million impressions. The Peas knocked out Lady GaGa's "Poker Face"…

  3. Chart Beat: AI, Taylor Swift, Annie Lennox

    February 26, 2009 5:14 PM EST ADULT EDUCATION: Ever since Kelly Clarkson made her first appearance on a Billboard chart, finalists from "American Idol" have been showing up on surveys that cross all genres -- pop, R&B, country, rock, Christian, reggae... O.K., not reggae. At least, not yet. One radio format…

  4. 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 …

  5. 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'…

  6. Chart Beat: Christopher Cross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift

    January 22, 2009 2:03 PM EST DOUBLE CROSS: Christopher Cross returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with his second title to appear on this chart. Yes, that's pop star Christopher Cross, not hip-hop duo Kris Kross of "Jump" fame, who last appeared on this tally 11-and-a-half years ago with "Live and Die…

  7. Swift Makes It Lucky Seven Atop Billboard 200

    January 21, 2009 11:25 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) begins a seventh week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Usher's "Confessions" spent nine at the top in 2004. "Fearless" sold 63,000 copies in the United States,…

  8. Taylor Swift Reigns Again On Billboard 200

    December 31, 2008 11:55 AM EST Taylor Swift's sophomore Big Machine album "Fearless" tops The Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week after selling 262,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 21% sales decline from last week. With the continued success of her track "…

  9. Taylor Swift Reclaims Billboard 200 Throne

    December 17, 2008 10:48 AM EST In a week without a top 10 debut, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200, inching up 2-1 thanks to a 29% sales increase to 249,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Fearless" debuted at No. 1 five weeks ago…

  10. Britney's 'Circus' Debuts Atop Album Chart

    December 10, 2008 11:21 AM EST As expected, Britney Spears' "Circus" makes a big bow at the top of The Billboard 200, becoming her fifth No. 1. The Jive set moved 505,000 copies in the United States, making Spears the only act in Nielsen SoundScan history to have four albums debut with 500,000 or more. Since…

  11. Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris For No. 1 Debut

    December 03, 2008 11:16 AM EST Kanye West earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "808s & Heartbreak" bows in the top slot. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set moved 450,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the artist's lowest debut sales frame since his first album, "The…

  12. 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…

  13. Beyonce Starts 'Fierce' Atop Album Chart

    November 26, 2008 7:50 AM EST Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, split between material credited to Beyonce…

  14. David Cook, "David Cook"

    November 21, 2008 6:13 PM EST In just a few short months, David Cook went from no-name aspiring singer/songwriter to household-name "American Idol" winner. He went from zero chart ink to having a whopping 11 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 at once, the highest since the Beatles charted 14 in 1964. It's an…

  15. Cook-ing With Gas

    November 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST In just a few short months, David Cook went from no-name aspiring singer/songwriter to household-name "American Idol" winner. In just a few short months, David Cook went from no-name aspiring singer/songwriter to household-name "American Idol" winner. He went from zero…

  16. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    November 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nickelback tries to follow up one of the biggest albums of the decade, Beyonce doubles up on her second solo disc, 'American Idol' champ David Cook stakes his claim and Dido returns after a long break A new album from multi-national superstar vocal group Il Divo, "The Promise…

  17. 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…

  18. David Cook, 'David Cook'

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" season seven champ David Cook already scored a solid hit with his first single, "The Time of My Life," the kind of sentimental ballad every winner is forced to churn out. "American Idol" season seven champ David Cook already scored a solid hit…

  19. 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…

  20. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 but replacing himself as the artist…

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