1. Pentatonix Marches Onto Hot 100 With 'Little Drummer Boy'

    December 13, 2013 1:35 PM EST Thanks to strong streaming and sales, the song debuts at No. 13, instantly ranking as one of the highest-charting holiday hits of all-time. It also tops the Holiday 100 A new version of a holiday favorite by a cappella quintet Pentatonix quickly beats a path up multiple Billboard charts.…

  2. Otis Redding Makes Record Return to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 28, 2011 4:15 PM EDT O tis Redding sets the mark for the longest span between entries on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and halts the second-longest hiatus from the Billboard Hot 100 , as Jay-Z and Kanye West 's "Otis," on which the late soul legend receives featured billing, storms…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic

    June 30, 2011 7:55 PM EDT PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor…

  4. Ask Billboard: Historic Hot 100 No. 1s, Continued

    February 25, 2011 7:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HISTORIC HOT 100…

  5. April 23, 2009

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bevan Davies replaces Will Hunt as drummer for Static-X. 1994 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “The Division Bell,” Pink Floyd. 1991 – Johnny Thunders of the Heartbreakers dies of drug-related causes in New Orleans, at the age of 38. 1981 – Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins give a…

  6. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. The performance marks the 10th year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children…

  7. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controversial founder of the pathfinding Southern rock label Capricorn Records and manager of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, dies of lung cancer at his 2006 - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controversial founder of the pathfinding Southern…

  8. Billboard Goes To The Grammys: A 50-Year Retrospective

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST As the Grammy Awards turn 50, here's a look back at music's biggest night -- from the 1958 inaugural event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to last year's Dixie Chicks triumph at Los Angeles' Staples Cente As the Grammy Awards turn 50, here's a look back at music's…

  9. Chart Beat

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Vince Guaraldi and more! YES ON 'NO': Normally, it's not polite to discuss a woman's age, but when it comes to reporting chart records, civility goes out the window. In 2003, less than a month after turning 70, Yoko Ono topped the Hot…

  10. Chart Beat

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Darlene Love, Colbie Caillat, Alicia Keys and more! LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS: While having dinner the night before Christmas at the Daily Grill in Los Angeles, I heard songs from Phil Spector's "A Christmas Gift for You," and wondered if back in 1963, when the LP was…

  11. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. The performance marks the 10th year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children…

  12. Alvin, Chipmunks Stay In The Family

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The house that Chipmunks built sits atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The house that Chipmunks built sits atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ross Bagdasarian Jr. lives here in the wealthy Montecito area with his wife Janice Karman. Both work in a separate office building off…

  13. Chart Beat

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses matchbox twenty, Fergie, Pavarotti and more! HOW 'FAR'? 'FAR' FINE: Just last week, I reported that Carrie Underwood had the second biggest Hot 100 leap of the year, thanks to the 93-17 jump of "So Small" (Arista). Turns out, Underwood only had…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controversial founder of the pathfinding Southern rock label Capricorn Records and manager of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, dies of lung cancer at his 2006 - Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controversial founder of the pathfinding Southern…

  15. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton dies in Queens, N.Y., after a long hospitalization. He is 90.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1991 - </b>Punk rock forerunner Johnny Thunders dies of a drug overdose in New Orleans at age 38.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resume with an episode of "The Twilight…

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Readers discuss the rebounding singles market, songs with spoken lyrics, discovering Billboard and more with Fred. BORN AGAIN IN THE U.S.A. Dear Fred, As I read the column this week, I started thinking about the amazing rebirth of the single that has occurred in the last year. Here are some…

  18. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton dies in Queens, N.Y., after a long hospitalization. He is 90.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's…

  19. Chart Beat

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chart news about Mariah Carey, Kristine W, James Blunt and Nelly, as well as Fred's top singles and albums of the year. GIFT-WRAPPED: For the first time in the short history of Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, a track that is not a current hit ranks No. 1. The 11-year-old song …

  20. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resume with an episode of "The Twilight Zone." Simpson stars in a segment of the UPN series as a babysitter who discovers the lif 2003 - Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resume…

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